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Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: foal training, foal training, two different ways
foal training, two different ways, earthly reason: HI Becky! Go ahead and wean your baby at about 6 months. Make sure he is doing well on solid food and hay and drinking water first. Watch and see when he nurses...it is more for comfort than nutrition? If he s doing all theses things, then you can wean...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: foal training, foal training, ticks
foal training, ticks, colt: Hello, I do not think you have done something he wont get over. If you really think he has a serious tick problem you could have the vet out to see about helping him. Also check mom for ticks since they both live in the same pen. You have two options with...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: foal, time mothers, mother 2
time mothers, mother 2, foal: Harriet- Thanks for making the questions so straight forward! I ll do my best to help - 1. Yes, a foal can be turned out with the mother as long as the mother tolerates the foal. Some first time mothers don t. A foal is then weaned of the mother s...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: food aggression towards humans not other horses, human interference, consistent schedule
human interference, consistent schedule, horse behavior: Hi Jennifer! Hmmm....well, there is really nothing you can do to correct this because technically, he is not doing anything wrong. It is very common for horses to become over-excited at meal times and the best thing to do about it is to ignore it....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: A foot problem, fetlock joint, strain effects
fetlock joint, strain effects, leg problems: Well, first and foremost you should ABSOLUTELY have a Pre-Purchase exam done on this horse. The term No Foot-No Horse is very important to remember. Also alot of questions to ask a seller is: How long have they had this horse? Why are they selling...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: A fresh mustang, old mustang, cross ties
old mustang, cross ties, kimberwick: Sally - That is actually not an uncommon problem. My advice may sound slightly odd but I find it to gets the best results. If she wants to run - let her run. As long as you feel comfortable, push her forward to run. Run her until she doesn t want...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: A friend tells me my horse is behind in training, paint stallion, feed bags
paint stallion, feed bags, spookey: First off, it sounds like you have done lots with your little man, so pat yourself on the back! He is NOT far behind... there are many trainers who don t even begin the ground work until it s time to break the horse (which I don t agree with). So, no, you...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: frustrated Quarter Horse, qh gelding, temper tantrum
qh gelding, temper tantrum, longe line: Hi Lorraine! You started off with this fellow correctly...treating him like an unbroke baby and starting at the beginning with him. Good Job! It sounds like his cantering issue is nothing more than a gap in his education...this can be easily fixed....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Gelding Behavior Around Mares, testosterone levels, geldings
testosterone levels, geldings, old horse: HI Beverly, Thanks for your question. There are many possibilities, but the most likely scenarios are: 1. He was gelded correctly but only recently so he still acts like a stallion (this may wear off in time) 2. He was gelded but retained a testicle....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Gelding's Behavour Around Mares, testosterone levels, behavour
testosterone levels, behavour, old horse: Hi Beverly, I would have your vet check his testosterone levels. he may have a retained testicle. Depending on how far up it the testicle is will depend on the type of surgery needed. Regelding him at the age of four will help. He could have...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Gelding behavior, curb chain, monty roberts
curb chain, monty roberts, good horse: Hi Shelia, I personally own Arabians and a Saddlebred and I have also worked with many of these such crosses. They are generally very smart and highly intune with their enviroment. Not always a good thing. These common traits can make them difficult to...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Gelding is a Cry baby, backyard buddies, horse issues
backyard buddies, horse issues, wash rack: Hi Susan! Unfortunately, I cannot give you training advice on horse on horse issues. How do I explain to Dusty his deep instincts are bothering you?!? They are a small herd that is always together and this is commonly seen in backyard buddies. Some...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Gelding possesive of mares, love candy, possesive
love candy, possesive, cold weather: There is nothing you can do to make them get along. Baby could be proud cut, a cryptorchid, been gelded late in life so that he still maintains a stallions behaviors or could have an attitude issue. There are a few things you could do. One would be to have...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Green Horse and Green Rider, anthony crossley, heart of a lion
anthony crossley, heart of a lion, basic training of the young horse: Hi Mike, If you re prepared to take lots of lessons, have the patience of a saint and the heart of a lion then there is no reason why you shouldn t attempt to train this horse. Try to find a good trainer that will not only help you whilst riding, but...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: To geld or not to geld?, slurry tanker, ground manners
slurry tanker, ground manners, gelding: Hi Jo! I prefer gelding as early as the colt and vet will both allow. One must take the season into consideration too. You do not want to attempt this in fly season or when it is under 32 degrees for more than a few days in a row. You must cold hose...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: gelding acting like a stud, welsh cross, rocky mtn
welsh cross, rocky mtn, electric fence: Hi Michele! Spring is in the air!! I had to laugh when I read your question....it reminded me of a situation on my farm. A 25 yr. old mare winking and flirting in the pasture with a 22 yr. old gelding standing at the ready to assist her. This went on...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: gelding with very agressive behavior, excessive fear, gelding
excessive fear, gelding, testicles: I would suggest giving the vet a call and having him looked at. When he was gelded they had to also get the gland that is just above the testicles - if they didn t he will still think he is a stud. There is also the chance that he wasn t gelded at all and...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: gelding donkey break in, cattle farm, sweet feed
cattle farm, sweet feed, human attention: Hi Ray, At the age of three your donkey is too young to be ridden. It is best to wait until he is 4 or 5 to make sure his knees have closed. This will give you time to get to know him and for he to get closer to you. As I have found, you can not force...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: gelding an older stallion, stallion prospects, stud chain
stallion prospects, stud chain, skin and bones: Hi Debbie, First, I must commend you on taking your horse back and helping him. Not many people would have done that. Your rules for him are not unreasonable at all. A stallion has to have better then excellent behavior due to the fact that they...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: good horse gone crazy, excitement level, good horse
excitement level, good horse, hi thanks: I have to admit that I m not really sure what could be causing this behaviour in your horse, but I will take a few stabs at it... First I think that maybe your horse is just starting to try becoming the boss over you... trying to become the leader rather...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: good horse gone crazy, vet check, excitement level
vet check, excitement level, good horse: First thing I would do if you have not is get him a vet check. Make sure the vet checks his vision and hearing which if faulty could be causing him to act this way. If the vet check comes back with no issues I would start to train him like you would a green...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: good horse gone crazy, excitement level, theigh
excitement level, theigh, good horse: Hello. Sounds like you have an interesting gelding! Start in the arena with walking freely and then slowly slide your hand down one rein until you are about a foot from his mouth. Then slowly, with a pulsing (sometimes I call this fluffing!) bend him until...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Is this a good way to train him?, roundpen, promblem
roundpen, promblem, trust issues: Hello. :) Thanks for your question on your sisters training method. What you have described sounds a lot like join-up, but it is missing a few key elements that make it really safe and effective. Your sister is right to look for the signs that you explained...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: greenbroke appy, natural horseman, lungeing
natural horseman, lungeing, saddle sores: Hi Siski! I m SO glad you are going to hang in there with this horse. It is the difficult horses that teach us so much, not the easy ones! Just think of the hand you are going to be a year from now! About saddling...Do tons, every day with your...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: grooming, couple weeks, brushes
couple weeks, brushes, joanne: Hi Joanne, It sounds like your horse has decided that he does not like being groomed anymore. Have you changed brushes since this has begun? Some horses are thinned skin and need a softer brush. You need to desensitize him to grooming. To desensitize...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: grooming, wild mustangs, shampoo treatment
wild mustangs, shampoo treatment, cicrle: Hi Becky- There are some parts to your question that concern me. I have come across a lot of horses that don t like to get a bath, and even more that think the hose is a large horse eating snake. What concerns me is that your mare is so bad about getting...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: grooming, school horses, bad attitude
school horses, bad attitude, advance and retreat: Hello, The first thing that comes to mind is that you can go slower. When you see your horse getting upset, go back to the spot you were in just before he got upset and slowly try to work your way to the ticklish spot. This is called advance and retreat and...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: grullo, qh, astm
qh, astm, colt: Hi Becky! Go to aqha.com and search on their website the rules about registering a colt who s Dam is not registered. I believe it can be done under certain circumstances but, it is not easy. Often, painted and colored QH can be registered in several...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Hacking Alone, belgium warmblood, warmblood mare
belgium warmblood, warmblood mare, small circles: Hi Viv! Training a horse to hack out alone, watch other horses leave it or to leave other horses is a very difficult process. But, worthwhile and will come in handy one day! It is simply time, patience and consistency. Horses are hardwired by nature...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Halter breaking, fillys, hind end
fillys, hind end, gentle pressure: Hello, If you can start by just getting close enough to pet them. If they turn their hind end to you use gentle pressure with a rope to send them away. When they look at you stop and even take a step back. You want to teach them that if they look at you...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Halter breaking, fillys, further training
fillys, further training, filly: Hi Kim! I am going to assume that you and your friend are both under 18 yrs of age and it is not clear to me who owns the babies. First, get permission from all adults involved to be handling the babies. This is a very important time in their lives...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Halter breaking, crown piece, water under the bridge
crown piece, water under the bridge, professional trainer: Hi Jayme! I would not worry if I were you. Having had her only 2 weeks...I really hope you did not expect miracles. You absolutely should keep a halter on her 24/7. Please use only a good leather one or a nylon one with a leather break-away strap or...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Halter breaking, sociable animals, fillys
sociable animals, fillys, first few days: Hi Kimberly, You want to allow the filly to get used to you. You can do this by taking a lawn chair, a book and a radio out to the pasture or her pen, sit down, turn on the radio, and read. Don t try to go near her, chase her, touch her or...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Halter Training a colt, blue horses, halter training
blue horses, halter training, fillies: Hi Mackenzie! I have good news and bad news! The good news is - YOU - you are going about making this colt trust you in the only way you can. Slow and steady with quiet but, firm resolve to succeed. The bad news is - there is no quick or easy fix...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Halter training, rope halter, stud chain
rope halter, stud chain, nonchalant attitude: Hi Greer! Hmmmmm, you have a very naughty boy here.... he knows very well how to walk at his age!! Not respecting you on the lead is just the beginning of a downward slide. You want to stop all this nonsense now and establish your dominance immediately....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Handling Youngsters, time time time, welsh ponies
time time time, welsh ponies, welsh hills: Hi Judith Thanks for your question. You re not mad at all! I ve worked with the wild brumbies out here in Australia and they make wonderful riding horses - they just take more time. You will need to spend many hours with your horses. Once they are...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Head gelding, inseparable friends, head position
inseparable friends, head position, geldings: Hello, Sounds like you already have some great ideas to introduce them and keep them safe. Could they be stalled next to each other so they could see each other? You could make sure to turn them out alone together so they wouldn t get to fighting about who...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Head Rubbing , nipping and bad behavior, gentle as a lamb, herd animal
gentle as a lamb, herd animal, cross ties: Hi Sissy! All of the issues you describe are centered on the fact your horse is disrespecting your dominance. He sees you as submissive to him and if you want a better relationship with him, you have to change that first. Because you have no mind ...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Head Shy?, ear check, muscle soreness
ear check, muscle soreness, slow time: Unfortunately I can t offer much more help. I believe that what you are doing is really the only cure... lots of time.. slow time. There is one thing, however, I would consider. You may want to have him checked again by your vet, but rather than focusing...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Head shy and dental question, head twists, vet check
head twists, vet check, dental question: Hi Rebecca! I will answer the easy question first. You should have your horses all seen by the vet right now and have all their teeth floated. You will have to have your head-shy gelding tranquilized for this to be properly done. No doubt about it. ...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Health & Training, hip bones, sweet feed
hip bones, sweet feed, weakened state: Hi Loretta! From what you describe, he should not by ridden....mostly because of his age and poor weight. He may be so malnourished he is sluggish and unresponsive under saddle. Therefore, anyone can ride him. BUT! Once he gets his weight up and starts...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Hello, veterinary care, nibble
veterinary care, nibble, asking this question: It sure sounds like there is something upsetting her, but the fact that she had not poo d much after a day of eating very little is completely normal. She did not have much food in her stomach so this means there would be just a little poo instead of the...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Help?, tennessee walking horse, filly
tennessee walking horse, filly, cluck: Hi Michelle! I cannot help you as I cnnot give advice to non-owners to work with other s horses. While I m sure you have the very best intentions and these horses would benefit from the attention, you need a lease agreement and written permission from...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Help?, tennessee walking horse, filly
tennessee walking horse, filly, cluck: Hello, If I could answer all your questions over an e-mail and you could go out and instantly become a horse trainer I would have a new speciality! Unfortunately that is not how it works. Those are all really good questions, they show your thinking is on...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Help?, tennessee walking horse, filly
tennessee walking horse, filly, cluck: Hi Michelle, You do not say if Jenny and her foal are in the pasture with other horses. If they are I would separate them immediately. See if you can borrow or buy enough panels to make a round pen and put them in it. You will need to treat them like wild...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Spooking, Sacking Out, and Arena Riding, horsemanship, spooks
horsemanship, spooks, reins: Rick Gore: Horses have very complex eyes; they see different things in each eye to help spot predators. They can also switch and see one thing in both eyes. Hi Victoria, without seeing this it is hard to answer but some horses learn to spook and then...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Help..., unwanted behaviors, repitition
unwanted behaviors, repitition, downhill battle: Hi Veronica! First, I would recommend isolating the filly from her herd mates. You will make no progress with her if she has her friends to cling to. Is she eating grain right now? If so, use food to lure her to you. Once you have her alone,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Herd behavior, colonial spanish horse, herd behavior
colonial spanish horse, herd behavior, private situation: Hi Colleen, Heard introductions are tricky. In the wild, without fences there is plenty of area for horses to get away from eachother. They all go threw this to one extent or another and that is how they determine pecking order so to speak. It is just...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Herd-bound horse, great horse, rollbacks
great horse, rollbacks, kalp: Hi Brianna! While I feel that time and consistent training will help to lessen if not altogether eliminate this issue...I am not familiar with Mustangs. I recommend you send this question to another expert on this site, Lisa Kalp. Good luck and remember...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Herd bound horse, natural horsemanship techniques, herd leader
natural horsemanship techniques, herd leader, mark rashid: Hi Andrea, I you are learning Natural Horsemanship techniques and your gelding already has been trained, he is simply playing games with you. Read up on NH and herd bound horses. If you just got him, he is not truly herd bound, he simply is not recognizing...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Herd bound, how quick do horses bond?, bit and bridle, first horse
bit and bridle, first horse, trail horse: Hi Michele, There are a few issues that your horse could be having. If you do not know the person that you bought the horse from, then there is always the chance that he may have been medicated when you saw him which would account for his change...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Hi, I was just wondering,..., trail rides, pasture
trail rides, pasture, jumper: How often do you ride your horse? The first thing that comes to mind when reading what you have described is that he is bored... do you ever take him on trail rides, or try new things, or do you just jump everytime? The very first thing I would do is give...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Hobbles, fence, gore
fence, gore, freewebs: Rick Gore: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, Hobbles are kind and will teach your horse to stand and to give to pressure. If you train him correctly, you will save him in case he ever gets caught in a fence or wire. He will know how to stand, not panic and...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Hobbles, breaking a horse, thanks for your concern
breaking a horse, thanks for your concern, dangerous situation: Good Morning! No. I do not think this is true. Not at all. I do not use them ever for breaking and do not recommend them. Ever. It is a tool used as a short cut because the person doing it is ill-informed, too busy or lazy to break the horse correctly...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Homesick?, herd animals, long term memory
herd animals, long term memory, meaningful advice: Hi Jane! Horses are very smart and have a wonderful long term memory. Your guy needs something meaningful in his life to help him transition to his new home and owners. I m sure is his a little bored and a bit insecure. Horses are herd animals. They...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Hoof care, paint filly, slaughter house
paint filly, slaughter house, old paint: Hello. Someone missed a step so you do have to start over. But it can be fun! Start with petting her shoulder and when she allows you move further and further down her leg. When that works for you both take the rope and rub it down her legs. When that works...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Hoof Rott, copper sulphate crystals, hoof oil
copper sulphate crystals, hoof oil, inner structures: Tiffany, I am sorry to say this to you, but please bring a Veterinarian into this situation with your horse. I am very concerned that this rot is causing permanent damage to the inner structures of the hoof. There is no way you will be able to apply any...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Hoofs, nervous reck, rope halter
nervous reck, rope halter, arabian mare: Hi Virginia! This is a great question and a fun one so solve! You are right, your horse lacks trust and is very scared. She feels the need to keep all four feet on the ground so she can escape and save her life. This is how important it is to her, it...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Hore Behavior Issue, paddock area, professional trainer
paddock area, professional trainer, whinny: Hi Sarah, Your horse is herd bound as I am sure you know.Your horse is insecure which is why he is displaying these behaviors. When you go out to ride him instead of starting the ride at home trailer him to the place you are riding at. This way...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: My Horse, western pleasure, right education
western pleasure, right education, buying a horse: Hi Hannah! The best thing I can say about buying a horse for anyone, any age is this....purchase or lease something that is ALREADY doing what you want to do with it. Do not try to get away with getting something cheap and make it into what you want. ...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse acting funny when being ridden!, saddle and bridle, ridden class
saddle and bridle, ridden class, growth spurt: Hi Beth! I need a little more specific information. Between the time you broke him 2 yrs ago and now, was he doing all 3 gaits correctly and consistently? Or did he not ride for awhile? I need to know exactly how he behaved for those 2 yrs to try to...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse Behavior, horse behavior, turnouts
horse behavior, turnouts, bridle: Hello, Tell me a little more about your boarding facility. Do you have an arena or a round pen to work in? How large and what shape is this turnout. Are there any other turnouts? What are they like? I am trying to get a better idea of what you have available...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse Behavior, spotted saddle horse, horse behavior
spotted saddle horse, horse behavior, carrots: Sounds to me like an issue of respect. I don t know if its very possible, but if it is, the best thing to do for now is ignore your horse completely. Don t talk to him, pet him, anything. Just take him his feed and leave again. Apart from that all I...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse Bending to Left, pony owners, new pony
pony owners, new pony, pony club: Hi Kate! You have only 2 choices for such an abrupt change in behavior. A medical problem or a mental problem. She should be checked by a vet just to rule out dental issues and of course if there was any kind of trauma/accident recently, the vet should...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse behaviour- herd dominance..., horse behaviour, aggressive behaviour
horse behaviour, aggressive behaviour, show horse: Hi Mary Anne, Thanks for writing back. I think that there is an adjustment of herd order going on, which happens frequently in boarding barns. Since your friend,(is it Brittany?) that partially owns Nancy, enjoys riding Noodles you can ride Nancy and be consistent...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse biting, self destructive behavior, sheer boredom
self destructive behavior, sheer boredom, unnatural environment: Hi Penny! Yikes! Is this behavior related to insects? Do you have flies or bees that may be causing this? Have you had him checked by a vet to make sure there is no fungus or skin problem? If none of these things are an issue, then it is stress related....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse broken in at 5, training, thoroughbred gelding, snap decision
thoroughbred gelding, snap decision, voice commands: Hi Cassandra! It seems to me from what you told me, this TB does not belong to you but, is owned by your neighbor. I cannot give training advice to non-owners of the horse in question. However, I can say in the broadest of terms....any young green-broke...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse distressed at being left in field!, herd mate, milk carton
herd mate, milk carton, canter: Hi Fiona, Your horse considers you to be a herd mate. She is saying that she enjoyes your company and misses you when you are going. Even though the other horses are in a field beside her she still can not interact with them like she would like...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse not moving forward, ground manners, longe line
ground manners, longe line, roundpen: Hi R.! My advice would be to stop riding him completely until you fix this on the longe line. He is very young and is not being so much willful but, I believe he has gaps in his training and is genuinely confused about what to do. So, he just does nothing....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse outlines, many different things, theory in practice
many different things, theory in practice, o connor: Hi Alanna, This is way too big a topic to discuss in this small space. Suffice to say that there are many different outlines and each discipline (dressage, western etc) has their own requirements. Just FYI a horse can be long and low and still on the...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse Problem, false confidence, horse problem
false confidence, horse problem, dangerous problems: Hi Payton! I can tell you how to fix this problem in 2 sentences. But, I have to look at the big picture of this situation. This is the tiniest, of tiny fights and lack of communication you will ever have with this filly. Yet, you cannot fix it. And...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse Problems, knowledgable person, poor horse
knowledgable person, poor horse, horse problems: Hi Kristie! It sounds to me like you bought a well-trained horse that initially did a very good job for you because she knew her job. But, she quickly learned (from you) that you did not know YOUR job. She figured out you did not know how to ride and...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse problem, paint gelding, outdoor arenas
paint gelding, outdoor arenas, horse problem: Hi Haley! This is the age when you have to start introducing a baby to the outside world. But, as you have discovered, it is not always easy. You need to start at square one in the indoor arena and give him solid skills to fall back on and listen to...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse Rearing at Events, rearing horses, barrel horses
rearing horses, barrel horses, horse rearing: Serena - I appologize for the delay in getting back to you, I have been away from my computer all weekend. Rearing horses are dangerous. And unfortunately it is one of those things where if they did it once, they will keep doing it. Even worse, like...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse rearing, pawing at the ground in the stall, paint filly, horse rearing
paint filly, horse rearing, smart girl: Hi Daniela! Thank you for the additional information. Lily was probably abused because she exhibited these behaviors before and the old owners felt they could fix her by beating her. You said you have had her only a month but, she has done this consistently...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse sale, vet check, hunter jumper
vet check, hunter jumper, smart horse: Mark - I would think there are some operater error problems. There could be any number of things that could cause those types of problems. Unfortunately not everyone is good with animals, or able to work well with animals. Even worse, there are people...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse with sudden agression, balanced gaits, bundle of nerves
balanced gaits, bundle of nerves, cross ties: Hi Judy! I would have him checked out by the vet because drugs can change any living being and their behaviors. If that is ruled out, you will have to fix it yourself or with your trainer. So, if it s not medical it s either fear, ignorance or defiance....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse Training, allan alda, working with horses
allan alda, working with horses, yoga meditation: My what an interesting question. I work very hard, and the work can be quite hard on your body. Starting colts and working with troubled horses always puts at risks for accidents happening. I dont have many anymore, though part of being in business, for...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse training, horses name, verbal praise
horses name, verbal praise, horse training: Hi Angie, You will first want to start with some ground work and lounge Swan. First go one direction then the other. Make sure that your cues are clear and consistent. If you have to correct her do it immediately. Sit back in the saddle, making...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: My Horse Wont Stand Still., wiggle, playmate
wiggle, playmate, rope: Hello, Your horse is definitely showing you he thinks you are his playmate not his boss. Horses naturally want a leader to follow, he is inviting you to play with him or learn to become his leader. When he is moving when you groom him have your lead rope...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: My Horse, exercizes, snaffle
exercizes, snaffle, information thanks: OK. When you said he was fine for the longest time I am going to assume he was doing all the gaits with good upward and downward transitions, picking up the correct leads and listening to your aids. Why would he suddenly stop? I cannot say...but, you...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horses attitude-again, honest questions, botom
honest questions, botom, frinds: Cassie Hi!! Never be worried about asking me questions and you are NOT blabbing on!! You are asking good, honest questions, I can t ask for better than that. I don t like the lounge line as it is used in the U.S. today. The lounge line was never meant...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horses, jumping horse, tennessee walker
jumping horse, tennessee walker, walking horse: Hi Melissa, Your riding a TN Walking horse and they aren t gaited correctly to be used as a jumping horse or made to canter. They are walking horse, the natural gate doesn t really allow them to do what your asking this mare to do. I d find something like...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Hose behavior, natural horsemanship techniques, maiden mare
natural horsemanship techniques, maiden mare, kinds of horses: Hi Kirra, Have you had any professional lessons? How old is Shadow? What kind of training did she have prior to you purchasing her? Theses questions will help me give you much better advice. Also, has she foaled or is she a maiden mare? I have raised sheep...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: hacking alone, olympic training center, herd animal
olympic training center, herd animal, wet bath: Hi Sarah! I want you to make the right thing easy and the wrong thing difficult. You are right on the money about your horse. You know that he is frightened to head out alone. As a herd animal he is feeling vulnerable. You need to become the leader...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: how do you halter break an older horse, morgan mare, types of horses
morgan mare, types of horses, abuse case: Hi Kelly! Boy, this is the good stuff! You will learn SO much from this horse! You really have answered your own question! She does not trust so, earn her trust! You cannot bribe a horse. Treats will not work. Your mare is just saying Prove it...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: halter pulling, halters, stap
halters, stap, mares: Hello, Please do not tie your horse up. She is pulling back because it is what she is made to do. Horses feel pressure and push into it or pull away from it. I would ask you to attack this problem from another angle. How well does she move off pressure on...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: halter training a 4 month old filly colt that has never been messed with., filly, colt
filly, colt, best wishes: Hello, Since you have time start with using the halter to pet her. Once she is fine with it all over, even around her head go like you are putting it on and dont. Do this several times. Then go like you are going to tie it up and dont. Again repeat this....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: halter training 5 mo. old filly, rope halters, quarter horse mare
rope halters, quarter horse mare, halter training: Hi Roger! Good job on getting her to accept the halter. Now, about leading...I like rope halters with tree line leads. There are no big snaps to whack a colt under the jaw. Smooth, is always the key to handling horses. When you pick up on the lead...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: halter training a young foal 6 months, point horses, prey animals
point horses, prey animals, monther: Hello, It is tricky for me to be a great help without being there or knowing more about what you have done and what she is doing so lets start at the beginning. I think the problem may be that you tried to get the halter on her. Remember horses are prey animals...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: in hand trail class, odd time, tarp
odd time, tarp, consistency: The only two things I can suggest to you is that you try join-up with your yearling, and in the center of your round pen have a tarp set out on the ground. When the horse join s-up , try to take him over the tarp. If he refuses, try join-up again. Do...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: how should i go about handling my minature shetland ?, minatures, otha
minatures, otha, gelding: Hi there, Being a person that has other ponies Im sure you have tried this before but I would say he is just being silly coming out of the paddock in anticipation of what he is going to do, give him a little jerk on the lead when he gets to out of control...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Two head geldings, geldings, head position
geldings, head position, gelding: Hi Nicole, You should introduce the horses over a fence. Allow them to sniff each other and touch noses but that is all. When they seem to be getting along then let your gelding into the pasture. There will most likely be some kicking and biting...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: head shake, fly mask, good horse
fly mask, good horse, 1hh: Hi Heydie! The very first thing that came to my mind can only be diagnosed by a vet. It is a light sensitivity/allergy. I had a young paint saddlehorse mare that had it. She was purchased in the fall and was fine until full, bright summer sun and then...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: head shy 14hh pony, wierd guy, advance and retreat
wierd guy, advance and retreat, headstall: Hello, I actually just answered a question just like this one. First see if you can get her into an area you can work in, like an arena or a round pen if possible. If you can pet her and love her up get her comfortable with that first. Then see if you can...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: health, manure removal, fence rails
manure removal, fence rails, fly spray: I think it could be a number of things... flies, poorly fitted tack, a kick or bite from another horse, sharp protrusions etc... Considering that I can not actually see this cut, there is no way I can definitively say what caused the injury. You can try to...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: heavy on the front end, smart horse, trimming trees
smart horse, trimming trees, good grief: Hi Ashley! I m so excited to hear about your and your Haffie! Great changes! Keep things changing for him. This is one smart horse and needs these real jobs to keep him alive! Your horse is not built backwards. Good grief! A horse carries 70% of...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: heavy on the forehand, haflinger gelding, level topline
haflinger gelding, level topline, reining patterns: Hello, Sounds like you have done a nice job with your Haffie so far, he only needs a little extra help to stay engaged. Lets break it down into smaller pieces. Horses are as soft as you insist they are, what that entails is a new focus on just how much contact...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: heavy on the forehand, haflinger gelding, level topline
haflinger gelding, level topline, reining patterns: Rick Gore: To err is human, but to blame the horse is more human. Hi Ashley, I have read you questions a few times and all I can think is poor horse. :( I do not say that to be mean or to pick on you, but your question is so critical of your horse. From...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: help, blm program, judy richardson
blm program, judy richardson, bamboo pole: Hi Judy, Most likely you have either a FWS Mustang or a Mustang from a reservation so there will not be any information on them. You might want to take a photo of the horse that has the brand and send the picture of the brand to the BLM to see if...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: help with breaking my horse, professional trainer, best possible start
professional trainer, best possible start, astm: Hi Jade! Oh my!! If I could do that over the computer and never have to step foot in a barn again....well, I would be happy and rich! I cannot answer such a broad question. I need more information to understand what it is exactly you want to do. Do...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: help my horse needs education!, pony club, christmas holidays
pony club, christmas holidays, fancy buttons: Hi Samara-Jayne! You could not be more correct! Your little horse DOES need an education!! I ll tell you what ~ Put him on a plane for America with my address and a little money pinned to his halter and I ll take him on! I love a challenge :-) ...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: help in reining, rope halter, nylon halter
rope halter, nylon halter, mean bone: Hi Stori- Your questions are fairly common for a young horse. Unfortunately there are several different answers. I will tell you what I would do. Both problems require some good ground work. At her age and level of training, ground work is still just...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: can you help me?, knowledgeable person, excersises
knowledgeable person, excersises, qh: Hi Candy! I have to be honest and say I do not have a clue as to how to start a QH to barrel racing ~ Sorry! But, I would have to suggest that you start with the basics that your horse should know very well before moving onto the more complicated movements...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: herd behavior in my off the track tb gelding, tb gelding, screaming bloody murder
tb gelding, screaming bloody murder, herd behavior: I would get a full vet check done on your horse so that the woman can not state he has any medical conditions that could cause mental issues. I would also get statements from friends and others who can state what your horse s behavior is. She could ask the...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: herd behavior in my off the track tb, angry horses, acre pasture
angry horses, acre pasture, herd behavior: Hello Wendy, My I have never heard of such a thing! Here is my take on the situation. Your horse is not crazy, they were having somekind of a conversation in Horse and I am sure it made sense to them both. Turning out horses is like turning out several...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: herd bites, herd behaviour, gravel road
herd behaviour, gravel road, many horses: Hi Lori, What you have described is normal herd behaviour. You really have two options either: leave him where he is or paddock him alone or with another quiet horse or two. At his age this pecking order treatment can be very wearying. As the bites are...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: herd biting, gravel road, red skin
gravel road, red skin, old horse: Hi Lori! Your old boy is going to continue getting beat up as long as he is in with that particular herd. He is low and they all know it and while they may be fine some of the time, he will always be low and therefore, at risk for a beating. I would move...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: VERY herd bound horse, tb mare, horse friends
tb mare, horse friends, new boss: Hi Adrienne! It appears that many years off from riding and her new living situation in a herd has made your mare regress to a horse s horse and not a people horse. The symptoms you describe are classic herd separation anxieties. You will need help to...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: herd bound horse or lack of dicipline, herd leader, rescue horse
herd leader, rescue horse, skinny side: Hi Kristi! OK. Let s start at the beginning. Your 9 yr old gelding probably knows everything he needs to know about riding but, just doesn t know or respect you. You did not say how long you ve owned him but if it is less than 12 to 18 months, this applies....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: herd bound horse, three horses, herd
three horses, herd, mare: Hi Hayley, I just have a couple of questions so that I can help you better. Is the mare that he is attached to yours? How long has he been with her? Can he be turned out or ridden without her? How does she act when they are separated? I look...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: herd bound pony, gelding, hooves
gelding, hooves, paddock: Hi Denise, Is there anyway you can leave her out in the pasture or paddock while you are gone? If not can you bring him with you? If neither is possible I would see about borrowing another horse to keep him company. When you come back you should...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: hlep with a nerves mare, saddle and bridle, bridel
saddle and bridle, bridel, ponie: Hello, Sounds to me that for whatever reason your horse is asking you to slow WAY down. Forget about the saddle and bridle for a while. Bring your horse out and try to start getting some positive responses. We want to teach the horse to give to pressure....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: hobbles, tack shops, hooves
tack shops, hooves, astm: Hi Joleen! Hobbles are a restraining device used to hold a horse in place and keep them from moving forward/backward. Picture a horse that is tied together at all four hooves and often up to the neck. You can see them for sale online in many tack shops....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: my horse, canter, chiropractor
canter, chiropractor, mare: It sounds like your mare might either have back issues or that the saddle is pinching her when you attempt to go faster. When you remove her saddle see if she is wet equally in all areas under it. If she is not then that is the sign that the saddle is not...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: my horse, good boy, rope
good boy, rope, circles: Hi Meghan, You are correct in thinking that your horse associates the lead rope with unpleasant things such as work. You need to teach him who is boss. If you have a round pen then put him in the round pen and approach him with the lead rope....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: my horse, poor pony, jumping horse
poor pony, jumping horse, eyes on the ground: Hi Michaela Thanks for your question. First thing is to STOP jumping him. He has obviously had some pretty bad experiences and by putting him in those situations only cements his behaviour. It sounds like he s a rough little life and you will have...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: my horse, natural horsemanship trainer, unbroken horse
natural horsemanship trainer, unbroken horse, many horses: Hi Kayla, Starting a horse requires so much more than just tacking him up and going. You must do a great deal of ground work, round pen work, and lunging prior to even thinking about putting a saddle on him. If you can find a natural horsemanship trainer in...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: My horse, gallop, good luck
gallop, good luck, six years: Hi Brianna, Your going to have to do some work with her. Trot, stop, back up - trot stop back up. You need to get her under control before you go to the shows. If she isn t under control she isn t ready to be shown. These are basic issues and issues that...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse, professional trainer, two choices
professional trainer, two choices, pony: Hi Hazel, It will take time to train this pony to be chid safe. You have two choices. One would be to hire a professional trainer and the other would be to sell this horse and get one that will be better for you and your daughter. I would suggest...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse acting funny, hind end, behavior change
hind end, behavior change, farrier: Hello, It sounds like it could be a physical issue. Once you know its not hurting him to ride him slow down to a walk and see if you can close the rein on the left and lean left and push with your left leg, open your rein on the right and wait for him to...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse advice please, quarter horse mare, slang word
quarter horse mare, slang word, horse advice: Hi Amanda! First, let s address your horse s well-being...It sounds like she might be heevy a slang word for a breathing problem that is usually found in horses her age and cannot be cured, just managed. A vet needs to look at her and ask you questions...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse afraid of saddle and tack, saddle pad, voice control
saddle pad, voice control, gelding: Hi Sean! I really need more info about your gelding. Is he just green-broke? Has he really been ridden and trained well? What is your riding level and experience? Have you actually tacked him up all the way and ridden him? How did that go? My first...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: my horse Bullet, snaffle bit, good horse
snaffle bit, good horse, horse owner: Hi Cory, I would first get his teeth done. It sounds as though they might be hurting him. Horses bite to play or assert their dominance. You can use one of several methods. You can slap him on the muzzle but it can not be too soft or hard. ...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse behavior, cuts and scrapes, horse experience
cuts and scrapes, horse experience, horse behavior: Rick Gore: Take care of your Horsemanship and it will take care of you. Hi Selena, Lots of things going on here. Keeping him in pasture is really good. All horses get cuts and scrapes when in pasture and with other horses. They like to play and when...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse behavior around mare, beet pulp, sweetfeed
beet pulp, sweetfeed, horse behavior: The first thing I would see is if when the gelded your horse they removed both of the testicles and cords. He could have a testicle that did not drop and he is has testosterone. If that is the problem then you can have him regelded . I would also cut out...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse behavior problem, pony club, horse behavior
pony club, horse behavior, behavior problem: Hi Kaili! I cannot give training advice to non-owners of the horse in question. However, I can say in the broadest of terms, I as an Instructor, would not allow any 6 year old child to ride a habitual rearer. Advise the parent to find a local trainer...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse behavior, sand pile, sage words
sand pile, sage words, horse behavior: Hi Cassandra! Rolling just feels good! Your horse just needs a very clear reminder that NOW is not the time! Be aware of what happens BEFORE what happens, happens! When you feel your horses legs buckle and head for the dirt, it is too late to do...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse behaviour returning from ride, horse behaviour, couple of minutes
horse behaviour, couple of minutes, calm down: Hello again! Another thing to try is when you have time go half way on your trail and turn back, then before you get home turn back and head out again, get further than the first turn back and turn back again! Repeat this until he has no idea where the trail...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse bit, horse bit, old horse
horse bit, old horse, bridle: Hello, Once you have checked to make sure the bit is not hurting her, and the way you are using the bit is not hurting her, it becomes a matter of slowing down to teach her to take the bit. First just lift the bridle and hold it up until she is still, then...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse bit, horse bit, old horse
horse bit, old horse, steers: Hi Jeff! I am really going to need more information to correctly answer this. But, from just what you told me....the only real thing you have going against you is that she does not know you and is trying to see where you are in her herd Where is the...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse bit, horse bit, old horse
horse bit, old horse, steers: Hi Jeff, The problem may not so much be the bit as it may be the steers. Some horses dislike and also fear cattle. I would first put her in with a few of the steers and see how she reacts. If she does not have any issues with them then I would change...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: My horse bubba!, obstacle courses, comfort zone
obstacle courses, comfort zone, 4 months: Hi Nicole, This is a terrific start! Just make sure he s always in his comfort zone. If he starts showing signs that he s uncomfortable, back off to something familiar and safe, and then reintroduce slowly. Keep it nice and steady, keep his trust and...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse bucking wher riding, many different reasons, horse bucking
many different reasons, horse bucking, old paint: Hi Doyle! Hmmmm. I understand your question but, there are so many different reasons that could account for this. Could you please be more specific? Your riding experience, what do you ride him in, where do you ride him, stuff like that. Anything...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse bucking, paint mare, 13 years
paint mare, 13 years, hack: Hi Barb, There are several possibilities. The first one that comes to mind is that the mare is very attached to her prior owner and is having difficulty with the change. In that case I would work on ground work with her and getting her to know...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: My horse's definition of cantering is-bucking!, quarter horse gelding, tom thumb
quarter horse gelding, tom thumb, snaffle bit: Hi Kristen! You did not tell me how long you have had this horse or if he ever cantered correctly for you and then started bucking or did he always refuse to canter, right from the beginning? He is at the prime of his physical health and worse temperment....he...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Getting a horse to enjoy work..with boundaries, tight circles, hind end
tight circles, hind end, chores: Cassie - I appologize if I don t answer this clearly, it is a hard thing to explain. I think it is great when a horse likes what he is doing, but the reality is that it is not as important as the horse being safe to ride. You have a green horse, and...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Getting a horse to enjoy work..with boundaries, cinches, chinch
cinches, chinch, turn up the heat: Hi Cassie! I love to hear these types of questions. You are really thinking about your horse! You horse sounds like a thinker, too!! Be very clear with him. Be very business like and set kindergarten clear boundaries. You said it was his third ride...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Getting a horse to enjoy work..with boundaries, health problem, health problems
health problem, health problems, third time: Hi Cassie, Thanks for your question. Are you sure there isn t a health problem? Have you had a vet take a look at him? I think you need professional help in the form of an instructor or a very knowledgeble person. It s really hard for me to advise...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse goes too fast, endurance horses, endurance horse
endurance horses, endurance horse, turning circles: Hi Diana! You sound pretty sporty and I m not hearing any fear in your question which is great! We can really get some changes for you and your horse! Let s talk about some basic horsemanship stuff first...The reason you horse is not changing is that...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: my horse and a fence, best guess, state of panic
best guess, state of panic, frist time: Hi Aerial! You did not say if he has already broken through the fenceline or if it was the gate he busted through. You also did not say if he was alone, if he lived there 24/7 or if he busted through in a state of panic or just did it for fun. How...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: My horse hates to be alone, paddocks, simple answer
paddocks, simple answer, horse show: Hi Charlotte, Thanks for your question. It s always tough when one horse is left alone and particularly hard when they react as your boy does. Unfortunately, there is no simple answer. If you have access to a stable, it would be safest to put him...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: My horse hates to be alone, herd animals, companionship
herd animals, companionship, goat: Hi Charlotte, Horses are herd animals and need the companionship of another horse. I would either bring him with you if you can. If not have you tried to get a goat for him. This way he can have something with him when you have to go off with...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse help, horse brush, respectful relationship
horse brush, respectful relationship, old paint: Hi Cryssie! Some simple things first. I always make sure my horses have had a good meal before I ride. As I m grooming prior to tacking up, they will get a portion of their grain. I know my horses are not hungry when we go out. I don t feed them at...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse that kicks other horses, leap frog, red ribbon
leap frog, red ribbon, sugar cube: Hi Marlene! First, you must break him of this if you want to ride with other horses for the rest of your partnership with him. Second, make everyone around you aware of his propensity to kick by verbally warning them. Also, tie a red ribbon in his tail...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: my horse is lame!, foot info, green grass
foot info, green grass, inner structure: Have your Vet look at him as soon as possible! Your horse may have an abscess deep inside the hoof and is likely in great pain. The only way to relieve the pain is to have the abscess drained as soon as you can. Once the pressure from the infection is gone...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Getting a horse to load, time suprise, horsebarn
time suprise, horsebarn, problem horse: The horse needs to learn that the trailer is not a bad thing, and that getting on the trailer is not always going to happen just because he see s it. I would recommend spending a lot of time around the trailer with him, maybe lunging him and grazing him...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: is my horse loosing it?, qh gelding, elk hunting
qh gelding, elk hunting, tree time: Hi Cory! Hon, I am just a horse trainer, not a mind reader of horses! LOL!! Don t concern yourself over why and just work on making the situation between you two as good as possible. If she s happy, you re happy and then everybody s happy :-) Solang...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: my horse has a major behaviour problem, grey gelding, behaviour problem
grey gelding, behaviour problem, jump 5: Hi Kristy, Have you had his vision tested to make sure here is not a problem with it that could be causing him to act out at shows? Regarding his problem with other horses I would find a baby sitter type horse for him that will bond with him....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: My horse is mean in the stall!, horse issues, positive attitude
horse issues, positive attitude, 5y: Hi Devin, this is a symptom of other issues. The advice you got both sound reasonable for the reason he may be doing this. Most horse issues are people issues. We cause them, we deal with from our position and not from the horse s position. If this horse...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: To Get a horse to move off once on them, nylon halter, leg pressure
nylon halter, leg pressure, snaffle bits: Alexandra - I recommended the bosal or halter because that is what I have found to work the best for me. What you are describing on the headstall is nice, but because it wont be attached to the reins, it will not have the same affect. Use what is most...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: My horse's people problems, advance and retreat, hackamore
advance and retreat, hackamore, tight rein: Hello, Now you can move the rope and she is comfortable. You can lead her around you and she is comfortable. Great! Now keep that same feel and ride! Lead her with the bit! If I was located near you I could give you lessons myself, since I cannot I suggest...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse with pos drop foot, gait abnormalities, school rodeo
gait abnormalities, school rodeo, tooth comb: Hello Barbara, First thing I need to advise to you is not to ride this horse anymore until you have had a thorough Vet examination done. To do so will only make the problem worse and or aggravate an underlying issue. You could even be looking at a neurological...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse problems, horse problems, acers
horse problems, acers, gelding: Hi there, Its hard to say without actually sseing what he was doing, if it was totally out of character could he have been stung or something? or was he just playing with you? At this stage I would say it was just a one off and I wouldnt worry about it too...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse rearing up, hackamore bit, bad habit
hackamore bit, bad habit, bad tooth: Horses rear up to escape or avoid something... I am going to say something about the bit/hackamore you are using on him because I believe it may be relevant. Just because he does not have a bit in his mouth, doesn t mean the pressure a hackamore is putting...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: My horse is scared of everything, spooky horses, confidence issue
spooky horses, confidence issue, magesium: Hi there, Just firstly I know nothing about Pasofinos as a breed so I can t comment on breed characteristics. For a horse that looks for things to shy at like yours does 9 times out of 10 it is a confidence issue. Just try for a week or two when you take him...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: My horse seems to be afraid to be alone, old paint, hoves
old paint, hoves, herd: Hi Cheryl, Your horse is herd bound. What you need to do is make him secure with you. When you go out to ride him instead of starting the ride at home, trailer him to the place you are riding at. This way he does not see his friends and will get...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: how to get a horse to sit and spin?, pionters, best of luck
pionters, best of luck, road bike: Hello, Firstly you could practice on the ground putting some pressure on her shoulder-does she give to the pressure and move over or does she wander forward, move very heavily or do nothing. Get that going for you. When it comes to spinning keep asking until...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Getting a horse on a trailor, horsebarn, attiude
horsebarn, attiude, trailor: Hi Kayla, If this horse is in a pasture that you can put the round pen in then I would put his hay and grain into it. Each day move it future and future back so that he/she has to go into the trailer to eat. If you do not have access to a pasture...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse training, pictou county nova scotia, appaloosa mare
pictou county nova scotia, appaloosa mare, nova scotia canada: Hi Joe, From what you are saying about the way your mare acts when the bit is in I would have a dentist or Vet down to check her teeth to make sure there are no dental problems. If her teeth have not been done regularly then there is a good chance...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Getting your horse to trust you/preventing nibbling, prey animals, nips
prey animals, nips, muzzle: Thank you for the questions! Trust is a delicate thing with horses... because they are prey animals, they are always on their toes and needa lot of reassurance from their humans before they can settle in... the best thing you can do with your new Arabian...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: about a horse i am trying to break, breaking a horse, best possible start
breaking a horse, best possible start, professional trainer: Hi Alyssa! Honey, you sound very young and the last thing I am going to do is encourage you to do something as difficult and complicated, not to mention dangerous, as breaking a horse to saddle. You should not even attempt this as both you and the horse...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse walking for hours around field, sweet itch, gelding
sweet itch, gelding, honest opinion: Hello Regina, First, thank you for your great question. There are many things to take into consideration before giving you my honest opinion. Therefore, I am going to ask you a couple of questions that will help me better to understand exactly to what your...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse won't take bit and scared of bridle, bit and bridle, sore teeth
bit and bridle, sore teeth, arabian mare: Hello there. I think the first thing you need to do with this mare is have a vet/dentist check her teeth. It really sounds to me that she has very sore teeth. A good indicator if this is if she spills a lot of her grain from her mouth while eating. However,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: my horse won't load, quarter horse mare, cattle trailers
quarter horse mare, cattle trailers, coronary band: Well, I ve been thinking over this for a while now.. and I m not truly sure what to tell you. Have you tried using a rope behind her to coax her in? Or do you have access to a trailer that you can leave in her corral.. this is very handy if you do, because...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse won't go in trailer, rope halter, horse slant
rope halter, horse slant, auction yard: Hi Regina! Congratulations on the purchase of your new mare! Please don t be frustrated. The problem is not loading it is leading. Your mare needs to be obedient and willing to follow you anywhere even into a sparkling, clean brand new trailer! Scary!...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse wont load, stock trailer, trailer loading
stock trailer, trailer loading, open areas: Hello again, being 16 is old enough to do anything you want with this horse. And if I say something in my answer that appears rude or tough, everything I say is for the benefit of the horse. People can fend for themselves, but taking on a horse is a huge...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: my horse wont turn when i want him to, confident rider, experience experience
confident rider, experience experience, gelding: Hi Nicole! I understand your question and have an idea as to what is going on. But, I need a little more information. How long have you been hacking him out? Do you go alone or in a group? What is the tack you are using? How often do you hack out?...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse, nuissance, wild stallions
nuissance, wild stallions, fillies: Hmm, well personally I have not had much experience with stallions, but I have a little idea so will try to help. First off, how old are the fillies, and how old are the colts? You say fillies and colts, so i m assuming each group is under 3 years old....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: about horses, good horses, canters
good horses, canters, arabians: Hi Sara, To answer one and two I need a bit more information. How long have you been riding, do you ride English or Western, how long have you been taking lessons? 3- what is the best position to avoid falling down when the horse...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horses, nipper, body language
nipper, body language, paddock: Hmm, best ways to gain trust? I really think that it depends on each horse individually, but as you probably saw in my profile, I m a huge fan of join-up. Join-up is a way to connect with your horse in their own language... by using body language you can...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horses, apha mare, horse track
apha mare, horse track, outrider: Do you have any contacts at the track? If you do not now is a good time to go to the gate at the backside and offer to hot walk for people so you can get your foot in. You need a horse that does not spook, a horse that will do exactly what you say. You want...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horses, apha mare, canter
apha mare, canter, excercise: Hello again, Make sure when you do the excercise you are sitting back and really pushing her to go, not begging by leaning forward. So now you have the option-if this is not a physical problem, you could call a vet to check her out, then do you push through...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horses, creatures of habit, hooves
creatures of habit, hooves, astm: Hi Keith! Mounting on the left is a combination of historical fact and because humans are creatures of habit just as horses. Men originally started mounting from the left so that their swords hanging on the right of their belt would not interfere with...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horses, loose bowels, corn oil
loose bowels, corn oil, fat content: Hi Emma! Yes, you can change her feed. Yes, you should do it gradually by mixing the new in with the old for at least 12 - 14 days. Always decreasing the old and increasing the new...while staying at the same amount. If she is doing fine on what she...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horses: does he like me?, flying changes, outdoor arena
flying changes, outdoor arena, gelding: Hi Jordan, Yes, your horse can like you within a few weeks. Like people, if a horse is treated with respect and kindness they will like the person who is nice to them. If he is follow you and looking happy to see you then he does like you. ...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horses behavior, mature horses, setting boundaries
mature horses, setting boundaries, short periods: Your youngster is at the stage when it s all fun and games for her. Everybody is there for her amusement and if she is kept away from something she wants she is going to have a hissy fit out of frustration. Sound familiar? Well keep your cool, she won t be...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: How horses sleep, doran, horses
doran, horses, surroundings: Yes, horses sometimes lay flat out when they sleep. This would indicate a horse that feels quite comfortable with its surroundings. You are also correct that it could be indicative of a problem. I always call out to one of my horses that is laying flat...if...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: about horses, school horses, good horses
school horses, good horses, canters: Wow, thats a lot of questions, but very good ones. Thanks for asking me. :) 1 + 2) A lot of the times school horses get so bored and frustrated with their lives that they just stop trying. As well, because of a variety of different riders, the horse could...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Will be hunter horse, qh gelding, hunter classes
qh gelding, hunter classes, hunter horse: Hello, The goal is to start making your horse feel more comfortable. He probably attacks other horses because he is defensive. You can do many things to work on this but number one, when he starts to even think of making a face at another horse get after...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: inconsistant bucking fits, ground manners, talented horse
ground manners, talented horse, old timer: Hi Jodie! You are dealing with a baby...never forget that. Being 1/2 Arab makes him very clever and I guarantee you he will not suffer fools gladly. That is a hallmark of the breed. I would stop riding him for a few weeks and work on ground manners...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: indoor riding arena, horse activities, professional horse
horse activities, professional horse, horse trainer: An indoor is a luxury but not essential. Although some climates would make it difficult, or impossible, to ride year round without one. I, however, have never had the luxury of an indoor and whilst I d love one, it certainly doesn t change anything regarding...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: More info on 3 yr old, hind end, lead line
hind end, lead line, saddle pad: Hello, Bring out a saddle pad and let her smell it first, then start to bump her all over with it. Her legs, lower belly, neck, hind end etc. Keep your lead line short so when she moves around you you are the center of her circle. Keep your bumping rhythmic,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: introducing 18 mo. old colt to herd, older horses, feeding time
older horses, feeding time, geldings: It sounds like he will be fine. I m sure he will find the low man on the totem pole and buddy up with him. Just keep an eye on things and make sure he is getting his share of the feed. Feeding time will be the most tricky - you may want to put his feed...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: An itch?, appaloosa mare, troublesome area
appaloosa mare, troublesome area, bumm: Hi Jessyka! Nice to hear from you again! I don t really let my horses rub on me. If I know where they are itchy, I ll sure go there and make them feel good but, I m still in control of the situation and I m not a tree. Sometimes the rubbing can get a...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Jump Refusal, confrontational manner, hocks
confrontational manner, hocks, training period: Good, then you do understand my reasons for asking the questions I did and the concerns I had about the training program he is on. The next logical step I agree is to enforce the idea of taking the jumps willingly with stronger encouragement. I personally...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Jump Refusal, hunter jumper classes, thoroughbred mare
hunter jumper classes, thoroughbred mare, jump training: It sounds like you re doing everything nice and slow, and being quite patient with your mare. When you first tack up and go into the arena with jumps, are you riding her or leading her? Are the jumps already set up? Since you ve seen a pattern in her behavior...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: jumper won't jump in show ring, medical problems, wonderful way
medical problems, wonderful way, jumper: Hi Katie! I have had this problem myself. My mare jumped well at home and never anywhere else. I finally realized that she was a very nervous girl and that the high stress of shows was too much for her. She was not young, actually your horse s age, but...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: jumping, background breed, professional trainer
background breed, professional trainer, dangerous things: Hi Natascha! Well, you did not give me any background. Breed, age, horse s experience, your experience, currently jumping, how high.....so on and so forth. But, even without all that information, I feel safe to say you should not attempt this on your...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Kick out issue, self defense system, frequent answer
self defense system, frequent answer, professional trainer: Hi Katrina, If this is a new issue have you had him checked out by a vet to make sure there are no sight issues? All animals have some sort of self defense system. For a horse that is kicking. You have three choices. The one you mentioned...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Kicking, herd behavior, social animal
herd behavior, social animal, horsemanship: Rick Gore: Horse kicking is normal herd behavior. If you think like a horse you will be able to understand where the horse is coming from. You said you were told the horse has not been around other horses or people in two years, but was taken care of. It...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Kicking in trailer, hind foot, ankle bracelet
hind foot, ankle bracelet, aggravation: Hi Joan! NO! NEVER tie anything to your horse s legs in the trailer! Sorry, I just kind of blurted that out, didn t I? OK. Let s start at the beginning. What has changed? New trailer? Now he s riding alone instead of with a buddy? Or visa-versa?...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: kicking out, tb mare, lifelong relationship
tb mare, lifelong relationship, google: Hi Sascha! I just answered a similar question! I suggest the clicker method of training. You can Google it on the Internet and get the clicker at any pet store. It works the same for horses as well as dogs. This is a positive re-inforcement treat based...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: kicking filly, herd mate, bumm
herd mate, bumm, filly: Hi Bea! I m guessing that your filly is turning and kicking at you when she is loose in the pasture or stall? The very clear message she is sending is that she does not respect you! Kids these days! She is getting older and more confident and sorting...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: kicking horse, personality quirk, red ribbon
personality quirk, red ribbon, hind legs: Hi Kate! This is not so much a training issue as it is a personality quirk. This is who she is and who she will always be ~ a kicker. Now. Is this the end of the world? No. First, tie a red ribbon in her tail anytime you have to take her anywhere....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: kicking in pasture, ground manners, behavior problem
ground manners, behavior problem, standardbred: Hi Kim, sounds like you have a good grasp on this. I would say don t get in the habit of making excuses for your horse. There are many reason these things could be happening, but it does matter why, it matters that your horse does not kick, bite or buck....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: kicking whilst travelling, irish sport horse, horses hooves
irish sport horse, horses hooves, horsebox: Hi Sarah! I feel you have done everything correctly and I have nothing really pertinent to add....you are doing everything you can to try and manage an eccentric habit in an otherwise solid riding partner. I would recommend leg wraps too, just in case...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: kicking, paint mare, vet bill
paint mare, vet bill, old paint: Hi Pam! I have seen this before but, you did not say what the injury was. Did she just make herself stocked up or did she put a hoof through the wall and needed stitches? I guess in the end it is more about solving it. While I can make a few suggestions...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Lady, lateral movements, western pleasure
lateral movements, western pleasure, disrespect: Hi Betta! The jog is controlled, powerful, rhythmic and collected. Some people that really don t know much about western pleasure may mistake the movement as slow, but there is much more to it that just looking at the speed. The horse is round and driving...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Leading a yearling, filly, strides
filly, strides, bum: Hi Chloe, First I have a question for you... is your filly trained to tie? If not, that would be my first step. Once she s learned how to stand tied, and give in to pressure, leading will be easier. If she already ties, however, my suggestion would be...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Leasing, buying or adoption, welsh pony, horse deals
welsh pony, horse deals, buying a horse: Hi Pamela, Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. Yes you can adopt a pony or horse and there are many good rescues. If you do adopt you have to make sure that your lodgings for the horse fit the rescue s requirements. The places I look when...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: My Little Girl! <3, best thing in my life, gaits
best thing in my life, gaits, voice command: Hi Hannah! You did not say your horse s age or how long she s been broke. You did say you have a trainer and while I do not like to infringe on another s trainer s territory....I will still say my opinion. I will guess that both of you (you and your...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: LOTS of behavior problems, qh gelding, high octane fuel
qh gelding, high octane fuel, deep ditch: Hi Cindy! Thank you very much for your kind words :-) Please ask you vet and farrier for personal recommendations of a trainer they know who might be interested in taking on you hard case and helping him turn around. Also, the owner of your local tack...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Longe Training, roundpen, tennessee walker
roundpen, tennessee walker, lead line: My first question would be why do you want to teach him to longe? From what you are saying he is doing a great job without it. Some horses are just not comfortable longing. It also might be uncomfortable for him to bend his neck. You also want to make sure...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Lounging troubles, dressage rider, saddlebred
dressage rider, saddlebred, barrel horse: Hello Amanda, First I would stand at the side of your horse with him in a natural halter with a long lead ( about 12 feet ) start slowly bumping his back legs with the lead. He will kick and move away, stay with him standing at his shoulder and keep slowly...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Luna, appaloosa mare, dangerous habit
appaloosa mare, dangerous habit, loving owner: Hi Mia! The fact that your mare is walking backwards worries me. Allot. This is a classic symptom of a young horse that was broke to riding improperly and does not fully understand the process. This is bad for several reasons. The first most simple...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Lunging a one-eye horse, time and patience, knowledgeable friend
time and patience, knowledgeable friend, blind side: Hi Jennifer, You re very right in your assertion that it will take time and patience. When a horse is disabled in such a way, it s extremely important that you have his trust if he is to continue to work in a normal way. Your horse needs to learn how...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Lunging a horse, hindquarters, desired results
hindquarters, desired results, quarter horse: It will take practice! You may not get the desired results the first few times. The most vital and IMPORTANT key is to be patient and don t give up! You must first ask yourself: What signal is your horse not listening to? It s the signal to move his shoulders...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Lunging Problems, hunter pleasure, loving relationship
hunter pleasure, loving relationship, horse talk: Hi Katie, sorry it took so long, I just got this question. If you have trainers coming and rescuing you, they should be teaching you how to be safe and correct this. Your horse is not being mean. He is being a horse and he thinks you are part of his herd....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Lunging problems, good sol, herd of horses
good sol, herd of horses, hunter pleasure: Hi Katie! Yikes!!! This is not fun, and I understand why it makes you nervous. Horses know when you know, and they know when you don t know. Horses are very smart and your gelding knows that he is running the show. You know what the problem is, it is...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: lead rope, nylon halter, lead line
nylon halter, lead line, paddocks: Hi Martin! I am so glad you have asked this question. Please try to dissuade this person form doing this anymore! This is very dangerous and could lead to a serious injury for the horse. No. It does not teach a horse anything. All leaving a lead...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: lead training a 7 month Clyde, paddock area, rear feet
paddock area, rear feet, professional trainer: Hi Rodney, Your horse needs to learn to move forward. Since he will not lead just using pressure you need a butt rope and/or a lounge or dressage whip. A butt rope is a loop of preferably cotton rope (a lead rope will work). He should be...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: leading problems, herd leader, herd animals
herd leader, herd animals, lope: Hi Becky! This is a great question, solving this problem will make a huge change in your relationship with your horse. Here goes...your mare has not learned to move off of your pressure and she is not seeing you as leader. Horses are herd animals and they...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: leading problems, physical abnormality, horses training
physical abnormality, horses training, horse training: Becky - When you have troubles with a horse there are three questions you should ask. 1. Does the horse have a physical problem like lameness, sickness, or physical abnormality that is contibuting to the problem. 2. Is there a Horse training problem?...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: leads?, s education, hores
s education, hores, lope: Hi Hannah! You are very young to be taking such a difficult task on. I think your trainer should teach the horse her leads and then teach you how to ask for them, until your mare does it automatically. This is a hard thing to train a horse to do and...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: lengthening stride, bales of hay, rock beds
bales of hay, rock beds, sage wisdom: Hi Dani! Hi Sarah! So nice to hear from you! I just spent 4 wonderful days at Ricky Quinn s clinic here in my town. Great group of people and again a stellar learning experience. I m pooped! I ll have pictures posted my website as soon as they come...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: My little girl's back, crossties, astm
crossties, astm, little girl: Hi Hannah! My first suggestion is is have her seen by a vet. She should be thoroughly examined for back issues but, also tested for EPM or other blood related diseases. I do not think swishing her tail put her back out . But, the tail swishing could...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: My little kicker!, kicker, colt
kicker, colt, bum: Hello, Your guy definitely is trying to establish that he is going to be the lead of your little herd! Take a stick and tie a plastic bag on the end. When you go into the stall to feed shake the stick just enough that he moves away. Then throw the feed and...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: loading, straight load, slant load
straight load, slant load, stock trailer: Hi Lacey, I have a section about trailer loading on my horse site. www.freewebs.com/horseawareness Go to the site and read about trailer problems, it is under Horsemanship and training. The site is not finished, but feel free to look around. The more...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: loading, dually halter, monty roberts
dually halter, monty roberts, patient days: Hmm, sounds like a pretty tricky situation. The first thing I would like to suggest is that you try join-up with this mare... I am a HUGE fan of it. I won t explain what join-up is quite yet, incase you already know. However if you don t, PLEASE let me...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: loungeing, leg protection, hind end
leg protection, hind end, safety measures: The easiest way to get a horse lunging is if you have a round pen... however I am going to assume that you don t, so I will go a bit more detailed. Do you have someone who can help you? It makes things a lot easier if you do... a fit person on top of that....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Mare nipping gelding, gelding, eyesight
gelding, eyesight, herd: She is establishing her role as the Alpha horse to your gelding. He is always going to be nipped and bullied when she feels cranky or bossy, that s just the way it is going to be. That is herd dynamics and the only way to end the cycle is to keep them apart...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Mare undersaddle training issue!, trot and canter, undersaddle
trot and canter, undersaddle, wont move: Hi Lindsay! I need more information to answer this correctly. Did you train the mare yourself? What is the tack you are using and how often do you ride? What discipline are you riding her in and what is your skill level. Just from what you told me,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Mare - unwilling to put bit in mouth...., cross ties, heat cycle
cross ties, heat cycle, dental exam: It sounds like it is her teeth and she is associating the bit with pain. I would also check her neck and make sure that she is not having any problems with flexion. If the dental exam comes back negative you just might want to try a different bit. Lis...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Mini Burro, little burro, hind end
little burro, hind end, who is the boss: What type of hay do you feed him? He is looking at you as though you are a fellow donkey pal rather then the head of the herd. Right now he is testing you to see who is the boss and also he wants to play with you. I would first cut off all grain as donkeys...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Mini donkeys and a mare, mini donkeys, mini donkey
mini donkeys, mini donkey, cross ties: Hi Dwayne, You are going to want to keep the donkey and her baby separated from your mare for about 2 weeks to make sure that the donkey is not carrying anything. After that I would introduce them from opposite sides of the fence for a week or...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Misbehaving when riding with others, missouri foxtrotter, sore muscles
missouri foxtrotter, sore muscles, behaivor: Hi Roxanne, I apologize for the delay in answering your question. I do not feel the issue is that your horse needs more work as you are riding him often. The problem seems to be that he wants to be with other horses and that he is an Alpha horse....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: My Misunderstood Filly, velvet glove, iron hand
velvet glove, iron hand, first horse: Hi Laura! You sound like you are in waaaaay over your head. This baby needs a firm hand and a consistent, well thought out training program immediately implemented. Speak to your vet, farrier or tack shop and have them recommend a local trainer that...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Morab Mare, trot canter, older horses
trot canter, older horses, morgan cross: Hi Robin! I understand your questions but, I cannot give training advice to non-owners of the horse in question. From what it sounds like you are working with a mare at the stables you ride in to get her ready for the summer programs. If there is a trainer...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Morgan being outright Viscious, mustang horses, soft rope
mustang horses, soft rope, rope halter: Hello Nikki, Whenever you come to a difficult horse come back to basics first. She may have had some bad experiences with people, but in truth she is just acting like a horse- think more like a mustang. Horses are into pressure animals, and that pressure...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Morph, welsh cob, bridle path
welsh cob, bridle path, soft rope: Hi Christine! Let s break this problem down. I need more information before I can suggest anything. Is he head shy about everything or is it just his mouth? Can you worm him? Can you clip his muzzle, ears or bridle path? Does he allow the halter taken...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Mr. Fearless, sun lounges, bomb proof
sun lounges, bomb proof, trail friends: Hi Cait, Congratulations on having such a genuine and kind horse. I personally would say thank you to the horsie god who gave you this wonderful gift. Isn t your boy jumping the alligator better than stopping dead and you catapulting over his head and...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Muscle Building, excess body weight, muscular fatigue
excess body weight, muscular fatigue, cross country runner: Well, let me first start out by telling you that over the years I have talked to many individuals that have used supplements and different forms of feeding programs to help build a better horse. The basic rule in humans is the same in horses. Example being:...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Mustang with EPM, rear limbs, stall rest
rear limbs, stall rest, pissy: Hi Diana, Right now I would not even walk her. For now I would keep her on stall rest. Most likely your horse is still in pain and will be for a few more weeks. Your horse is also going to have weakness in her legs which will make it difficult...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Mustang Training Help Needed!, mustang training, old mustang
mustang training, old mustang, bosal: Alexandra - I m going to do the best I can to answer your question, but there are some small details that I can t really answer without more information from you. If this doesn t help at all, please write me back - just give a lot of specifics. Sometimes...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Mustangs, saddle and bridle, pastern
saddle and bridle, pastern, lunge line: Hi Kim, Have you had her checked out to see if has any back issues? That would be the first thing I would do especially as she has done so well with the other things you have taught her. If it turns out she does not then the way I train horses...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: My mare, good graces, soft hands
good graces, soft hands, snaffle: Hi Alyssa! I need somemore information before I make any suggestions. What is the mare s age, breed and how often do you ride her? Is she longed prior to riding? Is she wearing a martingale? Has she always ridden English? Who broke her and just how...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: mare's bad habit, brood mare, bad habit
brood mare, bad habit, tack shop: Hi Sandra! Your son and anyone else MUST NOT TRY to ride this horse again. Rearing to this extent is too dangerous for any rider at his point. You did not give me much information on this horse. Was she a brood mare and therefore really never broke...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: mare behaving badley, brood mare, fence line
brood mare, fence line, sweet horse: Mares can have their monthly moodiness, just like we do. But remember to have someone show you how to properly clean a sheath, if you decide on a gelding. Their temperaments can be more regular, but they come with their own set of issues. Feel free to write...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: is my mare in foal, mare in foal, welsh partbred
mare in foal, welsh partbred, oat straw: Hi Michelle, Thanks for your question. It sounds like the pony was just reacting to the extra weight of you vs children. This often happens with ponies, especially when they are newly broken. Chances of her doing it with the children on board are slim,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: mare&foal training, stud colt, halter training
stud colt, halter training, strenth: Hi Stacy, Thanks for your questions. I sympathise with your situation, but it’s to be expected. If you breed a mare you have to accept that she’s not going to be available to you to ride etc whilst the foal is with her. So for the next 6 months or...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: mare & foal, first foal, hating life
first foal, hating life, playful mood: Hi Sue! Sue.....you need help. More help than I can give you over the Internet! You said you were a timid rider and I am sure this carries over into how you handle this mamma and filly on the ground. They cannot help but understand that you will never...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: mare gone mad, brood mare, broken collarbone
brood mare, broken collarbone, canter: Hi Em, Thanks for your question. First thing - your mare is too old to jump and I think dressage after such a long spell as a brood mare combined with her advanced age is just too much for her. Her muscles are not accustomed to the movement and this...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: how to get a mare to stop raising her head??, draw reins, side reins
draw reins, side reins, western horses: Hi Cory! Your mare most likely carries her head low and flat because of her conformation. It is her natural head carriage. She holds it that way in the stall and in the pasture. As long as you don t disturb her that is how she will go under saddle. ...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: mare won't back up???, paint mare, longe line
paint mare, longe line, old paint: Hi Cory! It sounds like you have a nice little mare that just doesn t understand what you want her to do. Pretty easy to fix, really. The morning you are going to start these exercises, give her no grain...just plenty of hay and water. Longe her lightly...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Tying a Horse www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, rope halter, slip knot
rope halter, slip knot, soft blanket: Rick Gore: Horse training is about understanding a horse. To do this you need to think like a horse. Hi Melissa, if the horse is rearing up, it has not had a proper foundation for taking a saddle. If the horse stands and ties well, tie her with a rope...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: my mare, foal, kicker
foal, kicker, mares: Hi Sophie, Glad that things are better with your kicker. If the mare is dried up then I would give it another 2 weeks and they should be fine. The foal and mare will still be bonded and there are some mares who will still allow the foal to nurse...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: mini donkey, male donkey, mini donkey
male donkey, mini donkey, sexual aggression: You have a good question here. I first need to start off by saying that gelding him MIGHT help the situation be alittle better, however I dont expect because of his age and how long he has been doing this that it will remedy it completley. An young jack...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: miniature horses, miniature horses, first timers
miniature horses, first timers, good luck: I see your question is old. I do not know much about showing, but if you look at the other experts, there are a couple that may be able to help. Try and pick an expert that can answer your question. This question was in the pool, so I just thought I would...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: mounted shooting horse training, metal garbage cans, building confidence
metal garbage cans, building confidence, gun shots: Hi Roger! Nope, don t just allow him to run around while you are shooting. There is no support for the horse. He does not know what to do! He may think that jumping the fence and getting as far away as possible is the right answer. I would have him...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: muscle building exercises, muscle building exercises, rice bran
muscle building exercises, rice bran, spring hits: Hi Hannah! I completely understand your desire to build the muscle in your mare s hindquarters. I recommend hill work. I know you may be stuck in an indoor arena until the weather gets better. But, once spring hits and the ground is decent...go up...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: muscle in my mare's hindquarters, hind end, long legs
hind end, long legs, hindquarters: Amber - I would wait until she delivers, and you are close to weaning the foal. When you are ready you can work her over ground poles to help develop her hind end. Or, while you are trail riding, you can focus on trotting up hills. Both exercises...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: mustang, mustang mare, cross plains tn
mustang mare, cross plains tn, water spigot: Nancy - The first thing I would do is get her into a round pen. The round pen gives you a nice controlled area to work with the horse. 40 feet in diameter is plenty, any bigger and the horse is too far away. I would start by free lunging her in the...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: mustang, menonites, forelock
menonites, forelock, sweet disposition: Hi Nancy, good job so far. I think you have a saved this horse from a lifetime of fear and misery. Your story is far too common for Mustangs. I have a 14 yr old that was exactly like you were describing. He broke by tying his feet, he was gelded without...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: got my mustang and mommy and baby burro, mustang mare, pat parelli
mustang mare, pat parelli, monty roberts: John - Let me answer part of your question with a story. Quite a few years ago I got a Mustang mare. I started working with her almost as soon as she jumped out of the trailer, and within an hour of working with her I had a halter on her. By an hour...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: mustang training, mustang training, domesticated horses
mustang training, domesticated horses, domestic horses: Lori - Mustangs go by some different rules than domesticated horses. Yes you have to win the arguements with them, but they don t respond well if you go from asking to suddenly demanding. If a problem arises, you are better off stopping, and starting...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: NAPPING, home backs, slaughterhouses
home backs, slaughterhouses, farrier: Hi Dianne! Nooooo....you will not win in the end or ever for that matter. You cannot make a horse perform an action that it has not been trained to do. Just because you can get a saddle on him and mount him does not mean he is ridable . It just means...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Napping and Rearing, chestnut mare, naps
chestnut mare, naps, livery: Hi Natasha! I was very surprised when I read your last sentence. You are taking equine studies/management and you are wondering what is wrong? Do you feel your money is being well spent at that college? Shouldn t you be able to diagnose this yourself...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Naughty Pony, welsh mountain pony, cross ties
welsh mountain pony, cross ties, stable yard: Hi Linda! Ponies are notoriously evil. They will be fine for awhile and then act up so badly that you are a hair s breadth from selling them and they go back to being fine. I would like to know a little more about his reluctance. Can you just catch...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: MY NEW HORSES ISSUES, paint mare, old paint
paint mare, old paint, neutral area: I would have to say she is either a Boss Mare now or one in the making. She is communicating to you like she does to her horse mates. It is not dangerous because you say she does it all the time. A horse who only flattens his ears when he means it will...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Neck Reining Question, body position, clear signal
body position, clear signal, left leg: Rick Gore: Horses are a reflection of their rider or owner. Hi Suzann, Neck reining is a word misused a lot. If the horse is neck reined trained, he will do it on both sides. When you neck rein a horse, the horse should know how to move off the leg and...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Neck Reining, paint gelding, hunter class
paint gelding, hunter class, gaits: Hi Marina! This is a seemingly simple question but, I have no simple answer. Your guy has probably been ridden in an English bit his whole life and now you want to re-train him to a curb and neck rein....something wholly different in his opinion! ...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Rearing and teaching a horse to tie, quarter horse mare, rope halter
quarter horse mare, rope halter, freak out: Hey Nate, when you say pull himself off, I think you mean rears and pulls back, trying to break away from the tie. If this is the case, I hope he does not get lose either or he will learn to keep pulling. If you using a lead rope with a snap, I would suggest...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Nervous, bolting horse in the arena...., full gallop, bomb proof
full gallop, bomb proof, hind quarters: Hello Lisa, Sounds to me like your horse could use a little more desensitizing. Get a stick with a plastic bag on the end. Start by walking with her on the lead line, waving your stick and bag back and forth. This will make her feel more brave because every...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Nervous horse, horsemanship section, standardbred gelding
horsemanship section, standardbred gelding, understanding horses: Rick Gore: Horses have survived for millions of year by being nervous. A horse sometimes has to get scared to learn he does not have to be scared. Hi.Megan, go to the site I set up and read the horsemanship section. It will help you understand why horses...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: New Aggressive Behavior in Horse, grass hay, horse fence
grass hay, horse fence, pleasure horse: Hi Erin, From what you have told me I would say that during his 11 years in the herd that he was in he learn a certain herd dynamics and what his place was with them. When he was staying at the different barns he was unable to practice the herd...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: New Aggressive Behavior in Horse, bite wounds, grass hay
bite wounds, grass hay, aggressive behavior: Hi Erin, I have a few questions I need to ask you about Silk. What type of grain are you feeding? When Silk calls out to the mare is she is heat or is it anytime that he sees her? How big is your pasture? What type of barn s did you have him...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: New Baby, social butterfly, congratulations on your new baby
social butterfly, congratulations on your new baby, foals: Hi Mariah, Congratulations on your new baby. Working with your foal should be lots of fun. Keep it light and easy, don t force yourself on the baby. Put her in a stall or small safe confined area. You may want to just take a chair into the stall and just...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: New Baby, tennessee walkers, old tennessee
tennessee walkers, old tennessee, first timers: Hi Bethany! CONGRATULATIONS!!! How exciting! Tennessee Walkers are some of the nicest minded horses around. A good friend of mine has two of them. My friend lives in Arizona and when I visit I get to ride, Cookie! She is a wonderful mare. We have ridden...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: New Foal and Mom, older horses, nasty situation
older horses, nasty situation, foal: Congrats on the new addition! Foals are an amazing gift, but handling them correctly from the start is super important if you want to end up with a wonderful horse. I always get my newborns used to a halter, but only under direct supervision....foals are...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: New Horse, tom dorrance, equine partner
tom dorrance, equine partner, ground manners: Hi Ann! How exciting for you! You are creating your first equine partner, what fun. If you have never started a horse before there is so much to do and for me every step of the way is pure fun. Starting a horse is just that, the start. We are never...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: New Horse, companion horse, cross ties
companion horse, cross ties, simple stuff: Kelsie - Without actually seeing the horse and witnessing first hand what is going on, I can t say with any certainty what the problem is. I would recommend contacting the previous owner and (not complaining)ask if they had the same problem or have any...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: New Horse, cross ties, kelsie
cross ties, kelsie, stirrup: Hi Kelsie! I am glad to hear that he is doing some things correctly. I have never come across this particular cross...interesting to say the least. First, you must always have your guard up around him. I am suspicious because you say one moment he...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: My New Horse, voice and pitch, distinctive voices
voice and pitch, distinctive voices, nickers: Hi Anonymous! You did not say your horse s age, breed, how long you have owned her and what your goals are with her. But, I can safely say, in the broadest of terms, training should begin immediately. A foal should be wearing a halter, being led and...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: New horse/new horse owner, color paint, time owner
color paint, time owner, little distance: Hi Tracey! You have your hands full, don t you? I think you are expecting far too much out of him far too soon. He knows what he should be doing...but, he is quite sure you don t. If he was a real greenie with not allot of training, you wouldn t...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: New horse, paces, herd
paces, herd, horses: Hello, The first thing I would do is bring her out of her stall and right into the arena for work. Send her around you in a circle, disengage her= this means sending a spinning rope while you lean over to look at her hind end and then follow through to go...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: napping and refusal to hack alone, equestrian centre, dead horse
equestrian centre, dead horse, gelding: Hi Becky! This is not a big problem at all. In my opinion, it could be solved in 30 days of work with him. It does not matter what he did before, just what he will do for you now because he feels comfortable doing it. He is smart and wants to understand...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: napping, bogey man, good relationship
bogey man, good relationship, good boy: Hi Anne, You could lead him out and back several times to help build his confidence. Then you should trot or canter him out and have him walk quietly back in. Take him out for short rides at first and gradually expand the distance away that you go. Every time...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: naughty colt, old cam, professional trainer
old cam, professional trainer, tack shop: Hi Sammy! You answered your question....with exactly the right answer. You need to send him to a professional trainer or have one out to where your baby is. Sometimes loving him is not enough and it sounds like you are both too close to the problems....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: naughty colt, old cam, making a web page
old cam, making a web page, horse world: Hi Sammy, first your colt is not naughty. He is being a colt. :) He is getting to his twos (almost two) and is feeling his oats (got a lot of energy) He is starting to develop muscles and starting to learn how to move those legs of his. Remember when dealing...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: naughty toddler, horse behavior, friend charlie
horse behavior, friend charlie, keep your distance: Your horse is being in charge. He is pushing people around him because he does not respect them. A horse will not kick another horse that is higher than he is. If he is kicking he thinks he is higher and since you people who are lower and not respecting...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: I need advice for my horse, cant remeber, sorry cant
cant remeber, sorry cant, old horse: Hello and thank you for your question. The first thing that comes to mind in what you are describing is back pain, and before you try to find any other cause, you need to get a vet out (or a chiropractor) to look at your horse. I know that isn t a lot...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: need a bit of advice, professional trainer, 1hh
professional trainer, 1hh, astm: Hi Charlotte! It seems to me that you do not own the pony, Chiffy. I cannot give training advice to non-owners of the horse because of legal reasons. It also seems to me that you are stuck and so is the pony. I would tell the owner that she or he may...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: I need Help, natural horseman, learning about horses
natural horseman, learning about horses, horse behavior: Hello, That is a great question about a very vast subject. I wish I could write you a few lines and make you into a great horseman- think of learning about horses like learning Spanish, I cant communicate with my friend who speaks only Spanish because we...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: I need help loading a horse, rope halter, loading a horse
rope halter, loading a horse, dressage whip: Hi Johanna! This is an old question and I m not sure if it was answered but, I ll offer up some more help. You are right, your mare is scared and really needs some confidence. I want to you load her on a day when you don t have to travel and have the whole...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: i need help, short attention spans, step in the right direction
short attention spans, step in the right direction, short periods: Hi Lauren! OK. She is doing the gait you requested and that is a big step in the right direction. However, you say her attitude is poor. Let s think about that right now. Babies (and she is still a baby mentally) have short attention spans and need...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: neighbor owns stallion, brood mares, stallion owner
brood mares, stallion owner, stallion owners: Hi Cathy, While each state differs,it is usually the stallion owner s responsibility to have safe fences. I:E, fences that the stallion can not get through. If your mare becomes injured or pregnant, then the stallion owner is responsible for all...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: My new 10 month old appaloosa, small circles, vic edu
small circles, vic edu, surcingle: Hello, Congrats on your new filly! There are many things that will help your young horse grow into a happy and well mannered riding horse. Young horses need exposure to many things so that they are not overwhelmed when you first start them under saddle...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Our new 16 year old Arabian mare, vet asap, horses health
vet asap, horses health, arabian mare: It sounds to me like you need to have the Vet see this horse AGAIN, and examine her once more. There is no way I can even attempt to diagnose your horses problem without being able to physically SEE the animal before me. You say the Vet has recently seen...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: new 6 month old fiilly being aggressive to 14 yr old gelding, behavioral modification techniques, respectful relationship
behavioral modification techniques, respectful relationship, acting this way: Hi Mareta, I m so sorry to hear of your loss. You and your gelding are both suffering and I feel for you both. I think you are right on the mark with your assessment of your filly. She thinks she has to come on pretty strong to hold her own with...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: new arab horse, bit spurs, arabian gelding
bit spurs, arabian gelding, arab stallion: Hi Holli! You will not ruin or affect your relationship with your gelding if you do not react when you spray him. Just a short, quick spray and no voice or hand punishment. He should not even know it came from you if you do it right. As I said before....he...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: new filly, herd mate, horse behavior
herd mate, horse behavior, place baby: Hi Heather! I think you are wonderful for adopting your mare. Bless your heart. A lot of what babies know come from their mothers and the relationship the mare has with her owners. Unfortunately your old mare has had a rough road and can t help with...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: new and green horse owner, wild horses, trot and canter
wild horses, trot and canter, first horse: Wanting to stay with the herd is instinctive, because in the wild horses had to stay together to stay alive. You want to become the leader of his herd. You want to bring up his sense of self esteem and also strengthen your lines of communication with him....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: new horse with issuses, calm horses, show jumper
calm horses, show jumper, canter: Hi Jodie! I understand your dilemma and that you want the best for King. However, I cannot give training advice to non-owners of the horse in question. Yes, it is common for horses to be drugged when shown for sale. A sad and terrible practice and...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: my new horse, human anger, start of something
human anger, start of something, sense of smell: Hi Mackenzie! What does she want your horse to do? If you hit him on the fanny, he WILL go forward and away from the pressure. It that what your are wanting? I have to fill in a lot of blanks here but I ll try and do my best and figure out the problem...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: new standy need help, loyal breed, steady rhythm
loyal breed, steady rhythm, standy: Hi Amelia, Thanks for your question. First of all congratulations on bypassing the stereotypes and taking on a retired Standardbred, you’ll never find a more loving or loyal breed of horse! Physios and massages are excellent for off the track horses,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: newborn colt that is mean, stud colt, tennessee walking horse
stud colt, tennessee walking horse, natural instinct: Cheryl- Natural Instinct can be a terrible thing. No matter how nice your friend is, when it comes down to it they are still a predator and that stud has centuries of fear on his side. Imprint training begins as soon as the horse hits the ground. If...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: What is next?, paint mares, ground manners
paint mares, ground manners, horse move: Hi Grace, I just got the e-mail with your question today so I apologize for the delay. I would work on lifting their feet so that they can get them done. Also work on trailer loading. When you are riding them carry a small crop and give them...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: nibbler, bad habit, rubber things
bad habit, rubber things, traffic cone: Well at least he not trying to bite you aggressively. :) His issue is a habit that has probably been allowed and reinforced since he was a youngster. I have a 3 yr old that will nuzzle and search me like a cop, checking every pocket to see if I have snacks....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Getting nice babies, high calorie diet, alfalfa hay
high calorie diet, alfalfa hay, phosphorus levels: Although the exact cause of epiphysitis isn t known in many cases, most people have tried to focus on good nutrition and appropriate exercise to avoid the problem. Most specifically, excessive calories, and the minerals calcium and phosphorus, have been talked...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: nutrition, beet pulp, sand colic
beet pulp, sand colic, grass hay: Hi Raymeichle, I would give both horses a complete feed like a senior feed. I would also add beet pulp and 1/2 a cup of vegtable oil. If you can give them free choice grass hay. Alfalfa is not the best thing to give to a horse and unless...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: How Old?, leg bones, race horses
leg bones, race horses, growth plates: Sarah - I have heard the same wives tale. The most important thing is to wait until the growth plates on the leg bones are closed/fused. This usually happens right around two, and that is why two is considered the earliest time to start riding a horse....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Older horses (Senior age), novice rider, rider test
novice rider, rider test, older horses: Hi, I don t mean physical problems, but issues relating to riding ie: hard to stop, turn, putting tongue over the bit, opening mouth, moving the head above or below the bit etc. These problems often send people looking for a quick fix and these are usually...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Older mare not separating maneuvers, apha mare, kids horse
apha mare, kids horse, western pleasure: Hi Breanne! I understand what you want from your horse. These are not especially difficult things to train a horse to do. However, it is really not the mare that needs to be taught....it s you. Think about it. If you do not know how to teach it to...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Older Ropping Horse & Curb Chain for Bit, curb bits, curb chain
curb bits, curb chain, snaffle: Hi Nita, I m glad things went well for you (sort of!). I really don t like curb bits. They should only be used by experienced riders for special horses and only for a limited time. Same with tie downs. They only mask the problem and can cause a whole...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Orphan Foal - Feed Question, orphan foal, equine jr
orphan foal, equine jr, adult horses: Well when horses especially babies are feeling playful they jump up and kick and shake their heads. She is showing you that she wants TO PLAY and if you show her HEY I WILL PLAY WITH YOU by rubbing her head scrubbing her chest and getting playful with...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Orphaned foal and his training, mare and foal, foals mom
mare and foal, foals mom, rubber nipple: Hi Tina! It sounds like things are working out great for you all! This is one lucky little horse! If you have a chance, check out the colt starting DVD s by Ray Hunt and Buck Brannaman. Buck is over in Sheridan, Wyoming. Check out their websites....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: OTTB, breaking a horse, horse horses
breaking a horse, horse horses, riding horses: Hi Jess! Yes, I think an OTTB is too much for such a young girl. Not to mention the fact that it would be your first experience breaking a horse to ride. An OTTB is really for advanced trainers. See, they are not riding horses. They are tools that...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: old broodmare, herd instinct, pony mare
herd instinct, pony mare, maiden mare: Sounds like you are taking good care of these guys. When you say they are acting like mare and gelding, not sure what you mean. Horses are very social and they buddy up fast. They need to have extra eyes and ears in the wild to survive, so their herd instinct...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: old horses, beet pulp, grazing muzzle
beet pulp, grazing muzzle, rice bran: Hi Jenny, 1: If i could make the the thin one fit and the fat one fit would I be able to ride one of them? You would be able to ride one or both of them if they do not have any medical or other issues. Horses can be ridden into their...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: old white mare, dandruff shampoo, selsun blue
dandruff shampoo, selsun blue, partial blindness: Hi Monica! First let me answer the question about the rainrot. For starters you need to be sure it is actually rainrot. Skin conditions and fungi are very common in horses and the names for them vary wildly from region to region. Some are also the old...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: an older horse has learned a new trick, qh gelding, contest of wills
qh gelding, contest of wills, problem horse: Hi Annette! Well, it sounds like to me that your old guy is just messing with you because he knows he can win. At his age and experience, he is not honestly frightened or unsure. I have found that geldings can get increasingly grumpy as they grow older,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: ornery 2 yr old, water troughs, productive outlet
water troughs, productive outlet, vet check: Rick Gore: Horses learn by curiosity, testing and exploring. This is a great trait and shows intelligence. Hi Jennifer, sounds like you got a great little guy there. The worst thing to do is knock or discourage curiosity from a horse, especially a young...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: what other training can I start my colt on?, plastic grocery bags, back porch
plastic grocery bags, back porch, puppy dog: Hi Joanne! What fun but be careful. You don t want to create trouble for your guy. It is important to preserve his natural curiosity and make it work for you. These can be very special horses, I know, I raised one. Her name was Me-Too . Everything...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: overly dramatic 2 year old, nylon halter, leather halter
nylon halter, leather halter, tack shop: Hi Heather! You did not say her breed or what training she had prior to you buying her. From what you did tell me, I would guess she had NONE and you assumed she DID! So, you take her home, treat her like a horse that knows what she should be doing....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Pawing, pasture fencing, water barrel
pasture fencing, water barrel, water bucket: Hi Heather, Changing this behavior is going to take some time. It sounds like your mare needs a few lessons with patience. I ll bet she does this when ever you let her stand tied as well. (something that she needs to learn is to stand quietly if she doesn...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Pawing, john lyons, small circles
john lyons, small circles, digging to china: Hi Lisa! This is a non-problem with a non-solution....do nothing. Ignore, ignore, ignore. Now. I know this will be hard for you. The other boarders are butting in and it s bothering you in a Hey, I m in control, Rose! Listen to me!! She is a...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Pawing, conveyor belting, horses hooves
conveyor belting, horses hooves, excess energy: One quick way to stop the holes being dug in the stall flooring and in your pasture gate area is to put down some sort of solid mat or even conveyor belting in the areas your horse prefers to paw the ground. It isn t going to stop the behavior but it will...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: One Person Horse, giving me a hard time, website answers
giving me a hard time, website answers, trot and canter: I m honestly a little stumped on what may be causing this odd behavior in your gelding... however here are the two things I came up with: 1) Maybe your gelding is one of those horses with a very active mind... being ridden by the same person, every day,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Please Help! I need some advice on my horse., lope, georgie
lope, georgie, best friends: Hi Georgie, It sounds as though she is experiencing pain when she lopes. It could be that she is ok before the added weight of a human is put on her. I would first try another saddle on her and see if you have the same results. If you do not...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Pokey walk, yearling colt, medical issue
yearling colt, medical issue, food place: Hi Lacey! I would have him checked by a vet for common growth problems that can occur in babies legs. He could have a medical issue that makes him walk slowly. I once trained a baby that would not walk up a small hill to go to T/O. He had a stifle...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: my Pony, horses head, clarity of mind
horses head, clarity of mind, pain in the butt: Sarah - A rearing horse is a huge pain in the butt. If they get away with it once, it just gets worse. It requires perfect timing and patience to cure the problem. The best advice I can give you is to stop it before it starts. Most horses don t just...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Pony, life time commitment, shetland pony
life time commitment, shetland pony, horse experience: Hey Justin, I answered your other questions first. Getting a pony is a life time and I mean life time commitment. Pony s tend to be spoiled, because they are so cute, so they tend to be harder to handle. You really have to do a lot of reading and educate...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Pony Bulking, footfalls, pony
footfalls, pony, 8 years: Hi Tonya, You hit the nail on the head. This pony is not for beginner or timid riders. You can get your daughter some lessons on the pony with a good trainer and it may help to solve the problem. You can also lunge your daughter on the pony. Be sure you...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Pony behavior-Constantly tries to eat, shetland pony, alfalfa hay
shetland pony, alfalfa hay, problem habits: Hi Lorrie! His eating habits are not from hunger but, simply just a habit that happens to taste good. He can be trained out of it. You will have to be very consistent though and not allow any deviations from the course of his training. None. Ever. ...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Pony behaviour, haflinger gelding, proud cut
haflinger gelding, proud cut, dutch warmblood: Hi Jodie, Is this the only behavior problem that you have with him? Does he only act like this around your mare? It could just be that he is getting used to the new pecking order. He could have medical issues or have been proud cut. I am sorry...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Pony Mare that acts like a stallion, pony mare, dominance behavior
pony mare, dominance behavior, horse shows: Hi Suzanne! I need a little more information to really answer this correctly. Could you please be more specific about her behaviors? Does the dominance behavior come out when she is in her pen or also under saddle? What is the tack she is in and what...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Pony Problems, zoo farm, new additions
zoo farm, new additions, definitive answer: Hello Kristine, I have a couple of questions for you on this mare. Do you work her frequently or is she kept in a stall alot? Also has there been any new additions to her housing/environment as well as any newcomers such as new horses? Any changes to her...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Pony, welsh mountain pony, stomach area
welsh mountain pony, stomach area, confident rider: Hi Shanla! Well, you certainly have quite a normal pony there, believe it or not! LOL!! Ponies are some of the most devilish creatures around...they are peevish, contrary and disrespectful....they will take a mile if given an inch. And those are their...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Pouring the ground, payrole, busy mind
payrole, busy mind, haynet: Hello, I think you answered your own question! I always just think of it as a busy mind, let her sit and work her way through it. And remember horses that work all day for a living can spend quite a bit of time just waiting so you are doing her a favor getting...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Prancing, ground manners, attention span
ground manners, attention span, tack shop: Hi Cara! You have a 2 yr old colt (not gelded is what that means to me) and you want to konw WHY he is prancing? You re kidding right? Right now his attention span is like that of a ferret with ADD. He is being bombarded with so many things that he...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Pregnant mare w/ 1 yr old colt, pregnant mare, foals
pregnant mare, foals, foal: Hello Andee, First thing I would do is to have the mare Vet checked to see if she is for sure in foal. If she IS pregnant then you could keep them together until she foals. If she is NOT then keep them apart. A colt can produce fertile sperm starting as...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Pressure Issues, rope halters, qh mare
rope halters, qh mare, inch scar: Hello Nikki, Just remember with pressure issues that you put on some kind of pressure and when the horse looks like they are even thinking of doing what you want them to take the pressure off and wait, let them think. If a horse is afraid of any kind of...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Problem with breaking my mare, first horse, attent
first horse, attent, quarter horse: Hi Kathy! What you are experiencing is a normal aspect of breaking a horse. Never forget you are dealing with something with a mind and that little mind is sometimes working against you! Nothing personal. They just can t help themselves. They are hardwired...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Problem with breaking my mare, first horse, attent
first horse, attent, quarter horse: Kathy - There are a couple of possible things going on with your horse. Unfortunately I can t see the horse first hand, so I can t say with any certainty what the exact problem is. But I will try to give you the best advice I can. I know you said...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Problem Horse, natural horsemanship methods, paint gelding
natural horsemanship methods, paint gelding, neglected horses: Haley - It would be really hard to answer your question without seeing your horse and what it is doing first hand. It certainly sounds like you have a problem though. What I would recommend is getting a second opinion from another trainer in your area....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Problem Horse, paint gelding, natural horsemanship
paint gelding, natural horsemanship, thick skull: Hi Haley, I know you hate to give up on any horse that you have spent this much time with and invested this much money with (trainer etc) but it does seem like if your wanting to enjoy your time with your horse, this one may not be the one for you. He sounds...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Problem Horse, paint gelding, natural horsemanship
paint gelding, natural horsemanship, thick skull: Hi Haley! Your horse does not have a thick skull. He is only doing what he thinks he needs to do to survive. The humans around him are not offering him much. I know that this may be hard to hear, but the sooner you understand your role in his behavior...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Problem Horse, paint gelding, natural horsemanship
paint gelding, natural horsemanship, thick skull: Hi Haley! Oh my....you have quite a disrespectful little guy there, don t you now? You did not say how long you have owned him or if you were involved in his breaking/training. But, I would hazard a guess that you are going to get absolutely nowhere with...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Problem Horse, paint gelding, draw reins
paint gelding, draw reins, natural horsemanship: Hello Haley. Well the answer is so very simple here, your horse needs to be retrained from the bottom up. You need to go back to the very basics like he has never been ridden. Too much water under the bridge and you need some dry ground! Your not getting R-E-S-P-E-C-T..........

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Problem with riding in trailer, shipping boots, straight load
shipping boots, straight load, slant load: Hi Cindy! Hmmmm.....I am really stumped. I cannot fix his ability to ride in a trailer as that is not a training issue. He walks on and stands calmly. So this is more of an idiosyncrasy than anything else and I think no human can force him to think...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Problems with breaking my mare, first horse, atten
first horse, atten, quarter horse: Hi Kathy, It may be time to bump her up a little bit and give her more to think about. Stop backing up - go forward. I d get some more control of her so you can ride her threw these times. Lets go to the round pen first - tie her around and let her go round...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Pulling on the bit, snaffle, martingale
snaffle, martingale, tie down: Hi Debra! First, I have to ask if she is wearing a cavasson? Is it tight enough? Next, is she wearing a martingale? If so what kind? In western they call it a tie-down, English it s a standing. Then of course, there is the running and German. I think...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Pulling Back, appaloosa gelding, dangerous issue
appaloosa gelding, dangerous issue, knowledgeable source: I wanted to thank you for your question and give you some advice, but unfortunately I can t tell you how to fix this problem. A horse that pulls back constantly (especially if its been happening for over a year) can be a very dangerous animal. The absolute...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Pushy horse, signs of nervousness, positive reinforcement
signs of nervousness, positive reinforcement, decent answer: Cassie - For a lot of people there is a fine line between what is too much, and what is just right when it comes to reprimands - with horses or anything. I obviously can not see your horse and know exactly what is going on, but I will try to help and...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Pushy horse, signs of nervousness, positive reinforcement
signs of nervousness, positive reinforcement, decent answer: Hi Cassie! Great Question, and I love your attention to detail when asking it! Your guy is just a bit insecure and doesn t know what the plan is. He needs a bit more education and he needs to understand that this is a good deal for him. You are...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Pushy horse, signs of nervousness, positive reinforcement
signs of nervousness, positive reinforcement, decent answer: Hi Cassie! Because you are dealing with a young and green horse....everytime you touch him, it must be with a plan and a goal. Everything, everytime is about training and only when you are finished and he has accomplished his goal can you relax and just...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: my paint mare spooks, paint mare, ground manners
paint mare, ground manners, reserve champion: Hi Peggy! I am not sure what you mean by pro riders . Do you mean professional trainers or advanced students at the barn where she is. If she is doing it to a professional trainer, well, in my opinion, they should see it coming 3 steps before she does...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: My palomino, cats and dogs, male horse
cats and dogs, male horse, good behavior: Hi Hayley! Hmmmm.....I know this sounds strange but, are you SURE he is gelded? Gelded or Gelding is the correct term for a male horse that cannot reproduce. You were saying neutered and that is for cats and dogs. But, I knew what you meant. I have...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: parades - shoeing?, twenty four months, self mutilation
twenty four months, self mutilation, premature signs: Hello Mary, I strongly believe that if your not WORKING your horse that shoeing is not a necessity. As long as you keep the hooves trimmed and keep an eye on the foot for cracks-splitting-wall weakness your horse will do fine without shodding. Keep in...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: parelli, natural horsemanship, carrot stick
natural horsemanship, carrot stick, crossties: Hi Charlotte! I really need more information to give you an answer...let s start witht the basics. How old is he and how long have you been working/training him? Where is he in the training and what specifically are you working on and how is he doing?...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: pasture, pasture grasses, foxtail millet
pasture grasses, foxtail millet, horse colic: Hi Becky! Go to http://msucares.com/pubs/infosheets/is1200.htm scroll down to Millet This is a site from Mississippi University and it explains all the pasture grasses that can be planted. They said that brown top is fine and to avoid German and...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: pawing at the floor, boundry, scrapes
boundry, scrapes, paws: does she have any friends she can see in the stables? Alot of horses do this in stables, She will get used to it eventually as long as she has a friend...and as for jumping out of paddocks run a hotwire fence along her boundry about a meter inside the fence...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: pawing the ground, stud horses, constructive advice
stud horses, constructive advice, horse breed: Hi Sage! I see you have sent me several questions so I am going to just answer all of them in this one e-mail. First, you need to be very specific. Pick just one problem, the one that needs to be solved first and foremost. Ask just that one question...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: pawing, herd animals, cross ties
herd animals, cross ties, palamino: Hi Danielle! Hmmmm, I would wait until he is actually 2 yrs. old and then have the vet out to give him a look over to make sure he is ready to break. I m assuming he s gelded already. It s great that he is being patient and accepting his training well....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: picking up feet, farrier, farriers
farrier, farriers, paster: Hi Susan, Sounds like your mare has trust issues with men. How is she around your husband normally? Will she let him pat/groom/saddle her? How horsie is your husband? Would he have the ability to work with her to regain her trust in men? If you can...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: picking up horses hooves, horses hooves, peroid
horses hooves, peroid, monty roberts: Hi Joanna! Yes and no.....She has learned that disobeying you has no consequences and is testing you to see how far you will let her go. And if this keeps up, she will begin to understand she is dominate in the relationship and will not do anything she...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: pony, spooks, pony
spooks, pony, fly: Hi Sherrie, You can always put some fly spray on a towel and rub it on the horse. Your pony could be reacting to the smell or the feel of it. What I usually do to get a horse used to a sprayer is first bring an empty one and I will pretend that...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: pony, blank canvas, learning curve
blank canvas, learning curve, wrong idea: Hi Penny! You did not say if you owned this particular pony. I cannot give training advice to non-owners of the horse in question. I can say in the broadest of terms though, going back to the basics is never the wrong idea. Ponies are notorious for...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: pony that kicks, hind legs, reward system
hind legs, reward system, hocks: Hi Sarah! Yes. You hit the nail right on the head...persistence is the key. Always be kind but, firm and do not be afraid to use treats as a positive reward system. Use a special treat that she gets only when she is working well with you and give her...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: pony, english saddle, bosal
english saddle, bosal, snaffle: Ilena- This is kind of a difficult question to answer, but I will do my best. You could try a different bit. A standard snaffle with big D rings (basically a fulmer) may give your son more leverage while not being too severe on the horse. However, if...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: pregant or not, vet check, mustangs
vet check, mustangs, abdomen: Judy - Other than having the vet check, you have to wait a few months before you start really seeing signs. Some of the signs you may see are: weight gain (especially in the abdomen), and as she gets closer to delivery, waxing at the udders, possible change...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: problem horse, side reins, problem horses
side reins, problem horses, three gates: Hi Christine! I find it very interesting that you have owned her for 5 years and that she is not problem at home. Can you please explain in detail what the situation is at a show? When does her attitude start to slip into blatant disobedience? Start...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: A problem minature horse, stud chain, ground manners
stud chain, ground manners, little horses: Hi Carla! I am going to assume he is not gelded. If you do not plan to bred him regularly, you should geld him immediately. This will help to improve his behaviour. He just needs solid ground manners and that comes from consistent training from you...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: problem pony, gypsy cob, rope halter
gypsy cob, rope halter, quiet trail: Hi Lynne, It sounds like you are doing everything right for her. Poor thing, I hate to hear of these docile horses being abused. If you think you can get her past her fear issues using natural horsemanship techniques, she may turn out to be quite nice for...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Have a problem at the starting gate, injurys, lacerations
injurys, lacerations, simple answer: Well this is a question that does not have a simple answer. Simply because each and every single horse reacts differently to training at the gate. Have you or your trainer been to a gate schooling course? Does your track offer it? Has this horse been raced...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: problems with lunging, correct tools, patient progress
correct tools, patient progress, professional trainer: Hi Kim! I remember your e-mail and am glad you had some help form a professional trainer :-) What you are experiencing is common...when a horse moves to a new barn and all, they sometimes regress or act out. Just like a toddler might. You need to...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: problems shoeing, roping horses, naughtyness
roping horses, naughtyness, daily basis: hi there, im not entirely sure how to help you as its hard to tell without seeing your mare being shod weather it is fear or just plain naughtyness that is making her act up. If she is good to pick up her feet and handle them on a daily basis when you pick...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: proud cut gelding?, proud cut, gelding
proud cut, gelding, blood work: Hi Rachel, I am sorry about the loss of your gelding. If you have not done it yet, then remove the other horse from the pasture with your mares. Bring your horse to the vet for a complete check up. Make sure the vet does complete blood work....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: QH 2 years - correct lead, change gaits, lope
change gaits, lope, reins: Hi Maria, You want to start riding with both of your hands on the reins. Make sure your hands are low. Move his hip to the left begin to move the horse s hip to the left and walk foward. Then after he is walking at that angle move his hip to the...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Quarter horses, wild mustangs, freeze mark
wild mustangs, freeze mark, freeze brand: Hello Amber, Alot of horses are freeze branded. Some organizations require the horse to be freeze branded before it can be sold/registered. BLM (Bureau of Land Management) is the association for Wild Mustangs. Also registered Arabians sometimes have this...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Quarter Mustang cross, domestic horses, inexperienced persons
domestic horses, inexperienced persons, flight response: Owning a Mustang is not something I would recommend for inexperienced persons. They really are a different type of horse. They do not think or rationalize the way domestic horses do. They are hard-wired toward a fight or flight response in any frightening...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: one more question, pygmy goats, building garage
pygmy goats, building garage, holding pen: Hey Justin, there are varied land verses animal beliefs out there. Depending on if you plan on feeding hay or letting the land feed your horse. Not sure how much goats eat, but the standard is somewhere around 1 horse per acre of full grassland, if you don...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: question, bad habits, best of luck
bad habits, best of luck, mustangs: Emily - As long as she is physically sound there is no reason that she can not start training. Horse s can be riden all the way up to 30 yrs of age - although I wouldn t wait that long to start. I would recomend that, if you don t have the experience...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Random Biting, paint gelding, old paint
paint gelding, old paint, farrier: Hi Carli! I would have to say your gelding is not nervous about an old injury...he is just a little sour. Horses are like people. They come with all kinds of different personalities. He could bite at me all day long if he did what I needed when I needed...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: RE: my 3 yr old gelding being mad, herd leader, oldest horse
herd leader, oldest horse, pecking order: Well, what you have going on here is a classic case of a pecking order. All animals that live in groups have a pecking order . Pecking order is the order of dominance. The pecking order starts with the most dominant animal that is the leader. The order continues...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: RE: Is my horse too old to train?, lesson horse, druthers
lesson horse, druthers, professional trainer: HI Landa! My first thought is: This horse will either break easy or not at all. Period. He is rather old and you did not say why he was not broken earlier. Was he a stud? Was it just not a priority? It would help to know. Anyway, you absolutley...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Re: Training an 8 year old, quarterhorse mare, ground manners
quarterhorse mare, ground manners, people pleaser: Hi Dawn Thanks for your question. An 8yo is still a very young horse!!! Go ahead and get her trained (by someone you trust and has a proven history with initial training). She sounds like a lovely mare and she has a long life in front of her for you...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Re-training a horse, owning a horse, eyes on the ground
owning a horse, eyes on the ground, quarterhorse: Hi Jenny, Without seeing you both in action it s very hard for me to suggest ways of fixing this problem. I suggest you find a good trainer who can assess you both and work out what is actually happening. Sometimes a pair of eyes on the ground are worth...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Rearing/bucking, herd animals, riding horses
herd animals, riding horses, horse owner: Hi Tracey! It seems that you did everything correctly for a new horse owner. You bought a few older, experienced horses and hired a trainer to help you sort it all out. So, why are you having problems, right? Because horses have brains and are instinctively...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Rearing how to correct, appaloosa mare, running martingale
appaloosa mare, running martingale, stable mate: Hi Ruth! Hmmmm....since she is ridden infrequently (for lack of a better word) I would make sure she was not over-fed and under-exercised. A very bad combination. Lots of regular turn-out and always longe her before riding. And it should be longing with...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Rearing Issue, standardbred gelding, sticky beak
standardbred gelding, sticky beak, pleasure trail: Hi Julie! This is a very common issue for horses. Often called barn sour it just means a horse wants to get back to his safe place. Be it a barn, stall, pasture, horse buddies or trailer...it all results in the same behavior. Just what you described....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Rearing in stable, first few days, t pay
first few days, t pay, gelding: sounds just like your pony is fretting being confined in a stable, its quite common and not that bigger deal. you try a few things and see how you get on. firstly, does your pony have other horses around that it cannot see whilst in the stable? If so, just...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Rearing, quarter horse gelding, appaloosa gelding
quarter horse gelding, appaloosa gelding, early in the spring: The first thing that comes to my mind while reading your description of your geldings behavior, is pain. The absolute first thing that should be done is a complete physical vet examination, telling the vet the exact same thing you just told me. Whenever...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Recently purchased yearling, sweet horse, blowing in the wind
sweet horse, blowing in the wind, barrel horse: Hi Amy, Congrats on your new baby - she sounds super nice. 1. (Alone) Take and tie her from above where she can t strike anything - put her in a stall by herself where she has to spend some good alone time and learn that she is ok. She is going to have...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Regelding, horse gelding, proud cut
horse gelding, proud cut, grass type: Hi Carol, You can have the vet down to take some blood to check his testosterone levels. It sounds as though, the problem may be more feed related. I would take him off all grain, and just give him free choice hay of a grass type. Unless, he...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Removing fly eggs, bot eraser, bot fly
bot eraser, bot fly, horse supplies: It s a good thing nobody was injured by the pocket knife ... lol... There is an actual product made to remove those pesky eggs it is called a Grooming Stone or a Bot Eraser ... Here is a link that better describes the tool s usage http://www.groomersstone.com/horse-grooming/index.html...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Rescue horse, qh mare, rescue horse
qh mare, rescue horse, trusting relationship: Hi Kim! You did not say how long you have had this mare. I tell all new horse owners it can take 12 - 18 months to build a solid relationship built on trust and respect. Also, it is common for a low ranking horse to be a bully when they sense the slightest...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Retired gelding and mare, pregnant mare, minute intervals
pregnant mare, minute intervals, aggitation: Hi Charlotte, Your horse is buddy sour . You need to gradually move your gelding away from the mare. At first do it for 5 minute intervals so that he can see that he is able to return to his friend and that she has not disappeared. Once he...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Retraining a "hot" horse to walk, working with horses, riding horses
working with horses, riding horses, hot horse: Hi Amy! I understand your question and your concern for this gelding. However, I cannot give training advice to non-owners of the horse in question. I can say though, that the bit you described is very severe. It has a high port and can be extremely...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Riding, lifetime partner, barels
lifetime partner, barels, voice commands: Hi Brandi! Yes, it is too early to break him to saddle. I would continue on the path you are going especially with longing him and having him respond to voice commands....this will really help when you get on him! As for next summer, that is when you...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Riding!, appaloosa gelding, western saddles
appaloosa gelding, western saddles, consistent work: Hi Tonie! I cannot say how happy I am to hear from someone who is so responsible with their two year old that they stop to consider how to properly ride them ;-) Congratulations!! If you have never broken a baby to ride, the first thing I would say...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Riding, hay rack, first horse
hay rack, first horse, tiem: Hi Stephanie! My advice to you and your parents is for you to stop riding this baby right now and altogether. One, he is not even 2 yet (you said) and I am sure you have not properly gotten him ready to ride. You are BOTH too young to be doing something...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Riding an Alpha horse, herd leader, trot or canter
herd leader, trot or canter, rope halter: Hi Alanna! This is a great question! Horses are absolutely honest. The tell us right off where we are in the pecking order. It is really important to prove to the horse that we are a leader that can be trusted and respected. Horses cannot be bribed....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Riding an Alpha horse, horse herd, ground manners
horse herd, ground manners, dominace: Hi Alanna! Really, being the dominant one in the riding partnership has nothing to do with age, size or force. If you communicate with him in a language that he understands, you will always get your point across. He is very young and probably more...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Riding an Alpha horse, tb gelding, ground manners
tb gelding, ground manners, leg pressure: Hi Alanna, You have a young green horse and it sounds as though you are on the right path. I would try different bits with him and see how he does. I like the Training snaffle bit or the the full cheek snaffle. You also might want to try ground...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Riding a Alpha horse, horse herd, quick jerk
horse herd, quick jerk, little signs: Alanna- Asserting yourself as the dominant person in your human/horse herd is very important. There are a lot of different things you can do to put yourself in this position. I find that lunging is one of the most important ways. With lunging you are...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Riding, barels, 7 months
barels, 7 months, 5 months: Hello, In general I like to start horses when they are 2, however this is up to the horse. I like to start them at 2, leave them at pasture for six months and then get them going again. It is up to your horses maturity. So start him slowly in the next 5 months...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Rodeo!!!, welsh cob, dressage tests
welsh cob, dressage tests, sec c: Hi Jennifer! The first thing you have to decide is the mare acting out of fear, pain, ignorance or defiance? Because you know her best, you should be able to diagnose this. If she is cleared by a vet (so it s not pain) then you simply have a training...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Rodeo, side reins, rodeo time
side reins, rodeo time, rodeo horse: Hi Joanne! I would have to say it s just a case of the Fours .... You did not say if he has done this before or if he has been good all along and just out of the blue went bad that day. If he has been pretty good and really has tried to do as you...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Round pen difficulties, paint gelding, young cutie
paint gelding, young cutie, stubburn: Hello, Remember that your horse is not trying to be stubborn , he just doesn t quite get what the point of the round pen is. We dont need to run him until he is tired we just have to get his attention. Here is something to try- take in a stick with a plastic...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Running Foal, herd mate, steady motions
herd mate, steady motions, paliminos: Hi Devon, Is there any way you can get ahold of a round pen or panels? If you can then put the foal in it and feed and water him/her in it. If not can isolate them then they will come around quicker as you will become their herd mate. What I like...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: re-training from past, physical scars, train horses
physical scars, train horses, bright copper: Hi Caiti, I also have rehabilitated many types of horses with many different emotional and physical scars. Starting him from the ground up, using natural horsemanship techniques will help him immensely. If you read up on some of the great NH trainer s methods,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: realy simple for you, not so for me, horse cocks, comen
horse cocks, comen, lope: Hi Jess! This is a good one! First, I want you to find a smaller space to work your horse in. If you have access to a good round pen or small paddock that would be great. You can do this same exercise in a large pasture it is just harder on the human!...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: rearing, lead line, professional trainer
lead line, professional trainer, heavey: Hi Catherine! Sorry about the confusion in your follow-up question. The way it was formatted, I could not find the second question! Today I did :-) OK. You said you both ride him but, you did not specify who owns him. Again, I cannot answer and...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: rearing, cross ties, step 3
cross ties, step 3, step 2: Your horse has NOT been properly halterbroke. He has not been taught to give to pressure in all 6 directions, at different amounts of pressure 100% of the time. If he was, he would have no problem standing tied. A horse that is properly halterbroke will never...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: rearing, advance and retreat, best wishes
advance and retreat, best wishes, habit: Hello, I would start on the ground with a stick and a plastic bag on the end. Can you slowly build up to whirling the bag all over and have the horse just stand there. Go slowly using the principal of advance and retreat. Get close and before the horse says...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: rearing, place horses, bad habit
place horses, bad habit, hi john: Hi John! Rearing is the worst problem in a horse. Once they learn to do it, they use it all the time to get what they want. You have a small chance of training him out of it. But, I guarantee that whenever he is stressed (for the rest of his riding career)...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: rearing, red bandana, dangerous problem
red bandana, dangerous problem, riding crop: Mackenzie - If it were my horse, I would be worried that the staff is doing something that your mare does not agree with. I m sure it is nothing mean, but that is a lot of aggression to show at feeding time. It would make me think that something is happening....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: rearing horse in field, chifney bit, competition horse
chifney bit, competition horse, rearing horse: Hello, Let s look at where your horse is coming from. When he starts to work in the field with you he starts to feel alone and scared to move forward so he rears. Our job is to learn how to present ourselves to our horses as the lead horse, and make partners...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: rearing horse, canadian nationals, rearing horse
canadian nationals, rearing horse, flook: Hi Amanda! I have to be completely honest for your sake and your horse s. You should not ride him anymore. You say you know he is not dangerous and that you love him. Unfortunately, love is not enough in this instance. He will flip again or rear and...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: rearing when getting shoes on, bad habbit, abcesses
bad habbit, abcesses, short periods: Hi Hillari! Hmmm...your boy needs to be desensitized to the nailing, whether it be the noise or the pressure of it. I spoke to my farrier and he suggested that it may be your blacksmith. The hoof/leg is held differently for a shoe being put on than for...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: rearing when tied, refreshing course, cross ties
refreshing course, cross ties, spray bottle: Hello Rachel, sounds like your mare needs a refreshing course in halterbreaking. I have been asked this question numerous of times and I hope this helps you. Your horse has not been properly halterbroke. She has not been taught to give to pressure in all...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: rearing, colt, best wishes
colt, best wishes, horses: Hello, I am sorry you found my advise to be unhelpful. I have started close to 100 horses and taught them to lead. If you would like to get more specific with your question I would love to help. From my experience it is all about slowing down and teaching...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: rebreaking carriage horse, carriage horses, steady rhythm
carriage horses, steady rhythm, show horses: Hi Debbie, Thanks for your question. One thing to keep in mind is that your horses are 13. While this isn t old, they have been working in a set pattern for a long time. It will take time to rearrange their thinking and allow their muscles to change...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: My relation with my horse., nicker, intellegence
nicker, intellegence, simple answer: I have a simple answer for you. Horses are not dumb. Many people think that they have the intellegence of a 2 year old child.. even if this is true, a 2 year old has the ability to remember people, even if they rarely see them. In my opinion, as long as your...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: removing fly eggs, tack store, last option
tack store, last option, pocket knife: Hello, They make a special device for removing eggs, I am sure you local tack store would have them or at least know where to send you. The worry is that the horse would use their mouth to itch their legs, ingest the eggs and have worms in their belly. Make...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: replying about rearing horse, pinto horse, worried girl
pinto horse, worried girl, loving horse: Hi Amanda! Yes, I remember you and Vinnie. First, please give Vinnie to a rescue organization or another person who understands his issues....and that he is not ridable. Second, buying the perfect horse is as hard as finding the perfect man. It...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: rescued horse, natural horseman, tom dorrance
natural horseman, tom dorrance, breaking in horses: Hello, There are so many great clinicians out there who can help you. If you were in my area I would love to, but wherever you are some great Natural Horseman probably clinics only a few hours away. Keep an eye out for Brian Neubert, Buck Bennamen, and any...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: getting rid of fly eggs, mature larvae, pesky critters
mature larvae, pesky critters, small intestine: Hello Molly, Eggs of the common horse bot hatch after a 2- to 5-day incubation period, often stimulated by warmth and moisture from the animal s tongue. Eggs of the other species may hatch without stimulation. Newly hatched bot larvae enter or are taken...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: ridding, cross firing, changing directions
cross firing, changing directions, horse and rider: Not familiar with the term playing up and on right rein? I think you are talking about her right and left lead. Most horses have a good side and an off side. If you are using or have access to a round pen you can try and fix it there. Horses that know...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: riding age, filly, joann
filly, joann, mustangs: Joann - If you question is: Is that to much weight for an 18 month old? Yes and no. If the horse remains perfectly calm and only works at a walk, then short rides will not cause any trouble at that weight. If the horse doesn t tolerate riding well,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: riding, paint gelding, old paint
paint gelding, old paint, sweet heart: Hi Jenny! First, I would not let the children near him until you have had him much, much longer and can fully trust him. He is still very emotionally immature and you do not want to invite any trouble. Please ask your riding instructor to show you how...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: The right choice, first horse, barrel racing
first horse, barrel racing, fineliving com: Hi Kat, There is not one correct breed of horse that will do what you want to do. What you want is a horse trained in that discipline. Since this is your first horse I would look for a horse that is over the age of seven. If you want to barrel race...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: rude, sugar cubes, cross ties
sugar cubes, cross ties, ears and eyes: Hi Maura! It sounds like he is just not a friendly, people horse... coupled with an I m in charge attitude. A sharp elbow probably will not fix this and only make him worse. Grab a few helpers and a box of sugar cubes or another treat he likes....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Saddle training a mustang, mustang mare, red bandana
mustang mare, red bandana, retreat method: Bill- The best way to work with mustangs is very gradually. Not necessarily slowly, just in small steps. There are a few things I can suggest: 1. Putting the pad near the food/water is a nice idea, but Mustangs are really smart. They know the difference...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Saddling problems, natural horsemanship techniques, appaloosa stallion
natural horsemanship techniques, appaloosa stallion, pmu mares: Hi Stacy, sounds like you have a great horse. He was scared by the saddle and that experience. Hate to say this but you should have had him tied good and fast when saddling so this would not have happened. I am sure you know that and sound like you have...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Saddling problems, natural horsemanship techniques, appaloosa stallion
natural horsemanship techniques, appaloosa stallion, pmu mares: Wonderful to talk with you Stacy! This boy sounds like a really good ride and I can tell you from some past episodes that it is all in time to see him come around. Sounds like you know that he gave himself a really big scare and once these creatures get fearful...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Sassy horse, quarter horse mare, lead line
quarter horse mare, lead line, saddle pad: Hello, Molly, if you have made sure it is not a physical problem of pain, is telling you she needs a little brush up with the first steps. No biggie. Start with a saddle pad and holding the lead so that if she moves she can go in a circle around you, start...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Scary bottles, quarter horse gelding, spray bottles
quarter horse gelding, spray bottles, poor vision: If you keep him in a stall then I would tie a hay string to the neck of his bottle and hang it near where you hay or grain him in the stall. You want him to get desensitized to it. Put it in a bucket and let him play with it. This way he will realize that...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Scary bottles, quarter horse gelding, spray bottles
quarter horse gelding, spray bottles, poor vision: Hi Nicky, Have you first checked for a physical cause for the spooking? I:e poor vision? If there is no physical cause then I would be your guy in the round pen and rub whatever he is cared of all over him until he is used to it. When you brush...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: School Project Persuasion Speech, persuasion speech, horses
persuasion speech, horses, feelings: I prefer horses over cars. Why? Because I m the kind of person who likes to have a relationship. I like to snuggle and be close, and I just don t feel that snuggling with a car works that well... Also I feel closer to horses because they are living things...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Shy Horse, dangerous animal, qh
dangerous animal, qh, spooks: Hi Linda, You have a very long road ahead of you. First I wouldn t ride this horse until he has lost his fear. He is a very dangerous animal in this condition and should not be trusted until he learns to become more confident. It would be best to put...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Side Passing my filly., paint filly, team penning cattle
paint filly, team penning cattle, working with horses: You said that Skye will bend her head in the appropriate direction first and then take a step to the side. That is good. You need to be riding Skye when you teach her this. You have limited control of her on the ground and that is not helping. The first...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Six year old thats not trained, paint mare, gaits
paint mare, gaits, irons: The only way to train a horse for riding, is to ride it, really. However, because you are unable to ride all the time, the next best thing is ground work of all kinds... lunging your horse with the saddle on will get her used to wearing the saddle, and...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Speed Control, nylon halter, thoroughbred mare
nylon halter, thoroughbred mare, lead lines: Hi Kara- Your problem is a difficult one to fix on a former race horse. She has been trained to run and at 22 she is pretty set in her ways. You could try lunging her first or working with her in a small arena to help her settle down before really riding...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Speed, hes
hes: I would recommend taking him straight to a trainer.. you do NOT kick a 2 year old to make them go. You re horse is probably slow because he is unsure and has no idea what is happening to him. It probably has nothing to do with being lazy. If you have...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: A Spinning Horse, horses name, correct actions
horses name, correct actions, professional trainer: Hi Mackenzie! This is a difficult situation and I cannot answer it over the computer. It sounds like Champ has real trust issues with humans coupled with having gotten away with disrespecting them for so long, he knows he can get away with it! Noramlly,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Spooking, positive reinforcement, pony club
positive reinforcement, pony club, clicker training for dogs: Hi Kristyn! I strongly recommend you have a vet out immediately to look at your mare. She should have it thoroughly cleaned by the vet and at the very least a tetanus shot or Bute and quite possibly antibiotics too. If it is close to a joint it can...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Spring fever affecting my paint horse's behaviour, spring fever, paint horse
spring fever, paint horse, hissy fit: Hi Sharon! You re welcome :-) I am glad you are longeing her again with a plan but, I am not sure I like the reins tied behind her saddle. Putting a frame on her might not be the solution to your problem. Ask yourself this.... Is she inverting to escape...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Stall breaking, overhead fan, training solution
overhead fan, training solution, premarin: Susan- Is he still intact or is he gelded? If he is still intact he may be spreading his smell around the stall. But other than that, I have no good advice to make him cleaner in his stall. You could try working him for frequent brief periods just to...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Stall breaking, boogie man, day before yesterday
boogie man, day before yesterday, gelding: Hi Danielle! No worries here. You are doing the absolute right thing by letting him do it on his terms. Does he like to eat his breakfast and dinner? Hay? Water? Treats? If yes, he will have to walk into his stall to do it from now on. Leave everything...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Stall Sharing Bad Behavior, words of wisdom, high horse
words of wisdom, high horse, gelding: Hi Dennis, this sounds normal and I agree it will work out. The mare is just establishing the rules and making sure the Gelding knows who is in charge. I would think this stall is a little bigger so you can feed at two different ends. When feeding more than...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Stallion behavior, gelding horses, herd animals
gelding horses, herd animals, ear shot: Hi Lisa, The screaming is a normal stallion behavior. They are challenging any other stallion within ear shot and they are also letting the mares know that they are there. By yelling no at him you are basically reinforcing the behavior since you...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Stallion in Neighbors Pasture, ficus hedge, hotwire
ficus hedge, hotwire, hot wire: Hi Amy, Each stallion is different. Some may try to come through the fence, while others will not. It is the same with mares. Your best way to handle this without offending your neighbor is to let them know that you are concerned that one of the...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: My Standardbred, bad habit, odd occasion
bad habit, odd occasion, flatwork: Hi Deborah, Thanks for your question! What an interesting problem!!! I have heard of horses doing this on the odd occasion, especially in water, but as a regular event is strange indeed. It sounds to me more of a bad habit then boredom with his routine...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Starting 2 colts, dennis reis, buck brannaman
dennis reis, buck brannaman, ray hunt: Hi Joan! Gosh I m SO glad you are going to run with this. DVD s are great if you are down to your last option. At least people can see what some of these tools look like. However, it is difficult to learn from just a book or a video. Having a good...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Starting A Filly That Is Not Mine, working with horses, filly
working with horses, filly, nine months: Hi Tiffanie! I cannot give training advice to non-owners of the horse in question. Working with such a young and impressionable baby should be left to experienced trainers. So many things could go wrong and a human or the filly could be easily and unintentionally...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Starting a pregnant mare?, pregnant mare, internal organs
pregnant mare, internal organs, healthy pregnancy: Hi Monika! In my professional opinion....Do what the vet says. Have her examined as every horse s health is different. My personal advice....Wait until she is delivered safely of the foal, weaning is completed and the two are separated completely ~...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Starting pregnant mare?, pregnant mare, 5 months
pregnant mare, 5 months, mares: Hi Monika , If you just plan on doing walking and mild trotting with her then you can start her. If she is a mare who is nervous or flighty then I would hold off. More importantly, judge what you do by her attitude. Some mares are wonderful and...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Stormy, faster horses, acre block
faster horses, acre block, gorgeous horse: Hi Ally! The first thing you have to remember is that he is ONLY 3 yrs. old!! This is very young mentally as well as physically for a horse and is the most important period of his training to be a riding partner. Mistakes now could become lifelong behavorial...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Stubborn Mare, working with horses, straightforward question
working with horses, straightforward question, acting this way: Hi Jodi! This seems to you like a very straightforward question. Why did my horse suddenly turn mean? However, the answer cannot be so simple. You did not say your experience level with owning and working with horses, young horses! Because, 6 yrs...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Stubborn Walker, pony club, lateral movements
pony club, lateral movements, hey mom: Hi Christina Thanks for your question. I ve found that horses are rarely stubborn - there is always an underlying problem somewhere. It sounds like your horse is a little barn sour and also in need of some education. I would suggest finding an...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Stud Quarter Horse Behavior, hog wire, board fence
hog wire, board fence, wire fence: Hi Christi, I prefer no-climb hog wire fence with a board top and electric tape along the top, if you cannot afford all board fence with the electric tape. Barbed wire is just much to dangerous. He is young, but certainly mature enough to breed. Your neighbor...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Sudden Behavior Change, paint mare, old paint
paint mare, old paint, hi amy: Hi Amy, Get yourself one of those stiff crops and put a plastic bag on the end of it. When you go out to the pasture bring the whip with you. If your filly displays the negative behavior then shake the whip at her while yelling no or stop. Make...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Sudden change in Behaviour, willing attitude, vision problem
willing attitude, vision problem, vision problems: There are several things I would check if I were you. I would check his eyes first to make sure he is not experiencing a vision problem. If he is having vision problems he might bolt because he can not see things clearly. If that turns out ok the next thing...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Sudden change in behavior, behavior question, violent incident
behavior question, violent incident, delicate balance: Hi Michelle! It seems to me this was a case of honest fright and she is not just pulling your chain. So, you will have to treat her kinder and let her go slower than if you were working with a downright contrary horse. You want to make getting on the...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: getting back in the saddle, horse ownership, strangest things
horse ownership, strangest things, good relationship: Hello, Funny this question should come to me on the eve of being kicked by a horse I know very well. All horses can be unpredictable. The best advise I can give is to take the issue on as an assignment. Take a stick and tie a plastic bag to the end, start...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: saddleing the colt first time, lyons on horses, surcingle
lyons on horses, surcingle, arvis: When you run into a situation like this you usually have to go back a few steps in training. You almost need to start over from scratch. This is what I would do, some of it may be stuff the horse knows, but I would do it anyway. 1. Take an old lunge...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: saddling, sugar lump, bucker
sugar lump, bucker, tight hole: Hi Adrian! I own several horses that bite at the air and turn around to bite at me during cinching! HAHA! AND I M THE TRAINER!! They just don t like the tightening of the girth/cinch part of saddling up. And most likely they never will. But, you can...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: scared horse!, cob mare, welsh cob
cob mare, welsh cob, problem horse: Hi Lisa! The only thing you can do is wait. How long? I cannot say. That is between you and your mare. Time heals everything (practically)and also, you have known each other for only a few weeks. I tell everyone it can take over a year to build a...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: scared or stubborn, natural horsemanship, stud chain
natural horsemanship, stud chain, horse experience: Hello, I do not think your pony is trying to be difficult, I think he truly does not understand. He is a colt, and the saying is quite true that green on green makes black and blue. If your daughter is set on keeping this pony she should hook up with a...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: separating filly and mother, season heat, mean bone
season heat, mean bone, milk replacer: Hi Teresa, If you feel that the foal is 4-5 months, and someone will be home to make sure she is okay, you could begin the weaning process. Be sure to have some milk replacer on hand, even though she should be eating small amounts of solid feed by now, grasses,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: seperating a mare and baby, hog wash, mama baby
hog wash, mama baby, half an answer: Not sure if you got half an answer, but while typing, I got kicked out. I will start over in case you did not get anything. In the horse world lots of advice is out there. Some good and some (a lot) is just hog wash. I don t ask people to substitute my...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: out of shape mare, time in the world, ridin
time in the world, ridin, hour and a half: Hello, I wouldn t think of how hard you ride but how long you ride. Take your mare out on a day when you know you have all the time in the world, and just promise yourself that you will stay on for an hour and a half to two hours. Horses who are on the payroll,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: my shetland pony, manner lessons, ground manners
manner lessons, ground manners, shetland pony: Hi Debra! Your little filly is acting dominant to you and your family. This must be stopped immediately, as it will only get worse if unchecked. I am going to assume you bought her as a pet/riding pony for your 3 yr. old child. She needs to have...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: shoeing, ground manners, verbal praise
ground manners, verbal praise, old saddle: Hi Janis! The most important thing to remember when you are just starting a relationship with a new horse is to not rush it. They do not think anything special about you even though you love them immensely. You are just another human standing in front...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: slow down, paint gelding, old paint
paint gelding, old paint, gaits: Hi Marie! This is very simple to fix. I would longe him at all 3 gaits before every ride and even on days you cannot ride. Have him perform everything on voice commands including collection of his gaits....this is what is important to you on your rides,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: spinning, pony club, horse person
pony club, horse person, hind end: Hi J! You have a very young horse that you have owned a very short period of time. She does not know you or trust you in any way...that is why she is showing you her hind-end and that she will kick you if you come in her space. This is what all horses...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: spoiled 7yr old, wild mustang, many horses
wild mustang, many horses, fillie: Hi Luke! Thank you for the additional information. It seems to me that right now, the most important thing, is to work with your mare on some basics. See how things go from there and then decide if she is a good candidate for breaking to saddle. You...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: spooke horse, herd animals, race horses
herd animals, race horses, warning signs: Hi Roger, Hi Ginny! When you think of a spooked or scared horse remember they are only doing what they think they need to do to survive. Horses are herd animals and at the bottom of the food chain. They know they are on the menu of many other animals...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: spooking and napping, noisy farm, familiar surroundings
noisy farm, familiar surroundings, farm machinery: hi there, Sounds like you are doing everything I would do, I would perhaps try to be a bit more aggressive and give him a smack on the bum to make him move forward or perhaps you could try a sheepskin shadowroll? I find them very good for horses that look...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Not a spooky horse.. but maybe..., tb mare, spooky horse
tb mare, spooky horse, reinactments: Sarah - The bag on a crop idea works well. I recommend putting it on a lunge whip first and doing it from the ground, then from the saddle with a crop. Tarps are good - especially plastic ones. If you can put up small flags or ribbons where you work...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: My spooky horse, spooky horse, lesson horse
spooky horse, lesson horse, qh: Hi Kayla! Thank you for the follow-up. This is just too big a job for you to fix and by not owning him, you legally cannot anyway. Will he change or is this permanent? From what you ve told me and considering his age....I d say he will not drastically...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: stall breaking, rope tie, cotton rope
rope tie, cotton rope, good horses: Let me try to take this one question at a time. Horses are claustrophobic and many do not like stalls. There are certain things you can do to get rid of bad behaviors in a stall. First off make sure the stall is at least 12x12. If the horse kicks the stall...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: stallion, thoroughbred gelding, undescended testicle
thoroughbred gelding, undescended testicle, subtle signals: I have a stallion right now that is the most honest creature I have ever known. I would trust him more then I would trust any other horse I have met so far... BUT He is still a stallion and in a situation involving other horses and/or mares in heat, all...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: stallion behavior, stud colt, breeding stallions
stud colt, breeding stallions, saddlebred: Hi Erin, I have around stallions including breeding stallions for ober 30 years and never had one attack me when I was having my period. I have never heard of it happening. I would be concerned that your stallion has not dropped yet. He could be...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: stallions, mare herd, extreme caution
mare herd, extreme caution, racehorses: Hi Sheri! I understand your question but, I cannot give advice to non-owners of the horse(s). I can however say in the broadest of terms, that stallions can rarely be put out with others. I know of a draught breeder that keeps his stallion in with...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: standardbreds, loyal breed, race career
loyal breed, race career, flatwork: Yes, I ve been laughed at more than once for wasting my time with Standardbreds. I love them, they are such genuine fellows without the fizziness of the TBs. Thanks for letting me know a bit of your history, it helps to know the rider s background that...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: standing still issues, little fellow, snaffle bit
little fellow, snaffle bit, hindquarters: Hi Elizabeth! Your pony is a game little fellow! Their blood is really up on a hunt! The hounds, the people, the horses! It really is a high energy event! Your pony is just saying LET S GO!!! First and foremost, please do not pull on both reins....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: starting 2 rescued colts, buck brannaman, looking in the mirror
buck brannaman, looking in the mirror, york pennsylvania: Hi Joan! Yes! I do know someone that can help you. Ricky travels to Pennsylvania in the late fall and early winter when he is finished with his duties on the ranch. I met Ricky five years ago when after back surgery, I needed help with two colts....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: starting 2 year olds, quarter horse gelding, ligaments and tendons
quarter horse gelding, ligaments and tendons, lateral movements: Hi Roxanne, Your young horse sounds lovely! I would consider long back country trail rides with mountainous terrain to be too much for this age of horse. I would spend this season schooling and building muscle on the flat. I usually work my babies...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: stop biting and hose fear, gelding, muzzle
gelding, muzzle, avail: Nipping can become very dangerous, even if the horse is only playing right now. First off, when he tries to nip do NOT grab his lip like you have been trying... this behaviour actually encourages nipping because it becomes a game for the horse. Because...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: stop rearing ,cribbing, bitting and digging, welsh pony, logical manner
welsh pony, logical manner, bitting: Hi Sage! In order to help you in the most logical manner, you are going to have to break that one question down into several. Pick one issue and tell me about it in greater detail. Each of these vices have unique triggers and I cannot give a one-size-fits-all...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: The stopper, appaloosa gelding, s education
appaloosa gelding, s education, appaloosa: Hi Ashley! I cannot give training advice to non-owners of the horse in question. I understand your problem and can say in the broadest of terms, it is a combination of gaps in the horse s education and your inability to anticipate his stopping. I...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: strange brumby, domesticated horses, magnificent animal
domesticated horses, magnificent animal, brumby: I m afraid I can only offer a little help, because I have never worked with a wild horse and I know that they react differently than domesticated horses do. First off, the horse must have been afraid of you when he first arrived. So, how did you get him...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: strangles, streptococcus equi, box stall
streptococcus equi, box stall, home answer: If the other horses are infected yes your horses stand a chance to get it. Lets just say that your horse is next to another horse that is infected and he snorts or clears his/her passages, your horse inhales or licks the stall or even rubs against the wall...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: strong horses/ pulling, left behind, horses
left behind, horses, phrase: HI Fiona! This is a difficult question to answer without more information. Can you please re-phrase it with more details? I mean everything you can think of about the horse and tack as well as specific situations in which it happens. Then I can give...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: studdy gelding mustang, old mustang, gelding
old mustang, gelding, geldings: Hi Kate, There are some geldings who retain studdy behavior even when they have been castrated. I own a 15 year old Mustang gelding who tries to mount my mare, whenever he get s a chance. At your geldings age, there is really no way to change that...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: stumbling horse, paint gelding, slaughter house
paint gelding, slaughter house, sweet horse: Hi Samantha! I understand your situation and your concern for a horse that is not even yours is admirable. First, I would advise no more riding and certainly NO jumping. This must be all about the health and safety of the horse and yourself. It sounds...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: suggestions on her bad habbits, bad habbits, ground manners
bad habbits, ground manners, accident 2: Hi Kim! What you are experiencing with your mare is a common problem with horses that are always together in a backyard herd. The very instincts we use to subdue and command them are the very same ones they feel when so closely quartered. It is a double...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Tall, 1hh, standardbred
1hh, standardbred, draught: Hi Holly! Unfortunately, my answer cannot be as brief as your question! LOL!! As a rule, a horse can comfortably jump as high as his belly but, obviously go higher. If he is a Thoroughbred, a Standardbred or a draught-cross and not too heavy, I would...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: About my TB, effects of malnutrition, carrot stick
effects of malnutrition, carrot stick, teets: Hi Chloe! The very first thing I would recommend is a thorough exam by the vet. She might need to be wormed by tube (bad worms from her previous life could cause lethargy) or she might still be languishing from the after effects of malnutrition even though...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Teaching a young thoroughbred to accept being ridden, thoroughbred mare, regumate
thoroughbred mare, regumate, rears: In my opinion no there is no such thing as an unbreakable horse but that does not mean this mare will ever be what you want her to be, she will probably always need to be in full hard work and will take up alot of your time. Is there something really special...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Tennessee Walking Horse, tennessee walking horses, tommy turvey
tennessee walking horses, tommy turvey, tennessee walking horse: Hello Christina, I don t know exactly what tricks you are wanting to teach your horse but try to remember this point, you can call them tricks or training , you are just going to focus on teaching your horse to give to pressure. Once you truly understand...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Tennessee Walking Horse, tennessee walking horse, natural horsemanship
tennessee walking horse, natural horsemanship, horse broker: Hello Rene , I actually have several clients who are looking for gaited horses at this time. I will call you this next week and we will talk about what you would like to ask for your gelding. The particular woman I have in mind would be interested at the...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Terrible 3's, dr jeckle and mr hyde, goofy teenager
dr jeckle and mr hyde, goofy teenager, qh gelding: Hi Patti! This is a great question! I LOVE what you are doing with your horse. I ll just help you refine a few things so you can get what you are looking for. When you are working your colt in the round pen and you are hooking him on, (join-up same...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Three year old peruvian pasos, filly horse, peruvian pasos
filly horse, peruvian pasos, advance and retreat: Hi Cyndi, congrats on your new horses. Not sure if you have other horses or have ever owned horses, but watching these two progress will really be rewarding. Horses that have not been handled can be dangerous. Not because they are mean, but because they...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Touching, bob carpenter, ottb
bob carpenter, ottb, rough track: Hi Bob! I have owned several OTTB s over the years and they do tend to be thin-skinned . Sensitive to touch, flies love them and they get big welts from them easily. So, your guy is probably like this but, also he might have a different attitude towrds...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: TRAINING A 6 YR OLD, three gaits, knowledgeable person
three gaits, knowledgeable person, magnier: Hi Juliet! There is not enough room on the Internet for me to tell you all the things you should be doing in the correct order! LOL!! Since you are determined to keep him and work him yourself, you should ask a knowledgeable person in your area to look...