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Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: leading, fillies, good boy
fillies, good boy, filly: Hey there! Let s see if I can be of some help -- Between fillies and colts, I tend to see more problems in colts than in fillies. Surprising right? Mares tend to be the touchy gender in the equine world, but not when they are young. Colts have the habit...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Mare behaviour to another mare, herd behavior, aggression
herd behavior, aggression: Hello! Your Englilsh is just wonderful. I am sorry to say my French is not very good. I have friends in Voiron and Grenoble and I LOVE my visits! You will have to become a stronger leader for these two mares. You have to offer a clear direction to...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Mares rearing, becoming dangerous., greg bowman, ground manners
greg bowman, ground manners, aqha mare: Hi Ashley! I m SO sorry! I hope your surgery goes well and you recover quickly. The nice thing is that your horse will be just fine hanging out in the pasture. So long as no one is trying to do anything with her, she will just be there waiting for you....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Mustang Training, mustang training, tom thumb
mustang training, tom thumb, experienced woman: Hi Adelaide, I would first recommend that you get this horse s neck and back check for any issues that may be causing him pain. A good portion of horses that buck, tend to have back problems or teeth problems if the bucking comes when...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: mustang first mount, filly, best of luck
filly, best of luck, mustangs: Julie, The best way to get them over that flightiness, is to keep working with them. Patience and consistant work go a long way. If she is giving you a large amount of trouble, you may want to find a local trainer that can work with you and show you...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: New Horse, animal vet, proper authorities
animal vet, proper authorities, horse animal: Hi Ray! I recommend you contact a few places. First, start with a horse/animal rescue operation in your area. Also, you can contact the local large animal vet s office and tell them you have a horse that may need a new, good home. Not that you aren t...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: New mare- 17 year old arabian, brood mare, arabian mare
brood mare, arabian mare, fabulous rock: Hi Molly.... Try a Waterford hanging cheek snaffle....I have used these with very fussy horses in the past, and even my friends Welsh D, who was extremely fussy in her mouth worked well in this bit. It looks like a fat smooth chain, and because it acts...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: nervous spooky 2 year old, holy cow, hard horse
holy cow, hard horse, saddle blanket: Hi Charlene! To answer your specific question Is riding a 2 year old for 60 days too much? I would say no. This is a typical age for a QH to be broke to saddle and it takes about 90 days for that to be done correctly. You appear to have a high-spirited...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: new horse can't catch her. what do I do, carrot, rope
carrot, rope: Stop trying to catch her......... a horse knows when you are trying to catch her, just go see her and bring her a carrot and walk away, don t bring a rope, don t being a halter, just bring a carrot. After you walk away she will think ummmmmm maybe if I go...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: new troubling behavior, cows, spooking
cows, spooking, over bending: Hi Siski! I laughed out loud when you said you always wanted a pure polish Arab! The universe listened! You need this mare in your life. Just like you needed the Appy. They have come to you out of their need and you will reap the benefits in so many...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: What to do about our non-gelded gelding, rodeo queen, gilmer texas
rodeo queen, gilmer texas, horse trader: Never too late to finish, just may take a little longer. You can have other little guy removed, no harm, he will act a little off, but may take a few months to see changes. Don t be too disappointed this may be the best horse you ever have. 15 is not old,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Parade Training New Horse, appaloosa gelding, electric fence
appaloosa gelding, electric fence, drill team: Hi Kristine! First, I agree that you should not allow your daughter to ride him in any parade until you have solved this problem 100% and you know your child will be safe. Apps can be scatterbrained (I know allot of people will not like me saying that!)...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Paso foal, hind quarter, knee cap
hind quarter, knee cap, foal: Hi Missy! Actually, you should think about just leaving her alone with her adoptive mother for awhile...maybe a month or two. Nothing teaches and restores a horse s soul like another horse. Period. She was beat up and pushed around in her prior life...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Pushy Gelding, starting horses, respect
starting horses, respect, nervous horse: Hi Sam! I grew up riding Arab Park horses! I rode with Pat Mock at Twin Fir Arabian Stud Farms. I must admit, it was a blast! However, many of these horses don t end up with a full and complete education. So much of the horse and what really is a horse...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: problem 3-year-old, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, striking: Glad I could help. All horses are just products of their handling. Horses are very adaptable and will adjust very quickly which is why they are one of the few animals that can be domesticated and then if let free in the wild the will still survive. So I...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: problems, herd behavior, absolute nightmare
herd behavior, absolute nightmare, many different things: Well, after all these years you have taught her that she can do these things and you will not stop her. So she is being a normal horse. All horses, no matter how long in a herd, they will always try to move up in the herd. You and your horse is a herd of...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: problems in field, absolute nightmare, many different things
absolute nightmare, many different things, collor: Hey Stacey. It is defiantly a herding problem. It seems she isn t used to being with other mares, like it s a privilege that was taken away from her. Try putting her with one or two mares. And work from there. I m not used to dealing with herding problems,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: problems in field, absolute nightmare, many different things
absolute nightmare, many different things, many horses: This requires a slightly different approach, although not too different. The end part is still the same as far as once you catch her you will have to have more entertaining sessions together. So here s what s going on: She is the lead mare and either doesn...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Ranch Broke Bucker, green horse, green rider
green horse, green rider: Hi Marie! I can feel your frustration. Please know it is never the horses fault. This guy could be the best horse of your life. But, it is up to the human to offer him something good that he can believe in. I m sorry you were not able to know more and...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Restraining a horse in a pasture, electric fencing, chest height
electric fencing, chest height, cornfields: Hi Stephanie Personally, I would move fields...this removes the temptation to escape, and would be the easiest course of action. I never would recommend either tethering or hobbling a horse, as a well fenced, secure pasture is far safer and far more...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: re-schooling, new forest pony, native pony
new forest pony, native pony, ground manners: Hi Carol This is not a problem. You say you ve had him just over a month, so he s still adjusting to new surroundings, new people and testing you to see what he can get away with. It will take a while, but, in a month or two he ll be fine and you ll...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: round pen, horsemanship, balance
horsemanship, balance, trips: You don t have to kick him, but maybe threaten to kick him. Getting a horse to see you leader is very important, some do it by fear and by beating the horse which is wrong. You can do it other ways if you understand a horse. You have to move this horse,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: SADDLES, saddles, rick gore
saddles, rick gore, horsemanship: Putting a saddle on is a lot about technique. If your shoulder injury is on the right shoulder, then you should start putting the saddle on from the right side. The shoulder to the rear of the horse takes the most strength. So maybe switching sides will...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Separating a Mare and her Colt., fence panels, paster
fence panels, paster, plan of attack: Still not sure why you must separate them? All colts will mount moms or try, mom will stop them if they get too aggressive. Time together is good for both of them, mom will school him on manners. My colt was with his mom uncut until almost three, no major...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Speedy, beet pulp, vet check
beet pulp, vet check, corn oil: Hey Larissa. You ve asked the right person! I ve been around Thoroughbreds long enough to inform you that you have a long way in front of you. For one, I m sure you know, most thoroughbreds cannot hold weight for the life of them. So if you horse is along...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Spooky horse, spooky horse, oxer
spooky horse, oxer, scary things: Hi Jessica: I m glad that you got some professional help, with help with the jumping I would recommend putting tree s, or fake flowers or anything around the jumps. Anything to make it look flashy, and to get him used to things he s not used too. If you...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Stumbling, horsemanship, balance
horsemanship, balance, trips: Some time a horse is never taught how to use their feet well. If a horse is put in a stall a lot they will get more clumsy. Work him in a round pen at different speeds, walk, trot and canter and have him change direction a lot. That will teach him to use...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: severe spooky horse, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: It sounds like you have done some good things for him. I just shake my head every time I hear Omish and horse together. Although I have never seen an Omish work a horse, I have only heard horror stories about how cruel the Omish treat their horses. This...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: shoeing, horse farrier, farriers
horse farrier, farriers, reading material: Yes, the horse can be retrained! I have yet to come across a horse that couldn t be retrained. That being said, safety concerns and finding the root of the problem could hinder the pace of retraining. Since your horse is getting progressively worse, I am...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: socializing yearling filly, pasture for a filly
pasture for a filly: Hi Kirsten! Yikes! Are there ANY young horses for yours to go in with? I just don t like the idea of larger, older horses that are aggressive with babies. At 10 months, you filly is tiny compared to these other adult horses. This would not happen in...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: spooky arab mare, arab mare, easy job
arab mare, easy job, martingale: Hi Sandra Firstly, I hope she had a full vet check up before you got her....but get a vet check to just rule out any back, teeth or other medical problems, and get your tack checked by a qualified saddle fitter. Also, if she is on hard feed, then cut...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: My Thoroughbreds Ground Manners, ground manners, thoroughbred mare
ground manners, thoroughbred mare, ottb: Hi Rick, First of all kudos for you for taking in these two horses. I d start with giving them mor time. Two weeks is not enough time for an OTTB to adjust. I d continue to turn them out, get to know them etc., but I d hold off on any formal training or...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Trailer loading, grain bucket, anxiety level
grain bucket, anxiety level, trailer tires: Hi Erin, I am sorry for the delay in responding, I was in the process of moving and asked all experts to delay questions, but it does nto look like they did it. I know you really want to go to a show soon, but in all honesty I d work on the trailer loading...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Trailer loading, qh mare, grain bucket
qh mare, grain bucket, older horses: Hey there. To start off, I think you re neighbor is right that she is being a Turkey . A lot of young horses, as well as older horses won t load off anything but a grass or dirt. Pavement makes the clip clopping noise we all know of, which in a chaotic...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Trailering, loading a horse, trailer loading
loading a horse, trailer loading, kim kim: Kim, loading a horse is about forward movement. If your horse will go where and when you tell to go, then it will go in a trailer. The horse is rearing and acting crazy since you are trying to get her in the trailer. Stop trying to get her in the trailer,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Training my 4 year old Percheron/Quarter Horse, colt starting, trotting
colt starting, trotting, transitions: Hi Pamela! Yup, you did too much! When you hold in both reins and give a tap with the whip and expect a young horse to go from a walk into the trot, expect trouble! It is too much energy in a very abrupt manner. You troubled him and his answer was to...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Trouble training young horse (www.freewebs.com/horseawareness), horsemanship, balance
horsemanship, balance, trips: A horse kick is a way of saying move away from me, I think I am higher. A lower horse will move away and stop pressure, a higher horse will put on more pressure and make the kicking horse move, move away faster and put on more pressure. The more pressure...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: training, baby steps, own time
baby steps, own time, asses: Keep saddling him again and again. After several sessions of this, if he is still calm, you can go ahead and try to mount him from a block. Don t force him too hard or too fast. He will need time to adjust to the sensation of your weight on his back. Think...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Western Horses, paint gelding, rope horses
paint gelding, rope horses, rope horse: Hi Michele, First of all congrats on your new horse! My first suggestion would be to contact his previous owner or trainer and see if they d give you a few pointers or even better a lesson or two. There are so many little buttons that finished rope horses...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Young pony problems, hooking on, rearing
hooking on, rearing, charging: Hi Abi! I just have to scratch my head and smile a bit when I hear that experienced horse handlers are having these basic lack of respect issues. Horses are horses. Be they ponies or perchrons! People tend to not treat ponies like horses because they...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: 4 month old colt: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: Teaching to lead is good at most any age, just go slow. When working with horses, take little steps. It is always better to work 5 mins for 4 times a day than one 45 min session. So when your baby learns one thing, accept that and don t push for three or...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: advice, snaffle bit, sights and sounds
snaffle bit, sights and sounds, bridle: Hi Michelle I would be tempted to try the Parelli games with her, it will teach her to respect your personal space, and also to be more aware of her body. Also, get her out to local shows if possible, as this will give her a focus and will be an effective...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: agressive , yearling, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: You need to learn about horses. Horse don t care if you talk to them or bring them food, they are herd animals that require a leader. If you will not be a leader they will take charge and be the leader, that is how they survive for millions of years. ...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Bit Chomping, stranger things, three horses
stranger things, three horses, chinstrap: Hi Lexie! I d like to ask a few questions before I recommend anything. How old and what breed is Nakita? How long have you owned her and who broke her to ride? What do you do with her and how often is she ridden? Do you longe her often....and before...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Bitting horse while cinching: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: OK, glad you said the more you learn the less you realize you know. That is good. All good horseman / horsewoman are in that place, never stop growing never stop learning from the horse. This his does not like the cinch, it does not matter why, you need...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: BREAKING A 4 YR OLD, negative body language, breaking horses
negative body language, breaking horses, defence mechanism: Firstly I have to ask why if the owner is scared of her is she having you do the breaking of her, is she going to be any less scared when the horse is broken in? You have to remember that she has a foal with her, a young one at that. Her hormones are...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Breaking techniques, qh gelding, lifting feet
qh gelding, lifting feet, many horses: It is really hard for me to know without watching you whether your are doing something wrong. You could be doing a million things right and one thing could be a mixed signal causing the issue at hand. I will say this however, I too don t like to apply more...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Another Bucking Question, scared rider, bucking
scared rider, bucking, scared horse: Hi Janice! I feel your frustration! Things can get much better. You talk about ground work, and I m not sure how much of the ground work you are really familiar with. Start by watching the Ground work DVD by Buck Brannaman and read the little red book...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Bucking and rearing, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: Yea, I have suggestions, you need to take off spurs and learn to get the horse to move without them. The horse is bucking since spurs hurt. The horse is not stubborn, it has not accepted you as leader and that is why he appears lazy or stubborn. Stop blaming...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: behavior issues, behavior issues, lead line
behavior issues, lead line, canter: I have had many people ask me what to do in this situation. You are correct in that you have created this behavior and I applaud your ability to recognize that and admit it! You are wise to correct this before anyone gets hurt. Having the chain over his...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: breaking, monty robert, calm mind
monty robert, calm mind, google: Hi Amanda! It sounds like you have a nice, solid youngster with a calm mind. More whoa than go . That can really work to your advantage. He is old enough to be broke to saddle right now. Since you did not mention any lameness issues or anything else...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: bringing in a new pony, new pony, quarter horses
new pony, quarter horses, quarterhorse: Hi Sandy! It is almost impossible for humans to interfere in herd dynamics successfully. How do you explain to an old bossy mare she must be nice to the new pony? You will have to separate the older mare for everyone s safety. There are numerous ways...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: bucking & dominance, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: Tough questions, all horses kick and all horse are dominant to a lower horse. This sounds like a people issue. If the horse see s the person on his back as the boss and dominant it will not go after other horses. If the person riding controls the horse...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: bucking paint, inexperienced riders, paint horse
inexperienced riders, paint horse, horse trader: Hi Holly! You did not tell me his age or breed and what his natural temperament is. See, some horses are just calm. They are born that way. They can be safe, easily trained and just all around a real peach at a very young age. Some horses are just...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: bucking problem, respect issues, gravel road
respect issues, gravel road, bad shape: Hi, It sounds like he just needs to get the edge off, personally I say if you are going to go through the trouble to lunge, do it for atleast 10 minutes each way. His reward will be stopping and going for a trail ride. I d work on speed changes, directional...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Cowboy, horses hooves, horse shoer
horses hooves, horse shoer, grain supplement: Hi, I am sorry to hear you are having trouble with your horses hooves. I am not a nutritionist, but I d suggest talking to one. Many of the larger grain/supplement companies (Farnum, Purina, etc.) have nutritionist you can speak to on the phone and they...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Should i castrate him??, competition dressage, level competition
competition dressage, level competition, blood lines: Hi Michaela, Stallions are great horses to have but they are extra work. stallions must be treated as individuals and should only be handled by people who are experienced with stallions, and are able to recognize and correct inappropriate behavior...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: catching my horse: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, catching, horsemanship
catching, horsemanship, advacce and retreat: For the record, those questions appear to everyone that sends me a question. I did write them for you, everyone gets the same, they were there in your first question. The reason I set it up that way is so I can give a better answer. With the info you...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: colt and new mare, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: Mom will protect the baby and will be good for all of them to be together. The nipping is normal horse behavior, it could be playful or could be annoyance or could be trying to establish dominance. The older mare will teach the 3 year old manners. There...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Dominance and bucking, kicking
kicking: Hi Debbie! Your horse is getting a little lost and doesn t know who is leading the dance. The ONLY dominant one in your little herd should be YOU! Your horses are taking over and their solutions to problems is creating some real hardship for you humans....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Dominant behavior issues, arabian gelding, working with horses
arabian gelding, working with horses, social acts: Hi Patti! This may seem a simple question to you but, I need much more information to give a solid recommendation. I need more details....such as who owns him? What was his previous life and what are the future goals for him? The owner s level of experience...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Dominating Mare: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, welsh pony, 14 horses
welsh pony, 14 horses, appalossa: You should know how to stop her and back her up when no horse is around. So make sure she knows what you want when you ask, then you work on with other horses. You get five feet, stop and have her stand, if she shows interest, you back her up a few steps...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: difficult pony, new forest pony, cob size
new forest pony, cob size, electric fence: Hi Carol It sounds to me like this boy is taking the mickey out of you. He knows you are scared/nervous, and is taking advantage of the situation. I have the same problem with my mare, when we are jumping...she knows I m nervous, and takes advantage...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: donkey, aggressive behavior, gelding
aggressive behavior, gelding, goats: Hi Millie, Jacks and Johns have been known to attack and kill goats nd other animals as big as horses. Usually once they start to kill or harm an animal then they will not stop even if gelded. The behavior is part instinct annd part play. At...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Extending and Collecting, hocks, stirrups
hocks, stirrups, dressage: Hi Sarah Firstly, I presume that you have a horse who is working in an established outline, and in self carriage. For collection, and this is my method, which I have worked on for a long time with my mare, it may need a little adaptation for your horse,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: ears, acre pasture, monty robert
acre pasture, monty robert, horse traders: Hi Judy! You did not say how long you have owned this mare but, I will assume it has been a short period of time. She really needs a combination of things...to bond to you as her herdmate and Boss mare, to become submissive to you in all ways and to then...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: eshan, owning a horse, wrong horse
owning a horse, wrong horse, warm blood: Hi Katie! I would have to say that if after almost a year of owning him and you are still not getting along and the relationship is showing no improvement, you should consider selling him. It is not your fault or his fault....it s just the way things are....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: ex race horse: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: Well, thanks for your response and it sounds like you do understand horses better than I first thought. The fact that you did not write back telling me 101 excuses on why this horse did what he did and that you are willing to admit you may have went too fast,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Feeding my colt foal, feed and nutrition
feed and nutrition: Hi Sarah! Yikes! You have quite a challenge here! I could go into how to calculate TDN (total digestible nutrients) and have you crunching numbers for the next week, but I just don t think it is necessary. Really a conservative diet for a growing horse...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Flying Lead, sandy collier, al dunning
sandy collier, al dunning, trot and canter: Hi Sarah, First of all, unless your specific event calls for a flying lead change, there is no reason your horse must learn how to do one. It s really hard to explain how to teach one via email, I d suggest enlisting the help of an experienced trainer (www.nrha.com...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Foal Faces, herd leader, friesian
herd leader, friesian, foals: Hi Bri, Your horse is showing you that he thinks that you are the herd leader, and that he respects you. Many people work to get such a behavior from a horse, due to the fact that the horse will be easier to train. Unless those behaviors are interfering...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Ground manners: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: Ivy, your coach should have identified these problems before you bought the horse. When buying a horse you need to do everything you are going to do after you buy it, like saddle it, ride it, bit it, tie it, this is a life long event and people approach it...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: gelding being mean towards 2 fillies, paint gelding, feed time
paint gelding, feed time, filly: Hi Tina! You really cannot stop this gelding form just being a horse. I suggest you feed them separately and definitely this gelding by himself. Feed time can get even the nicest horse all riled up and then someone suffers....usually the lowest horse...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: grazing alfalfa fields, feed, hay
feed, hay, grazing: Hi Penny! Thank you so much for your support and for caring and supporting the horse. They are such great teachers and I owe them so much. New research is leaning toward alfalfa as a better forage source for horses in that there is less soluble sugar....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: green broke horses, ground work, starting green horses
ground work, starting green horses: Hi Liz! No more lunging please. Lunging is NOT ground work. It is just running a horse around in circles hoping that he gets tired enough to sneak a ride on. You want more quality than that. You could lunge your horse until the cows came home and still...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: green broke horses, re-starting an older horse, ground work
re-starting an older horse, ground work: Hi Liz! Congratulations on your HORSE! Horses are very smart. They know when you know and they know when you don t know! Your horse knows and feels your inexperience and is having to come up with a plan on his own to stay safe and survive. You have...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Hacking Out Alone, two and a half hours, pedal bike
two and a half hours, pedal bike, good relationship: Hi Maxine: Sounds like you have your hands full. I personally would recommend, instead of trying to make him move forward, try turning him it naturally makes a horse un-balanced and so they than have to in turn take a step forward, when he does so reward...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Hard keeper, arabian gelding, paint mare
arabian gelding, paint mare, electric fencing: Hi Orv! My, my, my.....you ve got yourself a real dilly there, don t you? It sounds as though she may have been simply bored in the beginning but, now she truly enjoys her job and is striving to perfect it :-) See, horses can expand upon a bad habit...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse behavior/training, tb mare, leg aids
tb mare, leg aids, ringwork: Hi Beth: My thinking is that it could be a control thing for her, or it could be her being scared around other horses. Yes, new situations will help, but maybe this could just be her. No matter what turn out, you just need to be in control, and let her know...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse legs and spooking: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: All horses are worried about giving up their legs. The key is for you put her foot down before she does. If she lets you pick it up, put it down. Then from there work on keeping it up a few seconds longer each time. You can try and have pieces of carrots...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse Slipping tongue, tongue over the bit
tongue over the bit: Hi Emma! Woops, don t tie up the tongue! Tie up the BIT! This only works with a snaffle bit and is only necessary with young horses that do not know how to carry a bit. You can take a length of twine about 2 feet long and create a loop at one end with...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse not trusting of people, fence line, feed bucket
fence line, feed bucket, quiet disposition: Hi Misty, Thanks for the detailed information and congrats on your new horse. My first question/suggestion is how was she to catch at the previous facility, both in her stall/pasture and when you worked her in an arena or round pen? My next suggestion,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse is not trusting of people: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: Well if your goal is to catch her and move her, you may have your hands full. You could back a trial up to gate and push her into trailer, shut the door and move trailer to other pasture with other horses and let her out. You could throw a rope around her...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: hacking out, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: Horse get their confidence from the rider, your horse knows you are unsure and nervous. All horse spook and jump, by riding relaxed and lose in the saddle, you will be able to stay in the seat better if the horse jumps. The more the horse jumps the better...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: halterclasses, winning at halter, amazon
winning at halter, amazon, supply catalogs: Hi Amanda, Thank you for your question, sounds like you have a fun show season ahead. The number one book I recommend is Winning at Halter by Denny Hassett, it s considered the halter bible by many. And covers everything from feeding to training to grooming,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: can you help /domineering pony, horsemanship, balance
horsemanship, balance, trips: Read my web site on the horsemanship page about herd behavior. You have to move his feet so he will see you as a higher horse. If you let him drag you, then you tell him he is higher and that is why he does not listen to you. When he pulls by you, let...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: helth prob., helth, gelding
helth, gelding, astm: Hi Liz! I cannot answer this question. Only a visit from your local vet can determine if your horse s health is in need of something. I suggest you have the vet out ASAP to give him a once over and discuss with you any thing he may need. Good luck...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse, health issue, health issues
health issue, health issues, colt: Hello Debra, Horses miscarry for many reasons. It could be health (issues with her feed or infection), it could also be stress. I would call your vet out to give her an exam, and keep him coming out regularly to see how its going. Since this is a health...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse, breeding, rescue
breeding, rescue: Hi Debra! Don t make her. Something is not quite right with this mare. Now here I go up on my soap box again, and I have to say THANK YOU in advance for giving me a platform to say this again...PLEASE, don t breed. There are so many wonderful horses...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: Move the horse by making it move away from your pressure and you not moving away from his pressure. If a horse pushes or tries to move you, you need to push back and make the horse move, not mean or aggressive, just make the move. I discuss this on my site,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse keeps lying down with saddle on: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: This horse needs to learn the forward command and movement. If you can make this horse move when you tell it, then set a blanket on her and walk her, then set a saddle and walk her, this may be fear driven, and she thinks she is caught so she gives up. ...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse pulling on reins, cob type, school horses
cob type, school horses, sore fingers: Hi there Its always difficult oming back to riding after a break and I applaud you decision to have a few refresher lessons. However I am disappointed that you had such a negative experience at the school. Maybe chalk this one up to experience...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse will not stand still to be mounted: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, horsemanship, balance
horsemanship, balance, trips: LMAO (laughing my ass off), sorry, but I can t help it, I absolutely know your frustration. I laugh because your horse is smart and has totally trained you. I love thinking horses that don t let just anybody work them, control them or be their leader. ...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse is not trusting of people, fence line, feed bucket
fence line, feed bucket, quiet disposition: Your situation is actually fairly common. Many times I have had clients come to me for answers as they were excited for their new horse and perplexed over the lack of enthusiasm from their horse. Imagine if you were at home and you were eating breakfast...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: A testicle that did not drop should be able to be removed. This horse may still get a mare pregnant. So I would have another vet give a second opinion. As for getting a horse to ride, all horses can be fixed most of the time, it just may take longer depending...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Ive got a 4 yr old i guess who isnt halter broke, plastic baggie, trot canter
plastic baggie, trot canter, work session: Hi Kristyn, Sounds like you are off to a good start with your new horse. As far as age being an issue, there isn t alot of difference, basics are basics. You mentioned you have a round pen, will she work at liberty, walk, trot, canter, each way and stop...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Joining the herd while under saddle and in hand, saddle horses, wgo
saddle horses, wgo, walking horse: Hello, If you still would like a suggestion for your guy, here is my suggestion. I would take his best friend and turn him out in the arena. If you have confidence in your riding ability you can do this under saddle if not you can try it with a long line....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Jump Refusal, jumping, refusal
jumping, refusal, forward: Hello! Boy, this is a tough one! Usually, if your horse is going on well and then strange little refusals crop up, my first inclination would be to look toward pain issues. At jump 9, he has been out on course for a while but not really long enough to...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: kicking in the horse trailer, shipping boots, horse trailer
shipping boots, horse trailer, velcro: Hi Marcie, There are several reasons that horses kick while being trailered. They may not want to be close to other horses, they may be bored, they may have learnt that if the kick, then the trailer will stop and they can get what they want. ...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: kicking in the trailer, miniature donkey, ground manners
miniature donkey, ground manners, smart horse: Hi Jo! And men say women are a mystery ~ They have obviously never owned a horse! LOL!! Hmmm.....I admit I am stumped by this too. For a longtime partner to suddenly become recalcitrant with no trauma to explain it is a hard diagnosis. You have...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Leadership/Confidence: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: Stop fighting back. A horse does not fight, he tries to do things we don t want and we fight with them. It is not a fight, what he does is a test to see if he can do and if you can stop him, a battle of wills, this is instinct in a herd, a horse is always...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Lunging problems :[, qh gelding, horses hooves
qh gelding, horses hooves, acre pasture: Hi Amanda! Yes....sometimes when a horse is moved to a new barn and his situation changes drastically, it can produce behavioral issues. But, if the owner remains the same dominant force in his life as he had at his other barn, issues tend to be few and...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Moving my Horse, saddle and bridle, old paint
saddle and bridle, old paint, horse barn: Hi, What a wonderful home you have provided for your horse! He will be okay wihtout his friend, just give him some time for adjustment. As far as getting him used to be ridden again, I d spend a month or so doing some ground work, lunging, working him...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Moving my horse, moving a horse, starting over
moving a horse, starting over: Hi Dawn! I m so sorry to hear that you were injured. Yes, it will be stressful for your guy. There is just no way around that. Life...I m hoping that there is another horse at your new barn???It will make it somewhat easier for you guy if he does have...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: I need help on breaking in my donkey!, rope halter, female donkey
rope halter, female donkey, donkeys: Hi Nicole! Since I have absolutely no experience with donkeys, I recommend you ask this question of another expert on our site, Lisa Kalp. I am sure she can help you :) Good luck and remember to always wear an ASTM/SEI approved helmet! Solang...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: new colt, catching, horsemanship
catching, horsemanship, advacce and retreat: Colts, boys, are always more playful than mares. You refer to the colt as she, a filly is a baby girl and colt is a baby boy. Just FYI, no big deal at this point, it will be later if you have a male vs. female. All young horses love to play, this baby is...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Patience is a bucker: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship: The horse must know that you dad will not allow him to buck. Bucking is sometime a disrespect issue. You have to read him better and you will be able to tell when he is going to buck, that is when you need to turn him or pull on just ONE rein to bend his...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Pushy Horse - DANGEROUS, paint gelding, ground manners
paint gelding, ground manners, old paint: Hi Vanessa, You sound as though you have really worked with your horse long and hard. It this point since the behavior is still there, I would check into hiring a professional Trainer to work with him. In the meantime, just continue his ground...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: one pony is fine, his buddy runs away: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: Sometime with two horses, the other horse pushes when you try to get to other horse, so make sure that is not happening. If you lead out the other horse and tie him away from his buddy, the other horse will want to leave and go meet him, that may help you...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: problems associated with my 4 year old gelding!, quarter horse gelding, rope halter
quarter horse gelding, rope halter, box stall: Hello, Lets think about what your horse is feeling. Horses are INTO pressure animals, this means that when they feel any kind of pressure their instinct is to pull against it or run through it. A brilliant instinct because if a cougar grabbed a horse and...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Question, battle of wills, good manners
battle of wills, good manners, horse problem: Here you go. Stop fighting back. A horse does not fight, he tries to do things we don t want and we fight with them. It is not a fight, what he does is a test to see if he can do and if you can stop him, a battle of wills, this is instinct in a herd,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: RETRAINING A 9 YEAR OLD HORSE: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: By the way you are talking about how nice she is and she does not like things, tells me you don t understand how a horse thinks. This horse likes treats but won t respect treats. You have to move this horse and make it move away from your pressure to gain...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Rearing, energy feed, stirrups
energy feed, stirrups, martingale: Hi Chelsey You say you have tried kicking him hard, but he s not listenng ...I am not surprised! Would you listen if you were excited and eager to get on with something and you got a thump in the ribs? To solve this, get a qualified saddle fitter...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Rebel and me: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: If I was your horse I would buck too. You keep blaming the horse for your problems. If you were a horse would want to be with you? With someone who kicks him and spurs him? I would not. You don t understand a horse and your do not have a relationship...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: rearing, walking forward into me, carrot stick, crazy woman
carrot stick, crazy woman, target: Right, this little man needs a reality check, he s growing up, and trying to assert his authority over you. Not your fault hun, he s just going through equine puberty, and although he s been gelded, it does take a while to get the hormones out of his...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: rearing: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: You cannot do too much too fast with horses, it must be slow and steady. Anytime a horse has time to sit and not trained they will go back to being a horse, so you need to go back to leading and slowing work up to slow short rides. You don t want him to...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: reschooling, real foundation, physical energy
real foundation, physical energy, personal goal: Hi Carol! I would like to first address your goal in riding. You said all I want is a gentle hack . Is this because you want to go easy on him because he has navicular disease or is it because you truly want to go slow and easy? There is a difference...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: restarting a middle aged horse, paint gelding, horses and ponies
paint gelding, horses and ponies, trot canter: Hi Elizabeth! Whether your gelding is being willfully stubborn or is truly not trained must be treated the same way. Back to the basics, start by building a real foundation of communication and dominant respect that he will want to listen to. I suggest...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: To Sell or Not to Sell, paint gelding, gravel road
paint gelding, gravel road, old paint: Hi Pennie! The first thing you must do for your sake as well as Nate s is to steel yourself to handling this in a fair and unemotional way. Yes, I know that sounds impossible but, it is best for all involved. Anything with a brain can have the wires...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Stall pulling, pulling back, tieing
pulling back, tieing: Hi Gracyn! Your horse just does not know how to give to pressure especially when he is not feeling secure. You know you have done your homework and a good job of really teaching your horse when they can fill in during a very stressful time/place. The...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Stallion Help?, irish sport horse, fear of horses
irish sport horse, fear of horses, performance horse: Hi Sierra! Owning a stallion is a complicated situation. From what I remember of my showing days, individuals under the age of 18 yrs. are not allowed to show stallions and some shows won t even allow them to participate. So, I first recommend you carefully...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Stallion Help?, studs, rick gore
studs, rick gore, horsemanship: Don t do it. This is huge undertaking and will cause you and the horse much grief. Studs are destined to a life of loneliness and unhappiness, they have to be kept in bars and very tough stalls and fences, they will jump fences do crazy things to get to...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Stallion Help?, irish sport horse, fear of horses
irish sport horse, fear of horses, performance horse: Hi Sierra, Not many people are equipped to handle stallions, as they are totally different then geldings and mares. It takes a lot of work,and knowledge. Stallions are unpredictable and can decide that they want the mare and the heck...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: saddle problem, foundation quarter horse, quarter horse mare
foundation quarter horse, quarter horse mare, western saddles: Hi JoAnne! Yes, it could be the pad.....more so in any of the English disciplines, we can adjust things greatly to fit the horse better with specific padding. Such as riser pads. In Western disciplines, I think the pad choices are more limited but,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: showmanship, showmanship
showmanship: Hi Joanne! Most knowledgeable judges can clearly see that your horse is a performance horse and not a pleasure or halter horse. I would leave the mane long just like a reiner or cutting horse. If the judge is worth their salt at all, they will recognize...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: very spooky nervous horse, brood mare, paint mare
brood mare, paint mare, grain bucket: Kristy you seem to be a genuine loving horseman! I respect that! When I read your question I am immediately puzzled when you ask, can I fix her? No, you can t fix her. She is of course not broken. What you can do is guide her, lead her, and soothe her....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: very spooky nervous horse, brood mare, paint mare
brood mare, paint mare, grain bucket: Hi Kristy! Yes, these are some commonly used tricks to desensitize a spooky horse. But, you must lead up to them slowly. Any nervous horse must be desensitized in an intelligent and logical manner. You just can t go out and start tying things to her...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: very spooky nervous horse, brood mare, paint mare
brood mare, paint mare, grain bucket: Hi, In my personal opinion, tying bags to her halter would be a bad idea. If spooked she could go over trying to get away from them. They could also cause her to become more head shy, as she will associate anything near her head as negative. You can...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: stallion behavior, quarter horse stallion, herd animals
quarter horse stallion, herd animals, fence line: First let me say, if you do not have experience around Stallions then you should geld him. Stallions can be unpredictable and dangerous so you should really make sure that you think about the pros and cons of keeping him intact. That being said, your stallion...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: studdy colt, vicks, race horse
vicks, race horse, gelding: Hi Rose, There are a couple of methods that you can try before you have to resort to gelding him. One of thos would be to put Vicks ubder his nose, to mask the smell of the mares. You can also put a halter on underneath his bridle and when ever...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: sudden biting, rescue remedy, growly
rescue remedy, growly, neice: Hi Carol You are certainly having a rough time with this boy! He s probably trying it on with you...If he tries it, then growl at him, square up and let him know that his behaviour is unacceptable. Tap him on the nose, and NO in a loud voice, or a low,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: training issue 8 month old mare, buggy whip, left shoulder
buggy whip, left shoulder, foal: Hi Rebecca, The best way to teach a foal to lead is by applying pressure to the front and back. You will need a properly fitting halter, a long lead rope and a lunge or buggy whip. If you have another person to help, that is even better. Stand...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: western, B movie Cowboy
B movie Cowboy: Hi Dave! Great question! If you notice when the horse falls to the left it is because the rider has taken the right rein and pulled the horses head around to the right. If the horse does not know how to follow the feel and knows the connection between...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: western showmanship, daughter rides, two tops
daughter rides, two tops, diamond band: Hi JoAnne, Sounds like your daughter has a really great time with her horse and like you, I love flowing manes. I would do what s called a Diamond Band, here is a link to a photohttp://ehorseequipment.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=2532. Don t...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: What is wrong with my horse, gates, horses
gates, horses: Sorry but until you give me more information regarding this matter I cannot answer this question, I need how old you are, your riding experience, your horses age and what you are trying to achieve with him. Please can you send me the information...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Young Horses and Personality, inexperienced riders, horse trainer
inexperienced riders, horse trainer, ferrier: Hi Nora: It s very good, that you are asking questions before purchasing. Yes horses can change personality s. Especially with inexperienced riders, now I m not sure on your experience level of riding. If you did purchase her I would recommend more training,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Zues., information bout, leader status
information bout, leader status, personallity: A three year old stud is a lot of horse for anyone to handle! I strongly advise you find a trainer who can work with the two of you on a regular basis. At the very least try to find a trainer to work with him a few times a month. Typically weight is not...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: 2-year old andalusian colt, electric fences, electric fence
electric fences, electric fence, long walks: Hi Barbora, It sounds as though training wise that you are doing a great job working with your stallion. When you work with a stallion, you do not do anything different then you would if you were training a mare or gelding. You just want...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Alone in the Show Ring: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness ; Rick Gore, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: Your conclusion may be wrong. I don t have enough info to give you a better answer. She may just be burned out on shows and arenas. He may be insecure alone, but if he trusted you and saw you as his leader he would not feel that way or if he did he would...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Arab Horse Bad Behavior, arab stallion, arab horse
arab stallion, arab horse, broodmare: Hi Pam! I have had many Arabs over the years and have done everything from break a 15 yr. old broodmare Arab to saddle and sell her to a family as a trusted trail horse....to breaking an Arab stallion and keeping him these 8 years.... to working with a...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: aggressive exstud?, turn-out aggression
turn-out aggression: Hi Anna! All I can do is sigh...Boarding barns are such a difficult environment to exist in. I know, I had to do it for quite some time. Between boarding barns and show barns, there were some days I wanted to jump off the nearest local bridge! UGH!!!...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: anxious in trailer and loading: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: It is hard to answer questions without seeing a horse do what it is doing. I would have to see how it was resisting, what you were doing, timing, your movements and communications all play a part in the problem and the solution. I was not implying that you...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Bad habit, worming, feeding
worming, feeding, eating manure: Hi Kim! He is is missing something in his diet and/or he is just not getting enough to eat. You have to have a balanced ration for horses. This means a good ratio of concentrates, forages, and pasture. All horses need a vitamin/mineral supplement in...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Behavior problem, question thanks, behavior problem
question thanks, behavior problem, professional trainer: Hi Merv, A biting horse is a dangerous horse. The problem that you are having is that your horses are not respecting you. Whenever you go into the pasture bring a buggy whip with you. This will protect you and can be an extension of your arm....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Bolting horse: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: Ummmm, this is an odd one. It is easier to figure out what the horse is thinking when I see things first hand. The first things that come to mind is where is the horse bolting too, how far does it go, when does it start to bolt, when did it start, who experienced...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Breaking My Horse, green, broken
green, broken, unbroken: Breaking and initial training of a five year old is very difficult as you may be first noticing. Seeing as how Penny was doing well with one rider and now with you she is not, tells me the issue is with you. Somehow, somewhere along the line of communication...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Breaking/training 2yo gelding: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: Your first question when you say you step in front of him and block his path, you are putting pressure on him to make him submit and move away from your pressure. If he decides to run you over, you may get hurt, I would say be more aware of your drive line...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Building confidence in ME: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: Glad you like the site, keep reading it, you will find that letting others fix your horse will always make it worse. Even if this guy had got your horse to do what he wanted, unless your are willing to do what he did it is all for nothing. Spurs never helped...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: baby horses: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: I would mare on alfalfa and free access to grass hay (rye or oat). just give her lots of hay that she can eat whenever she wants. Put her on some grain 3 times a day, any high quality grain will do, I like Purina brands, but any will do. As long as mare...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: bad habit: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, bad habit, reins
bad habit, reins, legs: If he can not see he would not hold his head there. Stop pulling on him and he may stop putting his head down. I think he is putting down to get you to stop pulling on the reins. When you do not ride him, he does not hold his head down I am sure, so that...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: badly behavied, spoiled horse, green owner
spoiled horse, green owner: Hi Amee! This horse has NO respect for you or your Mom. It sounds like the only humans he respects is the farrier and the vet. Your mom has to become a leader this horse can respect. Right now she is so low in the herd, this horse will just push her...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: behavior, rush of happiness, behavior question
rush of happiness, behavior question, basic foundation: Hi Lisa! I answered this question on the 10th of Aug......did you receive it? I think this may be a repeat but, I am not sure...please check your e-mail and look for my prior response. I really have nothing new to add to it. The base here must be her...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: behavior - follow up - rescue horses, rescue horses, professional trainer
rescue horses, professional trainer, tack shop: Hi Lisa! Hmmmmmm......it appears the mare is a little more aggressive than I had initially thought. I think this situation could easily and quickly get out of hand. The only thing to do is to have them trained to respond to the authority of the human...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: bolting: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness ; Rick Gore, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: This sounds like he has tested you and failed the test. He now knows that he does not have to listen so he only listens when he wants too. You have to change this and make him see you as the lead horse and his alpha. You do this by moving his feet. Read...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: breaking in an abused 5 year appy mare, best buds, mom and dad
best buds, mom and dad, how to take care of horses: Hi Brooke! You did not say if Dixie was broke to ride before you purchased her. But, in this case I would advise you start from the beginning anyway, so what her riding past really was does not matter right now. It sounds as if she had a rough period...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: breaking my first horse, horse pony, bad manners
horse pony, bad manners, professional trainer: I STRONGLY urge you, for your safety and for your pony s, find a professional trainer to assist you! One year under your belt hardly qualifies you to break/train a horse/pony. At least not without supervision and assistance from someone with experience....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: bucking, flight response, fair deal
flight response, fair deal, adn: If you want the horse to buck more, get spurs. Pain = fear, fear = reactions and flight response. When people say their horse has an attitude, it normally means they have an attitude and is not giving the horse a fair deal. Read my site and it will help...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: bucking: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: OK, NO spurs!!! That will only make it worse and get you hurt. I would like to know how you know this is NOT fear. It sounds fear to me, he finds safety and security with other horses, so when alone he feels nervous and insecure. It sounds like he needs...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: building confidence: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: Well, with abused or neglected horses, being trained with force and fear is abuse in my mind, it is really tough to fix. Not sure how your confidence is but a horse reads a lot from the rider. His confidence needs to come from respect but not fear, fine...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: cinch problems: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: First, no don t barrel race her for several reasons. If you want to go race for fun and not to win or force her, then once a month may not be too bad, if you don t push her hard. This horse has a lot of heart and will run even if in pain. Rope horses are...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Doesn't want to be ridden? : www.freewebs.com/horseawareness ; Rick Gore, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: Well welcome to world of abused horses. This horse was broke wrong, was abused, was neglected, was beat, was only taught fear and pain from people and it learned it lessons well. You have a long road ahead of you and I am glad to hear you are not going to...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: donkey eating bottoms of trees, loose minerals, companion horse
loose minerals, companion horse, mineral blocks: Hi Kevin, I am sorry about the loss of your horse. It sounds as though your donkeys are not getting enough Minerals. You can go to any tack store and purchase either the loose minerals or the mineral blocks. Since you only have the two, then...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Getting My First Colt, haltering colts
haltering colts: Hi Amber! CONGRATULATIONS!!! What great fun for you! Just a thought here to get you going on the right path...please don t break your horse. Start him, train him, educate him...just don t break him. Do you see what I m saying. This may seem like...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Very nervous,anxious horse seek help!, vet check, wanda
Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Very nervous,anxious horse seek help!, vet check, wanda, two steps

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: stock tie, website thanks
Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: stock tie, website thanks

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: first time rider, competent instructor, riding horses
competent instructor, riding horses, time rider: Hi Paul! Well, this is not really a training question about a horse....but, I can say with complete confidence that if you enjoy riding horses you should remain in a formal lesson program with a competent instructor and a kind beginner horse. From the...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: fully with no human imprinting, colt starting
colt starting: Hi Aimee! PHEEEWWW!!! What a load off my mind! Just WAIT! The fact that the human has just stayed out of the way is a good thing. So often the human sees a cute little foal and their response is to cuddle them and fuss with them. Not good. A spoiled...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: ground manners, nipping, biting
nipping, biting: Hi Lisa! I have a horse that I have been selling for the last 6 years! She is such a challenge for me. I rode her with Ray and he said she was going to be my learning horse. She has taught me so much. She is not a mare that will allow the human...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Haltering a 3 month old colt, riding horses, equusite
riding horses, equusite, foal: I highly recommend reading the articles I have links for below. These articles are thorough and can really help you and others in similar situations! http://www.equinesite.com/articles/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=887 http://www.equusite.com/articles/ground/groundHalterBreaking.shtml...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Hello, backing, colt starting
backing, colt starting: Hi Edward! Every time you touch your horse you are training him. I don t like the term trainer any way. From what I ve seen the vast majority do more harm than good. Most can t ride a swinging gate in a stiff breeze and if they happen to stay on for...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Herd Bound, fence types, electric fence
fence types, electric fence, metel: Hi Maryah, I would recommend that you install proper fencing if you plan of having these two horses for their safety and for the safety of others. There are many types of fence types, but the least expensive is hot wire. You will need T posts,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: HORSE LAYS DOWN, medical issue, doggers
medical issue, doggers, odd things: Hi Janine! The absolute first thing you must do is have this horse seen by your vet. This could be a medical issue and could get worse. I cannot say what it could be as you have not given me any other symptoms but laying down. He should definitely be...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse Behaviour, pawing, solutions
pawing, solutions: Hi Debbie! Sounds to me like your horse has an opinion about what is going on in his life and is trying to get you to understand and make a change! Horses are VERY intelligent! I have a gelding, the one pictured on my profile, that will drop his head...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse behaviour, colt starting
colt starting: Hi Charlene! Your horse is just green and lacks a formal education! You can t expect him to know how to be a saddle horse if he was never schooled or educated! He is doing his best to fill in for you, but he just doesn t know how to do it all. YOU have...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse falling in cross ties: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: It does not sound like she fell over, it sounds like she got scared or felt trapped or got too much pressure and tried to rear or move back to escape pressure. First thing is STOP cross tying her. Tie her to a strong tie point with a good rope halter so...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: My Horse freaks out at Gymkhanas, horse freaks, gymkhana
horse freaks, gymkhana, horse shows: Hi Dawn, Sorry to hear that your horse show didn t go as planned. I d try to do some off site riding, with another older, quiet horse to start with. If possible a combination of trails and to Equestrian Centers, while no horse shows are going on to start with....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse Lying Down, chow hound, little tug
chow hound, little tug, pipe corral: Hi, I d see if you feed the other horses, will she get up on her own? If not then it strikes me as something neurological, more than anything. You might also keep track of when and how long she does this, see if there is indeed a pattern and maybe she really...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: halter training and leading a green horse, first time haltering
first time haltering: Hi Gail! Here is what you can do...Start by hooking a horse on. They will know who you are after. Keep working on this horse until you can approach and they will stay with you. Then work on getting them to track up on you, that is follow you. You will...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: herd bound: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness ; Rick Gore, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: They should adjust pretty good, and worst case they break away and go a quarter of a mile. When you say cloth fence, is it hot wire? You would put up hot wire and that would keep them. Once you feed them three times a day, they will not want to leave. ...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: herd bound: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: This sounds like a fear or insecurity issue. Your horse has to see you as a leader and look to you for safety not another horse. If the other horse is a gelding, your horse may see him as his leader and only feels safe with him, if it is a mare it could...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: My horse, x rays, veterinarian
x rays, veterinarian, tenet: I can not tell you what is wrong with your horse physically, I can not see the injury obviously. Please take your horse to a Veterinarian and ask to have X-rays done on the area in question... That will answer all your questions and possibly help this swelling...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: my horse, flight behaviour, empty gun
flight behaviour, empty gun, racehorses: Hi Wes Your horse is obviously scared, and is exhibiting flight behaviour. The only way you will get her over this is conditioning over time, plus she really shouldn t be doing heavy work like hunting till she is fully mature at 4 years old! You can...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: my horse dont like goin in stalls, gelding, pasture
gelding, pasture, holes: Hi Angiee! I would like to have more information before I recommend anything. What is the horse s breed and age? How long have you owned him? Is he fine for everything else, except the stall? Is he a pushy gelding, always dominant? Is he all by himself...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse going through fencing, rope burns, electric fencing
rope burns, electric fencing, pasture: Hi Teresa, Some horses can t be kept in by some fences. The first thing that you should do is to make sure that the other horses are not running her through the fence. Have you checked to make sure that your charger is working correctly? You...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: my horse freaks out in stalls: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness ; Rick Gore, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: If I was a horse I would not like a stall either. Sounds like he is a smart horse. It is very normal for a horse not to like a stall. It is small and he feels trapped and he is alone and away from his friends. If I wanted to lock you in a small bathroom,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: my horse keeps kicking me! : www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, barrel horses, rear end
barrel horses, rear end, carrots: Your horse is not kick you, he is kicking what he see s as a lower horse. If you run up on him or let him turn his butt to you, then he kicks you. Don t get too close to his rear end and he cannot kick you. Don t try and catch him, just go out and see...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse kicking in trailer, tb mare, trailer accident
tb mare, trailer accident, horses: Your mare is telling you in the only way that she knows how, that she does not want to go back to the barn. Since horses can not communicate using words, they will do it by their behavior. You said that you are relocating o that should cure the problem once...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse always speeds up, often pulling on the reins, heavy in my hands, legs move
heavy in my hands, legs move, professional rider: Hi Holly! I generally do not like to step in between a client and a trainer....unless the issue is presented to me in such a way the trainer clearly stands out as wrong or wrong for the situation. But, you have a past with this horse and she has not...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horses, brood mare, grass hay
brood mare, grass hay, pen work: Hi, You might want to get some local professional assistance, any horse agressive enough to chase you, could cause injury. Aside from that, I d start with basic round pen work, without the lunge line, just getting her to listen to you at all three gaits...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: J.P. my Shetland Pony, shetland pony, new pony
shetland pony, new pony, lead line: Hi Penny, Congrats on your new pony. You might want to enlist the help of a trainer with your pony, or atleast to get you started. But here are some exercises for you to start with. Start off in a safe round pen and begin by getting her moving off your...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Jumping Fences, seattle slew, jumping fences
seattle slew, jumping fences, stable mate: It does sound like he s bored. I would not suggest blinders, not only will they not prevent him from jumping, but he could be injured while trying to jump with them on. For another week, I d stick with your stall routine. Maybe give him some toys, (cones,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: kicking, ground manners, inevitable mistakes
ground manners, inevitable mistakes, lesson horse: Hi Clark! While this may seem a simple enough question to you, it s actually very complicated. First, do not attempt to let your child be around her anymore. She has turned a corner and things will only get worse until you correct them. You are right,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: kicking: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: A horse will send signals before it kicks, if you see him getting irritated, frustrated, stressed, you need to get the horse s attention on you, take it down, make it submit, move his feet, disengage his rear end, make the horse think you know what it is thinking...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: lunging problems, temper tantrum, strenuous work
temper tantrum, strenuous work, canter: Hi Kay! The only thing I can recommend is a full check up from your vet. This could be a myriad of things..... either physical, mental or a combination of both. But, I always start with a clean bill of heath from a vet. Once that has been established,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: lunging problems, welsh section, poor lad
welsh section, poor lad, warm blood: Hi Mandy In short hun, I don t think that anything is going wrong...I think that it s the troubles we all get with a new horse....finding out what makes each other tick, and how far you can push before you hit the boundaries. Poor lad has been shoved...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Male donkey acting badly: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: You must have done something to cause this. Jack s remember and once they target you for something you did, they normally do not forget. You can try to make amends with food, bring him a carrot everytime you go see him, but he if he has decided that you...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Mustang Gelding, domestic horses, old mustang
domestic horses, old mustang, wild mustang: You will need to reassert yourself as his leader. II would suggest that you do two things. The first is to always carry a lunge whip in with you and if he charges at you again then crack the whip at him and yell no a stern voice. You should also do the join...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: mare rushing and pulling rein, tb mare, moths
tb mare, moths, tantrum: Hi Christine! I think this is a simple case of too much, too fast . By that I mean you are running (and jumping!) before you learned to walk. You appear to have a sweet-tempered and willing mare. She is trying to please you by doing what you ask,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: some mare troubles, mounting, control of the feet
mounting, control of the feet: Hi Morgan! Congratulations on your new horse! Sounds to me like she is pretty green and lacking a complete education. I think this is a great opportunity for you! Teaching a horse that is green and needs a little help really shows us where the holes...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: My mini stallion, natural horseman, full time job
natural horseman, full time job, rope halter: Hello, The piece that is missing for you and your stallion is that he does not see you as his leader. Work on what I wrote to you before until you have it working for you really well. Then it will become a tool for you to use to back him up if he loses his...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: New Colt: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, head mare, back ground
head mare, back ground, playfulness: wow, 143 acres, lucky horses. :) The one mare showing interest can be pulled out and put in a round pen or smaller arena area for a day or so. Once they bond, and they will, You will tell if she thinks he is belongs to her, and then she will protect him....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: New mother, aggressive mare new foal
aggressive mare new foal: Hi Jeanette! Leave her alone. This is really important or your mare could reject her foal. This mare does not trust you and is very stressed. Anyone that would keep secret that fact that the mare was bred really has a problem. This is information you...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: i need help with my 6yearold gelding : www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: Well this does not make sense. I have to think there were other signs and you missed them. Horses do not try and attack or hurt someone, they try and push a lower horse to establish their dominance. I would guess that you backed away, ran or moved away...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Very nervous,anxious horse seek help!, many horses, nice horse
many horses, nice horse, strenuous work: Hi Wanda! The first thing I recommend is a complete check up from your vet, especially determining if he has sight loss to any degree in his left eye. If he does have any blindness in that eye, it could account for some of his behavior. I would stop...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: nervous, anxious horse seeks help, scared colt, colt starting
scared colt, colt starting, hind quarters: Hi Wanda! Your horse is just being a horse! You have to be a leader he can trust so he CAN calm down and relax. Your horse is feeling pretty alone and not sure he can survive. Lunging is NOT the solution. It does nothing for the horses MIND. It only...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: PLEASE HELP us before our horse really hurts or kills one of us., rearing filly, colt starting
rearing filly, colt starting: Hi Tina! NO KIDS in the pasture! Your filly is just being a horse! She is doing what horses do. She is just playing with your children but you kids are too small and do not know how to gain this filly s respect and she will learn that she is the dominate...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Pushy yearling, rescued yearling, loading
rescued yearling, loading, leading: Hi Again Kalen! My heart goes out to you for the job you do. I cannot thank you enough! Here is a big hug and a round of applause! At a year, your colt is very mature and should have two well descended testis. The only way that you may encounter a...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: "Ring Sour", re-starting an older horse
re-starting an older horse: Hi Haley! These are not problems , it is what this horse has lived his life doing! It was what he was taught to do. He takes over and comes up with his own plan, because that is what has saved him in the past. Your gelding is not ring sour , he is...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: "Ring Sour", hand gallop, qh gelding
hand gallop, qh gelding, rope horse: Hi Haley I know this is a hard problem, I have had the same thing with my arab mare. One solution is to give him 12 months totally away from the ring, and just play with him, let him be a horse, and then change discipline, start doing dressage, or...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: ring sour horse, hand gallop, qh gelding
hand gallop, qh gelding, rope horse: Hi Haley, Thanks for the great email, sounds like you have a very fun and smart horse. Okay, I ll do this in sections: Anticpation: As far as anticipating the announcer, most of the good ones, get there at some time or another, the best thing to do...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: round pen problem: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, basic manners, first horse
basic manners, first horse, precious time: Go pay Clinton Anderson, he is a good horseman who understands horses and I am quite sure he would tell you the same thing I am telling. It always amazes me when I tell people (mainly woman who don t want to hear they may be the problem) how all of a sudden...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Scared Horse: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: hehe, horses are herd animals, if the other horses have shoes, then no reason to take his off I guess. Metal shoes give an unfair advantage, if others were willing you could put rubber boots over the shoes so not to do so much damage. And NO it will not...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Scared of the rain, rain phobia
rain phobia: Hi Sharon! Sometimes you just have to do your job, no matter what. My daughters first Event horse had a similar reaction to the rain. He would act as if bugs were landing on his nose. He would twitch and shake his head! Not very pretty in your dressage...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Scared of a storm: www.freewebs.com/horsemanship; Rick Gore, welsh section, storm www
welsh section, storm www, question thanks: I would not lock him out, if he wants to get in shelter he should be able to do so. However, by spraying him more and doing something good while spraying (grain, carrots, treats) it may ease his tension on getting wet. Also always end the spray session...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Speedy pony, new pony, pony club
new pony, pony club, confident rider: Hi Clare! You did not say your age or the level you are riding at. But....your real fear came through loud and clear. A capable, competent and confident rider never feels his/her horse is going too fast unless there is a specific reason why the mount...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Stall Behavior: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, catching, horsemanship
catching, horsemanship, advace and retreat: LOL, my boys would love a new bale of hay, where are you located? I would make sure the people know and understand pressure and release, if they move her, non-aggressively and release the pressure with a drawing pressure, she will learn to come, she has to...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Stud like behavior by a gelding, testosterone level, gelding
testosterone level, gelding, geldings: Your Vet may not have known off the top of his head the answer to your questions or how to read the test results, but don t discredit him too quickly... Like I mentioned I had to talk with a couple of other folks to come to a conclusion myself. I know quite...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: show horse sulky, won't go forward: www.freewegbs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: This horse sounds like it has figured out what an arena means -- work, whips, pressure, jumps, rider kicking/spurring, etc... This totally sounds like a horse that is sour to shows and work. Being kept alone tells me this horse is suffering from being...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: sporadic bucking: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness ; Rick Gore, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: Well, since you rode this horse on the first day you bought him and since you bought him at an auction, I have to question your riding and horse knowledge. I just added a section on buying a new horse and addressed auction horses. You were lucky he did not...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: starting a youngster: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness ; Rick Gore, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: Go slow and don t rush it. A horse is not fully grown until five. Their legs seal up at about three or so, but their back and spine do not fuse until five years. So any rides should be short and with light riders and a saddle. Not too much bare back until...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: stock tie, making a stock tie
making a stock tie: Hi Lila! It depends on if you want it to be small, medium or large. The mine is 56 long. The best rule of thumb since you are custom making one for your daughter is to lay the fabric around the back of her neck, the ends should hang to her waist. Then...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Turning back to arena gate: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: If your daughter really wants this then she reading and learning about horses. She has to understand that it is normal for a horse to test and see what he can get away with. So she needs to teach the horse that the horse has to listen to her or she will...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: How to teach a yearling not to bolt on a leadline, colt pulling away
colt pulling away: Hi Deb! Teach him how to roll over his hind quarters! Good horsemanship is never an issue until you have a horse that can t fill in for you. Then the horse shows you how much of his education is missing! YIKES! Your yearling just showed you that he...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: an unbalanced horse: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: Annie you have understand horses better. Your horse is not being mean they are just being a horse. All horse do the same thing. You don t beat horses to get them to do things, you move their feet and put pressure on them. Read my horseman tips page...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Vision, Disease, Bad Behavior or ?, calm horses, health exam
calm horses, health exam, vision tests: Hi Jenny... First things first, call your vet and have a health exam on your horse. After you rule out anything physical, we can go back and look at some behavior issues. Was your horse bitten by a tick? This is something that you really need to address...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: weaning: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: Hi Christine, no reason to feel bad for caring about your horses. I discuss this on my site. Weaning is a people thing that has become popular for varied reasons. None of them good. In the wild the horses and herd take care of this. I like my little guy...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: wild warmblood: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: Well it sounds like you are doing some good things. I would do more sacking out. Desensitize those feet, tie a rope to each foot and teach her to give to pressure. She should let you pick up each foot with a rope tied to it. Have her walk with a rope tied...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Young horse breaking, side reins, monty robert
side reins, monty robert, google: Hi Tamara! It seems to me you are right on track. A greenie should be longeing competently by the age of 18 months or so. Able to do all 3 gaits, extend and collect on voice command. Of course, special emphasis on Whoa . For longeing babies I also...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Young Rider, shetland pony, open pasture
shetland pony, open pasture, bomb proof: Hi Doug, First of all congrats on introducing your daughter to horses, what a wonderful family event to share. As far as when she is ready to move up, here are a few things I look for. First and formost the horse, you ve got to have a horse that will...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: young pony with kids, lesson horses, welsh section
lesson horses, welsh section, gut feelings: Hi Angela! I cannot give training advice to non-owners of the horse in question. The training and correction of a mount is the sole responsibility of the owner and interference from even the most well meaning person(s) could lead to hard feelings and even...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: 1st colt, farrier, huntress
farrier, huntress, easiest thing: Hello, I would take your time working to get him comfortable petting down his whole leg. Remember the goal is not to pick up his feet but to make him comfortable. Once you can pick up his feet be sure to make having his foot in your hand is the release, you...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: my 2 year old mare/ how to get her to stand still, trot or canter, pen work
trot or canter, pen work, time horse: Hi, First off, did she have a specific incident with a horse, that scared her? Or has she always been nervous around them? My next question is, does she want to get over this fear? Does she have a desire to ride? Aside from those questions. I d start...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: i have 4 week old foal, foal, gin
foal, gin, rash: Not sure if she is just getting rid of some of her hair or is it a rash or redness. IF she is normal in all other ways, I may just call the vet and talk to her over the phone, she know of something that is in the area and is causing this. Hope this helps,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: My 6 year old paint draft cross: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: Well you have your hands full, but there is not such thing as a untrainable horse. That is just fear and lack of knowledge and experience. Although you have been riding for 15 years, understanding horses is very different. I rode for 20 years and never...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: My 7 yr old Mare, all the right moves, time and patience
all the right moves, time and patience, behavoir: Hi Susan Thanks you for the question and I will certainly try my best to be of any help Firstly congratulations on your new horse she sounds alovely little lady. You have really answered your own query in a way. She is trying you out, to see...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: ARABIAN COLT: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: Spending time with the little guy is good. You have to learn how to talk horse. By that I mean understand how horse talk to each other in a herd. Read my horsemanship page and horseman tips page, they will help you understand how horse think and how to...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Arab gelding, side reins, rugby pelham
side reins, rugby pelham, sitting trot: Hi Suz Firstly...DITCH THE SIDE REINS! I have reschooled loads of horses, and broken in loads of them as well, and NEVER use gadgets. It s a pet hate of mine. Secondly, to get him soft and round in trot, do sitting trot, and keep your hands low. Push...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Attacking horse, arab mare, time and patience
arab mare, time and patience, dangerous behaviour: Hi Jennifer, Your horse is expressing seriously dangerous behaviour and I advise you to stay away from her for the time being. You need to get someone with more experience to come and handle the mare. You have two options: either send the mare off...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: very aggressive mare, quater horse, tack shop
quater horse, tack shop, farrier: Hi Stephanie! Well, it sounds like you have a real Boss Mare on your hands. I recommend you speak to your vet about giving her any supplement or medication to control her temperament with her cycles. As for her aggressive issues, I cannot even begin...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Behavior problem, paint mare, lesson horses
paint mare, lesson horses, rope horse: Hi Kevin! The very first thing one has to do in a situation like this is to determine....is the horse afraid or is he being just downright disrespectful? Because the actions of the owner are different for afraid or for disrespectful . Form what you...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Bosal training: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: It sounds like you are doing good and the horse is responding well. It won t get bored if you keep it busy and keep changing it up. Don t just train all the time, just spend time, hanging out, playing, grooming so it won t think every time he sees you he...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: barn sour horse, confidence issues, accredited trainer
confidence issues, accredited trainer, separation anxiety: Hi barb... This is quite a simple matter of separation anxiety....she wants company, so find another rider who will hack out with you. She is still a young horse, so just find someone with an older horse who will give her confidence, and I would suggest...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: behavior, kicking and biting
kicking and biting: Hi Marilyn! YES!!! Don t allow this to happen! You are the leader, teacher and boss! Don t allow your horses to take over. Stop the behavior BEFORE it develops into kicking and biting! The moment you see a pinned ear, stop the behavior. If you miss...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: braking in my new forest, passive resistance, cluck
passive resistance, cluck, new forest: Hi Jenny! It is a very common issue for a just broke horse to refuse to move. Actually, this is not a bad thing. The horse is telling you she is not fully prepared to ride as a broke horse and she is telling you in a very non-dangerous way. No bucking,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: breaking our 2 1/2 gelding?, arabian gelding, many horses
arabian gelding, many horses, three horses: Victoria your horse sounds ready to be broke! I would not wait until he is six! By then you will have a real problem horse on your hands. Ground training is always the first place to start. You have done that and he is ready for work. Typically a horse...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: breaking fences, double fence, three horses
double fence, three horses, fnce: Hi Janeen, I know what you are going through, as I have three horses doing that now. You have a few choices. If your fence is electric, then you can make it higher and use a stronger fencer. If you have a solid fence, then add a strand or two...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: bucking habit, qh gelding, hard feelings
qh gelding, hard feelings, professional trainer: Hi Heather! I cannot give training advice to non-owners of the horse in question. Training is the sole responsibility of the owner. Any advice or action from others, no matter how well meaning can be misconstrued as interference leading to hard feelings...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: bucking & pick up horse: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, catching, horsemanship
catching, horsemanship, advacce and retreat: Just because you have papers does not mean your horse is registered, sorry, but that is one of the oldest scams out there, people change papers, people keep copy of papers so when the get another horse with issues that look like they fit the papers, bingo...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: bucking: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: OK, NO spurs!!! That will only make it worse and get you hurt. I would like to know how you know this is NOT fear. It sounds fear to me, he finds safety and security with other horses, so when alone he feels nervous and insecure. It sounds like he needs...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Charging and No respect: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness: Rick Gore, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: Horses see the world as a herd and you are either higher or lower. In your case you are lower. When you said that he horse learned to rear and buck, you should have said you have taught the horse to rear or buck. A horse is taught by people how to behave...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: canter depart, roll backs, depature
roll backs, depature, figure eights: Hi Erin, It sounds like you have a really nice prospect and I hope it results in the sale to a great home. As far as establishing an immediate canter depature, that take alot of time and practice. First you need to confirm all the basics are there, you...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Donkey: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: LOL, you took this way too personal, but that s ok, I know I was trying to provide information to keep a child safe and to prevent a horse from getting blamed for poor human decisions. Like many horse owners that get into trouble, they want to make it all...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: dangerous habit, trot canter, dangerous habit
trot canter, dangerous habit, rescue horse: Hi Heather! The first thing you have to do in a situation like this is to decide if she is reacting from fear or simple disrespect. From what you have told me, I would say a little of both. She has some fear because she has gaps in her training education...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: duece, inexperienced rider, bad attitude
inexperienced rider, bad attitude, tack shop: Hi Jessica! While you may feel this is a simplistic question... What do I do about his temperament when people are riding him? There is no simple answer. I cannot tell by your question if you are a very young rider reaching out or an older but, very...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Eating our plants, bitter apple spray, good fences make good neighbors
bitter apple spray, good fences make good neighbors, electric fencing: Hi again Chip! Okay, sounds like you have a good relationship with the neighbors and as I said before, horses are smart, persistent and must really like the attention they get from terrorizing your jasmine! I would go the electric tape fence route. It...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: ex-racehorse behavior issues, small jumps, behavior issues
small jumps, behavior issues, racehorse: Hi Sara! I cannot give training advice to non-owners of the horse in question. While a nonowner may have the best intentions, their involvement could lead to hard feelings or worse a lawsuit. The training of a horse is solely the owner s responsibility....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Halter breaking an older horse!, touchy face
touchy face: Hi Becky! Just treat him like a colt! Don t worry about the age that it says on a calendar. His level of experience makes him a colt, so treat him as such. I would not try and touch his nose. I would want to touch and rub him between his eyes on...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Hard head Mustang, mustang mare, gelded
mustang mare, gelded, mustangs: Hi, I would first suggest that you have this mare checked by a Vet. It does sound as though she is experiencing pain from the neck or back. If she is unable to flex the neck, then she would not want to go to the left. You could also have an issue with...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Help with Charging/Dominant horse??, and barn sour horse., spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: Angel is not being mean she is being a horse, she is smart and knows that if she gets next you she does not have to run or work. You have to make it so she does not like to be next to you unless you call her in. So you have to be assertive enough to get...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Help with my mare: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: Well you are right this is a people (you) problem and not a horse problem. What you thought was going good was nothing more than the horse feeling you out. It was new and was allowing you to move her and now she has figured out that you are not confident...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse Whinnies: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: lol, sounds like a happy horse. When you say nothing at all, horses rarely do anything for no reason. I would guess he is looking at something, seeing something, smelling something, is nervous, is happy, is bored, is excited, is reassuring himself, is talking...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: hacking, dangerous issue, skill level
dangerous issue, skill level, gaps: Hi Wendy! This is a common behavior for horses. You have not owned him for a very long time and he is testing the waters to see what he can get away with or he has gaps in his education. I would like a little more information before I give any training...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: hacking on young horse, flight instinct, ground manners
flight instinct, ground manners, prior training: Hi Stevie! I would have to say that one of the hardest things to train 80% of horses to do is to hack out alone...calmly and politely. Horses loathe to leave their safe place . Whether it is the herd, their pasture or the group of horses they are riding...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: my horse, running in circles, appache
running in circles, appache, sweet feed: Hi Kacy, I applaud you for wanting to work with this horse. I would have to say that his issues do not just come from being gelded at the age of 8. Horses have what is called the fight or flee instinct, and your horse seems to be the type...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse acting out., rain rot, cannon bone
rain rot, cannon bone, race horses: Hi Kudo He s a young and frustrated little boy, and you are trying to discipline him....he doesn t like it, so acts up. Basically, he s having a tantrum. Act like the senior mare would in a herd, square up to him, and make him back down...don t let...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse behavior, leg pressure, behavior question
leg pressure, behavior question, horse behavior: Hello, As I said in my reply start your leg pressure and bumping getting bigger and bigger. You are trying to set it up so that you ask him to do more, go faster, work harder as he goes toward his friend. When he leaves her and is not asking to go to her...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse fighting, three horses, own time
three horses, own time, piles: Hi Missy! Make sure your horses can get away from each other. They have to be in a large pasture. For three horses is should be no smaller than 3 acres. It is ideally about 1 acre per head. Then you allow them to sort things out. If they have room...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse gelding, horse gelding, gelding procedure
horse gelding, gelding procedure, proud cut: Hi Angi! The only person who can answer this question is your vet. Have the vet out to do an examination to determine if he is a gelding or not. Until then, I would keep him separated from all other horses, mares or geldings, to decrease any fighting...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse kicking, sheep goats, head cattle
sheep goats, head cattle, natural horsemanship: My first suggestion is to contact a trainer who specializes in natural horsemanship. They can help you safely work with your horse and how to apply some of the techniques used by the trainer s videos I am recommending. Frank Bell - http://www.horsewhisperer.com/index.html...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse problems, stabling, anxiety disorder?, tb mare, stable door
tb mare, stable door, feed time: Helen it sounds to me that she is not getting along with who she is stabled next to. I would try moving her to another stall and see if you can t find one she likes better. The stall behavior and pawing at feed time are common when a horse is too close to...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse that rears and throws his head when I try to ride him, saddles and bridles, gut feelings
saddles and bridles, gut feelings, mixed signals: Hi Diana! I cannot give training advice to a non-owner of the horse in question. Training of a horse is the sole responsibility of the owner. Any interference, even with the best of intentions, can lead to hard feelings or worse, a lawsuit. I can say...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: First you want to make sure the horse knows what walk means, so lounge him and round pen him and make sure he can trot and then when you say walk he walks, then have him canter and say walk and make sure he walks, every time you walk off with him, say walk...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horses, guildens, studs, guilden, huntress
guilden, huntress, geldings: Hello, Stallions that have been socialized when they are young can do well being out with Geldings, provided there are no mares around to fight over. I would think of your Stallions behavior and do some research on line to decide if this is a suitable idea...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Introducing my colt to my other two geldings: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: Hi Gerri, boy 3 months is way too young to wean, that is too bad, glad you took him. Normally I would say let him out and I would still to this as soon as possible, you may be able to do some things to make it easier and to speed up the process. Take you...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Jasper 4 year old Cob, barefooting, farrier
barefooting, farrier, piebald: Hi Thanks you for the question and I will my best to help. Firstly how long has Jasper been unshod for? Has he always been like this or have his shoes been taken off recently? If he has always remained without shoes then I would suggest getting...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Loading a new horse, frequent problem, rubber mat
frequent problem, rubber mat, lineout: Hi Stacey Thanks for your query and I will do my best to help. Loading is a frequent problem, I have a horse of my own who is a devil to load and travel and she is 22! There are several things you can do, but first we have to ask questions....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: lunge line: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: The horse is only two, don t be too rough on him with respect. You want him to see you as a strong leader, but not a someone who is always pushing him away. It is normal for a horse to try and stay close to you when learning to lounge, he knows you can t...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Mini pony and quarter horse: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: I have to laugh at your questions, it seems so simple and some time I can t believe how many people do just what you did. You made just about every mistake you could when buying a horse and from what I can tell you got real lucky that both horses are not...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: moving from a bit to a hackamore, bit, mecate
bit, mecate, bosal: Hi Melanie! A bit or a hackamore (bosal), side pull, really anything you put on your horse to communicate with him is only as gentle, sensitive or harsh and rude as the hands on the other end. It is not the bit, but the nut behind the bit! A bosal...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Nasty Mare, hooking on
hooking on: Hi Ann! I LOVE this question, it is a great one! People never seem to worry about the quality of their horsemanship until they bump into a horse that will not fill in for them. This mare is your Learning Horse ! She is going to teach you about good...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Need some pointers for ground work, vet check, head carriage
vet check, head carriage, white eye: Hi, First of all I want to apologize for not responding to your question sooner, I never got an email stating I had a question pending. I am very sorry about that. This site does not allow me to receive photos, but I will go forward with responding...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: new to weanlings, hi lauren, horse owner
hi lauren, horse owner, horse farms: Hi Lauren, The first thing is to give her some time to settle in. Put her in a paddock by herself next to the others horses for about a week. Then you will want to put a horse that is at bottom of the totem pole, in with her. Once they are friends,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Pony: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: I have a web site that explains horses and help people understand horses. Read my website from start to finish and you will understand him much better and see where he is coming from. Do ride him until you understand how to make sure he sees you as his...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: pony, last christmas, gelding
last christmas, gelding, pony: Hi Liz! You did not really say that your horse is doing anything particular bad, more like he is not focusing enough on you when you are riding him. My advice is to improve your own riding and gain the confidence you need to correct him immediately from...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: problems with an ex-race horse, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: First of all I would like you to read my herd behavior section on my horsemanship page of my web site, that will explain what your horses are doing. A horse is a horse, no matter the breed, so being a TB is not the problem, the way TB are treated at the tracks...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Rearing on the lunge line, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: lol, I have to laugh at people that say they know everything, believe me you do not know everything about lounging, nor do I. Being a good horseman is about knowing and admitting that you do not know everything. Clint is a good horseman, but he would tell...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Refuses to lope !!: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, horse experience, private questions
horse experience, private questions, lope: Right above where you type your questions, it says, if you fail to provide the following info I will reject your question. IF YOU DON T PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION I WILL REJECT YOUR QUESTION: ***************************************************************************...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: rearing: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: Well good job on the water, a much better learning experience for both of you and it will last longer. Don t look at a horse like a person, they do not think that far ahead, your horse does not think, boy I showed her and I got her to go some other direction....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: refuses q6v3rforward, horse, move forward
horse, move forward, backing up: Hello Marilyn, I m just working on a mare that does exactly the same thing. I ll explain how I m working with her. It s About Moving Forward First, we addressed the backing up. After taking this mare out for the first time and almost landing in the...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: refusing forwand, shrubs and trees, gelding
shrubs and trees, gelding, mare: Hi Marilyn, The first thing that I would suggest that you do is to get this mare s back and neck checked out. Since she was flipped, she could have sustained an injury that is now acting up. If she is cleared by the Vet please write me back and...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: refusing forwand: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: She is backing up from confusing or resistance, not sure which one. I would just get off and walk her past the area she starts to back up and walk as far as you can and then get on and ride her back and see if she stops or stalls, this will tell you if she...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: refusing forward, shrubs and trees, steady eddy
shrubs and trees, steady eddy, continuous manner: Hi Marilyn! I have answered hundreds and hundreds of questions from riders all over the world and have never encountered one so confrontational as you. I believe this forum is based on politeness and honesty. My answer to you was both. I plainly said...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: reining: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: Reining? I think you are talking about the horse moving off the reins and following your directions easy. A rein is just one of many cues, you should showing your horse how to move off your leg pressure, off your seat pressure and off your body position,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: no respect at all, working with horses, release strategy
working with horses, release strategy, professional trainer: Yes, you definitely have a lot of work a head of you. First thing I highly recommend is that you find a professional trainer to assist you! Secondly, remember the key factor when working with horses, you are the predator, and the horse is prey. There is...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: return journey traumas, donkey style, absolute character
donkey style, absolute character, dangerous behaviour: I m sorry but no horse requires abuse! His behaviour is simply a lack of training. This behaviour most likely started with his last owner and has continued with you because you haven t trained him to act in a manner that is pleasurable for both of you....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: riding, quater horse, canter
quater horse, canter, chiropractor: Hi Heather, I was start by having vet give her a physical, it sounds like there might be something wrong for her to suddenly start biting you and being grumpy when you ride her. Also, tripping is not normal and she can hurt not only herself but her rider...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Stall walking, alfalfa cubes, kwpn gelding
alfalfa cubes, kwpn gelding, cross ties: Hi Marianne! It is common for a horse who has lived outside or spends a great deal of time outside to develop a stall vice. Walking the stall or my least favorite of all vices, stall weaving. What your pony is doing is not necessarily a terrible thing,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Standardbred: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: This horse was probably beat for going into a canter. Trotters are only allowed to trot, so this will take time to fix. Lots of ground work and making sure she knows what the canter cue is, get her to canter a few times so she knows it is ok. Don t ever...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Starting a 5-year old, wolf teeth, show horses
wolf teeth, show horses, voice body: Hi Stephanie, Thsnks for your question, sounds like you got a great new horse and have some wonderful knowledge to fall back on. I d start with some ground work with him, that way he ll be responding to your cues, voice, body language before you get...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: sour mare: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: lol, sounds like sour owner not sour horse. Horse are smart, they are really smart when it comes to horse sense. Your hubby let his pride and ego they and muscle her and she showed him that she is a proud horse and will fight back. This mare is testing...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: My standardbreed: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness Rick Gore, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: Hi Antoinette, (Nice Name) :) Well you are right in the way that you and your daughters are causing this problem. Most horse problems are people problems and the problem is lack of understanding of the horse. Part of the problem is your horse is alone...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Trouble loading on the trailer, rear loading ramp, rear ramp
rear loading ramp, rear ramp, familiar surroundings: Hi Kate This is going to take time. You cannot hurry this up, and there is no quick fix . No shortcuts, nothing. She has had a bad time in the trailer, it s small, dark, and confined, and she is displaying the usual reluctance of a horse to go into...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: tacking problems, herd animals, perfect angel
herd animals, perfect angel, disrespectful behavior: Hi Wendy! You have several things going against you in your current situation. First, horses are inherently herd animals. They rarely live alone happily. Your very young mare may be acting out because she is alone and you are now her herd . After...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: training of young haflinger: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, princess aurora, stable door
princess aurora, stable door, excess energy: I would let the horses stay together and be together, the older horse will teach the young one some manners and other lesson that you cannot teach. It will also make your training her easier since she will be getting rid of excess energy with the other horse...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Unwanted Behaviors: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: This is a problem that wont be fixed easy. Tie downs never work and only teach a horse to brace, it will give you more control at first, but once the horse figures it out and stronger from bracing, it will only get worse. This sounds like a nervous issue...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: 1 1/2 year old colt: www.thinklikeahorse.org Rick Gore Horsemanship, rick gore, horses
rick gore, horses, horsemanship: Yes, absolutely put him with the other horses all the time. They will teach him more in a day than you can in a year. He needs to learn manners, respect, move from pressure, pecking order and many other things. He is going crazy from being alone. He will...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: 3 year old filly ....Unsound, april reeves, hock
april reeves, hock, joint: Answer from April Reeves, Horseman’s U.com: Hello Maya, First, I am so glad you called not one, but two vets. To all who read this, you are a ‘shining’ example of the care and attention a horse needs. Hock injections can and do work, but there are...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: 3yr old Gelding Chewing: www.thinklikeahorse.org Rick Gore, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: Good looking horse, I like the blanket. I noticed in the picture you have nylon halter, when means you have buckles and metal and probably a metal snap on your lead rope. I always suggest getting rid of all that and get a nice rope halter with a lead rope...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Abused colt, stud colt, friend tammy
stud colt, friend tammy, cross ties: These are some loaded questions! I appreciate the thorough background information! 1.) Is he always going to not allow other people in his stall? Certainly he can overcome this discomfort and/or fear, all horses can learn to trust again! How can...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Anxious then defiant horse: www.thinklikeahorse.org Rick Gore, rick gore, horses
rick gore, horses, horsemanship: As always my opinion is based only on what you tell. The trainer that worked with him should be better qualified to give an opinion since she has first hand knowledge. Without seeing the horse, since I would see things different than you, maybe, from your...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: aggressive horse: www.thinklikeahrose.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: I would say it is from lack of respect and he is not shown that he cannot do this to people. Often low horses in the herd are always looking for someone to be under them. It could be something else, but normally I always look to people first for problems....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Bit, best guess, campaigner
best guess, campaigner, astm: Hi Joanne! You did not give me much information to go on. Just a best guess is to ask if your very young horse has bit acceptance. Is he fighting the bit and your aids or is he just fidgety and young? Are your hands quiet and correct? Is he truly understanding...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Biting Butt: www.thinklikeahorse.org Rick Gore, rick gore, horses
rick gore, horses, horsemanship: No don t separate them. The horse getting bit can run away and is choosing not to, it could kick or bite back, the pecking order always changes every day. If the lead horse gets hurt the next guy moves up for that day, however if the the number three horse...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Bucking when pushed: www.thinklikeahorse.org Rick Gore, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: From what you told me the horse is smart and is doing what horses do. He is telling you that he does not care about getting his ass run off chasing barrels or chasing cows. You can send to 100 trainers, this problem has been caused by you and you can fix...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: backing up: www.thinklikeahorse.org Rick Gore Horsemanship, rick gore, horses
rick gore, horses, horsemanship: When horses develop problems or issues as we call them, they are normally caused by the person handling them. If a horse rears with me, I caused it. If a horse was not rearing before, then I caused it. A horse is nothing but a reflection of it s handling....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: bite and kick, correct horse, rough transition
correct horse, rough transition, pasture: Hi Barb! Congratulations on your new horse! Your mare is simply establishing her place in the herd. She is finding out who the leaders are and where she fits in. This can be a rough transition for all involved. To help reduce the risk of injuries,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: biting: www.thinklikeahorse.org Rick Gore, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: He is in his terrible twos, you have let him know now that his behavior is unacceptable. I would put him in pasture with as many horses as you can, forget same age, it better to let some old mares teach him some manners and push him around. If he is only...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: bucking: www.thinklikeahorse.org Rick Gore, rick gore, horses
rick gore, horses, horsemanship: Easy Sparky!, if you read your email you said you had been around horses your entire life and have ridden everything. So please forgive me if I misunderstood this. As you not falling off a horse since you were 8 years old, I guess that record is past tense...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: canter depart, trot or canter, little spur
trot or canter, little spur, hind quarters: Hi Samantha, Thank you for your question, it sounds like you have some good basics on your horse. When it comes to the rollbacks, if understand your question right, he freezes up on the front end and gets stuck going backwards. I d go back to some basics...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: cross tie training, release knot, cross tie
release knot, cross tie, filly: Hi Janice, Thank you for the question. I would start by confirming that your filly stands tied to a solid object and will ground tie. When you are confident in her ability to stand quietly alone in either of those situations. I d start by tieing her in an...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: eight year ld untouched mare, mare in foal, beet pulp
mare in foal, beet pulp, brood mare: Hi Linda, Normally, I would say that it is ok to sedate her if she was in her second trimester. In the case of your mare, the risk outweighs the benefits. If she freaks out when you try to touch her, then the stress of getting sedated could cause...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: very nervous horse, grim death, grown man
Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: very nervous horse, grim death, grown man, colt

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: I feel like giving up! www.thinklikeahorse.org Rick Gore, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: Well you story is too often heard. You are why the statistics say 80% of all new horse owners get out of horses in the first year. You have set yourself and your horse up for failure. You think since you rode as a kid when you had no fear and did not care...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: a few horses issues, rope halter, exercizes
rope halter, exercizes, desensitizing: Hello Amanda, It is very normal for a horse to be claustrophobic like this, in the wild if they get stuck in one place it means they will probably be dinner, so ALL her instincts tell her to push, pull, or do whatever she has to to get free. What kind of...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: frightened horse behavior: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horses
rick gore, horses, horsemanship: This is hard to say but normally a horse will not from comfort, they normally go towards safety and comfort. Depending on where it was shot, if it had to go through the person shooting, like if the person shooting was between the horse and barn, then the...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Hi im i have a question about riding a new horse., clap my hands, buck brannaman
clap my hands, buck brannaman, magic wand: Hi again Andrew! Sorry about the delay in your answer, I ve had the flu! Yuck! Okay, so I guess you get to learn all about colt starting! So many people just chuck a saddle at the horse, pile on and hope for the best. For the most part the outcome...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse fighting, social ladder, war wounds
social ladder, war wounds, social bonds: Hi Tom! These horses are just trying to become a herd. They are sorting out dominance and a social pecking order. Your guts and your instincts are right on, #2 just decided to test his strength and determination and step up a rung on the social ladder....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse flipping out in the evening: www.thinklikeahorse.org Rick Gore, rick gore, horses
rick gore, horses, horsemanship: First, you need to be with your horse more during this time so you can see it for your self. If my horse is going crazy I would be there to see it. You call it tantrums, maybe your horse is scared, maybe she is going night blindness, maybe someone is...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse- Sprained Ankle??, baby shampoo, mild soap
baby shampoo, mild soap, fetlock: If your horse has a problem or injury that is causing it to be unsound, you need to ask your parents to phone a Veterinarian and have them look at it. There is no way I can tell you what is wrong without being able to see the area personally. There are so...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse - Stall/Saddling manners: Rick Gore www.thinklikeahorse.org, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: You will like my answer, but this is not a horse problem, this is a you issue. This horse is just testing and pushing you to see how you handle it. So far the horse has TAUGHT you to feed him while saddling, to groom him, to hurt him and to NOT to be consistent....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse won't stay in the trailer-, horse slant, rope halter
horse slant, rope halter, hind quarters: Hi Elizabeth! Hummm...sounds like a bit of the training was missed. Getting in is only part of the equation. Learning how to follow a feel, give to pressure and be confident enough to stand is also critical in the overall scheme of things. Most...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horseman's stick, april reeves, barn sour
april reeves, barn sour, horse training: Hello Mattie, How is it going with your horse? I get my equipment from Adiva Murphy. I just email her at: adiva@adivamurphy.com, and I send a check right away. She is reliable and her equipment is really good, and only half the price as Parelli or the...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: haltering my young horse, becoming a leader, building trust
becoming a leader, building trust, great basin: Kings Saddlery Sheridan Wyoming 307-672-2702 Ask for Buck s rope, the Triple extra soft horse rope, 60 long. Kings made it for Buck and it is just right. I also like Buck s honda or the Great Basin honda. Also, give Buck s Ground Work DVD a look....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: hore breaking the pasture fence, pasture fence, hormone level
pasture fence, hormone level, barbwire: Hiya Shawna, There s two reasons for this, she is lonely and wants some companionship, or she s just being awkward. Personally, I would turn her out with another horse, and change your fencing, as barb wire is dangerous and potentially deadly. Change...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: My horse, time and patience, head collar
time and patience, head collar, safe spot: Thank you for the question i will try to help as best as possible. Right firstly stop trying to catch him! Chasing him and trying to catch him for four hours a day is just going to make things worse. Take your other horse out of the field, then go...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: my horse, gelding, trys
gelding, trys, quarter horse: Ashley, Your horse is reacting normally to a higher ranking horse in the herd. The dropped head and chewing are signs of submission. The horse who is attacking her is probably disciplining her for doing something when she is out in the field. ...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: my horse is a nightmare over trotting poles!, april reeves, spooky
april reeves, spooky, horse: Answer from April Reeves, Horseman’s U.com: Hello Nia, Your mare just hasn’t had enough work doing ‘other’ things. We tend to keep doing the same things over and over again, usually simple riding and arena work, and forget that we need to give our horses...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: My horse is really nice, but she is spooky when I tie her: www.thinklikeahorse.org, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: First thing you need to do is understand horses better. All horses are spooky. That is how they survive. So being scared is very natural. Your horse does all these things since she does not see you as her herd leader. All horses see the world as a herd,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Getting horse to relax at the lope for trail pattern, ground ploles, trail horse
ground ploles, trail horse: Hi Lerie! Ya gotta love a horse named Earl ! It is so sad to hear of the nonsensical treatment horses get from trainers . It still goes on and on. These people not only do not like the horse they certainly don t understand the horse. Shame on them....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horses fighting, pecking order, two girls
pecking order, two girls, paddock: Well, you are on the right track. Keep gradually exposing them to each other. Unfortunately, just like you can t force people to get along, neither can you force mares. Things to keep in mind: Don t feed them any closer than 6-10feet apart. Be sure they...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: housing of a horse, christmas lights, thanks in advance
christmas lights, thanks in advance, night lights: They will be perfectly fine in the dark. So long as they are familiar with there setup and they can still here each other close by, then the darkness will not bother them. Most horses I have worked with have appreciated the darkness. Although I have run...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Inherited a horse, quarter horse mix, cattle rancher
quarter horse mix, cattle rancher, horse lessons: Why not start taking some basic lessons from a trainer until you feel more confident around this horse? It is always nice to have someone with you that can offer suggestions or help you with unexpected problems when you are working a new horse. Lessons may...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Join up: www.thinklikeahorse.org Rick Gore, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: Without seeing you I can t be for sure. But your horse is telling you that you are not communicating right, that you are not sending clear signals, that he does not understand what you want, that he does not see you as his leader. Round penning does not...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: kicking horse: Rick Gore www.thinklikeahorse.org, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: I get a lot of this questions. I can t fix a horse over the email and don t want you to think I can, only your or your daughter or someone handling the horse can show it what it can and cannot do. Beating the horse after it happens does nothing. Prevention...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: kicking the stall door when not feed and biting people when u touch him when he is eating, top of the food chain, herd of horses
top of the food chain, herd of horses, huntress: Hello, First teach your horse to back up when you hold the very end of your lead rope and shake it. Start with a little shake and get bigger and bigger until he gives you one step. Once he understands this and it works when you shake just a little bit put...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: kicking: www.thinklikeahorse.org Rick Gore, rick gore, horses
rick gore, horses, horsemanship: Well you have a few options. You can ring a bell every time you feed and the horses will learn to come running when they hear the bell or feed pan banging or whatever else you want to use. Then you can either put some food in one stall and then lock the...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Licking Colt: www.thinklikeahorse.org Rick Gore horsemanship, rick gore, horses
rick gore, horses, horsemanship: Licking is not bad, my young horse does this as well, especially when I am sweaty, he likes the salt. It does not matter to me and I let him, he never bits. I just did an article on this topic. http://www.equestrianlife.com/articles.php?func=view&id=127&id=127...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Mare tries to kick me in the field, qh mare, foal
qh mare, foal, spending time: Hi Sherilee! First, I will address her pregnancy. I would keep all ground training to what she knows and performs well. Now is not the time to add extra stress to her life by starting a new program. Simply keep her up on what she knows and needs to do...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Moving from snaffle into correction bit?, hind quarters, body mechanics
hind quarters, body mechanics, spade bit: Hi Stephanie! If it is not right slow it will never be right fast! This is why the majority of your school should be at the walk and the trot. You have only a very few minutes at the lope before your horse is spent anyway. Your concentrated school is...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: mare won't come out of stall: www.thinklikeahorse.org Rick Gore, rick gore, horses
rick gore, horses, horsemanship: STOP scaring your horse. She is in a new place, has been abused and neglected by race horse people and now she has another human scaring her. Treat your horse the way you would want to be treated if you were a horse. You say she has scraped herself twice,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Two mares in a herd., new herd, herd bound behavior
new herd, herd bound behavior: Hi Wendy! Your very dominant mare is establishing her own herd. She doesn t need the geldings for anything. She is just doing what nature is telling her to do. I am experiencing something very similar at home right now myself. My least dominant...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: mustang: www.thinklikeahorse.org Rick Gore Horsemanship, rick gore, horses
rick gore, horses, horsemanship: You are right she is growing up, you should have been teaching this for the past year or so. As she gets bigger and stronger it will be harder and you will need more experienced handlers to help. Read my horsemanship page, it will help you understand her...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: New colt., new to horses, colt starting
new to horses, colt starting: Hi Lisa! Congratulations on your new horses! For this to be a wonderful and positive experience for your whole family, you really need some good professional help! There is so much to learn about horses. To be really effective in communicating with...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: very nervous horse, new forest pony, herd animal
new forest pony, herd animal, fish cat: Hi Steve! I m a little confused...what is a forest pony ? This is a term I have not heard of and I need to make sure we are on the same page. Often times terms and definitions get a bit confused when it comes to the novice owner, so if you can describe...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Very nervous younster: www.thinklikeahorse.org Rick Gore, rick gore, horses
rick gore, horses, horsemanship: All horses are a dream until you ask them to do something or put pressure on them. Forget what happen as a colt, it is not important. Keeping him in a paddock and locked up is the biggest problem. A horse needs other horses to feel safe, to learn, to play,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: older horse biting, herd behavior: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horses
rick gore, horses, horsemanship: lol, see there you go wanting a quick answer and a fast fix, I explain this in detail on my site. If you understood horses you would know this. Food is competition, the lead horse gets to eat first, gets to eat the best food, gets to drink first, this...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Our Paso Fino Geld not trusting men: www.thinklikeahorse.org Rick Gore, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: Horses normally don t trust sexes, they either trust or don t trust people. I have worked with many horses that I have been told they do not like men, but they had no problem with me. A horse has a keen sense for reading people, so they size people up. ...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Pawing, cross ties, hoof walls
cross ties, hoof walls, cross tie: Hi Donna! While this is an annoying vice, it is harmless enough and should just be ignored. No horse (or husband or partner or child) is perfect and all have their quirks. To ignore it, make no eye contact or any body language that rewards it. When...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: problem with bucking: www.thinklikeahorse.org Rick Gore Horsemanship, rick gore, horses
rick gore, horses, horsemanship: First, your dream means nothing to the horse. Your horse wants understanding. You need to understand horses better. Just from what you told me your story has been told a 1000 times. Your horse should not be showing any teeth, this is a severe show of lack...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: problems with retraining ex-racehorse and whether to sell, green ex-racehorse
green ex-racehorse: Hi Megan! Congratulations on your new horse! I LOVE Thoroughbreds and I own several! If you look on my website you will see Huddle and Jupiter, both ex-racehorses! All of the negative behavior you are talking about stems from the same place. Lack...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: QH mare over sensitive to touch., april reeves, horse training
april reeves, horse training, sensitive mare: Hello Donna, There are several things here that are playing out to make your mare like this. Also, to fix the problem does take some level of experience to do well. What I will do is set up the lessons for you and you can attempt them or find someone who...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Questions about my one month old filly?, walking horses, farrier
walking horses, farrier, filly: Hi Will, By all means put a halter on her...she should be used to being handled and led as soon as possible. Get her used to being nice to humans...if she kicks you, reprimand her, and ignore her, till she asks to be friends again. Don t attempt to...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Rearing and bucking weanling: www.thinklikeahorse.org, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: Well you want a horse and a horse wants other horses. Keeping this horse by itself will make her act out, develop bad habits and can make her mean to people. If you can afford one horse then you should not have a horse or keep it with other horses. You...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Respect: www.thinklikeahorse.org Rick Gore, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: Hopefully you sold before the down slide and did not take it in the shorts. :) I am envious that you are out of CA, I love the weather but the taxes and government are a joke. As for your new horse career, there is an old saying that goes, Anyone can...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: riding on trails: www.thinklikeahorse.org Rick Gore, rick gore, horses
rick gore, horses, horsemanship: Horses are not brats, mean or stubborn. Those are human terms that people want to put on horses. You questions is unclear, you say you have had her for 5 years, did she do this before, when did it start, did you ever ride her in these areas before, you said...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Skittish Colt: www.thinklikeahorse.org Rick Gore, rick gore, horses
rick gore, horses, horsemanship: All young horses bite or nip, they are just testing to see if it ok, don t lecture him, just bop, swap, smack on the mouth the second he does it, you can let him nuzzle, and rub and explore with his nose, but the second he puts teeth, whack him and move on...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Spooky Weanling, time and patience, weanling
time and patience, weanling, tack shops: Hi Donna! Owning a weanling is a very involved job that only experienced horse people should attempt. Love and caring for the life of the baby is of course all well and fine.....but, in the end, correct training is what will change her life and make her...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Stopping a horse from flipping over: www.thinklikeahorse.org, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: This is a serious and dangerous problem. You did not provide the requested information that I requested at the top of where you type the question. Horses normally don t flip over unless they are pulled and are give too much pressure and they cannot find...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: scared silly: www.thinklikeahorse.org Rick Gore Horsemanship, rick gore, horses
rick gore, horses, horsemanship: All horses are scared, they are prey animals and are born with fear so they can stay alive. Charging and biting is not a fear response, it is an aggressive and dominate response. Knowing the different can save your life. Read my site, especially my horsemanship...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: seperation anxiety, herd leader, suspensory ligament
herd leader, suspensory ligament, hind leg: Hello Emma, You have to do whatever it takes to set up a situation for your gelding to heal. That being said you could think of it as a weaning process and slowly move the mare further and further from the gelding so they live far from eachother in the barn...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: snaffle bit for tennessee walkers, tennessee walkers, tom balding bits
tennessee walkers, tom balding bits, professional photographer: Hi Ron! Yup, that D-ring is still the best. It will work wonderful for him. This horse sounds like a great opportunity for you to expand the reaches of your horsemanship! Even with out you knowing it, your legs are offering guidance, support and direction...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: stabling problems, rescue remedy, rescue horse
rescue remedy, rescue horse, trying rescue: Hi K! Since he does know how to calm himself down in his stall, I would simply try to make the stall more interesting...so, he will calm down quicker eventually leading to little or no stress at all. I would hay, grain and water him only in his stall....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: TB mare: www.thinklikeahorse.org Rick Gore, rick gore, horses
rick gore, horses, horsemanship: Sounds like you are wearing her out. She is telling you she is scared, she may have had a bad experience with ditches or may never have seen one or crossed one before. For only 3 trail rides and already at 14 miles, you appear to be going way too fast. ...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Tongue Flapping: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horses
rick gore, horses, horsemanship: This question was sent to the question pool since no one wanted to answer it. I have attached a link to an article about tom thumb being a harsh and painful bit. This could be that your horse is in pain and is trying to relieve the only he can. http://www.markrashid.com/trouble_with_tom_thumb.htm...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Traumatized or Disrespectful?, natural horsemanship techniques, winter pasture
natural horsemanship techniques, winter pasture, casual rides: Hi Tracy! No, I do not think that specific gelding had anything to do with her sudden change in attitude. She is obviously a dominant mare with aggression issues and little care for boundaries with humans. That gelding did not teach her that....that is...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: trailer loading, quarter horse mare, horse slant
quarter horse mare, horse slant, leadline: Hi Doris! For right now forget the trailer altogether. You did not say if there was a specific incident or trauma that led to your horse refusing to load, but let s remove it from this problem anyway. Whether the mare is being disrespectful or truly...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: trailering problems, april reeves, adiva murphy
april reeves, adiva murphy, trailer loading: Answer from April Reeves, Horseman’s U.com: Hello Jenny, Your problem is serious and difficult to fix unless you are skilled in groundwork. Your friend Jason did not help either. There is no excuse to raise your voice to a horse, and doing so just set...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: training a very nervous colt: www.thinklikeahorse.org Rick Gore, rick gore, horses
rick gore, horses, horsemanship: Stop trying to catch him. Just sit with him, read a book with him, let him get curious and come to you and then ignore him, he will want to come to you. When you stop trying to catch him he will stop trying not to be caught. I cover this more on my website:...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: un able to mount my pony, smaller steps, piece of cloth
smaller steps, piece of cloth, huntress: Hello Jo, I would start with smaller steps. Use a stick and tie a piece of cloth to the end, this will let you stand back as you use the stick and cloth to pet him all over. His legs up, remember to advance and retreat with your pressure. Once you can shake...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: walking out, herd leader, denise thanks
herd leader, denise thanks, resourceful approach: Hi Mitch! I love your resourceful approach to solving this problem! Observe, compare, remember is what Ray would say here. Is this making things better? Are you achieving the results you are looking for. I always say there has to be something in it...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: weaning problem, gelding, weaning
gelding, weaning, babysitter: Hi Sandra! Boy! For some kids it just takes a little longer for them to grow up! You little guy found food and comfort from a variety of sources, how resourceful. I d just separate the mares and leave him with his babysitter for a while longer. You...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: winter behavior problem: www.thinklikeahorse.org Rick Gore, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: Since the problem just started either you caused it or others are lying to you and not telling you problem. Since I cannot see you ride and did not see the ridden before you, there is no way for me to know. Circling a horse is always the best response and...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Young mare stomps older gelding when he rolls: Rick Gore www.thinklikeahorse.org, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: Well, you got me. I have never seen this or heard of this. Without knowing more about the herd dynamics it is hard to say. I have seen stallions kill babies or another stallion, I have seen mares severely discipline young horses, but not seen a young mare...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: my yearling mare, nylon ropes, fire hoses
nylon ropes, fire hoses, cold pop: Right this one is tricky What I want you to do now is to go and check all her lags, from the hoof upwards............. make note if she flinches or anything is tender to the touch or it causes pain, if everything is ok thats fine. You have to keep her...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: 6 week old arabian foal, foal slip, arabian foal
foal slip, arabian foal, arabian filly: Hi Margarett, Simple solution would be to have her in a different stall while her stall is being cleaned. Otherwise, get a foal slip on her, and get soemone to hold her, she must be taught patience. Arabs are smart.....and if her mother is showing no...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: anxious behaviour, natural horsemanship, inexperienced rider
natural horsemanship, inexperienced rider, sticky spot: Hi Noreen! It is always us. The more you learn and study about the principals of good horsemanship, the more tools you will have to help you, help your horse! It is fine to get off and do your ground work when your horse is having trouble! Never...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: anxious horse: www.thinklikeahorse.org - Rick Gore Horsemanship, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: It sounds like this horse has been teaching you good lessons. You say you know it you but it more than just to know it is you, you must learn to be a better partner, learn to be a better horse, learn to communicate better, you do this by gaining confidence,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Bad-tempered Friesian mare, april reeves, groundwork
april reeves, groundwork, horse training: Answer from April Reeves, Horseman’s U.com: Your problem is common, and of no fault to you or Hera. It’s just that horses and humans think entirely different. You are about to learn to think like a horse. Horses have no idea that they have it good (according...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Bambi bit me!, benefit of the doubt, vocal sound
benefit of the doubt, vocal sound, saddle pad: Oh yes it has happened to me more than once! What you did was fine, you didn t smack her, you didn t whip her, you showed her that the behaviour was not accpetable and best of all you did it quickly! Although a quick smack on the end of her...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Bambi, cantering & picking up the right lead, leg pressure, one of the girls
leg pressure, one of the girls, canter: Hi Susuan Funnily enough I was only thinking about you and Bambi the other day! Wondering how things were going Ok what you have here is Bambi doing counter canter, which is fine if you are doing advanced dressage moves, but not so good if you...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Barrel Horses: www.thinklikeahorse.org - Rick Gore Horsemanship, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: lol, is it not enough that people that don t like my answer get mad at me, that I need to get corrected by people who don t even have a horse question. I have no idea about what you are talking about, but my thoughts on barrel racing is like most sports...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: biting and kicking, dangerous habit, pcv pipe
dangerous habit, pcv pipe, pvc pipe: Hello Debbie, Thanks for the question. Biting and kicking is a dangerous habit that alot of younger horses engage in. Biting is also common in stallions. When she goes to bite you, you must immediately correct this bad habit. You can do this by...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: bits: www.thinklikeahorse.org - Rick Gore Horsemanship, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: Well I agree with your trainer, if you must use a bit a snaffle is the one I would use. A horse pulls if you pull. This horse has been taught many bad lesson and they will not go away overnight, they will not go away if you try and force them away and they...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: breaking in a nervous 8 yr old: Rick Gore Hrosemanship - www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: OK, lol, easy sparky, your comment about showing him you are a nice person led me to believe you might be babying him. You did not explain what you do when you reward him? You said you reward him often, how, explain what you do to reward him? Horse racing...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: breeding, luscious grass, winter babies
luscious grass, winter babies, spring babies: Hi Roger! I would want foals coming in the late spring. They will stay warmer, dryer, and healthier than those born in the fall or winter. I just now have a fall foal on the ground. It was NOT a planned breeding. I foaled this mare out for a friend...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: bucking and bolting gelding, natural horsemanship, dear boy
natural horsemanship, dear boy, missing piece: Hello Cindy, I wish I could train horses over e-mail, sadly I cannot, and if I lived close to you I would do it myself. That being said lets think of what your horse may be feeling. Everything is great until someone gets on, somewhere there is a missing piece....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Colt training: www.thinklikeahorse.org -- Rick Gore Horsemanship, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: Last time I check that is not a book for horses named Dealing with humans for dummies . Of course he does not know how to move, you have not taught him, you have not learned how to communicate with him, you have not gotten good enough to be able to train...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: colt kicking, carrot stick, mths
carrot stick, mths, colt: Hi Jo, That s a pretty serious problem that needs to be addressed quickly. Unfortunately, it s also a lengthy topic that can t be answered in a short email. Try having a look at these two videos. This guy is one of our Australian horsemen and he...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: colt kicking, april reeves, jay o'jay
april reeves, jay o'jay, groundwork: Answer from April Reeves: To start off, what anyone should expect from a 17-month colt is respect and obedience, especially from a colt (uncastrated male) as they have all their hormones and are just about ready to discover them. Respect and obedience come...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: colt kicking: www.thinklikeahorse.org - Rick Gore Horsemanship, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: It is never ok for a horse to kick at you. Maybe new born if scared, but once a horse learns this it becomes more and more dangerous the old it gets. You should expect to no let a horse kick at you, you need to know that kicking by a horse tells you that...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: colt training, gelding, tring
gelding, tring, colt: if your just starting to lunge maybe try getting some one to lead him... you stand in the middle with the lunge line and have some one walk the circle you want leading him round...but you act like there s no-one there...dont not reward him becuase he s not...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: My colt wont go forward, saddlebred, blinkers
saddlebred, blinkers, good experience: maybe you should have him vet checked incase there are any pain issues..? i would go back to lunging, try getting him to trot on the lunge...the bouncing action of the trot may be causing the saddle to bounce on his back and be painful, or just something...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: curbing filly colt from kicking, palomino filly, fox trotter
palomino filly, fox trotter, feed trough: Hello Buddy, Don t think that this is because of something you did, horses are made by nature to test who is in control of the herd and who is not. I would start with a stick with a plastic bag tied to the end, when you go in to feed shake the bag and send...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Ear pinning: Rick Gore Horsemanship - www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: You say you have read my site but I don t think so. I discuss this in several places. Ear pinning is bad, this horse does not respect you, you are scared of the horse because of his size and the horse knows it. You show him who is boss by moving his feet,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: my ex pmu mare, stable mates, slaughter house
stable mates, slaughter house, rough life: Hi Sarah, Your Amanda has a great home with you. There is no rule that says you have to ride her. I have horses that There can be nothing more relaxing then having your horse around and just being with her, I say that if you are happy with your...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: excessive sweatting on cob horse, gelding horse, winter coat
gelding horse, winter coat, will most likely need: Hi Geraldine, Under normal circumstances a horse should not sweat like that after 5 or 10 minutes of walking. Even if he had an excessively heavy winter coat he shouldn t be in that condition after walking a few minutes. It sounds like to me that he...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Filly: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: When you say flips, does she flip over and land on her back or just spooks like jumps and bucks? Most horses won t flip over unless they are pulled, either pulled back from a rider or pulled forward by someone on the ground. It sound like you need to...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: napping
Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: napping

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Green horse and green rider, horses and ponies, true kids
horses and ponies, true kids, pen type: Hi Christine, It does sound like he was showing his alpha ranking to your daughter, that said some horses just are not kids horses and don t like them. Which is one reason that true kids horses (and ponies) are so hard to come by. I would suggest getting...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Handling a scared horse while leading: www.thinklikeahorse.org - Rick Gore horsemanship, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: You did not tell me how old you are or what experience you have, this would help me give you a better answer. It sounds like this horse has your number and knows you will not correct it or make it listen. You say the horse stops, I say you let the horse stop....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Herd Bound and English training, april reeves, groundwork
april reeves, groundwork, saddle work: Answer from April Reeves, Horseman’s U.com: I first want to address the fence issue. No fence should allow a horse to get tangled. Although your horse is quiet about it right now, it’s a matter of time when that changes, and you lose the horse from serious...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Herd bound horse, true horseman, herd animals
true horseman, herd animals, buck brannaman: Hi Stephanie! Horses are herd animals. The owner is not leader enough for this horse to trust and follow. Simple. The horse feels better, safer and more confident with other horses and will do just about anything to get back to where he feels safe. ...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse training, paint mare, western pleasure
paint mare, western pleasure, old paint: Hi, thank you for your question. I would spend some time doing round pen work with her, specifically some roll backs. When you ask for a lope, let her lope off, when she goes faster than you d like, roll her back into the fence. You must remember to let her...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: help!!: Rick Gore Horsemanship - www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: So stop getting hurt and stop blaming the horse for hurting you. This horse had no choice in the things you do with it. If you get on when it is not safe and not ready and not prepared and not knowing and then you get hurt, that is not the horse s fault....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse attitude, tight circles, horse ownership
tight circles, horse ownership, saddlebred: sounds like he s testing you...im going through this stage with my new mare..this is the worst part of horse ownership... you need to make saddling up a good idea..lots of treats and praise..get another person to feed while you tack up...same with grooming.....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: My horse fear of leadrope/buckets, old pinto, muzzle
old pinto, muzzle, spooks: Hello Beth, Thanks for you question! You can work with lead ropes and buckets to get you horse use to them. When you start to work with your lead rope take your horse to a safe working area. Stand to the side of your horse so if she/he should happen...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse: Rick Gore Horsemanship - www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: A good horse never comes in a bad color or bad breeding. I am not a good person to ask this. A horse is a horse and it depends on how it is handled, worked, trained and cared for, that is what makes a horse either good or bad. Bad horses are never born,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse re-schooling, arab mare, billett
arab mare, billett, loan agreement: Hi Louise, Thats good to hear. For the respiratory problems, try a Horslyx in the Green tub, they have Menthol in, and my 23yr old arab mare has one every winter, prevents her getting a stable cough when she is in for the winter. Absolutely swear by...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse reared, horse rearing, electric fence
horse rearing, electric fence, peole: I know you weren t on her.....but you would jump if you got zapped..it hurts! Ignore the peole who are telling you otherwise, and listen to me..... You and her are both new to this, you aren t sure of her., and she isn t sure of you. Keep talking to her,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse side kicked me, grocery sack, loving self
grocery sack, loving self, gelded: Hi Andrea, I am sorry you are having some issues with your horse. I d need a bit more info to give you an indepth answer, such as what you were doing before your horse kicked, what the surroundings were like, what was his mood like, were his ears pinned,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: my horse: www.thinklikeahorse.org - Rick Gore Horsemanship, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: I am aware of your concerns, you have all the choices here, this horse has none. You took him and now you have to decide how to handle it. As I said there are others ways to get rid of a horse rather than kill them. I would not put my kids in danger, you...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Jekyl and Hyde, jekyl and hyde, liver chestnut
jekyl and hyde, liver chestnut, metal gates: Hi Amanda! Horses are SMART! Studies have shown that horses are smart on the level of Dolphins! They too are a dual brained animal! Yes, I do think that horses are capable of jealousy. I see it in my horses all the time. It is jockeying for status...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: My lovely cob, cob, eachother
cob, eachother, coats: if you want your lovely horse to not be scared of the coat, its going to be a slow process, you need to lay the coat on the floor and walk him up to it, if he refuses, let him stand and look for a second, then try walking him on, then do it again, eventually...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Mare goes into fight mode while mounting: Rick Gore Horsemanship - www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: I rarely tell people to give up on a horse since most time the problem is the person and not the horse. Which I believe is the case with you. If a horse bites me that horse will think his life is about to end, that is how you communicate that biting is unacceptable....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Mule phobia: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: I would say you are focusing too much on the issue. Get your horse busy when he he wants to just focus and be scared, move his feet, make him work, make him focus on you, make him so focused on you he will not have time to worry about the mule. Don t get...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Mulephobia, qh gelding, scary monster
qh gelding, scary monster, scary animals: i know this isnt very helpful for you but you cant expect him to like every other animal horse mule, anything. but to help, he needs to have a good experience with the things he scared of, reward him when he s near scary animals but doesnt react badly,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Mulephobia, qh gelding, herd of horses
qh gelding, herd of horses, trail challenge: Hello Haley, Think about your horses point of view, these creatures look different and even when you get better and don t feel you have to run away they will run into your space and bite you. Scary! Have you ever worked a loose horse in a round corral while...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: mini donkeys, mini donkeys, foals
mini donkeys, foals, donkey: Hi Anne, You need to get the baby out of there as your other donkey is trying to kill or injure it. You do not mention if the other donkey is a jack or not. Jacks will kill other animals as that is their instinct. A jack is also territorial.....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: mixing a mare w/ a gelding: Rick Gore Horsemanship - www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: Well, as for the expert part, that title is just that, a title. I would rather be seen as a horseman rather than an expert. The only true expert of the horse is the horse. :) Has for your concerns, I would not sweat it. With that said if one of these horses...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: napping, prey animal, rope halter
prey animal, rope halter, huntress: Hello Nikki, Sounds like you guy may be feeling herd bound. Try to think of things from his point of view, a prey animal alone is a prey animal dinner. That being said you want to start building a relationship with your horse so he sees you as the leader...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: naughty pony: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: A lot of ponies are taught bad habits by bad handling. This pony can be corrected no matter how long it has got away with something and no matter how old it is. If you put this pony out with a lead horse, it would teach it a lesson pretty fast. Which is...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Random aggressive behaviour, thoroughbred gelding, herd leader
thoroughbred gelding, herd leader, aggressive behaviour: Hi Jackie! Your horse is just taking over. He does not view you as a leader he can trust. A horse knows when you know and they know when you don t know! Horses are NOT humans! Saying No sternly means NOTHING to a horse. It may mean something...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: rearing horse, intelligent horsemanship, war admiral
intelligent horsemanship, war admiral, vet check: Hi Jade, Well done on giving this lady a second chance. I would suggest getting a qualified instructor to help you, and to ask them, about fitting a Chambon to help wth the rearing. A Pessoa lunging system will also help as she will be encouraged...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Stall issues, giving me a hard time, stall doors
giving me a hard time, stall doors, stablemates: Hello Kim, Thanks for your question. Its possible that somewhere down the line your horse has had a bad experience in the stall or going threw the stall entry way. If this is the case she could be having anxiety about going threw the stall doors. ...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: stallion: Rick Gore Horsemanship - www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: Ok, much better info, now I have some thoughts. I disagree with the vet. His boys are still producing testosterone and his drive will be higher with that. Yes he will still act like a stallion but without the drugs that keep pushing him to act and grow...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: sudden change of behaviour, april reeves, groundwork
april reeves, groundwork, saddle work: Answer from April Reeves, Horseman’s U.com: I’ll be honest: this is a problem for a professional that is not scared. From here, it will take a very firm hand, and a very brave heart. Somewhere in your training, the horse got the impression that the roles...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: TB: Rick Gore Horsemanship - www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: Well crazy is a relative term, some people think any that hangs out with a 1200 pound animal that is pure muscle and fear reaction must be crazy, I think the reward is worth the risk, so it depends on where you stand. A TB is a horse, labeling them is just...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: training to lunge, chest level, croup
chest level, croup, change hands: Hello, Thanks for your question. Lunging can be a little difficult when starting a horse out for the first couple times with out a round pen. When you start to lunge him make sure you are toward his hip. This will drive him forward. Pick your lunge...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: unable to catch: Rick Gore Horsemanship - www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: lol, this horsey is working you and teaching you. You need to get better, first STOP trying to catch him. He knows, just go out and walk, sit or read a book, horses like leaders, leaders are aloof, a leader will never go and try and make friends they will...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Weanling colt, foal, foals
foal, foals, socialization: Hi Michelle, It s not really advisable for any foal to grow up without at least 1 other horse to teach it the ropes . Do you have any friends/neighbours who have nice natured horses you could agist the weanling with? Is the breeder close by, that you...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: want to take him off the bit, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: Read my bosal page and my horsemanship page. Start with riding him in a rope halter and one rein, then after you learn to control the horse with just a rope halter and one rein, then you will be ready to ride with a rope halter and two reins, and the move...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Young Horses: www.thinklikeahorse.org, horses, rick gore
horses, rick gore, horsemamship: I answer questions from the information I have and give my take on it from my experience and my opinion. I will not be right all the time, but I call it as I see it. I answer when I am asked. I don t know you and don t care that you have owned horses for ever....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: 7 Month Old Colt... HELP, april reeves, horsemansu
april reeves, horsemansu, horse training: Answer from April Reeves: Hi Laura. I first want to speak to your comment “I ve never actually trained one.” I have this theory/understanding that anyone who has been in the presence of a horse has had influence on the ‘training’ of that horse (what he...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Aggression towards other horses under saddle, acting this way, mind body and spirit
acting this way, mind body and spirit, essential nature: Hi Fly! Your horse is just being a horse! He is the leader of your herd and he knows it! He is telling everyone to stay where they belong and that is with HIM as the leader in charge and everyone else as subordinate...even YOU! WOOPS!!! You are allowing...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Agressive herd behavior, herd behavior, bad weather
herd behavior, bad weather, weanling: he s just being leader, he is obviousley top dog of the herd.. and some horses take their power over the top, but usually all leaders take food from the lower ranking..all we did was take the leader out of the field when feeding..otherwise there isnt much...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: abused horse: www.thinklikeahorse.org - Rick Gore Horsemanship, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: OK, first this is not about you or me being an expert. This is about a horse that has been screwed up by people and needs help. As far as other horses, that does not matter either. I have worked lots of horses and could get killed tomorrow by a horse. ...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Your advice is the best I have ever received: Rick Gore Horsemanship - www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: Holy cow, someone that is not pissed at me for my advice. lol.... Thanks for the kind words, glad it helped. Not sure about genius part, horses are the best teachers horses and I have had some good ones. So don t forget to listen, your horse will tell you...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: aggresive gelding kicks pasture mate: www.thinklikeahorse.org - Rick Gore Hrosemanship, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: Even if everything you say is true, which I do not believe since I know whatever you were told was probably on half or quarter truth. It does not change how to deal with it. You or I can t stop a horse from kicking other horses. I would be interested to...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Behavior, welsh pony, health teeth
welsh pony, health teeth, bitt: Hi Janie, My suggestion would be to seek some professional assistance from a local trainer who can observe your pony s behaviour and advise you first hand. I d also suggest having a vet check her over, to rule out any health, teeth or physical issues. A few...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Behavior, paddok, disipline
paddok, disipline, first horse: yes she is testing you alot..you need to be stubborn...reward with good behavouir and disipline with bad..but DONT hit her..when lunging have a lunge whip with you, if she dont listen slap the whip onto the floor so it makes her move..if she completely panicks...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Breaking yearlings: www.thinklikeahorse.org - Rick Gore Horsemanship, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: Your original question said she would not take a bit, which sounds like you are trying to put a bit in her. I understand that you may not have caused this, however if you continue it, then you are causing it. You have a choice NOT to use a bit. You have...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: backing, saddle and bridle, welsh section
saddle and bridle, welsh section, ground manners: Hello, Thanks for your question. I understand how frustrating training can be. Practice and repetition is the best way to get a point across to a horse. Horses are creatures of habit and flight. You must allow the horse to get comfortable with the...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: bad behaviour- yierling, bad behaviour, stitches
bad behaviour, stitches, mare: ok, if you ask me a follow up after you see my answer we can go through this step by step if you like?? would you like my email?? its laurensq@hotmail.co.uk i had this problem with my mare, she chipped my hip kicking me, very painful...i will help...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: breakin a horse, gain trust, rish
gain trust, rish, halters: The same happened to me..my top tip would be PATIENCE..please please dont rish into getting on her back..you will ruin her..she may become worse and no-one can break that... i started with ALOT of groundwork..mine hadnt been ridden for 7 months which isnt...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Change in behavior: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: I hear an awful lot of excuses and then you say if it is your fault . If the horse does not do this to your trainers and only does it to you, how can it not be you? You say the horse jumped on you from improper stalling? I am not a mathematician but...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Colt pony, april reeves, colt
april reeves, colt, castrate: Answer from April Reeves, Horseman’s U.com: Your attempts to alter your colt’s behavior by changing his surroundings and pasture buddies will not work in any way, shape or form. Colts (uncastrated males) have a deeper sense of ‘being’ in this world than...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Donkey for a companion....how to introduce, baby donkey, nuetral
baby donkey, nuetral, gelding: seperate them off into different sections and see how they react, if its a good reaction the next time you turn them out, turn them into the same field but put the donkey out first, that way the donkey is already in your horses new field, and make it as nuetral...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: dangerous pony, god dam, gelding
god dam, gelding, bugger: if he is fairly new he is testing you, generally ALL horses who get new owners will test their owners..and if you let them get away with it they carry on and can become dangerouse...get help from a trainer or someone and teach that pony some god dam mannors...reward...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: dominance and agression in herd, bad weather, weanling
bad weather, weanling, riding horse: Hello Ellen, If you have a riding horse you trust and feel comfortable doing this, I would work your paint from horseback. Make sure to get your riding horse ready and comfortable with a stick and a flag or a plastic bag at the end. Once that is done I would...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Foal leading lesson, lead line, tug of war
lead line, tug of war, hindquarters: Hello Dora, Try putting an extra long lead line around his butt. You will hold the lead line in your hand with the lead rope attached to the halter (this should look like to circle with the horse inside). Ask the horse to walk. If he does not start to...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: farrier, hoofs, gelding
hoofs, gelding, seven months: rewars him lots wen he does pick up his hoof...even if its an inch of the ground, hold it for 5-10 seconds then you put it down not him then reward him then again..maybe with another foot...just keep doing that and eventually he will relate picking his feet...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Head tossing on a longe line: Rick Gore Horsemanship - www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: lmao, where the hell did that come from? I answered your questions and told you things that normally cause head tossing. And asking why do you care is a valid question. I don t care where my horses head is when I lounge him and trying to over control ...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse strange behaviour, walk in circles, personality problem
walk in circles, personality problem, split personality: well if he s just rude whilst leading...try the walk a few paces stop rewards walk a few more etc etc...also if he wont take that least step stand further away..then even if he doesnt walk fully up..even if its only 1 step thats good, then you can walk to...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse strange field behaviour., walk in circles, nice horse
walk in circles, nice horse, time in the world: Hello Charlotte, I would do whatever it takes to bring your guy into a smaller work place, say a round corral. Then I would work on walking up to him, if he wants to leave send him away by spinning a rope or shaking a bag at the end of a stick. Keep sending...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse trader: www.thinklikeahorse.org - Rick Gore Horsemanship, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: Horse trader is a person that trades in horses. It is normally used in a negative way since MOST horse traders will tell you anything, will lie, will drug a horse, will cheat you, will sell you a dangerous horse, will tell you a horse is trained and broke...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: any help gratefully recieved: Rick Gore Horsemanship - www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: Without seeing this hard to tell what is going on. Rearing normally caused by confusing and pulling on reins for balance, rider caused....... bucking, pain, confusion or resistance, lying down nomally done from leaned it gets rider off or pain or injury......

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse speed, quality hands, mouth area
quality hands, mouth area, good horse: Hi Mary, You need some real help of quality with your horse. You are green and your horse is not trusting, or believing in you as a leader. This is trouble. Your husband has already fallen off and been hurt. This is NOT the horses fault. You cannot,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse tying up: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: This sounds odd, without seeing him do it, my first guess is since he rides well that he has done this before and it has worked to get him out of work. Since you say he is fine if you lounge him with a lose cinch then I would think it is not medical. Try...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: jumper, wild horse and burro, mesh fence
wild horse and burro, mesh fence, paint mare: Hi Sue, It sounds like you could have a jumper in the future. You have three choices. One is an electric fence built inside the other one. The second is to make the fence taller and the third is to keep him in a paddock with hay. I...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: jumper, wild horse and burro, mesh fence
wild horse and burro, mesh fence, paint mare: Hi Sue! When you are gone, your horses have to get along on their own. You can t influence in absentia! It is time to start your very busy little gelding! He needs a JOB! I would work Diago around his buddies. I would work the stuffing out of...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Lead Departures, buck brannaman, haunches
buck brannaman, haunches, countless books: Hi Mitch! You can do this! Unless the pros you are talking about are Buck Brannaman, Ricky Quinn, Joe Wolter, Tom Curtin or Bryan Neubert!!! Then I would say git to gittin !!! You answered the next question I was going to ask and that was, is the...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Longing: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: It sounds like she is being resistant and you are not making her do it so she does not do it. It could be confusion since you are not giving the right cue that she can under stand, but most people go right a lot more than left so the horse is not as good that...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Where can I learn more, irish sport horse, attention span
irish sport horse, attention span, inconsistent results: Hi Paul! Happy to help! I would love for you to watch the Ground Work DVD by Buck Brannaman. This is the classical ground school that makes sense to the horse! You know you are on the wrong track when what you are doing is not having a lasting effect...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: two male horses, stallion issue, male horses
stallion issue, male horses, unwanted horses: Hi Gabriel! Thank you so much for not being mad! I tend to be blunt and speak honestly. Sometimes that does not set well with people. I love Paso Fino s. They are wonderful horses! I so enjoy watching and hearing the fino, paso corto and the paso...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Nervous horses/picking up feet, yearling filly, hi lauren
yearling filly, hi lauren, wary eye: well you will have to start from scratch really.. you have to teach them you are good and fun to be around..everythime them do something good without spooking you should reward them with a bit of carrot..or something..with the filly..when ever she picls...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: natural horsemanship, natural horsemanship, vet check
natural horsemanship, vet check, blood panel: Hi Helen, first of all let me offer my apologies at the lack of promptness in responding. I never got the original email from Allexperts alerting me I had a message, I am very sorry. Next, honestly I d do two things, get a full vet check on him and give him...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: nervous young horse, dutch warmblood mare, prey animal
dutch warmblood mare, prey animal, deflated balloon: Hello Jenny, The reason your horse is so nervous is because as a prey animal she knows that her life depends on being with other horses in a herd. The goal is to have her think of you as her lead in a herd of two when you take her out and away from her friends....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: OTTB with back legs crossing?, ottb, hind legs
ottb, hind legs, knicks: The movement you ve described is not normal of any horse! It could be a muscling issue, but I seriously think that there is a veterinary issue behind it. Please ask your vet to check your horse out before even trying to correct the problem through muscling...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Pony bad behaviour: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: Your daughter has the problem not the horse. Your daughter needs to work on her understanding of horses so she can help the horse know what is the right answer. Read my horsemanship page so you can help you daughter. A stick will work for a while, but over...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Problem Stallion, sporthorse stallions, rope halter
sporthorse stallions, rope halter, correct choice: Your boy is growing up and yes, you are losing his respect. You need to pay close attention to the way you speak to him and the body language you present to him when you are handling him. Compare your techniques with the way that male figure handles your...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Never read more rude and disrepecful answers: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: Thanks for your kind words and understanding feedback. I am glad your horse loves you. I hear if you buy him a pink halter it helps calm him and he will love you more. It is so refreshing to hear people like yourself making such new and revolutionary advances...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: riding problem, clydesdale horse, blair castle
clydesdale horse, blair castle, energy feed: Hiya Eleanor, I can sympathise entirely. If this is a summer problem, it could be her seasons making her a bit touchy, my mare is exactly the same!! I can recommend both Hormonease and Oestress for calming effects, or a syringe of Oxy-shot supplement,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: roundpen, lope, whip
lope, whip, bum: sounds like she has lost respect for you, you need to remind her who s boss, when she comes at you and you stop her send her back out to the edge and slap the whip on the floor so she starts moving again, NEVER let her win otherwise she will just keep doing...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Starting an unbroken 8 year old Lusitano stallion., electric fencing, intents and purposes
electric fencing, intents and purposes, lusitano stallion: Hi Claire! You will find that your horse will change when he is under the level of work that he is needing. A friend of mine that rides nothing but stallions, he is a dressage master, says that a good stallion is a tired stallion! This is very true. ...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Sudden Behavior change, saddle and bridle, inexperienced riders
saddle and bridle, inexperienced riders, lunge: have you had your saddle checked? horses back shapes change constantly..the saddle may have become too tight and it causing pain when weight is put into the saddle..it doesnt mean they have back problems so they wont react to pressure..it usually the saddle...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: How to sit the lope, western equitation, western pleasure
western equitation, western pleasure, stirrups: Hello Dora, Thanks for your question. When you ask you horse lope sit up with your bottom in the back of the saddle place one foot (of yours) slightly forward. The leg that you have slightly forward will be the leg on the rail. This will help put your...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: spooky mare, morgan cross, hotmail
morgan cross, hotmail, rideable: wow sounds like you have ALOT to deal with.. well you need to start with one thing rather than trying to do it all at once like the trainer would have but MOST OF ALL you need her trust.. its probably easier to talk through email so my email is laurensq@hotmail.co.uk...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Trailer Problems: www.thinklikeahrose.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: First, I am not a fan of calling horses things like stubborn or the horse freaks out or the horse does nonsense. These statements tell me that you don t understand that a horse is just a reflection of the owner. A horse only does things it is allowed or...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Trainers: www.thinklikeahorse.org - Rick Gore Horsemanship, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: Like most things with horses there is always so many unknowns it is damn near impossible to know it all and give a prefect or even a good response. There is what I would call a 30, 60, 90 day training belief in the horse world. This is relative to the horse,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Troubled horse: Rick Gore Horsemanship - www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: Exposure, routine and time. The more you can spend time above him the better, stand on a block to groom him, stand in a truck bed and lead him around, have him move his feet with you walking about the bed, lounge him while standing on a chair or other stable...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: training problems, april reeves, horsemans u
april reeves, horsemans u, hard mouth: Answer from April Reeves, Horseman’s U.com: Hi Hailey – you have good gut instincts, as the harder the bit, the tougher the horse is going to be, and some of the equipment you have is abusive, even in light hands. There are very few harsher bits that have...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Weanling Cribbing, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: This is a people caused vice from people who want to lock up and stall a horse. A horse in pasture normally does not crib. You weaned the baby too young trying to help and now the horse has to pay. Another horse with a past and no future. The only thing...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: yearling, tarpaulins, bridle
tarpaulins, bridle, conformation: Hiya Beth, If you give me an idea of breed, and height, then I could give you a better idea of what you should be doing. In general though, just leading, playing, growing, being used to having feet trimmed, should stand nicely for the vet, and maybe...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: 2yo TWH uncontrollable: Rick Gore Horsemanship - www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, natural horsemanship: This horse is a baby and has had bad handling by people that dont understand horses. The horse kicks since no has taught it not to kick. You need put the horse out with other horses so they can teach it how to behave. Keeping a horse in a stall causes...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: 3 year old thoroughbred, april reeves, horse training
april reeves, horse training, groundwork: Answer from April Reeves: This is one of my favorite questions as I deal with this every day. First, buying a young horse for a young girl who has had time in the saddle does not bother me. This horse does not sound aggressive enough to do any real damage,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: 9yo Mare with behavior problems: Rick Gore Hrosemanship - www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: OMG, (Oh my God), you have not read any of my previous answers and have not read any of my web site or you would not ask this question to me. You are doing so much wrong I can t begin to list them. You have done what hundreds of people do over and over and...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: abuse and behavior: www.thinklikeahorse.org, cow pasture, wooden fences
cow pasture, wooden fences, broken fingers: Well you start with I am mistaken and you are one of the best trainers around. It is quite often that I might be wrong since I can only guess from what people tell me or what they think they see. So I don t do this to be right, I try and help people who...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: abused horse: www.thinklikeahorse.org - Rick Gore Horsemanship, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: Forget his past, learn more about horses so you understand them better. Read my horsemanship page on my web site. This is naturally more comfortable about other horses, all horses are. So him wanting to be with his head is very normal. You should not...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: advice on "bad manners": Rick Gore Horsemanship - www.thinklikeahorse.org., rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, natural horsemanship: First I don t see any bad manners by this horse. All so called bad behavior is taught to horses by people, so anything a horse does, is the fault of people around them. Bad horses are never born, they are made. You, like many women in horses, want to...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: advice on raising a yearling, yearling filly, long term relationship
yearling filly, long term relationship, quality grass: It seems to me that you have a very good feel for your horse and that she is just right in her attitude toward you and her life. She is not bolting away, rearing and striking or kicking at you! Seems to me that you are on the right track! I think less...