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Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse taking a bit, behavior issues, allexperts
behavior issues, allexperts, paragraphs: I had a question similar to this once before. Please refer to the link below. Read a few paragraphs in of my reply/answer and you will find some tips to getting her to take the bit. If after trying these you still encounter difficulties, write me back and...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse walking in circles, walking in circles, question pool
walking in circles, question pool, 23 years: Hi Anna, I just saw this in the question pool and wanted to answer it. There are several things that your horse could have including EPM. If you have not already done it, then you should get him to the Vet. Please let me know what happens....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse: www.thinklikeahorse.org Rick Gore Horsemanship, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: I don t have one on my site. But a side pass is controlling the front end and the rear end, just at the same time. So until you get control of front end, able to move it left and right while the horse keeps his rear end planted and until you get control of...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: jake the pain a big problem, welsh mountain pony, herd leader
welsh mountain pony, herd leader, little sods: Hi Rebecca Ok Jakes being a pain then............ well theres a few things. Firstly it sounds like Jake is trying to see just how much rope he can have before you give up on him. Sometimes if a pony is naughty then the rider will put him back in the...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: kicking ponies, shetland pony, red ribbon
shetland pony, red ribbon, ponie: Hi Jen, Sounds to me like she is being your typical shetland pony! I have known many, many shetlands, and they all, without exception, are kickers! All the advice I can give is to steer clear of her back end, put a red ribbon in her tail if you are...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: kicking under saddle: www.thinklikeahorse.org - Rick Gore Horsemanship, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: Silly me, I always get questions from people that know so much and they always only tell me AFTER I ANSWER THE QUESTIONS how much they know. If you think that was not nice maybe when your horse throws you, you can say he was not nice either. You are the...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Loading in a trailer, many circles, new best friend
many circles, new best friend, return journey: Your pony is not displaying insecurity while trying to assert her authority on the others in the field. This is a challenge to the others as she wants to establish herself as leader of the herd. It is good that you are working with her doing the join up...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: lunging: Rick Gore Horsemanhip -- www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: Thanks for your input and not to put too fine a point on it, I don t care about your opinion either. I do this to help horses and people are the main problem with horses. I can t help a horse when a owner whats to make excuses, blame others, come up with a...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Mare won't go forward, slick fork, finished horse
slick fork, finished horse, trot and canter: Hi Michelle! Your horse is green. She is being pulled on and kicked all at the same time and this is confusing for her. You are attempting to ride a green horse like a finished horse, pushing her into a frame when with the style and type of riding that...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: metal bosal: www.thinklikeahorse.org - Rick Gore Horsemanship, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: Absolutely no reason to use a metal bosal and anyone that does is not a horseman. If I wrap barbed wire about a horse s head I could control most any horse, that does make anything but an A**. What is being described as strong willed is nothing more than...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: misbehaving, ground games, horse terms
ground games, horse terms, standstill: Hi Ellie No you have not done anything wrong at all! Thanks for getting in touch and I will try and help solve the problem. Exmoors are not the easiest horses to ride, I used to have one............... stubborn is their middle name! Ok you have...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Naughty 2 yr old miniature pony stallion, pony stallion, miniature pony
pony stallion, miniature pony, gelding: Hi Miammi, I am guessing he s being a little boy.........a boisterous, playful little boy, and you have to get tough on him. Use a pressure halter if needs be to keep him in control, and yes, unless he s going to be used as a breeding stallion, gelding...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: neck reining: www.thinklikeahorse.org -- Rick Gore Horsemanship, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: It sounds like you are doing an awful lot of teaching . this horse knows how to be a horse and you should be doing twice as much listening and teaching. Too many people forget that part. As for bits, I don t like any bits, but a egg snaffle or D snaffle...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: A neglected/frazzled show horse: Rick Gore Horsemanship - www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: I have to think you have not read my website or read any of my other answers. I am about the horse. I despise jumping horses. It tears down their legs, joints, muscles, it is un-natural, painful and destroys horses. Asking me if I think you should jump a...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Please help with my rearing, hickstead derby, martingale
hickstead derby, martingale, saddler: Hi Carlie, This is a new partnership, and I would think he s seeing how much you will let him get away with. The rearing is probably just testing you, and if you let him continue to get away with it, then it will become a habit. A fixed martingale...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Problem When Asking For More Speed, appaloosa mare, jennifer thanks
appaloosa mare, jennifer thanks, appaloosa: Hi, My first suggestion is to have a vet check her for any physical issues, to include teeth and back and also rule out any ill fitting tack. After that, I would suggest, making the right thing easy and the wrong reaction hard. So if you are trotting her...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Rearing, april reeves, rearing
april reeves, rearing, horse: Answer from April Reeves, Horsemanís U.com: When you get a horse like this, unless you dig and ask questions you will never know the history that made the horse what he is today. On the other hand, does it matter? I try to assess how chronic the problems...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Rearing, harness horses, huntress
harness horses, huntress, stirrup: Hello, Horses go up when they do not know where else to go. I would start on the ground working on getting her to move forward away from pressure, the pressure could be a spinning rope, a lounge whip, or a plastic bag. As soon as she leaves the pressure the...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Rearing, ground manners, girth
ground manners, girth, plastic bags: Hello Sara, If you have worked with a different kinds of pressure, plastic bags etc., then you can take it to the next level. Remember to advance and retreat with pressure. How is she when you throw the rope over her back, does she stand still? When she is...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Rearing, Rearing, trust
Rearing, trust, ground work: My outlook is that I treat horses emotions and mental stability similar to that of humans. The more I get a horse or person to trust me, the more confidence they gain and the increased try they will have when addressing whatever I may present. Their respect...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Riding at the beach: www.thinklikeahorse. org - Rick Gore Horsemanship, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: IF your horse trust you and sees you as a strong leader, they will go anywhere with you. Going with other horse will help so he will see that they are ok and they are not scared. Go slow, let him figure it out. You have to get off and walk him at first...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: rearing, natural horsemanship methods, pasture pet
natural horsemanship methods, pasture pet, herd leader: Hiya Alisha, I would recommend that you get in an approved trainer who can work with both of you to establish a bond of trust. He is rearing up as he is still unsure of you, and his new surroundings, and everything will still be pretty new to him....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: rescued Saddlebred mare: Rick Gore Horsemanship -- www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: Glad to hear she is coming around. This is very tough to know since I am not there to see and get feedback from the horse. Which is why you need to work on you and your awareness and horse sense. Everything you do causes the horse to do something, too fast,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Saddle breaking horse: www.thinkilikeahrose.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: Read my site and learn to understand a horse. You do not understand horses or you would not use sweet mare and that you can t stay in the round pen with this horse since she does not respect you. You are right, she may be very sweet and she does not respect...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Slaughter: www.thinklikeahorse.org -- Rick Gore Horsemanship, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: I discuss this on my site. I have a slaughter video link on my bad horsemanship page. The short answer is people cause it, people do it and horses pay for it. I would rather see a horse starve in the wild than killed in a cruel, mean and fearful manner. ...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Starting a Horse, starting a horse, young horse
starting a horse, young horse, riding young horse: Hello and thanks for writing. Horses tend to look big and strong at a young age but it takes a LONG time before they are physically mature enough to ride. Each horse should be assessed as an individual in where their maturity is and when they are ready to...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: scared rescue horse, bcspca, time and patience
bcspca, time and patience, rescue horse: I use 2, 6 foot high panels. Tie two of the panels firmly together so that they look like a V . Tie the other end of the first panel to the round pen. Take the third panel and tie it loosely to the end of the panel on the left side. Gently herd the horse...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: self carriage and confidence: www.thinklikeahorse.org - Rick Gore Hrosemanship, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: I am not a fan of jumping horses, it is very hard on their legs and jumps so no help from on that. As for the other things, it sounds like you two are doing fine. I think you are rushing a bit, if you have only been working him for 5 months and you say or...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: separation anxiety!, arab mare, arabian mare
arab mare, arabian mare, separation anxiety: Hi Laura, One solution is to ask someone to walk the mini out with you, that way your mare can see her friend, and the separation anxiety goes away. OR.........you can do what I do, and just ignore it! My 23yr old pure bred arab mare and my Yard owner...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: showing, french link, snaffle
french link, snaffle, pictre: Hi Ellie, Your question is very common and occurs often with less experienced owners. What has happened is that your pony for whatever reason didn t like the full cheek snaffle (have you had her teeth checked?) perhaps she s always been ridden in a french...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: social-challenging horse: Rick Gore Horsemanship - www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: Debbie.................I am just shaking my head reading your question. Partly for the horse and partly for you. Obviously you have not read my web site or any of my other answers. If I had to explain what most people think, that do not have a clue about horses,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: stablemates: Rick Gore Horsemanship - www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: Horses do not feel safe alone, they need other prey animals to keep watch and help them relax, sleep and feel safe, to share the work load, which is why horses are not solitary animals, they Herd animals, not pets, not meant to be alone. In my opinion, getting...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: trail riding too close to other horses, trot canter, old tennessee
trot canter, old tennessee, tom thumb: Hi Linda! Your horse might be trained but she is not well EDUCATED. She is taking over. It is what she feels she must do to survive. A well schooled horse can walk, trot, canter, lope, rack, slow-gate, walk fast and slow, lengthen and shorten any number...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: trailering problem, april reeves, horse training
april reeves, horse training, trailering: Answer from April Reeves Horsemanís U.com: Hi Helen, thank you for contacting me. I will first address the last comment from Ďthe yardí that disagreed with your choice of feeding him. This is one time where you may have done the correct thing (and I know I...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: training my 3 year old Welsh pony, welsh pony, welfare officers
welsh pony, welfare officers, flying changes: Hi, STOP NOW!!!!!! Please............he should just about be being lunged and longreined in preparation for backing at 4................working a 3 yr old at this level will have a bad impact on joints that are NOT ready for this kind of work! DO...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: training racehorses, slaughter plants, race horses
slaughter plants, race horses, registered thoroughbreds: Hi Deanie! The racing industry is cruel. PLEASE do not encourage, propagate, or misinform children about it. It is not glamorous or caring. Most books about racing are pure fiction. The race industry cares about one thing and that is making money on...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: weaving yearling: www.thinklikeahorse.org -- Rick Gore Horsemanship, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: My guess is you weaned her..why do people do this, who cares if a horse is with their mom. I just don t get it and this is a woman thing since guys could care less if a baby hangs out with mom. You did this too soon and now you have created this habit since...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Youn horse attitude & insecurities, Young horse behavior, starting a young horse
Young horse behavior, starting a young horse, herd bound behavior: It sounds like a basic lack of clarity in communication, understanding and confidence with your six year old that is causing these scenarios to happen. Certainly because your horse is young (they take quite a while to mentally and emotionally mature even if...

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Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: 20 yr. old broodmare TWH, horsemanship skills, older horses
horsemanship skills, older horses, wonderer: Hi! If the mare is sound, go right ahead! Some of these older horses are just the best for green riders and are worth their weight in gold. Much of who she is has become obvious to you already! How she is on the ground is very much how she will be under...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: 5 yo horse: Rick Gore Horsemanship - www.thinklikeahorse.org, horses, horsemanship
horses, horsemanship, rick gore: You are making this all about the horse, it is not. You see your way where the horse causes all this, I see it my way where you cause it and fail to prevent it. This horse does not understand what you want or does not think you are leader so it does not...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: 9-month-old Colt: Rick Gore Horsemanship - www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, natural horsemanship: Poor little guy. Put yourself in his shoes (hooves). He is born and lost his mom. The only other horse he knew, his instincts tell him to run from meat eaters and predators (you and other humans), yet he has found safety them so his belief system is confused....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Aggressive youngster, april reeves, appendix
april reeves, appendix, quarter horse: Answer from April Reeves, Horsemanís U.com: I want to start by saying that your Appendix QH is lovely. He has a nice balance to his body, and at this age itís hard to find, which means he will only get better. While his attitude is unacceptable to you,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Anxious Horse, april reeves, mare
april reeves, mare, horse training: Answer from April Reeves, Horsemanís U.com: Hi Chloe. From what I can tell, this mare has to have the chance to get to know the other two horses. Keeping them next to each other in the fields is a good start, until the others get use to her, which takes about...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: VERY anxious horse!!, herd mate, tennessee walking horse
herd mate, tennessee walking horse, shetland pony: Hi Charles! Your horse is herd bound. She wants to be back with her herd mate, it is where she feels safe and secure. Horses will sometimes go to great lengths to be back with their pasture mates to the point of jumping fences, or running through them!...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Bucking draft horse out of nowhere, how to fix the relationship., trot or canter, ground manners
trot or canter, ground manners, outdoor arena: Hi Meg, A horse can buck under saddle for a variety of reasons. In general a horse bucks out of frustration. His frustration can come from lack of or too much stimuli, pain, conflicting aids/commands, lack of proper socialization, lack of proper exercise,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Bucks off riders, natural horsemanship, horse bucks
natural horsemanship, horse bucks, bucking horse: Hi Bea, A quick fix will possibly stop the bucking in the short run, but can cause problems later on.There are many things that can cause a horse to buck. One of the main one is that the horse is in pain. The pain can come from back or neck problems....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: bad tempered boy, april reeves, cob
april reeves, cob, horse training: Answer from April Reeves, Horsemanís U.com: Hello Carol from the UK! Iím glad you spend a lot of time with this horse. It is the best therapy you can give him, short of a few ground lessons that I will give you that should keep you busy for about half a year....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: barn hand help, april reeves, hay
april reeves, hay, feeding horses: Answer from April Reeves, Horsemanís U.com: while you may not feel like this right now, the toughest girls are your size. Itís just a matter of time and more hay lifting and youíll be the fittest, strongest girl in your area! The other really great thing about...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: bleeding: www.thinklikeahorse.org - Rick Gore Horsemanship, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, natural horsemanship: Go to my horse anatomy page on my my web site make sure we are talking about the same thing. It sounds like you are talking about the coronet or coronary band, that is where the hair meets the hoof. If he is bleeding there it could be an injury or cut and...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: difficulty with stall, pleasure trail rides, thick winter coat
pleasure trail rides, thick winter coat, snow plows: Hi Tami! Go out to his paddock, halter him, lead him into his stall. Do a little ground work with him in the stall then lead him back outside and turn him loose. Rub him! Catch him up again, lead him back into the stall, close the door, keep him on the...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: donkey chasing: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, natural horsemanship: The donkey is high animal in that pasture, it will protect and look after the herd, but it will also show it s dominance by moving and chasing if the other lower animals challenge. So it is a trade off. The donkey will get tired of chasing and it will stop...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Man-Killing Horse, natural horsemanship, seeing ghosts
Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Man-Killing Horse, natural horsemanship, seeing ghosts, sad story

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse becoming fresh: Rick Gore Horsemanship - www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, natural horsemanship: I realize you are not in denial and I know you are asking for help, just like everyone that writes does. It does not matter what I say or others say, it only matters what YOU do. You can put all the fancy names you want to it, call ground work for the happy...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse phobia, qh mare, performance horses
qh mare, performance horses, prosperous new year: Hiya Cam, I think she may be agoraphobic. There is no quick fix, only time and patience, you ll have to teach her that the worls is not a scary place. This tends to happen in horses who are very intelligent, so it is seen as a sign of a very intelligent...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horses and sheep: Rick Gore Horsemanship - www.thinklikeahorse.org, horses, horsemanship
horses, horsemanship, rick gore: You are looking at this as a human, if you looked at this as a horse and understood how horses live and think, then you know that sheep looks like a dog or wolf and all horses think anything will hurt them or eat them, they know they are food for others, so...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Man-Killing Horse, mustang stallion, breaking horses
mustang stallion, breaking horses, eating tiger: Hi Al, I have not met one myself, but if you think about horses being in to pressure creatures, meaning their instincts are to run over the thing they are worried about to fight it and then use their speed to get away, I would not doubt it. The problem...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: is it necessay to bring her to the vet?, jabs, laid back
jabs, laid back, youngster: Hi Kate, I would say she s just a very laid back youngster and you are very lucky. She obviously trusts you, and her letting you sit on her is a sign of that trust. She s not slow, just laid back and happy! No need for the vet,if there was something...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: pinning ears, ground manners, trail horse
ground manners, trail horse, aggressive behavior: Hello Patricia, Thanks for your question. You can try riding her with other horses a few times a week and continuously pass and approach each other. When she puts her ears back immediately correct her by spinning her in tight turns (flexing her head...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: problem 17 month filly, livery yard, filly
livery yard, filly, paddock: Hi Ysabel! Oh my!!! Your horse has NO respect for you as a leader! She is telling you very clearly that you are not as important in the herd as she is! Your timing and approach is telling your horse that you do not know horse language and are therefore...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: SHETLAND PONY: Rick Gore Horsemanship - www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, natural horsemanship: All horse problems come back to the person handling the horse. You have not taught the horse to listen, you say the horse is good, and then tell me it pushes you and runs and does not listen. The horse does not respect you or see you as a leader and higher...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Spooked in its stall, will not come out: www.thinklikeahorse.org - Rick Gore Horsemanship, horses, horsemanship
horses, horsemanship, rick gore: This could be a lot of things, my guess is some has hit this horse or is being mean to him, he may have bitten someone and they hit or beat him. The only other thing I can think of is the horse has been locked up so long and neglected that the stall is the...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Stallions - Evil... or Misunderstood?, zips chocolate chip, zippo pine bar
zips chocolate chip, zippo pine bar, grand sire: Hi Hannah! The horse on my profile page was a stallion for many years. I gelded him out of respect for the horse. He was not going to be used for breeding as was the original plan. Both his grand sire, Zippo Pine Bar and his sire, Zips Chocolate Chip...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Stallions - Not evil after all!/Thank you, bryan neubert, different types of horses
bryan neubert, different types of horses, joe wolter: Good for you Hannah! Every horse you touch will teach YOU! After all the HORSE is your best teacher. Observe, Compare, Remember! ~Ray Hunt Horses are horses! Stallion, mare, gelding it is up to us to become the kind of leader that the...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Success with abused horses: Rick Gore Horsemanship - www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, natural horsemanship: Glad to hear it. Unfortunately for horses, I think you are in a minority. It sounds like your success is due to a few things that most people don t get. Learning to think like a horse, listening to a horse, not putting time limits or rushing training. ...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: not stayinfg in the trailer: Rick Gore Horsemanship - www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, natural horsemanship: All horses are claustrophobic. If I put you in a trailer, locked you up and drove around you would not like it either. Horses don t like to be ridden, don t like saddle, don t like nails in their feet, don t like to be tied up, but they do it. Stop trying...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: terrified rescue horse, buck brannaman, rescue horse
buck brannaman, rescue horse, nice horse: Hi Rebecca! Seems to me you have a pretty good deal going on here. The human has been pretty awful to this horse to scare him and get him as bothered as he is. It doesn t matter what it was. It was bad and he is telling you the truth. Give him time....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: western pleasure, western pleasure, mouth action
western pleasure, mouth action, bridel: Hello, Thanks your question. Everything sounds good but you may want to start working her using the bit your going to show with. Make sure the bit you choose is legal in western events. To slow your horse down sit deep in your saddle and say the the...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: 10 yr QH mare bucked while cantering, quarter horse mare, night latch
quarter horse mare, night latch, qh mare: Hello!! Thank you for your question and I am sorry I didn t get to write back right away! Well I think that from what you are telling me she was just feeling a little fresh and if you didn t ride for a couple weeks she was just feeling good and had more energy....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: 4 month old colt: Rick Gore Horsemanship, rick gore, horsemaship
rick gore, horsemaship, think like a horse: The colt is being a colt, you cannot expect to keep a young colt locked up in what you call a big paddock, it is still not a large pasture for a horse to run and play all day. This horse needs to be able to run, rear and play and kick and be a horse so it...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: arab stallion 7 years: Rick Gore Horsemanship, rick gore, horsemaship
rick gore, horsemaship, think like a horse: Since you have had the Stud since he was 6 months old, then anything he knows you have taught him. So the head shaking, going faster and bucking is all you or whoever works him and lets him do this. If you trot him and run him in a round pen then he can only...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Behavior Change, oat hay, left nostril
oat hay, left nostril, retreat method: Hi Rosie, I understand that you are concerned about the nasal discharge and his violent spookiness. If you haven t already, I would have a vet check him out. It s quite possible that he has an allergy or it could be the dust from the arena or roundpen or...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Behavior Issues, rope halter, time and patience
rope halter, time and patience, horse foundation: Hi Denise, First I would like to thank you for writing in. It shows that you re truly interested in improving your horsemanship. You didn t give very much info in your question like how old is he, where is he in his training, what kind of bit are you using,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Behaviour, lucerne chaff, stud chain
lucerne chaff, stud chain, dressage whip: Hello and thank you for your question. From what I am hearing your horse has no respect for you and is doing what he wants. You need to put your foot down and let him know whose boss. This is going to take time, practice and tough love. You need to start lounging...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Behavor Change, good horses, buckskin
good horses, buckskin, gelding: Hello and thank you for your question. As a horse gets older things change in their body. If he has been fine and never done this before I think that it is physical rather then anything. He may be hurting somewhere from arthritis, an injury, teeth or even...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: barn sour horse, 5 steps, huntress
5 steps, huntress, caitlin: Hi Tami, I wish I could be there myself to help you with all the pieces of this issue, but here are a few things to consider that may help you. The goal is to help her see that leaving the barn is the release and the barn is not (at least not always!). You...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: biting horse
Are these horses stallions, geldings or is one a mare? And how big is the area they are in, and why are you penning them up, unless they are stalled for show season, or do you not have a place to let them out and leave them, giving them access to the barn?...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: box stall - Rick Gore Horsemanship, rick gore, horsemaship
rick gore, horsemaship, think like a horse: What do you think the horse is trying to tell you? What do you think the horse is feeling? Why do you think the horse is doing what it doing? You have obviously not read my questions and answers page on my site or read my web site or watched my videos,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Catching my pony, equine friends, occassionally
equine friends, occassionally, pasture: There are several other things that might help, worth thinking about. The first one may be that the feed is too hot in that it gives her too much energy, adding to the problem. I have seen horses do a complete personality change due to feed. Some horses...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: desensitizing an 8 yr, old, buckskin, wind blows
buckskin, wind blows, quarter horse: Hello Cindy, Thanks for your question! What is the horse doing? Is he reacting to the wind or something the wind is blowing or moving? He may be hearing or seeing a bag blowing, tin rumbling, or something else. I can better address the question...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: a difficult mare - Rick Gore Horsemanship, pony clubs, cross country course
pony clubs, cross country course, pony club: gee what a surprise a pony club horse that has been taught bad lessons. Most pony clubs over here are run by women who think they know horses and all they do is teach bad lessons to kids and horses. You talk about winning this horses trust, which implies...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: donkey behavior, quarter horse mare, hormonal issues
quarter horse mare, hormonal issues, huntress: Hello Stephanie, Sorry for the delay. I have only worked with a few donkeys, they are like horses but more so....meaning that they are in to pressure animals. They are made to push into pressure...think of a cougar jumping on their back, instincts make them...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Follow up to my 9 yr mare, canter, doing the right thing
canter, doing the right thing, gelding: I am very glad things went well!! Going back to the basics is always the best. You can start out fresh and get a lot more done then fighting what was going on. Sounds like you have it under control and that you are doing the right thing. Keep up the good work,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: gaited horse - Rick Gore Horsemanship, rick gore, horsemaship
rick gore, horsemaship, think like a horse: I really doubt if you have read all that you can. My web site alone is over 400 pages with links to 1000 s of additional horse info. The horse is only four, don t know how long you have had it, but the horse is still a colt and is not even a horse until 5...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: hepl!help!help!, pasture fence, fence lines
pasture fence, fence lines, barbed wire: Hi Hannah, There is a good chance that he may hurt someone. The first thing that I suggest you do is make an appointment to get him gelded. That will help. If he is on sweet feed or alfalfa, remove them and put him on a pellet feed and a grass...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horses bad behaviour, irish sport horse, tendon sheath
irish sport horse, tendon sheath, weight gain foods: Hi Erica, The first thing I would check is his feed. If he is eating any sort of sweet feed, then change that to a pellet feed. Sugar can make a horse aggressive. If that is not the situation then see if the mare was in heat when the behavior started....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Kicking Stable door, dartmoor pony, stable door
dartmoor pony, stable door, behavior training: Hi Daniel, In my opinion, what the instructor did is very close to abuse. There is never a reason to tie up a horse for punishment. First, you try to find out what caused the behavior. From what you have said, it sounds as though your daughter...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: "Lead Sour"?, quarter horse mare, leg pressure
quarter horse mare, leg pressure, hind foot: Hi Lyndsey, Thanks for writing in. Without being there and seeing what is going on it s hard to say exactly why she won t work with you on her canter lead. But I ll try and give some suggestions. I am assuming that she picks up the correct lead at a trot....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Lunging, quarter horse mare, long periods of time
quarter horse mare, long periods of time, directio: Hello Catherine, I will try to explain some options. If you go on my website, www.MitziSummers.com, I also have some article that may help you, i.e. Retraining the Thoroughbred . First of all start leading her most of the time from the right side. Just...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: longeing problem, paint gelding, carrot stick
paint gelding, carrot stick, pvc pipe: Hi Dan, First off I would like to thank you for writing in with your question. You didn t give very much info on exactly what is happening, ie, how do you longe, what is going on when it happens, how old is the horse, what kind of training he has had, the...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Moody Mare, mare, squeeze
mare, squeeze, ears: You can ignore it, but if you want to show her that you don t like that, make her work when she does things that appear anti social, make her back up, flex walk and turn, move her feet and stop her, timing is key. Read my web site and watch my videos on youtube...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: New Philly, cream cheese, filly
cream cheese, filly, gelding: Filly, in terms used with horses, is how you spell it, not the cream cheese spread spelling. If you have two pens, or paddocks side by side, let them get to know each other through the fence for a couple of days before you put them in together. And watch...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: pawing while being trailered, paws, wits
paws, wits, brakes: Hobble for a while, he will learn not to paw and then the hobbles may not be needed. I will tap the brakes if a horse paws, it throws them off balance a little and if timing is right, the horse will soon learn that when he paws he gets thrown off balance and...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Retraining, fly mask, head collar
fly mask, head collar, bridle: Hi Maisie Firstkly congratulations on getting a horse, and thank you for getting a rescue as well............ they do get overlooked because they come with a certain amount of bagage . Right theres no fast and easy way with this lady its ...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: rein breaking, tom thumb, horse person
tom thumb, horse person, couple steps: Hello, thank you for your question. A 3 yr old doesn t probably have a hole lot of riding behind him. I like to teach my horses to neck rein when they have mastered all they can with using two reins. I am just now teaching my mare to neck rein shes had 2 solid...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: soured horse, blow ups, filly
blow ups, filly, cinch: Hello Ann, This more mare has been through who knows what in her life. It is important that you try to think like a horse , and not give think she is doing things like bluffing? with you. She needs to trust you. That you are not going to abuse her....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: stubborn, paint stud, old paint
paint stud, old paint, atwoods: Hello and thank you for your question. I think that your stud is taking advantage of you and doing what he wants. I think that you need a person that knows horses well by your side to help you out though training. First put his halter and a lead rode on him....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: studs?, stud horse, stallions
stud horse, stallions, younger ones: Are they all going to be in the same pasture or pen at the same time? And are there mares around? And where is the other stallion coming from, as this makes three? How old is the other stud horse? The chances of someone getting hurt are fairly great....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: sudden catching problems: Rick Gore Horsemanship, rick gore, horsemaship
rick gore, horsemaship, think like a horse: You have taught the horse that you cannot control him and that you are worried or scared of him so he is being a horse, not being mean or bad, lots of small young kids have this problem, unless the horse is handled by more experienced adults to teach him...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Training A Filly, filly, plastic bags
filly, plastic bags, bicycles: Hello and thank you for your question. Sometimes the personality of the horse is just that and you can t change it. She maybe shy all her life but you can help her to better. While doing activities feed her treats when she does something well, teach her to...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: trot canter transitions, trot canter, ottb
trot canter, ottb, good boy: Hello and thank you for your question. I have a suggestion for you. You need to give a direct cue to your horse for a canter. I use 2 clicks for a trot and a big long kiss for a canter. When he starts to trot into the canter start tapping him with your legs,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Unbelievably unstopable horse.... PLEASE HELP! I dont want to give up on her!, head strait, tom thumb
head strait, tom thumb, power struggle: Melinda, I wish so much that I was there to help you. Where do you live, by the way? Obviously right now a bit is not the answer, and in my opinion neither is riding her right now. She exhibits such signs of tenseness and fear when you ride her with...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: my 2 year old please help - Rick Gore Horsemanship, rick gore, horsemaship
rick gore, horsemaship, think like a horse: You taught this horse some bad lessons, you put the horse in sub fencing and set the horse up to fail by letting the horse learn that it can run through fences. This is an easy fix, build a fence he cannot run through. You took a short cut, you took the easy...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: 4 year old mare, irish draught, stud chain
irish draught, stud chain, clucks: Hello and thank you for your question. Your mare might not have shown this behavior to her previous owners in my thoughts because they showed her they were the boss and she doesn t see you as her boss. Mares tend to like to be bossy and if you are not stern...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Acting young for his age, herd leader, rope halter
herd leader, rope halter, carrot stick: Your welcome. I understand you fell off of him. What was he doing when you fell off? Bucking? Crowhopping? Rearing? I really don t understand the question your asking here.You say he is ground trained but you also say he acts like a yearling. If he acts...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Aggressive 18-month-old colt/gelding, orphan foal, horsemanship skills
orphan foal, horsemanship skills, absence of fear: Hi Hannah, Yes I would say you have a problem horse on your hands. Don t worry about the question being too long. Most folks don t give enough info. But I try to help them as I will try to help you. This situation could become very dangerous for you or...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Aggressive 18-month-old colt/gelding - Rick Gore Horsemanship, rick gore, horsemaship
rick gore, horsemaship, think like a horse: lol, don t give me all the credit for helping you see something, many can t be open enough to admit it or learn from and they would just rather be right. I tell people that if a horse does good take the credit but if it does bad you have own that too. ...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Big change in stallion behavior ins a short time: Rick Gore Horsemanship, rick gore, horsemaship
rick gore, horsemaship, think like a horse: You are really looking at this from your woman, human and emotion view. Horses do not hate. You took him from his mares, he had a herd, he had friends, he had other horses who knew how to be a horse and understood him. You, like a lot of humans, being selfish,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: bolting and spooking, arabian gelding, spooks
arabian gelding, spooks, wishful thinking: Hi Debbra, You need to stay cool, calm and collected with this guy. He s scared of his own shadow (an arabian trait, my 24yr old pure bred mare STILL thinks robins will eat her!) and you have to be calm and reassuring. If you feell him become unsure...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: feeding trial riding horse and racehorse, human athlete, trail horses
human athlete, trail horses, measurable improvements: Hi Caine, Below is the answers for you. The first part concerns racehorses and the second cocerns pleasure or trail horses. There is alot of info there and I hope it answers your question. Race horses: Over the past 50 years the physical performance of...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Gelding Problems, herd leader, rope halter
herd leader, rope halter, lead line: Hi Sophie, Thanks for writing in. Is your horse a gelding or a stud? You didn t specify. If he is a stud, that would explain all. He is protecting his herd. If he is a gelding then I would say there are some small holes in your training that you didn t see...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Gelding and riding 10year old green stallion, leaf rake, s leo
leaf rake, s leo, hell breaks: Hi Mike, First off, thanks for writing in with your question. Second, I would say you have your hands full with this horse. What you have described is a potentially dangerous situation. You stand a very good chance of getting hurt. If you have never handled...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Gentle Horse to Aggressive Problem, horse vet, gentle horse
horse vet, gentle horse, horse show: Hi Katie, First off I would like to thank you for writing in with your question. The first thing I would check on is have the horse vet checked for a problem. If this is a new behavior she might have a medical problem. If the vet ok s her and says nothing...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Handling Alydars babies, midnight passion, alydar
midnight passion, alydar, guard dog: Hi Hannah, Thanks for writing in about your problem. A horse, no matter what age needs to respect you. If not then you will always have trouble and possibly get hurt. But, you don t want them to fear you or your tools. So what you want is respect without...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: hands down and short, allexpert, correct signal
allexpert, correct signal, riding a horse: Hello Caine, Have you began your English riding lessons yet? If so, I m sure your instructor will give you all the info you need on the where s, how;s and why s. Each instructor is a little different and each have their own opionions on how to do something....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Our horse, natural horsemanship, behaviour changes
natural horsemanship, behaviour changes, new routine: Hi Jane, I would say do the usual checks, ask your vet to check his back, teeth, and general health, and a saddler to check the fit of his saddle, as pain is the usual cause of sudden behaviour changes. Also, if everything checks out ok, I would suggest...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: MY horse wont do circules and he bucks after jumps, hindquarters, canter
hindquarters, canter, reins: Hi, Rosie ... The first step in correcting in any training challenge is to determine the cause of the behaviour. Always eliminate the possibility that physical pain or discomfort is causing the behaviour. Have an experienced trainer or coach help you check:...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: introducing my horse to the bit, bit and bridle, curb bit
bit and bridle, curb bit, tie ends: She is a hot blood then. They can be different to work with, but the things I told you were what I used with Saddlebreds, and those are also hot blooded. They do react quicker, and I have found them, along with Thoroughbreds, another hot breed, to be very...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Lounging, herd leader, temper tantrum
herd leader, temper tantrum, herd animals: Hi Marquita, First off I d like to thank you for writing in with your question. How old are your fillies? It appears to me that the problem you have is a RESPECT problem. Horses are herd animals and have a pecking order that they live by. You have to prove...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: learning horseback riding, frustration ends, training horses
frustration ends, training horses, english horse: Hi Caine, Thank you for writing in with your question. I m pleased you want to learn to ride. It is one of he most enjoyable things in my life and to be able to work with horses all the time and get paid to do it just adds to the pleasure. While horse riding...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: lucerne, medicago sativa, lucerne hay
medicago sativa, lucerne hay, correct quantities: Hello again, Caine, Lucerne is a type of hay.Lucerne Hay - Friend or Foe. Lucerne hay enjoys a varied reputation amongst horse people, with some using it as a highly valued component of their horse s diet and others avoiding it with an almost religious fervour....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Missy, saddle pad, bad behavior
saddle pad, bad behavior, horseman: Hello and thank you for your question. I am sorry to hear that you are having problems with you new mare. I suggest checking your saddle to make sure it fits well, check the saddle pad for any debris, and even your bit (it may be pinching or hitting her teeth)....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: new colt getting a lot of nips, paint gelding, old paint
paint gelding, old paint, tuffs: Hi Sp, There are some horses that seem to be always be bullied by other horses. There is usually not a reason. I would take this guy and put him in with another horse that is lower down in the herd hierarchy. Let those two bond with each other...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: re breaking horses, breaking horses, safety sake
breaking horses, safety sake, remedial training: Hi Maddie, Thank you for writing in with your question. So, you have a 12 y/o stallion, has been ridden and you wish to know if you can re-break the horse to ride again. Let me address the first part of the question to start. He is a 12 y/o stallion who...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: rearing, bad behavior, tight circles, physical reason
tight circles, physical reason, martingale: Rearing is a very serious problem. You say that he always has this tendency. You have to first make certain that the cause is not physical.Does he have a sore back? Does his saddle fit? Is the bit too harsh? Are you pulling on his mouth at all? Is he frightened...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: rearing in crossties, Tying Problem, Pulling Back
Tying Problem, Pulling Back, Tie Ring: Hello! Yes I know of several places you can buy (on line) a Blocker Tie Ring You can go to www.google.com and type in blocker tie ring and it will show you places or you can get them from www.Amazon.com, Valley Vet Supply (on the web), Rods Western Palace...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Spooking Issues - Rick Gore Horsemanship, rick gore, horsemaship
rick gore, horsemaship, think like a horse: I don t mind helping people that understand, study and read and don t blame their horse. What most don t understand is without a basic foundation or why I say and do what I do, then learning does not take place. You can t train a horse just by trying to do...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Spooky horse, natural horsemanship methods, qh gelding
natural horsemanship methods, qh gelding, spooky horse: Hi Chuck, Thank you for writing in with your question. The fact that you are writing in and seeking to find an answer tells me that you really don t want to get rid of the horse and would rather fix the problem. Very commendable. I don t blame your wife....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: spooking and bolting, arabian gelding, time and patience
arabian gelding, time and patience, dangerous behaviors: Hello and thank you for your question! You and your horse are never too old to learn new things, but you may not change him completely. My jumpy horses get major sacking out. I use bags, tarps, bicycles, tires, flags anything and everything that maybe scary...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: My standard bred mare, bucking, rearing
bucking, rearing, retraining: Hi, Amy ... It is always difficult to answer these types of training questions without actually seeing the rider on the horse. So, the best I can do in this case is give you some general ideas of what to look for. With any sudden change in behaviour, I...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: TB filly that bulges out to fence and refuses to move, wire fences, dressage whip
wire fences, dressage whip, barb wire: Hello Karmi, First of all, it is very important not to be influenced by anyone telling you that she should know better, or that other TBs they have had did not have this problem. Every horse has different experiences and responds differently to these experiences..(as...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: TB issues, bitless bridle, bone spurs
bitless bridle, bone spurs, three gaits: Hello Camille, Race horses are taught to run into pressure. It is true that you have to reteach him. You start this on the ground. You will use just a halter at first,a leather one. Start just by leading him and always using your voice. Ask him to halt...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Tennesse Walking Horse,, arabian mare, back muscles
arabian mare, back muscles, walking horse: Hi Sissy, Though I am not familiar with the American TWH show circuit, I would suggest NOT teaching your horse this, as it may damage his back. I ride many big horses (largest is over 17hh) and I am only 2 inches taller than yourself. A discreet stirrup...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: tips on improving horseback riding and bareback riding, frustration ends, anatomy of a horse
frustration ends, anatomy of a horse, rhythm: Hello Caine, Are you the same Caine that asked the same question a few days ago? If so, I see where you read the answer. If not, then I will go over it again. The best way to learn and improve your riding is to seek a qualified, reputable riding instructor....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Won't accept the bit., bridle and bit, grass hay
bridle and bit, grass hay, expert rider: Hello and thank you for your question. I have seen this. I have a show mare that has loaded into trailers 1000 s of times then this year she would not get in and when she did she ran backwards and freaked out (same trailer for 5 years). She never had a bad...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: whip in which hand, dressage whip, hind leg
dressage whip, hind leg, gaits: Hello again Caine, Caine, it really doesn t matter which hand you hold the whip in. It depends on which hand you are most comfortable with. Right or left handed. If you are training a horse then it would make a difference. You use the whip to gently cue the...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: 4 year old spooked horse - Rick Gore Horsemanship, rick gore, horsemaship
rick gore, horsemaship, think like a horse: She is a reflection of you. She has not got better since you have not got better, you are doing the same thing so she is doing the same thing, you are nervous and spooky around her so she is nervous around you and spooky. You don t know what to do so...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Abused horse learning to trust me, draft cross, good relationship
draft cross, good relationship, gelding: Hi Whitney, Thank You for writing in with your question. From what I read you have a 6 y/o Arab/draft cross (who would cross those two breeds?) that was abused in the past. You believe he is terrified of people. Ok. First off. Do not treat this horse any...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: agressive foal, stomach ulcers, carafate
stomach ulcers, carafate, brumby: Hi Tenille, Wow! Sounds like that young colt has had a tough time from the very start. So glad he is ok with the cuts. From what you describe, the colt is going through a rebel stage. Like a preteen does to it s parents. They have found they have a little...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Bit problem, quarter horse mare, hackmore
quarter horse mare, hackmore, canine teeth: Hi Amanda, Thank you for writing in with your question. First off I would wonder why you started your mare in a twisted wire gag bit? That bit is pretty tough on a horse and can hurt a horse s mouth in the wrong hands. I m not saying you have rough hands...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Bucking - Rick Gore Horsemanship, rick gore, horsemaship
rick gore, horsemaship, think like a horse: I will try and discuss it on a video. Bucking is normally learned or taught by people doing the wrong thing. When you go too fast, when you get on too soon, when you fall off from lack of balance or not paying attention, when you try things and fail, you...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: breaking my western horse to ride english, trot or canter, western trainers
trot or canter, western trainers, benefit of the doubt: Hi Jamie, Why don t you send me your email address so we can be certain to keep in touch in case you have more questions and do not always want to go through EXPERTS? Have you been able to access any of my articles on my website? I suggest that you get...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: my broodmare, rick gore, horsemaship
rick gore, horsemaship, think like a horse: Of course you can, any horse can be trained at any age. However the odds of someone doing it who does not know how is very hard and most fail. Like most all failure with horses it is the people that cause the failure not the horse. Read my entire web...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: a bucking horse., inexperienced rider, bucking horse
inexperienced rider, bucking horse, hind legs: Hello Sarah, Just how well do you know this horse? My suggestion is to stay off the horse. It sounds like the horse needs some serious work before you attempt to ride him. The bucking part is in question. Is he really bucking or is he just crowhopping?...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: colt starting, problem horses, fly spray
problem horses, fly spray, desensitizing: Hi Christy, Thanks for writing in with your problem. Horses by nature are extremely claustrophobic creatures. They are scared to death of anything that feels as if it s closing in on them. The cinch getting tight around his chest is one of those feelings....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Extremely bad behaved mare, quarter horse mare, ridden horses
quarter horse mare, ridden horses, ground manners: Hello and thank you for your question. I am sorry that you are having problems with your mare but I do have a few suggestions for you. First I would find a trainer in your area that works with behavioral horse problems or hard to train/handle horses. This...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse behaviour, training, horse training, starting horses
horse training, starting horses: Hi, Cheyenne - Neither of these horses are appropriate for an inexperienced person to be working with. They both need to be handled and trained by experienced people who can help them to develop trust, respect and confidence and give them good solid foundations...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: hard 2 catch: Rick Gore Horsemanship, rick gore, horsemaship
rick gore, horsemaship, think like a horse: You want me to help you get a relationship with your horse and then say you really don t have time to mess with her. Sounds like your horse learned the lesson well, and now she does not have time to mess with you. This is not a horse issue it is you...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Too many issues at once, behavioural issues, horse world
behavioural issues, horse world, dismount: Hi Jessica, Thank you for writing in with your question. I would say your right in the fact that you have alot of issues with your horse. Let s start at the top and see if we can work with this one at a time. I wouldn t try to solve all these issues at...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: long barrel horses back pain problems, barrel horses, skeletal problems
barrel horses, skeletal problems, back pains: They may be more prone to it, but I believe back pain has more to do with rider mechanics, and use or misuse of the horse itself. A rider, of any discipline, that comes down hard on horses back at a trot for instance, not using their legs to absorb the...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Moody and rude mare, figure 8s, trot canter
figure 8s, trot canter, stud chain: Hello and thank you for your question. Pony are quite something. Most have a mind of their own and will express how they feel. I would have a good vet do a exam on her and check for any pain or pressure points and check the saddle fit. Pain can cause a good...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Nervous ex racehorse, retraining thoroughbreds, separation anxiety
retraining thoroughbreds, separation anxiety, off the track thoroughbreds: Hi,Kim ... Working with off the track thoroughbreds presents a special challenge especially when they have been at the track as long as this mare has. Generally, I recommend giving former race horses about 6 months just to adjust to their lives away from...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Nervous horse, saddle fit, treeless saddles
saddle fit, treeless saddles: In this type of situation, it is best if you can get an experienced horse person or trainer to work with both you and your horse to resolve this problem and to check your saddle s fit. I am concerned that the saddle slipped when your mum was riding as that...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Nervy ex racehorse, school horse, dressage training
school horse, dressage training, horse tack: Hello Kim, Dressage means training so remember to start at the beginning. How does your horse tack up? Does she stand perfectly still? How does she take a saddle? Lift her feet to have them cleaned? If she does all these things so well you would let a child...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: New horse "kicks out", girthy, ground manners
girthy, ground manners, calm: It is not unusual for horses to exhibit unwanted behaviours within a few months (sometimes even just weeks) of going to a new owner. Horses are very much like foster children - going from one home to another and never knowing what to expect. Depending on...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: new horse, shetland pony, soothing music
shetland pony, soothing music, perfect in every way: The more you work with her the calmer you will probably be. Don t let her get the upper hand with you, and keep control of any situations you are in with her. And depending on where you got her from, she could be missing other horses, or people there too....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: only male riders, bomb proof, old mustang
bomb proof, old mustang, great reputation: Hi Paula, I wish you were near by I would come over and work with him myself. I have never met a horse that would not go for a certain sex, I have seen some that have worries about men or women because of past abuse....but lack of go? I think that perhaps...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Rearing when leading from the field, arab mare, gelding
arab mare, gelding, simple solution: Hi Jo, You d think they would get quieter with age, wouldn t you!!! Sounds like he s just eager to come in for his tea. A simple solution is to use a controller headcollar (not a Chifney, not keen on them) and when he starts to get agitated, turn him...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: re- training my horse, western headstall, leg pressure
western headstall, leg pressure, head carriage: Hi Marie, Thank you for writing in with your question. I think your going to really enjoy your horse. Actually, there s really not that much difference in dressage and western. I don t think, however, you will end up with a true competition horse because...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: spooked horse, horse training, starting horses
horse training, starting horses: The best advice I can give you is to find an experienced, professional horse trainer to work with this horse for her initial training. It is dangerous for both you and the horse to try to work through these issues on your own. A professional trainer who...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Thankyou!!! - Rick Gore Horsemanship, rick gore, horsemaship
rick gore, horsemaship, think like a horse: Backing away after he rears is somewhat OK, but you have to really be careful not to do things where a horse may confuse release as weakness or submissiveness. I would rather push the horse when it rears, make him run and move his feet away me from to show...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Trust and pain? : Rick Gore Horsemanship, rick gore, horsemaship
rick gore, horsemaship, think like a horse: Why don t you just ask me how to get a four year college degree in 6 months? Way too much going on here for me to even begin to fix. Your questions show a real lack of understanding about horses. You need to read my entire web site and watch all my videos....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: thoroughbred racehorse feeding schedule, thoroughbred racehorses, thoroughbred racehorse
thoroughbred racehorses, thoroughbred racehorse, show horses: It s been my experience that an hour either way, does not cause problems. And our show horses in barn, on nights they showed, had their food held for the evening meal, and were fed afterwards, and after cooling down of course. And if horse is not in starving...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: trotting on road, feet legs, long periods
feet legs, long periods, madam: You are going to get more jarring to everything on the hard road, but unless it is steady, and repeats day after day, it shouldn t be enough of a problem to worry about. Over the long run, a horse that does it daily, will probably have problems related...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Yearling roughhouse play issues, sized horses, horse colt
sized horses, horse colt, miniature horse: Hello and thank you for your question. I would suggest that you put him in a halter and lead and put the dog on a lead as well. You will need 2 handlers (one for the dog one for the mini). I would have someone hold the dog, then with you holding the mini I...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Anxious Horse, equine science, hunter jumper
equine science, hunter jumper, hind end: Hi Madelyn, If I could answer your question directly I could train horses and people while sitting at my computer, I have not figured that one out yet. That being said it sounds like you work with horses and know about them, lets see things from your horses...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Arab/Paso mama's boy, boogy man, confidence level
boogy man, confidence level, rib cage: Hiya Rafe, First, let me say well done on getting back in the saddle after such a bad fall. For all the hassle, this is a fairly straightforward problm to solve. Get him used to hacking along at the side of a trail partner, and let him go at his speed....that...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: What age to start 'em.., gelding, colt
gelding, colt, pony: Hello Caitlyn, Thanks for your question you can start him under saddle at the age of two you can and should start your ground work now so when it comes to riding he you dont have to start from the very beginning he will already know what round penning,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Bolting Blindly, body position, professional trainer
body position, professional trainer, canter: Hi Michelle, When you say your horse gets unbalanced and falls over is that literal? Does she fall on her side or quickly steal her foot back and readjust? If she is really falling over you need to have a vet check her out ASAP! The advice I would give...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: bad old spoiled horse!!: www.thinklikeahorse.org, horses, horsemanship
horses, horsemanship, rick gore: He is already a good horse. He has been neglected for years,kept alone and has had to find a way to cope with a horrible horse life. He was locked in a pen and you say he has all the room he wants. You do not understand horses and that is why you hurt,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: behaviour: Rick Gore Horsemanship - www.thinklikeahorse.org, horses, horsemanship
horses, horsemanship, rick gore: It sounds like what you did by constantly riding past other horses, you gave him positive exposure, you showed him that it was ok to be scared but he could not react, you gave him direction and helped him deal with his fear, you exposed him so much that he...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Ex-racer aggressive in stable, bad behaviour, good behaviour
bad behaviour, good behaviour, softy: Hi Jo! Patience is going to be key here. You will have dues to pay with this horse. You will have to un-do all of the damage that has been done to her and her total lack of trust and respect for the human. This will be a wonderful experience for you...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Arab/Paso mama's boy, savage beast, little saddle
Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Arab/Paso mama's boy, savage beast, little saddle, dirt bike

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horses have had time off, quarter horse gelding, rope halter
quarter horse gelding, rope halter, horses head: Hello, It sounds like you have a good start. I can not tell from what you wrote what problems you had with your horse before, but our goal is to have the horse understand and enjoy work enough to make anything we ask of them what they themselves would want...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse, cloth tape measure, salt minerals
cloth tape measure, salt minerals, knee down: Hi Lesli! A horse is not fully mature until they are 5 years old. So you do have a bit more time to wait and watch. There are a couple of ways to give you a better guess at how tall this filly may be. You can take a cloth tape measure and take the...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse, Determining Mature Height of Horses
Determining Mature Height of Horses: Hello Lesli, Horses mature at different times according to their heredity, feed, care, and general condition. Just think of the Thoroughbred race horse. It is often quite tall at an early age. You see them at race tracks, often dwarfing their handlers and,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: my horse molly is being a bruutt!!, inexpensive books, eally
inexpensive books, eally, monty roberts: Hi Morgan Thanks for the email and I hope I can help. Firstly I would say is get your saddle checked to make sure its fitting properly, and then get Molly s back checked to make sure its all correctly aligned. Most bad behaviour when saddles are put...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: for lack of better terms, horse related jealousy, quarter horse gelding, verbal warning
quarter horse gelding, verbal warning, aggressive behavior: Hello Donna, Thanks for your question. You could try taking a long lunge whip in the pasture with you and when you approach another horse and your horse (the one with the aggressive behavior) starts to act out in with aggression chase him off. Make...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: odd behaved mare, horses, horsemanship
horses, horsemanship, rick gore: Not sure what a rug is? I am think it is a blanket or sweat sheet? That does not matter. I am not a fan of any calming agents tricks or other gimmicks. For one they don t do what they say, it is a not natural, and it is a cheat since if you don t have...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: my problemed horse, gypsy, horses
gypsy, horses, tb: Hello Danielle, Thanks for your question. Im not sure I understand what you mean she was broken by a gypsy. Can you give me some additional information on the horses background and what problems you are experiencing and what your goal is for training? ...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Runaway horse, qh gelding, natural horsemanship
qh gelding, natural horsemanship, hind quarters: Hi Rachael! Sounds to me like quite a little bit is missing here. If you understand the Principles of Natural Horsemanship then you should know how to get to the feet, yielding the hind quarters, doing a one rein stop. If it takes all of your strength...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: restarting a 14yr paint with not much training to begin with, trot canter, ground manners
trot canter, ground manners, space bubble: Hello, Thanks for you questions. Use the same whip positions and techniques (flicking on the hindquarters to encourage forward movement) when lunging in hand and free hand. When the horse starts to turn raise the hand you have the lunge line in and...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: retraining a western horse to english, horses, horsemanship
horses, horsemanship, rick gore: Western riders tend to ride more with legs and body and not so much reins, if they are riding right. Sounds like you want contact on bit , this horse will not like this since he knows he can do what you want without that. His nose goes up since you are...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: riding a newly broken mare, connemara ponies, gentle work
connemara ponies, gentle work, mths: Hi Judy, I would be inclined to just ride her once or twice per week, nothing too strenuous, just gentle work, getting her used to the aids, walking, trotting, and a little canter work. Other times just loose school her, over small fences, do groundwork,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Spooky Horse, quarter horse mare, hay bails
quarter horse mare, hay bails, rita thanks: Hello Rita, Thanks for your question I honestly understand your frustration with this issue. Try riding your horse at the spooky end of the arena and when she goes to take off immediately turn her head and make her face whatever she was spooked by. Allow...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Training Saddlebred for Huntseat, trot canter, trot and canter
trot canter, trot and canter, huntseat: This is something that does require a certain feel in the rider. To develop this feel I urge you to take some lessons with a trainer who can help teach you the process as you develop a feel for it. The short answer to your question is that you need to still...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: what am i doing wrong?: Rick Gore Horsemanship - www.thinklikeahorse.org, horses, horsemanship
horses, horsemanship, rick gore: The horse is telling you that he does not respect you, does not see you as a leader, thinks you are lower horse, all bad, all will get worse and you will get bit, kicked and hurt. This horse is still a growing boy and baby, he needs leadership and discipline...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: 2 yr. old stud colt paint, stud colt, lead line
stud colt, lead line, bad behavior: Hello Dennis, Thanks for your question. When he goes to nip you give him three swift jerks on the lead line. Do this immediately after he tries to nip and he will then associate the bad behavior with the punishment. I hope this helps. Please keep me...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: 2 yr old stud colt, stud colt, flash 8
stud colt, flash 8, geldings: Michelle! You have to become a leader, and a horsewoman this horse can trust and believe in. He is also TWO!!! A young energetic BABY! Your horse is just being a HORSE. He is not bad, he is just being a horse! You can t expect these horses to be anything...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: 3 year old Arab Gelding, tennesse walkers, sound horse
tennesse walkers, sound horse, arabians: Hiya Jordon, You can start LIGHT work with him now, long reining, bitting, leading out in hand, being sat on and led round, BASIC schooling, walk and trot only, no canter. When he turns 4, then start the serious work, but build it up slowly. He won...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Age of Horse To Begin Trail Riding, great personality, walking horse
great personality, walking horse, trail rides: Hello, Thanks for your question. As long as the horse is psychically fit and has been conditioned for such a long distanced ride then he would be fine at three to do so. You can start him on conditioning exercises now if you have not already done so. ...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Aggressiveness?: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, natural horsemanship
rick gore, natural horsemanship, horses: Most all my answers tell people this is not a horse problem this is a people problem. That is what this is, you said it yourself, your horse did not do this before so you taught to act this way. No horse enjoys barrel racing, it is hard on legs, hard on...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: After an accident..., lunge, reins
lunge, reins, horses: Hello Leigh, Many times people want things to be quiet with their young horses, so they quietly get them ready to ride and then get on- to me this is being sneaky! The main thing is that you have not prepared your horse for seeing you visually on his back...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: aggressive gelding: www.thinklikeahorse.org - Rick Gore Horsemanship, rick gore, natural horsemanship
rick gore, natural horsemanship, horses: I think what you see may not be what I see. Horses don t bully or terrorizes normally so I would think something else is going on. As for the horse tearing off a halter, I say what the hell is a horse doing being turned out with a halter on, this is nothing...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Bambi, natural horsemanship trainer, match made in heaven
natural horsemanship trainer, match made in heaven, rope halter: Hi Susan Thank you so very very much for the update, and all I can say is that you and Bambi did the hard work, I sort of pointed out the trail for you both! So very happy to hear about the success of the new trainer and the methods employed, no...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Bit Shy, headstall, bridle
headstall, bridle, sensitive areas: Hi Bri! You have missed a few things here. Your horse is NOT throwing a fit. That is what humans do. Horses are way to honest for that. Your horse is ONLY doing what she thinks she needs to do to survive, period. You horse is telling you, very clearly,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: bad habits, fence board, miniature pony
fence board, miniature pony, riding horses: Hi, That s a very common problem especially in riding horses. Do you have a fence where you can tie his head up with( by tie his head up I mean tie the lead rope on a fence board that is above his head and have only a little bit of slack in it, not enough...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: behavior change after gelding a stud, trail horses, horse move
trail horses, horse move, western saddle: Hi Shana! How much turn out time is your guy getting? As a stallion, I m guessing he was having to be confined much of his time. Get him outside and in a pasture. Give him time to be a horse! This will really help both of you! Next, make sure you...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: behavior problem, new forest pony, behavior problem
new forest pony, behavior problem, bribery: Hi Jayne Thanks for the questionand I will try to answer this one. I know the problems of overweight ponies, having had a few in the past ! it can be quite hard to keep their wight down to a normal size but there are a few things you can try to make...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: behaviour, testosterone levels, rare occasion
testosterone levels, rare occasion, gelding: This is not exactly abnormal . Sometimes this behavior can be an expression of dominance. However, more likely his testosterone levels are high. Your vet can run a test to determine if that is the case. On rare occasion it can be symptomatic of an improperly...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: calm horse freaking out, quarterhorse gelding, leanto
quarterhorse gelding, leanto, bobcat: Hi Nancy, The short answer is that the smell of the shin, most likely set him off. Horses are flight or flee animals and are genetically programmed to flee at the smell of any animal that could hurt or kill them. unlike a human, he is unable to...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: draft horse: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, natural horsemanship
rick gore, natural horsemanship, horses: I would say get rid of the bit, work with her in a rope halter, then ride her with one rein in a rope halter, and stay away from bits. You say she fights the bit, I say she is looking for release and has learned and been taught that the bit is an irritant...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: gaining trust: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, natural horsemanship
rick gore, natural horsemanship, horses: Horses forgive easy, so the man issue will go away if men that are around the horse understand horses, however if you tell men that the horse does not like men, then the men will change how they treat the horse and the horse will act funny or different making...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Haltering a 14yr old 1/2 Arab Stallion, arab stallion, bridle
arab stallion, bridle, thighs: Hello Raymond, Thanks for your question. Im not sure if I am understanding your question or not because you said your have ridden him bare back. Im not understanding what you mean by when you get close enough. Have you tried putting a lead rope around...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: head shy?, problem horses, roundpen
problem horses, roundpen, speeding train: Hi Mandy! You will have some dues to pay with this horse. Someone has done wrong by him and the human will have to prove to be trustworthy BEFORE this horse is going to trust again. It is all about feel, timing and balance. You are on the right track....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: help: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, natural horsemanship
rick gore, natural horsemanship, horses: I would first make sure it is not pain, without seeing what the horse is telling you, I can t tell. If is not pain, then it is you, it is you are not communicating with the horse so the horse knows what to do. If you did your ground work right, you should...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: herd bound problems, sheep and goats, herd of horses
sheep and goats, herd of horses, voice commands: Hello Pam, Are you able to work with the horse with another rider perhaps the owner could come and ride the horse with you. If you are able to do this then you shouldnt have a problem. How is your horse when you take other horse away? Does he act out?...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: herd dynamics: www.thinklikeahorse.org - Rick Gore Horsemanship, rick gore, natural horsemanship
rick gore, natural horsemanship, horses: Horses are the best teacher of the horse. I do not think there is a window or point of no return, I think herd behavior is instinctive with the horse from birth. Of course it is developed and made better from experience. A horse that is only with a herd...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse behavior issue, tb gelding, timothy grass
tb gelding, timothy grass, grass hay: You love your horse, that much is very clear. You are trying to keep him comfortable and happy in most areas but he is not ready to be jumping under saddle/with a rider yet. He is much too young to be able to handle the mental or the physical strain of poles...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse fighting: www.thinklikeahorse.org - Rick Gore Horsemanship, rick gore, natural horsemanship
rick gore, natural horsemanship, horses: Once again about YOU. You do not do me any favors by supporting my site, it is free and I get no money. So if want to whine and make it personal it makes my point this is all about you. Your theory is if I don t tell you what you like then you will somehow...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: introducing yearling filly to mature horses: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, natural horsemanship
rick gore, natural horsemanship, horses: My first question is why were they kept out of the herd? Never mind, what ever the reason now the yearlings have to pay since were not allowed to be horses. Chasing and biting is normal herd behavior, the older mares are teaching the young horses manners,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Where do I go from here? He's being a Jerk!, trot canter, cross ties
trot canter, cross ties, ottb: Hi Toniann So happy to heat that progress is being made.......... and its sounds like you both are going to meant for each other! Right the bridle question, just get the best you can afford, and stay with what you have been using so far. In my experience...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: lunging, old paint, gait
old paint, gait, cindy: Hello Cindy, Are you free hand lunging him or in hand lunging him? If you are free hand lunging him try in hand lunging when he goes to take off with out picking up the requested gait tug on the lunge line in a give in take manner until he slows down...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Misbehaved Horse, fear in horses, barrel racing
fear in horses, barrel racing: I hope you accept my opinion and consider that it is the best thing for your mare at this moment even though it may interfere with your immediate plans for showing. You should consider it as it sounds as if your mare is just going to get worse and worse and...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Misbehaved Horse, natural horsemanship, hind quarters
natural horsemanship, hind quarters, buck brannaman: Sounds like you are on the right track Mia! Establish a routine that helps her feel good about being in a high stress environment, use your ground work to help with that, don t MAKE her stand, have her work until she can OFFER to stand and feel good about...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: my mare is a nightmare, herd, aggression
herd, aggression: Do you have any way to stable these animals separately? The mare obviously has developed an intense attachment to your pony. I have worked with horses like this, using ground work techniques, some I have developed, some of Tellington s T.E.A.M. methods,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Please Help!!, arabian gelding, good boy
arabian gelding, good boy, pasture: Hi Faith, Sorry it took me a bit to get back to you. Your situation sounds frustrating! What it sounds like is that your guy is NOT an alpha horse, he is the lower tier kind of guy who follows a leader- that s what horses do. That being said now we need to...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: problems with my bulldogging horse in the box: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, natural horsemanship
rick gore, natural horsemanship, horses: Well you said it not me, he was doing fine and now problems, this tells me you caused whatever is happening. So you need to self evaluate what you did, what you are doing and why the problem developed. My first thought is, when you get problems with competitive...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Question, foal, colt
foal, colt, pasture: Hello, Thanks for your question. I wouldnt think she would be thinking you are her colt. She maybe just a really friendly horse. I have never heard of a horse adopting a human as a foal but Im not saying its not possible. Sounds like you have found a friend...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Is he really gelded?, gelding, not cut
gelding, not cut, stallion: Hello Jason, Funny you should send me this question because my gelding is the same, he has even mounted mares when turned out with them. I had the vet out to make sure the gelding went well because he was a cryptorchid so I thought perhaps something could...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: respect: www.thinklikeahrose.org - Rick Gore Horsemanship, rick gore, natural horsemanship
rick gore, natural horsemanship, horses: Glad to see you are spending time and listening to the horse. She is telling you something and she is talking horse. First, horses don t care what you say and don t understand English or any other language, they understand Body language, that is is, that...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Skinny Horse, kernel corn, vet asap
kernel corn, vet asap, weight gainer: Hello Brenda, Thanks for getting back with me. He should be at the 1100 pound range. Try cutting off all the whole corn (avoid for now on) and back off the alfalfa. He may have diarrhea because his diet is so rich. Make sure you horse isnt dehydrated I...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: standing for saddle: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, natural horsemanship
rick gore, natural horsemanship, horses: This is a lot more than just standing for a saddle. This horse is telling you lots of things and you are missing the message. This sounds like a trust issue, a respect issue, a fear issue, a training issue and all of this will only get worse when you ride...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: sticks out his tongue, ground games, dressage horses
ground games, dressage horses, race horses: Hi Mary... Your horse is telling you things are not right with him. This is a stress response. He is not right in his mind. This is not normal horse behavior. It is not cute or endearing, it is troubled. You see this most often in race horses that...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Thoroughbred training: www.thinklikeahorse.org - Rick Gore Horsemanship, rick gore, natural horsemanship
rick gore, natural horsemanship, horses: Not sure if you have read my other answers, pretty sure you have not read my website. Funny how people that don t understand horses always see the faults the horse. Here is how you described your horse: I just purchased her, that hasn t raced in 10...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Trail riding advice: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, natural horsemanship
rick gore, natural horsemanship, horses: lol, I have to guess I told you to get a pink halter to make your horse listen (being sarcastic of course). Glad you and your horse are doing better. As for the way I treat people, I am much better with horses than people and I learned a while ago that I...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Training of young 5yr old mare(pinto/thb), bitless bridle, independent seat
bitless bridle, independent seat, stirrups: I am not certain at this time when I will be traveling to South Africa. It will probably be just after Christmas. I travel to Austrailia in November-December. Remember my regular emil also if you want to contact me....summersdressage@aol.com. What is your...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: temper tantrum, temper tantrum, appaloosa horse
temper tantrum, appaloosa horse, worth the risk: Hi Tessa! This is NOT a temper tantrum. Your horse is missing some key elements in her education and YOU will have to really work on your horsemanship in order to help her. She is NOT going nuts. She is only doing what she thinks she needs to do to...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: thoroughbred gelding: Rick Gore Horsemanship - www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, natural horsemanship
rick gore, natural horsemanship, horses: It is very confusing and not easy, which is why there is no way I can fix anything over an email. I can even give steps to take since you don t have a foundation so even I told you something, it would not make sense. If I knew you understood horses, then...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: trail riding: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, natural horsemanship
rick gore, natural horsemanship, horses: This sounds pretty normal horse behavior. A horse rears since it knows it gets him out of what he does not want to do. This is a rider issue and your worries will not help. The rider, you, your child, or a trainer makes a horse do what it does. This horse...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: training an 8 year old ottb mare: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, natural horsemanship
rick gore, natural horsemanship, horses: You asked for my help, save you advice about me being courteous and respectful. You don t know horses. You have no idea what is going on since you think this horse cares that you are trying to help it. It does not. The horse is herd animal, it feels safe...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: tying, leg locks, cross ties
leg locks, cross ties, ottb: Hi Lisa! Oh, bother!!! I m SO sorry this happened. Sigh...Fixing this and getting him to trust again will just have to take the time it takes. Horses are SMART. He won t want to be in any situation that he thinks will kill him again. You will really...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: western pleasure, spade bit, ear length
spade bit, ear length, western pleasure: Hi Stephanie! WP is tough. There is so much bad horsemanship associated with the class, it is almost not worth it. If you are having to gip you horse up, or someone is suggesting it, that is just plain bad horsemanship. It will NEVER get you long term...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: What am I doing wrong and how can I help him? www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, natural horsemanship
rick gore, natural horsemanship, horses: You are right that a mare or other horse will correct for biting, but that is in a herd and the horse is able to move away from the correction and still be part of the herd. In this case this horse is neglected, in pain from over grown hooves, has learned...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: my yearling., obstacle course, fly spray
obstacle course, fly spray, clue: Hi Cody, Do lots of ground work. You can teach her how to load. How to stand for the Vet and Farrier. This is a good time to teach her how to be tied. Teach her social skills. Make an obstacle course and walk her over it. Use this time to bond...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: young tennessee walker, bryan neubert, joe wolter
bryan neubert, joe wolter, compact breed: Hi Lily! A horse is a horse is a horse. I think you are talking about the growth plates in the legs. You have to be careful with any young horse. The bigger the horse, the more careful you need to be with them. You have to be aware of the breed, and...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: 13 year old gelding, herd leader, thoroughbred gelding
herd leader, thoroughbred gelding, herd animals: Hi Megan, I would do the same ground work with both of your horses, another fun thing to do is to ride one and work the other horse on the ground. You could ride your guy and walk up with a stick and bag tied on the end ( make sure your guy is okay with the...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: 19 year old getting back into shape after 10 years off: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, natural horsemanship
rick gore, natural horsemanship, horses: I am sure it can be done, but I don t think it will last long. Jumping is very hard on any horse, especially the young and the old. This horse could be worked and put in shape but, a few days of jumps you will see pain, injury, joint issues and other things...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: putting 2 horses together, stud colt, male horses
stud colt, male horses, zues: Well to answer the first question, males may mount other males usually when they are young. The testosterone can stay in their systems for a few months. So Zues may continue to try and mount him for a few months. If I were you I would not put them together...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: 2 yr old stud colt, stud colt, flash 8
stud colt, flash 8, geldings: Michelle! You have to become a leader, and a horsewoman this horse can trust and believe in. He is also TWO!!! A young energetic BABY! Your horse is just being a HORSE. He is not bad, he is just being a horse! You can t expect these horses to be anything...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Behaviour: wwww.thinklikeahorse.org - Rick Gore Horsemanship, rick gore, natural horsemanship
rick gore, natural horsemanship, horses: He is a colt, they are playful, pushy, mouthy and always trying to learn. You did not tell me the age or if he has been gelded yet, so that might change some things a little, but this is just a colt being a colt. He is not irritating the mare, he is looking...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: behavoir, minature donkey, minature horse
minature donkey, minature horse, pecking order: It really depends on the gender of both animals. If your minature donkey is a stallion and you get a minature mare, he will obviously try and breed her. If the donkey is a gelding and you get a mare minature horse, then they should get along fine(after they...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: How do you break in a 8year old almost wild stallion?, wild stallions, training
wild stallions, training: I have many questions to your question to help me understand your situation. Are they your horses? Why are they still stallions? Why are you deciding to work with them now? If they are not yours, and they have no shelters, it sounds like a Humane Society...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: how do you break in a donkey?, short attention span, donkey sanctuary
short attention span, donkey sanctuary, mini donkeys: Hi Maddie Thanks for the question, and I will try my best to answer and help if possible Ok theres no use trying to make a donkey (or horse) obey anything.............with ahorse you have some success, but from bitter experience with the only two...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: challenged by a stud colt, stud colt problems
stud colt problems: Hello again Michelle, You sent me a message on my regular email, and I answered it. You were going to have the trainer come, and make sure that what she said or did made sense and was not abusive to the horse. Please let me know how it worked out.You...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: complete change of personality, thoroughbred gelding, pony club
thoroughbred gelding, pony club, huntress: Hello Lauren, It sounds like your horse is claustrophobic, it is something all horses feel he just had enough of a scare that its coming out now. I would work with a rope around his belly- slowly tighten it like a girth and then release, repeat this until...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse follow up question, rick gore, natural horsemanship
rick gore, natural horsemanship, horses: I still think you want too fast after the winter lay off. And you confirm this by saying she did not do this before. So anytime, especially a young or newly started horse, you need to restart them every time there is a lay off. They are young, they forget,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Finding THE perfect bit to start training, spade bit, subtle cues
spade bit, subtle cues, smooth transitions: Hi Jennifer! This is a pretty simple question...a smooth snaffle. I like just a plain D ring or eggbutt smooth snaffle. It is all you should EVER need. Do NOT believe ANYONE that suggests that a bit will solve ANY sort of training or behavioral problem,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: I fear for my children! (Nasty Miniature Mare), miniature mare, herd animals
miniature mare, herd animals, behavioural issues: Hi Leonie! This is not a nasty mare. She is only a horse doing what a horse does. Horses can be wonderful partners, but they are not pets. Horses are herd animals and very different. If you can not be a leader the horse can trust, you will be considered...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: filly: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, natural horsemanship
rick gore, natural horsemanship, horses: NO she should not be in a stall, this will make her more scared and insecure and will cause her to be more instinctive and more likely to kick, rear or hurt you or herself. You said she would come to you in pasture, you were the problem since you kept trying...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Hip Clicking/Bad behavior, detective work, change of career
detective work, change of career, pain response: You already have the right idea by zeroing in on an unusual sound coming from the hindquarters. We all know the hindquarters can produce some strange noises but I am suspicious of it being a clicking noise. The most efficient way to eliminate any physical...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: HORSES WITH BEHAVORIAL PROBLEMS, horses, behavioral problems
horses, behavioral problems: Christine, Pretty much my same answer is still valid. On my web site www.Mitzisummers.com there is an article on lungeing techniques, and there are excellent books. The TTouch methods of Linda Tellington Jones are very valid. I personally would not trust...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: hard headed horse, many different things, dirt roads
many different things, dirt roads, wks: Hi Kala, I wish I were nearby so I could come and show you myself, since I can t train horse via the internet here s my suggestion. The most important thing you can do for Mr. Enstein is to try to feel where he is coming from. Horses don t have human thoughts,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: hard headed horse, many different things, dirt roads
many different things, dirt roads, wks: Hello Kala, Thanks for your question. How is the weather where you are located? We are finally getting good training weather here so hopefully you will be able to work with Mr. Enstien regularly. Im not really familiar with this click training system. I...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: helping stallions, pony nuts, farrier
pony nuts, farrier, hooves: Hi Issy This is a tough one! Right, and please do not take what I say the wrong way. Firstly as I said last time, well done for trying to help the horses, so many people would jsut shrug their shoulders and walk away, but you haven;t done. It is...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse who realy likes to half pass: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, natural horsemanship
rick gore, natural horsemanship, horses: Not sure what your question is? he is being a horse, he wants to see his mares, you have to show him that he has to listen to you or you make him work harder. If wants to go to his mares so bad, make it your idea and have him back up to the mares and then...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: How do I get my horse to trust me?, true horsemanship through feel, bill dorrance
true horsemanship through feel, bill dorrance, tom dorrance: Hi Victoria, I would read the book by Tom Dorrance, True Unity . I would also read the book by his brother Bill Dorrance and Leslie Desmond True Horsemanship Through Feel . They have great information and a some great things to work on with your horse....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: what was my horse trying to tell me? www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, natural horsemanship
rick gore, natural horsemanship, horses: Could be a lot of things, most not good. Some time, like dogs, a male horse can tell when it is your time of the month... if that was that case, that could have stimulated his dominate, breed, stud behavior. He could have been telling you that you are part...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: why horses kill their own, horses killing horses
horses killing horses: Cheryl, I will confess that I am not sure about the answer to this.....I am doing some research into the question to give you a better reply. One person I asked expressed disbelief about the whole incident, but at a barn where I teach the same type of thing...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horses wont stay contained: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, natural horsmanship
rick gore, natural horsmanship, horse training: First of all I don t call my myself an expert, others call me that. The name of the site is All experts. As you thinking I should ask more questions, If you can t give me enough information or ask your question with more information, I am not going to play...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Jumping, pony clubs, time and patience
pony clubs, time and patience, true partnership: Hi Victoria Thanks for the question nd I will try to help as best I can. 8 weeks is not really all that long for you to have had him really..............he is still settling in and you both have to form a true partnership with each other. I would...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Kicking Out For Food, rick gore, natural horsemanship
rick gore, natural horsemanship, horses: This horse is NOT being mean, he is being a horse, that is how horses tell other horses not to take food or not to mess with them. This horse see you and others that he kicks at, as a lower horse. You need to read my web site so you understand horses better....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: lunging, true horseman, old mustang
true horseman, old mustang, small circles: McKenzie... Lunging is NOT ground work. I have written quite a bit on the mis-use of the lunge, go back and read some of those comments and stop lunging, it does nothing for the horse but build braces. Your horse is not just flipping out . What you...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: mare gone mad, happy horse, mare
happy horse, mare, emma: Hi Jayne, You don t say how old you are, what your riding experience is, or anything else. She is probably in season, touchy and the fact you haven t ridden her all winter is terrible. You cannot seriously expect her to be a calm, confident and happy...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: mares and geldings compatibility, beginner riders, gun shy
beginner riders, gun shy, corrals: Hello Adrienne, Thanks for your question. The mare being in heat should not effect the gelding at all. He may be acting out due to the new surroundings and he is still getting used to his new owners and testing to see what all he can get away with. The...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: memory, old horse, herd
old horse, herd, dad: A horse likes in a herd so they remember people that see them most. You can t get any horse to remember you if you only see them once every couple of weeks. The feels that you abandon him so he lives alone most of the time. If you parents left you locked...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: ottb softening: Rick Gore Horsemanship, rick gore, natural horsemanship
rick gore, natural horsemanship, horses: Ok, he does not like the bit, he accepts it. A bit does not make a horse listen or be soft, it gives people an advantage of pain and leverage when they don t know how to control a horse without it. This horse is telling you that he is not ready for what...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: pony climbing panel fence, priefert, nicker
priefert, nicker, mares: Hi, The Shetland will more than likely learn that they are coming back. If you have time you should take the mares away from him for 15-20 minutes and then bring them back. As he calms down gradually take them away longer. Eventually he will get used to...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: problems with backfeet: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, natural horsemanship
rick gore, natural horsemanship, horses: I did a video on Hobble training, in that I talk about putting a rope on the horses foot. This should be fixed no matter what happened. I am not a fan of shoes, especially back shoes, horses carry most their weight on the front, back shoes are not needed...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Rearing: Rick Gore Horsemanship - www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, natural horsemanship
rick gore, natural horsemanship, horses: I think you could put 50 different people on her and if she rear and did the same thing that only tells me that all 50 don t know what they are doing and the horse is teaching them. If you have watched all my videos, why have you not rode her with ONE rein...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Rearing: Rick Gore Horsemanship - www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, natural horsemanship
rick gore, natural horsemanship, horses: Rearing is normally caused by fearful and inexperienced riders that keep tight reins and do not give release so the horse gets tired of having his head and mouth pulled on so he looks for the right answer and tries rearing, of course that is not the right...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: riding trouble, new direction, caitlin
new direction, caitlin, hack: Hi Sam, I would go up to him in the field and when you get to him pet him and walk away, don t let it always be predictable that when you show up its time to go to work. As far as the going one direction I would work him the direction he will go and after...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Shetland Pony Biting, shetland pony, happy years
shetland pony, happy years, neck shoulder: Hiya Laura, Keep doing what you are doing! Saying NO or DON T YOU DARE in a firm, low, growly tone should do the trick. Don t be afraid that a light tap or push on her muzzle will make her head shy,it won t oralternatively a slap on the neck/shoulder...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Smiling: Rick Glre Horsemanship - www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, natural horsemanship
rick gore, natural horsemanship, horses: No one knows for sure, but horses are so very keen to many things and they are always gathering information and evaluating. Humans like to see things more from the view of knowing, our brains do work so much on instincts, reaction and survival. Could a person...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: sattle on horse, slaughter house, sattle
slaughter house, sattle, nice horse: Hi David Good for you saving a horse from the slaughter house...............10 yars old is a youngster as horses go and I hope that you both have lots of happy years together. Now the tricky bit, you say that he will accept a bit and saddle and everything...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: schooling, thoroughbred mare, intelligent individuals
thoroughbred mare, intelligent individuals, horsewoman: Hi Tricia! Don t blame the horse for what the human has taught her. How she is, what she is, is YOUR responsibility. Horses are not a car, motorcycle, bike, they are thinking, feeling, intelligent individuals that will take care of themselves and do what...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: stall walking, circles, mare
circles, mare, little bit: To be honest, I m not sure. I don t think it will be easy. Try providing toys and hay to distract him. My mare did that and it was because she was bored. I put toys in her stall and gave her extra hay and put another horse next to her and she was fine and...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: trainer "expells"horse: Rick Gore Hrosemanship - www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, natural horsemanship
rick gore, natural horsemanship, horses: OH my, this is a first......NOT When a so called trainer can t train a horse and does not know what they are doing---it must be the horse if they can train it. And you can tell this trainer that I said she is an idiot and she should be euthanized. What...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Yearling Stud Colt, yearling stud colt, whinnies
yearling stud colt, whinnies, perlino: Hi Katy, I am a firm believer that horses should be out with other horses, so I would try to find a few young guys to put your colt out with. The more he can be a horse with other horses the easier everything else will be for you when you are working with...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: 2 year old standardbred stallion, standardbred stallion, stud chain
standardbred stallion, stud chain, corrective measure: Hi Emily Thanks for the question and I will try my best to help. Firstly I am appalled ath someone has left a 2 year colt get to this stage............ not your fault at all but the owners fault. Ok A stud chain would be good idea, and yes I...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: 2 year old standardbred stallion, standardbred stallion, stud chain
standardbred stallion, stud chain, corrective measure: If possible I would load his mother in a trailer, and leave him in a stall.Take her somewhere else, maybe find a place that would let you or the farmer board for a month? I ve heard of people tying foals up but since he is 2, he probably would just break the...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: 2 year old standardbred stallion, standardbred stallion, stud chain
standardbred stallion, stud chain, corrective measure: Hello, Thanks for your question. I wouldnt try a chain right off as the added pressure may cause him to rear trying to get away from the pressure. What I would do is once he reared immediately make him work. Let him know if you are going to act out...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: 2 year old standardbred stallion, standardbred stallion, stud chain
standardbred stallion, stud chain, corrective measure: This whole scenario is dangerous and is not set up for safety or reasonable success. The owner needs to immediately have a veterinarian come and geld the stallion. They have to be separated and allowed to be in a field. You cannot safely work with this...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: 2 year old standardbred stallion, standardbred stallion, stud chain
standardbred stallion, stud chain, corrective measure: Hello, I would like to start with getting the colt gelded (castrated) right away. If he is intact as a 2 year old he could breed his own mother! Gelding a horse also gets rid of some hormones that cause stallion like behavior like nipping and rearing etc....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: 2 year old standardbred stallion: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, herd behavior: I know, I am sorry, I use Webs.com as a host and they stink... According to them I have gotten too many hits and too many people have hit my site so it locked up, they said it would be fixed soon. My YouTube channel is up and I have over 75 videos there....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Becoming the herd leader, herd leader, body posture
herd leader, body posture, obstacle courses: Most horses who have not been abused respond to a gentle but firm tone. This does not mean yelling, throwing this or losing your temper. Your horse looks to you for guidance. My appaloosa responds to my tone and body posture more than anything. If he is not...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Behaviour issues, sorry my mistake, oneside
sorry my mistake, oneside, behavioural traits: I don t think so. I think it s a dominance thing. I had a horse to that when I would lounge him on the left side. He didn t care about being popped with a whip so I held the whip backwards(the handle facing him) as soon as he started to turn his head towards...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Bossy horse: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, herd behavior: If a horse respects you as high horse you should always be able to back them down or back them up. To make sure the horse is not confused, after you let the horse do this, then you just lean into the horse and put pressure so the horse has to yield to you...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Bossy horse: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, herd behavior: No it is not too late. It is up to you, you are the problem not the horse. A horse will not respect you if you are weak and let him push you around, he sees you as weak since you don t make him listen and don t move his feet and make him respect you, once...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Burro training, inner tube, wild burro
inner tube, wild burro, donkey: Patience is the key to working with a burro. They can not be forced to do anything that they do not want to do. Many trainers refuse to train a donkey as they feel they are stubborn. Introduce each new thing to your donkey slowly. Approach your donkey in a...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Charging, kicking horse: www.thinklikeahrose.org - Rick Gore Horsemanship, rick gore, natural horsemanship
rick gore, natural horsemanship, horses: Sounds like this horse is training you and your husband pretty well. This horse is treating you like a lower horse and you are acting like a lower horse, running away show weakness and tell this horse you are lower, making this horse run and you chasing him,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: cant tocuh my horse, natural horsemanship techniques, irish draught
natural horsemanship techniques, irish draught, gentle massage: Hi Gary, If you can stable her, please do. A lot of patience will be required to get close to this little girl. We have an identical situation at the yard I am at now, a 10 month old Irish filly who has not been handled. You need to get her to trust...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: dealing with dangerous pony: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, natural horsmanship
rick gore, natural horsmanship, horse training: Any horse will bite or kick, if you don t show it that it can t and you won t allow it. Horse like strong leaders, it is their nature to test other horses to see if they are weak or strong, they have to try and push, make you yield to them show they can show...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, natural horsemanship
rick gore, natural horsemanship, horses: Take it for walks, take it for a job, let it play with other horses in a big pasture area, take a ride on a Quad and lead it around, pony the horse with another horse, ride another horse and let it follow freely, circles are bad for horses, too many just use...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: dutch warmblood X mare - bucking problem, bucking, saddle and bit concerns
bucking, saddle and bit concerns: You are certainly doing the right thing for this problem, i.e. consulting a Veterinarian, a Chiro, a massage therapist, etc. It is indeed unfortunate that this horse was ridden at the age of 2. This well may have started this behavior. Even though you ride...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Eating grass with a bit, grass, habit
grass, habit, horses: There are many reasons not to let a horse eat with a bit in their mouth. First a horse can choke and horses are flight animals so if they start choking you might not be able to stop them. Second of all, horses will start to develop a habit of stopping and...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: ex race horse mare, arab mare, bad weather
arab mare, bad weather, race horse: Hi Mary, I can sympathise entirely, my 24 yr old arab mare (who really should know better) does EXACTLY the same thing. She is fine on the way out, but the second we head for home, I get jogging, pulling, half pass, canter on the spot, bucks, the works!...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Filly pawing at me: Rick Gore Hrosemanship - www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, natural horsmanship
rick gore, natural horsmanship, horse training: NO don t stop playing, horses in a herd play and interact, she was taken back when you popper her since she did not expect it, she did not know the rules, you do not need to be alpha all the time by pushing, you need to be consistent and let her know when...

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Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Nipping/Biting, forward position, favorite place
Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Nipping/Biting, forward position, favorite place, colts

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse behavior, similar circumstance, rodeo horse
similar circumstance, rodeo horse, prey animal: Hello Helen, I think you are right to be concerned, it is troubling when a horse is upset enough to attack. The dog incident was completely the dogs fault, any prey animal backed into a corner will fight for its life. If your dog has not learned to leave...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse guarding gate at feed time, feed time, plastic bat
feed time, plastic bat, aggressive manner: Hi Nancy, This situation is very common. Your horse is showing the others that he is the boss. That is not to say that he should be allowed this behavior as you are his boss. Next time you go out at feeding time bring either a big plastic bat...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Jumper Bucks After Fences, running martingale, bottom rung
running martingale, bottom rung, huntress: Hi Jacky, It sounds to me like your guy is bucking because he does not want to keep moving forward (when you let him do what he wants he relaxes and is fine). So start thinking about what you can do to change the pattern you two have of you want go and he...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: kicking horse: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, natural horsmanship
rick gore, natural horsmanship, horse training: she has not control over horses in pasture and what you or she may think you are seeing may not be what is really happening. People describe horse behavior all the time and get it wrong since they don t understand or really know horses. As for kicking...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: kicking with front legs, bad habit, girth
bad habit, girth, reins: Are you sure she is kicking out? Does she put her ears back when dong this? Are you sure both of her front legs are nt injured and thats why shes doing it? If shes doing it out of stuborness or agressino, Then I would put a chain over her nose when leading...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Lack of Trust?: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, natural horsmanship
rick gore, natural horsmanship, horse training: You have not read my site or other answers to questions. Herd sour is a human term, your horse is a herd animal, they feel safe with their herd, this horse is being a horse and calling her names like herd or barn sour is not fair to the horse. Let her...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Lounging, condition horses, riding horses
condition horses, riding horses, country fairs: Lounging is very valuable. You can use it to teach a horse voice commands, teach them to flex and start horses over jumps. When you start a horse over jumps, you want to lounge it first that way the horse can t duck out , and if it pauses before it jumps...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Nervous Pony, new pony, huntress
new pony, huntress, pones: Hi Sue, I wish I could explain everything to do to train horses online but I can t. My best suggestion for you is not to work on getting his confidence, work on getting him curious about you. Whenever you see him looking at you be sneaky and walk away, go...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: New Forest Mare, good manners, new forest
good manners, new forest, groundwork: Hi Jessica thanks for the question and thank you for being so clear about what you need to know...........it makes huge difference to have clearly defined area in which to work! Firstly and please do not think I am being horrible, BUT the mare cannot...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: New Forest Mare, good manners, strenuous work
good manners, strenuous work, serious stuff: Hi Jessica, First off, let me say congratulations on your new girl, she sounds like a really good pony in the making. The fidgeting could be her telling you she is tickly...or just being an impatient baby. Tell her to stand and then reward her when...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Nipping/Biting, nipping, biting
nipping, biting: Hannah, I just received your additional inquiry. I wanted to write and let you know that I will answer it in my detail tonight as I am leaving to teach right now. Briefly, though, before I write more throughly, you neeed to have assertive energy, (not...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Nipping/Biting, kiger mustang, oral fixation
kiger mustang, oral fixation, butt end: Hello Hannah, Thanks for your question. When I have a nipper I always work around the horse when the horse is halter. When the horse starts to nip at you give three swift jerks to the lead rope wait several seconds rub is neck to reassure him and go...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: ottb bit training, bitting, bitless
bitting, bitless, ex race horse: Hello Allie, Unfortunately, if you plan to show your horse you will have to use a bit. However, in the interim, I would suggest that you try a Dr. Cook Bitless Bridle to accustom your horse to weight and leg aids and you will not be forced to pull on him...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: ottb bit training, copper inlays, loving horse
copper inlays, loving horse, bit training: Hi Allie, Well done for rescuing this boy. You are never going to get anywhere matching him pound-for-pound, he ll always win! He s bigger and stronger than you and he knows it! You have to learn to be brave, if he decides to go with you, DROP the...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: ottb training, copper inlays, loving horse
copper inlays, loving horse, sweet iron: Hello Allie, I would work with your guy on feeling differently about riding. You want to do everything differently then he would expect to show him that this new life of his is not like his old racing days. I would get on and have him stand with his bum against...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Pawing gilly, filly, mares
filly, mares, out of the blue: Hi Karen Thanks for the question and I will try to help I think that this is only playing, if she really wanted to attack you she would really go for you and not stop............ you said that her playmate died some time ago and that the other mares...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Rearing: Rick Gore Horsemanship - www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, natural horsemanship
rick gore, natural horsemanship, horses: From what you said, it sounds like this horse has your number. You say he is getting worse, I say he is getting smarter and you are teaching him that he does not have to listen. You say when I ask him to yield his hindquarters he shoots forward and over you....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Rescued Yearling arab filly, leading
leading: Hello Mollie, This problem could probably best be handled by teaching your filly the second position leading technique or The Dingo, that Linda Tellington Jones advocates. First be certain that she is not afraid of a whip. You will use a dressage whip...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: riding bareback vs. "treeless" saddles, saddle fit, treeless and bareback
saddle fit, treeless and bareback: It would help to know what you want to do with your horse. I presume pleasure and trail riding. If the saddle fits the horse, it is all right to use a saddle with your horse. There are excellent saddle fitting books about, one by Joyce Harmon. Beware of having...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Shots: www.thinklikeahorse.org Rick Gore Horsemanship, rick gore, natural horsmanship
rick gore, natural horsmanship, horse training: I would think the mare is terrified since it came from the Amish, who normally just abuse and beat horses. With that said, she was probably twitched or hurt when the vet came so now she associates the vet with pain and fear. Get you self a vet jacket (if...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Starting a terrified horse, tb gelding, horsemanship skills
tb gelding, horsemanship skills, train wrecks: Hello Jaimie, I can tell from how much thought you put into your question that you really care about doing things right with your horse. I have a feeling you two will be just fine, your job is to keep putting the relationship with him ahead of any training...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Stubborn Horse, 16yr, habbit
16yr, habbit, sugestion: My sugestion is to work with him on that. Use a crop or if you are experienced enough you can use spurs. Make him do what you want without beating him. Practice walking, stopping then going again. Prasie him when he does good. If he stops try using a crop...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Stubborn horse?: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, natural horsmanship
rick gore, natural horsmanship, horse training: Then stop fighting with him. You are not communicating with him, he is confused and knows you are insecure and don t know what to do, so he does not trust you. You are not acting like a higher horse and not giving good direction as a leader. Read my horsemanship...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Travelling in a horses box, horse box, behavour
horse box, behavour, ddi: Hi Faith Thanks for the question and I will try to help. This one is not a new one as my 24 year old mare has the same problem.......... she is fine in everything except she has taken a dislike to travelling of late. It was a hard one to try and...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: tossing head when trying to put on bridle and/or anything around ears: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, herd behavior: I just did a video on Youtube on how to get a horse to lower his head. It sounds like a respect issue or the horse has learned to not like the bit since it hurts the mouth. I have over 80 videos to help people understand horses better. Since you trained...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: trailer loading: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, herd behavior: Glad I could help this horse and glad you were willing to take the time to help her and not force or fight. My web site was down for a while, but is back up in case you could not get on it. I would suggest you watch my videos (over 80) on youtube, they are...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: 11 yr old standard breds, proper horses, trail horses
proper horses, trail horses, horse market: Hi George, It sounds like you and the horses are not a good match. I think you said it best when you stated that they scared you and you are the experienced one. These are not the horses for you and your wife. I would send them back and purchase...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: 13 yr old Gelding: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, herd behavior: Watch out for falling into all problems are the horses problem. This is not a horse problem. You are making excuses for the horse and the horse does not need them, this comes back to you or who ever is handling the horse. If you take the time it takes, it...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: 14yr t/b: www.thinklikeahrose.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, herd behavior: Of course the other horse makes him feel safe and secure all horses are herd animals and become attached to other horses. As for flipping over very bad lessons and you have taught it twice. A horse does not flip over on it own, I have NEVER seen a horse flip...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: 3 yr. old stallion: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, herd behavior: lol, of course you are doing something wrong... if you know me, I never blame the horse for being a horse. So it has to be you. What you are doing I am not sure, but I would say you are over protective at first guess. You did not say you let the horses be...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: 4 yr old, quarter horse mare, cow horse
quarter horse mare, cow horse, step in the right direction: Hi, First of all, Kudos to you for wanting to lay a great foundation on your mare. You ll have a much more willing and versitile horse to enjoy. Sounds like you are off to a great start. I d start incorporating more flexion and body control. Lateral and vertical...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Balky horses, saddle fitter, horse massage
saddle fitter, horse massage, riser pads: Hello Abby, From what you are telling me, if there are no physical reasons, I would start reschooling her.You want to try to change her behavior patterns without, hopefully,having any battles . I would still want a reputable chiropractor look at her....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Bit Problems with older horse, leg pressure, old tennessee
leg pressure, old tennessee, hackamore: Hello Hanna, First of all, DO NOT put a more severe bit in your horse s mouth. That is not the answer. It will just cause him more discomfort and pain and make him more resistant. Were you having any of these problems before you went away to...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Bit type, snaffle bit, hackamore
snaffle bit, hackamore, gelding: Hi Deneen, Try a hackamore (bitless) no pressure on his mouth and still have control. ONLY try this option if you are an experienced rider. Otherwise there are numerous options for him, get an experienced saddlery retailer to come out to the barn and...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Biting 2 year old Thoroughbred: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, herd behavior: Well I can tell you have not read my previous answers, my web site of watched my videos on youtube. You want to whine about being frustrated, are you kidding me. This poor horse is locked up in a stall alone, you took away his friend and herd buddy so you...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Bits for strong horses?: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, herd behavior: It does not matter what you would like. The problem is your daughter does not understand horses and has hard hands and has made this horse hard. I know 14 year olds that ride in halters, it is not about the bit, you and your daughter as made it about the...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Bosals: www.thinklikeahorse.org, natural horsemanship, rick gore
natural horsemanship, rick gore, horses: I have pics on my web site that explain this. If you are going to switch, I would make sure you can ride this horse in a rope halter (almost the same as a bosal), this way YOUR daughter can make sure she can control the horse and the horse can learn the different...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Breaking a Skittish horse, spooky horses, plastic jugs
spooky horses, plastic jugs, stock horses: Hello, thank you for picking me to answer your question. Warmblood horses are naturally more energetic then a stock breed such as a quarter horse, but even stock horses can be difficult to start if they are untrusting and skittish. I start all my young horses...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: behavior, vet asap, cross ties
vet asap, cross ties, jumping horse: Hello Amber, This is definitely a concern that needs a veterinarian s advice. He is in pain or he is ill. They will need to do a complete workup on him including blood work. The rearing and not going forward could be from a sore back, etc., but the fact...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: behavior training and more, horsess, liability considerations
horsess, liability considerations, cross ties: Hello Amber, You need to have a veterinarian look at your horse. If he is exhibiting the behavior as you describe, it is not normal and he may have a physical reason for pinning his ears when you ask him to move on and if he is acting tired. Horses...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: behavior: www.thinklikeahrose.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, herd behavior: You don t need bigger bits or spurs. All horses need disciple that is what makes them feel safe and respect you as a leader and high horse. You don t have control since you are new and a little scared of the horse and the horse knows it. Study my website...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: breaking fences, spotted draft, feeding time
spotted draft, feeding time, draft horse: Have someone put a halter and lead on her 15-20 minutes before feeding. Instead of bringing her the feed, walk her out and feed her somewhere else. Or you can have someone hold her and you bring the feed to her. Also try feeding her while she is tyed up...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: A broodmare: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, herd behavior: Be careful with the word friendship, this is a horse, she will kill herself trying to save herself and will kill you if put in a situation of fear, lack of leadership or panic. A horse needs to be pushed and shown dominance by it s leader. Take a look...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Cantering/Jumping Issues: Physical or Psychological?: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, herd behavior: Thanks for a very detailed questions. I was thinking it was pain and joint related before I read the part about the Vet checks. I have not seen the horse so as always I can only go by what I am told and unfortunately I am told what people (think) they see,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: clipping, cliper, huntress
cliper, huntress, caitlin: Hi Amber, I would think to yourself if you don t get him clipped by the show its no big deal, when you are working quick on a deadline things tend to go south quickly! That being said you could start slowly by taking the clippers from his neck over his ears...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Dressage, dressage potential
dressage potential: Hello Courtney, Without seeing your mare and the stallion, my reply is a still a definite YES! Actually, with the correct training, all horses benefit from Dressage and should be able to do above Training Level tests. As you explore dressage, you may...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Flipping: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, herd behavior: You don t get it. You caused the flipping by what you did. Since I don t know everything you did, since I was not there, since I did not see it, there is no way for anyone, including me, to help you. The fact that you think someone can give you an answer,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: In Foal Donkey, miniature donkeys, foal
miniature donkeys, foal, visitors centre: Hello I may be able to help you with your question. I have been around Cecilian Donkeys (miniature donkeys) most of my life. I don t breed them but I have a lot of knowledge about them. I would suggest that after they foal out (give birth) and that everything...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: My Foal and Mare: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, herd behavior: Like all things with horses if it is done right it can be helpful, if done wrong it hurt the horse, make things worse and make the horse dangerous. Understanding horses is the best gift you can give them, knowing how they think live and survive is what will...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Funny horse behaviour, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, herd behavior: I have said this a 1000 times, horses locked up alone next to another horse is not good, they are not happy to see another horse, they do not have horse friends next to them, that is all bad and makes a horse protective, makes a horse aggressive, it makes...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: fence pacer: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, herd behavior: horses that are locked up develop vices, pacing is one. You say he will come for grain, maybe the grain is giving him too much go. Once he buddies up with the other horse this may stop, you can put obstacles where he paces, lay logs, tires, barrels, tarps,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Halter breaking a miniature horse, stud colt, saddle horse
stud colt, saddle horse, miniature horse: Hi Jenny, It sounds like you have a lot of great ideas for working with this colt. I do not know how old he is but what is the reason he has not been gelded? If this family is not familiar with working with stallions, no matter what their size, I would really...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Help, dream horse, appy
dream horse, appy, huntress: Hello Trish, Start with the pad because it is easier for you to handle. Pick it up and with her on the lead rope start to walk away from her. When this works start to wiggle the pad around, make it weird, when that works (she is not worried) turn and let...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: HORSE SCARED, water weeds, dirt roads
water weeds, dirt roads, gentle horse: Hi again Christy, I think it sounds as if you are making great progress with her! It is getting better slowly......that is all you should expect right now. It can take a very long time to earn a horse s trust, as you know. Do not overface her. She will...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse Behavior, cat and mouse game, bitless bridle
cat and mouse game, bitless bridle, old mustang: Barbara, I am glad that you are using a hackamore now. You may also want to try a Dr. Cook Bitless Bridle on him. I would go back to ground work with the horse. I would start lungeing him correctly. There are few people who lunge a horse the way it should...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse Grooming, stock horse, jowl
stock horse, jowl, first horse: Hello Mark. Thank you for your question. For smaller shows I like to have a well groomed horse just as I would a large international show. A great looking horse means that you have put time and effort into it and that you really want to be there. I like to...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: help please, 14yr, facebook
14yr, facebook, security blanket: Hiya Rachel, I ve given you the short answer on facebook, but I would think he s just a little insecure right now, and still finding his feet. Get his back and saddle fit checked out, that could be the cause of the rearing...and then gently start schooling...in...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse behavior in stall, aggression in stall
aggression in stall: Hi Kathryn, A couple of ideas and questions..... Is there any way that your horse could be allowed to be outside much longer? As you know, being outside to just walk and graze and use their seeking mechanism, is the natural conditionf or horses. Also,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse hops in the canter, mare with canter problems
mare with canter problems: Jodi, You are certainly going through the right channels to determine what is going on. Obviously the early training probably did not benefit her physically or mentally, but now you have been consistent with her. I would imagine that you brought her...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: getting my horse to lead, paddok, trot and canter
paddok, trot and canter, fusterated: Hello, and thank you for your question. I have a few suggestions that maybe worth a try although I am not an expert in trail riding. First and foremost I would start in a riding pen or arena and make her do things that she might other wise not want to do,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse pacing, qh gelding, stock trailer
qh gelding, stock trailer, thin side: Well thanks for the info. The shock collar maybe ok to try the only problem that exists is that you have to shock him when he is doing it and if you are not around the entire time to correct it, it will be hard to break his habit. You would have to have an...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: My horse won't stop, paint gelding, old paint
paint gelding, old paint, clucks: Hello thanks for your question. I will first begin that I am not a barrel racer nor have any expertise in barrel racing. I will suggest a few things that I would try if I had a horse that is having a little bit of a problem. First and foremost I always want...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Jimmy : www.thinklikeahorse.org - Rick Gore Horsemanship, natural horsemanship, rick gore
natural horsemanship, rick gore, horses: Are you crazy to ask me if you should put down this horse. People really need research a person before they ask a question. Not no but Hell NO, don t put a horse down because you don t know what you are doing. Good grief.... You may have read all these...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Jittery Horse: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, herd behavior: The fact that you keep saying he has never been hit or abused, like they are the same thing, leads me to believe that the horse does not get discipline or direction. Which means he does not have a strong leader and that is what makes nervous horses. You...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: kicking out with hind legs in stable: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, herd behavior: Like a normally say this is not a horse problem this is people problem. This has been locked up and boarded up and never allowed to be a horse in pasture with other horses so it would learn manners, pecking order, how to act with other horses. Someone locked...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Lazy Foundation mare sold owner says no round pen training: www.thinklikeahorse.org, extreme laziness, foundation mare
extreme laziness, foundation mare, riding foundation: This is the email that I received on my website from this question. Get a life. You listen up you over critical, cynical bastard, you have been mean and cruel to the last person. I m not sure who in their right mind gave you AllExpertsRights to answer...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Mustant Behavior, cat and mouse game, old mustang
cat and mouse game, old mustang, spoiled brat: Hello, I am sorry I didn t answer this question right away, I had to really think about it. Your horse sounds like he may have a condition called head shaking. I am not a vet or an expert on the subject but I have been around a horse that has had this syndrome....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: mental issues since back from a finishing barn, thoroughbred gelding, time faults
thoroughbred gelding, time faults, national venue: Hello Diana, If I could fix your issues with an email response I would, sadly it is more complex than that. Your horse has been through the ringer with that trainer, it was all about winning and ribbons and nothing about how your horse was feeling about it....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: needs to be lead mare, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, herd behavior: With a 3 wk baby, she has a lot going on, she has a new owner, a new home, new environment, so you coming in thinking or expecting her to be perfect is not fair. You say she is fine with you husband, so that means it is you and not the horse. You have...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Pawing while tied: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, herd behavior: lmao, not scolding you, you are right you did it, but you are missing what this horse is trying to teach you. I tell people to treat a horse like it treats you. The horse decides how it is treated. If a horse pushed it gets pushed, if a horse resist he gets...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Rearing horse: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, herd behavior: If you are doing everything right and nothing wrong and nothing is your fault, it must be the horse. Why are you asking questions to someone on the internet? I don t care who you are or what you think you know, this horse is telling you and me that you...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Riding Lessons (10 year old girl), young horse, rider
young horse, rider, how to train: Hello Shaun, I hope we can stay in touch so I can keep advising you if you like. Summersdressage@aol.com is my regular e-mail. First of all, a 6 year old without a lot of prior CORRECT schooling, is still a bit of a baby. Almost all of the things that he...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: rearing, barrel horse, huntress
barrel horse, huntress, sugestions: Hello, The best advice I can give is that horses go up when they think they have nowhere else to go. That being said, could it be that when you do run her you keep asking her to go faster and faster with your leg- therefore not giving to her effort to go...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Saddle Pads: Rick Gore Horsemanship - www.thinklikeahorse.org, natural horsemanship, rick gore
natural horsemanship, rick gore, horses: I just did a video and posted it on youtube. I think I answer you question in that video. The title if buying a saddle and pads. All wool is good for horse, curved back on pad like horses back. Keep pressure off withers by pushing the pad up into the...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Stud behavior: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, herd behavior: Glad to hear, but what is a smaller pen? He cannot always be in pasture or a smaller pen? If he is in a pen that is not in pasture, if he is in pasture that is not a pen? So you are right I don t understand. People want to call a colt a stud since he has...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: trailer loading, experience horses, qh mare
experience horses, qh mare, ground manners: Hello SP, It sounds like your horse is trying very hard to do the right thing. Despite the fact that she is afraid she loads in the trailer for you again and again. She loads in and then when she is tied she feels trapped and pushes back against the pressure....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: trailer loading, qh mare, ground manners
qh mare, ground manners, many horses: Hi Sp Ok this is quite a common problem really............ its amazing how many horses suddenly develope an allergy to being tied in the trailer! Mine included, she hates the trailer with a passion, but once in there and on the road she is quite happy...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: trailer loading, qh mare, ground manners
qh mare, ground manners, straight load: Have you tried loading her in an enclosed trailer? Is she scared or just wanting to get out? Have you tried a two horse straight load with a but bar. If not try and find one you can use or rent and load her on that. Put the butt bar up behind her. Then trailer...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: training, bitless bridle, evaluation lesson
bitless bridle, evaluation lesson, owning a horse: Nikki, Where are you located? If you do not want it public, email me at summersdressage@aol.com. Maybe I can find someone for you. If they say they cannot help you, then they are not looking at this in a behavioral way. There are SO MANY different ways...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: training my standardberd to canter, incorrect behavior, lungeing
incorrect behavior, lungeing, learned skill: Hello Lucy, This may involve a bit of work. You did not let me know whether your Standardbred was a pacer or trotter. Pacers, especially free-legged ones, are often more difficult to teach to canter. It is often not just a physical challenge to your...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: trust building: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, herd behavior: Time and understanding of horses is key, watch all my videos on youtube and read my site. Anything you do with this that makes him accept you as leader helps, groom, picking feet, sending, round penning, lounging, leading, backing, loading in a trailer,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Won't leave the property: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, herd behavior: So many things wrong here and you don t get it. You say you know it is your fault, yet you still are looking for faster ways to fix the horse. There is nothing wrong with the horse. It was trained poorly by the Amish, it has little or no foundation, you...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: won't leave the yard, amish buggy, ground manners
amish buggy, ground manners, hime: Hi Korena Thanks for the question and I will try my best to help. Forstly I am a little concerned that an adult (unless you are a very ligthweight adult) is doing riding such a small pony.......... more than probably he is getting a bit anti social...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: should I just let her go, natural horsemanship methods, trot or canter
natural horsemanship methods, trot or canter, bitless bridle: Hello Lynn, First of all, letting her canter when you cannot stop her is NOT the answer. That just reinforces in her that it is all right to go faster than you would like. You say that her ground work is good. I need to know what type of ground work...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Yearling and Mares: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, herd behavior: You lost me at the end. Horses push lower horses when they get pushed. I will call yearling baby. The baby is low horse, it will get pushed by everyone, until it learns the rules and shows respect. What you may not be seeing is the baby is getting too close...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: 7yr old not ridden in two years, three horses, paint horse
three horses, paint horse, first horse: Horse needed to interact, they need to push each other, they need to be pushed, they to play, they need to bond so they can sleep, relax and feel like they have herd, people cannot do this, horses are awake 22 hours a day, they don t sleep much all that time...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: adding a stallion, quarter horse stallion, welsh pony
quarter horse stallion, welsh pony, young stud: Hello and thank you for your question. I am not totally opposed to a stallion living with other horses or a buddy but in your situation I don t suggest a stallion as a good companion for your horse and you. All animals are unpredictable but when it comes to...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Bambi and her new adventures!, fussy pants, lawn dart
fussy pants, lawn dart, hind quarters: Hi Susan Funny isn t it............ I was only thinking of you and Bambi a few days ago and wonderinghow things were ......... and now a question! I am so happy to hear that you and little Madam are doing so well and congratulations on getting a...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Bathing, water trickle, sponge bath
water trickle, sponge bath, barrel chest: Keep her on a lead rope that you have a hold of. This will enable you to move with her, and keep from having a pulling battle. I never like to cross tie, or tie off until I feel like the horse won t get into a pulling contest. The less people the better....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: behavior problems, qh gelding, cross ties
qh gelding, cross ties, professional trainer: Hi Lynn, The first thing I would suggest that you do is have a complete Vet exam done on him. Have the Vet check his neck, back and legs for anything that could be causing him pain. Have him pull some blood to make sure that his testosterone is...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: biting and general behaivor, poa mare, lesson horses
poa mare, lesson horses, walking in circles: Hello thank you for your question. You didn t mention her age so I will just have to go with what I know. First most lesson horses are good for the fact they are usually rode heavy and regularly and most lesson givers are very firm with their lesson horses....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: breaking thoroughbreds, welsh ponies, sally swift
welsh ponies, sally swift, welsh section: Nancy, Thank you for replying. You sound well qualified to work with her if you do find the time. Yes, I love Centered Riding, and have been a Level IV for about 15 years.I was in England the last two years giving some clinics. I would like to keep in...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Foal Training, linda tellington jones, foal training
linda tellington jones, foal training, types of horses: Courtney, The round pen is no place to work your mare with her baby! She is by nature going to be primarily concerned with the safety of her foal and would not nor should not be expected to pay attention and learn from you at this point. If your timing...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Green Broke Horse, stretching exercises, dental issues
stretching exercises, dental issues, rubbing alcohol: You can work with some stretching exercises on the ground. If she will eat carrots, take one and walk towards her hindquarters, making her turn her head and neck and extend herself to get it. You can also bring carrot down by her knees to make her reach...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Green Broke Mare, bitless bridle, poor balance
bitless bridle, poor balance, stirrup: Hello Marianne, There are many things to do to help your mare. A four year old is still a baby, and green broke usually means very little education. Double lungeing and long lining (correctly done) will help her enormously. I can go into detail about how...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Green Broke Mare, left loop, poor balance
left loop, poor balance, lope: Hello and thank you for your question! I think that your mare needs to learn to give when you ask her. Its good that you are lounging her but if she is pulling on you, it needs to be addressed. If they don t respect or do what you want on the ground they...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Getting ready to hit the trail, paint mare, learning the ropes
paint mare, learning the ropes, french link: Hello, I m glad your ride went well. We all have our good days and bad ones and horses do to. I like to get my horses young and old used to new and scary things. I would recommend finding weird and crazy things to show to your horse. I have used pool noodles,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Herd bound, nicker, nice ride
nicker, nice ride, special friend: Hi Susan It sounds like Bambi and Jack do exactly what my Crystal and her special friend Drummer do whenever they get a chance to be together........they share hay, go out in the same field in fact are almost joined at the hip! BUT its never been a...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse who does not behave, seat position, old horse
seat position, old horse, stirrups: Wow! Hello Solveig, This poor horse has some problems, obviously. Thank you for caring enough to write in. Since he is 15, I am assuming that at some point he had had fairly correct training.You do not say how long you have had him, or if this behavior...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse bad behaviour, nylon halter, ground manners
nylon halter, ground manners, saddle horses: Hello, I am volunteering to answer your question since the last expert didn t. If the mare hasn t been ridden in the last few years I would suggest that she gets a refresher on ground manners and under saddle. Horses really don t forget things but when they...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse behavior, herd mate, male donkey
herd mate, male donkey, mini donkeys: Hello, I would like to attempt to answer your question. In reality you shouldn t have two stallions together while their are mares. You can have two stallions together with no one else or one stallion out with the mares/geldings but not two. I have had a mini...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Is my horse getting enough to Eat?, egg count, sugar beet
egg count, sugar beet, brick wall: Hello thank you for you question all the way from the UK! I would first ask my veterinary to come and do a fecal egg count from his manure. This determines if the horse has any type of parasite or worms. Young horses are prone to having worms and that maybe...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horses fighting: www.thinklikeahorse.org, natural horsemanship, rick gore
natural horsemanship, rick gore, horses: Stop meddling and leave the horses alone and let them be horses. You are causing this to continue with all you attempts to save these horses. Put them together and stay out of it. Even if your horse gets a broken leg it will have a better life than you saving...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Joining up: www.thinklikeahorse.org - Rick Gore Horsemanship, natural horsemanship, rick gore
natural horsemanship, rick gore, horses: Join up, locking on, hooking up is just one small step to communication and building a relationship, understanding and establishing yourself as a the higher horse. Doing it everyday is overkill but doing only when it is an issue is not good either. The more...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: New horse, stable yard, squabbles
stable yard, squabbles, dinner time: Hello Lesley, You definitely need to decide if you are up for doing the work to keep this horse. If you are willing to put your time in studying and learning how to become a leader to him it could work out for you both, but really sit and think about it so...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: I have a problem with my horse..., bitless bridle, hunter riders
bitless bridle, hunter riders, horse pen: Hello Laney, Two things may be going on here: One would be that she does have some physical (pain) issue going on. Horses teeth need to be checked at least once a year, so if it has been longer then that you should have that done anyway. Gymnkana horses...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: riding pony, horse pony, horse market
horse pony, horse market, best bet: You need to look at getting an older pony or horse. No horse or pony should be broke to ride before it is 3 years or so. Light training can begin as a long 2 year old, or one about ready to turn 3. Before that the bones and ligaments have not finished growing,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Spooks in ring: www.thinklikeahorse.org, natural horsemanship, rick gore
natural horsemanship, rick gore, horses: On my web site I talk about a study that was done with water in an arena. You may be anticipating this and thereby causing it. You might want to have someone else ride the horse in the arena and see if the horse does it with them (DONT TELL THEM WHERE THIS...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: shetland biting and chewing., herd leader, wooden fencing
herd leader, wooden fencing, wooden fence: Hi Danielle, I would suggest a yearling shetland is not the best first horse you can get! Has he been gelded, as he ll be starting to feel his hormones working if he hasn t...if you aren t sure, get your vet to check. Paint the wood in his stable/field...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Trailer - Ramp vs Step-up, depth perception, brain fart
depth perception, brain fart, straight load: OK WHERE IS THE LIST? This was important enough for you to email me twice and tell how you are not an idiot so I asked for a list of 10 things and now two days later, still no list? Was it not that important since you did not get the answer you wanted? Did...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Trailering: www.thinklikeahorse.org - Rick Gore Horsemanship, rick gore, horsemaship
rick gore, horsemaship, think like a horse: You say she wants to bolt out, I say you let her bolt out, you are not giving enough direction, you are not preventing her from doing this, you are not prepared to stop her, you had let her win and get away with this so she thinks this is normal and OK, you...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: training, minimal traffic, farrier
minimal traffic, farrier, gelding: Hello I would like to answer your question since the other expert did not. Lets start with the mare. I would desensitize her around her feet. I use a very soft cotton rope 7-8 feet in length(with out any hardware on it) hold one end just pass the rope from...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: What is a true lope?, explaining the Lope
explaining the Lope: figure this is a typo (I know how THAT is!)and that you meant lope . The lope is usually used as the term for western horses for a collected canter. It should still have three footfalls, the same as a canter.Western horses typically have a longer frame,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: whild horses: Rick Gore Horsemanship, wild mustangs, wild horses
wild mustangs, wild horses, drived: Well howdy, I am not sure what site you are talking about, California has lots of Mustangs, Nevada and others states not sure about Arizona. If you saw a video on Youtube, then they should have contact information and how to view their web site. If you send...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: 2 yr old stud paint troubles, electric fence, long branch
electric fence, long branch, gelding: The two acre pasture had alfalfa, or the one he is in now? What kind of grass is he on if not alfalfa? Call your USDA extension office and ask if there is any type of pasture combined with whatever weather you are having that could be revving this horse...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: 2yro gelding, day at the farm, gelding
day at the farm, gelding, yro: Hi Cristy, There are some horses that hate goats and they can not change no matter what. I have one horse that will throw any goat that she sees and another that will kill a goat. The best thing to do is to keep them separate at all times. Are...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: 3 month old horses - Rick Gore Horsemanship - www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemaship
rick gore, horsemaship, think like a horse: Well if you read my website you will see horses differently. I also have over 100 videos posted on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/horseawareness Handle the kicking and biting like a high horse would, push, chase and make the horse feel uncomfortable....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Aging behavior, blood panel, quarab
blood panel, quarab, full blood: Hi Stacy, The symptoms that you are stating sound like they could be a neurological issue like EPM or Encephalitis rather then and age issue. If the Vet has run a full blood panel then the next step would be to pul some spinal fluid. Please let...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Bit, cheek to cheek, curb bit
cheek to cheek, curb bit, headstall: She may well have your number, after all her life is an easy one, and she has gotten you off once. Do check out how you are handling her in regards to bridling, but also remember who bought who, and begin with the attitude that she is a pesky kid brother,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Bolting: www.thinklikeahorse.org - Rick Gore Horsemanship, rick gore, horsemaship
rick gore, horsemaship, think like a horse: Stop letting him bolt. Take his head, lead him to a wall or building or hill or water, when he runs make him run in circles, just slowly make him go smaller and smaller circles. ONE rein, bolting horses don t stop since most people pull on both reins trying...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: bonding with a 1 1/2 yr. mustang, hi ed, mustang
hi ed, mustang: Hi Ed , No, having someone else pet the horse will not cause a problem with bonding with the horse. As long as the primary person spends alot of time with the horse, then the horse will bond with them. Make sure that you are the one to feed and...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: box rest: www.thinklikeahorse.org - Rick Gore Horsemanship, rick gore, horsemaship
rick gore, horsemaship, think like a horse: The horse is not that hurt if he can rear and bronc, he is NOT becoming hard to handle, he is not being handled properly, he is rearing since he is not being told he should not be rearing, he is being locked up for what I think is stupid advice for an injury,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: breaking a yearling, breaking horses, cow boy
breaking horses, cow boy, fear of the unknown: No yearling should be broken to ride, as they are too young, both in mind and physically. It would be like asking a two year old child to move lumber around. Many trainers prefer to not even really work with a horse under the age of two much at all, as too...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: building strength in hinequarters after injury, foundation appaloosa, halter horses
foundation appaloosa, halter horses, cow horse: Hello and thank you for your question. I am glad your mare is doing well and you are able to ride her. I do have some strength training that I have used on halter horses to build their back ends. I would start long trotting her on a lounge line for 10 minutes...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Chincoteague Pony, natural horsemanship techniques, linda tellington jones
natural horsemanship techniques, linda tellington jones, chincoteague pony: Dear Bev, My suggestion is to purchase one of Linda Tellington Jones s books on handling horses and also one of her DVDs. I like her methods very much and they are,in my opinion much better than some of the Natural Horsemanship techniques that are...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Cross-training my NSH for, hip hop dance, national show horse
hip hop dance, national show horse, canter: The method for cueing the Saddlebreds into a canter, was from a complete standstill, and then head and forequarters turned to rail, as the hindquarters were moved over away from rail, using rail leg behind girth, and ring leg in front of girth, and the rider...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: cinchy mare, lesson horse, saddle pad
lesson horse, saddle pad, hind leg: Hi Staci, Yes there is always hope for a horse. From what you describe the horse was a lesson horse. I would guess that she was cinched quite a bit then and used almost daily. I could be she had been cinched tight during those times without cinching slowly....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Donkey hurting Miniature Horse, miniature donkey, testosterone level
miniature donkey, testosterone level, miniature horse: Hi Debbie, Your donkey is displaying all the behaviors of a Jack. It sounds as though when he was gelded that they did not get everything. Have your vet pull some blood and have his testosterone level tested. If his levels are high then they...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Ear Pinning, alfalfa hay, equine hospital
alfalfa hay, equine hospital, dressage horse: Hi Susan, Sorry to hear about your issues with your horse, to me it sounds like he s being bothered by ulcers. Especially since you mention he s showing these signs when in a pasture. You will need to have him scoped by a vet to confirm them. There are...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: breaking a yearling, time patient, horses
Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: breaking a yearling, time patient, horses

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: New Horse Owner, ground manners, futer
Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: New Horse Owner, ground manners, futer, horses

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Gentling a yearling colt., yearling colt, show horses
yearling colt, show horses, confidence level: Hi Kali, It sounds like you have enough experience to train horses. And I applaud your stand on your previous employer. You have your work cut out for you. I can understand why the training on him hasn t been consistent due to your pregnancy. Safety of you...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse balking and backing up, paint mare, deep ditch
paint mare, deep ditch, leg pressure: Going forward from the rider s leg develops into a type of reflex for the horse. it becomes almost a simultaneous reaction. This comes over time with correct training. This is background. Your horse reacting as she is now, is probably a learned , (abeit)...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse's Companion: Rick Gore Horsemanship - www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemaship
rick gore, horsemaship, think like a horse: First this horse is just a two year old, if you call him a stud it makes him something other than a young colt. All horse two years nip and paw especially if when they do it, the person or horse leaves, keeping him alone is a big mistake and you are making...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse that charges during round pen session, herd leader, hi mary
herd leader, hi mary, lack of respect: Hi Mary, In answer to the last part of your question, yes. I have had a few horses challenge me in the round pen. That is what it is. A challenge. A lack of respect. They are saying, Hey!...I m the boss here and your not going to tell me where to move my...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse not wanting to go into her stable, thoroughbred mare, grooms
thoroughbred mare, grooms, paddock: Simply put, yes this could be due to boredom. Sounds as if she challenging whomever in order to provide herself with satisfaction. It is unlikely that there is an issue with her feet, but do examine them closely just to make sure. Otherwise, she is just...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: herdbound: www.thinklikeahorse.org - Rick Gore Horsemanship, rick gore, horsemaship
rick gore, horsemaship, think like a horse: You are right, I re-read your question and I read it wrong, sorry, just get so used to people blaming the horse I get protective of horses. As for you saving the horse and the horse came running, this is normal and you caused this by hanging out at the...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: not leading well, leading, hard to handle
leading, hard to handle: Hello and thank you for your question. You have a beautiful horse and he sounds like a good horse other then his leading. (Here in north America we call the headcollar a halter so that is what I will be referring to.) When I am handling or leading a hard to...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Mini at trail, miniature horses, little jumps
miniature horses, little jumps, couple suggestions: Hello and thank you for your question. I don t have much knowledge on miniature horses in hand trail classes ( I have a few minis but I do my trail courses on my big guys) but I do have a couple suggestions for your little one on keeping him from bumping the...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: My mare has gone crazy!, diseas, halters
diseas, halters, bridle: Heather, I have many ideas but first she needs a complete physical to make sure there is nothing physically wrong with her. Until you know she is not in pain or has Lyme Diseas or EPM,)or whatever) you cannot continue with a program of training. As...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: mare problems - Rick Gore Horsemanship - www-thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemaship
rick gore, horsemaship, think like a horse: This is not a horse problem this is you not understanding horses. Your concern is nothing more than your lack of knowledge. REad my web site and watch my videos on youtube, this is an easy fix but you have to find the answers and work at it. http://www.youtube.com/user/horseawareness...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: minis, dressage whip, mini trail
dressage whip, mini trail, mini shows: Hello Allison, First make certain that the logs and poles are not too big a diameter for him. Remember how little those legs are.What you are initially asking him to step over should not roll if he does hit it nor should it have any sharp edges.If he hits...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: back muscle, classical dressage to builld muscle and stamina in a horse
classical dressage to builld muscle and stamina in a horse: Hello Marion, First of all of course are the obvious factors to consider. You say he looks skinny . I do not know if you just mean rangy or his ribs are showing. If he does not have enough weight, then there are many things to consider first, i.e. diet,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: mustang mare: Rick Gore Horsemanship - http://www.thinklikeahorse.org/, rick gore, horsemaship
rick gore, horsemaship, think like a horse: Don t wean the baby, don t baby the baby, watch the way mom treats and disciplines the baby. Read my web site and watch my videos on youtube. You have lots to learn and lots to do, if you try and take short cuts, tricks or listen to knowitall horse people...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: New 1yr.old male horse, ground manners, male horse
ground manners, male horse, old horse: Hi Shirley , Congratulations on your colt. The first thing that I would suggest doing is to geld him. A gelding can be much easier to work with then a colt, as they do not have the hormones running through them. At his age, you want to teach...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: New Horse Owner, physical surroundings, loud voices
physical surroundings, loud voices, bad shape: The more grooming the better. Look for the sweet spot as my father called it, where you can tell it feels really good. May be in neck crease above shoulder, or under throatlatch, but you will know it when you find it, because she will zone out. Repetition...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: ottb Help!, happy fellow, head carriage
happy fellow, head carriage, happy horse: Hello Allie, Somehow my reply got sent before I wrote anything! I think that what you mentioned is highly possible. I rememeber taking a client to Dressage at Saratoga (a race track). It had been five years since this mare had raced, but she was a wreck...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: ottb help, happy fellow, head carriage
happy fellow, head carriage, happy horse: Hello Allie, It sounds like you have done a great job with your horse so far, I can only read one thing that you have not done yet. I feel it is one of the biggest breakthroughs for riders when they learn to really GO! Your horse sounds great but you have...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: picking out my horse's feet, neurological problem, hind foot
neurological problem, hind foot, farrier: Hi Mandy, Your mare is probably not ready for the farrier just yet. If you can, postpone the appointment for another two weeks while you work with her. Horses can be difficult with their feet if they ve not been trained correctly, if too many unskilled...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: pony wont take his bit, arab mare, happy mouth
arab mare, happy mouth, snaffle: Hi Carol. As you say you have light hands, try going bitless. He may still be a wee bit sensitive after having his teeth done (my 24yr old arab mare has to be sedated for that!) so try having nothing in his mouth and going bitless. A happy mouth snaffle...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Riding on trails, equine trails, crow hop
equine trails, crow hop, feet touch the ground: Hi Susan Lucky you being able to get out on your Bambi this summer.......... here its been a bit of a wash out with all the rain! Anyway lets see if we can get to the bottom of the race horse impressions! Right easy bit first, the general rule of...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Staying at a gait, small circles, time and patience
small circles, time and patience, old paint: I would suggest staring with alot of desensitizing, all over her body...starting with something simple like a long lunge whip or even a rope, then moving to something a bit more scary like a plastic trash bag tied on to the end of a lunge whip or a tarp. Remember...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Training Mare, halter training, enviorment
halter training, enviorment, seperation: Hi Missy, Since her baby was older, the mare most likely will take a few months to get over the seperation. You do not say if the mare is still producing milk, but if she is then cut out all grain. This will help dry her up and will aid in getting...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: is my throughbred ready to break, dr temple grandin, bitless bridle
dr temple grandin, bitless bridle, temple grandin: Hello Pam, I would only do ground work with her until she is for sure at least 3 years old, especially since she was starved.I do not know what sort of work you have been doing with her. She needs lots of gentle reassuring ground work, and then I think...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: troubled horse, jump poles, jump 4
jump poles, jump 4, nice walk: Hello Jen, It sounds like your guy does not know how to give to pressure from the bit. Since you have a good thing going on the ground I would work on using the bridle as if you were riding him while walking next to him. Can he go from a nice walk to a halt...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: 7yr old spoiled unbroke agressive gelding - Rick Gore Horsemanship, rick gore, horsemaship
rick gore, horsemaship, think like a horse: The horse is just being a horse. It sounds like more ground work is needed, if this horse pins his ears when asked to trot or canter, then he gets more pressure and has to move faster. This is all taught in the round pen or on line. If a horse moves consistently...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Agressive Yearling, strict rules, agression
strict rules, agression, gelding: Hello Laura, There are quite a few concerns here. (1) Your pregnant (2) a young horse who has no sense of respect (3) A friend who quite possibly will not listen to your wishes. You never mentioned if the horse is a gelding or a young stud colt. That could...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Apprentice/working student, sally swift, apprentice program
sally swift, apprentice program, going to kansas city: Hello Tearahni, I am working on starting an apprentice program of sorts....it may just start out with DVDS and the book that everyone for years has been after me to write.I have started a new program SUMMERSE.T. (Sumers Equine Theory). I amy be going...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Behavour Problems with a Mustang, unforseen circumstances, free choice
unforseen circumstances, free choice, medical issues: Hi Norma, Was he loose in a pasture where he had hay or somewhere else? To be begin with, I would put him in a smaller area and start to work with him as though he is still wild. Spend time with him and just groom or scratch him. Have the Vet...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Bucking - Rick Gore Horsemanship, rick gore, horsemaship
rick gore, horsemaship, think like a horse: Not sure, what ever is going on it sounds like it is something you are doing different than wife. Could be your tack, your weight, the way you treat the horse or 100 different things. It sounds like you need watch your wife, maybe video tape her and then...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Canter to walk, warmblood mare, hind foot
warmblood mare, hind foot, swedish warmblood: Hi Erica, So glad you rescued a horse. I think more people should do that. There are tons of horses out there who need homes to go to. Thank you for doing that. You sound like your on the right track with her training. From what I read, she doesn t know how...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Colt suckling gelding, milk jugs, petroleum jelly
milk jugs, petroleum jelly, salt block: Hello and thank you for your question. I have seen this a couple times its not that common but I have seen it. I would recommend putting some toys out for the young horses to play with. I use big balls, milk jugs with rocks in them, anything they can get...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: cribbing: Rick Gore Horsemanship, rick gore, horsemaship
rick gore, horsemaship, think like a horse: All cribbing is a vice created by people that locked this horse up. That act needs to be replaced with something else. All horses are good, but this can be a pain if the horse is stalled, if out in pasture, you might have to do some things to discourage this...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Dominant Qtr, ground manners, hunter jumper
ground manners, hunter jumper, minimal success: Hi Kristy, First of all, thank you for writing in. From what I gather from your question you say the mare is fine on the ground but bolts under saddle. Riding her until she is too tired to bolt will probably not fix your problem. Most horses have much more...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: feeding behaviour, tb gelding, horse friend
tb gelding, horse friend, true gentleman: Hello and thank you for your question. I have a few suggestions that you could try to help your horse out. First your horse needs a horse friend. I would put him in a pen BESIDE another horse in a pen. Let them get to be buddies with a fence between them over...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Gelding that "frog hops" at canter, tennessee walking horse, horse gelding
tennessee walking horse, horse gelding, gaited horses: Hello Keirstin, First of all, thank you for writing in. Next time, try us first! Aggressive bits, draw reins, tie-downs, etc., are not the answer. Anything forced or that causes the animal discomfort is wrong. Tennessee Waking Horses have been bred...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse rears after putting feet in stirrups - Rick Gore Horsemanship - www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemaship
rick gore, horsemaship, think like a horse: The horse is not ready to be ridden, you have done enough ground work and sacking out, the horse is probably telling you that it does not trust someone his back yet. Who cares about his background, start like the horse knows nothing and set up a good foundation...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: hello, linda tellington jones, bitless bridle
linda tellington jones, bitless bridle, mechanical hackamore: Hello, Remember that getting a horse to understand what you need him to do is a long and varied process.Communication should start with your seat and legs, the hands as an aid are just part of the picture. It is serious if your horse is rearing. This...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: My horse has a bad habbit., bad habbit, problem horses
bad habbit, problem horses, saddle pad: Hi Charlotte, It appears you have your hands full. This sounds like a dangerous situation that you don t want to put yourself in. First let s address the first part of your problem. Timid around men . Most horses don t care whether it s a man or a woman...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: my horse bucks, tb gelding, independent seat
tb gelding, independent seat, dressage whip: Hi Lori, I need more information. When did this bucking start? How long have you owned him? Did he just start this with you lately? Has anything changed in his environment, i.e.saddle, footing in the ring, anything physical that you know of including...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse issues, horse issues, old saddle
horse issues, old saddle, bad weather: Hello and thank you for your question. I will start with his stall issues. There are some horses that just hate being in a stall. I have one, she digs, paws, paces and runs around in the stall. I leave her out as much as possible only bringing her in when...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: how important is it to get 2 ponies instead of just 1, horses and ponies, pony breeds
horses and ponies, pony breeds, many horses: One pony would do fine, it will make no difference on their temperament at all. The only thing having two ponies would do is double your expenses. Plus, if you take one pony away, the other one could get upset, as many horses and ponies will do when their...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: lungeline bolting, haflinger gelding, acre pasture
haflinger gelding, acre pasture, whip hand: Hello Angela, First, never be afraid to go back to the beginning and reinforce his trust in you by just walking and a bit of trotting.This should be done for weeks and wekks at least before asking for canter. The canter can be frightening to a horse....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: our new weanling, creatures of habit, little monster
creatures of habit, little monster, saddle mount: My answer to this must have gotten lost in the shuffle, as I did respond, but will do so again. I understand a little more now, and that most of the time he does act okay for you. He is still very young, and as I said earlier, he will get to be a very...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Pony won't walk out alone, bit and bridle, gentle squeeze
bit and bridle, gentle squeeze, forward movement: Hi Michelle. Thanks for contacting me. I m glad you took your time getting her to accept you and you can catch her. You can t rush things with a horse. Everything is on their schedule. I haven t met a horse yet that has a watch on it or can read a calendar....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Protective Appy - Rick Gore Horsemanship - www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemaship
rick gore, horsemaship, think like a horse: You are sure assuming a lot and if know what you say then what proof do you have that makes it true. You say she is protective, yet you don t say she is attacking or being aggressive to people but you say she is just curious. My horse runs off other horses,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: reasons for (alleged)aggressive horse behavior - Rick Gore horsemanship, rick gore, horsemaship
rick gore, horsemaship, think like a horse: Any horse can be aggressive especially when it comes to food, hungry, under fed, low in pecking order, too many horses to fight over food and or a weak leader or a person who is scared or nervous around horses. You combine any of those factors and you can...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Standardbred(trailing hind legs), hind legs, canter
hind legs, canter, trail rides: Laura, Lunging with a line is very beneficial. On my web site, www.MitziSummers.com, my article on retraining the Thoroughbred may have many useful ideas for you. It will take a while to have Ben comfortable with walk, trot, and canter on the lunge....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: stud colt, stud colt, wilda
stud colt, wilda, weanling: Hi Wilda. What is this young man doing away from his mum at just 4 months old?? He s bolshy because his moother hasn t had chance to discipline him properly, and he s been taken from a herd environment where he would learn manners and how to behave round...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Taming a skiddish foal, stud colts, spooky horse
stud colts, spooky horse, flight mode: Hi Crystal, There are several factors when it comes to your question. How old are the colts? Have they been together for a while and formed a bond? Are they halter broke? If the colts are young, say less than a year old, I would put them in a pen together....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Training Question..., paint gelding, head horses
paint gelding, head horses, scare crow: Hello Nichole, Thanks for your question. This is a great exercise for horses that get spooked when walking off as a green horse. What you can do is take an old pair of jeans and an old long sleeve shirt and make a scare crow type mock human out...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: teaching to move forward under saddle, paint stud, old paint
paint stud, old paint, body position: Hello Anna, Thank you for your question. I hope this can help you. What I want you to try is when you are ready for your horse to walk off in the forward motion first relax, pull one rein as if you are going to turn your horse (this knocks the...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Having trouble getting my horse to collect, dutch warmblood mare, dutch warmbloods
dutch warmblood mare, dutch warmbloods, dutch warmblood: Hello Erika, Thank you for writing in with your question. Dutch Warmbloods are majestic horses and I find great pleasure in watching them. I m reading that your mare throws her head up when asked to canter and does not collect at a canter. First of all, if...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: 16 HH Warmblood nervousness, nervous guy, geldings
nervous guy, geldings, several steps: Hi Rachel, He sounds like a big, bossy and bothered horse- not a horse I would pair with someone still learning to ride. If you are uncomfortable working him away from the mare I understand, but he needs to think that when he is with the herd you make him...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Calming m TB, thoroughbred, rescue horse
thoroughbred, rescue horse, retraining: Hi, Jeni - You have certainly addressed the nutritional care of your gelding which is a great start. While managing your horse s diet can alleviate some physical causes of his behaviour, it requires good horsemanship and training to help change behaviours...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Change of behaviour, retraining, thoroughbred
retraining, thoroughbred, aggressive behaviour: Hi, Denise - It is quite possible that this behaviour was created when your horse developed ulcers. His aggressive behaviour was caused by the pain. In turn, the humans reacted to his behaviour by either being aggressive, passive or fearful in their body...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Cannot catch my horse ):, mustang mare, old mustang
mustang mare, old mustang, 8th of january: Hello and thank you for your question. I think that you are right. I think that she may not respect you and part of her still have her wild side. With a horse like this you really need to spend a lot more time with her. Daily if possible. Not being able to...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: fractious horse, black smith, first horse
black smith, first horse, horse sense: Stop trying to find all the faults in the horse, if you don t have the time then don t expect the horse to have the time. Just spend time with the horse, ride the horse and try and learn the horse and listen to the horse. I don t care how much you know and...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Habits/Routine, hooves, different places
hooves, different places, pasture: Hi Jana, It sounds as though your horse maybe an off the Track TB or was trained to be one. These horses are trained to do things according to a certain routine. They are brushed in their stalls, are fed in them. They are blanketed in them. This...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: HELP, proper tool, showjumper
proper tool, showjumper, broncs: Hi Shaz, Thank you for writing in with your question. I m sorry it took me a few days to get back to you but we have been dealing with an ice storm here. As far as your horse being unruly on the ground I can sum it up in one word....RESPECT. This horse...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Help before i get hurt again, quarterhorse mare, english saddle
quarterhorse mare, english saddle, western saddle: Hi Laura, Thank you for writing in with your question. Sorry to hear about your mishap with your horse. I hope your hand heals fine and you can get back to riding. So from what I understand, this is a new thing this mare has started doing. You have ridden...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse Breaking, good manners, police horse
good manners, police horse, professional trainer: Hello and thank you for your question. Before I give you anything to try, please contact a good veterinary and have a good physical done on him. He may have pain somewhere and have your vet check your saddle fit. Both can cause horses to become crazy. One...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse biting pasture-mate, hay diet, three horses
hay diet, three horses, geldings: Hello and thank you for your question. I would say if there is no seriousness and danger for your older horse you mayn t have much to worry about. BUT if you fear for your horse s safety you need to separate them. To me it doesn t sound too bad. I have 2 horses...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse problem, rodeo horse, arab mare
rodeo horse, arab mare, metre circle: Not a problem Kodee, honestly it s better to get advice than struggle through. To solve the contact problem, work him long and low, really get him to stretch down into the rein contact rather than you holding him up. Also, if he dives on the contact...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: my horse, change horses, mouth problem
change horses, mouth problem, leg problems: Hello Piper, To be able to give you a more informed answer it woudl be helpful to have you send me more information through EXPERTS. I presume this not turning right happens when you are riding her. Here are my questions: 1. Did you just start riding...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: my horse, dutch warmblood, cross country course
dutch warmblood, cross country course, habbit: Hi Megan, If by the time you get him in the show ring he is perfect this should be pretty easy to work on for you. He is on to the pattern here, leave his friends at the gate and then work. Perhaps you could leave the warm up arena to go give him some rest?...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse rareing up, snaffle bit, lateral movement
snaffle bit, lateral movement, o ring: Hi Levi, Thank you for writing in with your question. From what I read from your short question is your horse rears on you when you pull back on the reins. First, what kind of bit are you using? Are you pulling with both reins at the same time or one rein...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: my horses bad behaviour, natural horsemanship, best guess
natural horsemanship, best guess, extreme level: Hi Rosemarie, I would get your vet to do a thorough physical on him and rule out a pain cause for his behaviour, make sure he s been gelded properly. I would also recommend a Natural Horsemanship practitioner to come out and help you to get to the...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Jack, saddle time, change shape
saddle time, change shape, tender areas: Hi Susan Then thats great that you have already took the steps to sort things that were niggling at Jack....... poor litlte man having a tooth abcess is orrrible eough for ahuman its worse for our equine friends they can;t tell us it hurts!...