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Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Problem with picking up back feet, intermittent reinforcement, positive reinforcement
intermittent reinforcement, positive reinforcement, google: Hi Natasha! Not allowing a person to pick up his hooves is not always fear....sometimes it is just plain ole MAKE ME disrespect and occasionally it is distrust. Whatever the reason...the solution is the important thing. I like treats used in conjunction...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Questions about a tennesse walker, unborn foal, sedative drugs
unborn foal, sedative drugs, tennesse walker: Hi Anna! First, have her examined by the vet before you move her to her new living quarters. Find out exactly how far along she is and ask how to reduce the possible stress of the move on her and her unborn foal. You did not say if she trailers well....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Recently Blind Horse (www.freewebs.com/horseawareness), appaloosa gelding, detached retina
appaloosa gelding, detached retina, blind horse: Hi Margot, I like a side pull better than bits. I am not a bit person. They tend to allow people an advantage to pull hard and hurt the horse, which is a cheat. I call it a cheat since it is easier and faster to just get your horse to respond with pain....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: re-schooling a horse, sweet temperment, good manners
sweet temperment, good manners, 12yo: Hi Beth, 12yo is certainly not too old to be retrained. Just remember that she is an older horse and her habits will be set so it will take a lot of patience to change her mind about everything. I think the best thing to do would be for you to find...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: rogue horse, paint stallion, old paint
paint stallion, old paint, pen work: Christine - You want to get him in a round pen if possible. I put my round pen in the corral that I keep my Mustangs in - that way, even though I can t get up to them at first, I can drive them into the round pen. Round pen work is a nice thing to...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Saddle cinch issues, english saddle, cinch
english saddle, cinch, snug: Hi Richard! She s a little cinchy or girthy we call it. This can be easily solved :-) Pick a treat that she loves and will only get during her training time with you. Find a patient helper too. Go through your usual motions of tacking up with...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Saddling Problems (www.freewebs.com/horseawareness), creatures of habit, lip area
creatures of habit, lip area, horse problems: Rick Gore: Horse do best what they do most. They are creatures of habit until the habit is broken. Hi Carey, most horse problems fall into two categories, lack of respect or fear. Fear a lot of time, comes with or from pain. From your question I am...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Sensitive Horse., quarab, standardbred
quarab, standardbred, hallelujah: Your question is not real clear, I don t know what you mean by you ride your horses neice? What kind of horse a horse is or who the sire and mare is, does not mean anything to me or the horse. A horse is a horse. They all want safety, to feel secure and...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Spoiled?, discipline boundaries, mini pony
discipline boundaries, mini pony, dressage horse: Hi Susan! You do have a handful of a Mini, don t you now? LOL!! If he is not gelded, do so immediately. He is not spoiled, he is untrained to humans and you are not correctly communicating with him. And he is very immature mentally. These tiny horses...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Spoiled MAre, rope halter, gentle horse
rope halter, gentle horse, spoiled girl: Hi Rick! A three year old is just a baby and she is new to you. What she is doing is finding her place in the herd and guess what...she is more dominate than you! Woops! Time to earn your respect and establish yourself as the leader of your little...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Stabling 2 horses, had one for 4 yrs, new one bought last week, arabian gelding, horse feeding
arabian gelding, horse feeding, old tennessee: Rick Gore: Horses have to test each other to make sure the strongest and smartest is in charge. In the horse world the one that moves away is lower and the one that moved him is higher. Hi Alecia, this sounds like a normal behavior and new horse owner...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Stall Behavior, Horse kicking, Stall Vices www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, quarter horse gelding, open pasture
quarter horse gelding, open pasture, ground manners: Rick Gore: Remember a stall is like a jail cell to a horse. Open pasture is always best for the horse and his health. Peanut! what a cute name. Hi Mariah, I might agree with you about abuse in the stall. Not sure if he was this way when you got him...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Stall Behavior, quarter horse gelding, ground manners
quarter horse gelding, ground manners, giving him something: Has he always been like this? Some horses just hate to be confined, perhaps he is very bored and taking it out on you. Try giving him something to play with like a ball hanging from the roof or put some apples in his water so he can bob for them so he can...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Stall Behavior, quarter horse gelding, ground manners
quarter horse gelding, ground manners, hind end: Hello and Happy New Year! Get a stick and tie a plastic bag on the end. When you go to his stall open the door and even if he just puts his ears back shake the plastic bag in his direction. He will probably run out into his run, he may kick at you on the...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Stall Behavior, quarter horse gelding, ground manners
quarter horse gelding, ground manners, little horse: Hi Mariah! Yikes!!! This behavior is extreme! Horses can become territorial about their space and food but not like this! It is time for a conference with the barn owner and make some drastic changes in who is allowed into Peanut s stall until this problem...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Stallion with colt, stud colt, mares and foals
stud colt, mares and foals, ground manners: This is really going to depend on your stallion. If there are mares around in heat and the colt goes near them, then you may have a problem. If it is not breeding season or the colt shows no interest in the mares, then up to his second birthday. Just keep...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Stressy mare, arab mare, consistent work
arab mare, consistent work, broodmare: Hi Sue! Unfortunately, this is not the first time I have heard a story such as this. I only have the information you gave me to go on but, I would have to say it is time to think about re-purposing this mare to a different job. I would deem her unridable...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: saddle fit, saddle fitter, tack shop
saddle fitter, tack shop, farrier: Hi Kelly! While these may have seemed simple questions when you asked them....they are actually very hard to answer. About saddle-fitting...I cannot do that over the Internet. One needs to see the horse and saddle together and separate. I suggest you...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: stall games, foundation quarter horse, herd mentality
foundation quarter horse, herd mentality, horse herd: Hi Ingrid! This behavior is typical of a young horse who is exploring it s boundaries. In your last sentence, you say you have never hit her or given her any reason to react like this. Again, this is a common mistake horse owners make. They think for...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: not standing still, bay mare, snaffle
bay mare, snaffle, stirrup: Hello, Sounds like you have a sweet pony on your hands! What is happening in her mind when she wont stand still? She might get your daughter off balance and get a release of pressure by moving off and having there be a few seconds when everything stops and...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: "student of the horse", walter zettl, horsetrainers
walter zettl, horsetrainers, dressage master: Hi Samantha! Don t be sorry for the questions! That is why I m here! Learning how to educate horses is an oral tradition passed from master to student. In other words, you learn by studying with someone that is the best of the best. That is what I...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: sudden change in behavior, three fingers, saddle pad
three fingers, saddle pad, warning signs: The first thing you should do is make sure that his saddle is fitting him correctly, and is not pinching him. You will want to put the saddle on him without the saddle pad. Then tighten the girth so that the saddle is comfortable and secure on him. Then have...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Taking hold of the bit., snaffle bit, qh gelding
snaffle bit, qh gelding, rope halter: Hi Tracey! Woops! Seems to me your horse is lacking is his basic education! Not much fun for him OR you. I do not like a shanked snaffle bit they are met to cause pain. A shanked snaffle has more crushing power on the tongue and is just not a good choice...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Training!, indoor arena, slaughterhouses
indoor arena, slaughterhouses, tonie: Hi Tonie! I will first address your specific question about leads and then make a few comments about the responsibility of owning/training a young horse. Training a horse to respond to cues for him picking up the lead you are asking for is far too complicated...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Training to hold up feet, arabian gelding, hoof print
arabian gelding, hoof print, unnatural angle: Hi Christena! Well, time to stop being gentle and start being clever! LOL!! He will string you along, ignoring you at his will forever. You need a plan for this. In fact, you need a plan for everything....because trust me, there will be more issues...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Training to hold up feet, arabian gelding, hoof print
arabian gelding, hoof print, unnatural angle: Hi Christena, Teaching a horse to keep his feet up in a quiet manner takes a lot of patience and perserverance. Sounds like you re making a good start. The following is just how I do it. If he doesn t mind you touching him (if he does that s a whole...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Training to hold up feet, arabian gelding, hoof print
arabian gelding, hoof print, unnatural angle: Stand beside the horse next to his left shoulder. Make sure that you are facing his rear end. Reach down with your left hand, run your hand down his leg. When you get to the area where the tndon is then gently sqeeze it. When he lifts his leg praise him....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Training to hold up feet, arabian gelding, hoof print
arabian gelding, hoof print, unnatural angle: Hello, Sounds like you are on the right path! Keep picking up his front feet, if he resists hold it up and as he relaxes let him put his foot down. If you are nervous about the back feet start with a rope around his leg, let it drop down and teach him to...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Training to hold up feet, arabian gelding, hoof print
arabian gelding, hoof print, rigid objects: Christena - That is actually a complex question to answer because there is a lot of prep work you have to go through to be safe. First I would find an old lunge whip, cut off the whip part and attach a bandana to the end. This will give you a long...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Training Requirements, ground manners, canter
ground manners, canter, professional training: Hi Karen, You should consider her a green horse as most of her training has been race riding. There is a good chance that she will not know how to canter and instead will want to run. She most likely will need from 30-60 days, depending on how quickly...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: training, gentle horses, ground manners
gentle horses, ground manners, hi chris: Hi Chris! I am very worried by your response. You do not even know or understand your tack and have no real experience with horses...yet you own 2(!) young ones. I highly recommend you stop riding immediately and educate yourself on how to work with...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: unfriendly stall horse... what do i do?, feeding time, nice girl
feeding time, nice girl, new game: Hello Alyssa, I have known several horses with stall related issues. First I would try to hook your mare up with several other mares to turn out together, go ahead and let her be out with other alpha mares- she needs time to be a horse and eat with horses...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Warmblood in Training, leg joints, grain supplement
leg joints, grain supplement, grass hay: Hi Jessica! These are excellent questions and I am glad to hear you are being so responsible about breaking your baby. The ONLY opinion that matters is that of your vet. These larger breeds do mature more slowly mentally and physically and do need a...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: won't pass, morning workout, mile marker
morning workout, mile marker, race time: Hello Bryan, I have seen this many times and the right answer is going to depend on your horse. You did not mention if you are using blinkers on this horse. If not then you should consider using them in future workouts. Blinkers help a horse to focus...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Young Horse., quarab, standardbred
quarab, standardbred, other pertinent information: Hi Alicia! I need more specific information before I can suggest anything. What is all the tack you are riding her in? What is your current discipline and is she well trained to it? Who broke her, how long ago and is she still in the same bit as she...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: 1y/o 10-14 hand Paint Filly need help on training her?, paint filly, beef master
paint filly, beef master, hand paint: Hi Rachael, The first thing you will need to do is to get her in a smaller space and work on catching her. You will not be able to do any other ground work until this is done. I would either put her in a stall or in a paddock. The first thing...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: 2 horses, 2 attitudes, breaking a horse, professional trainer
breaking a horse, professional trainer, first horse: Could you please help me on getting him to move faster. Be sure you are not sending conflicting messages. Your hands must be giving to encourage forward motion. Also, try subtle heel taps that increase with pressure and force until he moves forward. ...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: 3 yr old qtr horse training, bad horse trainers
bad horse trainers: Hi Mary! PLEASE...Go get your horse NOW!!! OMG, where do these knot-heads come from. Any ding-bat that throws a leg over a horse and doesn t fall off seems to think they are a horse trainer. I am so angry right now I m having a hard time typing! UGH!...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: 3 yr old won't let you pick up his hoofs, quarter pony, monty robert
quarter pony, monty robert, exspecially: Hi Jamie! I could go through a big explanation over the Internet on how to pick up his hooves. But....that is not your real problem. Your real problem is much bigger and you probably don t even see it. Your baby is disrespecting you about his hooves....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: 4 year old won't let me touch her at all, nice horse, best bet
nice horse, best bet, tack shop: Hi Sam! My first priority with horses and humans is safety. This is a practically full grown mare and she can hurt you....either intentionally or not. If you get too familiar with her too quick, she could lash out with a bite or a kick. This is normal....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: 5mos old gypsy colt: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: My web site is like a short book, but has lots of info on horses. If you read it, you will find lots of ideas and it will help you think like a horse. Once you start doing that, you will be able to fix most problems. There are lots of info out there on...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: 6 year old barrel racer won't take bit, abusive owner, monty robert
abusive owner, monty robert, honeymoon period: Hi Tonya! My goodness, calm down. It would not even cross my mind to say that you are abusing your horse. This is actually a common problem between new owners and horses. At first, there can be a honeymoon period where everyone gets along. But, then...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Appaloosa, april reeves, jumping
april reeves, jumping, appaloosa: From April Reeves, Horseman s U.com: Hello Debbie, The Appaloosa can be a fairly good jumping horse. Let s go over some of it s attributes. First, the original foundation Appy s had really good bone. Their legs were almost indestructible, and because...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Azteca mare, leg aids, little baby
leg aids, little baby, mare: Hi Janet! I am not being frivolous when I say She is *just* 3 years old! Remember? Just 3, really still a baby. The fact that she has proven she knows what you want and has done it (no matter how briefly) should be enough for you right now at this...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: adding weight for winter, feed program
feed program: Hi Anna! I m so glad that things are working out for all of you! I like using rice bran. It adds calories, fats all while low in non structural carbohydrates. It does not add excess energy and gives your horse a beautiful coat! I find the horses seem...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: agressive behavior, herd behavior, gelding
herd behavior, gelding, dangerous situation: Hi Christi! Unfortunately, humans cannot teach horses how to be nice to other horses. Herd behavior is hard-wired into their brains and that is all they understand. If you have a horse who does not get along with another horse, simply separate them...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: agressive,trying to bite,being very dominant, rick gore, training
rick gore, training, sacking out: Well, whatever books you have read must not have been about horse behavior. You, like many new horse owners, got a young horse and should not have. This horse is not mean and is not aggressive. He is simple a horse. YOU are the problem. You do not know...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: arena jumping, jenny jenny, gymnastics
jenny jenny, gymnastics, cross country: Jenny try setting up at first a cross rail with a ground pole off to the side so that if she tries to run out she has to hop the ground poll. As you approach the jump try indirect rein and open rein on the other side backed up with a closed leg. Exaggerate...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Babault or Bebault's technique - horse relaxation: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, rick gore, training
rick gore, training, sacking out: I have not heard it called this but, I think I know what you are talking about. I am putting a link to a web site, you may have to cut and paste, but watch the two videos and it may be what you are talking about. Another thing you may be referring to is...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Bambi - Again,,,,, loud noise, little baby
loud noise, little baby, blah blah: Hi Susan Well you did the right tihing by ending on a good note, if she is in heat then its best to end the lesson early and positively than to carry on where you both get to the totally frustrated stage! I know I been there some time and often! Right...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Body language, herd leader, body language
herd leader, body language, bambi: Hi Susan My horse does this with me as well, adn as yet I still have to work out the meaning! But I was oce told that it could be that she is acknowledging you as her herd leader, some people say it is a sign of submission and some people say it means...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Bucking: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, rick gore, training
rick gore, training, sacking out: :), well if you kicked me while I was eating I may buck too. Lots of people seem to take personal offense when a horse eats while riding. I let my horses eat all the time when I ride. Then when I want to walk off, I ask the horse and they walk off. But,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: baby horse, nylon halter, moving in the right direction
nylon halter, moving in the right direction, head collar: Hi Andreas! I am going to assume when you say head collar you mean a halter. Unfortunately, you are behind on what she should have been training on all along...like from the second day of her life. First, she must have a well-fitting, all-leather...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: breaking and schooling, irish draught, hard feelings
irish draught, hard feelings, internet format: Hi Jo! I cannot give training advice to non-owners of the horse in question. Training is the sole responsibility of the legal owner. Any interference, no matter how well meaning can lead to hard feelings or worse a lawsuit. I can say in the broadest...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: bucking show horse, horse breed, handstand
horse breed, handstand, naughtiness: Hi Kerry! I d like to get some more information before I recommend anything specific. I really don t think this is a tack or physical issue and since you say a vet has seen her and cleared her, we will move on to it being a mental/training issue. ...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Change in behavior after foaling, tennessee walking horse, old tennessee
tennessee walking horse, old tennessee, sweet horse: Hi Brenda! You have owned this horse a very, very short period of time and while you may be very fond of her and want a solid relationship, she does not know you. What you need is to learn how to understand horse-speak . Horses are always talking to...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: "Cowkicking Mare": www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, rick gore, training
rick gore, training, sacking out: Tell your horse to stop kicking cows... :) Only kidding, you answered this yourself in your question. You said the horse does not do this with your husband or dad. I am surprised that you did not ask if this horse does not like women. A lot of people...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Custom Saddles: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: The good thing about cheap saddles is it will make her learn to ride any saddle and will improve her seat, also, she is still growing and may out grow the saddle in a few years. If you know others with horses, see if she can ride different saddles and different...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: calming technique, relaxation techniques for horses
relaxation techniques for horses: Hi Susan! Yes. Using light pressure and stroking your cupped hand softly over one eye and then the other has been used instinctively by horsemen for as long as I can remember. If a horse is frightened and you stroke the eye, you will notice that the respiration...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: colt training, colt starting
colt starting: Hi Becky! Congratulations and what a wonderful journey you are starting on! I do need for you to understand that starting a colt is about like building a car from the asphalt up! There is a lot to do and learn for both of you, horse and human! I have...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: colt training, college ag, bad habit
college ag, bad habit, ag department: Hi Becky, It sounds like you ve done a great job raising and training your gelding to this point, kudos to you. My suggestion would be to find someone who can work with both of you. While some of the basics you will start with are, just that basic , it...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: crazy behavior: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, rick gore, training
rick gore, training, sacking out: Well this is odd, but without seeing it or being there I can only guess what would cause this, my first choice would be pain and the bit. I would tend to lean toward the trainer was rough and over flexed the horse, another option could be a neck or spine...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Is My Donkey Playing or Serious, herd leader, herd animals
herd leader, herd animals, stern voice: Hi Oren, A person should never be a donkey or any other equine s playmate. Donkeys are not little animals like a dog or a cat, and with her behavior, it is not if someone will get hurt but when. This is why you need to be the leader of the...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: dressage help!, tb mare, calm hands
tb mare, calm hands, dressage trainer: Hi Bec! I cannot give training advice to non-owners of the horse in question. Training is the sole responsibility of the legal owner. Any interference, even with the best of intentions can lead to hard feelings or worse a lawsuit. But, I can say in...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Flipping over when saddled and pulling back when tied, horse buddies, dangerous habit
horse buddies, dangerous habit, hoof boot: Hi Summer! My only and final advice is to stop riding him immediately, remove him from any riding with anyone ever again and retire him to a pasture to be a buddy to someone. Do not sell him or give him to anyone you even suspect might attempt to ride...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Foal driving me mad: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, rick gore, training
rick gore, training, sacking out: Kirsty, :) Your horse is being a horse, just like every other horse. It seems you don t understand horses or you would see this. This horse is being so normal it screams out at me. I bet you this horse does not push mom, does not turn her butt to mom...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Food agression, gentle reminder, nastiness
gentle reminder, nastiness, geldings: Hi Susan! Yes, I have seen this before, usually in geldings...several I have owned personally. They kick or scream while waiting for food, when they are receiving the food and often even during eating. This is a stall vice and not the worst one, actually....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: 2 horses, 2 attitudes, palominos, congratulation
Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: 2 horses, 2 attitudes, palominos, congratulation, paces

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: lunging & respect, lunges, plop
Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: lunging & respect, lunges, plop, tantrums

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Show Jumping, living in abu dhabi, horses
Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Show Jumping, living in abu dhabi, horses, boss

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: fighting to bolt on lead: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, rick gore, training
rick gore, training, sacking out: :) No I did not misread or skip the part, lots of people say they know it is there fault. Saying this is not the same are really understanding Why it is your fault, not understanding this horse is just doing what you are allowing it to do. Being mean is...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: finished horse, trot canter, finished horse
trot canter, finished horse, western horse: Hi Ron, Thanks for your question. To some degree, I don t ever consider a horse finished...I think their education (much like our own) can always be expanded and fine tuned. However from a sales point, if I were to classify a horse as being finished under...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Giving to the bit? www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: I discuss this on my site, I think it is on my horseman tips page. It is a lot to do with pressure and release. You slowly put pressure on the lead rope, downward and as soon as the horse drops his head, even an inch, let go of pressure. Each time you do...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Groundwork, appy mare, verbal commands
appy mare, verbal commands, horse rescue: Hi Tracy, First of all congrats on your new horse! It sounds like you two have really clicked already. I would start with a general health assessment from a vet, confirm her teeth are in good shape, she s of good overall health. From there, I d start...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Groundwork DVD!, bolting
bolting: Hi Sarah, Hi Dani! Good to hear from you again! Yup, Buck is pretty cool! If you like Buck, wait until you see Ray Hunt, Bucks teacher. I love Buck s DVD s and his tiny, little ground work book. Buck did these things for his students, to help them,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: guide horse, guide horse
guide horse: Hi Robin! I wish I could help you more. I am just not that familiar with the concept of guide horses. What I can share with you is my knowledge of how horses think, feel and react. I m never worried when I am riding in a new area with a couple of...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Hard mouthed gelding, appaloosa gelding, bitless bridle
appaloosa gelding, bitless bridle, monty robert: Hi Kayla! It sounds to me from what you have described, your gelding has no bit acceptance. That explains why no bit has worked....all the types you have tried mean nothing to him because he doesn t understand what you expect from him. He simply thinks...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse afraid of oncoming horses when ridden, steady eddy, verbal praise
steady eddy, verbal praise, horse saddle: Hi Candice! This is a common issue...horses have a desire top be *with* other horses. They rarely want to stand still as another horse leaves them or they do not want to be the horse that leaves the group...unless they are trained to do so. What to...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse bitting: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: I am probably the wrong person to ask this. I am not a fan of bits and especially don t like chains under the chins of horses. The person that told you a horse won t run off on you with this bit is sadly mistaken. No bit will stop a horse from running if...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse don't like his feet picked up, preparing for the shoer
preparing for the shoer: Hi again Jamie! PHEWWWEEEEE!!! I m SO relieved! And I m SO glad for you and your pony! I have a new student that was telling me about her new mares first experience with a shoer. The shoer tied the horse s hind foot to a post and attempted to trim her....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse gets nervous when left alone, april reeves, groundwork
april reeves, groundwork, manners: Hello Anni, You have a long road ahead of you, and one that will be time consuming. However, being a 7 year old mare, you may have no choice. If she was never bred, this behavior could develop into something more serious. The herd instincts of mares are strong....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse riding: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: I have lots of info on my web site that will help you. Read my horse history page and it will discuss lots of cruelty, also my bad horsemanship page. Horses have built America and many other countries. Without them we would not have many of the advances...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: haflinger, april reeves, horsemans
april reeves, horsemans, u: From April Reeves, Horseman s U.com: Hello Darlene, Yes, your Haflinger is way too young to ride. Although the legs are a concern, horses grow from the ground up, and it is their spine and neck that finish last, and are the first to develop problems...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: halter., perfect gentleman, downward motion
perfect gentleman, downward motion, quck: Hi Dani, First of all congrats on the new horse, sounds like you are going to have alot of fun with him. As far as bridling/haltering, you need to work on getting him to give to pressure at this poll. I d start with some ask and reward exercises. You want...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: help with spooky 5 yr old, edge of the earth, company of others
edge of the earth, company of others, scary place: Hi Jodie! It appears to me he is a *real* horse. He lives outside 24/7 and is most comfortable outdoors and in the company of others horses. He is not a sheltered, stalled showhorse that knows more about humans than other horses. This type of horse...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse aggressive behavior: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, rick gore, training
rick gore, training, sacking out: This mare appears to be trying to establish dominance. This is normal horse behavior. You did not answer all the questions I requested, so I don t have more info, I would put mare in with other horses and let them work it out, she will get tired of being...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: my horse is a bag of nerves!!!, gelding, scar
gelding, scar, nerves: Read my site about horses so you understand horses better. This horse is nervous and scared and does not trust people, just be nice to it, brush it, lead it and don t ask much from it for 60 days, so it can learn to trust you. My site will help you understand...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse bucking when you try to do join-up, hooking on
hooking on: Hi Josie! You are GREAT!!! I love your attitude and that fact that you are reading and just getting out there and trying! Good for you! Yes, Jay will continue to try and establish is dominance by kicking at you and running in toward you until YOU...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse bully redux: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, rick gore, training
rick gore, training, sacking out: I added some additional info at the bottom of this answer. The additional information is always better so I can try and evaluate the situation, as best I can from a email. If these horses have been together for 18 months, I would ask what has happened...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse bully, rick gore, training
rick gore, training, sacking out: Don t do anything. This is normal horse behavior. Horses are not mean or a bully, they are horses and do what horses do. You have four horses that are still working things out. You did not tell me how long they have been together when was last one added,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse feeling left behind in a group, herd animal, gaited horse
herd animal, gaited horse, strict attention: Hi Kim! This is a very common issue for horses. They have to be trained to hack out calmly and politely...whether alone or in a group. In a group, they have to be trained to allow other horses to leave them or leave the group himself. Being a herd animal...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse keys, cues
cues: Hi Amanda! They are not keys they are CUES! Slight difference! A cue is a request that the handler or rider makes of the horse by using the halter and lead or bit and reins, legs, hands, weight, heels on the horses body. For example when the rider...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: the horse refuses to go to the mounting block, leading by on the fence, teaching horse to pick up rider
leading by on the fence, teaching horse to pick up rider: Hi Alex! Good for you! Being around horses is the most wonderful gift! What a wonderful new adventure for you! Alex, start first teaching your horse to pick you up in your halter. Make it a good rope halter with a 12 tree line lead. These halters...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: My horse is scared of the barrles: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, rick gore, training
rick gore, training, sacking out: Your horse is probably tired of being run to death about barrels and has not become sour toward barrels since he knows he has to run all time when he sees them. This is common when people don t spend enough time with their horses and only get on them and...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse taking bit, april reeves, tongue over bit
april reeves, tongue over bit, bridle: From April Reeves, Horseman s U.com: Hello Albert! This is a problem you don t want to turn into a habit, so if you are still trying to bit her, stop right away. We need to look at a few possible problems first and then rule them out. If she is allowed...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse that won't take a bit, april reeves, horsemans u
april reeves, horsemans u, bitting: Response from April Reeves, Horseman s U.com Hello Tina, The first thing I do when examining a problem is to look for the source. A horse that dances around when you are trying to do anything is doing so out of fear or conditioned response. With fear,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: Your horse is being a horse. Horses are called lazy since they use lots of energy when they move or run. They like to save this energy so when something tries to eat them they can run fast and get away, so they do not like to use this unless they feel safe...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: my horse: www.thinklikeahorse.org Rick Gore, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: Well it depends. Right with horses is very subjective. Most people, including me, keep their horses a little more padded. Too much weight is bad for the horse, bad for legs and feet, but unfed horses are not good either. I would say it is a lot like people,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Introducing new horse to herd of 2, quarterhorse gelding, fence line
quarterhorse gelding, fence line, horse behavior: Read my herd behavior section on my horsemanship page. As long as you put food out in several different piles, so all horses can move and be pushed off and push each other, there should not be any major problems. Herd stuff works out, but when people get...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: introducing 3rd horse, paddock area, old mustang
paddock area, old mustang, loving horse: Hi Tammy! As much as humans want to interfere in the herd dynamics between horses, they simply cannot. Not because it s wrong...but, because it s impossible. Horses are hardwired through eons of evolution to think and act as a herd and they long ago came...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: What is and isn't respect, hind quarters, change direction
hind quarters, change direction, filly: Hi Mitch! Do what it takes to move her with your body language. Walk into her with a feel that says: get MOVING ! and MEAN it! It she does not leave with the respect afforded to a more dominate member of her herd, give her a nip with the tail end of...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: jumping, paint quarter horse, old paint
paint quarter horse, old paint, quarter horse: Hi Carissa No its not too late for him to learn to jump. However it will take a while before you can jump him over high fences. Firstly you will have to place poles on the ground, each about 2 horse strides apart and trot him over them, then when...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: kicking with front leg: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, rick gore, training
rick gore, training, sacking out: :) well that sounds nice, with that additional information, I would say he is not wanting to be alone, have you considered putting another horse in with him or making two of you 1/2 acre turn-out into One, one acre turn out to allow two horses to be together...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: kicking up: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, horsemanship, balance
horsemanship, balance, trips: STOP kicking him. Horses don t like to be kicked no more than you do. You need to improve your riding skills. You can be more aggressive and not kick him. You body give off energy so you need to show the horse that. If you teach the horse to run and respond...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: loss of confidence, stubborn as a mule, nasty divorce
stubborn as a mule, nasty divorce, battle of wills: Hi Joanna! This sounds like the terrible combination of a willful, headstrong gelding in his teen-age years where defiance and an Oh Yeah?!?! Make me!! attitude are in direct opposites with your too kind, non-threatening disposition. I will be blunt....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: lunging & respect, confidence and bucking
confidence and bucking: Hi Rosa! Don t let go of your mare when the other horse is leaving. It is then that she really needs your support and guidance! She is running after the horse that is filling a need for her and giving her the support she is looking for. YOU have to become...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Mare's behavior: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, tb mare, owned barn
tb mare, owned barn, eyes and ears: Yea I got one, why are separating them? Let them eat together. Horses need another horse to fell safe, she wants a buddy and extra set of eyes and ears to feel safe, all horses do. I discuss this in detail on my site. Read my site to help you understand...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: MUSTANG - APPX 9 YRS - BEHAVIOR, rick gore, training
rick gore, training, sacking out: Well, there are a few issues here. First make sure he is gelded? He may have had a testicle not drop and it may still be in him giving him this strong stud behavior. His fear is normal and his strong herd behavior is normal. I am not a fan of hot wire,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: My mare Bambi Blaze, bambi blaze, snowy weather
bambi blaze, snowy weather, wet weather: Theres the problem, you are just going to have to tell the barn staff to take their time and do it slowly............ nothing is gained by hurrying............... horses co-operate more when people take their time and show patience. You are on the right...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Why is my mare bucking?: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, rick gore, training
rick gore, training, sacking out: Bucking can be caused by lots of things, saddle pain, not being ridden enough, she may be testing you, you need to ignore it and keep her running and then after she stops and runs good a few seconds, then stop her and let her relax, if you keep reacting to...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: minatre horse: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, rick gore, training
rick gore, training, sacking out: A horse needs direction and not correction. You need to help him understand, you can t do that if you don t understand. Read my horsemanship page on my site, it a little long but will help you see the horse different. It is hard to understand, but you are...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Napping horse in the showjumping arena, patient kind, bsja
patient kind, bsja, snaffle bit: Hi Liz! First, if you ever have any health concerns about your horse, the only person you should speak to is your vet. Everyone else can guess and speculate...but the vet can do a thorough exam and give you real answers. While your horse proved with...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Nervous pannicky horse: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, rick gore, training
rick gore, training, sacking out: Well I normally say it is always our fault when a horse acts not in the way we want. Horses have their worst vision at dusk when the sun is going down and they are getting their night vision. So it may be a fear issue from her not being able to see well....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: New mare: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, rick gore, training
rick gore, training, sacking out: Chris, you are being too nice. That is why neither horse respects you, they see you as weak, easy, and that you will take their disrespect, so they know that you are not a good leader and will not keep them safe, so they believe that they have to be in charge....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: nappy pony, canter or gallop, herd animals
canter or gallop, herd animals, bad feelings: Hi Carol! By loan pony I assume you mean you are leasing this pony or have some sort of agreement with the owner to ride her. I cannot give training advice to non-owners of the horse in question. Training is the sole responsibility of the legal owner....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: need help for training, paint mare, tobiano paint
paint mare, tobiano paint, old paint: Hi, it sound likes you you have a wonderful (and beautiful) horse. You ve ruled out physical issues, which leads me to two things. The first one is that although she s five, she s still immature under saddle and adjusting to a rider on her back and commands...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: new horse, percheron, bridle
percheron, bridle, gelding: Hi Kim, Before working on thi as a training issue, I would have your Vet check the horse. It sounds as though your horse is having some issues with pain. I would have the Vet check his teeth, neck and back. If those come up clean, please e-mail...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: new mare, dominance behavior, thouroughbred
dominance behavior, thouroughbred, corall: Hi Chris! Your mare is just trying to sort out her world. She has a new baby, a new home and new people to get used to. That is a whole lot of change for this mare. Just give her some time. Do NOT put her out with your geldings. If you are looking...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: A nice canter, wedding anniversary party, canter
wedding anniversary party, canter, two speeds: Hi Hun Right I know its frustrating when they know what you want but they don;t want to do it! Ask her when coming off a corner, thats when she is listening to you the most, but its also easier to pull her up if need be. Work her on the lunge line...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: problem with youngster, anglo arab, blinkers
anglo arab, blinkers, racehorses: Hi Alison The problem is not that he is head shy, he can see the movement, and being a flight animal, he s panicking...he ll be thinking that he has a predator on his back, and will be trying to dislodge you. Personally hun, and I will be doing this...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: my quarter horse mare, april reeves, lungeing
april reeves, lungeing, kicking: Hello Sabrina, From April Reeves, Horseman s U.com: What a pretty mare. ĎSandyí looks kind and inquisitive. I think mares make the best riding horses, as they give 1000% at their best. Thank you for including the photo. My first thought about the sudden...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Rearing / Buddy sour: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: aghhhhhhhh, :) You have obviously not read my web site or you would not be telling me they you have done just about everything that I am against. Bits don t control horses, spurs don t control horses, crop and whips don t control horses, these things create...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Retraining older horse, pasture pet, surgerys
pasture pet, surgerys, ray hunt: Hi Barbara! OMG!!! You sound just like ME! We have a running joke in my barn that started a while ago, actually after my second back surgery. I tell all of my younger friends to ride like an old lady ! Really, I m not that old, it s just that my warranty...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: rearing: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, rick gore, training
rick gore, training, sacking out: Rearing is not a good thing and you must be doing something to cause this. I would think the horse does not rear when you are not leading it, so if must be something you are doing. You have to really evaluate what you are doing to cause this. To prevent...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: round pen/stall walking/trailering, time and patience, quarter horses
time and patience, quarter horses, engery: Hi Diane Your boy is still settling in to a new home. He s been taken away from his friends and all he s known, and moved to a new home, new surroundings, and new people. Arabs are notorious for being too intelligent for join up, they are one person...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Show Jumping, arabian mare, livery yard
arabian mare, livery yard, fellow friend: Hi Donna Ah, this makes more sense.........sounds like he s had a bad experience at a show when he was jumping (could be a bad fall, being hit, anything really that has scared him) and he ll jump at home, but not at a show as he remembers this bad experience....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Spoiled horse, april reeves, horse
april reeves, horse, bitting: Response from April Reeves, Horseman s U.com Hello Patti, Assuming your Arab had good manners from the start, he may not be as difficult as some horses can be. Let s start with the tying problem, assuming the horse use to tie before. Purchase a rope...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Spooky Pony: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: You are still looking at the horse as having the problem of being caught. It is you. I could go catch that horse is about 10 minutes. You can t let know you want to catch him. You can t try to catch him. You have out think him, he knows you want to catch...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Stalling horses, herd mentality, herd animals
herd mentality, herd animals, solitary confinement: Hi Roger, Hi Ginny! Nice to hear from you again! The horses that belong to your friend are in jail. How they live is like being in solitary confinement. It is sad and cruel. Think for a minute how a horse is made...everything about them is meant to...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Standardbred but no Canter, pony club, standardbred
pony club, standardbred, canter: Well perhaps start by spinning him around on the lunge line. If he is having troubles there take a good look at his soundness. If he is happy to canter on the lunge line then check to make sure your tack fits properly. If that checks out well then be sure...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Stubborn 4 year old gelding: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, rick gore, training
rick gore, training, sacking out: A four year old is still a very young horse. He is still maturing and will want to play and try out his new freedom. He did not have much of this as a racehorse and is sour to all work and no play. This horse needs some pasture time with his buddies or...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: son's frightened pony: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, rick gore, training
rick gore, training, sacking out: A lot of this depends on how old your horse is, how much experience he has and the decision is up to you. Horses are dangerous and when scared they react with speed and run, so if you are having all these concerns, they must be valid to you so, I would not...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: spooky 5 year old: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, rick gore, training
rick gore, training, sacking out: All horses are spooky especially in low light places. In your school area sounds are different and he may feel trapped and nervous like he can t get away. If he is not scared of plastic bags and other things, then take him to the schooling area and work...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: stall boss: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, rick gore, training
rick gore, training, sacking out: Grain is a big treat to horses so they get to like it and get possessive of it. You can grain them outside far enough apart so they can eat without competing with each other or pull one out for the grain. Feeding hay 3 times a day is much better than twice...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: not standing still to mount: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, rick gore, training
rick gore, training, sacking out: Well Molly, I don t think she is fine being ridden, if she is doing this to you on the ground, then she will do it when you are in the saddle. It does not sound like you are training her, it sounds like she is training you. You need to stop this biting,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Train a Horse to back up an Load, rick gore, training
rick gore, training, sacking out: To load I think you are talking about trailer loading, I discuss this on my trailer loading page of my web site. Slow and easy and small steps. As for backing up, horses don t back up the wild too much, they just turn and run, so it is not a natural thing...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Trainer, true horsemanship, ground games
true horsemanship, ground games, correct message: Hi Susan NO! You are most certainly NOT crazy! In fact I aplaud your stance on this. NOTHING is achieved through bringing fear into an animals routine. SACK THE TRAINER NOW! I would. If you still can t ride then play lots of ground games...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: trailer loading: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, rick gore, training
rick gore, training, sacking out: This will work, but is not a good way in my opinion. It should not hurt, but since you are not there with the horse, there is a chance that is will get scared, rear, cut his head or face, slip and fall, get stuck or panic and hurt himself. You are trying...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: trailer loading: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, horsemanship, balance
horsemanship, balance, trips: Grain is only bad if you use it all the time and only use it. Using it to make a nervous horse feel safe and comfortable is not bad. You just don t want to use all the time and only use. For the first few times that is fine, but once you are convinced that...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: how to train my horse to lope, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: Well I would not want to train a five year old at your age. Hell, I don like when my four year old bucks at my age. This horse is young, not a lot of riding experience and has not been trained or ridden much in the past two years. I would say you have...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: training ex pacer: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, pacer, straight line
pacer, straight line, paces: You seem way too worried about leads, the horse knows how to pick up the correct lead. If your horse was a pacer he was beat for not pacing so it will take time to get him to walk, lots of slow rides and don t work on any other so called problems until he...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Unpredictable behaviour, brushing boots, lungeing
brushing boots, lungeing, unpredictable behaviour: Hi Wendy! You ask... Is there a supplement I can give him which might help? . I assume you mean something to artificially calm him down and make him more pliable. Well, unless they have come up with a *magic pill* that stops a 4yr old from acting like...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Wild Cats, cougar, mountain lion
cougar, mountain lion, safety: Hi Annie! YIKES! I ride out with a bell on my saddle and pepper spray. Cougars are a real danger when riding in the woods. I live in the coast range of Oregon and we live right in the middle of Cougar (Mountain Lion) habitat. My farm also as a very...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: western pleasure lope and head set, seven horses, lazy side
seven horses, lazy side, straight neck: Hi Sue Lynn! Please check out Barbara Schultz s Mentally Tough Riding program. You can find it on the web. I m going to add a link to it from my website. It is a wonderful program! It was taken from the Olympic training Center for elite athletes and...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: whips: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, rick gore, training
rick gore, training, sacking out: Hi Chloe, what you are doing is called sacking out or de-sensitizing him to the whip. So you need to make the whip no big deal. So hold when you groom him, rub him with it while you groom him, touch him with it and then give him a carrot, then touch him...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: whoa!, verbal cues, strong horse
verbal cues, strong horse, work ie: Hi, Sounds like you have some great riding experience. I d start with some round pen work with your mare, she sounds a bit herb bound. I d also have a vet rule out any physical issues, specially teeth. After that, I d go back to some routine round pen...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: won't take bit, equine dentist, bitless bridle
equine dentist, bitless bridle, horses head: Hi There Thanks you for the question and I wil try my best to help you. Firstly how do you know he hasn t got a ttoth problem? He might have........... phone the vet or the equine dentist and get one of them to come and check him over, just because...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: So now what?: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: Well this horse is smart and not stubborn. I always tell people what ever name you call your horse, is normally describing you. This horse is a horse. You may have been around horses for a long time, but you don t understand them. This horse is tell you...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: 10yr gelding starts to bite, dominance, hooking on
dominance, hooking on, respect: Hi Carolyn! First and most important Carolyn, Thank You so much for giving a home to a retired race horse. Thoroughbreds are just the most wonderful breed. They do so much for the human and never ask for anything in return. I have two ex-race horses....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: my 2 young horses, trail horses, natural instinct
trail horses, natural instinct, unpredictable situations: Sure you stand a chance, but I believe it s always best to go into any new challenge with as much ammunition as necessary to be able to complete it successfully. Don t start something you can t finish! Now since you have essentially started this project...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: My 3 1/2 year old is kicked & denied food in the pasture., huntress, few suggestions
huntress, few suggestions, food chain: Hello, There is not much you can do to get your horse to move up in the food chain, he is learning how to be a horse in the herd from them. Here are a few suggestions. I would pair up your horse with a mild mannered horse and let them spend time together...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: 7yr mare w/behavioral issues: www.free/webs.com/horseawareness, rick gore, training
rick gore, training, sacking out: Well Maria, I think you need to look to yourself for the answer and the problem. Horse just respond to people that ride them or give them cues. You may making her sour since you want to make everything her problem. I always tell people if they work on them...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Advice on my 2 year old., livery yard, bad baby
livery yard, bad baby, abbie: Hi Abbie! To answer your question about putting her in a livery with experienced people to help you and her both....YES! Do it now or as soon as possible. You have lost a little bit of time but, it is all still workable. First, get some help and confidence...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: American Walking Pony training, pony training, snaffle bit
pony training, snaffle bit, huntress: Hello, I like to think that as long as you weigh no more than a quarter of the horses weight you are okay. The transition from trot to canter is usually where a buck will come up for a green horse, I would work on transitions on the ground before you ride...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Arena & Bami, gentle pressure, loud noises
gentle pressure, loud noises, bambi: Hi Susan Ok your not doing anything wrong at all. Imagine if you were trying to study something really hard and everyone kept talking around you, its very distracting, thats what happened in the arena, Bambi was distracted and her attention kept wandering...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: attitude problem with my horse, vet check, gentle horse
vet check, gentle horse, attitude problem: Hi Kelly, I am sorry to hear that you are having some struggles with your new horse. My first suggest would be to compare notes with the person you bought him from. It does not sound like he s the same gentle horse she represented him as. What has changed...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Backing, foot squares, leg pressure
foot squares, leg pressure, back rounds: Hi Carol, Sounds like you have a very talented mare! You have a great foundation on her, so it will only take some fine tuning to get her backing better. I d actually start her lose in a round pen. At the end of a good lesson, work on getting her to back...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Bambi THE BRAT!, perfect angel, wrong horse
perfect angel, wrong horse, shak: Hi Susan Now I have finished giggling at your post I can compose myself and tell you........... No you have not got the Spawn of Satan horse at all! My daughters 22 year old arab is having the same sort of behaviour as well, and the 4 year old ...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Buking and kikking: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, aggressor, rope
aggressor, rope, freewebs: It sounds like he is nervous and insecure so he is trying to act bigger to scare off any aggressor. The kicking out is normal when you ask a horse to work so they like to resit and try and get you to stop pushing them. He may be trying to intimidate you...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Me and My baby, paint mix, old paint
paint mix, old paint, riding horse: Hi Robin, congrats on your new foal, it sounds like you are off to a great start with him. And gelding him is very sensible thing to do, he ll make an ever better horse, as a gelding. As far as working with a foal, my first suggestion is to keep everything...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: behavior, cross ties, cupped hand
cross ties, cupped hand, unsafe situation: Kim, the trick is finding a healthy balance between love and leadership. If you let your horse invade your personal space and if you let him make the decisions, then he of course will! The problem with that can often result in an unsafe situation as you...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: bucking, bucking
bucking: Hi Alain! A horse that bucks is troubled. There is ALWAYS a reason for the bucking it is just that the human missed it! The horse was telling you he was getting troubled and bothered about something, and due to a number of reasons, lack of experience,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: bucking 5yr standardbred gelding, breed stock, ground manners
breed stock, ground manners, stock saddle: Hi Tiana! You said yourself he is still very green .....yes, this is obviously true. You need help...hands-on help from a professional trainer who will teach your horse and you as well how to ride safely together. Ask you vet, farrier or tack shop...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Change in Behavior: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, rick gore, training
rick gore, training, sacking out: Please don s separate them. This is normal herd behavior and what you see is different than what happens when are not there. First they get to know each other then one has to become higher, so they are working out their herd. Don t interfere, stay out of...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Crazy arabs, show ponies, cattle yard
show ponies, cattle yard, unfair reputation: Hi Martha! I cannot tell from your question if you are the owner or co-owner of the horse in question. I cannot give training advice to non-owners of a horse. Interference from others than the legal owner, even with the best on intentions can lead to...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: how to calm a stallion down, friesian stallion, herd animals
friesian stallion, herd animals, ground manners: I am still sticking to my previous answer ... This youngster is too immature to be breeding still ... Most breeders will not consider starting to cover mares until their stallion is mature. Sometimes this can mean 5 to 7 years of age. Your colt is having...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: clipped studs, breed mares, breeding mares
breed mares, breeding mares, human trainers: First of all, you need to know how long ago he was gelded. Gelding is the appropriate term for a castrated horse, vs. clipped stud . When a stallion is gelded, it takes some time for the testosterone to leave his system, usually within 6 months or so....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Difficult mare: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: Well Catrin, this like most horse problems is a people problem. Don t worry about what she went through before you, only worry about what you are doing. When I read she throws her head in a bit, my first thought was get rid of the bit. Which you did, good...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: depression or change in herd pecking order: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: This sounds like an adjustment period. He has lost an old friend and now a new younger herd member is there. He will snap out of it and will soon be with the herd. You can try and stimulate the herd by driving a car, tractor of other vehicle around them...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: difficulty reining, gentle horse, old paint
gentle horse, old paint, acting this way: Hi Jeryl! It s a very good idea that your daughter is in formal lessons and I would advise keeping her there for as long as you can. As for your situation with this young mare, I stand by my first answer and have little else to offer as far as suggestions...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: donkey's affect on horses: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, rick gore, training
rick gore, training, sacking out: Hi Jill, I got this questions in the questions pool. This could be from many reasons, but I think it is a simple herd response. Any new herd member will affect the herd and behavior of all members. First there are pecking order issues. since the donkey...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: energetic horse!, energetic, horse
energetic, horse, appaloosa: Answer from April Reeves: This is quite typical of the Appaloosa breed. They often have a wonderful sense of Ďexuberanceí which can often last longer than you need it to. Longing a horse like this is not the answer, since all you will be doing is making...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Nervous Horse
Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Nervous Horse

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Nervous Horse, taking the time
Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Nervous Horse, taking the time

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Nervous Horse, freckles, confidence
Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Nervous Horse, freckles, confidence

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Nervous Horse
Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Nervous Horse

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: A TRAINING SYSTEM, quarter horse mix, riding a horse
Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: A TRAINING SYSTEM, quarter horse mix, riding a horse, last two months

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: foal: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, rick gore, training
rick gore, training, sacking out: You are right in a couple of areas. You have spoiled her. And being away from other horses is part of the problem. Since you have not shower her any manners the other horses are going to be harder on her when she acts spoiled to them. You need to start...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Graining Horses: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, rick gore, training
rick gore, training, sacking out: Well like many things in horses, IT DEPENDS?? The more you are around horses the more you learn nothing is absolute. Depending on the type of grain, the fat, carbs, vits, and other supplements can all cause problems if overdone. MODERATION is the key with...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: grumpy yearling, hooking on, colt starting
hooking on, colt starting, respect: Hi Carrie! You have to look at horses with new eyes if you want to get somewhere good, just, positive and right with this horse or any horse for that matter. So many horses out there will allow the human to take advantage of them and take them for granted....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Halter horses and HYPP, halter horses, hypp
halter horses, hypp, pleasure horses: Hi Kim! ALL American Quarter Horses that have Impressive on their papers have to carry a stamp that lists whether or not they are positive for HYPP. Also, ALL AQHA horses that are registered have to have complete DNA testing. When my Sky s Blue Boy...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Head Issues: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, rick gore, training
rick gore, training, sacking out: I am not the best person to ask this, so you may want another opinion. I don t think your horse has the problem, I think it is you. Your horse knows how to carry her head, too many people worry about making a horse carry a head by using the bit to control...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Head shy and won't hack out alone: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, rick gore, training
rick gore, training, sacking out: Ok you say you have 11 years of experience and you are 16. I am going to tell you that your horse experience when you were 5, 7, or 10, is not what I call horse experience. You have horse exposure, but most people don t let kids on horses that will will...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse started biting: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: I always tell people not to get caught up too much in a horse s past. Not sure what is going on or causing this, but, if you just stick to basic horse communication, it usually works. A horse does not bite, kick or strike a human, no time, no where, no how,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse training, april reeves, cow kicking
april reeves, cow kicking, horse training: Hello Diane, This question has a happy ending and easy answer. I never fool around with a kicking horse, but you can get him to accept that he has to deal with having his feet worked on. Take a soft long rope, about 12 feet long. stand at his shoulder,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse trama., spotted saddle horse, chain link fence
spotted saddle horse, chain link fence, prey animals: Hi Hazel, Well it sounds like your horse has been exposed to alot recently. Horses are prey animals and react to scents and threats strongest, out of all the animals you just mentioned on her ranch, the horse would be the lowest ranking, hence it s desire...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: haltering: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, rick gore, training
rick gore, training, sacking out: Stop trying to put it on. This is a common error. She has good reason not to want one on. You have to desensitize her face and muzzle. So get a soft rope and groom her with the rope. Forget the halter for now. Rub her with the rope and show her it will...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: handling weanlings: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, rick gore, training
rick gore, training, sacking out: Glad to hear I could help. There are lots of good web sites out there and finding them are pretty easy. Google natural horsemanship, horse training, horse information and anything else and you will get hundreds of hits. If you just read one new site or...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: herd change: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: When people try to save horses we make it worse. Put the horse back in the herd and stay out of it. All horses bite and all horses get bit. All horses kick and all get kicked. It is the way of the horse. You could have set this up better if you understood...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse, april reeves, natural horsemanship
april reeves, natural horsemanship, trot: Answer from April Reeves, Horseman s U.com: Yes I can and itís a fairly easy exercise. Itís also a part of foundation training and will set up your horse to do additional exercises. First, this exercise will teach the mare to take responsibility for her...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse aggression in an aging horse, physical shape, hoof wall
physical shape, hoof wall, canter: Hi Katherine I would get your vet to do a full physical on him, blood tests, the whole works, to rule out tumor or something with a physical cause. I know horses can get a form of Alzheimers and in some breeds, it can be more of a risk of the horse...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse behavior, horse experts, horse behavior
horse experts, horse behavior, gelding: Hi Brian! I suggest you return to the horse experts page in this site and ask this question of Lisa Kalp. She is much more familar with mustangs than I am. Every horse is a horse and subject to similar training techniques. However, there are certain...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse behavior, prince george area, mustang mare
prince george area, mustang mare, old mustang: Hi Brian, It is important to remember that at 3, he is still a baby and will act like one. You need to start at the beginning with your horse. The first thing to do is to just hang out with the horse in his pen and do not ask anything from...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse behavior and weight loss diet, weight loss diet, horse behavior
weight loss diet, horse behavior, regime change: Hi Anna Possibly it could be pain, ask your vet to do a full physical examination on him, and also, as he s getting fitter, ask a saddler to check the fit of his saddle....if he s muscled up anymore, it could be pinching him. Has there been any other...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse that bolts and spins, inexperienced rider, lesson horse
inexperienced rider, lesson horse, hard feelings: Hi Wendy! I cannot give training advice to non-owners of the horse in question. Training is the sole responsibility of the legal owner. Any interference, no matter how well meaning can lead to hard feelings or worse a lawsiut. However, I can say in...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: my horse gets spooked easy, april reeves, adiva murphy
april reeves, adiva murphy, spooky: Response from April Reeves, Horsemanís U.com: Hello Kayla, I am not sure how you introduced the objects, but if he got worse, what type of objects you introduced him to, and how you did it, likely did more damage than good. Itís not just enough to introduce...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse rolling over while I am riding., figure 8s, working with horses
figure 8s, working with horses, warm weather: Hi Al, A horse who does this is dangerous and can hurt itself and/or it s rider.There are three reasons that your horse may be doing this. The first is that the horse may be suffering from back or neck pain and he weight of a person is causing...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Putting horses in same corral: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: Just put them in and let them be. They will do fine, may fuss a bit, may chase but they will be happier and feel better the sooner you put them together. Read my horsemanship page about herd behavior and I go into this in more detail. Rick www.freewebs.com/horseawarenes...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Putting horses in same corral, mealtimes, eachother
mealtimes, eachother, pens: Your horses have likely had enough time to get to know each other to some extent but when they are turned out together they may have a bit of a go at each other to establish who is the Alpha between them. It would be smart to be nearby in case something gets...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: getting my horses to trailer, loading a horse, feed bucket
loading a horse, feed bucket, stock trailer: Hi Julie, What type of trailer are you trying to load them into? Is it the correct size for them? It is very important that a horse knows how to trailer as I am sure you know. Loading a horse into a trailer can be tricky as horses do not like...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: infinite speed control, speed control, collection
speed control, collection: Hi Sue Lynn! Horses don t wear watches and neither should we! It just takes what it takes! We ride by FEEL and not the clock. I have some horses that just get it , and others that need to work at it a little more. I never train on my horses, it just...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Keeping his eyes in front, old paint, eye problem
old paint, eye problem, eye sight: Hi Melissa, How long have you had him? Is this a new behavior? When you suspect an eye problem, the best thing that you can do is to get the Vet out to check his eyes. The Vet can tell you if there are problems and how serious they are or are...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Mistreated Gelding: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, rick gore, training
rick gore, training, sacking out: Well good for you for taking the guy, but be warned you have a long road ahead. This can take a year or two to move all those bad memories back so he can trust people. Another thing you have to do is not spoil this horse. If you are too nice and never require...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Morgan Gelding pays no attention to me, april reeves, horse training
april reeves, horse training, one rein stop: Hello Morgan Owner, Morgans are one of my favorite breeds, and the first one I ever owned when I was little. They can do everything. Even things you donít want them to do. It looks as though this is where you are right now. First thing: never ride with...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Nervous Horse, appaloosas, panics
appaloosas, panics, flings: Hi Jessica Sounds like you arte having a tough time with this boy! Appaloosas, as a breed, have a reputation for being a bit flighty, a bit naughty, and generally distrustful of humans as a whole (I know 5, and they are all like this!!!!) I would suggest...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Nervous Horse, april reeves, adiva murphy
april reeves, adiva murphy, appaloosa horse: Answer from April Reeves: Hello Jessica, It took me a while to contemplate the answer to this, as it could go many ways. I think the first thing that strikes me may be a lack of consistency on your part. This horse is very clearly Ďmirroringí you;...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Nervous Horse, hard feelings, panics
hard feelings, panics, flings: Hi Jessica! I cannot give training advice to non-owners of the horse in question. Training is the sole responsibility of the legal owner. Any interference...no matter how well intentioned, can lead to hard feelings at best and a lawsuit at worst. I...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Nervous Horse, panics, flings
panics, flings, appaloosa: Hello, Sounds like your guy is a little confused. He knows you are there to help but doesn t know how to keep out of your space. He wants a release of pressure so he looks to you and then tries to come to you. Here is what I would do. Slow it WAY down. You...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Nervous Horse: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: Jessica, I answered this question and you have never read the answer, maybe you typed you email wrong, but the answer is already published, if you check my answered questions you will find it. http://en.allexperts.com/q/Horses-Behavior-Issues-3329/2008/11/Nervous-Horse-www-freewebs.htm...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Nervous Horse: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: His confidence comes from you. You sound worried and insecure in your question, you are trying to be too careful and not push him. He sees this as weakness and that you are not a strong and confident leader. By pushing him and making him do things he will...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Nervous Horse, colt starting
colt starting: Hi Jessica! Okay...time to put the brakes on here. You are starting a colt. It may be older by the calendar, but in experience, still a colt! I volunteer here knowing that if I don t help the human, I can never help the horse. I m hoping you wrote to...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: need help with my horse: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: Sarah, a horse is never to old to learn, but people sometime are. The horse is not doing anything wrong. He is being a horse. You should not be riding him right now. You need to learn more about horses and educate yourself better so you can do some ground...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: new colt training - sullen and bucking, colt starting
colt starting: Hi Sharon! I know that if I can t help the human I can never help the horse...so I want to to hear what I m saying with your HEART and NOT your EGO! STOP! Why are you trying to ride a long yearling? YIKES! I am so hoping that the 90 days under saddle...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Picking up feet: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, rick gore, training
rick gore, training, sacking out: I gave a short answer since people that don t provide the requested information normally don t even read my answer and if they don t take time to read and provide a thorough questions, then I do not put much time in the answer. With that being said, I referred...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Pinning ears behavior: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, rick gore, training
rick gore, training, sacking out: It depends? There are very few absolutes with horses. You have read and learn the horse. If a horse pushes you then you have to push back and not retreat or move away. If you move away from a horse when they tell you or show bad behavior, then you tell...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Problem Getting My Horse To Lunge, rick gore, training
rick gore, training, sacking out: Hope you are not accepting that you cause every action from a horse. It is never the horse s fault, it is your action that causes a horse to do what he does. Once you get this you will look more critically at what you are doing and will change it to get...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: pasturing together..., saddlehorse, filly
saddlehorse, filly, totem pole: You need to start keeping these two next to each other but in separate pens for now. They need to see each other and have the option of touching each other through the fence while still allowing the filly a way to step out of reach should Shadow get too aggressive...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: pregnant mares, april reeves, pregnant mare
april reeves, pregnant mare, broodmare: From April Reeves, Horsemanís U.com: Hello Stevie, Letís start with bedding. I prefer to use straw bedding at first. Keep it thick to give the mare and foal maximum comfort, especially since newborn foals tend to fall a lot while learning to stand. Straw...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: previously abused horse won't let anyone pick up back feet: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: I can only give you advice, unless you are in CA close to Sacramento and I could come see the horse. This horse just needs good desensitizing on her feet. You can get a soft stick or short whip or cane or anything to use as an extension of your hand. Rub...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: problem chinching horse: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: Well I can see you did not read my questions and provide the requested info that I need to give a better answer. I can also know that must not have read my profile or web site or you would know that I am the most anti chain horseman around. I do this to...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Rearing, professional trainer, astm
professional trainer, astm, helmet: Hi Cruise! You sound like a young rider to me and I never like to ask anyone under the age of 18 yrs. old to try and fix these problems like you have requested. I suggest you speak to an older, more experienced rider about these issues. Have them...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Rearing, dutch warmblood gelding, cheek bone
dutch warmblood gelding, cheek bone, dutch warmblood: Hi Nikki! You said two things that greatly disturb me. as the owner was threatening to have him put to sleep as she couldn t sell him and 6 years ago I had a horse rear and fall on top of me.... The first quote makes me suspicious of his history...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Rearing and mouth or back problems, welsh cross, horse pony
welsh cross, horse pony, old paint: Hi Reino! Rearing is the worst vice a horse/pony can have. Consistent rearing is terrible....BUT....inconsistent, unpredictable rearing is unforgivable. Which is what your pony appears to be doing. Even having said that though... I will bet the farm...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Round Pen problems, google, monty roberts
google, monty roberts, tack shop: HI Kimberly! This is a common behavior of a horse who has no clue as to what to do...they just do nothing. To their mind, complete inaction in certain situations is the safest course. I cannot explain to you over the Internet how to physically move...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Not raising back feet to be cleaned: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, rick gore, training
rick gore, training, sacking out: Diane, you did not provide the requested info I asked for. This horse is not the problem. You are allowing the horse to do this bad behavior. You are not being a strong leader so the horse will stop this. You are showing the horse that you are the alpha...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: rearing horse, april reeves, adiva murphy
april reeves, adiva murphy, mare: From April Reeves, Horsemanís U.com: Hello Bobbie, By a pressure halter, are you referring to a rope halter? If so, I would strongly suggest it. If you are referring to nose chains or other methods, then I strongly argue against it. Rope halters...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: runaway horses, runaway horses, homer alaska
runaway horses, homer alaska, miles from anything: Hi Susan, I can not give you a set answer for your questions. Much depends on the horse s age, the shape they are in, how much food is available and how cold it is. Horses move with the wind behind them as it is difficult to walk into a wind....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Sensitive horse, massage movements, ground games
massage movements, ground games, circular movements: Hi Lucy Thanks for the question and I shall try mu best to help. It could be she has been abused at some point in the past or it could be that she is merely a nervous horse. The best way to get her over this fear is to try a de sensitising...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Show Trouble, full gallop, speed merchant
full gallop, speed merchant, fun show: Hi Emily Sounds like he s been used to going at jumps flat out, and is a speed merchant. Gridwork, lessons, and in the meantime a stronger bit will help you control him. Try some dressage schooling, as this will make him more responsive and easier...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Spooky Mare: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: I always look to the person for the problem and not the horse. I would tell you to try and be more confident yourself. Most horses are a reflection of their owner, rider or handler. You don t appear to trust this horse and the horse knows it. Trust your...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Standardbred, jumper ring, show jumper
jumper ring, show jumper, hunter jumper: Absolutely! You may have a bit of a handful with the racing background, however, nearly every horse I ve ever shown in the hunter/jumper ring has been an ex-race horse! What you want to look for in him before you purchase, is whether or not he is sound confirmation...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Starting a horse: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, rick gore, training
rick gore, training, sacking out: Hi Mattie, some people do start at two, but three is better for light riding and starting, most horse s bones are good at three, but the spine of a horse is not fully developed until five. At two, since you are young and light, getting the horse use to...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Stud Colt difficulties just surfacing: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, rick gore, training
rick gore, training, sacking out: The kicking and pinning and herding is all normal. If you understood horses better you see this and it would not bother you. There is always a chance that horses get hurt when they play, fight or chase, but they are horses and they need to work this out....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Sudden attitude change, stud colt, short attention spans
stud colt, short attention spans, herd animals: Hi Brianna, Since this just happened today, then I would not overly worry about it. Here are a few things in case it happens again You do not want to tie him. In my opinion, he is too young to be tied. It is very easy for a foal of this...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: saddle fit affecting attitude: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, rick gore, training
rick gore, training, sacking out: Well Kim, thanks for the smile. Like many things with horses, there are many ways, some better, even if it is bad, since horses are so forgiving, they allow bad and will still work. There are not too many absolutes in horses. The best answer, most of...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: slowing down a fast horse, bolting horse
bolting horse: Hi Kerilynn! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving! Yes, there is plenty to do to get control of your horses feet and mind! It frustrates me that riding lessons are still so one dimensional. I guess they should really be termed taking a ride lessons,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: spending time, april reeves, new horse
april reeves, new horse, send horse for training: Answer from April Reeves, Horsemanís U.com: How exciting for you! Iím glad to see someone sending their horse out for training. Itís much better for the horse and the rider! What does concern me a bit is that you did not get instruction along with the...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: stall kicking: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, rick gore, training
rick gore, training, sacking out: He may hurt his hooves, he will hurt the walls, but I would rather see him in the pasture alone than in the stall. He may get over this, but it may get worse. Stalls are bad in my book and should be used by exception, but horses can adapt very fast, so only...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: when to start, old mustang, professional trainer
old mustang, professional trainer, monty roberts: Hi Julia! While this may seem a simple question that only required one sentence....I cannot even begin to answer it over the Internet. I am concerned that one would consider taking on a young horse with no real knowledge of how to keep and train him....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: strong pulling horse, dressage trainer, best bet
dressage trainer, best bet, professional trainer: Hi Karen! This sounds like a case of absolutely no bit acceptance . He does not know what the bit is for, was never trained properly to respond to it s communication to him and so he disregards it completely and does as he pleases. OR he was trained...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: TB became hard to catch, catching in the patture
catching in the patture: Hi Sabrina! Horses will always be HORSES! She is just doing what she thinks she needs to do to survive, and the horse is never wrong. You just have to become more important to her than this other mare. Start by hooking her on, getting her to consider...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Teaching a horse to shake its head yes: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: A horse shaking his head up and down is a natural action, some horses do when wanting a treat, some do it when they pick up a toy or something and some do when chasing a fly that is between their legs. Any thing you do to simulate what causes this works....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: A TRAINING SYSTEM, april reeves, adiva murphy
april reeves, adiva murphy, parelli: Answer from April Reeves, Horsemanís U.com: Hello Barbara, First, I have to say good for you! Getting back on a horse is a big dream, and good for you to be brave enough to do it. Owning a horse will help in your other goals, especially for strength...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Traffic fear, fighting a losing battle, wide shoulders
fighting a losing battle, wide shoulders, hind quarters: Hi Angela! I voting with your HORSE on this one! People drive CRAZY!!! I used to ride on the roads all the time, but no more. I m terrified of traffic too, and with really good reason! If you have really big, wide shoulders and very few cars that...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Trailer loading: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: If you have to get him moved, a good open stock trailer works well to feed him and get him in. All horses need a herd, if you don t have to keep him separate then it is better for him to be with another horse, next to another horse is not the same thing,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Training possibly even RE-breaking my 9 Year Old Paint :), rick gore, training
rick gore, training, sacking out: Well anytime a horse is shaking with fear, the last thing you want to do is get on his back. Fear is normal, but shaking is a sign of a horse about to blow. As for breaking him. You can try some good sacking out. I have a section on this on my site on...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Can't figure him out?: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, rick gore, training
rick gore, training, sacking out: Ok, as you know I can only guess and give you some ideas and suggestions, but it sounds like you are doing just about everything right. I always go to aches and pains that cause things like this. He could have a pinched muscle, tendons, or back nerve, so...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: teaching a pacer to trot, april reeves, teach standardbred to trot
april reeves, teach standardbred to trot, rehab: Answer from April Reeves, Horsemanís U.com: Hello Christine, Unfortunately your older boy will be a pacer for his entire life. There are two predominant lines of Standardbred breeding: trotter and pacer. The pacer is bred to pace: it is inherent in...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: trailer unloading, april reeves, adiva murphy
april reeves, adiva murphy, trailer loading: Answer from April Reeves, Horsemanís U.com: Hello Tracey, Ouch. You have 2 very big problems that will require some work to fix. One is that you have a horse trailer that is too small for your horse, and 2. You have a horse who has already experienced...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: trailer unloading, flight instinct, ground manners
flight instinct, ground manners, rear tack: Hi Tracey! Believe it or not the trailer is not your problem. It is merely a symptom of a much larger issue. He is ignoring you, the human who he *must* always obey and allowing his flight instinct to override any concerns for you or your dominance. ...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: trailer unloading: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, rick gore, training
rick gore, training, sacking out: The horse is confused and scared. You need to set him up for success and slow down and make this easy steps. Don load him all the way. Load his front feet and have him back out a few times, then if he is calm and has got the idea, load his front feet and...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: troubled arabian, mother inlaw, experiances
mother inlaw, experiances, anthing: Hi Phil! All of the problems you have described while he is under saddle stem directly from his disrespect for your authority. You did mention he shows you he is above you in the herd .....and you are allowing him to think that through all of your actions...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: UNsensitive Horse, leg pressure, tug of war
leg pressure, tug of war, good kick: Hi Mattie, It sounds like you have a great horse. I d first rule out any physical issues, including his teeth, just to confirm there isn t something painful. I d go back to basics with your horse, working specifically on him responding to not only your body...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Unreliable Tennessee Walking Horse Mare, tennessee walking horse, ground manners
tennessee walking horse, ground manners, going in circles: Hello Alisa, I would start by making sure you have a natural rope halter with a lead rope that is at least 12 feet long. On the ground first start by rubbing her all over with the lead rope, remember horses learn best when you advance and retreat with pressure,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: unintended lay off, thoughts and prayers, bear that in mind
thoughts and prayers, bear that in mind, appy: Hi Siski! I am so sorry to hear about your husband. I hope each and every day is just a little bit better for you. Horses can be so healing. Please take care of yourself and know that I am sending thoughts and prayers your way. Your Appy will be...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: should I walk away?, bomb proof, vet check
bomb proof, vet check, having a bad day: Hi Mike, If your wife does not trust him then pass on him. Horses can pick up on fear and even the best behaved horse can then act up. Your Vet is correct about the chance that the pony could have been sedated. Sadly, it is something that a few...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: weaning orphan foal, mare and foal, orphan foal
mare and foal, orphan foal, weaning: Hi Colleen, First of congratulations on your Mustang. Normally, I would say that you could keep the mother with the foal until both were ready . Because of the mare s behaviors, I would take the baby away from the mare or a few hours each...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: weanling biting and bucking at feeding: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, rick gore, training
rick gore, training, sacking out: You are causing this by being to easy on the horse. You have to understand horses better to understand this. Read my web site about herd behavior, you and this horse is a herd of two and you are either higher than her or lower than her. You have let her...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Young Mares behavior, april reeves, horse training
april reeves, horse training, Percheron Thoroughbred cross: From April Reeves, Horsemanís U.com: Hello Janice, Your filly sounds quite normal to me. All horses display exuberance and love to self-exercise, especially when freed from confining pens and paddocks. If she does not get out every day, then running...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Younge horse, Bad Bad Bad Behavior, ground manners, grain bucket
ground manners, grain bucket, google: Hi Carlie! All of the examples you have given me of her disrespecting you and your space are merely symptoms of a larger issue. Forget trying to solve all the little things one at a time and focus on correcting the one main issue. Her complete disrespect...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: 18 month old colt from the beginning: Rick Gore www.thinklikeahorse.org, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: I have a section on my web site about horses that have not been handled. Lots of pressure and release (advance and retreat) you can keep him enclosed for a week or so, but if he was with other horses he will be nervous and it may be better to let him in the...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: 4 year old mustang and where to start, old mustang, size horse
old mustang, size horse, desensitizing: Hi Angela, it sounds like you have a great project horse and will have alot of fun together. As far as where to start with him and if you should send him to a trainer, that depends on a few things. First of all you need access to a round pen or small enclosed...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: 4 year old mustang: www.thinklikeahorse.org, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: First I would say get rid of the chain, no horse needs a stud chain, it hurts, it does not create trust, it does create fear and pain, I agree you do need a refresher, horses do not respond to fear and pain, they get more fearful and learn not to trust the...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Bambi's first ride, defence mechanism, good behavior
defence mechanism, good behavior, bad behavior: HI Susan Its nothing to worry about at all. Bambi isn t being naughty its normal behaviour. They were strange horses and it was merely a defence mechanism thats all. You can t reprimand her for natural reaction at all. Once she gets to know the...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Bambi's move!, social animals, human contact
social animals, human contact, bambi: Hi Susan So glad it all went well! Sounds like she has made friends quickly as well. Horses do need companions and friends as they are social animals much like humans need other human contact. I do like the sound of the new place, your going to...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Behaviorial changes Agressiveness: www.thinklikeahorse.org, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: www.thinklikeahorse.org Rick Gore Hi Tricia, this is odd. I would not sell the horse, if anything give him away to a great home, but not yet. This horse may be very connected to you and see s these others as competition to his herd of you and him. Regardless...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Behaviour/Ground Work, april reeves, natural horsemanship
april reeves, natural horsemanship, trot: Answer from April Reeves, Horsemanís U.com: Hello Kelly, Itís typical that the mare is testing you. I have found every track horse has that in them, and I believe it comes from being put to work too early in life, before being allowed to grow up physically...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Behaviour problems: www.thinklikeahorse.org, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: If you don t mind it, then he is doing what you allow him to do. If you want him to stop, you have to let him that you do not want it. As for bites that is an absolute No NO. He should get popped in him mouth the second he bites or tries to bite. Biting...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Bit, training horses, ancient idea
training horses, ancient idea, myler bit: Hi Marianne! You did not give me any specific details as to what you wish to do with this mount, his age or his background. However, I can recommend the Myler Bit System. You can Google this and it is sold in all major tack shops. Read up on how the...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Breaking/training with a Stallion?, paint stallion, mental maturity
paint stallion, mental maturity, professional situation: The general rule about appropriate ages for persons wishing to handle a stallion professionally is that they must be a legal adult, depending on the area you are in that can range from 18, 19 to 21 years of age. This is done to ensure the handler has...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Bridling issues, bridle, congratulation
bridle, congratulation, quarter horse: Hi Jessica! Congratulation on your new horse! There are so many things going on here, so many other things that you can do to really make this a wonderful horse. I ll just start by answering your basic question of bridling... Start by teaching this...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Bucking at canter, ground manners, flying changes
ground manners, flying changes, marish: Hiya Rachel, I would just make her work through it, also, when you notice she is having a bad bucking day, mark them down, and ask your vet to do a check on her hormone levels...she may just be a little more sensitive than others. I would be inclined...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Bucking while cantering: www.thinklikeahorse.org, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: Well most 4 yr olds are a little cold backed. Until they warm up they do not like to canter, so warming her up more, lounge her with the saddle may help. I would not use spurs, whips or crops, they only scare and make the horse resist more. Pain never works...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Buddy Sour, couple bucks, whinny
couple bucks, whinny, weanling: Hi Mattie! Because of your being a first-time owner and under 18 years of age, I can only advise a professional trainer to give you some hands on help. Speak to your vet, farrier or tack shop and ask them to recommend a local trainer with experience in...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Buddy Sour, april reeves, horse training
april reeves, horse training, groundwork: Answer from April Reeves, Horsemanís U.com: Hello Mattie, You are correct; Spike does like his filly friend more than he likes you. He is showing you disrespect as you are taking him away from her and at this point, you are not as much fun and have no...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: bonding and breaking, bad habit, hey miss
bad habit, hey miss, good habits: Hi Ashley, I would need more background on your training and experience to give a really good answer. I do think the bond you are seeking, can come from any horse, of any type or age. Trust, respect, friendship and love can form a bond with any horse....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: bringing down my horses head: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: You can put a martingale on a bosal, I would not do that. Her head is high since she is getting used to you and her new area. Her head high tells me she is nervous and not confident so I would work on that. Low hands = low head, try and make your hands...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: bucking tracking right at canter: Rick Gore www.thinklikeahorse.org, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: Well I do not know what the riding experience was before the trainer or if this horse was just broke by the trainer in the last six months. If the horse is just broke then bucking a little is normal. I look at all horses problems as something people do to...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: College/vocational school issue, business management course, bryan neubert
business management course, bryan neubert, bob avila: Hi Jessica! I would opt for the 4 year school. A bachelors degree is always more helpful than a vocational school. If something were to happen or you had a change of heart and wanted to do something else, you are far more prepared with a BS or BA than...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Crazy Draft Horse: www.thinklikeahorse.org - Rick Gore, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: This question and answer is a perfect example of why people get hurt by horses and why horses get a reputation of being mean and dangerous. OMG,If you are still alive, you really need to be careful about showing a stud who is the boss the lesson you...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: canter issues: www.thinklikeahorse.org, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: You have to teach her a canter cue when you are on the ground, like kiss, pressure, and say Canter everytime she canters, then when you are on her back you do the exact same thing, so there is no confusion what you want her to do. If she does not do it...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: change of personallity, welsh mountain, kirb
welsh mountain, kirb, time owner: Hi Becky! Actually, you have answered all your own questions with what I would have recommended. I would have said...find an adult or older, more experienced rider to correctly train the pony to behave better for smaller, less experienced riders....such...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: collecting, april reeves, collection
april reeves, collection, dressage: Answer from April Reeves, Horsemanís U.com: Hello Erin, There are no quick ways to achieve collection. It is only achieved through time with proper suppling and muscle development, and cannot be achieved mechanically. Letís go through the pros and...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: collecting": www.thinklikeahorse.org, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: You need to get rib the bit completely until you teach her to give to pressure without pain. Use a halter and teach her to flex while you are on the ground and then under saddle. A halter will teach you how to be gentle and not use the pain of a bit to get...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: How can I make my colt less spooky/have more trust/respect for me: www.thinklikeahorse.org, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: Hey Michaela, this is a you issue and not the horse. You use terms like embarrassed, ungrateful, horrible and bad horse. Those are your terms not a horse. Your horse is only being a horse. He is nervous since he does not have a good strong leader that...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: depart for the canter, crazy circles, natural gait
crazy circles, natural gait, qh mare: Hi Erin! While the canter is a natural gait for a horse to perform.... but, to do it exactly and correctly when the human partner asks, that must be trained into the mount. I strongly advise against spurs or any other aid like that right now. Once you...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: depart for the canter, qh mare, physical reason
qh mare, physical reason, hind end: Hi Erin, First off, it s very smart of you not to keep using home as a reward for cantering. I d suggest to start by having a complete physical done by a vet, to confirm there isn t a physical reason she doesn t want to collect and canter, be sure to...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Encouraging foal to walk on a lead: www.thinklikeahorse.org, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: No tips or tricks, just good horse knowledge and understanding of the horse. This horse is young, growing with lots of energy. It has just been stalled and poked and treated and handled by various people during it s treatment. Any out burst is very understandable....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: English Horse, bucking
bucking: Hi Marianne! You horse is only doing what he thinks he needs to do to survive. His is not lazy or bratty. He is just doing what he knows. There are several things at work here. You have to become a leader your horse can trust and believe in. If you...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: English Horse, many horses, old paint
many horses, old paint, english horse: Some horses are just more lazy than others. The bucking and bolting leads me to a few questions for you. Are you using any spurs or a crop? How well does his tack fit him? What kind of bit do you ride in? Does he do this with just you or other...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: English Horse, april reeves, groundwork
april reeves, groundwork, manners: Answer from April Reeves, Horsemanís U.com: Hello Marianne, My first thought was that you had a saddle fitting issue. Itís rare to find a horse go Ďsnakeyí with one saddle but not another. Go to the saddle fitting article on my blog: aprilreeveshorsetraining.wordpress.com...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: English, bridle and bit, old paint
bridle and bit, old paint, english saddle: Hi Marianne, It sounds like your horse has been allowed to develop this behaviour for a while. How long have you had him? Did he do this with his previous owners? Does he pace or trot? (some standerbreds will do one or the other) My first suggestion...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Extreme excess of smegma, e coli bacteria, extreme excess
e coli bacteria, extreme excess, yeast infection: Hmmm..could be worth asking your vet to do a blood test to rule out Cushings, but that is normally age realted, as in a horse with Cushings is generally in their twilight years, so your vet may not have considered this. Good luck hun, and I hope that...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: ear pinning? Rick Gore www.thinklikeahorse.org, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: Well without seeing this first hand, it is hard to tell for sure. It may be a slight resistance showing in the ears, she may not like to trot and shows this with her ears. If it not progressing to anything more serious, it may go away with time. Not sure...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Fear or trailer/loading following accident: Rick Gore www.thinklikeahorse.org, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: Well I would agree that all horses hate trailers even if they go in and are good. All horses dislike them, they fear them, they are trapped, they cannot move, the sounds are loud, they have to pee and poop on themselves, they can t see anything, why would...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: First 90 days, april reeves, young
april reeves, young, horse training: From April Reeves, Horsemanís U.com: Great question, as I have seen some pretty sad horses return from Ďtrainingí. I had the privilege one day to ride an expensive reining colt, returning with 3 months of Ďproí work on it. I lost half of my face from this...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Extreme excess of smegma, sheath, bacteria
Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Extreme excess of smegma, sheath, bacteria, vet

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse biting his shoulder/chest under saddle, ulcers
Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse biting his shoulder/chest under saddle, ulcers

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Problem Pony, 3 years, stephanie
Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Problem Pony, 3 years, stephanie, horses

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: feeding problems, norwegian fjord, feed bucket
norwegian fjord, feed bucket, feed time: Hi Nikki! It is very common for horses to become dominant at feeding times. They often want no one by THEIR food...that is how the horse sees it. YOU are too close to MY food! So, they act out to say I want MY food now and stay away form it or I ll...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Gelding acting out at my colt, stud colt, empty stall
stud colt, empty stall, stall area: That is possible as well ... Lack of exercise can make any horse cranky and agitated. If temps are so low and the paddock is a sheet of ice, I would put the colt back into the Birthing stall. If it s cozy then all the better for him. I thought that was the...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: gelded or not, unwanted horses, show horses
unwanted horses, show horses, eara: Hi Brian! First, I recommend you have your veterinarian out to check out your colt. He can tell you if he has dropped, if there are issues and he can even geld him too right then and there if he is ready. I do not recommend you keeping him a stallion....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: gelding, sheath cleaning, bean removal
sheath cleaning, bean removal: Hi Claire! Your gelding just needs to have a bath! There is a waxy substance that will build up in a geldings sheath and on the penis that is called smegma . You can also find it between the tits on a mare. There are commercial products on the market...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Halter Training 3 Donkey's: www.thinklikeahorse.org, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: Since you have horses, are they kept together? Seeing you handle and halter your horses will them to learn you will not hurt them. If you are handling horses, these guys should be no different. I have an abused mustang that was very hard to handle and even...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: MY HORSES FEET, hoof boots, sensitive feet
hoof boots, sensitive feet, week ago today: Hi Jessie Probably your pony has just got sensitive feet....and having no shoes on means his sole is in direct contact with frozen ground....I d be reluctant to put my weight on my feet as well with nothing to protect them. I would ask your blacksmith...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse biting his shoulder/chest under saddle, anglo arab, pigeon toed
anglo arab, pigeon toed, cannon bone: Hi Leanne, I really commend you for going the extra mile with with your horse. I am sorry, but I have no idea what it is. Have you ruled out any neurological? Did anything precipitate this behavior? Do you remember what he was doing prior...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse being headshy with bridle: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: I absolutely think this is an handling issue and human issue. If this person does not like QH and your horse is a QH, I would say that is your answer. Anyone that claims to be a trainer or expert and then groups horses into breeds is an idiot in my book....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse Problem, april reeves, barrel racing
april reeves, barrel racing, horse training: Hello Marianne, After considering your question, I would like to view that video you have. It may tell me a better story and I like to be as informed as possible when I help people. Also, is the horse ridden anywhere else, for other purposes? What...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: My Horse: www.thinklikeahorse.org, pasture, lunge
pasture, lunge, ears: It sounds like your horse is telling he hates being stalled. I would say leave him out in pasture for a week, see if this behavior goes away, then you will know it is the stall or how he is handled in stall. You have to try and find out why this is, it...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: hard to catch colt: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: These guys are both young. The one that protects is dominant and thinks he is protecting the timid one. In time he will come about, not sure how long you have had them. Don t try and pet, chase, or catch the timid one. Just ignore him and he will become...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: help me, ground manners, quality hay
ground manners, quality hay, palomino: Hi Melissa! From the short amount you wrote to me I have a feeling you are overfaced in this situation. You need some hands-on help. First, I recommend you have the veterinarian out to do a thorough exam. Discuss with him/her your concerns about...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: my horse that i just got is 18 years old and has some very bad habits: www.thinklikeahorse.org Rick Gore, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: Your horse looks very sad. He had a good friend and now is alone. Horses need another horse to relax and to play and so they can rest and relax. Your horse is nervous and scared and without another horse to spend time with he will get worse. He is also...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse in anxious when riding back to ranch: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: This horse is 4, this is a tough age, she is coming of age and starting to be an adult. Taking another horse with you will calm her down, Don t fight her or try and hold her back from barn, trot her and then turn around and ride out again, then work her back...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse behavior, old wives tales, blue horses
old wives tales, blue horses, ground manners: Hi Will! Even in this year of advanced technology and breakthroughs, the horse world is still full of old wives tales, superstitions and unfounded prejudices that to this day keep being passed around. In my opinion there are good horses and bad horses...and...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horses, tennessee walking horses, trot canter
tennessee walking horses, trot canter, gated horses: Hi Angela! Well, it can mean a couple of things...If your horse was to get the gate it means the horse and rider are excused and disqualified from the show arena and they must leave...by way of the gate! Gate also means movement or a way of moving...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horses, april reeves, donkey
april reeves, donkey, horse: Answer from April Reeves, Horsemanís U.com: Yes, itís very likely your horse will create some bond with the donkey, and give your horse the comfort of knowing there is another four-legged acquaintance around. Because they will not be in the same field together,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: kicking ex-race horse: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: I have to disagree with never buy a horse out of sympathy, it depends what you are buying for. If you understand a horse you can help a horse greatly by being a strong and fair leader so he will not be dangerous and you can make him a better and safer horse....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Miniature Horse walking in circles, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: This horse is stall crazy, he needs to put out in pasture with other horses so he has a job and is pushed by higher horses and he learns herd behavior. He has been locked up so long he has developed this vice and it will cause problems later, so you have...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Mistreated Mustang, long scar, feral horses
long scar, feral horses, slow progress: Do some research on the local trainers and see if any have had experience working with feral horses or mustangs. I would suggest that you consider asking one of them to come to your place and take a look at your mare. You can use this time to evaluate...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Moving to another stable, freakshow, new water
freakshow, new water, bambi: She should be fine. She already has a friend there so thats something good. :et her have a good look round the place, stop and look at all the things she needs to see, and she should be fine. Let her make friends (in a controlled situation) withthe other...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: mad mini mare, older horses, mini horse
older horses, mini horse, lead line: Hello, Sounds like your mini is a lead mare! Or at least she thinks she is ahead of you. Start in a round pen (arena would work too), turn her loose and using a stick with a string or plastic bag on the end send her around the pen. Try to keep her going one...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: mare that strikes out: www.thinklikeahorse.org, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: Well that would depend on what you did to get her to start this. It is very easy to tell when a horse starts a new behavior when the same owner has had the horse, then it is easy to see that the owner or handler caused it. A horse should not be kicking and...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: my missouri fox trotter gelding: www.thinklikeahorse.org, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: All horses love other horses, they each other to feel safe. This is very normal. You need to make the horse feel safe with you and to see you as his head leader, then he will want to be with you and he will feel safe with you. Read my herd behavior section...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: my new horses quirks, trot or canter, cirle
trot or canter, cirle, time owner: Hi Kim! When I asked What is all the tack you have on her? ....I meant what bit you are using, if there is any kind of tiedown or running martingale, what type of saddle and are you using spurs if it s Western. I can only assume from the novice answer...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Pony Behavior, mind body and spirit, gelded
mind body and spirit, gelded, essential nature: Hi Jeremy! Hummm...I think there may be a lot more going on here. I hope you are getting good help and instruction with these horses and kids! Three is still a baby and very green. You have to build trust with a horse first. The horse has a need...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Problem Pony, champion barrel racer, mountain pony
champion barrel racer, mountain pony, state champion: Wow! You do certainly have your hands full! I must say that your pony does seem to be a threat to your safety, and it may be wise to consider another horse down the road. However, your patience and persistence is to be admired! As for lunging him, is there...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Pulling Back: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: Well what you have done is taught him to pull. Every time you used a weak rope or snap or poor tie point, you have taught him that if you pull you can get away. So he has learned that lesson very well. Congratulations you are a horse trainer. I say it...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: previously abused mare: www.thinklikeahorse.org, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: All horses can be fixed after people have screwed them up, it will just take horse time. Horse time is as long it takes a horse to get it. Some take longer, some take shorter, but they all get it if it is done right. I am not a bit person, so I would try...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: the proper age to break quarter horses, breaking, age
breaking, age, riding: The mares that are 3 & 4 should be ready to start breaking. The one mare that is turning 2 is a bit more iffy. The quarter horses can be started as early as 2. It really becomes a personal preference. Personally I do ground work with them while their young...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: question about horse behavior: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: Only you can help your horse. You do this by understanding him. He is treating you like a lower horse since you have not been strong and showed him that you are higher. Understanding herd behavior will help you understand this. Read my horsemanship page...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Rearing: Rick Gore, www.thinklikeahorse.org, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: First it is a young horse and does not know much. Rearing is a thing that is caused normally by rough hands, painful bits, poor riding or lack of understanding of a horse. A horse will not rear if it can move forward. So when it rears it is saying I don...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Rearing: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: Thanks for you additional information, but it is also not helpful. It does not matter to me or to your horse who your trainer is. I have worked with many horses with many problems and many of the horses and riders had great trainers. A trainer is not responsible...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: SPOOKING: www.thinklikeahorse.org, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: All horses are spooky, it is how they stay alive in the wild and the spooky gene is passed on. The non-spooky gene is not passed on since those with that gene are eaten and killed. Sacking out is very important often overlooked in horse training. I have...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Stable problems, french trotter, spelling mistakes
french trotter, spelling mistakes, bad weather: Hi An! Actually, you did exactly what I would have recommended.....put her in the stall for 5 minutes at a time and then increase the time a little bit everyday. But, I would also say to ONLY feed her in this stall. If she wants food and water, she...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Stubborn Or Scared? www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: The horse may be scared since it can t see well, it may be in pain from getting old, sore back, sore legs, it may sour to riding. If the only time the horse gets attention is when she gets saddled up and rode, she will not like riding. Tell your friend to...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Stumbling, april reeves, hypp gene
april reeves, hypp gene, impressive: Hello Merry, I m so glad you have a vet coming. Let me know what the results are. I see no problem with your feeding regime. I think we can rule that out. Sometimes these problems are solved by working through every angle we can find, eliminating...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: spoiled filly, hard feelings, professional trainer
hard feelings, professional trainer, filly: Hi Jaimee! I cannot give training advice to non-owners of the horse in question. Any interference from another can lead to hard feelings at best and a lawsuit at worst. Training a horse is the sole responsibility of the legal owner. However, I can...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: stable problems, april reeves, horse training
april reeves, horse training, manners: Answer from April Reeves, Horsemanís U.com: This is a common problem with an easy solution. Many people who have kept horses out all summer & fall have emailed me about this. I must say your English is better than most of the people born here. Keep up...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: are studs as dangerous as everyone claims, first time buyers, time horse
first time buyers, time horse, enjoyable environment: Hi, Thanks for responding. Yes, a stallion will not only limit your riding places until you turn 18 but some public sponsered trail rides won t allow them period, regardless of the riders age. I think you d have much for freedom and less worry with a gelding...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Training mare & foal together, mare and foal, knackery
mare and foal, knackery, human voices: You can still work toward building her trust while she is with the foal. Try to stay near her during feeding time, speak with her quietly and offer her treats such as a carrot held in your hand, frequently. Do not force her to join up by working her in...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: off track filly, eventing prospect, ottb
eventing prospect, ottb, buying a horse: Hi Erin! I do not like to judge OTTB s and participate in the overall negative press that they tend to get. Good and bad ones are everywhere. The only person who can give you the best educated guess as to the soundness of a possible eventing mount is...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: unhandled 2 year old colt, hooking on
hooking on: Hi Emma! There is so much you can do. I m going to start out with the direct, simple approach. The concept is termed hooking on . It is how horses speak to each other and how they establish dominance and leadership. This whole process works much...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: x bomb proof horse, spooking horse
spooking horse: Hi David! I m so sorry this has happened. You never can tell what goes on when your horse is in someone else s care. The deal here is that you just have to go back and begin at the beginning and hope you can restore confidence and fill in the holes. ...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Youngster Problems, herd leader, temper tantrums
herd leader, temper tantrums, natural horsemanship: Hi Samantha No its not you at all, its him! At the moment he is the equal of a terrible toddler! Think about it, he is a baby and what do babies do................. they have temper tantrums and that is what he is doing with you! He is trying to...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: 12 year old quarter horse mare, quarter horse mare, quarter horse
quarter horse mare, quarter horse, grazer: Hey Nate, all horses want the same thing, to feel safe, secure and know their place in the herd. Horses like to know what to expect, so this mare, if abused may not trust men (since most men are abusers). Your job is to be fair and show her you are lead...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: 13.2 Buckaroo, trot canter, stable manners
trot canter, stable manners, haybales: Hi Charlotte! It appears to me that your pony has large gaps in his training. He knows a few things but, not enough to be a safe and reliable mount. I suggest you stop trying to ride him as if he is just an energetic horse and start training him as if...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: 15 Year old bay gelding, bay gelding, downward transition
bay gelding, downward transition, horse bucks: Hey Nate, glad he is coming along nice. You don t want crow hops to turn into bucks, the more he does it the better he will get. Don t pin his head to his shoulder, simple pop one rein and make his head tilt, and make it a correction fast and uncomfortable,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: 15 year old gelding, reins, gelding
reins, gelding, left leg: Hey Nate, you want a horse to learn to ride between the reins . You do this by helping him find the right answer. You don t want to pull on a horse, you may cause the horse to pull on you, but you don t pull. This is a very misunderstood concept. The...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: 2 year old arab, horsewomen, horsewoman
horsewomen, horsewoman, first horse: Hi Mike! I am so sorry for your loss. It is so painful to lose a loved companion. The bond that girls have for their horses is very special. I know how she must be hurting. My daughter lost her first horse to an accidental overdose by a veterinarian....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: 2 yr old Mountain horse gelding, brood mares, morgan colt
brood mares, morgan colt, horse gelding: Jennifer - The problem with your young horse biting sounds more like a 2 yr old male thing. Most colts tend to have that oral fixation - it tends to decrease as they get older. You just need to constantly be correcting him and making sure it doesn...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: 3 year old Mustange -- (www.freewebs.com/horseawareness), mustange, clinton anderson
mustange, clinton anderson, horse sense: Well, I must admit you made me lmao with your answer. You did seem offended by my answer but not my intention. Half of all questions I answer are never read by the person who asked. So I have learned to ask for a reply or ask for more info before wasting...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: 5MTH OLD KICKING COLT, palomino colt, survival instinct
palomino colt, survival instinct, horse ownership: Hi Jennifer, never tie a horse s legs. This little guy is young and missing him mom. He is looking for a leader to keep him safe. You are leaning on him and his survival instinct is to run and protect himself. Stop leaning him. If he kicks at you, make...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: 6yr thoroughbred gelding, thoroughbred gelding, perserver
thoroughbred gelding, perserver, hot horse: Hi Helen! It sounds like to me that you both started off on the wrong hoof. Let s just take a moment to regroup and look at the situation. A 6yr. old TB is a hot horse naturally and you must have known that, right? It seems to me that you kind of ...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: 9 Year old Aggressive Gelding, three horses, horse behavior
three horses, horse behavior, gelding: Hi Ginger! Since the gelding must be by himself more, you will need to trick him into the new way of doing things. Just grabbing him, separating him for long periods of time and hoping for the best is not a really good idea. So...what to do? If he...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Abused old pony, horses and ponies, shetland pony
horses and ponies, shetland pony, great attitude: Hello Stephanie, Sounds like you have a great attitude and enough knowledge to help your pony! The tricky thing with horses and ponies that have had bad experiences is that it can make the people around them act differently. People tend to move slowly and...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Angry Mustang, sheep dogs, fence line
sheep dogs, fence line, dogs cats: Erica - Kick chains can help, but they can also cause her to get scared and kick even more. Based on what you are saying, I might try putting a kick board on the rails. A sheet or two of plywood can work well. She may still kick, but the force of the...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Not accepting the bit, nose band, sweet iron
nose band, sweet iron, snaffle: Hi Emma! The absolute first thing you need to do is have her vetted to make sure she is sound enough to jump and jump consistently. Only a vet can make this determination. While your horse may be willing and doing it, it could easily lame her and cut...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: aggresive horse, bitting, horse owners
bitting, horse owners, tack shop: Hi Jeanine! You need help with him....way more than I can give you over the Internet! Speak to your vet, farrier or tack shop and ask them to recommend a local trainer with experience in your horse s breed. And also experience with difficult cases such...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Biting, rope halter, huntress
rope halter, huntress, gelding: Hello, It really comes down to timing to teach a horse to be still when you are grooming him. I would make sure you are using a natural rope halter with a heavier natural lead. Then work on grooming him without tying him up. You can even work on this in the...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: BLM Mustangs, retreat method, best bet
retreat method, best bet, bamboo pole: Hi Cinda, Are these BLM Mustangs and if so, did the person give you a copy of the Title? To begin with, I would put them in a pen that is no bigger then 30x30 so that you can work with them. you can keep them separate, then that is even better....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Box Stalls (wwwfreewebs.com/horseawareness), saddle and bridle, herd behavior
saddle and bridle, herd behavior, water buckets: Megan, you keep her in a box stall and she is bored, alone and scared. Horses will always develop bad habits when confined. She needs more time to be a horse. Let her out more, take her for walks more and spend time with her, NOT making her work. Let her...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Bridling a horse (www.freewebs.com/horseawareness), selling horses, old paint
selling horses, old paint, lesson horse: OK, thanks. You are not a fool for asking questions. If more people would do that they would not ruin and abuse horses. I am glad to hear that you look to yourself for the problem and not the horse. You also said that horse traders are worse than used...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Bucking Bronc, true horsemanship, ray hunt
true horsemanship, ray hunt, buck brannaman: Hi Katey! Wow, you have taken on quite a project! First and foremost I want you to be safe. I m not sure how old you are but, safety first, especially out in a pasture with bulls and cows! If you are committed to the process, I ll help you the best...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Bucking (www.freewebs.com/horseawareness), many horses, horse experience
many horses, horse experience, bronc: Well, I am too old to ride a bronc as well, so I make sure my guys are good and sacked out before I get on him. First thing is when you send horse off to trainer, you set yourself and horse up for failure. This horse is learning how to buck and getting better...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: bad habits, happy trails, bad habits
happy trails, bad habits, clydesdale: Hi Sara, Thank you for your question. It sounds like you ve got your hands full, but I comment you for wanting to be safe and do whats right for both you and your horse. My suggestion would be to go back to basics, as to me any horse you can t control,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: bad mannered, dangerous horse, rare occassion, personal stable
rare occassion, personal stable, saddle and bridle: Hi Kate, This is not horse s behaviors as you know are not safe. I am going to be blunt and suggest that you sell this guy to someone who is experienced, before he hurts you or someone else. Even after training, he could still have the...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Colt separation from Mom, human interference, one at home
human interference, one at home, move one: Well, in this case, I would put him in with other horses, where mom could see him and they could still touch noses and see each other and still socialize between a fence. Maybe do this for an short period and them put them back together. The next day make...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: collecting and slowing down, draw reins, side reins
draw reins, side reins, rope halter: Hi Cassie! This really is more of an issue of collection and not just slow. A slow trot will have no power and a hollow back and topline. Also, take into account your horses confirmation. If this is difficult for your mare, asking for too much can get...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: cranky filly, overo filly, first horse
overo filly, first horse, tack shop: Hi Mandy! Clearly your filly does not respect you as her Boss Mare and while you may love her, she is treating you like the dirt beneath her hooves. Why? Because you are allowing it. I may be 5 states away and I just know you are doing just about everything...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Dangerous bad habits, arabian mare, buck brannaman
arabian mare, buck brannaman, bad habit: Hi Heather! How wonderful of you to adopt this mare. Strange, bad and abusive things happen to horses and it is so sad. However, try not to carry that forward into your mare s new life. Yes, bad things happened, but for the two of you it is a new day...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Dangerous bad habits, arabian mare, bad habit
arabian mare, bad habit, english saddle: Hi Heather! Thank you for all the additional information. Considering you have owned her awhile and that she was perfect for a long time....I d have to say something is going on that you just aren t seeing. It s all in Emma s head and it s up to you to...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Dangerous bad habits, paint gelding, herd behavior
paint gelding, herd behavior, arabian mare: Here is an answer I gave to another person with the same issue. Read my website about kicking and herd behavior. You and your horse is a herd of two. Unless you understand herd behavior, you will not understand why your horse does what he does or how to...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Dangerous bad habits, arabian mare, bad habit
arabian mare, bad habit, taking a ride: Hello, I wonder what kind of ground work you do before you get on? She definitely is showing you her opinion of you taking a ride on her! I would start back at the beginning. Can you take a stick and tie a plastic bag on the end and use it to lounge her around...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Dangerous bad habits, arabian mare, bad habit
arabian mare, bad habit, extreme degree: Hi Heather, What a wonderful thing for you to do, Emma is lucky to have you as her new owner. Kudos to you for already considering the saddle and trying a different pad. Please let me know how my suggestions work, it s hard to condense all my ideas into...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Dangerous bad habits, arabian mare, bad habit
arabian mare, bad habit, best guess: Heather- Those habbits can sometimes be a symptom of pain. You might want to have the vet check her out the next time they are out, or if it keeps getting worse. You may also want to take a good long look at your saddle and girth to make sure there is...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: donkey, squeeze chute, old goat
squeeze chute, old goat, stalion: Hi Sharon, I apologize for the delay in answering you. You might want to get a slap shot. If you can trap him in a regular pen, then either you or the vet can sedate him without getting close to him. Your vet should have them or know where to...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Fights and bucks when up get out the saddles., ground manners, training horses
ground manners, training horses, bad memories: Hi, Thanks for getting back to me and I am thrilled to hear they both got a clean bill of health. I d still start with alot of desensitizing groud work before putting anything on their backs. As soon as you gain their trust, respect and confidence there, then...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Finging a good and reliable local horse trainer, skilled trainer, dressage trainers
skilled trainer, dressage trainers, breed organizations: Hi Charlotte! I always recommend talking to your vet, farrier or tack shop to find a local trainer. The most important thing is to find a trainer who has experience and knowledge about your breed of horse. A QH person would not work well with an Arab...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Not accepting the bit, draw reins, lateral work
Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Not accepting the bit, draw reins, lateral work, mullen

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Gelding that mounts, horse behaviour, saddle time
horse behaviour, saddle time, proof is in the pudding: Hi Christine! First, you need to have the vet out and have him throughly examined. Occsionally, old-school emasculations left a gland that allowed the studdy behaviour to remain whilst still rendering them sterile. But, ultimately you just have to make...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Hard to stop, pleasure trail, western pleasure
pleasure trail, western pleasure, strong boy: Hi Again Paige! and Ted too! I call these light bulb moments! When the obvious becomes clear. I was having a discussion with Ricky earlier this year about a very simple concept and I swore up and down was something we had NEVER, EVER worked on before...then...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse behavior, horse behavior, saddlebred
horse behavior, saddlebred, hooves: Lori - Yeah, that can happen. The forehead is a very relaxing spot for the horse to get rubbed, and more than likely he felt so relaxed he wanted to fall asleep. While it is not necesarily common, it is not unheard of. He must feel very comfortable...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse confined in her stall, horsemanship, own business
horsemanship, own business, dominance: Hi and thanks for looking out for her. A note may appear non-personal and could be confused, like what happens with emails often. I would get the number or hang out when you know they come out and ask if they would mind if you would take the horse out...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse Jumping Fence, morgan gelding, horse owner
morgan gelding, horse owner, info thanks: OK, in order to give the best answer I would have to see the horse and see what causes this, how he handles pressure and is he doing this from fear or something else. If you have a round pen, I would work him in there and get him to work our his stress. ...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse Striking Aggressively (www.freewebs.com/horseawareness), herd leader, aggressive behavior
herd leader, aggressive behavior, hooves: Hi Kati, first his being herd bound is not a his problem, it is his nature, he is a horse and that is where he feels comfortable and safe. I agree that you should not ride him until you get better ground control. If he respects you as his herd leader, he...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse that shys (www.freewebs.com/horseawareness), ottb, pissed off people
ottb, pissed off people, indoor arena: Just because someone calls them self a trainer, does not mean they understand a horse. There are many ways to get a horse to do things, some are wrong, some work short term, some make the problem worse. The difference is the horse knows you and has learned...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse stops when being asked to walk, tb gelding, hind quarters
tb gelding, hind quarters, hindquarters: Hi Jen! Your guy just has a little brace. Heres how to go about fixing this up... When he stops, face him, my guess is that you will be standing on his left side, take your lead rope in your left hand and open (point) to the left (your arm will now...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: handling feet, cotton rope, domestic horses
cotton rope, domestic horses, carrot stick: Karyn - I am a big fan of safety - especially when it comes to picking up the feet. So I use a thick, soft cotton rope. The rope allows me to pick up the legs, but not have my head anywhere were it can get kicked. First you want to get a long stick...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse, physical ailment, pvc pipe
physical ailment, pvc pipe, railroad ties: Hi Brogan, Thank you for the question. The first thing I would rule out would be a physical ailment, does he have any soundness problems, any previous injuries or recent ones that could be hindering his movement. Next thing I d also rule out is farrier/shoeing...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse, quarter horse gelding, parental guidance
quarter horse gelding, parental guidance, course time: Hi Allison! Well, he s three....and an energetic three to boot! Of course time and training will take care of most of it but, haven t you ever seen a fidgety toddler? 99% of the time there is just not enough firm parental guidance so the kids start to...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse, quarter horse gelding, good work ethic
quarter horse gelding, good work ethic, how to be a gentleman: Hi Allison! Your colt is young, energetic and needs a job! Lunging never works. It only tires a horse out and that only works for a little while until he is in such good condition that he could run all day! You have to get to the mind and build a good...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Getting a horse, personal choices, riding a horse
personal choices, riding a horse, gaited horse: Hi Janet, well a lot of your questions are personal choices. You are not too old, any age is good to own a horse. If you have not ridden in ten years, you will have to start as if you have never ridden. Many times when we ride long ago we either have bad...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse behavior problems, horse behavior, communication line
horse behavior, communication line, team roping: Hi Chasity! It seems tome that you have definitely lost control of this horse and my advice would be to stop trail riding him immediately (for everyone s safety!) and concentrate on developing a communication line between the two of you. Before I recommend...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse training, saddle and bridle, water buckets
saddle and bridle, water buckets, pony club: Hi Megan! Since you asked questions that even the most basic horseperson should have really known the answers to and your grammar was less than perfect, I assumed you were very young and inexperienced. However, I stand behind all my recommendations nonetheless....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: inm a new owner wat do i need to do, stock tanks, hay diet
stock tanks, hay diet, grass hay: Hi Chelsea! That is a really broad question! If you are talking about basic herdsmanship or the basic care and feeding of a horse here goes: Lets start with lots of good fresh water every day. The number one killer of horses in colic. Making sure...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Kicking, morgan gelding, herd leader
morgan gelding, herd leader, three horses: Christena - What you are describing sounds more like a problem with the facility or someone there - not a training issue. First I would contact the previous owners and ask if he ever displayed that type of behavior before. Some horses can be agressive...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Kicking, morgan gelding, herd leader
morgan gelding, herd leader, three horses: Hi Christena! YIKES! Remember, your horse is only doing what he thinks he needs to do to survive. It is not his fault. Something is going on in his life that this is an answer for him. One bad handler that is a consistent bad handler can set a pattern...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Kicking, morgan gelding, herd leader
morgan gelding, herd leader, three horses: Hi Christena, Have the people told you what sets off the behavior? Without knowing that, there is no way to give any suggestions to help stop it. I would put him in a pasture with just 1 other horse and keep him out 24/7 unless you or your...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Kicking, morgan gelding, herd leader
morgan gelding, herd leader, three horses: Hi Christena! Unfortunately, there is no real cure for inexperienced horsepeople being around your clever baby. He has them pegged in seconds as subordinate to him and the more often he is given way to, the more he acts out. He does not do it with you...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Kicking door of Stall (www.freewebs.com/horseawareness), blood circulation, weanling
blood circulation, weanling, mental stimulation: Rick Gore: Horses do best what they do the most! Hi Jen, this is a habit and has been reinforced with you guys probably rushing to feed her when she kicks. You need to do things to set up for success and not for failure. If she kicks because her food...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Kicking People (www.freewebs.com/horseawareness), morgan gelding, herd leader
morgan gelding, herd leader, three horses: Hi Christena, how long ago was he gelded? Was he proud cut or done by vet? This could be why he is so dominant. Another questions is, is he high or low in herd? At 3 he may be low and being pushed around so he is trying to be higher than someone in the...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: My mare "forgets" to stop., qh mare, huntress
qh mare, huntress, caitlin: Hello, The goal would be to not make the barrels stressful. Walk your pattern, start your pattern and then stop without finishing it, think about all the things you can do to make her follow your suggestion- not follow the assumed pattern. If you can get...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: MY mustang, rope halter, hind quarters
rope halter, hind quarters, hind feet: Hi Erica! I know you are frustrated and I m sorry. Your horse does not know how to operate in a bind. She feel trapped and confined by the saddle and she feels like her only option is to buck in order to save herself. Here are some things to work on so...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Nervous Gelding (www.freewebs.com/horseawareness), pleasure horses, gelding
pleasure horses, gelding, avail: Hi Sheila, well it sounds like the little guy was lucky to find you. Letting him roam with other horses is great for him. The other horses will teach him how to behave, yield to pressure and respect higher horses. Abused horses teach you the most about...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: New horse with behavior issues, natural horsemanship training, gentle horse
natural horsemanship training, gentle horse, rason: Hi, Part of the rason that he was so quiet when you got him, was because he was underweight. You have two choices, one is to send him to a Trainer for 30-60 days for some Natural Horsemanship training and the other is to sell him for an older, more gentle...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: New mare, artificial environment, dominant male
artificial environment, dominant male, living arrangement: Hi Pam! Allowing horses to be horses can sometimes be difficult to watch. Sooner or later, if you want to run your horses in a mixed band, you will have to allow them to sort things out for themselves. Make sure they have enough room to get away from...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: need your opinion, macho attitude, back fence
macho attitude, back fence, faint heart: Hi Siski! I m so glad that everything is working out! I LOVE,LOVE,LOVE your Tail! It is a great idea! Use it just like your mustang uses his! Make sure your husband only goes into the pasture when he has a flag or tail. Let him know to use these tools...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Raising and socialing a good stallion?, marriage breakdown, first time buyer
marriage breakdown, first time buyer, mares and foals: Hi Kellie, I would recommend that you geld him for several reasons. One being that a stallion needs extra handling and control since they can act up when a mare is in heat. Trying to control a 1000 lb+ stallion when he wants to breed a mare can...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: RE-training the Nervous Horse, paint horses, show horses
paint horses, show horses, hind legs: Hi Lexie! The very first thing you have to determine in a case like this is...is this real fear or disrespect of his training and you, the rider. From just what you wrote, it sounds like fear. He may have real gaps in his education or is just such a nervous,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: restarting a troubled horse, trot canter, kindergarten education
trot canter, kindergarten education, school kindergarten: Hi Kelly! I m so excited for you! The path that you are on now will be the most rewarding for you and your horse. Sometimes we have to hit some pretty big bumps in the road to really appreciate the new gifts that come our way! A D ring is a good...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: retraining my troubled boy, trot canter, hot potato
trot canter, hot potato, seesaw: Hello, Sounds like you have a good feel for your horse now. If you are wanting to work toward collection position your horse with his bum on the wall, slowly lift your reins-slide down- and slowly close your fingers to take a connection with his mouth. Hold...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: retraining w/out being mean, forward impulsion, trot canter
forward impulsion, trot canter, roundpen work: Hi Kelly, Thank you for your question and congrats for being open to trying new methods with your horse and leaving your last trainer. Sounds like you are already off to a great start! First thing I would suggest is have your horses teeth checked and make...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Serious Seperation Anxiety, quarter horse mare, good horses
quarter horse mare, good horses, seperation anxiety: Hi Andrea! I understand everything you said and while it seems an insurmountable situation, there is hope.....you can work towards a solution. I can t guarantee a perfect resolution but, you can do your best. Time + Training + Patience = Good Horses....

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

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Stallion Question, kentucky mountain horse, show rings
kentucky mountain horse, show rings, cetirizine: Hi Mary, You may be thinking of Cetirizine hydrochloride which is an antihistamine . It will not affect his wanting to breed, but it is illeagal in some show rings. I would recommend that prior to your friend using a medication, that he trains...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Starting my 2 yr old Mountain Horse, kentucky mountain horse, natural gait
kentucky mountain horse, natural gait, mountain horses: Hi Jennifer! This is not a training question so much as you are asking for an outside opinion. I do know gaited horses and have worked with all types. I cannot diagnose from just a verbal description, obviously. But, even if the horse was right in...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Starting a horse bareback, paint mare, trot canter
paint mare, trot canter, old paint: Hi Katy! Do I forsee any problems? Yes. Yes, I do. You should really not ride an unbroke horse bareback as they are completely and utterly unpredictable. I know you say she has been fine when you have done it, but I ll wager you have not asked her...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Starting a young filly, paint filly, rope halter
paint filly, rope halter, double diamond: Hi Trish! Time to get busy with your filly! She needs to learn a little respect, and now! From the moment you are in her presence, you are training her. I want you to act like the teacher, leader she is looking for. Her own mother would never tolerate...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Stress and the young horse, giving him something, ray hunt
giving him something, ray hunt, special something: Hi Cathy! How many days has it been? Are you seeing any improvement? Is he looking you up? Ray Hunt tells us, you can t teach feel. I wish he could, I wish I could! This is something you will have to feel your way through. When riding with Ray,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Stress and the young horse, herd animals, saddlebred
herd animals, saddlebred, crucial point: Hi Cathy! I know how you are feeling! It is tough to watch. Horses are herd animals and your gelding is only doing what he thinks he needs to do to survive. The human at this point in his life is just not important enough. I would use every second of...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: a scared horse, tennessee walking horse, herd behavior
tennessee walking horse, herd behavior, consistent leadership: Hi Trudi, since most abused horses are abused by men, most abused horses are more scared of men. Don t keep your hubby away. The more he sees men being nice to him and not hurting him, the better he will get. Horses are scared when they don t know what...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: slowing the trot (www.freewebs.com/horseawareness), communication check, western pleasure
communication check, western pleasure, english equitation: Hi Cassie, you have to learn to communicate with her better. Remember it is never the horse s fault. You have to teach her to read your body and you have to work on sending her clear signals. Try riding her in a halter and no bit. See if you can communicate...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Can't catch my Pony (www.freewebs.com/horseawareness), herd animals, 1hh
herd animals, 1hh, horsemanship: Rick Gore: Horses are herd animals and only know how to talk horse. They don t know how to talk human. They are not silly, mean or crazy. Those are all human terms. A horse is just a horse and they only know how to be a horse. Hi Keri, you have get...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: tennessee walker, old walker, tennessee walker
old walker, tennessee walker, jan jan: Jan - You may want to get an experienced friend or trainer to help you with that problem. It is hard to fix on your own, much easier when there can be a person on the ground helping. That way they can help to either keep the horse in place while you mount,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: training, intermittent reinforcement, correct behavior
intermittent reinforcement, correct behavior, percheron: Hi Janice. Thank you very much. It is excellent that you have started clicker training on your baby to carefully and correctly train her to your commands. Yes, they can become mouthy from consistent treats, so the trick is to use Intermittent Reinforcement....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: training a green 4yr old almost 5 yr old ponie mare, 5 gallon plastic buckets, gallon plastic buckets
5 gallon plastic buckets, gallon plastic buckets, saddle and bridle: Hi Megan, congrats on your new pony. It sounds like you have alot of fun times to look forward to. I am going to break your questions down in stages, so here goes: Water Buckets: It sounds like she finds playing in the buckets entertaining, which is dangerous...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: tying, rope halter, gymkhana events
rope halter, gymkhana events, hind quarters: Hi Jackie! Your horse is feeling trapped and does not know how to survive in a bind. She doesn t know what to do with her feet to feel safe about being tied. She really has never been taught HOW to tie and feel good and safe about it. So, here is what...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Wanting to buy a bareback pad..., bareback pad, metal hook
bareback pad, metal hook, bareback pads: Hi, Sounds like you got a great new horse. What a fun summer you have to look forward to. I had to say this but I am not a fan of bareback pads with stirrups. The reason being, there is no tree for stability and I ve seen many people lose their balance,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Wind Sucking (www.freewebs.com/horseawareness), miracle collar, grass hay
miracle collar, grass hay, special paint: Hi Sara, wind sucking is also called cribbing. There are two schools of thought on this. First I have never seen a horse wind suck that was kept in pasture and not in a stall. I was always under the impression and everything I have ever heard calls this...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: young gelding, pressure wave, huntress
pressure wave, huntress, gelding: Hello, If he is very timid waving your arm is good starting pressure-wave, pet, wave, pet etc., then move to a plastic bag at the end of a stick. Walk backwards and make him come toward you on the line while you shake the bag. You are trying to show him that...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: 19 yr old thoroughbred gets really toey, jig jog, stock work
jig jog, stock work, friends run: Hi Jess, this horse is just being a horse. He has been taught or learned this behavior over the past 19 years. You cannot fix it in a few weeks for months. This will be a slow and controlled process and he will only learn to stop this when you show him what...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: my 3yr old appendix quater horse, horse gelding, crow hop
horse gelding, crow hop, trailes: Hi Miranda, It sounds like you ve done a great job with Storm and I respect how you are handling your current challenges. First thing I d do is have a vet check done, be sure to include his teeth. Next confirm you tack all fits, has he grown recently, gained...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: 5 year old horse doesn't move forward, natural personality, old horse
natural personality, old horse, horse trainer: Hi Marieke! Sometimes it s not enough to just love your horses, as you say you do. You must train them correctly and thoroughly. You said you did not longe him or do any ground training, which would/could/should have included longlining. These are important...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: 7 Month Filly Hard to Catch, establishing dominance, horse herd
establishing dominance, horse herd, salt block: Hi Nicole! Believe it or not....you need to ignore her! I know that sounds strange but, it s true. The best way to introduce yourself into her herd is to do it in the language she understands. In horse-herd talk. To her, chasing her means she should...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Abused shetland pony, saddle and bridle, shetland pony
saddle and bridle, shetland pony, types of horses: This guy is just being a horse, all horses feel safe with another horse. He is new to a new home so in time he will adjust a bit. A horse will not get scared if he trust his leader. You have to be a good leader, show him he is safe. When he gets scared,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Agressive horse, pasture, aggression
pasture, aggression, 18 years: Hi again Ashley: Yes, aggression IS dangerous! This behavior has gone on for too long. You don t allow the colt to get close enough to you to bite, kick or strike you. You head off the behavior before this happens. The problem here Ashley and I have...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Agressive Jenny, good buddies, sue king
good buddies, sue king, aggressive behaviour: Hi Melanie! I cannot help you as I am not familiar at all with this behaviour or donkeys/mules in general. However, there is an expert on this site under the catagory MULES by the name of Sue King and I just bet she would be of more service to you....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Anxious horse, state of agitation, intelligent horse
state of agitation, intelligent horse, bolshy: Horse usually respond to the rider, so if you get upset or nervous then she is reading this. You have to be safe so if you are that concerned then you should not be riding her. I think this horse like most horse know when they are getting the best of the...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Appendix Mare, feed mixture, absolute doll
feed mixture, absolute doll, volkswagon: Hi, Okay, I d start by ruling out an eyesight problem and get an overall vet check, including teeth. Next I d comb that area of the arena. I know of a horse that suddenly started refusing to go out of the barn in one direction, for months they tried everything,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Arab Muzzled, horse behavior, bad rap
horse behavior, bad rap, good horse: Hi Tara Arabs are higly inquisitive by nature..I learnt this the hard way, as my mare used to regularly escape from her stable, and let all her friends out! A muzzle is not the solution here...that will make him resentful, and he won t be able to reinforce...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: anti social bully gelding, battle of the wills, respect issues
battle of the wills, respect issues, 15yo: You are feeling what all people feel when they don t understand a horse. Your horse is being perfectly normal. You have to think like a horse, read my web site, it may help. Horse are not mean, don t have attitudes and do what they always do in a herd....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: BAD MANNERS, bad manners, ferriers
bad manners, ferriers, professional trainer: Hi Holly! You ve said that he runs you down when you feed him or when he s mad. If the problem was only when you feed him, then I would say immediately stop going into his stall/pasture/corral when you feed him. That way he cannot reach you to injure...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Barn Sour Horse, tennessee walkers, hind quarters
tennessee walkers, hind quarters, small circles: Hi Moriah! I LOVE Tennessee Walkers! They have such great minds! Remember, your horse may be new to you, but he has had 20 years worth of experience and training to make him who he is today. Quite a few things were missed in his education, I m sorry...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Bitting and Kicking, morgan gelding, ear pinning
morgan gelding, ear pinning, chases: The horse is just being a horse, all horses try and be higher in the herd, he sees you as a herd member and since you don t make him move, he sees you has lower so he moves you. Being with other horses is good for him, he and you mare need to see people has...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Bolting, haileybury ontario, horses and ponies
haileybury ontario, horses and ponies, morgan mare: Hi Deanna, I would try and do more time just sitting on her, not asking anything. If she is over sensitive with the crop, I would get rid of it and not use, it is a cheat anyway, the horse should be responding to you legs and body, not a crop, but if you...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Bucking, tb gelding, welsh pony
tb gelding, welsh pony, rodeo horse: Hi Cassie! I d like to ask you a few questions before I give any advice. If I read this correctly, you have not ridden him since bringing him home...in fact, you can not even mount him as he immediately starts to buck and you cannot get on....right?...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: bucking horse, horse behavior, bucking horse
horse behavior, bucking horse, babysitter: Hi Cheryl! A horse bucks because they are troubled in some way. A four year old is still a very young horse and I m sure has not been fully finished and educated. Also, horses are horses. They all can buck, bolt, spook, bite, kick, rear it is what a...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: my bucking horse, bucking horse, buck buck
bucking horse, buck buck, feeding time: Bucking is a respect issue, you have to gain more respect on ground by moving her feet. The more you make her move when you ask the better, walk her in and out of gates, load her in trailer, lounge her, round pen her, back her up, move her and you tell her...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Catching Problems, piggy, buckets
piggy, buckets, pasture: Hi Jessica! I think it is just fine to offer your horse something she likes! So long as she is respectful, kind and obedient I see nothing wrong in offering the horse a good deal. Pretty soon they will start looking you up and they will be meeting you...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Charging Mare, dangerous behavior, flight response
dangerous behavior, flight response, hooves: Hi Brewster! I cannot give training advice to non-owners of the horse in question. I can say in the broadest of terms though...that if you feel out of your league and cannot think what to do with the horse, then you should stop before you or the horse...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: colt rears, foals, laid back
foals, laid back, colt: Hi Katie, Rearing is a normal behavior in young foals and one that can be changed easily with training. Start using a lead rope that has a rope that will go over his nose. Anytime your horse rears you will want to smack him on the chest with your...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: DONT BLAME THE HORSE www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, herd behavior, herd animal
herd behavior, herd animal, three horses: Never blame the horse, it is never the horse s fault. This horse is just being a horse. I know it sounds simple, but it is. If you really understood horses you would see this. A horse is a herd animal, it is their job to test the leader of the herd,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Donkey, stern voice, best bet
stern voice, best bet, pasture: Hi Christina, In my opinion, it is unsafe for young children to go into a pasture with an equine as they can be hurt or killed. Even if she does not mean to harm them, due to her size she can easily do it. I have two young children and do...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Ear Pinning, pasture area, ear pins
pasture area, ear pins, ear pinning: Hi Diana, it does sound like he is attempting to prove he s dominate but doesn t have the attitude to go through with it (or knows better). Either way is good as it means he d not entirely commited. I d start by using not only your voice but diverting his...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Appendix Mare, alfalfa, consistency
Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Appendix Mare, alfalfa, consistency, 3 years

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Barn Sour Horse, sacrum, insecurities
Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Barn Sour Horse, sacrum, insecurities, floridian

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Donkey, morining, farrier
Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Donkey, morining, farrier, hooves

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Jumpy Horse, horses training, feed bags
Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Jumpy Horse, horses training, feed bags, noes

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: mare trouble, fabric softener, static electricity
Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: mare trouble, fabric softener, static electricity, crocks

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Working in an outline, mounth, cob
Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Working in an outline, mounth, cob, waterford

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Halter Training www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, halter training, acre property
halter training, acre property, twine: Hi Jan, this problem is like most any problem with a horse. You are doing good by not going too fast. You said he was flighy, that means he would survive in the wild and not be eaten. All horses are spooky, it is how they live. That gene has been passed...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Help me get my boy to relax., foundation work, gallops
foundation work, gallops, race horse: Hi Angela, don t smack your horse. That does not show a horse you are boss, it shows him you are mean and don t understand him. You show a horse you are boss by moving his feet and body. Have you ever seen a horse just walk up to a horse and kick him.......

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse, understanding horses, pecking order
understanding horses, pecking order, pasture: Hey Matt, your question got sent to pool, so I got it. Read and learn about horses so you can help this guy adjust. To help him settle in visit him often, take him for walks, show him his new area and that it will not hurt him. You could walk him in the...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse that backs and tries to sit, paint mare, old paint
paint mare, old paint, bad habit: Hi Leslie! How is the bit adjusted in her mouth? I would drop the bit down and make sure it is just resting in the corners of her mouth with NO wrinkles. I hope you can ride because the fix here is if there is no mechanical or physical reason for her...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse behavior question, behavior question, horse behavior
behavior question, horse behavior, gaits: Hi Haley! When it is such a young horse, I like to rule out any physical problems first. I noticed you said she doesn t seem to want to go up to the field Is there a hill involved that she must walk up? The reason I ask is she may have a leg issue (stifle...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse bites, herd mate, yearling colt
herd mate, yearling colt, food source: You never feed a horse any treats or food by hand. Feeding them by hand causes them to think that you are part of the food source rather then the one bringing the food. Whn you bring them a teat, put it in a bucket before you give it to them. When she...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse running into stall, manure spreader, stud chain
manure spreader, stud chain, stall doors: Hi Alex! I would like to ask you a few questions before I give you any training recommendations. When you say I haven t raised my voice to him or been rough with him to teach him ....what EXACTLY do you mean by that? Be precise. Have you never put...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Horse runs into stall, belley, yrs experience
belley, yrs experience, pbr: Well first hitting a horse in the nose or face is a last resort. Only do that for biting or aggressive bahavior. This is not the case here, the horse is happy to be fed, wants her food and is excited to get and eat. All pretty normal. You have to set this...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: hand reared (www.freewebs.com/horseawareness), discrace, disrespect
discrace, disrespect, many thanks: Hi, horse don t throw tantrums, they are not mean, they are not angry, they are just a horse. Try not to put human names on their behavior, a horse is very consistent and easy to read, they only what they do in a herd. So if you know herd behavior, you will...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: herd bound clydesdale, long periods of time, time span
long periods of time, time span, long session: Hi Hilary, It sounds like you ve done a great job with your clyde. How old is he? He sounds like he might be young....both of your current issues are him being a bit herd bound and immature. As far as tieing, I am a huge fan of tieing for long periods of...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: herdbound mare (www.freewebs.com/horseawareness), paint mare, older horses
paint mare, older horses, horse work: Hey Casey, I never like taking a horse away from buddies, they need that for safety and security and so the older horses can teach them lessons. You sound like you are doing good and the fact that she is with her friends does not matter. If you continue...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse barn sour, quarter horse mare, herd animals
quarter horse mare, herd animals, proper interaction: Hi Deerail! This is a very complicated situation. Of course such a young horse wants to be with her herd. That is very natural. She does not trust you because you are not a horse. Period. Horse that are turned out 24/7 become very herdbound and will...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horse that kicks, natural horsemanship, unwanted behaviors
natural horsemanship, unwanted behaviors, paddock: Hi Susan, Horses don t get mad. they get dominant, fearful, trapped or frustrated, which can appear mad. A horse is just a horse. He wants to be safe and either have a leader or be a leader. A lower horse will never kick a higher horses, unless he thinks...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: horses, herd animals, mustangs
herd animals, mustangs, horses: Holly - Horses are herd animals. So they like to be in a herd. Even if that herd is only made up of two horses. They bond to each other like we do to our families and friends. We may not always get along, but we like being around others - just like...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Jumpy Horse, quarter horse gelding, fence posts
quarter horse gelding, fence posts, feed bags: Deneen - Well, first you should focus on the positives... he doesn t bolt or buck when something scares him. That is a big plus. As for what you can do... the best thing is to expose him to as much as you can. The trick is to do it in a controlled...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Keeping Head down-Western Pleasure, ligaments and tendons, side reins
ligaments and tendons, side reins, hind quarters: Hi Lina! Tie downs, draw-reins, gipping, side-reins do not work. As soon as the gimmick is gone the head pops right back up. You have to eliminate the braces in the horses body, get to the feet, teach a soft feel and the horse will just pack his head...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: kicking foal, first foal, salt block
first foal, salt block, t touch: Rick Gore www.freewebs.com/horseawareness Hi Roxie, As for licking, that could be a sign of pain from baby getting close, but all horses should have a salt block and mineral block available. If you are graining her with good mare food she should have...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: kicking in stall www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, quebec canada, extreme cold
quebec canada, extreme cold, gelding: Rick Gore, www.freewebs.com/horseawareness Well this seems to be bad. I don t agree that it is only the other horses. That may be part of problem, but stalls (cells) create all sort of bad behaviors. Horse get bored, lonely, stir crazy and they start...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: lunging, and bucking, hind quarters, hot horse
hind quarters, hot horse, rough edges: Hi Teri! I find it unusual that you are having issues with a horse that you have owned for 5 years. I would think that they would have been resolved much earlier in the relationship or you would have moved him along. From what you have described he...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Muzzled horse, horse behavior, bad rap
horse behavior, bad rap, good horse: Tara, I just want to make sure that I have your question correct :-). The owner of the stable where you board feels that your horse is running off other horses during feeding time and is hurting them? Aggression within the herd is not an uncommon,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Muzzles, herd behavior, horse behavior
herd behavior, horse behavior, good horse: I dont think it will make him more aggressive, what will make him more aggressive is people running from him. Does not sound like a lot of horse sense out there. At night is when he needs a buddy. I would find a higher horse and put in the small pasture...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: mare trouble, static electricity, weather changes
static electricity, weather changes, static problem: Sharon - I have to be honest with you, I have never heard of a horse acting so differently just because of static electricity. I could see where it could cause a problem, but I have never heard of it before. If this is just an issue now becuase of the...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: mounting my gelding, training horses, longe line
training horses, longe line, sweet feed: Hi! I have a very simple and successful way of training horses to stand for mounting. In order for this system to work though, you have to be very patient. It may take several months for you to have complete success. Please keep that in mind. ...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: mounting my gelding, headstall, stirrups
headstall, stirrups, gelding: Hi Heaven, It sounds as though your horse may have some back or neck pain. I would rule that out first by having a complete Vet examination down. If the Vet does not find any issues, then check your saddle and make sure that it is fitting...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: New Horse, horses head, first horse
horses head, first horse, horse training: Melissa - If you are a ggod enough rider that you can carry an egg and wait for just the right moment while the horse is acting up, reach forward enough to reach the horses head and break the egg... well you are a person than me, and you certainly wouldn...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: napping, long periods of time, inexperienced rider
long periods of time, inexperienced rider, worrying thing: Hi Heather! Yes you are quite right on all counts....he is very young (ponies mature very s-l-o-w-l-y) he is completely untrained and you are inexperienced with such a green horse so both of you are just floundering about. He appears to have a solid and...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: my new horse!, pain killers, paint horse
pain killers, paint horse, wrong horse: Stacie - If it were me, I would call the previous owners and ask them a little more about the horse. I wouldn t mention the drugged part. They may have lunged the horse a lot prior to you coming out, or they may know something that could be helpful....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Odd Behavior to Me, loving temperaments, vitamin deficiencies
loving temperaments, vitamin deficiencies, salt block: Hi Kristina Sounds like your fillies are both pretty accepting of anything you do with them. Please don t ride either filly yet, they are still growing, and their bones are not strong enough. Sounds like you have two filles who have great temperaments,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Possibly blind foal, signs of blindness, wiskers
signs of blindness, wiskers, maladjustment: Hi Rachael, You do not say how old the foal is, if he is a newborn then I would first make sure that he does not have neonatal maladjustment syndrome. If he is an older foals, then those symptoms do tend to point to the fact that the...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Problem 5yo, quarter horse mare, gorgeous mare
quarter horse mare, gorgeous mare, zippo pine bar: Hi Leana, you are not going to like my answer. But I hope you listen and maybe try and see this from the horse s point of view and not Your point of view. It is never the horse s fault! Anyone that blames a horse does not understand horses. You may have...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: pmu colt, lunge line, gelding
lunge line, gelding, lightbulb: Gerrie - With lunging, there is usually a moment where you can see the lightbulb go on, and the horse works really well. The problem is getting to that point in a non-confusing manner. One thing that many people have trouble with is the actual lunge...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: pony laying down whilst ridden, pony mare, flight check
pony mare, flight check, desensitizing: Hello, Think of what her laying down means. You are asking her to go, even at a trot and you run into a sudden and strong NO from your pony. In your ground work you probably have seen smaller no s coming from her as well. Go back to the beginning, spend...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Question about 11 month colt, good pasture, ground manners
good pasture, ground manners, old paint: Hi Christina, I would just concentrate on working on ground manners, and stop the walking, trotting and backing as that could cause him to have problems with his legs. You can pony him on soft ground and continue with the despooking. He does...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: RE:13.2 Buckaroo, trot and canter, s green
trot and canter, s green, lunge: Hi Charlotte! So, thus far we have diagnosed that the pony is mostly bucking at the canter. Yes, I would continue treating him as a green horse. The biggest problem I see here is that up to this point you are unable to stay on and ride though his...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Re-training a horse, dressage whip, lungeing
dressage whip, lungeing, sulky: Hi Andrea, go to my web site and read it, it will give you some good ideas on where to start, I have some other good links you can visit for training tips. Read a lot and try and understand a horse as much as you can, that will help you and your pony. ...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Rearing Youngster..., pony club, stud farm
pony club, stud farm, professional trainer: Thank you for answering my questions so promptly. I am going to assume that since you are a member of pony club you are under the age of 18. I am seriously worried that you are being allowed to ride a rearing horse at such a young age. You need to...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Retraining standardbred to canter., gold coast australia, dressage competitions
gold coast australia, dressage competitions, crooked frame: Hi Dee, This is a very common problem and much of the difficulty lies in the fact that many instructors just don t know how to retrain standardbreds - it s quite a specialised field. Many people disregard them because they are a bit more work in the beginning....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: rearing, airs above the ground, obstacle courses
airs above the ground, obstacle courses, pole jump: Hi Susan, I like longer questions, since it gives me more information and I maybe give a better suggestion. Sounds like you do a lot of things right. I must admit when you started off with you were a barrel racer, I cringed. Most barrel racers only know...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: refusing riding and certain activities, tb gelding, ground manners
tb gelding, ground manners, sweet personality: Hi Christina, this appears to be a respect issue. This horse is learning how to get away with things from you. So you are teaching him not to listen to you. Horses are professional people trainers. Get more respect on the ground so you will have more...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Shoeless hoof care, professional decision, uneven ground
professional decision, uneven ground, hoof care: Hi Steph! I cannot accurately answer this question over the internet. From the information you ve given me I would say that shoes would help prevent the bruising. You said she s been footy on uneven ground. I would have a local vet you trust...