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Horseback Riding: Horse Size, april reeves, my first horse
april reeves, my first horse, training: Answer from April Reeves, Horsemanís U.com: Hello Suzanne, Iím not sure how old you are but 15.3 is only too tall if the horse is too much for you to handle. Many people ride exceptionally tall horses now days. At 5 feet tall, Iím not sure you should...

Horseback Riding: horse/rider Height: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, horse rider, cute one
horse rider, cute one, ponies: It depends what you want the horse for, what riding you are doing, how old are you, riding experience and other things??? You should learn as much about horses as you can before you get one, they are lots of work. I have lots of info on my web site, read...

Horseback Riding: leads: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: The lead is normally the way a horse is running. If he is running to the left, he should be in the left lead, which is the left foot is in front and leads the other three feet. If he is in the wrong lead he will be rough and will not be smooth or comfortable....

Horseback Riding: looking for a horse for dressage, draft cross, buying a horse
draft cross, buying a horse, beginner lessons: Hi Barbara, I think it s great you want to start riding. I would suggest you first work with an instructor and not even think about buying a horse yet. All you need to be concerned with is finding a kind dressage trainer who has a warmblood for you to ride...

Horseback Riding: Marcus My Horse: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, rick gore, training
rick gore, training, sacking out: Read these sections on my web site and I explain these terms better and in more detail. Lots of sacking out helps a horse trust you and teaches him to look to you when he is scared. Read my horse history page and horsemanship page so you can understand...

Horseback Riding: Natural Horsemanship for english horses, april reeves, dressage
april reeves, dressage, english riding: From April Reeves, Horsemanís U.com: Hello Liz, Thank you for this question! Yes, Natural Horsemanship can and should be a part of all English disciplines, and especially so since many of the horses are much larger and full of personality. I teach...

Horseback Riding: New barn, trainer, state, and every to go along with it!, canter, thanks in advance
canter, thanks in advance, taking the time: Hi Claire, Here is a brief, non inclusive list of questions to ask. 1. How long have you been teaching? 2. Do your students compete? If so, in which discipline? 3. What type and how experienced are your school horses? 4. Do you do group or private lessons?...

Horseback Riding: my ponies respect: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: Hi Amanda, trust with horses come from lack of fear, but they have to see you as the leader. If you read my horsemanship page on my site, I go into herd behavior and understanding horse tests. We all rode as kids, but we saw horses differently back then....

Horseback Riding: pony falling to her knees, paved surfaces, farrier
paved surfaces, farrier, footing: Well there could be something going on with her that may ultimately require you having a vet out to check her over. However two things come to mind first. You mentioned concrete. Horses have a very difficult time on concrete! Anything paved for that matter....

Horseback Riding: slow the lope: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, rick gore, training
rick gore, training, sacking out: If your horses know what to do on the ground then they will do it easier once you are in the saddle. Ride time helps a horse. 15 mins is OK, depending on how old, how far the training is and what is being required. You should not be spanking unless you...

Horseback Riding: New Horse, american quarter horse, pasture fence
american quarter horse, pasture fence, oat straw: Hi Emily, Congratulations on your new home. Now the list: 1. A horse is a herd animal and so will need either another horse or two or at least other herd animals to feel safe and rest easily and stay home. Otherwise your horse will attempt to get back...

Horseback Riding: Pigrooting, april reeves, pigrooting
april reeves, pigrooting, barrel racing: Answer from April Reeves, Horseman s U.com: First lets explain Ďpigrootingí. Itís a term used to describe a horse that executes a series of small, stiff-legged bucks that primarily start from the shoulder, usually standing still. If you have ever watched...

Horseback Riding: NO RYTHM: www.thinklikeahorse.org, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: It may be a slow down, but it will probably teach her to improve and learn. Not too many kids can dance at six, can learn later. Starting kids so young around horses can be good or bad. Kids needs to learn how to care for them, take care of them and earn...

Horseback Riding: Saddle fitting, april reeves, western saddle fitting
april reeves, western saddle fitting, horse: Hello Lila, I sent you an answer a while back on western saddle fitting but AllExperts informs me you did not receive it. I will resend it again. I will give you enough information to be able to purchase a good saddle, and how to fit it to the horse. ...

Horseback Riding: single ear headstall: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: The loop probably goes forward. You want the head band straight across the back of both ears so if the loop is back the straight piece will be crossing to get behind the other ear. I think, without seeing it, I can t be sure. Glad you are getting good...

Horseback Riding: does not like contact, dee ring, neck shoulders
dee ring, neck shoulders, soft mouth: Hello Kelly, The fact of your horse fighting the contact is not uncommon! First thing is, if you had the habit of see-sawing on this horse he remembers that. He is waiting for you to go back to the old habits, and he may have a very soft mouth in which...

Horseback Riding: does not like contact, dee ring, tedious exercise
dee ring, tedious exercise, gentle pressure: hi...im sorry about that It sounds like you re doing the right things. Have you had his teeth checked by a vet? They may need to be floated. It could be that something in his mouth is awry. Otherwise, be sure that when you ask him to bend, you are...

Horseback Riding: Dr. Briston bit, dressage lessons, briston
dressage lessons, briston, hind end: YOu ll need to call me for further info- this latest info,on the 3rd class and being US only, is one piece of the puzzle but I need more details. Phone number is 804-339-5927. Best to call after 6 pm. You can call me tonight if you want. It s no problem. ...

Horseback Riding: Fear, patient instructor, open pastures
patient instructor, open pastures, school horse: I have fallen off many times. I think the best thing for you, as with anyone, would be to find a qualified/certified instructor with a very quiet gelding (even a large pony) to use. Explain to them what you wrote here- that you have a fear related to a previous...

Horseback Riding: horse help, box jump, box stalls
box jump, box stalls, dirt road: Hello Hayley! Thank you for coming to me! I think I can help you:) lol When it comes to horses like Gem, you really need to establish dominance. The last thing you want to do is show the horse you are scared of him. If the horse tries to bite you, or hurt...

Horseback Riding: looking for some advice., confident hope, horse person
confident hope, horse person, dirt road: Being big has nothing to do about being a horse person. Gem is not giving you a nasty look and she is not trying to scare you. She is scared and has been treated mean by other people. So this is how she is trying to protect herself from being hurt. Bring...

Horseback Riding: My pony won't canter immediately..., welsh pony, welsh cross
welsh pony, welsh cross, canter: Hello Sydney! Aw got to love those ponies! lol They are cuties thow! Anyhow, the 1st things I would ask myself would be: 1. is my tack fitting properly? 2. is he sore anywhere? And if none of these two problems occur to him, then maybe it s just...

Horseback Riding: Trouble mounting (www.freewebs.com/horseawareness), saddle and bridle, rope halter
saddle and bridle, rope halter, ground manners: Hey Derek, this sounds like a smart horse. First realize that this horse is not mean or is not out to hurt anybody. He has learned, from people that did not understand horses, that if I do what I do I get relief. Relief to a horse is no pressure from people....

Horseback Riding: throwing of the head+fighting the bit, draw reins, side reins
draw reins, side reins, dee ring: I would suggest putting him on the lunge line with sliding side reins. They are designed to encourage the horse to put his head down and stretch his back. I would also try riding with draw reins that usually helps him put his head down but you have to be...

Horseback Riding: Asking My Horse to Round, thoroughbred mare, hunter seat
thoroughbred mare, hunter seat, confusing term: Corey, Becoming round has nothing to do with what happens in front- do you have an instructor? I highly recommend you work with a qualified/certified instructor in dressage and/or hunter seat equitation. All you have taught her is to give to the bit and rewarded...

Horseback Riding: Balking horse, hind end, trail horse
hind end, trail horse, gelding: Okay try if you have time to just wait him out. Just sit there for a long time gently nudging him forward like you always would until he moves. As soon as he even takes one step forward reward him immediately and make it very obvious that it is good to move...

Horseback Riding: collected canter, level dressage, canter
level dressage, canter, haunches: Hello Sarah, First off as long as you are keeping you horses attention and giving him things to think about he will not think riding with you is play time . For a true collected canter a horse MUST be ridden and responding to the riders seat, leg,...

Horseback Riding: Excited Horse, dressage whip, appaloosa
dressage whip, appaloosa, gelding: That horse would be tough to deal with. One thing you can do is make sure that he gets use to things around him. Take him to a couple of shows not to show just walk around and let him get use to the atmosphere of everything. At the show your horse may seem...

Horseback Riding: collected canter, sitting trot, cutting corners
Horseback Riding: collected canter, sitting trot, cutting corners, lope

Horseback Riding: mounting my gelding, horse saddle, stirrup
Horseback Riding: mounting my gelding, horse saddle, stirrup, girth

Horseback Riding: grooming, mane, pajama
mane, pajama, splits: Braid it 1 or less in thickness each. Start with a wet mane and braid it. All of it except where the saddle goes. Depending on the mane s texture and condition redo every 2 days to one week. You could always get one of those Pajama things for horses....

Horseback Riding: Horse Sports, horse sports, how many languages are there in the world
horse sports, how many languages are there in the world, competitive sports: Hi Mac, This question does not have an exact number for an answer. The question you are asking is like asking, How many languages are there in the world? There are mounted and unmounted equestrian sports. There is English and Western riding styles....

Horseback Riding: Putting his head down, jenny kent, western horses
jenny kent, western horses, something weird: Hi Jenny, Kent s behavior does sound annoying as well as potentially unsafe. With the information you ve given me I think his behavior might be stemming from his two very different disciplines. English and Western riding can be worlds apart, especially...

Horseback Riding: help my pony runs home!!!, co dependant, siter
co dependant, siter, exact same thing: Hello Annie! At the barn that I am, we have a pony who does the EXACT same thing. I think Buttercup is simply co-dependant, which means she is missing her buddies. She probly feels safer in a smaller arena, as she is more closed in and feels more at home....

Horseback Riding: mounting my gelding, horses head, headstall
horses head, headstall, couple seconds: Hello Heaven, I had a horse that I was just starting do that. Try when you are on the mounting block or on the ground to take the right rein and pull it toward the right side of the saddle. Your horses head should be touching his side. Hold your reins like...

Horseback Riding: Pearching Instead of Two-Point, foot fence, next obstacle
foot fence, next obstacle, riding a horse: Katie, You really should be riding a packer when learning to jump, not a horse who is overly enthusiastic and overjumps. You might ask for a easier horse to start. If there is none, then you will have to work with what is offered (or find another trainer)....

Horseback Riding: Is it the Saddle or Me?, master saddlers, saddle fitter
master saddlers, saddle fitter, spring trees: I don t know that particular brand, but even if I did, it would depend on the shape of your horse or the horse you are riding in the school. Most saddles are too narrow for the horses they are put on, and I have found that in some cases, it causes chair seats...

Horseback Riding: Sitting trot, trakehner gelding, dressage instructor
trakehner gelding, dressage instructor, sitting trot: Hi Melissa, Do you have a dressage instructor? The best way to cope with this- and yes, it is true, you do need to absorb the movement - is to find a certified and/or USDF dressage judge to help you. The best advice I ever received, and which helped me immensely,...

Horseback Riding: saddles, correct seat, western saddle
correct seat, western saddle, myelf: First you must measure your horse for the correct tree size saddle. Then find a comfortable size saddle for you. I could just give you generalized information but not everyone nor every brand of saddle is made in standard sizes. So I have given you some...

Horseback Riding: western saddle, western saddle, cinches
western saddle, cinches, cinch: Howdy, I am 48 and on top of a horse is the best seat you will ever have. Saddles always loosen up after you get on, your weight smashes the saddle and pad down, so the once tight cinches are now lose. My saddle will slide a bit as well, but stopping that...

Horseback Riding: Equitation - Sitting Trot, sitting trot, cross rails
sitting trot, cross rails, blue ribbon: Hi Hailey, Your dedication reminds me of myself once upon a time! There are a few things that will separate the men from the boys in the equitation ring. One of the most critical factors is strength. Strength is the foundation of good equitation. ...

Horseback Riding: Thoroughbred question, taking the time
Horseback Riding: Thoroughbred question, taking the time

Horseback Riding: Holding a crop, horsemanship skills, horse move
horsemanship skills, horse move, reins: Sorry Mesha, I do not ride with crop and don t think they are fair to the horse. If you understood the horse and put yourself in the horse s shoes you would not like getting hit by someone sitting on your back. Making a horse move is about understanding...

Horseback Riding: Learning to ride, beginner rider, owning a horse
beginner rider, owning a horse, lesson horse: Hello Melanie, Of course it is possible to improve on a horse of your own. I do not have my own horse yet, but I am very attached to my lesson horse. She isn t really that, but I use her in my lessons. Occasionally, instead of taking a formal lesson,...

Horseback Riding: Thoroughbred question, trot and canter, figure eights
trot and canter, figure eights, question question: Hi Lindsey, From your follow up information you provided you are riding him basically the way I would. Half-halting off the the thighs; First you want to start squeezing with your thighs as you squeeze with your hands, in every down-wards transition....

Horseback Riding: 5 Gaited Saddlebred, slow gait, lateral gait
slow gait, lateral gait, hind quarters: Welcome to the wonderful world of Saddlebreds. The 5 gaited Saddlebred is a Saddle Seat horse so it would probably be a smart thing to become familiar with the Saddle Seat way of riding since it helps the horse perform the gaits you want to ride. The slow...

Horseback Riding: learning dressage + hunter/jumper - what type of horse?, school horse, greenie
Horseback Riding: learning dressage + hunter/jumper - what type of horse?, school horse, greenie

Horseback Riding: flat walk, canter, reins
canter, reins, straight line: It sounds like he is anticipating since you have taught him to. You have let him or made him go into a trot when you collect him so he thinks that is what you want. You need to get him to give to bit just a little and release before he trots and then work...

Horseback Riding: flat walk, negative response, pet peeves
negative response, pet peeves, canter: Argh! This behavior is one of my biggest pet peeves! You are right he is anticipating the trot. This habit does not usually solve over night. However, you can get quick results if you you don t become lazy yourself. From now on you will need to change...

Horseback Riding: Jumping, professional instructor, gelding
professional instructor, gelding, sorry for the delay: Hello Jessica, First I must say sorry for the delay in reply, I was away at a competition. Just about anyone can jump, as long as they are not afraid to do so! From the way you stated that your horse is suitable if trained well , it sounds like he...

Horseback Riding: learning dressage + hunter/jumper - what type of horse?, hunter jumper, schoolmaster
hunter jumper, schoolmaster, temperment: I would go with the older horse. You don t get the same feeling like you have accomplished something but you have already felt that. An older horse and more experienced one would let you do more things. You could go to more shows at a higher level and with...

Horseback Riding: When do I rise?, good posture, inner leg
good posture, inner leg, dressage: hi jade, I have always heard post following the outside leg. Thats what i have done all of my life. And getting posting down just takes practice. after time you will be able to feel the correct leg from the movement from the horses back. So pretty much...

Horseback Riding: Training Older mare, quarter horse mare, backgraound
quarter horse mare, backgraound, mixed signals: Wow! How unique! The two of you definitely have a mystery to solve. If only she could tell us her past! It sounds to me that somewhere in her past she was trained via fear. I am always so disappointed when trainers result to fear based techniques, as...

Horseback Riding: World Equestrian Games 2008, world equestrian games, feigames2010
world equestrian games, feigames2010, world games: Hi Lisa, The website for the World Games is http://www.feigames2010.org/. They will be held in Kentucky in 2010! This site will give you all the information you are looking for. Bookmark it, as the site will be up dated every so often to give more information...

Horseback Riding: Daughter;s sore knees, sore knees, english saddles
sore knees, english saddles, western saddles: I got this question off the pool. I would think it is the saddle. It would be that stirrups are too long, but a lot of cheaper western saddles, the stirrups are not fixed for a foot, they hand straight down and then when a foot is in them, they (stirrups)want...

Horseback Riding: A Rocky Mountain Horse for Three Day Eventing?, natural gait, smooth gait
Horseback Riding: A Rocky Mountain Horse for Three Day Eventing?, natural gait, smooth gait, dressage score

Horseback Riding: Grumpy horse, sore muscles, joints
sore muscles, joints, ears: There are so many factors to look at when this happens. To put it simply, something in his schedule or his environment has shifted on those days in such a way that he is aggravated. It maybe something as simple as a buddy sour issue. Or it could be very...

Horseback Riding: ground work, respect, backing up
respect, backing up, reverse: First off- Sorry I took so long to answer you. I ve been in bed sick. Respect- I would start by tacking him up and then standing next to him and making him just stand there. Everytime he moves or does nething but stand there, either turn him in a circle,...

Horseback Riding: Heels!!!, trot and canter, stirrups
trot and canter, stirrups, leg muscle: Hello Christel, It sounds like you need to learn to ride more from your seat, and gain the feel of your mounts movement. To ride with out stirrups on the more engaged horses require great balance and stability in the riders entire body. Here are...

Horseback Riding: Learning Leads, lead
lead: This is pretty common, and I have a horse now who prefers his right lead to left, who is also 6. They are weak in their off-dominant lead, and more unbalanced both on their own and with a rider going to the more difficult side. Mine will even pick up his preferred...

Horseback Riding: A Rocky Mountain Horse for Three Day Eventing?, rocky mountain horse, tennessee walking horses
rocky mountain horse, tennessee walking horses, entry level competition: I think it is always important to buy a horse that both suits your needs as well as suits your wants. If you buy a horse you are not attracted to, you will end up fighting him for the duration of your relationship. However, that s not to say you can t develop...

Horseback Riding: Too Strong Cross Country, novice levels, cross country course
novice levels, cross country course, draft horses: Hello Callie, Thank you for the wonderful question! Considering your horses bred, you have a large and powerful horse on your hands. The draft horses and crosses are strong willed and if they do (or do not for that matter) want to do something there...

Horseback Riding: side saddle riding, side saddle, clouser
side saddle, clouser, good luck: Hi Louise, Thank you for thinking of me when asking your question! However, I am not experienced in side saddle. Please check around to try and find someone who knows about it. I do know that it orginated from England, back when women were seen at...

Horseback Riding: Unhappy horse?, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: If a horse is trying to kick you and bite you on the ground, I would not be riding him. He does not see you as a higher horse or he would not be doing this. Read about herd behavior on my horsemanship page, then if you have more questions, let me know. ...

Horseback Riding: Centerfire rigging on McClellan type saddle, saddle fit, rick gore
saddle fit, rick gore, horsemanship: The design I think you are talking about is the old Calvary design. Some people just use the one ring, either front or back one. Both are designed to be used together. So you put one loop on back and then the second pass goes in the other one, so basically...

Horseback Riding: Dressage to Saddleseat to Western: www.freewebs. com/horseawarensess, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: No, that is not correct. Neck reining is over rated. It is called that but what it really is, is using your body, seat and legs not using the reins as the only and primary cue. So to really teach a horse to neck rein you have to learn how to talk to your...

Horseback Riding: disaster at show, quiet pleasure, western pleasure
quiet pleasure, western pleasure, summer clinics: Lori, I know what you have been through! I too have had those days! So has everyone, including the judges! Well, at least everyone who is truly a horseman has had one of those days! Congratulations? You are definitely a member of the club! Now if we...

Horseback Riding: Equitation Help!, jumper classes, having a bad day
jumper classes, having a bad day, rare exceptions: Equitation is not just how well you maintain your position while you ride, but also how well you ride - your skills and capabilities. With this in mind the expectations of good equitation can vary from age to class and to discipline. Depending on where in...

Horseback Riding: HORSE HEIGHT, ridden horses, novice riders
ridden horses, novice riders, novice rider: Hi Louise, If you are only a novice rider than you need to ride horses who know what they are doing and who are trust worthy. With riding horses comes spooks, misbehaviors, and rider injuries. What you are feeling is something that most novice riders...

Horseback Riding: Horses: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: Glad you don t want to spur him that never works. You have to teach him how to understand what you want. You have to do give him good cues, like verbal, say walk and click and squeeze legs, and move you body forward. The say trot, click, squeeze legs, and...

Horseback Riding: head goes down, body position, proper position
body position, proper position, cluck: I will be straight and to the point. I will spare you the fluff. The bottom line is she needs to fix her position and perhaps build some strength. With every student I have ever had, the first lesson they ever have with me I teach the value of a proper...

Horseback Riding: horse clubs, horse clubs, tack shops
horse clubs, tack shops, good luck: Hello Kayla, Thank you for thinking of me while asking your questions, however, I am not familiar with that area. If you live in the area, go to some of the local tack shops and feed stores and ask around for some information. If you don t live there...

Horseback Riding: jumping nerves???, nerves, jumping
nerves, jumping, scared: I had one of my students do the same thing. Only she had a horse that was like hers and she never rode another one. It might be best to just ask your trainer if you could jump something lower to the ground or if you even don t want to do that than just a...

Horseback Riding: lesson plans, fresh idea, horse rider
fresh idea, horse rider, ringside: Hi, good question, but no, no web site that I can think of. There are several books available, though. One is called Basic Horsemanship, A Complete Guide, by Prince and Collier and also, 101 Arena Exercises: A Ringside Guide for Horse & Rider, by Cherry...

Horseback Riding: older equitation horse, soft tissue injury, equitation horse
soft tissue injury, equitation horse, wellington fl: That is wonderful that the shoes are now a better fit! I have seen many horses lame particularly in soft footing due to shoes too small and/or too tight. Too tight is never a good thing! Improper shoeing can destroy a hoof. You are lucky to have a good...

Horseback Riding: How is my posisition?, constructive criticism, arm length
constructive criticism, arm length, left behind: You are correct- you are overjumping (see your heel and seat). Do you feel like he is not giving you enough energy? Your arms are fine given his size and your arm length. Your knee is away from the saddle and could be more secure, with the heel down. Try to...

Horseback Riding: saddle pads: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, saddle fit, rick gore
saddle fit, rick gore, horsemanship: A good one inch pad with a proper fitting saddle should work, but too much pad can hurt and too thin can hurt, let the horse tell you when it hurts. A good check is to see if there is any dry spots when you remove pad, if there is that is where there is too...

Horseback Riding: show disaster: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: Don t be too hard on yourself, we all make mistakes with our horses, we are only human. But learn from it. The people telling you to whip him don t understand horses. They think they do and whipping will make a horse listen, sometime. But it is a cheat...

Horseback Riding: Equestrian scoring in Olympics, horse and rider, those letters
horse and rider, those letters, three letters: In the Dressage portion of the Eventing competition, there are three judges scoring the horse and rider. Each letter represents a judge and his/her score given for the horse and rider are shown below. These scores are combined to give a total score...

Horseback Riding: Fearful horse: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: Maybe, you have to know your capabilities and your comfort level. I do think the horse is learning how to get you off and once he learns it well, he will get more nervous more often. I think you should figure out a way to get him to calm down without getting...

Horseback Riding: How is my position?, paint pony, bay mare
Horseback Riding: How is my position?, paint pony, bay mare, facial expressions

Horseback Riding: Games on Horseback: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, games on horseback, hay bale
games on horseback, hay bale, timed event: Here is what I could find. Rick SCUDAHO The Scudaho course consists of four poles, three barrels and a jump placed as shown in the following diagram. The jump must not be more than 30 cm (1 foot) high. The poles are placed 21 feet apart and the...

Horseback Riding: mounting a tall horse, side saddle, stirrup
side saddle, stirrup, hh: One thing you could do is lower the stirrup on the left side so it would be easier to get a foot in. And it is not true that 17, 18 hh horses are quieter than smaller horses, you would ride a thoroughbred the same way you would any other horse. Be sure to...

Horseback Riding: nervous rider, ridden horses, riding boots
ridden horses, riding boots, small jump: I assume you mean the horse spooked with you, stepped sideways when you weren t expecting it or something along that vein. Everyone has and will have scary riding experiences, so first off, know you are not alone. Your fear is understandable. You will have...

Horseback Riding: nervous rider PART 2, pony saddle, side saddle
pony saddle, side saddle, lead line: I definitely feel that some of the things you have mentioned are putting you in harms way. It sounds to me that you feel your dad isn t understanding your concerns. Here is my advice: You need to find a way to get to the riding school everyday to watch...

Horseback Riding: nervous rider, ridden horses, novice rider
ridden horses, novice rider, horse pony: Nervous, coward, afraid - these all mean nearly the same thing. Your anxieties are justified. Don t kid yourself by trying to label your feelings differently. A horse will always know what you are really feeling. Horses react to fear with fear. You will...

Horseback Riding: How is my position?, paint pony, forgiving heart
paint pony, forgiving heart, fun photos: Fun photos! Thank you for sharing! My opinions on the horses: The paint pony is your winning ticket! He has beautiful form, scope, and a charming disposition to match his forgiving heart. I definitely like where he is headed! The bay is solid. I...

Horseback Riding: How is my position?, haunches, girth
haunches, girth, nice day: From the photos, which are well done (nice day to show it looked like), I think you are for the most part in harmony with the horse over the fences and on the flat. There are some photos where you have a roached back or your leg went backward, but for the...

Horseback Riding: reins, sitting trot, trot and canter
sitting trot, trot and canter, leg muscle: Hello alex, this is what most trainers use when you are getting more experienced and they want to teach you more balance. There really is no trick to it. It takes a lot of leg muscle and balance. Just try to keep your body straight up and try to turn in...

Horseback Riding: reins, trot and canter, sitting trot
trot and canter, sitting trot, left seat: HI, Reins are used to control the horse, however they are not the only contol you have. Reins should never be used to help a rider stay on a horse. My advice is to watch good riders whenever you can and try to get the feel of how they approach control....

Horseback Riding: reins: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: Alex, read my web site and it will help you understand horses better. You need to understand how they think and why they what they do. As you get better you need to use your legs, hips, seat position, where you look and your reins to tell the horse what...

Horseback Riding: reins, independent seat, trot and canter
independent seat, trot and canter, sitting trot: If you have an independent seat- that is, you can trot and canter without reins and stay on your horse easily- then it is common practice to allow the student to have the reins. I generally do all my beginner lessons on the lunge line, although students can...

Horseback Riding: How tall should a horse be for me to ride: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: Height is not the only thing you should consider. Add your saddle to your weight, most are about 30 - 50 pounds. A standard guide line is that a horse can carry about 20 percent of his weight comfortably. With that said, it would depend on age and experience...

Horseback Riding: How Many, horse riders, current times
horse riders, current times, statistic: There is no way currently to even begin speculating on such a statistic. As of current times, not all horses are required to be accounted for around the world. To compound the issue, not all humans are required to be accounted for around the world. It is...

Horseback Riding: building a relationship with my horse: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: Read my site about horses, it will give you a better idea on how they think and once you understand why they do what they do, you will be able help this horse trust you. This horse needs lots of slow calm work and no running for a few months. He has to be...

Horseback Riding: Hackamores/bitless bridles: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: I explain this on my web site on my bosal and hackamore page. You can neck rein with a halter, but you need to teach the horse to read you body and leg cues so the neck rein is just an additional cue and not he only or primary cue. I also discuss this...

Horseback Riding: High-gaited horses, paint quarter horse, quarter horse mare
paint quarter horse, quarter horse mare, breaking horses: Congratulations on your great find. She sounds like a neat horse and she is lucky to have someone like you. I wouldnít call me an expert but I have been around these horses for over a decade and I am learning more and more everyday. The word ďgaitedĒ sometimes...

Horseback Riding: National Show horse: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: Not sure what level the horse is now and how much ride time and training it has had. If you are new, I would start from beginning and see how the horse reacts to lounging, round penning, tying, taking a bit, taking a saddle, leading, ground work, moving off...

Horseback Riding: a new pony, flight instinct, time emma
flight instinct, time emma, new pony: Half-seat in canter or gallop In a half-seat position, the rider s seat bones are lifted out of the saddle, and only the pelvis has contact. It is used for jumping when some seat aid may be necessary, especially for sharp turns, when riding downhills,...

Horseback Riding: selling: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, horse move, canter
horse move, canter, bridle: Well I would be honest and all your questions relate to how to get rid of your horse, none were about how to make sure she is going to a good home. Bridle problems are normally people problems so she may not have a problem with someone else who does it different....

Horseback Riding: too fat to ride? www.thinklikeahorse.org Rick Gore, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: A draft mule would be good, they can go 1500 pounds or more or a draft horse would do. They say a horse can comfortably carry 20 percent of their weight. Depending on their level of shape, muscle and experience. However if you lost some weight your balance...

Horseback Riding: horse behaviour, equine dentist, saddle and bridle
equine dentist, saddle and bridle, horse behaviour: I am going to assume you mean she shakes like a wet dog. Usually horse s shake if they are uncomfortable so I would check the fit of the saddle and bridle and make sure they fit your mare well. Do you know how to properly fit tack? I would also make sure...

Horseback Riding: horses: Rick Gore www.thinklikeahorse.org, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: Hi Vicky, don t worry about being tall, weight will affect riding more than how tall you are. I know many people over 6 foot and 6 4 that ride. It will make you have better balance. I am 5 8 and ride short ponies and tall drafts, so if your horse can...

Horseback Riding: lead changes, proper transitions, proper balance
proper transitions, proper balance, canter: This process requires repetitive, consistent, methodical practice. If practiced consistently, you can achieve success anywhere from a few sessions to a few weeks. The reason a horse fails to swap leads correctly is lack of proper balance and propulsion....

Horseback Riding: Riding your horse bareback: www.thinklikeahorse.org Rick Gore, rick gore, horses
rick gore, horses, horsemanship: This is hard to explain, if you are not very tall it is harder, but can be done, you have to work on your jumping to build leg muscles and then you need a little upper body, the trick is to get you armpit over the withers and hang, then you can swing a leg...

Horseback Riding: saddles or horse equipment...is there a problem, april reeves, convection cooling
april reeves, convection cooling, horse: Hello Rachel, Very interesting question; one I had to think about for a few days. Horses, like humans, can differ in how heat and temperature affects them. Horses endure heat best when in peak physical condition, allowing them to acclimate better. Gradual...

Horseback Riding: sore knees: www.thinklikeahorse.org, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: Yep there is a connection with sore knees and sore butts, sore stomach muscles and sore shoulders, the connection is not enough riding. You use different muscles when riding that you would normally not use, so the more you do it, the stronger you get and...

Horseback Riding: welsh pony mare, pony mare, little stinkers
pony mare, little stinkers, welsh pony: Exposure, repeated exposure! Also intolerance for improper behavior. I m not suggesting you scold or beat the pony. I am suggesting firm reprimand when she spooks for no good reason . As a trainer, I am sure you know what I mean by firm reprimand. A...

Horseback Riding: RIDING WITH A TIE DOWN, giving him something, tie down
Horseback Riding: RIDING WITH A TIE DOWN, giving him something, tie down

Horseback Riding: horse stall and training, april reeves, horse training
april reeves, horse training, unbroke gelding: Answer from April Reeves: In regards to the stalls, the smallest I would put a horse in (under 16 hands high) would be 10 by 10 feet. At 16 hands, 11 by 11 or 12 by 12 (best). A horse must be able to move around in a circle, and when a stall is too small,...

Horseback Riding: RIDING WITH A TIE DOWN, april reeves, horsemans u
april reeves, horsemans u, cutting horse: Answer from April Reeves: When working with cattle, the only rule I have ever followed religiously is not to use any equipment other than a bridle and bit or bosal (hackamore). Additional equipment such as tie-downs is both dangerous and shows that your...

Horseback Riding: Rider returning to the "Saddle"(seat ), saddle seat, horse world
saddle seat, horse world, saddlebred: Welcome back to the horse world! Congrats on rescuing a horse, he is very lucky. I do believe your horse can trust you and your trainer. Your trainer working your horse is building trust in the training sessions. A horse will not work and do what you...

Horseback Riding: Saddle Seat saddle, saddle seat equitation, slow gait
saddle seat equitation, slow gait, natural gait: You may be correct in your thinking. I would believe that with the design of the Lane Fox saddle to give as much freedom to the shoulders as possible that the tree s points wouldn t be as long as an english saddle. That would be my educated guess. :-...

Horseback Riding: Saddle Seat saddle, saddle seat equitation, slow gait
saddle seat equitation, slow gait, natural gait: You may be correct in your thinking. I would believe that with the design of the Lane Fox saddle to give as much freedom to the shoulders as possible that the tree s points wouldn t be as long as an english saddle. That would be my educated guess. :-...

Horseback Riding: trainig an older horse: www.thinklikeahorse.org - Rick Gore Horsemanship, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: The horse is not the problem, you need to learn to have soft hands, the horse hangs on a rein because you hang on the rein. A soft mouth is made by soft hands, since you are saying the horse is not soft that tells me you are not soft. Bits and techniques...

Horseback Riding: cantering, april reeves, horse training
april reeves, horse training, bareback riding: Answer from April Reeves: Hi Chrissy, thanks for the question and Iím glad you have begun to ride. It is one of the best things in the world to do! To start, I am going to give you some exercises you can do that will speed up the process of being able to...

Horseback Riding: bareback riding advantages: Rick Gore Horsemanship - www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: Riding bareback is just one way to get better balance. If you ride in a saddle with stirrups you tend to use your legs more and not use your hips, stomach, shoulders and arms for balance, so you get lazy and only use your legs in the stirrups. By riding...

Horseback Riding: books and dvds on groundwork training, april reeves, groundwork
april reeves, groundwork, horse training: Hi Rohit, I have a few suggestions to very good DVD s and books. I personally know most of the people I suggest. Julie Goodnight audio: http://juliegoodnight.com/q&a.php#AudioMP3sListenOnline Julie Goodnight DVD s: http://www.shop.juliegoodnight.com/shopforhorsetrainingdvds.html...

Horseback Riding: characteristics of a good rider, horse history, history page
horse history, history page, horsemanship: You need understanding of a horse, how they live and what is important to them. Knowing what release is and how release of pressure is what teaches a horse. I explain this on my web site. Read my horse history page and my horsemanship page. www.thinklikeahorse.org...

Horseback Riding: driving pony rears., april reeves, ground driving
april reeves, ground driving, buggy: Answer from April Reeves: Hi Debbie, I have seen this a lot. Itís a common habit a driving horse/pony can get into. Depending on how long itís been going on Ė will determine how long it will take to change it. Start back at ground driving. Begin to drive...

Horseback Riding: groundwork training, april reeves, groundwork
april reeves, groundwork, herd dynamics: Hello Rohit, Groundwork is the application of working with a horse on the ground. It allows the horse to bond to a human, and it allows the human to establish a higher place in the herd pecking order - that herd being you and your horse, a herd of 2. ...

Horseback Riding: Police Horse Relief: Rick Gore Horsemanship - wwww.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: Where a rider sits on a horse is where the horse s kidneys are at. So it is considered good horsemanship to lean forward with a horse is voiding his bladder. By leaning forward it takes pressure on the horse s back and kidneys which is said to make it more...

Horseback Riding: show apparel, hairnet, ponytail
hairnet, ponytail, eventing: Hi Erin, For all of the disciplines you ve asked about, you will be required to wear a helmet. Most girls pull their hair into a low ponytail with their hair covering their ears. Then the ponytail is pulled up along the back of the head and secured with...

Horseback Riding: bucking and vices, quarter horse mare, side reins
quarter horse mare, side reins, mean bone: Sounds to me that she is for whatever reason uncomfortable or not confident with working in a frame properly. Her hollowing of her back through the transition and the hops/bucking is making me think that for a long enough time she has been able to go through...

Horseback Riding: Am I too to far into my teens to get good? www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: I know lots of people in their 40 s and 50 s that start riding. Your weight can be an issue. Your balance, strength and size all affects your ability to have a good seat and stay balanced. The thinner you are the less you have to lift up in the saddle,...

Horseback Riding: Lead Horse panic, april reeves, herd bound
april reeves, herd bound, horse: Answer from April Reeves, Horsemanís U.com: I had to think about this one for a few days, as you could work on this problem a number of ways. What I will try to do is set up a training method that you can accomplish. This is a tough habit to break....

Horseback Riding: Strong Necked, hind quarters, forward motion
hind quarters, forward motion, proper balance: His build will naturally make him want to carry his head out in an effort to balance his forward motion. The tenseness you described could be indicative of some pain developing which often can in such conformation. One thing a rider can do to improve this...

Horseback Riding: collection, april reeves, collection
april reeves, collection, connection: Connection/Collection Question: HI. I am just starting to teach my 5 year old QH mare about collection (I know, a little late). She is getting the idea of bending her neck, giving to the bit, softening, and her head carriage, but now I want to start getting...

Horseback Riding: Encouraging a horse to be forward in the school, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: Do more ground work so he knows what you want when you ask, then when you get on he will know what you want if you do the same thing. When you get better and talking to him, he will get better at giving you what you want. You should never kick a horse...

Horseback Riding: Exercising horses, april reeves, horsemen
april reeves, horsemen, indoor arena: Answer from April Reeves, Horsemanís U.com: thank you for this question; it is one of the best yet, and one thatís highly controversial. Each breed and discipline has a different response to this question, but you need a variety of experience and length...

Horseback Riding: Feeding, april reeves, feeding
april reeves, feeding, horse: Answer from April Reeves, Horsemanís U.com: Just a question about the hay; many mixed hays can be very sporadic in the amounts of each forage per bale. Often they have little to no alfalfa, and the next bale itís mostly alfalfa. I prefer to feed a good first...

Horseback Riding: horse problem, april reeves, saddle fitting
april reeves, saddle fitting, horse: Hello Christina, This sounds like a classic case of a saddle not fitting properly. If a light weight person can ride the horse but a heavier person changes the attitude of the horse, it s often because the extra weight adds to the pressure points of a poor...

Horseback Riding: saddle, western expert, saddle tree
western expert, saddle tree, western saddle: I have found a few helpful sites that should be useful since I am not a western expert. A saddle tree is the frame of the saddle. It must fit the horse so the horse can be comfortable and to function correctly. Saddle Seat Size for you http://horses.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?zi=1/XJ&sdn=horses&cdn=homegarden&tm=171&gps=529_1252_1276_598&f=22&su=p284.9.336.ip_&tt=2&bt=0&bts=0&zu=http%3A//www.western-saddle-guide.com/...

Horseback Riding: saddle: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: I think you should ride a few different saddles to be sure, some like a smaller saddle and some like a bigger saddle. A saddle is measured from the horn to back of the seat, so if that distance is 15 inches, then the seat is a 15. So this depends on you,...

Horseback Riding: weight, exhale, pony
exhale, pony, health and safety: That s not a question I can easily answer yes or no to. The pony s comfort and safety depends on a few factors: the pony s overall condition the pony s strength and size the rider s position and riding skill (smooth/soft rider) ...

Horseback Riding: 17 yr old arab scared to jump....., full leasing, cross rails
full leasing, cross rails, horse place: Hi Brittney, Any horse can jump, but that doesn t mean any horse will jump or like jumping. You are not asking too much of your horse. If you can, place the jumps in the paddock or pasture where your Arab is turned out. Even better if your Arab is...

Horseback Riding: 6 year old... My Fear: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: Fear is one of those things I can t help with, your fear is not a horse issue. Your can help your fear by reading, learning and hanging out with horses. The more you do the more you are around them it may help, but fear of horses really does more damage...

Horseback Riding: FEAR/TRUST/SELF PRES??: www.thinklikeahorse.org Rick Gore Horsemanship, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: This sounds more of a confidence issue between you and your horse. We all get upset, horses are professional people trainers, they are experts at observation, they don t miss anything and know what is going to happen before it happens. Their life depends...

Horseback Riding: More on feeding, april reeves, groundwork
april reeves, groundwork, horse: Wow, is he ever cute! Both the gray and the chestnut are fine examples of horses whose owners take beautiful care of them. I have a comprehensive article base from questions & answers I have responded to. They are on my blog: aprilreeveshorsetraining.wordpress.com...

Horseback Riding: horse Show, curry comb, diaphragm muscle
curry comb, diaphragm muscle, hunter hack: Congratulations on getting to your first show, have fun! First, if you re calm that will transmit to your horse and help to keep her or him calm as well. To do this practice breathing from your belly, like a newborn. The diaphragm muscle drops and opens...

Horseback Riding: horse Show, hunter seat equitation, daisy cutter
hunter seat equitation, daisy cutter, hunter hack: Because you are doing hunter divisions, you can school in the arena before the show or during the afternoon schooling break. Be sure to take advantage of this and see how your horse feels about the new environment. If you feel he or she is unsafe or likely...

Horseback Riding: My Pony is stupid with me, taking advantage of me in trot: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: Well maybe you should sell her, it does not sound like she is having a good time either. This happens a lot with young riders. You, like many think that the bit is what stops a horse, it is not, the bit causes pain and that makes a horse fearful, and makes...

Horseback Riding: Shedrow open front ankle boots, april reeves, strains
april reeves, strains, sprains: Hi Marianne, The open front tendon boots go on the front legs and the ankle boots go on the back legs. The longer boot serves to support major suspensory tendons (muscle to bone) and ligaments (bone to bone). They help to alleviate strains (tendons,...

Horseback Riding: trotters: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: All horse bite and all horse kick. If people allow a horse to bite then the horse bites. Biting is disrespect and the horse sees you as a lower horse, this is not good and soon he will be kicking you. In your horse s mind by biting you, he is correcting...

Horseback Riding: Bucking horse!, Bucking, saddle
Bucking, saddle: Hi Alex, First check that your tack fits her. Sometimes it is difficult to get a saddle to fit. Especially English saddles have a tendency to pinch a horse s back because certain English saddles are too narrow for certain horses. Some breeds of horse...

Horseback Riding: FEAR OF TRAIL RIDES: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: You are in a very common position. Lots of people get back into horses later in life. Fear is something that a horse sees as weakness. A horse gets his confidence from it s rider, which is why kids do better with horses, since they have no fear. As we...

Horseback Riding: Nervous horse, april reeves, horse training
april reeves, horse training, filly: I would do more on each visit. Once she faces you, move up and start to rub her and get her use to the feel of a human. Rub her front legs (don t move to the back until later) and face. Do this for enough days until she is very comfortable, and if you do this...

Horseback Riding: Skittish horse: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: All horses are skittish and spooky, so when someone says a horse is that way, I have to ask why they think this is odd. Depending on how the horse is handled, how much, by who, in what way, will all make the horse better or worse. I always look for people...

Horseback Riding: How to stop backing up, april reeves, horsemans u
april reeves, horsemans u, one rein stop: Answer from April Reeves, Horsemanís U.com: First, letís understand why horses get to this point. I have had so many questions about the issue of backing up; it seems to be one of the most common problems. Keep it clear Everything we do with horses communicates...

Horseback Riding: Thoroughbred Problems, trot canter, side reins
trot canter, side reins, natural horsemanship: Yes, he has cantered before, many times, on his own. First off, if you did not have an equine vet look at him, do so asap to make sure that he is healthy enough and sound enough for riding. Some auctions provide clean x-rays, but most are back alley types...

Horseback Riding: horse care, fly parasites, cortisone shots
Horseback Riding: horse care, fly parasites, cortisone shots, garlic supplements

Horseback Riding: Girth, april reeves, horsemansu
april reeves, horsemansu, horse training: Personally, I am not much of a fan of Wintec anything. While they are light and often comfortable, most of the real nasty accidents I have been privy to have occurred from the material breaking without a lot of warning. And some owners of this equipment do...

Horseback Riding: Horse Care, horse herds, herd animal
horse herds, herd animal, psychological torment: Hi Taylor, Wild horses are out on pasture all the time and seek shelter in old growth forest or caves or where ever. Horses that have been tamed, especially those whose ancestors have been cared for by humans need a bit more care. Especially good hay in...

Horseback Riding: horse care, equine sweet itch, mane and tail
equine sweet itch, mane and tail, insect killer: Hi Sara, I had not heard of Sweet-itch until this letter. So I gathered a few URLs that seemed to have some answers for you. If you cannot access them, let me know and I will copy and paste their information into an e-mail for you. http://www.maccvets.co.uk/fact_sheets/fact_sheets_equine_sweet_itch.htm...

Horseback Riding: horse care: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: Here are a couple of links with good info and I cut and pasted a couple of other articles I found. I like baby oil solution, but have not tried it. http://www.maccvets.co.uk/fact_sheets/fact_sheets_equine_sweet_itch.htm http://www.animalherbcompany.com/articles/sweet_itch.htm...

Horseback Riding: Proper Feeding, horse shoer, pasture grass
horse shoer, pasture grass, grass hay: Hi Taylor, According to where you live, here are some general guidlines: If the pasture is lush then it will be enough if you are not riding her or she is not otherwise working. When it gets too cold or too hot for the pasture grass to grow much, then give...

Horseback Riding: on the road, april reeves, herd bound
april reeves, herd bound, horse: Hello Sean, I have an article that deals with herd bound horses. This is an excerpt from my blog that should help you: From April Reeves Horse Training.Wordpress.com: I get this question all the time. Herd bound horses can become dangerous if the...

Horseback Riding: Sadle, wintec, gullet
wintec, gullet, resale value: The back will change with muscling no matter the age and depending on the individual horse it can change growth wise until 6, I believe. I am not an experienced in the disipilines you mentioned but this is what I would suggest. Measure your horse now for...

Horseback Riding: Shying horse!! :(, april reeves, horse training
april reeves, horse training, groundwork: Answer from April Reeves Horseman s U.com: Hi Alex, sorry for not getting back to you sooner but the summer means I am touring most of the time. A shying horse can be exhausting, but a fairly easy fix when you know what to do and when to do it. I am going...

Horseback Riding: Horse hieght and scared of horse, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: Your weight is more important then height. A horse can carry up to 20 percent of their weight, A 1000 pound horse can carry 200 pounds. As for putting with other horse, all horses appear that don t like other horses at first, that is how they show they...

Horseback Riding: Improving the quality of my jumping: www.thinklikeahorse.org - Rick Gore Hrosemanship, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: I am not a jumper so I am not familiar with the technical aspects of jumping correctly . I jump my horse over logs, ditches, other obstacles. To me jumping is about communication with the horse, being able to read the horse and adjust accordingly. I think...

Horseback Riding: leg pressure: www.thinklikahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: I would say not a right or wrong way in anything with horses, a horse can learn just about anything, so it depends how and what it was taught. I was told once that English riders use the same leg that they want the horse to go, I use opposite leg. Some people...

Horseback Riding: Shoulder muscles, show jumper, shoulder muscles
show jumper, shoulder muscles, canter: Try working on your transitions, especially from the walk to the canter. Also work on your right circles with a counter bend. As you do so be sure to work from the trot applying collected downward transitions, and extended upward transitions. All the while...

Horseback Riding: western saddle shopping: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: You need to work on your horsemanship and stop thinking that a saddle will keep you safe or help you with your skiddish horse As for your saddle, make sure you have a good blanket and good 90 degree bars so it fits nice. Then read my horsemanship page...

Horseback Riding: Showing/National ranking, national reserve champion, horses and ponies
Horseback Riding: Showing/National ranking, national reserve champion, horses and ponies, daughter jacqueline

Horseback Riding: Saddle, dover saddlery, dressage saddle
dover saddlery, dressage saddle, alfalfa hay: Hi Linda, So many good questions! The first thing I want to share with you is most tack stores will allow you to take a saddle on trial. If you are considering a saddle offered by an independent seller, they too should understand the importance of proper...

Horseback Riding: Showing/National ranking, forest hill md, chronicle of the horse
forest hill md, chronicle of the horse, sport check: I have not heard of either the person or the farm in question. Although I live in Arizona and my knowledge (or lack there of) of her status is not something one can gage their decision on. There are several ways to check an individuals background in this...

Horseback Riding: Critique my riding?, horse, riding
horse, riding, jumping: Hi, Looking good all around and horse performing well. Remember your horse is a major key to assess your riding skills. If your horse is happy and performs well, then you re doing well too. In the trotting videos you looked a little forward in the body,...

Horseback Riding: problem with lunging, arm pit, lash
Horseback Riding: problem with lunging, arm pit, lash, paddock

Horseback Riding: Horse Jumping, jumping, balance
jumping, balance: Hello Kathryn, I found this book on amazon.com. From what I could see, it looks like a good book for you. 101 Jumping Exercises: For Horse and Rider (Paperback) by Linda L. Allen (Author), Dianna R. Dennis (Contributor) 5.0 out of 5 stars See...

Horseback Riding: problem with lunging, scare tatic, trot or canter
scare tatic, trot or canter, lunge: This is a bit tricky! Below are a few links that can help clearly explain proper lunging technique. My best suggestion is to slowly gain her confidence back with use of the whip while combining proper body language (yours) to guide her through your commands....

Horseback Riding: saddle fitting, sore, back
sore, back, horse: Hi Again, =) Simply run your hand over your horse s back. If he flinches you have encountered a real tender spot. If that doesn t turn up anything, try pressing harder and see if that shows anything. Sometimes you can see a sore if the skin is rubbed...

Horseback Riding: Competitive Horseback Riding, school competitions, dressage test
school competitions, dressage test, horseback riding lessons: Hi Jennifer. Welcome to the sport of horse riding! What I would suggest is you look for a yard / riding school who may run competitions - often some of these places will run riding school competitions (ie. you borrow a pony and do a dressage test or some...

Horseback Riding: hoof boots for crosstraining, april reeves, motion horse
april reeves, motion horse, gaited: Hi Arlene, Some of the easy boots can be worn over shoes, but it does void the warranty if the boot is damaged. They do fit however. My thought to you is: are you considering them because you don t want to risk losing a shoe? It s a problem with gaited...

Horseback Riding: My New English Saddle, april reeves, horse training
april reeves, horse training, rolling: Answer from April Reeves, Horsemanís U.com: Hi Maddison. Your pony may be dropping and rolling from 2 other causes other than the saddle: 1. Wanting to roll and 2. Colic. Horses and ponies donít usually roll from a pinched saddle. It comes out by displays...

Horseback Riding: riding according to height: Rick Gore Horsemanship - www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, natural horsemanship: Not sure, I have not heard that term, but it sounds like he keeps his balance and center of gravity low and centered which increases balance and keeps him neutral. Saying neutral is very important to the horse, if you do not stay neutral it can cause a horse...

Horseback Riding: my spooky young mare, tobagan, having a good time
tobagan, having a good time, loud noises: Hi again, Is the other mare who was kicking her always agressive towards her? This could well explain why she was unsettled in the field in your previous question. I d consider asking if she could be put in a different field or that the mare is removed....

Horseback Riding: endurance riding, quarter horse mix, trot canter
quarter horse mix, trot canter, endurance ride: Hello! Thank you for your question. I don t know a whole lot on endurance riding but I can answer some of your questions the best I can. First and foremost you should have a thorough vet check on the old guy. A good vet will check joints, heart, lungs, resting...

Horseback Riding: 24 yr old horse, companion horse, allexpert
companion horse, allexpert, hoof abscess: Hello and thank you for your question. I would recommend getting a vet to give him an exam just a check over to see how everything is. If the horse is well and sound enough for light riding and a light rider ( not someone thats too heavy) I don t see why he...

Horseback Riding: Draw Reins, draw reins, pony mare
draw reins, pony mare, quarter pony: draw reins are a cheat and not good, it will only teach a horse to pull more and then you will need a bigger bit, a tie down or more gimmicks, ride time and you getting better will fix this, lots of riding in a round pen so the horse learns that it can walk...

Horseback Riding: I bounce when I ride, bouncing
bouncing: Hello and thank you for your question. To be honest with you I myself am not a petit woman to say the least. There are a couple things that I can suggest to help you. First the horse you are riding. There are bouncy horses and smooth horses. A short backed...

Horseback Riding: I bounce when I ride - Rick Gore Horsemanship, rick gore, horsemaship
rick gore, horsemaship, think like a horse: Well without seeing you bounce I would say it is a combination of things. One when overweight means your muscles have to work harder and you have to be stronger to control the wight. When riding your legs, knees, ankles and hip joints work as shock absorbers,...

Horseback Riding: behavior, april reeves, horse training
april reeves, horse training, wild: Hello Breeana, My only suggestion to you is to put time in to reading and studying horses. I would have to write a book to get to the heart of this question as it is far too broad to answer properly. I suggest you look through my blog, as it has helped thousands...

Horseback Riding: drop noseband and a standing martingale for polo ponies, polo ponies, fast paced game
polo ponies, fast paced game, interent connection: Hi, Apologies for the delay in getting back to you - I ve been having problems with my interent connection recently. Unfortunately I don t know anything about polo as it is not one of the disiplines I do. However, I know the basis behind this equipment:...

Horseback Riding: what height horse do i need?: www.thinklikeahorse.org, horses, horsemanship
horses, horsemanship, rick gore: You are not going to be 15 forever and you may or may not get taller, but for sure you will get bigger and weigh more. Height is only one factor when picking a horse, more important is what you are going to use the horse for, you weight, your balance, you...

Horseback Riding: Proper Dress, gpa titium, riding helmet
gpa titium, riding helmet, personal tastes: The proper attire consists of one thing ONLY: SAFETY!! The proper riding helmet needs to be ASTM F-1163-01 and 04a/SEI Certified and in good shape (not dinged up or cracked). As for style, this tends to vary from disciplines, to regions, to barns, and personal...

Horseback Riding: Saddle causing possible back pain in horse, cutback saddle, vet visit
cutback saddle, vet visit, strained muscles: I can t say for sure where the soreness is coming from because I am not a vet or animal health professional. The smart thing to do is to start with a vet check. See what the vet has to say. If the horse does get turned out he might of strained his back...

Horseback Riding: Skittish Horse, skittish horse, feed bags
skittish horse, feed bags, empty bags: Sounds like he is improving which is excellent. One step at a time! The intelligent ones are the horses who need the most amount of work so try to keep him amused or else he ll find trouble. With regard to him pulling back when tied up - can you tried a...

Horseback Riding: Slow Canter, horse whisper, group lesson
horse whisper, group lesson, horse and rider: time and being in a hurry is the worst enemy of a horse. This, like all good training takes time so the horse and rider can learn together. Understanding a horse is the key, so read and learn as much as you can about horses. My website has lots of info...

Horseback Riding: Stopping, april reeves, horse training
april reeves, horse training, horsemansu: Hi Tania, I am going to give you a link to a long but useful article from my blog. It deals with the foundation work you need to put on your mare. It s easy, and I go step by step. Many have used this and found really great results quickly, especially if...

Horseback Riding: saddle seat eq, stirrup leathers, cutback saddle
stirrup leathers, cutback saddle, saddle seat: Welcome to Saddle Seat! I will say that older or cheaper models of a saddle seat saddle (i.e. cutback) are not designed for those of us with this issue in mind. Usually the stirrup bar is way too far forward to allow the rider to place their leg in the correct...

Horseback Riding: Bucking Trouble with a calm horse, hissy fit, problem horses
hissy fit, problem horses, consistent behavior: You re welcome Amber. Hope he s okay. I know what it s like to have a horse out of commission; yesterday during lunging, my big QH was cantering and got a bit frisky. He dug his back legs into the dirt and went to take off. A piece of wood dug into his coronet...

Horseback Riding: horse riding, looking after horses, horse ownership
looking after horses, horse ownership, horse care: Hi Jade, sorry to hear you had to give up a few years ago. First of all, I would suggest getting some lessons. If you cannot afford these, perhaps you could ask your local riding school if in exchange for a lesson you could muck out some stables or something?...

Horseback Riding: Respect for a Horse's Need: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, natural horsemanship
rick gore, natural horsemanship, horses: I did not see video, but there are lots of people that don t understand or treat their horses like they would want to be treated. A horse is a pretty clean animal, they do not like to walk in their feces and don t like to stand in or pee on themselves. If...

Horseback Riding: Teaching a reining horse to jump: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, natural horsemanship
rick gore, natural horsemanship, horses: lol, all horses know how to jump, if they want to jump out of an area, they will and you will not have to teach them. People saying things like this do not understand horses and are probably riding on borrowed time. Any horse can any horse things, it is the...

Horseback Riding: Western Saddle Fitting, april reeves, horse training
april reeves, horse training, western saddle fitting: Hi Kristine, I m concerned about buying a saddle for a horse that s about to lose a lot of weight. You will be buying a saddle that will have to fit 2 very different horses: the fat one and the fit one. I would try to get the mare a bit slimmer before attempting...

Horseback Riding: Hacking out alone, exact problem, further down the road
exact problem, further down the road, revolt: Hi, I m sorry I ve taken to long to reply to this. If I m honest, I ve been thinking about the question for some time trying to think how to answer it! I had this exact problem before with a past horse - he would also nap out hacking alone, grinding to a...

Horseback Riding: How Old is Too Old?: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, natural horsemanship
rick gore, natural horsemanship, horses: It depends, what you weigh, how good your saddle pad is, how good your saddle is, how good a rider are you, does the horse have any previous injuries. The horse will tell you if it is in pain or having trouble carrying you. I would get the horse in condition...

Horseback Riding: please read then judge: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, natural horsemanship
rick gore, natural horsemanship, horses: I would say you what ever is going on is YOU. A horse is only a reflection of us, so if you feel stressed or not relaxed, then your horse will feel that way and then when you horse acts that way you will feel more stressed. You need to realize that you make...

Horseback Riding: saddle seat eq, morgan gelding, saddle seat
morgan gelding, saddle seat, english pleasure: Hi! I m so glad to hear that you are enjoying Saddle Seat especially Saddle Seat Equitation. Ok here are some of my tips: Breathe! Bust through the gait like you own the ring and make everyone work harder for that blue. Even if you don t have a blue ribbon...

Horseback Riding: trotting: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, natural horsemanship
rick gore, natural horsemanship, horses: He trots since that is all he has known, he has to be walked..... I bet he does not trot when you lead him???? why is that, it is because you have control of him when you have the advantage of being on the ground and not on his back....?????? So if walks...

Horseback Riding: dressage clothing, english riding boots, pant legs
english riding boots, pant legs, riding breeches: Hi Cassandra, As in any form of riding the clothes answer first to safety and then to style. In the lower levels of dressage the clothing is informal and at the highest level the clothing is quite formal. The proper clothing is slightly different depending...

Horseback Riding: Bit suggestions for a strong horse?, april reeves, french link bit
april reeves, french link bit, horse training: I m glad it helped! As for bits, I m not an advocate of rubber bits. Yes, they are soft, but they are also somewhat ineffective in a short time. They work on babies just learning what a bit is about, but very few horses can spend their lives in them. ...

Horseback Riding: Over-excited horse, april reeves, arabian
april reeves, arabian, horse: Hi Stefanie, Interesting piece of information: he was sent to a big name trainer for English work. I m not one to put down any trainer (unless I feel a sense of urgency to get the horse out of harm s way, and I have done that on the odd post here), but...

Horseback Riding: Bit suggestions for a strong horse?, horses head, double twist
Horseback Riding: Bit suggestions for a strong horse?, horses head, double twist, couple weeks

Horseback Riding: Leads Takeoff, american quarter horse, downward transition
american quarter horse, downward transition, hunter jumper: Hello I think I may have a few suggestions for you and your horse. First I would lunge her and get all her extra energy out. Then you need to start from the beginning and train her that extension on her gaits are up to you and you control her. This has to...

Horseback Riding: Horse Changes Direction no warning, april reeves, foundation
april reeves, foundation, horse training: Hi Cindy, That is one of the strangest things I have ever heard, but I may have an explanation. Years ago, my friend s Champion Morgan gelding at the time took to climbing walls and diving into corners. Just out of the blue one day! So she got after...

Horseback Riding: Saddle Seat Posting, saddle seat, huntseat horses
saddle seat, huntseat horses, follow ups: Thats fine. Yes Saddle Seat rider s post differently because Saddle Seat horses move differently when compared to huntseat horses. Remember riding is all about form = function. In huntseat the horse moves its feet in a sweeping outward motion, so as a rider...

Horseback Riding: Some Saddle Seat questions, h horse show, saddle suit
h horse show, saddle suit, saddle seat: Thats great to hear, congratulations! Its really difficult for me to say why you are having major issues posting without any visual aid. If you could send a picture or a quick video that would be really helpful. The only thing I could say without anything...

Horseback Riding: Country vs English, youth nationals, albuquerque new mexico
youth nationals, albuquerque new mexico, english pleasure: Hello. I am not an Arabian rider. I can only go by what the rules state. There is a forum for Arabian riders that would be a better place to ask your question. The website is: http://forums.arabianbreeders.net/index.php . I hope this helps you find your...

Horseback Riding: Cantering, lesson horses, root problems
lesson horses, root problems, leg muscle: Hi. There are many exercises I could give you but they are easily googled or found with a trip to a book store or library. Some people find learning how to sit the trot first before returning to canter helpful as it teaches the rider to flow with the horse...

Horseback Riding: Mounted patrol, leg aids, school horses
leg aids, school horses, sturdy object: Ride more, the more you ride the better your balance, the better your confidence, the more the horse will teach you and it will develop strength in your legs, core and body. Make sure you ride on a loose rein so you dont ever use the reins for balance...

Horseback Riding: Which is better?, reins, whips
reins, whips, spurs: I would not know since I can t see you ride. Keeping the reins loose shows better control and more confidence and trust in your horse and makes the horse feel better, but depending on what you are doing you may need to being giving more direction for more...

Horseback Riding: Fixing problem, trot or canter, natural horsemanship
trot or canter, natural horsemanship, intents and purposes: Hello and thank you for your question. There are a few things that could or are going on with you two. As an older horse I would like to see him have a physical. Sometimes they can have pain or stiffness turning one way, if it is what might be happening...

Horseback Riding: quiet and friendly horses respond to rider quickly, good horses
good horses: Hello and thank you for your question. With every horse being an individual its hard to say that quiet and good horses respond to every rider well. A horse maybe a well natured horse but if the rider isn t the horse may respond badly. It all depends on the...

Horseback Riding: Pony Training, bomb proof, shetland ponies
bomb proof, shetland ponies, volunteer job: Hello and thanks again for your questions. Everything takes time and practice. You need to take Toughy out in the area that he will be ridden and start to work him in that area so he knows that that area is a work place not a place to eat or play. I would...

Horseback Riding: Saddleseat attire and reins, helen crabtree, correct accessories
helen crabtree, correct accessories, seat style: Saddle Seat attire is very different from any other disicipline attire. So no a collar bar shirt is not like a hunt shirt, in fact saddle seat attire is basically old fashioned men s attire just modernized. Here are some informational websites: http://regaljada.tripod.com/saddleseatequitation/id38.html...

Horseback Riding: sprinkling water on the straw bedding, straw bedding, oat straw
straw bedding, oat straw, mushroom growers: When I was at my Horsemaster Course in England, straw was the bedding used, and I grew to like it very much. They received it without cost because mushroom growers took the used bedding and provided the stable with free straw. Oat straw is the worst choice...

Horseback Riding: fitbox rotary snaffle bits, snaffle bits, lateral control
snaffle bits, lateral control, horse mouth: Rohit, Regular snaffle bits cause a nutcracker effect on the horse s mouth. Some horses accept this action, but, especially horses with a low palate or large tongue, they will find them painful and open their mouths or raise their heads when the bit hits...

Horseback Riding: holding both rope and reins, walking a horse, reins
walking a horse, reins, rope: Rohit, This groom may be leading this horse this way to either get more control or to be certain that the reins do not get tangled. He does have more control this way if the horse shies, but usually holding on to the lead rope would be enough. ...

Horseback Riding: horse expend more energy, quietness, bedding
quietness, bedding, horses: Rohit, I am not sure of your question. It is very beneficial to a horse if they lie down at times to sleep or rest. It saves their legs, and would conserve more of their energy. Remember that horses only sleep intermittently...not like people. They...

Horseback Riding: horse running inside the stall getting spooked, racehorse trainer, prey animals
racehorse trainer, prey animals, hrose: Rohit, You should ALWAYS approach a horse quietly, with low energy. They are prey animals, and quickly go to fight or flight mode, With horse it is usually flight. This is a reflex response. It is what kept the species able to keep evolving into what...

Horseback Riding: lacking muscle on neck, ewe neck, proper diet
ewe neck, proper diet, proper nutrition: Rohit, Yes, this horse definitely lacks muscling in his neck and probably his whole body. He has a ewe neck......lack of muscling on the top of his neck, but also lacks muscling on the underside. Correct riding and lungeing could help muscle this...

Horseback Riding: pulling forelock - restraining, linda tellington jones, forelock
linda tellington jones, forelock, upper lip: Rohit, I find that horses like it if you gently pull their forelocks as your illustration shows. I will do it when I am working with a horse to get them to relax and to bond with me. In fact, this is a method encouraged by Linda Tellington Jones and...

Horseback Riding: pushing pipe slides, buckets of water, stall guards
buckets of water, stall guards, stable head: Rohit, I see the convenience of these pipe slides and the fact tha they would be inexpensive to use, but I question their safety. I see in the picture that this horse has put his foreleg over the pipe. A horse could conceivably panic and possibly hurt...

Horseback Riding: riders sitting on the front of saddle, beginner riders, purpose saddle
beginner riders, purpose saddle, image of a man: Rohit, Again, I could not enlarge this picture with the computer I am on, but it actually looks as if the chief fault in this rider is that he has lost his building blocks , that is, he does not have a straight line from his ear, shoulder, hip and heel....

Horseback Riding: my riding gone worse today, stirrups, confidence
stirrups, confidence, riding lesson: Rohit. A competent and good instructor makes certain that his/her student is balanced, knows the theory involved, and has thoroughly prepared his student before asking them to do something. You are not at fault...your instructor is. There are SO many...

Horseback Riding: all about rigs, unwanted behavior, gelding
unwanted behavior, gelding, health problems: Rohit, I do not know of any health problems,except when it is decided to remove any unwanted tissue , but a veterinarian may have good answers to this. I do think that they can definitely be more difficult to work with than a gelding. Part of this...

Horseback Riding: throwing head up while leading, rope horse, natural horsemanship
rope horse, natural horsemanship, reflex response: Rohit, Throwing his head up is an automatic response, a reflex response which horses will do if they are startled or afraid. This horse was reacting to being hit and was going into his flight response-head up, pull away, and run. It probably harkens...

Horseback Riding: tough skin on haunches, curry comb, haunches
curry comb, haunches, hard rubber: Rohit, Horses definitely get groomed all over their bodies. Their haunches are usually fsirly accepting of grooming pressure. I find the same on their neck and withers where they like to nibble st snd groom easch other. Their bellies and faces are...

Horseback Riding: weak forelegs, pasterns, performance horse
pasterns, performance horse, conformation: Rohit, Unfortunately I could not enlarge the picture enough to really judge the front legs, but from what I COULD see I susoect that this horse may have legs that could have better proportions. He is standing camped in but this would actually put more...

Horseback Riding: no concentration on job, lack of attention, concentration
lack of attention, concentration, horses: Hello Rohit, Horses, as you well know, are not machines,and of course if something attracts their attention they will look at it. If this horse were in a race, this lack of attention might well have put him off stride , and cause him to lose ground...

Horseback Riding: flat footed horse, footed horses, rohit
footed horses, rohit, slope: Rohit, From the outside, the foot will probably look wider and rounder than another horse s foot would look. When you pick it up, it will not be concave and the sole will not slope. The sole will be even with the sole and the ground. It may lead...

Horseback Riding: gelding 2 year old racehorse, riding horses, gelding
riding horses, gelding, rohit: Rohit, Unless the colt is truly exceptional and his pedigree is outstanding, it is much less trouble to manage a gelding rather than a stallion. Some horsemen feel that a stallion has more energy, and keep him entire for that reason. Riding horses...

Horseback Riding: haunches engaged, haunches, dressage
haunches, dressage, jumper: Rohit, The haunches are certainly driving, but they are not engaged in the sense that dressage or jumper riders are striving for. The horse s back is not round...he is inverted, so that the driving power is not truly traveling through the circle of...

Horseback Riding: heels down, stirrup irons, riding a horse
stirrup irons, riding a horse, toes: Rohit, For a race rider or jump rider, it is even more important for a rider to have their heel lower than their toes. It lends stablility to the position, and enables them to use their lower leg more correctly. If the heel is not lower, the rider has...

Horseback Riding: horse neck flat, horse neck, stride length
horse neck, stride length, martingale: Rohit, You really are developing a good eye for things. This horse has a martingale attached to his bridle, and so he cannot raise his head any higher. The martingale may well be too tight, and be restricting the movement of his head and neck to balance...

Horseback Riding: horse opening mouth, horse opening, tongue tie
horse opening, tongue tie, horse pain: Rohit, This is truly an upsetting picture, and one seen much too often. Not only is the rider hurting the horse with harsh hands, but the poor horse has a tongue tie on. This makes it even more painful for him. Bits can be horrible devices, especially...

Horseback Riding: leaning forward while trotting, exercise riders, center of gravity
exercise riders, center of gravity, dressage riders: Rohit, They need to stay in balance with the horse s center of gravity. You will notice jump riders and hunt seat riders also leaning forward from the hip joint. This goes along with the center of gravity of the horse. The horse is in a longer frame,...

Horseback Riding: lower jaw tensed, ridden horses, lower jaw
ridden horses, lower jaw, horse training: Rohit, I find that when a horse is tense in his body, if he is afraid, or is in pain, his lower jaw would also be tense. Often in ridden horses some people have a tendency to make the noseband too tight.This results in discomfort if not pain in the horse,...

Horseback Riding: requirment of D ring, exercise rider, short stirrup
exercise rider, short stirrup, prime example: Rohit, Actually, a full cheek snaffle may help, but this is a prime example of riding from the face of the horse instead of using the seat and leg. Of course, this is an exercise rider or jockey, and with the short stirrup the rider has no leg to use,...

Horseback Riding: right - longer leg ., uneven ground, legs
uneven ground, legs, horses: Rohit, I am sure that the way this picture was taken and the angle of the picture just makes it look like that. Pictures of Thoroughbred and fine horses are usually taken so that the legs are separated so that the observer can see all four legs. ...

Horseback Riding: shorted tailed horse, lavender mist, thin tail
lavender mist, thin tail, appaloosa: If the dock of the tail is complete, then no one has docked the tail (actually cut the bone of the tail). If this horse was not docked, then by the look of the tail (horizontal) the tail hairs were probably cut on purpose to achieve a certain look. Some...

Horseback Riding: trotting - 15 days, independent hand, independent seat
independent hand, independent seat, athletic ability: Rohit, . Learning the balance and rhythm of the trot, and having a correct posiiton so that you are balanced enough to post to the trot would be determined by: 1. The athletic ability of the rider 2. The type of trot (the horse you are riding) 3....

Horseback Riding: changing lead during galloping, riding horses, rohit
riding horses, rohit, google: Rohit, In my opinion, lead changes have to be taught in a thought-out, well-planned way. In riding horses, flying lead changes are asked for after the horse has had quite a bit of preparatory training. The horse needs to be as ambidextrous as possible,...

Horseback Riding: knees closing completely, horse sound, thoroughbreds
horse sound, thoroughbreds, egos: Rohit, This can vary from individual to individual horse. It also depends on the genetics of the horse. Some people have the knees Xrayed before they start riding the horse to try to keep the horse sound. I would guess that most Throoughbreds, when they...

Horseback Riding: tensed during the trot, riding horses, haunches
riding horses, haunches, gaits: Rohit, Tension shows in several ways in a horse.......it does not matter what gait the horse is performing. In riding horses, tension is a negative...relaxation is the key so that the horse is listening and the movement can be correct. The horse s...

Horseback Riding: Transtion From Western to English?, bitless bridle, western horses
bitless bridle, western horses, western hunt: Hello Paige, ...........and good for you to espane on your theory and knowledge. I have ridden western, hunt seat and dressage for many years. One of the main differences is contact. In a trained western horse (I train the young horses on contact to...

Horseback Riding: very good racehorse trainer, equine body language, racehorse trainer
equine body language, racehorse trainer, race horses: I recently returned from a visit to South Africa which included visits to local race tracks and working with Thoroughbred ex-racehorses.I was able to interview some top professionals who have been employed in different facets of the race horse business. ...

Horseback Riding: heavy in the mouth, kk bits, hard rubber
kk bits, hard rubber, horse mouth: There are many factors in the fit of the bit. No bit should be very heavy. It rests on sensitive tissue, (the bars of the mouth and the tongue) as it is. Some decent bits are VERY light. We have KK bits that I think help the horse chew and feel more comfortable....

Horseback Riding: HORSE DROPPING ITS SHOULDER., race horses, hind leg
race horses, hind leg, sharp turn: I will give you an example with a ridden horse that I am working with. To begin with in its training, the horse dropped its inside shoulder on a turn. To get the feeling, just walk yourself in a circle (on foot, without a horse). Look down to the inside...

Horseback Riding: horse hitting the ground - scartching the ground, foreleg, hitting the ground
foreleg, hitting the ground, assertiveness: If a horse is anxious and frightened, he may paw the ground. It may mean he is restless, insecure, and tense. It does no good to ounish a horse for this movement...it will only make it worse. Stamping the ground can be a reaction to insects and it can also...

Horseback Riding: horse stumbling while trotting on sand, racehorses, lameness
racehorses, lameness, forehand: Stumbling can be caused by many factors. The horse could be overbalanced on its forehand and therefor be clumsy. If it is ridden, the rider could be balancing and riding badly and cause the horse to stumble. The horse could be in poor condition.He may...

Horseback Riding: horse getting tickled due to foamy sweat, turning in circles, sensitive animals
turning in circles, sensitive animals, saddle cloth: I find the groom s answer questionable. I feel it is much more likely that the horse is behaving in the way you described because the horse s adrenaline and nerves are up because of being galloped on the track. The act of running excitea a horse. The...

Horseback Riding: large tongue - what bit, piece snaffle, bitless bridle
piece snaffle, bitless bridle, french link: From the picture I think it looks as if the horse might well have a low palate and possibly a larger then normal tongue. The result is that there is not much room in his mouth for a bit. I increasingly whenever I can use a Bitless Bridle (such as Dr....

Horseback Riding: making bit seats in the horse mouth, equine dentist, digestion of food
equine dentist, digestion of food, proper digestion: Bits do indeed rest on the bars of the horse s mouth. This is an extremely sensitive area.....it can cause a horse much pain.....most horses develop painful bone spurs from bits. Floating a horse s teeth is necessary fgor proper digestion of food and also...

Horseback Riding: Riding, sally swift, independent seat
sally swift, independent seat, skilled rider: Hello Jim, There is so much to the art and skill of horseback riding. It takes years and years to really develop into a skilled rider. This is not said to discourage you....the process is so much fun! Your aids are the language that you use to talk...

Horseback Riding: soft spot of a horse, hair swirls, rubbings
hair swirls, rubbings, muzzles: Horses have more sensitive areas on their bodies. There are two soft spots on either side of their muzzles, just above their mouth. Your fingers will fall into these areas. If you make little soft rubbings on these spots, most horses will lower their heads...

Horseback Riding: tight shoulders - no free stride, tight shoulders, riding horse
tight shoulders, riding horse, suppleness: Yes, Not moving freely through the shoulders can be a result of conformation, injury, general stiffness, and lack of fitness and suppleness with insufficient conditioning training. A riding horse can have less freedon due to incorrect saddle fit or...

Horseback Riding: twitching upper lip of a horse, nerve endings, upper lip
nerve endings, upper lip, bloodstream: Horses are very easy to hurt. They are extremely sensitive and are quite susceptible to pain. A twitch is often used for administering first aid, medications, clipping, etc. It is far better whenever possible to desensitize the horse to things such as...

Horseback Riding: applying hoof oil daily, correct nutrients, hoof oil
correct nutrients, hoof oil, training horses: Applying hoof oil can help.....even more so you should moinitor the diet of your horses, making sure that they are receiving the correct nutrients for sound hoof condition. There is much literature on this. You have to research the type of oil you are...

Horseback Riding: flat foot problems, quarter horse breeders, conformation of the horse
quarter horse breeders, conformation of the horse, footed horses: The conformation of a horse s hoof is very importsnt. I find the shape of the hoof to be important, but the hoof should fit the conformation of the horse. In the States, Quarter Horse breeders were sometimes known to breed horses who had small feet. There...

Horseback Riding: help my wife with her horse, horse experience, discipline
horse experience, discipline: I will be very glad to help you but I need more details: 1. The age of the horse, his experience and former training. 2. The amount of horse experience that you and your wife have. 3. What discipline? (western, English) 4. The environment you have...(...

Horseback Riding: kathiawari horse, breed horses, www youtube
breed horses, www youtube, bridle: Hello, I think all of the horses would be suitable with correct training.In my opinion , they are all wonderfully forgiving of the incorrect riding, (training) and equipment shown in these videos. In all of the videos the riders are in incorrect positions,...

Horseback Riding: longer stride, diagonal pairs, riding horses
diagonal pairs, riding horses, race horses: Hello, This horse is galloping, so that the three beat fottfall of the canter has turned into the four beat gallop. I do not quite understand what you mean by flat foot......you can email to further explain, or write back to ASKEXPERTS. When a horse...

Horseback Riding: low heels - bowed tendons, low heels, legs and feet
low heels, legs and feet, bowed tendons: Incorrect trimming and shaping of a horse s hoof can leads to all types of problems. I would say the biggest cause to injury of a horse s legs and feet is incorrect use of the horse by the trainer and owner. Horses should not be raced as babies. In my...

Horseback Riding: rump high and low, thoroughbred race horse, american quarter horse
thoroughbred race horse, american quarter horse, thoroughbred horses: For Thoroughbreds to develop the best balance for speed, it is an advantage for their conformation to be a bit more horizontal . Although their haunches are the motor ....the motor of the race horse s primary purpose is to propel them forward with great...

Horseback Riding: rump high - stumble, dressage training, rump
dressage training, rump, conformation: Yes, I think that there would be less balance with an animal who is not symmetrical in their conformation. Many of them would manage all right, but then add the weight of a rider and expectations of actions that may not be all that natural to an animal...

Horseback Riding: bits for thin lips, thin lips, draft horse
thin lips, draft horse, mouthpiece: Sorry Rohit. I may not quite understand the full content of this question. Horses have different thicknesses and texture of mouths....think of the Thoroughbred with very fine skin, and the draft horse who is just thicker around his mouth. Is this what...

Horseback Riding: Horse Stamina, commercial viability, albert schweitzer
commercial viability, albert schweitzer, steady pace: Hello Corvus, I will just offer my opinions on the stamina of horses. First there are many variables. Obviously, the breed, age,and physical condition of the horse are variables.The type of country the horse is being driven (ridden) over,(i.e.) is it hilly,...

Horseback Riding: wolf tooth, wolf teeth, wisdom teeth
wolf teeth, wisdom teeth, veterinary publications: Wolf teeth need to be checked from time to time to make sure that they do not cause trouble as they develop. Some remain small and do not cause the horse any trouble.At other times thye become bigger and pointed and can interfere with feeding and being...

Horseback Riding: breaking yearlings to ride, horse horses, aninals
horse horses, aninals, yearlings: Horses are prey aninals and humans are predators. To have another animal on his back in the wild would probably result in death for the horse. It is not natural for a horse to accept and be submissive to weight on his back. Therefore he should be...

Horseback Riding: dished feet - flat foot, contrary to popular belief, flat foot
contrary to popular belief, flat foot, conformation: The term dishing refers to the process of swinging the front feet outwards while the horse is moving. The condition is often regarded as hereditary in nature since it is normally associated with unbalanced feet and toe-in conformation and the conformation...

Horseback Riding: getting frightened for leading a horse, linda tellington jones, many horses
linda tellington jones, many horses, colt: This is really an imvolved question and has many parts to it. Many horses at a race track are not handled well. It is not your fault if they act up if they have not been trained correctly. Is it possible for you to obtain a book written by Linda Tellington-Jones?...

Horseback Riding: horse walking slowly, natural horsemanship, eyesight
natural horsemanship, eyesight, cheek: This picture shows an incorrect method of leading a horse. In some of the Natural Horsemanship that is incorrect, people have learned to lead horses in this manner. It is incorrect as it is not safe. The horse could spook and run into the person. Also,...

Horseback Riding: learning riding on 5 and 6 year old racehorses, thoroughbred racehorses, basic biomechanics
thoroughbred racehorses, basic biomechanics, working with horses: It depends on what kind of riding you want to learn. Race horse riding will teach you balance and strength, and ANY exposure will work on some basic biomechanics. If riding race horses is what you want to do (it is not very safe), then that is where...

Horseback Riding: not to look into the horse while leading, indian grooms, negative attitude
indian grooms, negative attitude, stable horse: This person has a very negative attitude about not treat them well. Lately there has been, even in the states, a thread of thinking that stresses dominance over horses. If they are hitting horses and mistreating them they should not work with them and...

Horseback Riding: cushing disease - thoroughbred horses, horses and ponies, excessive urination
horses and ponies, excessive urination, thoroughbred horses: Cushings Disease or Cushings Syndrome can affect all breeds and of horses and ponies, females and males. It usually occurs in older horses, but has been known to affect horses as young as eight years of age. It compromises the endocrine system of the horse...

Horseback Riding: D ring bit rather than O ring bit, thoroughbred horses, race horses
thoroughbred horses, race horses, snaffles: Because a D ring is connected to the mouthpiece.......(it does not slide like an O ring,) horses often go INTO the pressure more readily. I will use a D ring or Eggbutt snaffle with a horse that hangs back from the bit. You would not want a race horse...

Horseback Riding: decent horses getting spooked more, working with horses, horse horses
working with horses, horse horses, race horses: Rohit, A horse is a fight or fright animal..... if something scares him and he reacts by shying or trying to pull away it not not make him necessarily an unruly horse. Horses have different temperaments, and react differently. Handlers do enter into...

Horseback Riding: double rigged cinch - Saddle rigging, horse training, rick gore
horse training, rick gore, horse behavior: It is an adjustable type, you can run the cinch in the front one or the rear one or in both, just make sure both sides are the same. Depending on which one you use will determine how far back the cinch is. I would use the back or both, not the front, th...

Horseback Riding: good material for building a stable, race horses, concrete brick
race horses, concrete brick, thoroughbreds: Rohit, I do not like this idea at all, but if it is the only material available, they have no choice. It is rough and hard, and if the horse gets cast, or kicks, or has colic and thrashes, he could really get hurt. You do not mention what they use...

Horseback Riding: hand rubbing hardly - stops blood circulation, indian grooms, linen cloths
indian grooms, linen cloths, blood circulation: In England we used wisps (hand-shaped objects we were taught to weave from straw) to rub the skin over the muscles of the horse s coat in order to stimulate the circulation around the muscles. We were careful to rub only as hard as the horses allowed and...

Horseback Riding: heel or frog for shock adsorption, coffin bone, pastern bone
coffin bone, pastern bone, digital cushion: The frog is just part of the structure of a horse s hoof that protects as much as possible the shock and impact of moving such a large body on relatively fragile legs. As the foot swings back to contact the ground the heel normally impacts slightly before...

Horseback Riding: horse and its jockey - victory, eddie arcaro, famous jockeys
eddie arcaro, famous jockeys, willie shoemaker: Jockeys and riders definitely have different skills. Some horses do do better with certain riders. We have famous jockeys in America....the older well-known ones are Eddie Arcaro, Willie Shoemaker, and Stephen Cauthen. They were known for their excellent...

Horseback Riding: horse tendons - motorbike pistons, racehorse trainer, mechanical force
racehorse trainer, mechanical force, tendons: Rohit, I do not think that is the best example....a piston transfers force through it....it can transfer pressure into mechanical force and vice versa. I think your friend may be comparing a piston to a horse s tendons because a horse s tendons allow...

Horseback Riding: long reining baby horses, baby horses, bitless bridle
baby horses, bitless bridle, work ethic: Rohit, Great question! I always long line my baby horses, but I always do it with a halter or a Dr. Cook Bitless bridle, never a bit. It teaches the horse many things. I would never start until they are at least yearlings or two year olds ...before...

Horseback Riding: ponies carrying more weight, fell ponies, shetland ponies
fell ponies, shetland ponies, pony breeds: Ponies tend to have more bone (denser bone) than horses. Many of them, like our Haflingers, and Fjords. are built more compactly, like little draft horses. If they have a stronger skeleton they are therefore a bit stronger in general,and are able to be...

Horseback Riding: predicting soft jawed horse, soft jaws, bone spurs
soft jaws, bone spurs, sensitive rubber: Rohit, All horses are born with soft jaws , or a soft mouth. The conformation of the mouth can differ from horse to horse. Some have thicker tongues, some have lower palates. All of this has to be taken into consideration when considering which bit to...

Horseback Riding: stepping on horse hoof, release knot, horse legs
release knot, horse legs, hind legs: Rohit, This is not the commonly accepted practice to picking up a hoof. It seems like an unbalanced way to do it....when the horse DOES pick up his hoof this way, your uncle would have to do a very quick dive down to grab the foot and support it. FOR FRONT...

Horseback Riding: worse pair of hands, bitless bridle, soft jaws
bitless bridle, soft jaws, race horses: Absolutely....this is caused by the rider. He is just using his hands and a painful bit...nothing else...to control his horse. Thank goodness in more and more places the Bitless Bridle is being accepted and some day race horses in India may be permitted...

Horseback Riding: aggressive fillies - fast runners, attitute, race horse
attitute, race horse, fillies: Rohit, I do think that a horse s attitute is an important factor in how they perform. I would think that a bold, assertive horse would make a better race horse than a fearful one. I think that horses are born with certain characteristics just as people...

Horseback Riding: bit held high in mouth, horse mouth, good speed
horse mouth, good speed, incisors: Rohit, Apparently this horse is racing at a good speed,and the jockey in riding with a lot of contact on the horse s mouth. I believe that in racing, part of the balance of the jockey is determined by the rein contact, unlike dresssage or regular riding...

Horseback Riding: boy with wild horse, black stallion, independent seat
black stallion, independent seat, athletic skill: Rohit, Riding is an athletic skill, just like any other, except it is much more difficult. Not only do you have to learn balance and strength and correct use of your core, but you have to be able to understand another sentient being. YOU need to develop...

Horseback Riding: cleaning hooves while bathing, buckets of water, race horses
buckets of water, race horses, hoze: Rohit, Feet should be picked out before and after the horse is ridden.....at least twice daily. We used to scrub the surface of the hoof with a brush...with water if we needed to. Make sure you clean the cleft of the frog to prevent thrush. Dirty water,...

Horseback Riding: cross nose band requirement, technical delegate, s poll
technical delegate, s poll, nose band: Rohit, People usually revert to a (I think you are referring to a flash, drop, or what we call a figure eight noseband) for several reasons: 1. It is supposed to put more pressure on the horse s poll and nose, so they are looking for more control ....

Horseback Riding: curved mouthpiece good or bad, conformation of the horse, bitless bridle
conformation of the horse, bitless bridle, coherent reason: Rohit, You can look at a horse s mouth and tell if they have a large tongue, or low palate. You are at a racetrack, so you will have many different horses to choose from. After that, horses will let you know if a certain bit is acceptable to them. Usually...

Horseback Riding: different trotting styles, horse magazine, rohit
horse magazine, rohit, mitzi: Rohit, before I go into more detail in answering htis, I would like to know where you obtained this illustration. Was it form a gailed horse ir Iberian horse magazine? I am asking as the second and third illustration shows and details and seems to...

Horseback Riding: expression in this horse eye, happy camper, ears
happy camper, ears, expression: I already answered almost all of this question in your duplicate question, but it did not contain this image. I cannot see the circumstances, or the rest of the horse s body, but he may be frightened or anxious. The whites of his eyes are showing, and...

Horseback Riding: expression in horse eye, soft eye, lesson horse
soft eye, lesson horse, horse play: Rohit, Not a big deal....just wanting the food and looking at the photographer. HOWEVER..... do NOT do this any more! It is a very unsafe practice! You are taking the really big chance of this horse biting you in the face. Remember they can be rough...

Horseback Riding: eye and ear expression, alert expression, playful mood
alert expression, playful mood, two fingers: Rohit, To me he appears to just be in an attentive mood. He has an alert expression, and is observing the photographer. Remember that a horse s range of vision is close to 340 degrees. I do wonder how tight the noseband is that is beneath his bit....

Horseback Riding: flexing the neck - good or bad, rubber neck, horse neck
rubber neck, horse neck, straight track: Rohit, I presume that this rider is breezing this horse, and just pulling the head to one side and then the other to perform what they may call flexing . This is incorrect. It causes the horse mouth, neck, poll,shoulder, and back problems, and can contribute...

Horseback Riding: gender of this horse, horse gender, attitude changes
horse gender, attitude changes, race horses: Rohit, Some horses in their conformation and even mannerisms do sometimes seem a bit more feminine than masculine. Stallions and sometimes geldings may exhibit roguish behavior, fillies and mares may have attitude changes when they come in season. ...

Horseback Riding: holding the horse crest, reins, crest
reins, crest, gesture: Rohit, I like this! I will also do this sometimes when I am leeading a horse. I look at it as a kind of connection........I think it is a comforting gesture, and influences the animals more than just holding on to the reins. I also have a technique...

Horseback Riding: horse not entering into track, grass lover, bay gelding
grass lover, bay gelding, exercise track: Rohit, It is known in the racing community that some horses prefer running on grass,and some on the track, and with others it does not make a difference. There are horses who do not mind running in the mud, (they are called mudders ), and some who do not...

Horseback Riding: horse running faster, horse races, jockeys
horse races, jockeys, whips: Rohit, Probably almost aways in a race.They will run for longer periods of time and they will run flat out...faster than they would normally, as they are trained to do this and also forced to run from the jockeys encouraging them and also using whips. ...

Horseback Riding: incisors held tightly, distension, nostrils
distension, nostrils, racetrack: Rohit, I think that this expression is a result of the horse s respiration being up. Note the distension of his nostrils.....foam around his mouth and mouth slightly open. I just think he was pushed really hard and is out of breath and very tired....

Horseback Riding: lean on rider's hands, bitless bridle, rough hands
bitless bridle, rough hands, rohit: Rohit, from this picture, it does indeed appear that the horse is just very uncomfortable with the bit. I suggest that you go to the Dr. Cook Bitless Bridle website and read some of his articles and the comments of others about what a bit can do to...

Horseback Riding: light and dead in the mouth, horses and ponies, continual pressure
horses and ponies, continual pressure, nerve damage: Rohit Bits can actually cause nerve damage in the mouth of horses. Continual pressure, jerks, etc., cause damage to the horse s mouth in many places......including the bars, palate, and tongue of the horse. Some horses learn to adjust to this pain...

Horseback Riding: nylon or leather bridle comfortable for horses, leather bridle, pleasure horses
leather bridle, pleasure horses, show horses: Rohit, I am used to leather and usually prefer it, but there have been many materials developed and now used for bridles which have the advantage of being easily cleaned and are stronger and safer. As long as they are not made from a material that rubs...

Horseback Riding: poorly conditioned, hind quarters, hip bones
hind quarters, hip bones, uncomfortable state: Rohit, I am taking for granted that this picture is supposed to represent a horse who is thin...it does not really show hip bones sticking out or ribs, etc. There is a chart that our Humane Society has printed that shows a photograph of a horse and gives...

Horseback Riding: reason for this horse to rear, thoroughbred race horse, stable manners
thoroughbred race horse, stable manners, flight response: Rohit, Yes, I horse can rear just because he feels good, has energy, and wants to release it. If this is the case, then it must be addressed. This is bad stable manners, and the horse has to be given ground work, so that he behaves when he is led and...

Horseback Riding: rough spots on mouthpiece, carriage horses, curb bits
carriage horses, curb bits, lightweight aluminum: Rohit, Yes to all of your questions. The keys were used on young horses, especially ages ago, to supposedly get a horse used to having a bit in his mouth...to encourage him to chew, etc. I think it was used more for carriage horses when they were more...

Horseback Riding: off season - spoiling racehorse ability, stall rest, sand track
stall rest, sand track, racehorse: Hello Rohit, Horses, especially racing Throroughbreds, are equine athletes.They can certainly use time off from the stress of racing psychologically, but they still need to keep a certain level of fitness. It is too bad that they cannot have an hour...

Horseback Riding: stiff neck of this horse, running martingale, hunter classes
running martingale, hunter classes, running the race: Rohit, I do not see from this picture that the horse has a stiff neck......the fact that he has a running martingale attached to the reins which run to the bit, does mean that if he moves his head and neck too far out of the range allowed, he will be pulled...

Horseback Riding: sun bath for horses, breed horses, sun bath
breed horses, sun bath, abusive situations: Rohit, I do not know the motive for having these horses tied in this manner. You would have more information than I would. Are they waiting to be used? Have they been worked and are just put in a line with those horrid hobbles until they are needed...

Horseback Riding: swallowing the tongue, bitless bridle, harness horses
bitless bridle, harness horses, tongues: Rohit, Again, the effect of the bit in a horse s mouth is causing this behavior. The bit has caused this horse much discomfort on his tongue and on the corners of the horse s mouth. In a effort to relieive this pain, (as any animal would ...they feel...

Horseback Riding: tending to get loose or excited, scenarios, rope
scenarios, rope, illustration: Hello Rohit, What an interesting and old-looking illustration! I would say that the rope around the horse s jaw is not much of a restraining device! I would not want to be expected to handle a horse at all just wearing this. I imagine that this...

Horseback Riding: tongue tie requirement, tongue tie, race horse
tongue tie, race horse, steed: Rohit, Sorry, I just do not like tongue ties. We used them way back when I worked with Standbred race horse. I was in my early twenties.They asked me to be a trainer and I refused because I would and did not want to do that to horses anymore. I do...

Horseback Riding: white patch on muzzle, horse face, rohit
horse face, rohit, red ink: Rohit, from this picture, it looks as if it is just a patch of skin that has had some hair loss. It could just be due to a scrape. It is not in a place nor does it look like it is a white patch, like a change in the hair pigmentation.....just no hair...

Horseback Riding: bandaging all four legs while lunging, horse legs, splint boots
horse legs, splint boots, light exercise: Rohit, I would bandage all four legs. Lungeing is requiring a horse to go around a circle. This in itself is not natural for a horse. He may brush his legs, knock them together, or cause some strain on them. lungeing requires the inside hind leg to...

Horseback Riding: bit acting as brake or accelerator, bitless bridle, natural aids
bitless bridle, natural aids, hind legs: Rohit, Correctly the bit (hands) is used as the last circle of natural aids in riding a horse. The seat and legs act as a driving, retarding, and an influencing part of communicating to the horse what is desired. The hands of the rider (acting on the...

Horseback Riding: canter departure, race horses, horse sound
race horses, horse sound, western pleasure: Rohit, A canter departure is just simply the transition (change) from a walk or trot or even a halt to a canter. It is an up transition....and if the horse does it correctly (which depends on the skill of the rider and the physical and mental ability...

Horseback Riding: chewing the bit, mouths, horses
mouths, horses: Rohit, This is not actually chewing the bit , if you are referring to a soft acceptance of the bit. This horse has his mouth open because he is uncomfortable and in discomfort. Some trainers and riders will put tight nosebands on horses in order...

Horseback Riding: confirmation problem - leaning on left shoulder, lung capacity, left shoulder
lung capacity, left shoulder, washington state: Rohit, It is difficult to tell from this picture. The horse is not standing square to begin with, and may be influenced by the lines by which he is being held. He does look fairly marrow in the chest...both legs coming out of the same hole . which...

Horseback Riding: hollow mouth and solid mouth, snaffle bits, inner core
snaffle bits, inner core, rohit: Rohit, A hollow mouth is just that.....the inner core of the bit is made so that it is hollow an therefore more lightweight. A solid mouth is solid metal..... A hollow mouth bit is not necessarily any better. Your horse will tell you what fits. ...

Horseback Riding: horse leaning on the shoulder, riding horses, tight circle
riding horses, tight circle, haunches: Rohit, Riding horses do this also. Sometimes it is caused by a sharp turn, and the haunches of the horse are not engaged enough. They pop their shoulder. If they are turned in a very tight circle, it still should be desirable for them to keep their driving...

Horseback Riding: horse trotting on loose shoe, rohit, gait
rohit, gait, jockeys: Rohit, From your observation you obviously know that if the horse was trotted on a hard surface like cement...you can HEAR that the shoe is loose. The shoe being loose may have caused the horse to be off ..(a bit lame), hence the jockey could feel...

Horseback Riding: horses trotting choppy, natural gait, gaited horses
natural gait, gaited horses, gaits: Rohit, This is difficult to answer precisely as I do not know what you mean by choppy . You may be writing about gaited horses, who can have a running walk . or horses who pace, such as Standardbred pacers. If so, these gaits generally are desired...

Horseback Riding: lower jaw of this horse is relaxed while exercising it, snaffle bit, bitless bridle
snaffle bit, bitless bridle, mouth tongue: Rohit, NO No NO!! A pelham bit is a leverage bit. A snaffle is a direct action bit. A leverage bit is MUCH more severe than a snaffle bit. It just puts more control in the rider s hands, but it is control by pain. A pelham is a version of a Weymouth...

Horseback Riding: narrow jawed horse, narrow jaw, horse image
narrow jaw, horse image, skeletal structure: Rohit, It simply means that the horse was born with a skeletal structure of having a narrow jaw...just as people can have jaws and faces of different dimensions. It just results in part of his conformation. It would probably mean that his mouth would...

Horseback Riding: narrow mouthpiece bit, cheek piece, horse mouth
cheek piece, horse mouth, mouthpiece: Rohit, You are correct. Often loose ring snaffle bits are fitted too small for the horse south. This results in pinching. There are rubber circles called bit guards that can help protect the corners of the horse s mouth with a loose ring snaffle,...

Horseback Riding: nut cracker action in jointed snaffles, nut cracker, straight bar
nut cracker, straight bar, mouthpieces: Rohit, Indeed, a regular jointed snaffle results in a nutcracker action. If the horse has a large tongue or low palate, then this action is even more evident. Some horses do all right with a jointed snaffle. They are quite common. Some horses...

Horseback Riding: prancing - natural gait, natural gait, voluntary collection
natural gait, voluntary collection, many horses: Rohit, Prancing as indicated in this picture is just an elevated gait with the horse becoming a bit more collected, raising his legs higher rather than longer. He looks like an Arabian, and he has hollowed his back a bit, raised his head and his tail....

Horseback Riding: right hind leg getting strained, little muscle, hind leg
little muscle, hind leg, hardest thing: Rohit, I disagreeslightly...at least with your wording.. strained . The horse is just balancing. Although you are correct in assuming that it is a bit of a strain for a horse to carry a rider s weight, and that he often has to readjust his balance to...

Horseback Riding: sheep claming down aggressive horse, sheep and goats, prey animals
sheep and goats, prey animals, gregarious animals: Rohit, I guess you are talking about either companion animals often used at the racetrack so horses have company, and can bond with another living creature, or maybe you are also discussing horses turned out to graze with sheep. Race horses are under...

Horseback Riding: speedy horses, loose reins, bitless bridle
loose reins, bitless bridle, natural horsemanship: Hannah, Cherry Hills s book should be all right. I also recommend Linda Tellington Jones latest book....it puts together most of her work in one volume. It is called THE ULTIMATE....(I believe) Tellington Touch book. The old Margaret Campbell Self...

Horseback Riding: sucking temple in, older horses, small circles
older horses, small circles, fatty deposits: Rohit, I believe there are several factors involved. I know that a horse in stress will often have sunken temples. I see it after a horse has been stressed mentally and physically. There are exercises (rubbing in small circles over the temples) which...

Horseback Riding: swishing tail while being exercised in the workouts, western pleasure horses, draft horses
western pleasure horses, draft horses, displeasure: Rohit, Tail swishing is often thought to be related to displeasure, resistance, pain, etc. In the show ring it is often penalized and should be as it is an indication of rider error or the horse being in discomfort. It may, however, also indicate that...

Horseback Riding: thrush from loose shoe, turf track, thrush
turf track, thrush, unsanitary conditions: Rohit, Thrush is a fungal infection, and can be caused by unsanitary conditions (muddy stalls with manure, turn out situations with manure), and also their feet not taken care of. Hooves should be picked out regularly and checked for thrush, and treated...

Horseback Riding: trotting, hip joints, inner tension
hip joints, inner tension, independent seat: Hannah, There is an exercise called three seats . You need to learn two seats...posting trot and a light seat . Light seat is a modification of two point or jumping position. To go into jumping position just bend a small bit forward from your hip...

Horseback Riding: turning head out, race horses, angles
race horses, angles, photo: Rohit, He may be just responding to the hold the trainer on his left has on his mouth....he may just be twisting to the side to ease some discomfort in his neck after the race. Horses are not machines as you know. Just as you may stratch, or move your...

Horseback Riding: week legs of my racehorse, cannon bones, leg bandages
cannon bones, leg bandages, thoroughbred racehorse: Rohit, There are many conformation issues that will help you to realize that the horse you are examining may have weak legs. He may have cow hocks, be calf kneed or over at the knee, too short or too long pasterns, etc. Also you need to consider...

Horseback Riding: winner comes in round pen, horse whisperers, natural horsemanship
horse whisperers, natural horsemanship, heat exhaustion: Rohit, Round penning was first used probably by the Spaniards and then cowboys in our west for horses that had had no contact with humans. It can at times be useful if it is a large round pen, but it is misused entirely too much. I have seen world-...

Horseback Riding: Riding, rick gore, bucking horse
rick gore, bucking horse, rearing horse: You did not read about me, you did not watch my videos, you did not visit my web site, I can t help someone that is just running around asking questions to people they know nothing about. I don t answer questions and waste my time for people looking for...

Horseback Riding: Horse, bucking horse, rearing horse
bucking horse, rearing horse, neck reining: Stop pulling on REINS - watch my videos on riding with ONE rein, a horse can t pull unless it has a rider that is pulling. A rope halters is better than bosal, less care, and more consistent for the horse, less change, since the horse knows the halter for...

Horseback Riding: 5 yr old mare will not go the waiting line for show arena, saddle and bridle, hot paint
saddle and bridle, hot paint, halter class: My mare does about the same thing, It is fustrating. I read an article that said that it was some primal thing about going in with a strange herd and feeling threatend because they did not know the other horses in the herd So they suggested that you go the...

Horseback Riding: asking question, wich, google
wich, google, ginger: Hello William! Alright, well I would start by spending ALOT of time with her, just grooming her, giving her treats, and loving her. Take her for walks, lunge her, anything that will be fun for her. There is also a method called Parelli, wich is a whole bunch...

Horseback Riding: Backing up and picking up feet..., stock whip, stud chain
stock whip, stud chain, ballet dance: When I work with my colts I always carry a stock whip & I usually use a stud chain over the nose(careful not to get in the eye when you pull)If I am prepared. If and when I do have an argument. I can deal with it. I want to have my colt s full attention....

Horseback Riding: Behavior issues, behavior issues, silly song
behavior issues, silly song, better games: Hi Kristen, Your mare seems to be bored and thinks that playing with you is a fun thing to do. You need to re-assert control by thinking up new and better games to play with her. Before you mount, Lounge her for 20 min or so till she seems a bit tired....

Horseback Riding: Behavior Problems, zac c, time and patience
zac c, time and patience, canter: You need to go back to the person you lease Zac from and ask these questions. They might have some tips they can help you out with. You have great courage to admit that you are having some problems. It was very good you lounged him before you rode. I lounge...

Horseback Riding: Biting, biting, biting foal!, dangerous habit, dominant leader
dangerous habit, dominant leader, foal: You have to be fast but when he bites you,You curl up your fist and belt him right in the mouth. It takes a few times and you might carry a crop with at all times for awhile but he needs to learn this is very dangerous habit ,If you let this habit slide he...

Horseback Riding: Bitless....., bosal, alot of people
bosal, alot of people, horses: Hello I have heard from alot of people that going bitless for jumping is alot better, because it helps stop the rider from pulling on the horses mouth when he jumps, the horse has more freedom. So there are good advantages for going bitless when jumping....

Horseback Riding: Body protector, body protector, small jumps
body protector, small jumps, first horse: Dear Abi, Try a body protector that is made in different pieces. They are a lot less constricting. How old are you?..if your over a certain age then you should be able to decide whether you wear one or not I hope i helped, ...

Horseback Riding: Bolting & panicy behaviour, two and a half years, dressage tests
two and a half years, dressage tests, blind panic: Hello! Your pony may not feel 100% confident in you. Start by lunging him before riding and give him lots of pats, telling him he is a good boy. When you are ready to mount, do it in very slow stages. Always talk to him, making him feel comftorable. Before...

Horseback Riding: Bolting, two and a half years, dressage tests
two and a half years, dressage tests, blind panic: When you ride him you could be doing some thing to him that your trainer is not doing that bothers him, he anticipates the moment...and bolts! Thats what I thing it could be. You may have to sell him. You just simply may have out-grown him. I have this horse...

Horseback Riding: Bucking, grass hay, clearence
grass hay, clearence, geldings: Geldings are amazing and sometime moody creatures. They love their food more then the people that give it sometimes. It seems like you are have a training problem. He is trying to train you to stay off him and throw the food and go back in the house. You...

Horseback Riding: Bucking horse, horse tick, grass hay
horse tick, grass hay, constant contact: You just got this horse and you just discovered his bad habits. You should be going back to the seller and telling them this. They represented the horse to you as nice or you would not have paid them the money. They may have some cure. Did they ride him...

Horseback Riding: Bucking, appaloosa gelding, attitude problem
appaloosa gelding, attitude problem, massage therapist: Oh, Attitude is a rough issue. You need to take some lessons or call in a trainer to give you a neutral opinion. Either way it is going to cost a lot.(Still cheaper then a trip to the ER for a broken leg, Maybe $5-6000). You need to call around to local stables...

Horseback Riding: Buying a horse, vet bills, hunter jumper
vet bills, hunter jumper, buying a horse: Hello Sophia Alright, you can look on these sites www.horsetopia.com www.equine.com Also, for the costs, well you need to think of: 1. farrier fees ----about 30$ every 6-8 weeks....If the horse needs shoes, your looking anywhere between 60-120 every...

Horseback Riding: Off balance, american saddlebred, side reins
american saddlebred, side reins, acre pasture: He may have some thing wrong with his leg making it hard to canter on his left lead. You may want to take him to the vet. If there is nothing wrong with him he just may need to be worked in the round pen, on his left lead, but first have him checked by a...

Horseback Riding: bareback riding, pony club, immediate future
pony club, immediate future, 4h: To answer your question simply, yes. Most lessons teaching bareback are either offered in a camp program or therapeutic riding class. Some people can learn bareback riding in mounted gymnastics. Others get experience from various programs such as 4H or...

Horseback Riding: behavior, pat parelli, john lyons
pat parelli, john lyons, dumb animals: Yes Mellisa lin, Horses have changed, In the last hundred years they have gone from wild to co-existing with humans. The Miniature Horse has been living with people since their origins. The Mini horse was created as a pet. So Minis have dropped their primal...

Horseback Riding: a bit can be backwards?, curb bit, paint horse
curb bit, paint horse, snaffle bit: If it is a curb bit with shanks, The sides will curve back towards the saddle, If it is a snaffle bit when you fold the two rings together, The correct way the rings will almost touch each other. The wrong way they will stay farther apart. Try lots of...

Horseback Riding: bitting, western trainers, dressage trainers
western trainers, dressage trainers, curb bit: I m attaching two articles I wrote a couple of years ago for you to read which may help. What is not mentioned in the articles are types of bits- and the reason why is that you cannot put a horse on the bit artificially. Most dressage trainers work with...

Horseback Riding: bolting at the canter, perfect gentleman, canter
perfect gentleman, canter, exact same thing: Yes, If he doesn t seem to be in too much pain then it should be fine. But i recommend not jumping to height because that might just make the arthritis worse. Talk to you vet about giving him continuous bute. This could be dangerous. Good luck, maur...

Horseback Riding: bucking horse, bucking horse, snot
bucking horse, snot, chiropractor: I would do what makes him happy and maybe take him on a nice and slow trail ride, and if he continues to do this on the trail then I might have a chiropractor come out and see if there is something wrong with his back and make sure the saddle fits him right....

Horseback Riding: Cantering, marriage counselor, objective observer
marriage counselor, objective observer, good relationship: When I ask for the canter, I simply lean forward to free the hindquarters for the lift to canter. Then que with my leg which lead I want. You really need to take some lessons to bond with your new horse.If your horse has been off on his own for a while. It...

Horseback Riding: Change in Behaviour, grass hay, reschool
grass hay, reschool, sand school: It seems that he has done this for a while. You have been very attentive to all his needs and yet he still does this. So it would seem that this is a habit that he enjoys and is reluctant to give up. You need to go back and start over again. Lounge him first...

Horseback Riding: Confedince, confidant, doing the right thing
confidant, doing the right thing, gelding: Hi Ok well what you are already doing is great. Your doing the right thing by making the jump smaller when he refuses, as this can be sign he is not confidant. (1) You try making him go over strech jumps. Where you have one pole in front, and one pole...

Horseback Riding: Correct canter lead, foreleg, roundpen
foreleg, roundpen, canter: Miranda, I am assuming you mean you are having difficulty with the right lead, in which the leading foreleg is the right one. Are you having trouble only with one lead? If so, your horse is most likely more out of balance on that side, which is not unusual,...

Horseback Riding: Correct rider position, safety stirrups, dressage books
safety stirrups, dressage books, rider position: My advice to you is to find a good basic dressage book. It will have many exercises in it to develope a good regime with you horse. You can take turns with your sister lounging each other without stirrups. Some dressage books are a little hard to read but...

Horseback Riding: I cant seem to get my horse into a canter when i ask, canter, gelding
canter, gelding, bridle: Well there are a couple of things you could do: -you could just work him through it. keep working him every day and work a little longer on the canter for a while. -Find a good trainer to come out and work with him for a little while. As for the bit thing,...

Horseback Riding: canter, leading off on left leg, leg aids, foot diameter
leg aids, foot diameter, flying changes: (Corrected response) Thank you for your question. Without seeing what is happening, I can only suggest that you go back to basics- flatwork, basic dressage- and make sure your TB is supple and can move laterally off your leg aids. If you mean by hugs the...

Horseback Riding: canter, little pony, barrel racing
little pony, barrel racing, canter: Dear Nicole, No,not all ponies round off corners...you just have to work with them on it. just keep you legs tight around the pony and try to hold on....but really the only thing that will help this is working with you pony. hope...

Horseback Riding: cantering, fetlock, canter
fetlock, canter, gelding: I think he might be sore. The reason he was rearing when u were grooming him, is probably because when u et to the sore spot, it hurts him. SO next time u groom him, notice exactly where it is u are grooming that he starts acting up. When he does...stop, and...

Horseback Riding: catching, couple acres, head collar
couple acres, head collar, carot: Hi When u go to catch your horse take something like a carot with u. Then when u are in the field hide the head collar around your back so she cant see it. Then keep showing her the carrot in your hand. When you get to her..give her the carrot and then...

Horseback Riding: Should you change rein in lessons?, reins, good luck
reins, good luck, legs: Hello Donna Well depends on the rider. Like, if the rider is always stronger on that one rein, then I would say yes, I would tell him or her to drop the reins and just use legs. Hooever, if you are a western rider, I would say no, because they use their reins...

Horseback Riding: confused, taking the time, whip
taking the time, whip, holly: I believe I have answered this question before, but I will answer it again! What it sounds like to me is he just gets used to stopping at that corner and now does it every time. Have some one lead him forewords as soon as he stops (you may have to tap him...

Horseback Riding: correct diagonals and leading legs in canter, rising trot, canter
rising trot, canter, diagonals: Dear Lynne, When checking your diagonal the horses when the inside leg of the horse goes forward you rise out of the saddle and vise versa.The canter is always tricky.When you first ask your horse to canter look at what lead he or she is on..the inside leg...

Horseback Riding: correct rider postition, exericse, bridel
exericse, bridel, hands in the air: Hi Another exericse is to ride on the lunge. One rider will ride the horse and the other will guide the horse with the lunge rein. The rider can then do some exercise like putting both hands in the air, hands forward, hands back, trying to touch your toes....

Horseback Riding: counter canter, canter, change direction
canter, change direction, gelding: Well, I don t know if you can make a horse know what counter canter is, but I can tell you how to do it anyways... Canter him in a right circle and change direction. Your now counter cantering! If he does a flying lead change on you just start from the begining,...

Horseback Riding: Dressage, dressage movements, leg aids
dressage movements, leg aids, level dressage: Well, to teach a horse higher level dressage movement you might want to have a trainer who is there with you. Dressage is mostly the same as anything else there are some movements that take a very long time to teach your horse and for you as a rider to understand....

Horseback Riding: dressage, dressage movements, leg aids
dressage movements, leg aids, yorke peninsula: well its really hard to give instructions over the Internet on how to do different dressage movements. It would be much easier to buy a book or use something over the Internet with diagrams in it to explain how to work with your horse. ...

Horseback Riding: dressage, dressage movements, leg aids
dressage movements, leg aids, dressage instructor: Jenna, I cannot tell you how to do dressage movements in a text message; I would have to teach it to you while you were riding. My best advice to you is to find an European trainer or certified American dressage instructor (either USDF or ARIA-certified) in...

Horseback Riding: Etiquette, rough ground, canter
rough ground, canter, saying things: Hello Lisa Alright, well the reason the people do not say we are going out for a gallopp is simply because its not a professional way of saying things. Or some people think that galopping is the same thing as cantering. People can be saying this more...

Horseback Riding: Extension, quarter horse gelding, trot canter
quarter horse gelding, trot canter, stable position: Thanks for asking this question. I would need more information on his conformation and see his movement myself to know just how much extension he is capable of. If he has straight shoulders (more vertical than horizontal), then he is unlikely to have the...

Horseback Riding: english riding, little rounder, butt
little rounder, butt: working from the hind means that the horse is bringing his butt underneath him, and his head will be in a frame. You can tell by: 1. your horse s head will be lower, and in a frame 2. you will feel his back get a little rounder 3. he will feel more collecte...

Horseback Riding: english riding, jumo, probaly
jumo, probaly, canter: Hi Dont worry i use to have the very same problem when i first started riding. The best thing to is when then you are on your horse. Just practice going into your jumping positen. Get someone to help you while you do it. Remener when you are first learning...

Horseback Riding: extreme headshy, left ear, bridle
left ear, bridle, forehead: That sounds like a hard problem. I would rub my hands all around her ear and make sure you know were she dosent like her ear to be touched and how close you can get to it, and rub along next to her ear and gradually get closer and closer, and eventually she...

Horseback Riding: To Fast, running martingale, american saddlebred
running martingale, american saddlebred, horses head: Hello I am sorry i havent got back toy you before, been busy. So i am sorry. Right ok well with him use to be an eventing horse, he will be use to do cross-country, jumping etc. Which of course he would be doing at alot of speed. Its fine if you want...

Horseback Riding: Very Fast!!!, back muscles, canter
back muscles, canter, lope: Hi, Hannah! You said her back is not very strong, and it takes strength to canter slowly. It is not natural for a horse to canter slow, so first go ahead a work with your trainer tomorrow. When her back is strong, and if your still having trouble getting...

Horseback Riding: To Fast, american saddlebred, eventing horse
american saddlebred, eventing horse, sweet feed: You say he is an old eventing horse. That could explain why he go s so fast. OK, I wan t you to ride him for 1 week. Using ONLY one rein. That means, ONE REIN TURNS, ONE REIN STOPS, and any thing other things you do should be done WITH ONE REIN!!! Do NOT pick...

Horseback Riding: Body protector, woman rider, young woman
Horseback Riding: Body protector, woman rider, young woman

Horseback Riding: Bucking horse, flank rope, cotton rope
Horseback Riding: Bucking horse, flank rope, cotton rope, horse move

Horseback Riding: bareback riding, hitting the ground, experiance
Horseback Riding: bareback riding, hitting the ground, experiance, legs

Horseback Riding: a bit can be backwards?, freak accident, cartiledge
Horseback Riding: a bit can be backwards?, freak accident, cartiledge, heavy hand

Horseback Riding: bolting at the canter, downward transition, habit
Horseback Riding: bolting at the canter, downward transition, habit, teeth

Horseback Riding: correct diagonals and leading legs in canter, canter, emma
Horseback Riding: correct diagonals and leading legs in canter, canter, emma, good luck

Horseback Riding: foot slips, wet cloth, stirrups
Horseback Riding: foot slips, wet cloth, stirrups, canter

Horseback Riding: Games..., horse lengths, hunter pace
Horseback Riding: Games..., horse lengths, hunter pace, jump course

Horseback Riding: Hard to mount
Horseback Riding: Hard to mount

Horseback Riding: Horse Behavior, quarter horse geldings, quarter horse
Horseback Riding: Horse Behavior, quarter horse geldings, quarter horse

Horseback Riding: Horse rushing to and after the jump, straight bar, snaffle
Horseback Riding: Horse rushing to and after the jump, straight bar, snaffle, hes

Horseback Riding: How to halter a 4 month old foal?, filly, nip
Horseback Riding: How to halter a 4 month old foal?, filly, nip, patience

Horseback Riding: horse back riding, horse lengths, war admiral
Horseback Riding: horse back riding, horse lengths, war admiral, northern dancer

Horseback Riding: horses, natural horsemanship, internet sites
Horseback Riding: horses, natural horsemanship, internet sites, good luck

Horseback Riding: Improve my riding, forward work, chair seat
Horseback Riding: Improve my riding, forward work, chair seat, wards

Horseback Riding: jumping, trot canter, steady rhythm
Horseback Riding: jumping, trot canter, steady rhythm, body language

Horseback Riding: New jumper, reins, little bit
Horseback Riding: New jumper, reins, little bit

Horseback Riding: Older horse, equine chiropractor, many horses
Horseback Riding: Older horse, equine chiropractor, many horses, building trust

Horseback Riding: old pony, veteran horse society, mash
Horseback Riding: old pony, veteran horse society, mash, pony

Horseback Riding: Position HELP!!, calfs, hips
Horseback Riding: Position HELP!!, calfs, hips, knees

Horseback Riding: Rearing, hackamores, good answer
Horseback Riding: Rearing, hackamores, good answer, martingale

Horseback Riding: trailering, many horses, longing
Horseback Riding: trailering, many horses, longing

Horseback Riding: Getting over a fall, canter, lunge line
canter, lunge line, four months: Hello! That is the best thing for her, would be to continue. It is EXCELLENT that she still want to keep up with her riding. I think it would be a good idea to go back to walking and trotting lessons ...on a lunge line, just so the horse has nowhere to go,...

Horseback Riding: flat classes, physiological problem, ooh
physiological problem, ooh, stunts: hmm...that is strange.... you should try working her on the right rein much more then you do on the left. Maybe she just thinks that she can get away with more on the right side. It could also be her past...(if you havent owned her all her life) but yah...all...

Horseback Riding: flying changes, flying changes, praise praise praise
flying changes, praise praise praise, doesent: Hello Sarah! Alright, well all you have to do, is pretty much make it super obvious what u are asking him for. So...if going across the diagonal doesent work, well try cantering in a 40metre circle, on the right rein lets say. Then after your 2nd or 3rd...

Horseback Riding: foot slips, stirrups, stirrup
stirrups, stirrup, footings: It is possible your stirrups are too short, or you don t have enough of your foot in the stirrup. Don t be embarrassed to ask your instructor for help. They are usually glad to help someone who is having troubles. It will show him/her that you are willing...

Horseback Riding: My friesian mare Spooks & Bolts HELP!!, bruises on legs, friesian mare
bruises on legs, friesian mare, novice rider: I am sorry to hear you are having all of these problems. I can imagine your frustration. From what you did say, I would have to suggest that you send her to a *very expensive* and reputable trainer, how ever many miles away. Now that the mare has scared herself,...

Horseback Riding: how to put the fun back into riding, summer holidays, private lesson
summer holidays, private lesson, early sunday morning: Hello Freferique Alright, well I think that you should just concentrate on your riding, and look at the progress you have made, instead of the negative things that happened while you were riding. Maybe, if the horse isnt satisfying for you, ask if you can...

Horseback Riding: Games..., hard boiled eggs, pony club
hard boiled eggs, pony club, relay race: Hi Brogan! Your question is an entertaining one! Before I get into a list of fun activities, I want to commend you for wanting to keep the sport fun! Below I have listed various activities both my students and I have enjoyed in the past. Some activities...

Horseback Riding: Which Gender, geldings, horse rider
geldings, horse rider, mares: Hi Well i would choose Geldings because they dont get moody when they are in season. and they are alot more gental. Mares can be very bossy and do get very moody when it is season time for them. They also try to boss you around alot. Geldings have...

Horseback Riding: girth, riens, girth
riens, girth, gallop: Hi ok if you want your horse to go even faster then you need to show him you mean it. When you engourage him and he goes a little faster, it shows you horse is being lazy. When you are galloping...keep kicking him and telling him to go faster.. Keep...

Horseback Riding: giving private lessons, obstacle courses, strict structure
obstacle courses, strict structure, obstacle course: I do mostly privates too and mostly with adults, who appreciate the individual attention. My lessons are hunter/dressage so the program is tailored to that, and my adolescents/adults all enjoy their lessons. I don t have a strict structure to the lessons,...

Horseback Riding: ground traning a 6 year old, clicker training horses, pat parelli
clicker training horses, pat parelli, airs above the ground: There are many things you can teach a horse on the ground. I suggest you find a copy of Pat Parelli s 7 Games of Natural Horsemanship and his Level 1 series, to help you in the beginning. I like clicker training horses with food reward, personally. They see...

Horseback Riding: Hard to mount, horses head, circles
horses head, circles: I had a horse do the same thing what you do is hold the right rein so the horses head is as far to the right as he can get it almost touching the saddle. You keep the horses head to the right while you are getting on and then easily let it go when you are...

Horseback Riding: HELP! ...suddenly headshy, goosie, parelli
goosie, parelli, earplugs: Hello John Alright, well you may have done something that scared or hurt your horse...by total accident without even noticing it. If the vet said he was fine, your horse let other people put a halter on him, i would say its is just something about you that...

Horseback Riding: Head Set, dressage lessons, 10yo
dressage lessons, 10yo, dressage test: Hello Alisa! For the mare to stay on the bit from walk to trot transitions, you need to sit deep, push her into the bit with your calfs, and sponge with your reins. So SLIGHTLY pull with your 4th finger on the rein. That will bring her head down. It may...

Horseback Riding: Height of my horse?, trick ponies, magical beast
trick ponies, magical beast, size person: I am sure you will grow a bit more. 14.3 will do you for about a month. You need a well built horse of 15.3 or better. Be careful some people will charge you more for the bigger horses. 17 hands is bit to spendy & can be too klutzy. You can find a lovely...

Horseback Riding: Hoof problems, frog problem, hoof problems
frog problem, hoof problems, hoove: Hi If i was you then i should ask your vet to have a look and get advice from him. There are all sorts of problems with the hoove of the foot. In spring time your horse can suffer from limits and also other foot problems. There good be even something in...

Horseback Riding: Horse Behavior, horse behavior, horse breeds
horse behavior, horse breeds, good horse: Hi Evy, no certain horse breeds are quieter, defiantly don t get a horse off of the racetrack because they are generally more wired than others. For a first horse I would suggest getting an older horse who is a male, generally females are a little more moody...

Horseback Riding: Horse on forehand + bitting, bitless bridle, welsh cob
bitless bridle, welsh cob, hackamore: Forget the bit or hackamore or bitless bridle- nothing you put in his mouth or don t put in his mouth will help him on the road to collection (carrying weight in the haunches and lightening the forehand). The easy answer is lots of leg yielding and lots of...

Horseback Riding: Horse back riding lessons on old horses, horse back riding lessons, leg problem
horse back riding lessons, leg problem, ponies: Dear Susan, I really don t think that the fact that your horses stumble is anything to really worry about....unless the horses have arthritis or some other kind of joint or leg problem that causes the stumbling.Ask your instructor about it...just say you...

Horseback Riding: Horse rushing to and after the jump, english bridle, twist bit
english bridle, twist bit, dear life: Hello I understand what you mean. I had a horse that would just race at the jumps and all i could do was hang on for dear life. The best thing to do is, do alot of ground work, like trotting poles, canter poles etc. This will get him to listen you. ...

Horseback Riding: Horse training, pat parelli, dangerous habits
pat parelli, dangerous habits, clinton anderson: Start your work in the round pen. A good safe pen with high fences so you have a safe and sturdy classroom. With a good tie post. Read all you can about groundwork. I am a big fan of Pat Parelli and Clinton Anderson. Read ,Watch video tapes. Consider gelding...

Horseback Riding: Horses, snotty attitude, grass hay
snotty attitude, grass hay, share your feelings: Sometimes when you walk & trot a horse they are fine but cantering puts more weight on the saddle and if it fits badly they react. You should always be able to fit your hand easily in the arch under the horn. A bad fitting saddle pinches the longer you ride....

Horseback Riding: How to halter a 4 month old foal?, cotton rope, leading game
cotton rope, leading game, soft cotton: You need a small sturdy pen or good tight stall, a good fitting halter,a 12 foot soft cotton rope and his mother or a another calm horse. You have to find his favorite snack he likes to get him to like you. He is old enough to know what grain is. In your...

Horseback Riding: head down to buck and rear, couch potatos, gelding
couch potatos, gelding, caterer: It is commom for colts that have been started and but not finished to go back to being cranky couch potatos. Is it time for gelding ? Are his little hormones trying to rule the ranch ? He is trying to train you to feed him and go back in the house. You &...

Horseback Riding: help with muscles, training foals, diagnal
training foals, diagnal, english tack: Hi, Meaghan! Most riders have the same problem with posting. And since you just started riding english your balance in the saddle has not yet developed. So, I suggest to ride in that same saddle for another week or two...so you can get used to riding english/gain...

Horseback Riding: hock injections??, grass hay, growth plates
grass hay, growth plates, old horse: I do horses the natural way. Just good grass hay and grain if they are working or pregnant. I don t see the reason to give a horse injections into any joints unless they have a serious issue and are under veterinary care. 3yrs olds are still growing,...

Horseback Riding: how to hold a riding crop, dressage whip, haunches
dressage whip, haunches, riding crop: In dressage, the whip should be held to the inside at walk-trot, and to the outside at the canter. The reason for the latter is that because horses canter with a slight haunches-in, the rider may accidentally whip them by accident. Some of us carry two whips...

Horseback Riding: hoof care, morgan gelding, bleach solution
morgan gelding, bleach solution, would like your opinion: Hi It isnt very nice having a horse that kicks. and i totaly understand. You can do 2 things to help with this. (1) Every now and then make him pick up his feet. Dont do anything, dont pick them out or anything. Just make him pick his fet up. Hold it...

Horseback Riding: horse, napping horses, side ways
napping horses, side ways, e mail: I do not know how some one would track that kind of stuff down. About running fast and going side ways, she could be trying to go back home/napping. I don t have a hole lot of experience with napping horses. She could be doing something else, but your going...

Horseback Riding: horse care, check ups, horse care
check ups, horse care, long hair: Hi Well horses can be trimmed when ever you want them to. If they have long hair in the summer then it is best to have all there hair cut of. Because they will get to hot and weaty. In winter it is best to let the hair grow, and just keep trimming it down...

Horseback Riding: horse help, old paint, tight circle
old paint, tight circle, fun ride: Well the thing I was taught, was not to let my horse eat unless we were taking a break on a long ride. You need to be in control, and teach him not to eat while he is working. The difference in being a passenger and being a rider is who is in charge. You need...

Horseback Riding: My horse refuses to work with one of my friends, horse pal, friend mel
horse pal, friend mel, trail races: Hello Cait! this is kind of funny because i know a horse Skeeter who used to do the same thing! haha anyways, well I say he does not trust your friend Mel. Maybe she has done something that he didnt like, or something that he saw her do. I am not sure. But...

Horseback Riding: horse back riding, figure eights, smooth voice
figure eights, smooth voice, canter: Rest assured Nicole, many riders get nervous learning to gallop! Here are both physical and mental techniques you can try. You can begin by first visualizing yourself on your horse while galloping. Envision yourself calm, relaxed, and in control. Hold...

Horseback Riding: horse, new friendship, realationship
new friendship, realationship, horse club: She likes you, She must think that you like her too. You can enhance this friendship by learning as much as you can about how to take care of a mother & her foal. Read,Watch videos about horse care and training. The more you show her you care about her and...

Horseback Riding: horseback riding camp, pleasure rider, thanks in advance
pleasure rider, thanks in advance, summer camps: Dear Cathy, I would for sure suggest summer camps for beginners. Im sure she would be fine and confident enough to teach children how to ride. However, if she wants to teach english, some places would prefer an instructor with certificates. Rider 1 or Rider...

Horseback Riding: horses, bay mare, horse horses
bay mare, horse horses, ponis: Hi It really depends on what sort of horse it is. So really i cannot say the actual weight for a horse. Horses come in different sizes, breeds so they all have different weights. The most popular horse name is Jack. 2nd popular name is charlie. The...

Horseback Riding: about horses, good horses, school horse
good horses, school horse, canters: You have a long list and I hope I can be of some help. Although if you are in a good riding program you need to ask these questions of your teacher. But hear we go.. 1. You should not be cantering till you are mentally & physically ready for it. You should...

Horseback Riding: my horses, hind end, wich
hind end, wich, good luck: Hello! i have a solution for you! My sister s horse did the same thing. He is not used to jumping, and does not know how to form himself over the jump. To fix this, collect him, half halt to keep his hind end under him, but keep him moving. Also, make him...

Horseback Riding: horses, splint boots, gaited horses
splint boots, gaited horses: I will answer your question as best as I can with the little info you gave me... If your talking about boots like splint boots or galloping boots, you don t need a special kind endless your doing things with your horse like jumping or reining, so just any...

Horseback Riding: horses, question thanks, lameness
question thanks, lameness, process of elimination: Hi Kim, Okay so we are underway in the process of elimination. Since he s still bucking, I have to then consider if he s experiencing pain or discomfort. Check for lameness. However if he is feeling discomfort it might be from his tack. Examine his...

Horseback Riding: about horses, beginner riders, books sites
beginner riders, books sites, stable management: Hi I would not say it would cost £2000 a year. That wil only be for the very first tiome u buy your horse and everything. It will cost less as the years go by. So dont worry baout this. But it wont cost over £2000 a year all the time. ...

Horseback Riding: Icelandic horses, freeze branding, crime deterent
freeze branding, crime deterent, google: It is called freeze branding, It is a life long ID tag on the horse. It has been replaced for the most part by ID chips implanted in the animals neck. I prefer the freeze branding because you can see it plain without using a scanner, Not everyone has those....

Horseback Riding: Improve my riding, rising trot, legs
rising trot, legs, exercise: Hi Well the only exercise you can do off the horse is by practicing your poisten. You can do this by useing a chair. Just practice putting your legs and putting your back stright. You can practice doing this by doing rising trot. Just pretend you are doing...

Horseback Riding: Jumping, horse jump, strides
horse jump, strides, butch: Hi, Taryn! There is no easy way to fix this. So your going to have to work at it for a while. Your horse needs grid work, set up 3 jumps all 3 or 4 strides apart, maybe... 2 feet high. Do that for a week or two, then make it 4 jumps, all 2 strides apart (keep...

Horseback Riding: Jumping an older horse, arabian gelding, canter
arabian gelding, canter, 5 months: At his age, I do not recommend you jumping him very high (maybe... 2 feet max). He want s to live the rest of his life in peace...without the harsh work of throwing him self over a course of 3 foot jumps. I m not saying that you can t ride him anymore, but...

Horseback Riding: Jumping Progress, old rocky mountain, high school girl
old rocky mountain, high school girl, hunter jumper: Hello Kayla, If you would like to reach that goal, you would need to practice jumping that height around twice a week. You should try to explain to your friend how you feel, and explain to her exactly what your objective is...she will probably understand....

Horseback Riding: Jumping, jump courses, nice horse
jump courses, nice horse, strides: You are very lucky to have access to such a nice horse & a trainer. I like to jump but I am rusty in that area.Were she mine,I would only jump her in an arena over calvalettis at the trot. Teach her to slow and listen to you. Do your basics over & over till...

Horseback Riding: jumping, alex, reply
alex, reply: My horse used to do the same thing. What I did is to make him walk right before the jump then just as you are about to jump it, ask him for a trot. If that doesn t work try a stronger bit. It might just be that jumping gets him excited. Hope this helps...

Horseback Riding: jumping how high?, hand horse, horse sports
hand horse, horse sports, dangerous sport: Jumping is a very dangerous sport. It is the extreme of horse sports. It is better to remember the old saying Better to jump 2 feet with style & grace, Then try to jump 6 feet and fall on your face If you are interested, Find a good local jump instructor...

Horseback Riding: jumping, thourghbred, hunter jumper
thourghbred, hunter jumper, western saddle: Susanne, Yes you should definately take lessons. You must learn how to give your horse the impulsion, as needed when heading for a jump...how to go in 2 point and many other things. I wouldn t suggest jumping in a western saddle, for the reason that it can...

Horseback Riding: Kicking Colt, stud colt, stock whip
stud colt, stock whip, mustang mix: You need to have a vet come out and geld the colt to remove his raging hormones & attitude. Think of a $200 gelding vet bill as cheaper then a $3000 trip to the ER for a broken arm when he strikes you to put you in your place. And while the Vet is out,...

Horseback Riding: Lunging, stock whip, comfy cotton
stock whip, comfy cotton, stud chain: This is a common problem in the beginning. You really need the essentials to start lounge work, A round pen with at least 5 foot walls, It is worth every dime of it because it saves your legs and cuts your training time in half as you have a good sturdy...

Horseback Riding: lazy horse, reverse psychology, work ethic
reverse psychology, work ethic, great attitude: He sounds like a gawky teenager. He just needs to learn to work. It is much easier for boys to be lazy. Crops & spurs just make them cranky & resentful. You need to train a work ethic into him. Sort of reverse psychology, Praise for going forward, treats...

Horseback Riding: Manure Pile, moldy hay, dry hay
moldy hay, dry hay, manure pile: Horses are grazers they believe as nature intended they should eat 24/7. If you don t provide regular feedings,They will feed themselves on whatever smells good that s handy,As disgusting as that sounds. We all have those big piles behind the barn....

Horseback Riding: Mika, saddle and bridle, old paint
saddle and bridle, old paint, paint horse: Hello Ok what is happening is that she wont really no what you are asking. She wont no that when you squeese her, you actually want her to move forward. and bcause she doesnt no she will start moving backwords to try and get away from the squeesing. ...

Horseback Riding: misbehaving while in saddle, saddle and bridle, donkies
saddle and bridle, donkies, ownes: You said she reared up slammed you into a hay bunk and you don t want your kids anywhere near her. You got a snaffle like the seller. You can work through this all you want, Regardless of how much she costs, Were she mine, I would send her back. It is your...

Horseback Riding: misbehaving while in saddle, saddle and bridle, donkies
saddle and bridle, donkies, ownes: Take the horse back... You are still in the trial basis time frame. Any trustworthy seller would rather have the horse back then have it be in a problem situation. If this were my horse I would be happy to return your money or keep the horse at my house...

Horseback Riding: Nerves, broken shoulder, nasty fall
broken shoulder, nasty fall, arabs: Dear Laura, I m sorry about your shoulder that had to of hurt All i can think of is just keeping up with the riding...you should get more comfortable with it as you go on. I really hope i helped, ...

Horseback Riding: New Hunter, qh gelding, rodeo horse
qh gelding, rodeo horse, hiya: I have trained a horse like that too. Maybe the trainer will stand outside of the arena while you take a lesson. I would try to get him used to your trainer, try to put a chain on his nose (just in case) and have your trainer walk next to you a distance...

Horseback Riding: New jumper, diet food, strait line
diet food, strait line, first jump: Some horses rush over like that because thay are not confident thay will make it over without nocking over the rail so thay either refuse or rush over in fear of nocking it over. Just before you ride lunge him in the round pen/on a lunge line for 10 to 15...

Horseback Riding: Older horse, ground manners, confidence builder
ground manners, confidence builder, school horse: All horses have there problems, but it s sounds to me like your not sure about his issues. His problems could be fixed with some work by a good trainer..... but he s already 17 years old, so really it s up to you and what you feel about him. You could by...

Horseback Riding: old horses, dodson and horrell, loose weight
dodson and horrell, loose weight, type of food: Hi Any horse has still got alot of energy in them. They still want to please you. and still want to be like that was when they where younger. I will answer each question one at a time. for question 1) Yes you could make the fin one fit. All they need...

Horseback Riding: old pony, welsh cob, appaloosa
welsh cob, appaloosa, arthritis: Dear Megan, This is a tough one i have a 25 year old appaloosa.he doesn t have arthritis but it is very hard to keep his weight on. The only thing i can think of is giving him a round bail of hay that is offered 24/7 to him. You could ask a vet about giving...

Horseback Riding: old saddle price, sutherland nsw, old saddle
sutherland nsw, old saddle, suitable buyer: Hi Steph, I am unable to provide you an estimated dollar worth of your mother s saddle. Many things will factor into the potential price. You may have sentimental attachment to it, collectors may find it especially valuable, and it sounds like the saddle...

Horseback Riding: My Palomino Pony, horse shop, incorrect address
horse shop, incorrect address, cotton wool: Hi well it really depends on how deep the cut is. If it isnt very deep then the only way is to keep washing it with water. If it is a deep cut then the best way to proctect it. is to get cotton wool and wrap it arounds it leg and also put a bandage over...

Horseback Riding: Palominos, palomino filly, older horses
palomino filly, older horses, training the young horse: Hi Palomino isnt an actual breed, they are a Type. It is ok to teach her to shake hands, you can teach her just the basics for now while she is young, and then as she gets older you can then start teaching her different things. If you want to teach...

Horseback Riding: Playdays....., western saddles, show jumper
western saddles, show jumper, speekers: Hello Well it depends really, you didnt say what you ride in at the moment, etc western, english, side saddle. But yes of course there is nothing wrong with riding English. There are trainers that ride up at my yard and they have horses that come...

Horseback Riding: Position HELP!!, dressage stable, upper thighs
dressage stable, upper thighs, hunter jumper: Hunter/Jumpers generally have a completely different position. Dressage is more up right, in hunter/jumper they lean over the saddle more to prepare for a jump. I would suggest getting into jumping position and just trot around a lot all around when you are...

Horseback Riding: palomino horse care, palomino horse, horse shampoo
palomino horse, horse shampoo, greasy mess: Hi You can keep your clean by, when u put him out in the fiel use a winter rug. You can get these from any horse shop. These rungs are washable. Also not all horse can be kept clean. It may be because of there hair type. If i was u i would get some shampoo....

Horseback Riding: palomino horses, palomino horses, colored mare
palomino horses, colored mare, mane and tail: Hi Palomino horses are a rare breed. Other colours are alot different from the palomino. It is common for a mare to have a white baby. and the daddy was black. Dont worry about this. The baby may have just got the same colour from further down the mare...

Horseback Riding: my palomino pony, horse shop, pally
horse shop, pally, pne: Hi It really depends on how deep the scar is. The onlybest way to keep it clean is just to keep washing it down with water. I cant really say what sort of creams to use because i dont no what sort of allergies your horse could get. So they best way for...

Horseback Riding: pawing, newbee, good girl
newbee, good girl, habit: Hello! I can tell you one thing right now: she is pawing for treats. so try this: go see her, and give her a little treat. As soon as she starts pawing, just walk away from her, or just turn ur back to her. As soon as she stopt pawing, wait about 5 seconds,...

Horseback Riding: My pony keeps bolting with me, welsh cob, cracked ribs
welsh cob, cracked ribs, novice rider: Hello Caroline I know what you are dealing with. The same thing happened to me before. He might be doing this because he is very hyper, or because he is thinking: this is my home..this is my freedom spot, i dont need to be ridden here. However...he has to...

Horseback Riding: problem gelding, clinton anderson, loving disposition
clinton anderson, loving disposition, maners: You sound like you did all the right things, You took the time to send him for 45 days to a good trainer, One you had a good relationship for 45 days at great expence most likely. You need to contact that trainer that knows your horse so well and have them...

Horseback Riding: problems, quarter horse mare, pony mare
quarter horse mare, pony mare, paddocks: Hi Jenna, Horses are like people in the sense that they don t like to bring their work home. When your horse is out to field most the day that becomes their territory. Try to limit your rides to the arena while your horse is without a stall. And when...

Horseback Riding: Rearing, bad manners, stirrup
bad manners, stirrup, excercise: Hello Hmm it does seem like you do have a very mad mannered horse. and because she is a 6 year old it does make it worse, because she is still young, and will try anything to be in control. If i was you, do alot of lugning, BEFORE you ride. This will...

Horseback Riding: Rearing Horse, running martingale, pony club
running martingale, pony club, rearing horse: Hello Sorry to hear about the problem you are having with your horse. The thing is you wont be able to actually STOP him from rearing all together. If a Horse wants to rear, then he will. But what you can do is to use different ways help you to control...

Horseback Riding: Rearing, bad manners, engery
bad manners, engery, excersise: Hi I thing most of this will be because of her breed and most of all her age. and u are correct what she is doing is very dangerous. Ok first of all i would try some ground work first. This will help to get to listen to you. and of course it is a whole...

Horseback Riding: Refusing., american quarter horse, wall fence
american quarter horse, wall fence, cross rails: Hi Nina, The truth is all horses refuse a jump at one point or another. However, you definitely have a your hands full! As you probably already know, if she won t go over poles on the ground she will most likely refuse cross rails and larger jumps too....

Horseback Riding: Riding Lessons, first jump, catched
first jump, catched, mistreated: Hello It does sound like you really need some help. When i was reading your message it does really sound as if your horse needs to learn to TRUST. In the past he may had been mis-treated if he doesnt let anyone near him. But if we look at the good...

Horseback Riding: Right leg?, flying changes, canter
flying changes, canter, abi: Dear Abi, If you look at your shadow sometimes that helps me. Or you can always look at your horses shoulder to see which leg is going first in the canter. Flying lead changes are tricky...i would make sure you can check your lead before trying them. ...

Horseback Riding: Rocky Mountain horse, rocky mountain horses, rocky mountain horse
rocky mountain horses, rocky mountain horse, gentle temperament: They typically do not show jump because they are a gaited horse. They are have a gentle temperament and are a medium sized horse with a four beat gait. It is normally the choice farm horse in the Appalachians, but it suited for almost any equine discipline...

Horseback Riding: re-training for an older horse, attitude problem, sweet horse
attitude problem, sweet horse, time in the world: He thinks too much, So you have to drop your expectations down to a minimum. Just get on him and as soon as he gets nervous, stop and relax like you have all the time in the world to wait for him. When he feels OK walk again. If you have to do this for 20...

Horseback Riding: rearing and pawing at me, stock whip, stud colt
stock whip, stud colt, stallion owner: My neighbor was very reclusive. So I was surprised when he called me over one day to see the pony his buddy had sold him for his daughter. Much to my surprize I was faced with a small but nasty Arab stud colt. I said thats no pony. Thats a stallion. He...

Horseback Riding: I recently purchase a mare..., luck wi, trail horse
luck wi, trail horse, canter: You said this mare had not been ridden for 2 years. You recently aquired her. She has been on vacation for 2 years and has no idea who you are and what you are talking about. When ever I get a new horse. I start from scratch. Teach the basics. So she learns...