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Horses: Older horse/Older rider: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness ; Rick Gore, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: Once a week or once a month will not fix these problems. Ground work would have to be done 4 to 5 times a week and daily handling would be best. If you just handle horse once a week, it will take a year just to get trust, that would be less than 50 times...

Horses: Pacers, tennessee walking horses, smooth gait
tennessee walking horses, smooth gait, email msn: Hi Clara. Here s an answer borrowed from Lee Ziegler at www.ustrotting.com. Hope it helps! Anne Stepien Cure That Pace (or How to Get a Smooth Gait from a Horse that Paces) By Ms. Lee Ziegler, Smthrider7@email.msn.com Revised 1998 Courtesy...

Horses: Pregnant Mare, goat farmers, pregnant mare
goat farmers, pregnant mare, gain wieght: hi stacy, a friend of mine has a 22 yr old mare that was in foal with twins. even at her age though she produced milk for them. i still believe she is not pregnant but the only way you will for sure know is to get an ultrasound done on her. i really dont think...

Horses: pacing horse: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: Not much you can do, 17 years is an old habit, putting the horse in a large pasture with other horses is the best medicine. Getting him buddy may help, but large pasture turn out would be best. Rice bran is a good weight gain and is good for horse, try a...

Horses: pricing a horse, english horses, thoroughbred mare
english horses, thoroughbred mare, blue ribbons: hi anita, well based on the horse market,the state, the horses breed, health, and riding talent; id say she is worth about 15,000. i price her lower because of her age, and i dont know what placing she normally gets in shows and how much show experience...

Horses: punctured frog, navicular bursa, puncture wounds
navicular bursa, puncture wounds, epsom salt: Hi Tess, with an injury like this, the best thing would be to get the vet out ASAP! any type of puncture into the live tissues of the foot require immediate vet attention and are usually even considered emergencies. Sometimes injected antibiotics are not...

Horses: pushy at feeding: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: I would say the feeding issue is a safety issue and is more important now than the fear issue. He must not be too fearful if he is rushing you for food. Using the bad briefly and not continuously should not undo all your work. The needs to know what your...

Horses: re: thoroughbred broodmare with colt at side, alfalfa pellets, mare and foal
alfalfa pellets, mare and foal, thoroughbred mare: hi clara, she is skinny because the foal is sucking all the nutrition out of her. try feeding her mare and foal. this will give her body extra nutrients that she can digest easily. also you can feed her vegitable oil and triple crown complete. all these will...

Horses: rearing, pen work, hock
pen work, hock, alfalfa: Hello Britt, First let me apologize for taking so long. I have been moving from CA to WA and have been off the internet for several weeks. It sounds like he may be getting too much feed and not enough room to run and play. Be sure he is not getting...

Horses: rearing horse, rearing horse, horse
rearing horse, horse, pony: Michelle- In my opinion, a rearing horse, or a horse with that vice is not suitable for anyone other than an experienced professional. It is dangerous. I strongly encourgae you to seek out a qualified trainer and have the horse evaluated to better formulate...

Horses: ridges on hoofs, supplements, hoof
supplements, hoof, glucosamine: Dear Carla, I am happy hear your horse is responding well to the supplements. Various studies debate the effectiveness of glucosamine based supplements, where other studies suggest a great beneficial effect. If it is beneficial for your horse, I would not...

Horses: Saddle Fit - Do I Need a New Saddle?, saddle fitter, deb bennett
saddle fitter, deb bennett, dr deb: Barbara, Hate to tell you but I think your trainer may have a point. She s a baby yet, with a lot of growing to do, so I wouldn t invest in a new saddle, she s probably going to outgrow a couple of saddles. A saddle for a horse is like shoes for a person....

Horses: Sensitive soles, quarter horse mare, level dressage
quarter horse mare, level dressage, e mail: Hello Ellen! What makes me wonder is that she was sound barefoot until July and now is no longer sound. How long have you had her and have been doing low level dressage with her? Is she stalled or turned out? What is she fed? is she overweight, just right...

Horses: Shoes, Or not?, paint mare, hoof boots
paint mare, hoof boots, pleasure ride: Hello Hastings, if you horse has been barefoot so far and done well, there is absolutely no reason why she should need shoes just because there is some concrete on the farm :-) My horse is barefoot and the farm where I board has all concrete surfaced around...

Horses: Show Jumping, sunday rain, wealthy parents
sunday rain, wealthy parents, part time job: Dear Meg, I can certainly sympathize. I was the youngest of five children- money was always tight and to make matters worse- we lived in the city. The rest of my family was about as un-horsey as you can get. There were kids at my school who seemed to have...

Horses: Skin condition, tb gelding, sweet itch
tb gelding, sweet itch, first horse: First off, congradulations on owning your first horse! You have asked a bunch of questions today! Cribbing & Stall Kicking: This can be common behavior exhibited by horses experiencing anxiety and/or stress. Stressing factors could include his recent...

Horses: Stangles: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: Make sure you see your horse each day and you feed her lots, throw extra hay in the stall so she can eat when she wants too and will not be hungry. If the vet said no strangles, I would not sweat it, the running nose could be what is called shipping fever,...

Horses: Stiff Neck, equine chiropractor, vet school
equine chiropractor, vet school, stiff neck: Suzanne, I would suggest finding an equine chiropractor and getting him out. It sounds like he s gotten his neck out, probably when being oiled. Horses tend to twist their necks around and resist when the nasal tube is being passed. For the time being,...

Horses: Swollen legs, swollen legs, edema
swollen legs, edema, equine: Hi Katie, Some OTT Tbs will have swollen legs when stabled over a period of time, including just over night. I m not a vet but suggest you turn her out and let her move around. Increasing the circulation should help her. Cold hosing her legs should help...

Horses: senior horse, beet pulp, rice bran
beet pulp, rice bran, horse hay: hi jeniffer, i feel hay pellets simply because the horse digests it easier and gets more nutrition out of it. since you want to gain weight on your horse i would suggest free feeding the horse hay pellets and add rice bran. vegitable oil will also help her...

Horses: sick horse, worst case scenario, yellow mucas
worst case scenario, yellow mucas, dear elsie: Dear Elsie, How nice to hear you bought a nice horse. I am sorry that she got ill within such a short time frame. It seems as if your horse has caught a viral infection caused by the change of environment. As her discharge is also from her eyes, I have...

Horses: sluggish 3 year old filly, walking in a straight line, rice bran
walking in a straight line, rice bran, gain supplement: hi sherri, she does not have enough energy to perform like you want. feed her alfalfa and senior feed as well as rice bran and a weight gain supplement. take her lazyness to your advantage though. when riding her work her on basic commands such as giving in,...

Horses: spooky horse: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: Well, I always like to rule out eye sight problems, but since it does not happen all time and only when you get on him, it would not appear to be eye sight issues. Since most horse problems are people problems, I would say the horse is reading you fear and...

Horses: Teaching young horse to canter on Lunge, horse canter, baby horse
horse canter, baby horse, gaited horse: Dear Marianne, I m sure things will be fine. It takes a great deal more strength and effort for a horse to maintain canter in a circle than does the trot or the walk- this is why strength conditioning is important. He will probably find things much easier...

Horses: Thoroughbred Foot, thoroughbred gelding, bad feet
thoroughbred gelding, bad feet, proper nutrition: Hi Lynne, YIKES, this is a tough question to answer without pictures and a bit more info. Do you happen to have pics of his feet on solid, level ground, from various angles and of your gelding s body from the side and front showing his body and feet in one...

Horses: Off the Track TB retraining: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: Bigger bits never fix anything. Instead of looking for a bigger or better bit, I think you should be looking for less bit and more control from you. If you ride your horse in a halter or side pull and learn to use two hands, direct reins, it will force you...

Horses: Training pony/miniature: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: Well, a lot of flags went up in your question. Most horses sold at auctions have issues. If the person selling the horse does not care who gets it, where it goes, if it will be taken care of, then the horse has probably been neglected or abused. Buying a...

Horses: Trying to understand miniature gelding: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: Sorry to hear that you will get rid of him, but I must agree, a horse really needs another horse to be happy. On my site I say I would rather see a horse in a field with no shelter and standing in rain with another horse, than to see a horse dry and alone...

Horses: throwing of the head, head shaking
head shaking: Dear Shania, When you say throwing of the head, there are two things I can imagine are possible, and I will go through both of them with you. Hopefully you can recognize which of the 2 is appropriate for your mare. Head shaking can be a clinical condition,...

Horses: tie stalls: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: It sounds like a high line is your tie stalls. You have to be careful about tying a horse if they are not used to it, if horses are tied together and they get into a fight or if one gets sick and rolls or if one kicks the others can t move, so if they tied...

Horses: training: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: Hi Erin, I would suggest that you learn more about horses so you can help these guys. It sounds like these horses were neglected and not worked with, so now they are conditioned to look out for themselves and not trust or depend on people. You have to work...

Horses: training young foal, foal, horse
foal, horse, pony: Hi Siobain, Congratulations on your new filly. Foals require a lot of work. And it sounds like you ve tried to handle her. With the current stabling arrangement I would encourage you to talk to some local folks and see if you couldn t make an arrangement...

Horses: ulcers, ulcers, oil
ulcers, oil, diet: Dear Hannah, Banamine and the related drug Bute, are anti-inflammatory drugs given for example to relieve joint pain or pain from laminitis. I would not recommend giving any of these drugs on a regular basis. Besides that, colic is usually not related to...

Horses: unloading from trailor, quarter horse gelding, short temper
quarter horse gelding, short temper, negative consequences: Absolutely your trainer was in the wrong! I m appalled by his/her behavior. My first suggestion is for you to find a new trainer. This trainer s short temper will surely affect you and your horse again. When it does, there will only be negative consequences...

Horses: W bit, bits
bits: Dear Lucy I apologize, but I don t know what you mean by a W bit. However I do have a suggestion for your horse. You didn t say, but I presume your horse is not far along in his training. When a horse learns to relax and accept the bit, getting a tongue...

Horses: My 15yr old Quarter Pony, quarter pony, horse pony
quarter pony, horse pony, muscle tone: Hi - You say you just bought this pony and she may need some weight. If she has not been ridden much, and is out of shape, it is quite possible that the reason for her sweating up so much more is due to the lack of muscle tone. She would have to work all...

Horses: 20 year old pony mare compaction?, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: I read your question twice and still don t get what you are asking. You talk about bute and off bute and the vet said it not colic and you don t want to walk her. Older horses have same issues as older people, letting them out in pasture to graze is best,...

Horses: abscess: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: Sure it can. Since it popped and is draining, keep it clean and don t work or stress the leg. When you say older horse and barrel racing, I cringe. That is a bad combo, not sure how old is old and how hard the racing is but too much work on an old horse...

Horses: My abused and spooky pony, pony ponies, newfoundland pony
pony ponies, newfoundland pony, grazing muzzle: Aisley, I would suggest that you start doing some round pen work with him rather than trying to teach him to lunge right now. He needs to work through a lot of his fears and you can do that very effectively in the round pen. Get Pat Parelli s videos about...

Horses: Bucking and running while longeing, snaffle bridle, dressage lessons
snaffle bridle, dressage lessons, canter: Yes, Shannon, Yes, that is what I mean. You can twist the reins under the neck and loop the throat latch under one rein and that will hold them, or you can knot the reins on top of the crest. Or you can take them off, but that is time consuming. Many,...

Horses: Buying a horse/pastures, potomac horse fever, equine influenza
potomac horse fever, equine influenza, ragwort: hi jackie, Rhinopneumonitis , west nile, tetanus, rabies,Potomac horse fever, and strangles are all important. one caution is when you give the vaccine for strangles be awar that the horse may get the strangles disease. this can be a big pain in the butt...

Horses: Getting into the bit on the bridle.., tb mare, speed down
tb mare, speed down, racehorses: hi chelsea, well if she is strung out then pull and bring her back to you. if she is behind you then pull alittle more and be connected with her mouth. with racehorses thery should alays be on the bit. i was retrsining an exracehorse for jumping and he wouldnt...

Horses: Our brand new three year old, richard shrake, forward engagement
richard shrake, forward engagement, pattern approach: Dear Jenn, Thank you for your kind words. Perhaps I will address your questions in order: 1. The one thing I can definitively say about GOOD training is that it takes time, patience, and consistency. Be wary of tricks and anything that looks like a gimmick...

Horses: Canter problem, equine veterinarian, corrective shoes
equine veterinarian, corrective shoes, muscular development: Dear Claire, I would begin by having the horse examined by a GOOD equine veterinarian. Have her/him watch the horse s movement and anticipate having ultra sounds and X-rays and possibly fluoroscopy done of the horse s hock, stifle and hip. If this is a conformational...

Horses: COMPLETELY dropped head, communication issues, dry areas
communication issues, dry areas, percheron: Tonya, If you read what you had written I think you would see what seems a sort of obvious thing. Regardless of what you think, his saddle doesn t fit. It s uncomfortable. I don t know how you checked his saddle for fit but I would recommend looking...

Horses: Ex-barrel racer learning dressage: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: lol, I rarely suggest beer for horse problems, but it may help. 16 years old and lots of barrel experience is a hard road to overcome. You do sound more concerned than I think you should be. You need to decide are doing this for you or for your horse or...

Horses: Fear of stall from old surgery/sedation, quiet trail, cross ties
quiet trail, cross ties, western pleasure: hi ruth, he just gets nervous in the stall because he cant see another horse. leave him in there all day. even if he paces and screams his head off. he will get over it. same as the cross ties and the round pen. you can also try putting a window in the stall...

Horses: Food Supplement - Colt horse race, horse racing, feeding foals
horse racing, feeding foals, supplements: You didn t say how old this foal is and when you intend on running her. Any horse that could be described as a foal is WAY too young to be racing except in the pasture. riderless and against her pasture buddies. You also didn t mention her breed. Over...

Horses: Grumpy Mare, aloe vera juice, qh gelding
Horses: Grumpy Mare, aloe vera juice, qh gelding, digestive aid

Horses: Jumper With Loose Knees!, hind end, adornments
Horses: Jumper With Loose Knees!, hind end, adornments, bounces

Horses: showjumper, equine chiropractor, rare usage
Horses: showjumper, equine chiropractor, rare usage, performance horses

Horses: Thinking of breeding my horse, foal, giving birth
Horses: Thinking of breeding my horse, foal, giving birth, adverse effects

Horses: trailering a foal, short trip, foal
Horses: trailering a foal, short trip, foal, gelding

Horses: foal training, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: Well you have your hands full, but you need to work on your knowledge of a horse. The best gift you can give a horse is knowledge of the horse, and you clearly don t have it right now. By that I mean you are talking about this horse like it is your kid, don...

Horses: foal training, littleguy, excerise
littleguy, excerise, little feet: lol hi robin. arnt foals cute??? well i personally believe one hour after a foal is born you should touch it and handle it. at day two you should put a halter on it and handle it. go in the stall and if it tries to kick you smack it and say quit. dont smack...

Horses: Grumpy Mare, aloe vera juice, national show horses
aloe vera juice, national show horses, grumpy mare: Julia, If she s got ulcers this could well explain her behavior. I can give you a natural treatment that I saw in The Holistic Horse and have been using on my old National Show Horse who is a classic ulcer case. I have also added a calming herbal mix to...

Horses: Is this a "girthy" issue, horse, pony
horse, pony, girth: Hi Catherine, Yep, sounds like a girthing issue. A) Check the fit of your saddle and pads. B) Have the vet check him out and discuss the possibility of a chiropractor- those would be the two places I would start. Leah www.SaddleRiverFarm.com www.EquineAppraisals.co...

Horses: HELP!, working with horses, huge list
working with horses, huge list, barns: Moe - Your situation sounds difficult indeed! As for jobs at stables, you will need to ask the barns in your community if they are willing to let you work in exchange for lessons. Each barn is different, however, if they don t have a full staff then often...

Horses: Herd behavior question: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness; Rick Gore, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: No worries, this is totally normal herd behavior. Every horse has to have a place, every horse is either higher or lower than every other horse. The 4 yr old is a youngster that is being taught lesson in respect, being polite, and not being rude. This is...

Horses: Horse not grazing, hay rack, water bucket
hay rack, water bucket, jagged edges: Hi - sorry I didn t answer this sooner - First of all - is your horse eating AT ALL? Or just not putting his head down to graze? If he is just not putting his head down (extending his neck), due to his age, there may be an issue with his neck itself,...

Horses: Horse that won't be ridden: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, sore kidneys, horse grass
sore kidneys, horse grass, belly ache: There are many reasons a horse may not want to be ridden, it could be from prior abuse, sore back, bone fractures, sore ribs from being kicked by another horse, neck issues, spine issues, hoof or leg pain, poor fitting saddle that pinches or hurts, a nail...

Horses: Horses, horses, ponies
horses, ponies, horse: Hi Hannah Most horses eat at least twice a day. Some horses, known as easy keepers, will just get a small handful of grain. Horses are grazing animals and most are kept happy with hay 2 or 3 times a day. Although it is ideal for horses to have free choice...

Horses: hay, humid weather, rule of thumb
humid weather, rule of thumb, moisture content: Margaret, That sort of depends upon the moisture content of the hay when it was baled I have fed my horses hay that was just baled the day before, but the moisture content was down to 18% and it didn t have much curing to do. They are also on pasture...

Horses: help about buying items, protective boot, jumping horse
protective boot, jumping horse, saddle pad: Sara, I m so sorry! I ve been very tied up here with secretarying my saddle club s clinic for distance riders this past weekend and school has also started. I only have a limited amount of time each night and with a dial-up connection just didn t have...

Horses: help about buying items: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, protective boot, jumping horse
protective boot, jumping horse, saddle pad: I can not open any of your links, this type of question would be better sent to a specific expert, read the different links on the bio for the experts and send it to one that matches what you are looking for, I am more horsemanship person that just try and...

Horses: help about buying items, protective boot, jumping horse
protective boot, jumping horse, saddle pad: The benefit of using the chamois is that it helps prevent the saddle and all the padding from sliding around. When a horse needs extra padding for his back it tends to create more room for slipping and friction. The damp chamois stops that which will in...

Horses: herd behavior, herd behavior, hunter jumper
herd behavior, hunter jumper, professional supervision: Jessie, About the only answer to this is to get him where he cannot get close enough to the fence to have them get to him. Ideally, a hot wire with about 12 stand-off insulators on both sides of the fence to keep all the horses away from the fence would...

Horses: hoof injury/lameness, gorgeous mare, nerve blocks
gorgeous mare, nerve blocks, draft breeds: Carrie, I can think of a couple of things. She could well have an abcess in her foot, not an uncommon thing in a horse whose feet have been neglected. It could be very deep and not have shown up yet. She could have torn a ligament attachment in her foot,...

Horses: horse, first foal, foaling
first foal, foaling, teats: hi billy, look for your mare to be restless, also her teats will wax up. horses ussually foal late in the night so check on her every night 2-3 times. you can also have a vet come out and unltrasound te foal to make sure it is healthy and in the right foaling...

Horses: My horse: Amamda Legs, war admiral, english pleasure
war admiral, english pleasure, decendent: hi katie,i would say start riding her in english pleasure classes. this is easy and fun. as far as breeding goes though. it is time consuming, costly, and then you have another horse to train. i would just keep her a riding horse. good luck. amanda grof...

Horses: horse is getting bitten, hunter jumper, professional supervision
hunter jumper, professional supervision, work ethic: Hello Jessie, I would suggest stringing electric wire across the barrier between your horse and the biter. Otherwise, you would have to move him or keep him in. Obviously the play instinct is stronger in your horse than the self defense instinct. Or.....are...

Horses: horse first aid, first aid kit list, first aid kit
first aid kit list, first aid kit, first aid kits: There are different types of first aid kits to have on hand depending on the type of activity your horse is involved in. In general though, check out this web page that has an excellent equine first aid kit list: http://horses.about.com/od/basiccare/tp/firstaidkit.ht...

Horses: My horse will not let me mount: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: Well I think you need to read more about horses so you will understand them better. Hearing you talk about this horse, you are making excuses for what he is doing and trying to make this the horse, it is not the horse, it is you. If you are just feeding...

Horses: horseriding??, groff, monies
groff, monies, 3 years: hi moe, well there are alot of things you can do at a ranch. you can trade work for riding lessons. some jobs you can do is grooming or stall cleaning. many ranches always need help so just look around and im sure you will find a ranch. and to convince you...

Horses: horses, horse, pony
horse, pony, equine: Hi Amie- Yes, horses can learn to do many tricks. There are several books and videos published on how to teach your horse to do tricks. Most horses live somewhere in the neighborhood of 30 years. Ponies live a little longer. A few I ve know to 40! ...

Horses: hred behavior: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: This sounds like normal 3 year old stuff. You did not say if he was gelded, that could be a factor or if the other horses are studs. He wants to play and is trying to learn how to move how to interact with other horses and since he is doing it by a fence,...

Horses: Could he be a Jumper?, cannon bones, cannon bone
cannon bones, cannon bone, show jumper: Hello Sierra, I don t think there is an ideal size for a TB cannon bone. It would have to be judged relative to his overall size, but I have never heard of an event horse or jumper injuring or breaking his cannon bone. He might get a splint, but those...

Horses: Could he be a Jumper?, cannon bones, jumping exercises
cannon bones, jumping exercises, show jumper: I d say give your thoroughbred a crack at it! This breed fairs quite well in the eventing world. As for the cannon bones, the biggest thing you need to be aware of is not over working him especially at his young age. Perhaps find a trainer to help you devise...

Horses: Jumper With Loose Knees!, jumping exercises, hind end
jumping exercises, hind end, l allen: I would like to initially recommend a book that will help you: 101 Jumping Exercises for Horse and Rider by Linda L. Allen, Dianna Robin Dennis Secondly, you ll need to work on a your horse s balance in her hind end. Practice collection and extension...

Horses: limping, epsom salt, calcium deposits
epsom salt, calcium deposits, bleac: hi jennifer, i would not soak it in bleac at all. bleach is to kill bacteria. if the abcess has not opend then i would soak it in warm water and epsom salt. he is used to shoes being on him so i would keep them on him. my OTTB has to have shoes or he gets...

Horses: Melamonas, arab mare, uncommon problem
arab mare, uncommon problem, breaking my heart: Estelle, My heart goes out to you. Unfortunately, that is a not uncommon problem with gray horses, especially Arabs. I remember reading about using grape seed extract to treat them with success. You might want to check that out. Better yet, contact...

Horses: nose to the outside, small circles, great attitude
small circles, great attitude, circes: Dear Mary-Jo, Thank you so much for the feedback. I should have warned you that she might be a little petulant at first and I m glad that you have the common sense (which is often an all too rare commodity) to only use the least amount of whip required in...

Horses: Old horse, phenylbutazone, man thanks
phenylbutazone, man thanks, farriers: Carolyn, You need to have him looked at by a vet, and I suspect at least some x-rays done if not ultrasound. I don t know and don t want to even guess at what he s done to it but it needs to be looked at, in person, by a professional. He deserves that...

Horses: odd growth on hoof: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: Hey Kevin, not sure from pic so it looks like the heel is too long and the angle is very poor, but you may be talking about the extra growth at the cornet band. I have not seen this so I can t help you, but I put a link, you will have to cut and paste it,...

Horses: old horsw......are we losing him?, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: Well 30 is up there, but this horse could live another five years, as long as he is able to move around and does not seem in pain or lays down and can t get up, then he is doing fine. All older horses tend to lose weight and tend to be hard keepers. I would...

Horses: Pain and Headshaking: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: I don t think he is anywhere near bomb proof, he is scared and maybe in pain and confused. Once something scares him, he will go back to his fear response, buck and run, he is not being mean he is just being protective of his life and when in trouble he runs....

Horses: Please help!, wet sponge, little bit of water
wet sponge, little bit of water, cupped hand: Hello Rebecca, Does the horse drink water? Yes? Then he is not petrified of it. He just doesn t want a bath. Maybe someone hosed his ears, nose or eyes, causing discomfort. I have watched many times at shows when grooms are spraying water directly onto...

Horses: Pregant Mare and Gelding, cob mare, first foal
cob mare, first foal, pregnant mares: If your mare and her now gelded son get along great, then you should have nothing to worry about during the early part of the pregnancy. Just keep a close eye as you would if you turned her out with anyone. Another thing you can do, if the option is available,...

Horses: whether our pony has been gelded: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: Sorry for late response, I just received this question from pool, not sure why it took so long, but here is answer. If a horse is gelded late or after he has breed it is normal for them to mount other mares after they are gelded. If he was not gelded by...

Horses: pregnant mare, pregnant mare, wood fence
pregnant mare, wood fence, ruckas: She is being dominate and head mare, she is teaching the other two to stay away from her, the blind horse cannot see her body language so it does not know how to move away from her, put her in with the 4 month old and she will work it out with him, let the...

Horses: project on horses, carriage horses, many horses
carriage horses, many horses, groff: hi moe, well today horses are mostly used for pleasure riding. but today they are also used in the police force, movies, and in some countries are used as transportation and haul materials. in the past 100 years the horse has been replace by the car and other...

Horses: project: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, rick gore
www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, rick gore, horsemanship: Sure go to my web site and there is all kind of info about them. Don t just copy and paste, read the horse history page, the horseman tips page, I have over 10 pages so there is lots of facts and info about them. If you have questions let me know. Ric...

Horses: Raising Standardbreds (trotters), calf manna, calmex
calf manna, calmex, muscle builder: Hi Sasha! I m also in NY! First, a little about my philosophy! I don t believe in giving yearlings a lot of grain. I want them to have good quality pasture available, and if they are in a stall at night, I will give them as much of a good quality mixed...

Horses: Rehabiliting neglected Horse, horse medication, trash barrels
horse medication, trash barrels, many horses: First, sorry for the delay in answering. If the horse has superficial wounds (scrapes, small cuts) you can start with using a simple anti-bacterial cream such as bacitracin - probably found pretty easily. Also iodine can be used to clean scrapes and...

Horses: regarding mustang: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: I put a few links here for you, if you search google you will get many more. Hope this helps, Rick http://www.frankhopkins.com/mustanglinks.html http://www.freehorseads.com/class/mustang.html http://www.equinenow.com/bluegrullamustang.htm http://aqha.equine.com/horses-for-sale/mustang-b/grulla-c/Default.asp...

Horses: Your reply re Herbie, canadian team coach, reply reply
canadian team coach, reply reply, peter gray: Hello Peter, I agonize over making these no reply replies because I want so much to help, but no matter how I would try to reply, I would have to fall back on I d have to see what is happening . So often the rider or parent has one opinion or other and...

Horses: round pen, hand motions, rule of thumb
hand motions, rule of thumb, respiratory rate: Each horse is different and thus each horse requires a different routine. However, typically a goo rule of thumb is to begin to the left walking. Then increase to the trot. Then walk. Then step it up into the canter. Never gallop! After you have done...

Horses: rules for showing, horse show, horse
horse show, horse, pony: Hi Cynthia, Congratualtions on re-entering the show ring. Yes, you should use an English saddle and unless it s a very local, schooling show, your horse should be braided. At the very least, even for a local show, your horse s mane needs to be pulled...

Horses: Saddles :$, beval saddlery, overa
beval saddlery, overa, tack shop: Buying a saddle online will definitely be risky. Ideally if you could try one from your limited tack shop that would be best. Each horse is very different through the back line. Thus it is ideal to have a situation in which you can try a saddle on your...

Horses: Sensitive Jumper, leg pressure, better success
leg pressure, better success, consistant: If possible, try to have a variety of riders working with her. The more variety you can give her the more she will accept the differences. In the mean time, since she goes so well for you, try gradually introducing more leg pressure. Also, try her with a...

Horses: Servere Hoof Cracks: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: Well, a hoof split up to the cornet band is bad. It damages the future growth of the hoof. Lots of pasture time and walking will increase blood flow and help the hoof grow faster. It takes about a year for a horse to grow a complete new hoof. So it may...

Horses: Strong bond between mare & yearling, herd instinct, yearling colt
herd instinct, yearling colt, hot wire: Kathy, Separating them like you have done is the perfect solution. Any way you can keep the companion mare you brought back for your mare for a little while after you bring him home? You sound like you have a mare who becomes strongly bonded to other...

Horses: My saddle, stirrup leather, english saddles
stirrup leather, english saddles, hoping that someone: Hi - usually you can find a makers mark under the flap where the stirrup leather slips in. Sometimes it is a medallion, other times it is actually embossed in the leather. You can also try to look at the bar where the stirrup leather sits to see if there...

Horses: eventing, show jumper, stride lengths
show jumper, stride lengths, hind quarters: There is no perfect recipe for conformation and breed to find the perfect event horse. Much will depend upon your abilities as a rider as well as what breeds you click with. Sometimes poor conformation can still result in a fantastic horse. Ideally you...

Horses: what size??, shoulder blade, bar saddle
shoulder blade, bar saddle, saddle tree: Haley, Your semi-QH does not fit him perfectly if it is sitting that far down on his withers. It s too wide in the withers for him. The saddle you are using must be costing him a great deal of pain. You definately need ANOTHER SADDLE! Also, stand up...

Horses: spooky horse: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: Feed can sometimes give a horse more life, this horse is only four, that is young, my 4 year old still will give a buck if I don t ride him for a few days and don t warm him up before I canter, he is young and that is to be expected. This horse needs a buddy....

Horses: stable management, quality horses, behavoir
quality horses, behavoir, prestigious clients: Tina, you are a wonderful friend to take such an interest! I know the situation your friend is facing all too well. There are several angles going on here that must all be considered fairly. When a trainer is good at what he/she does, and when he/she...

Horses: my standardbred, tea tree oil, witch hazel
tea tree oil, witch hazel, hog fuel: Elizabeth, I think you are right. He may well be sensitive to something in the paddock that the other horses are not. I would suggest getting him tested for allergies, that among them. In the meantime I would get a bottle of witch hazel and some tea...

Horses: How do I stop my gelding from dropping his shoulder at the canter?, morgan gelding, side reins
morgan gelding, side reins, dressage movements: Dear Jamie, Well, at least you know what the problem is- many less intuitive riders can t feel a horse dumping a shoulder. You don t mention how old this horse is, as dropping as shoulder is often the hallmark of a young, still developing horse that lacks...

Horses: Thinking of breeding my horse, stages of pregnancy, team penning
stages of pregnancy, team penning, groff: hi brit, well i personally think you should not ride a horse hard after four months of age. im not sure if the mare can absorb the fetus at the beginning stages from too much activity. im sure you can call a vet and find out easily. good luck amanda grof...

Horses: Timid Horse: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: If she is letting you groom her, and she likes it, do it a little bit and walk a step away, if she comes to you, then groom her some more, and walk away, once she figures you if she comes to you, you make her feel good, she will trust you more. Bring some...

Horses: Training 6 month old filly, chris cox, filly
chris cox, filly, groff: hi leigh, hmm there are so many things to do. the best way i think is to make the filly move around. once she stops and looks at you then her attention is on you. exercise her daily and handle her daily. im working with a 6 month old stud aztec colt that...

Horses: teeth: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness; Rick Gore, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: This is known as a Flehmen Response. I have cut and pasted a part of my web site. The horse may be smelling something in your hair, your perfume, your soap, or something around the barn, it is not aggression. However, I would really suggest you read the...

Horses: toe angles / foot soreness: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: Not sure what work you do with him. If your farrier is good he should not be making huge adjustments that fast, it should be done slowly over time. Perhaps getting a second opinion would help. There are a few farriers on allexperts, you can take pics...

Horses: trailering a foal, first foal, splint boots
first foal, splint boots, nice legs: hi ashley, wow i didnt know you guys could add pictures that is so cool. she is such a cute looking filly. nice legs too. well when you go to trailer her put splint boots on her or polo wraps. to prepar her for the trailer ride ust walk her upto it let her...

Horses: vet check: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: Not sure about those terms, a vet would be better to ask, a lot depends on what you plan on using the horse for and why you are getting the horse, if it is for hard riding then legs and back, if for looks and show, then maybe conformation and movement, if...

Horses: Yawning, cob type, irish cob
cob type, irish cob, silly questions: Hello Louise, Equines can grow up to the age of 7 or 8. My 8 year old mare grew a whole inch between 7 and 8. The yawning may be a way to communicate with you his attitude about the work that is coming. This same mare of mine, when she sees the bridle,...

Horses: Young Hooves: www.freewebs.com/horseawareness, spooky horses, rick gore
spooky horses, rick gore, horsemanship: Some horses have bad feet, this is caused by people that breed horses with bad feet. In the wild this horse would not live long and would not breed and would not pass on this gene. That is why wild Mustangs have good hard hooves, the hard hoof horses are...

Horses: putting young horses on the bit, hunter jumper, hind end
hunter jumper, hind end, learning curve: Donna I agree completely with your methods. When a horse is not taught balance and how to engage their hind end and only taught to work on the bit , then they actually end up learning to work behind the bit. As you probably know, this is horrible, and will...

Horses: 3 year old filly ....Unsound, stall rest, hocks
stall rest, hocks, filly: Maya, I think you need to step back and give her time to grow. You started with her right after a growing spurt, when the tendons and muscles were still adapting to the change. What s your rush? Give her time to grow and develop. She s still a baby....

Horses: 3 year old filly ....Unsound, stall rest, hocks
stall rest, hocks, filly: Dear Maya, You appear to be unhappy with my response although I am not quite sure why you think it was untimely , rude , or unknowledgable. You may have decided to ignore the suggestions I made in which case you may have found it to be unhelpful but...

Horses: 3 year old filly ....Unsound, hocks, hock injections
hocks, hock injections: It sounds to me like injecting her hocks may be the solution you are looking for. It is a common procedure. It has both positive and negative side affects. Typically I have seen horses dramatically improve from injections. Things to consider is why her...

Horses: 4 month old colt, parasite infestation, auction purchases
parasite infestation, auction purchases, nutritional supplementation: I recommend Purina Mills Equine Junior Feed- its a complete pelleted feed. It will be fed at about 10-12 pounds per day. the more frequent feeding you can provide the better- that is divide the 11.2 pounds by the number of feedings to determine the number...

Horses: abnormal gait, gait abnormality, nerve impingement
gait abnormality, nerve impingement, thoroughbred mare: Anna: I ll do the best i can, but its hard not being able to see the horse. My initial thought is a neck problem. Even though you ve had a chiropractor evaluate the horse, my initial thought would be to evaluate the neck. evaluate the motion of the neck,...

Horses: asking a question, spooking, shows
spooking, shows, nervous: Dear Georgia Ponies or people, we all have different personalities. Some are naturally bold, and some timid. You donít tell me anything about your pony s normal living situation when he is not at a show. Based on no information from you whatsoever, this...

Horses: Breed Unknown, genetic fingerprint, being a veterinarian
genetic fingerprint, being a veterinarian, white hairs: Joan: unfortunately, being a veterinarian does not make me an expert on coat color and breeds. Also, its hard to comment without seeing the horse. There are body size and morphological characteristics that suggest certain breeds too. The interspersing of...

Horses: barefoot and whiteline problem: www.thinklikeahorse.org Rick Gore Horsemanship, rick gore, horses
rick gore, horses, horsemanship: I am not a farrier but I do my horses feet myself. So I can only give try and answer this but there are two or three good farriers here on allexperts and they could give you better and more detailed advice. If you take pictures of the feet they will look...

Horses: behaviour, snaffle, canter
snaffle, canter, lyn: Jackie, Because this is not a constant but is a recuring problem you really shouldn t be worrying about discipline at this stage. Fix actual, physical problems and the behavior problems may well totally disappear. Take away any possible excuses he may...

Horses: Chronic itch, hives??, insect allergies, grass hay
insect allergies, grass hay, skin allergy: Dear Amy: I really dont think these are hives per se. Hives usually show up as large coalescing areas of edema that stay for several hours and then go away. they can and do recur though. The scabbing you describe is not characteristic of hives. It suggests...

Horses: Conformation of the mare and gelding, tempermant, female humans
tempermant, female humans, geldings: Jenni, Sorry, she is correct. Mares do not have a larger belly any more than female humans do. The tissues expand and the bones in the pelvis give and spread in response to the hormones generated during the pregnancy. The horses are just plain fat...

Horses: Controlling my youngster whilst leading to the field, halter ring, offside
halter ring, offside, nastiness: Hello Julie, Yes, there is a sort of lead with a chain at the snap end. There are three ways you can use it. 1: Run chain snap through the nearside halter ring, over the nose and snapped to the offside halter ring. When he pulls, give a snap, a...

Horses: 'Coon footed' dropped pasterns, natural hoof care, cannon bones
natural hoof care, cannon bones, coffin bone: Hi Kerri. Two questions then I can give you a detailed answer: Do you have a registered name for this horse, or can you read the freeze brand or the lip tattoo? Do you intend to race him or use him as a pleasure horse? Let me know and I can give you...

Horses: cantering in the round pen, horse canter, arabian gelding
horse canter, arabian gelding, cracking the whip: Abby, OK, that puts a different light on things. Now I think you should consider caaling in an animal communicator. It may be that he has issues with vision that the lunge line and/or rider give him support and direction away from the panels of the round...

Horses: colts - integration: www.thinklikeahorse.org Rick Gore Horsemanship, rick gore, horses
rick gore, horses, horsemanship: You have learned well, no advice should replace your good judgment or your safety. I tend to speak for the horse and that upsets many people. This colt wants to be part of a herd. He is afraid and cannot sleep well and has no friends. He needs to be chased...

Horses: continured hives in horses, orchard grass, allergy testing
orchard grass, allergy testing, food allergies: Jacquie, Have you had him tested for allergies? Hives are a very common indication of an allergy. One hores I know gets them if fed carrots. I had someone come to me looking for a hay her horse could eat because he tested positive to both timothy and...

Horses: I Dont Want My Horse To Injure Anyone: www.thinklikeahorse.org Rick Gore, rick gore, horses
rick gore, horses, horsemanship: Well for 16 you show more character than a lot of adults. You need to be honest and let the buyer know what you think, if they make a choice to buy the horse then they accept that this, like any horse, may or not be prefect and will make mistakes. Tell people...

Horses: Not Eating..., tummy ache, horse knowledge
tummy ache, horse knowledge, tooth problem: Katy: this is not all that uncommon when people switch feeds. It doesnt always mean there is something wrong. We generally recommend switching feeds gradually by mixing the new feed with the old feed in gradually increasing proportions. This practice helps...

Horses: Do You Have Experience With Mules?: www.thinklikeahorse.org Rick Gore, rick gore, horses
rick gore, horses, horsemanship: Hi Floyd, my experience with Mules are limited. I have heard some interesting things about them, the ones I have worked with appear to be the same as horses. Mules are considered more thinking animals. They will not let you abuse them like a horse will....

Horses: equine kidneys, sore kidneys, serum creatinine
sore kidneys, serum creatinine, kidney pain: Linda: In a word, no. I have never seen a horse with kidney pain unless they had stones or pyelonephritis. Those conditions are extremely uncommon despite that lots of people equate their perception of kidney pain with such signs. In reality, this is...

Horses: Fetlock Swelling, soft tissue damage, tb mare
soft tissue damage, tb mare, ultrasound exam: sure thing. Furacin is a yellow antibiotic ointment that is VERY common and should be available at a tack or horse supply store. Id buy a jar of it and get your vet to give you about a 60cc syrine full of DMSO (dimethylsulfoxide) liquid (also VERY common)....

Horses: First Time Horse Owner Getting Foal? : www.thinklikeahorse.org Rick Gore, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: I would suggest you try and lease a horse first. That way you can feel it out, see how much work it is and if you decide to not get into to it full speed, you will be a lot better off. By leasing you get a horse that you know what you get, and you can learn...

Horses: Flexor tendon issues..., shock wave therapy, navicular bursa
shock wave therapy, navicular bursa, pasture pet: Jennifer: this is a big problem. Anything you do to take away the pain will probably increase the likelihood of the deep flexor tendon rupturing. Your options include nerving, injecting the navicular bursa with steroid medication and shock wave therapy...

Horses: 'Coon footed' dropped pasterns, connective tissue disease, suspensory ligament
Horses: 'Coon footed' dropped pasterns, connective tissue disease, suspensory ligament, suspensory ligaments

Horses: Horse Care, hooves, manure
Horses: Horse Care, hooves, manure, chores

Horses: Tail Rubbing, appaloosa gelding, selsun blue
Horses: Tail Rubbing, appaloosa gelding, selsun blue, mane and tail

Horses: working round and from behind, riding instructors, shreds
Horses: working round and from behind, riding instructors, shreds, lungs

Horses: feed, moldy hay, mold growth
moldy hay, mold growth, web extension: Please don t feed your horse moldy hay!!! Moldy hay is very toxic to horses. Just as you wouldn t eat mold, neither should any animal. Granted, all hay does get a tad moldy and is still fed to horses. When mold becomes noticeable, that s when to toss it...

Horses: fracture of the elbow in a 4 month filly, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: Not sure why people want to pull a baby off their mom so early. Let her be with mom to reduce stress and maybe get back on the milk that will help her heal and grow. I did not see xray, don t have enough info to say what to do on crack, but leave the baby...

Horses: fungus on feet, tea tree oil, depomedrol
tea tree oil, depomedrol, wet climate: Carey: Not being able to examine this is a limitation to my ability to recommend an approach. However, I will tell you that more than 9 times out of 10 when my clients have thought they are dealing with a fungus, they are mistaken. Fungus is usually not...

Horses: Head injury in a foal, lymph nodes in the neck, small fortune
lymph nodes in the neck, small fortune, endoscopic examination: Desiree: This problem may very well have been associated with the injury. However, please keep in mind that I have never examined this horse, never seen the injury and your vet who has does not know what to tell you- so I may be limited by this. Nowhere...

Horses: Hoof injury, qh gelding, dear elsie
qh gelding, dear elsie, coronary band: Dear Elsie: I feel that you should not treat this yourself. This type of injury can permanently damage the growth of the hoof for the rest of the horse s life if it is not managed very carefully. I strongly urge you to get a good equine vet to look at this...

Horses: Horse Care, daily chores, chore list
daily chores, chore list, horse owner: Answer, yes. Brief, well...it depends. If you want a brief answer, please let me know how you plan on keeping your horse. I have the same aversion to stalls as most horses do. My horses have a very lage pasture with a free access shelter. (I do have a...

Horses: My Horse is sick and I don't know whats wrong, thoughts and prayers, stepien
thoughts and prayers, stepien, vet: Stephanie, I am so sorry to hear about your boy. What exactly did the vet do when he came out to examine him? Did he draw blood or do any other tests? I am not a vet, but my feeling is that if your horse can t stand it could be serious. I would call...

Horses: Hunter Or Eventer?, thoroughbred gelding, hunter horse
thoroughbred gelding, hunter horse, accomidations: Doing both hunters and eventing will not so much throw things out of balance as it could possibly lead to lack of focus needed in one arena versus the other. A hunter horse of the caliber you speak of is quite a treat! Doing both could result in an injury...

Horses: hobbles: www.thinklikeahorse.org Rick Gore, rick gore, horses
rick gore, horses, horsemanship: Hi Sue, hobbles are great tool for teaching many things. In the days where your horse was your only means of transportation, while traveling long distances you would have to sleep where you could, many times there were no trees and no way to secure your horse....

Horses: horse is layn down all day in staall, lyn, equine
lyn, equine, vet: im sorry I really dont understand what you are telling me or what yor question is. If your horse is ill and not acting right, you should get an equine vet to examine it. You have not given me any information that is specific for anything other than the horse...

Horses: horse water, human intestinal tract, good bacteria
human intestinal tract, good bacteria, horse water: Im not an expert on toxicity in water, but the clorox you add to water is bactericial (kills bacteria), so it can kill bacteria (even the normal good bacteria) in the intestinal tract the same way. When and if it does that depends on the concentration and...

Horses: what do horses eat? www.thinklikeahorse.org, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: Hay is all they need, horses have small stomachs so they should eat a little bit all day. If you feed, you should feed at least three times a day, but some feed twice a day. It is best to keep hay so your horse can get some any time he wants. Ric...

Horses: Introducing foal to other horses, old dam, foal
old dam, foal, filly: I m not an expert on behavior but I would stay on the side of caution with this and wait until the foal is weaned. You might introduce them briefly each day for a short time and increaase the time but if you tried this i would be sure that you or someone can...

Horses: Irregular Shoulder, suprascapular nerve, shoulder rolls
suprascapular nerve, shoulder rolls, shoulder blade: Im not sure that I can visualize what you are describing. I believe this is probably not of any clinical significance, but you should have someone look at it to determine if that is the case. One thought that at least crrosses my mind is that you may be seeing...

Horses: intermittent colic, welsh cob, mix carrots
welsh cob, mix carrots, loose stools: you can use Banamine, but not more than twice a day- there is no increased pain moderation with higher doses than that. If the horse were in a hospital, Id probably use a continuous infusion of butorphanol (a controlled drug), lidocaine, ketamine, morphine...

Horses: Jumping a horse recovering from a fracture, hairline fracture, cannon bone
hairline fracture, cannon bone, small jumps: Hello Stefanie, Now. If you trust your vet and your horse, don t wait any longer. Small jumps and gymnastics at first and monitor his gait. Any hitch in his get-along...pull back. If no obvious lameness, have fun. I had a mare that had a hairline...

Horses: Kicking mare: www.thinklikeahorse.org Rick Gore, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: Well one thing you can do is tie a ribbon to her tail, I think a red ribbon means a kicking horse, that way it will warn other riders that your horse kicks, don t get too close and for those who don t know it, they will ask what is the red ribbon for and then...

Horses: Lameness, county saddle, saddle pad
county saddle, saddle pad, eventer: It is possible.... try a damp leather chamois under the saddle pad to hold it in place better and see if that helps. I d sooner think it s something else though. Have you considered having a chiropractor or acupressure therapist taking a look at him? ...

Horses: Mounting and Bucking-Bolting: www.thinklikeahorse.org Rick Gore, rick gore, horses
rick gore, horses, horsemanship: It could be a trust issue? It could be numerous things and there is no way for me to tell. Monty is a great horseman, Clinton is a great horseman, I am sure both would tell you something different and they both could be right or could be wrong. You, Monty,...

Horses: mare in foal, mare in foal, mare and foal
mare in foal, mare and foal, eastern oregon: Dear Sandy, What you haven t said is how tall your mare is or the breed / size of the stallion to whom she was bred- these factors will influence the size of the foal and the actual weight gain of your mare. Frankly, I would be less concerned about actual...

Horses: Problem horse. HELP, detective work, problem horse
detective work, problem horse, junior hunter: Dear Colleen: I will try to address your questions/comments: 1. I think that the vet check should most definitely be priority one. IF he does have some kind of physical injury ANY type of excercise program could easily make the situation worse or cause permanent...

Horses: pony, cardiac isoenzymes, complete physical exam
cardiac isoenzymes, complete physical exam, poor appetite: Monensin is very toxic to horses. It can damage the heart of the horse. Id get a vet to check out your horse. It may be worthwhile to run some cardiac isoenzymes- they probably would need to be run at a nearby hospital. This would help indicate if there is...

Horses: Re training a pacer: www.thinklikeahorse.org Rick Gore, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: This horse is 5 so he is fully grown and I agree he probably has baggage you are not aware of. However, the slow way is the fast way. Make sure you training sessions are no longer than 20 or 30 mins. It is better to train 3 times a day for 20 mins than...

Horses: Rearing: Rick Gore, www.thinklikeahorse.org, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: This can be one of the most dangerous things a horse does. Never pull on both reins together, only one rein so the horse will always turn and not back up and rear. It is harder for a horse to rear when going forward or left or right. However this is not...

Horses: Resocializing the Standardbred: www.thinklikeahorse.org Rick Gore, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: You are in college and not doing anything to help is not the right choice, read, study, learn about the horse. If you move her where she can be in pasture with other horses then I say move her, if it is just to be closer and easier for you and she will be...

Horses: Retraining a 13 y/o Belgian: www.thinklikeahorse.org Rick Gore, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: Well every time I hear Amish I cringe. These people are in the dark ages, literally. They still use crude and cruel methods to train horses. First of all the picture appears that the draft horse is very under weight. She looks at least 3 or 400 pounds...

Horses: Retraining an older (14 yr.old) TB in dressage, dressage rider, dressage training
dressage rider, dressage training, vet check: Dear Jennifer, You are wise to be listening to your head once your heart has been captured. The simple answer is that you can begin to school dressage with any horse at any age. What you don t address here are some bigger underlying questions. As a horse...

Horses: riding behavioural problems: www.thinklikeahorse.org Rick Gore, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: The problem is you, since you ride her then you are causing this. Horses only have problems when people create them. You need to pay more attention to what you are doing. What is happening when she does this. Are you pulling on the bit are you trying to...

Horses: Sore back and lame QH, quarter horse mare, three vets
quarter horse mare, three vets, horse sound: Jessica: having had hock injections in no way rules out all the other structures in all the legs. If your horse is lame, it needs a good lameness exam by a good equine vet. The back may well be sore, but in my experience 90% or more sore backs are from...

Horses: Standardbred freeze brand, freeze brand, breed registries
freeze brand, breed registries, stepien: Hi Carol. I d suggest trying the varying breed registries. USTA had a match that was close, but not exact: TEDDY S GRANDEUR (N11154, G) MIKHAIL - VISION OF GRANDEUR - BIG TOWNER --------------------------------------------------------------------------------...

Horses: Stifle problem, foot abscess, cross ties
foot abscess, cross ties, sincerly: Jessie: by definition, your horse is lame right now. However, it may not be permanent nor is it necessarily serious. I have no way of knowing what was wrong with your horse s stifle that required surgery, but I will tell you that it is not necessarily the...

Horses: Striking at my son, stud colt, son jacob
stud colt, son jacob, loving horse: Katheryn, OK. You explained a lot when you told me he is a Mustang. He s being very disrespectful of your son. What I suspect has happened is he has bonded to you and more or less is treating you as he would a mare. Your son is not his son and he finds...

Horses: Swollen sheath, standardbred gelding, sheath cleaning
standardbred gelding, sheath cleaning, rare occasions: Dear Jackie Despite twice annual sheath cleaning (which is good)- it is very common for geldings to develop a smegma deposit (sometimes called a pea or a bean ) in the sheath itself or in the head of the penis which is best removed by a veterinarian. On...

Horses: saddle fit, wire coat hanger, long periods of time
wire coat hanger, long periods of time, tree saddle: Kristie, Well, it sounds like your saddle doesn t fit the horse. My guess is it s too narrow in the tree in the front. QH s tend to have fairly low, muscular withers and require a wide tree saddle to fit. If the saddle is already too narrow then putting...

Horses: sick horse, equine veterinarian, diagnostic recommendations
equine veterinarian, diagnostic recommendations, treatment success: Samantha: Im afraid that if this is all the information you have on your sick horse, the information is very incomplete and you really cant expect treatment success if you are giving medications without knowing what you are treating. This needs to be accomplished...

Horses: sleeping and falling down, liver problem, neurological condition
liver problem, neurological condition, blood work: Cathy: thats actually more common than you might think. Having said that, there is not too much to be worried about. Some of these horses, not all, are actually narcoleptic horses. Some horses do this and grow out of it with time. If it continues or if...

Horses: Tail Rubbing, dry itchy skin, skin biopsies
dry itchy skin, skin biopsies, hind legs: Stacy: I think it is extremely unlikely to be his sheath bothering him. Instead, most of the cases of this I have seen in the past are similar to cases of dry itchy skin in people. Ive had fairly good luck having people discontinue the use of anything on...

Horses: traffic shy and spooky pony: www.thinklikeahorse.org Rick Gore, horsemanship, horseman
horsemanship, horseman, horse behavior: All the issues you talked about are normal, she is used to be ridden in open lands without all this scary stuff going on. I think you are trying to handle it wrong with MAKING HER STAND, this shows me that you do not understand a horse. A horse s worst fear...

Horses: Unloading from trailer: www.thinklikeahorse.org Rick Gore, rick gore, horses
rick gore, horses, horsemanship: You have to one make sure you untie him so he will not get confused and scared. Now you have to start over and show him how to back out of a trailer slowly and controlled. So don t let him load all the way. Load just his front feet and back him out slowly....

Horses: URI in horses, equine veterinarian, upper respiratory system
equine veterinarian, upper respiratory system, upper respiratory infection: Dear Barbaralee: please understand, my service is for advice/suggestions only. I really do not recommend that owners and non-veterinarians use my suggestions to institute treatments of their horses themselves. There is an incredible danger to that because...

Horses: upper respiratory infection, herpes virus infections, viral respiratory disease
herpes virus infections, viral respiratory disease, respiratory viral infections: karen: these are all signs of upper respiratory viral infections- including the darkness in his eyes. The virus is most likely to be either influenza (most probable) or herpes virus. Generally speaking, the infection lasts about 7-10 days during which time...

Horses: Weak urine stream, serum chemistry, complete physical exam
serum chemistry, complete physical exam, kidney damage: I doubt very much if there was any kidney damage from that reaction. The reason is that the reaction is a neurologic reaction to the procaine in the penicillin and kidney damage is/would be caused by a vascular accident or shock- these are vascular events,...

Horses: working round and from behind, side reins, arab mare
side reins, arab mare, gentle approach: Jennie, I am really glad you wrote in about this. Your efforts have been right on track! I think that the accomplishments you and your mare have made are in excellent timing. Having made the choice to take a formal lesson was also wise of you. A formal...

Horses: 5 month old Foal: www.thinklikeahorse.org - Rick Gore Horsemanship, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: It would be better to get him another horse to teach him to be a horse, a horse is the best teacher of the horse, a horse can show him about respect, pressure and release, body language and other things that people cannot teach. This is teaching you and...

Horses: my 8 month old horse is stumbling :(, pmu farm, pastern
pmu farm, pastern, language department: Hi Pamela - thanks for your question and for the picture ... that helps a lot! While I can t see the entire leg, I m almost positive that this baby has contracted tendons. Typically this deformity happens in the development of the fetus ... the position...

Horses: 99.9 %pure DMSO, pittsburgh pa area, valley vet
pittsburgh pa area, valley vet, liquid product: Hi Andy, You might try Valley Vet. They have a liquid product that is 99% pure DMSO. Here is their link: http://www.valleyvet.com/ct_search_results.html You might also go to www.smartpakequine.com and check out a product called Trisport. I hope...

Horses: Abused by the herd, poa mare, horses and ponies
poa mare, horses and ponies, horse behavior: Travis, This is one for the books. I, too, have a herd of 9 horses and ponies. I haven t seen this before and only suggestion I can give you is to get an animal communicator involved and find out what s going on. Most work over the phone, they don t...

Horses: very agressive toward returning horse: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: They have to work it out. The bigger the pasture the better as long as a horse has room to move away they should do fine, the horse getting kicked or bit is not yielding to the higher horse and is being taught lessons. You removing them and trying to help...

Horses: Biting quarterhorse mare, unacceptable behavior, uncertain terms
unacceptable behavior, uncertain terms, chases: Amanda, You have a very dominant horse on your hands. You need to put your foot down as far as her chasing the youngster away from you. That s unacceptable behavior on her part. Let her know in no uncertain terms that you won t accept that disrespect...

Horses: behavioural issue, english horses, issue question
english horses, issue question, saddle blanket: Im sorry I thought he was backing up when being ridden. When he stops backing, you back him an extra 6 or 7 steps this will make his backing your idea. Its almost like your saying, ok, you want to back, youll back. You can also turn him in circles when he...

Horses: blood in horse droppings, intestinal ulcers, new pony
intestinal ulcers, new pony, quality grass: Tracey, what a great observation to make! Blood in this pony s stool or any horse s stool for that matter, is definitely something to be concerned about. Chances are, this pony has stomach or intestinal ulcers which are actually quite common but they do...

Horses: born with crooked spine, crooked spine, equine hospital
crooked spine, equine hospital, withers: Wow Nancy ... I have never seen or heard of anything even close to resembling this. I m totally with you and would be extremely bothered by this. I have to admit that this is completely out of my league and the only help I can possibly offer is the link...

Horses: bucking on hacks, horse bucks, canter
horse bucks, canter, strides: Hi Annie, I am going to assume that the bucking behavior ceases when you are in an arena/controlled setting? Often times when a horse exhibits this behavior on hacks it is because they are being placed in a setting that is natural to them and they are...

Horses: Cactus spines in horses leg, qh mare, equine clinic
qh mare, equine clinic, cactus spines: Cindi - this sounds very serious. If Annie was my horse, I would get her in to an equine clinic so that they can sedate her, clip the hair on her leg and then examine her for additional thorns and remove them. Puncture wounds are by far the worst kind on...

Horses: Cartilage Damage in horse's stifle area, cartilage damage, cartilage repair
cartilage damage, cartilage repair, human kids: Brandy, Your horse is only 5. Remember that. He s still a youngster, he has 3 more years to grow. He s having growing pains, similar to the ones human kids have in their knees. He ll probably have some problems off and on for a couple more years. One...

Horses: Conformation of my QH, cannon bones, shallow mouth
cannon bones, shallow mouth, big nostrils: Kimberly Thank you for the question. A tough one as a single photo does not show a lot, and the pose of your horse is not ideal. Yes, his halter is very loose, and possibly dangerous to the horse, but has nothing to do with his conformation. My first impression...

Horses: Conformation of my QH, leg bones, seventeen years
leg bones, seventeen years, pasterns: Hey Kimberly - I had a gelding for seventeen years that who s sheath became thicker as he aged and I never was able to do anything that changed it but I never had a vet really examine it. Is Rusty s painful to the touch? If you have seen him urinate, does...

Horses: chiropractic for horses, equine chiropractor, whole nine yards
equine chiropractor, whole nine yards, medicine practices: Hi Anne - I m laughing that you picked me to answer this question because I agree with you about Chiropractic treatment for humans ... I am opposed to it and would never go myself. I always joke that it s up there with Santa Clause in my book but when...

Horses: cleansing, horse owner, gelding
horse owner, gelding, sheath: Hi Gary, It is recommended that this be done once a year. I like to have it done when the my horses teeth get floated, this way the horse is already relaxed and sleepy and you can avoid any potential for injury both to the horse and yourself. I don t...

Horses: crazy horse, physical therepy, doom and gloom
physical therepy, doom and gloom, sweet as honey: Dear Nina, What is most puzzling about your letter is that this mare occasionally allows you to head out and ride her with no issues. This is very disconcerting. I will give you some suggestions BUT you may well need to re-visit your commitment to this horse....

Horses: Diagnoised with DJD Disease, poor prognosis, stall rest
poor prognosis, stall rest, meniscus surgery: Hello, I dont see why you could not walk him around now, unless your vet states other wise I think he would be fine to walk a little bit when you have the time to take him out and let him walk around for a while. I wouldnt keep him out long, But a bit...

Horses: Dominant Horse, thoroughbred mare, horse need
thoroughbred mare, horse need, pen work: Keith, It s not as much a case of dominance as respect. You have a very alpha mare on your hands. Someone else has a sister with the same attitude. My guess is the mom was this way too. OK. You are at a slight disadvantage because you are a male. Remember,...

Horses: Diagnoised with DJD Disease, shock wave therapy, lisa st
Horses: Diagnoised with DJD Disease, shock wave therapy, lisa st, u tube

Horses: My horse's hoof, sandy dirt, hoof wall
Horses: My horse's hoof, sandy dirt, hoof wall, antifungal

Horses: My horse has a lump on his throat, throat area, grapefruit
Horses: My horse has a lump on his throat, throat area, grapefruit, hard time

Horses: Front leg injury, thoroughbred mare, tendons
Horses: Front leg injury, thoroughbred mare, tendons, bees

Horses: severe lip lasceration, flap type, connective tissues
Horses: severe lip lasceration, flap type, connective tissues, medihoney

Horses: flat run in a barrel horse, quarter horse mare, performance horses
quarter horse mare, performance horses, excersise: Jennnifer, Yes, I do think any kind of conditioning will help the horses performance. Especially in a greenbroke horse who is not yet used to the rigors of performance. It can only help, not hurt. It may not fix the problem completely, but it should help....

Horses: Gelding's Conformation & saddle fit, INCREDIBLY RUDE QUESTIONER
INCREDIBLY RUDE QUESTIONER: Kimberly, This question is really not within my expertise---what I know about riding horses you can put in a tea cup and have room left over :) However, I would suggest getting a saddle made without a tree. http://www.myequinenetwork.com/News/tabid/56/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/1001/Are-Treeless-Saddles-Right-For-Your-Horse.aspx...

Horses: Health Concern, benign cyst, health concern
benign cyst, health concern, vertebrae: Hi Melissa, I won t be able to say for sure what the bulge is, however, it sounds a lot like a benign cyst, especially if it doesn t cause him any pain. But I would still get it checked out just in case it is something else entirely. You would want to rule...

Horses: Height, mature height, pastern
mature height, pastern, naive question: Hi again Kimberly! Great to hear from you and I love how you used Facebook to share these pictures with me ... that was great! You were right, the pictures make it hard to get a really good look at Pistol (GREAT name!)but from what I can see, she does appear...

Horses: Horse Diagonal soreness, beet pulp, coffin bone
beet pulp, coffin bone, sweet jazz: Hey Jeff! Great to hear back from you and I m excited that Jazz is on a more boring diet now :) As for beet pulp ... I don t know if I can go so far as to way that it s completely sugar free but it s pretty darn close. Doesn t seem possible since it s made...

Horses: Horses Living In Backyards, herd animals, vet bills
herd animals, vet bills, many horses: Check with your local Zonong Department - they should be able to help you with that. Yes, horses can live with dogs (mine grow up with them on pasture) HOWEVER if the dog and/or horse are not used to each other, you would have to introduce them gradually....

Horses: hemotomia (sp), stiffle, clear discharge
stiffle, clear discharge, leg straps: Wow, this is just an odd coicidence Liz. For both of your horses to have ticks on their stifle is statistically mind boggling to me. Otherwise, no ... I have to say that I have yet to see a tick bite bleed or swell as you have described. How is it doing...

Horses: My horse's hoof, hoof wall, foot problem
hoof wall, foot problem, open space: No Carly, I have to say that I have not heard of anything like this but maybe if you can take some pictures so I can see it ... is that possible? Is the open space you mentioned where the white line should be? Have they ruled out white line disease...

Horses: My horse has a lump on his throat, enlarged lymph glands, enlarged lymph gland
enlarged lymph glands, enlarged lymph gland, enlarged thyroid gland: Hi Maria! Lumps in this area on more mature horses are not really that unusual but it could be caused from a few different things so having it checked by a vet would be a good idea. Some of the things that cause these lumps include enlarged thyroid glands...

Horses: injured leg due to kicking a fence, american paint, hydro therapy
american paint, hydro therapy, steel poles: I m so glad to hear that she s sound!!! As for the temps and hosing the leg, you ll be fine with the temperature range you mentioned here. A wet leg won t hurt her and the cold water will increase the blood flow to the area and help reduce the swelling....

Horses: kicker: Rick Gore Horsemanship - www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: You are more than welcome and any horse is better with another horse than no horse, so this mare will do a fine job since she only knows how to be a horse. She will teach you as well as him if you watch her and understand that she is consistent, she never...

Horses: what kind of training should i be doing with a youngster, older horses, trailer loading
older horses, trailer loading, tbx: Hello Sharon, First off I would like to thank you for rescuing this young horse. I hate to see animals abused. I would document this case and take before and after photos of the horse. If you have a stall I would put in there and allow the other older...

Horses: Front leg injury, quarter horse gelding, wire fencing
quarter horse gelding, wire fencing, tetanus shot: Samantha - thank you for the great picture and I m excited to hear that things are going well. It sounds like you are a great mom and so patient ... this guy is really lucky!!! Great idea about using the maxi pad ... I had not heard of this before but have...

Horses: making friends, filly foal, pen work
filly foal, pen work, new forest: Lauren, She needs to be in a small pen, either a round pen or at least a small, square pen with sides high enough she won t be tempted to jump out. If you aren t familiar with round pen work there are lots of good videos and books, I prefer the videos...

Horses: moldy hay, bran mash, moldy hay
bran mash, moldy hay, dry hay: Hello Tracy, You don t say if there was any reaction to his eating the mouldy hay, or has he actually eaten it yet? If he has not, do not allow him to eat any. He can colic. If he has eaten it, give him a bran mash and watch him carefully for any signs...

Horses: Nerve damage to lower lip, tb gelding, human medicine
tb gelding, human medicine, animal attack: Krystal - I am so sorry to hear about this horrible accident and I know you must be very upset and worried about your horse. Nerves are very unpredictable things and you really can t predict what they might do. We see this all the time in human medicine...

Horses: my ole mare, heat cycle, mares
heat cycle, mares, old girl: Hi Wendy - I am not sure what season you are currently experiencing in the UK but you mare will have a heat cycle every month so it s possible that she s just back in heat. Some mares will even go into heat during the winter months though. If her bleeding...

Horses: Pony Pregnancies, horses, ponies
horses, ponies, pregnancy: Hi Cherylyn, All horses and ponies are pregnant for about 340 days. However, the actual time for individual mares can vary anywhere from 330 to 350 days. The mare s age and breeding history can play roles in determining the gestation period, or pregnancy...

Horses: Possible Hernia on Arab Mare, arab mare, muscular wall
arab mare, muscular wall, hernia: Hi - first off, that sounds more like a tumor, NOT a hernia. A hernia is protusion of an organ or the muscular wall of an organ through the cavity that normally contains it. There is no such structure on the back of a leg. I would have a vet take a look...

Horses: post injury lameness, proud flesh, fluid manner
proud flesh, fluid manner, fetlock: Wow Kace, a three month recovery sounds like a fairly significant and serious injury ... I hate to hear that your horse had to go through this. Since these joints were basically immobile for such a long time, I wondering if your horse has not experienced...

Horses: Racehorse with swollen knee, swollen leg, swollen knee
swollen leg, swollen knee, thin side: Hi Lori. Do you happen to know what breed this horse is? If you send the the freeze brand or tattoo number I can try to get you a little more information. At nine years old, I suspect the previous owner was just trying to do the right thing and didn...

Horses: Rearing when in the horsebox: Rick Gore Horsemanship - www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: You re welcome, good luck and don t forget to see this from the horse s eyes. If you read my horsemanship page it helps explain why a horse sees the world as it does and when we understand that, it helps us approach things from their eyes, which makes it...

Horses: Retraining an 8 year old horse, paint mare, saddle time
paint mare, saddle time, sound horse: Katie, I would say find another horse. You sound like you are not a very experienced horsewoman and you want a horse safe enough for a 5 yr. old to ride. Find one that is billed as child safe , then go ride the horse yourself to see if it suits you....

Horses: re:mustang freeze marks, freeze brand, freeze mark
freeze brand, freeze mark, standardbreds: Alishea, The BLM freeze brand us characterized by starting with U . The freon may have run a little, I ve seen them look a little different but then it follows the conventional freeze brand format. There are no numbers but a series of symbols, each of...

Horses: What is a registered studbook pony?, quarter pony, pony registry
quarter pony, pony registry, slow reply: Kayla; first let me apologize for the slow reply. I have not been checking every day lately, and now I am late. Won t happen again. Congratulations on your new Filly, this is an exciting time. In answer to your question, I have never heard of a Registered...

Horses: Saddle fitting, saddle maker, cremello
saddle maker, cremello, extra pressure: Kimberly, For this horse probably the best solution is a custom made saddle. Not cheap but would definately be worth it. He needs a tree that fits his back which is why I say custom. I had a horse I could not fit and wound up doing a cast of her back...

Horses: Seroma, seroma, hot compresses
seroma, hot compresses, s system: Hi Lane - A basketball size hematoma or seroma is HUGE! Have you drained any fluid out of it to see if it is clear or bloody? The best thing to do for this - though the size will make it a little harder to do - is to apply hot compresses as often as...

Horses: Snaffle bits and bending at the poll, bitless bridle, kimberwick
bitless bridle, kimberwick, snaffle bits: Kimberly, He probably has a very small mouth, referring to the distance between his tongue and the roof of his mouth. Get what s called a French mouth snaffle; it s a 3-part mouth, similar in idea to the mouth of the reining bit you are presently useing...

Horses: Standardbred Racing, standardbred horses, running horses
standardbred horses, running horses, arabian horses: Bob, You will see trotting and pacing races because that is what Standardbred horses have been bred to do for the past 150 years or so. The races with running, galloping or cantering would feature Thoroughbred or Quarter Horses, or on rare occasion Arabian...

Horses: Sudden WT. Loss, wt loss, sudden weight loss
wt loss, sudden weight loss, sweet horse: Tracy - thank you for your question. I am so sorry that you are dealing with this situation with such a sweet, sweet horse! You have covered all the bases that I can think of. If your vet suggested a tumor, did they perform a scope of your horse s throat?...

Horses: what should i sell my horse for: www.thinklikeahorse.org - Rick Gore Horsemanship, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: Wrong person to ask this. I don t think you should try and make money if you sell a horse. This horse sounds like he has given you good rides, good teachings and has been a good horse to you. When you sell a good horse, I think, it is more important to ensure...

Horses: severe lip lasceration, dutch warmblood gelding, one in a lifetime
dutch warmblood gelding, one in a lifetime, competition dressage: Hi Alison - You have described a pretty significant injury and I m relieved that it appears your veterinarian is extremely skilled and has done such a great job! I think there is a lot of truth in his statement about it being too early to tell about any permanent...

Horses: shanking, argumentation paper, correct manner
argumentation paper, correct manner, unacceptable behavior: Samantha, I agree with your views in that shanking, when used in the correct manner, is very effective in getting the point across when correcting unacceptable behavior. Properly placed it will smart enough to get an unruly horse s attention. It does...

Horses: a shetland pony: Rick Gore Horsemanship - www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: That is BS, ponies eat grass and they need water, the pen is too small and the horse will develop foot issues from standing in it s urine and feces. Call the local sheriff and they will get you to animal control. The sheriff or local Law Enforcement will...

Horses: My silly horse bucks when he runs!, high jinks, horse bucks
high jinks, horse bucks, happy horse: Hello Kimberly, Sounds like you have a happy horse full of pizazz. I think you should put him on the lunge line before you mount and allow him to get his high jinks out of his system before you get on. It may require anywhere from 20 to 45 minutes until...

Horses: spooky horse, spooky horse, animal communicator
spooky horse, animal communicator, flight response: Bonnie, I hear you when you say you re getting too old to get dumped! She s a very timid horse and yes, they can be challenging to work with. I have a couple of suggestions. Get an animal communicator to talk to her and see if you can find out what her...

Horses: Trailering a Horse, tranquilizer, 33 years
tranquilizer, 33 years, ayers: First, sorry about the loss of your neighbor. As to the horses - that is a tough one. If they have been regularly handled, it may not be too much of an issue. However, with you saying they have never been ridden or trailered, this would probably be VERY...

Horses: Trailering Issues: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: There is more going on here than you are saying. I have a page on my web site about trailer loading and issues. Calming paste, vitamins, herbs and other things are like snake oil tricks. You say this problem has been the last year, this tells me that...

Horses: Am I too tall to jump with my horse?, hunter paces, western seat
hunter paces, western seat, honest intent: Kimberly, If he has indicated he likes to jump then by all means do it! In all honesty you probably won t do well in shows because of your size unless you get an honest judge. You seem to have an honest intent so go ahead and do it for fun. Do some hunter...

Horses: want to buy a horse but concerns about her hoofs, soundness, vet check
soundness, vet check, seller: Hi Crystal, Before purchasing any horse, it s prudent to do a vet check to confirm the horse s soundness and health. A vet check is about $100-$200 and the purchaser is responsible for the cost. You can either do a vet check at the farm where the horse...

Horses: wild heavy horse foal, holding out my hand, scardy cat
holding out my hand, scardy cat, box stall: Helene, The 1st Mustang I got I didn t have a round pen either. She was nearly 3 and I brought her home and put her in a box stall. Spent 5 hrs. the day after I got her home in the box convincing her I wasn t going to hurt her. I took a muck basket and...

Horses: My yearling has a small couch
Hi Gina; I been a bit slow in my reply s lately, will do better, check mail every day. Great question, complex, so... you are doing it all right, so far. Really, a good program, BUT, you say you have a filly feed, you should be feeding a grain ration designed...

Horses: 30 yr old arabian, alfalfa cubes, swollen glands
alfalfa cubes, swollen glands, lack of appetite: Dear Cindy - your letter broke my heart and it literally aches for you. I am so sorry for your loss. I want you to know and believe that you did everything you possibly could for your horse ... I can t think of anything I would have done differently. Just...

Horses: I am 62 yrs. old %26 have..., equine massage therapist, horse pellets
equine massage therapist, horse pellets, gaited horses: Barbara, Along with stifle injuries you get muscle problems. I work on a lot of them! It s compensatory damage due to the stifle injury because the muscles are used differently. First off I would strongly suggest that you find an equine massage therapist...

Horses: Arab Saddle Fitting, english saddles, wire hangers
english saddles, wire hangers, kidney area: Katie, First off I appologize for taking so long to respond to your question. I won t go in to details but the last few weeks have been kind of nuts with a lot of events (I managed a 2-day 50/1 day 30 mi. ride,we have 2 50 mi. endurance rides this weekend,...

Horses: abcess foot, epsom salt, cornet band
epsom salt, cornet band, vet: hi vera, you need to have the vet or shoer come out to cut a hole so it can drain. preferably a vet. if it is inside the hoof then they will cut a hole so it can drain. if it is on the cornet band then you can cut it yourself when it is ready. it will be...

Horses: not allowing the rider to mount, mounting problems
mounting problems: Hi Rohit, Most of these problems arise from one of two causes: (a) Fear (b) Lack of Respect for Humans If you could find out something about the animal s history, it might help in deciding if...

Horses: Banana Pudding: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: I don t see any harm in it, I would run it by a vet. I would guess mashed banana would be better only because it is more natural. Less added sugar, but moderation always seem to work best with horses. The problem I see is not the pudding, it is the fact...

Horses: Crow Hopping, sacral vertebrae, crow hop
sacral vertebrae, crow hop, bad habit: Morning Kit; thank you for the question. You mentioned that you rode last year mostly at the walk trot, so if you did lope him, did he crow hop then? The saddle fit has been checked and seems ok so next I would check his back and loin for tender spots....

Horses: de-worming, fecal test, temecula area
fecal test, temecula area, shiny coat: hi Anne!! Im from socal too. near the Temecula area. i personally like the rotational dewormer. it is less expensive and just as effective. daily wormers will not harm your horse and they are strong but not as strong as the rotational because they are given...

Horses: False Pregnancy?, false pregnancy, fly spray
false pregnancy, fly spray, teets: Hi Jamie! Love your picture ... your mare has a really great expression! She s beautiful and I can tell that she has a great temperament by the look in her eye :) I really think that you should have your vet examine your mare to rule out a number of things...

Horses: Stifle Injury, stall rest, x rays
Horses: Stifle Injury, stall rest, x rays, ligament

Horses: Head-throwing, running martingale, absolute sweetheart
running martingale, absolute sweetheart, ground manners: Shannon, First off, the standing martingale is a real problem in and of itself. I would never use one, they are extremely dangerous. If you feel you have to use one then use a running martingale. It will help keep the head down without putting the horse...

Horses: Horse diet, endurance ride, animal protein
endurance ride, animal protein, food place: William, Horses can digest meat just fine. Most don t care for it, that s true, but I had a horse that was absolutely addicted to MacDonals Big Mac s. She gave me reproachful looks if I took the pickles off!! I remember years ago Dr. Dane Frazier, DVM,...

Horses: Horse Ulcers and weight loss, alfalfa cubes, beet pulp
alfalfa cubes, beet pulp, rice bran: I absolutely LOVE this barrel racing shot! WOW! Okay, so assuming you are dealing with ulcers, you will really need to figure out a way that Callie can have free choice roughage ... some nice grass hay would be great. The reason for this is because unlike...

Horses: Horse ulcers., gastric ulcer, midnight call
gastric ulcer, midnight call, thourough: Hello Greyling, Horse can suffer from ulcers its called Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome or EGUS. There are many supplements on the market for Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome. You should talk to your vet about adding supplements to your horses diet for EGUS....

Horses: Horses expense, vet visits, emergency vet
vet visits, emergency vet, vet check: hi matt, great question. as we all know horses are not easy or cheap to have.expenses vary between horses because they are all different.for shoes, it depends on the horses feet. most horses don t need them. if he has always had shoes on his entire life...

Horses: Horses observed in science fair project, showing horses, science fair project
showing horses, science fair project, 10 year olds: hi patty, this is a great question. your son should not be embarrassed about doing a project on horses. there are a lot of cowboys out there and real men ride horses. lol. i did a science fair project on horses in middle school as well.mine was what hay do...

Horses: Horses for science fair project: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: Not really a horse issue, but he could do some behavior observations, all horse herd have a pecking order, each horse has a position, one, two, three, four by watching them he could determine this by who moves out of the way of the horses. Who eats first...

Horses: Putting a halter back on a young filly: www.thinklikeahorse.org - Rick Gore horsemanship, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: lol, funny how a little 10 month old filly can out smart all the smarter humans. This horse is teaching you, it is showing you that you do not understand horses and she should not trust you or that you are not smart enough to be leader. This is a you problem...

Horses: getting a halter back on a young filly, bran mash, wild mustang
bran mash, wild mustang, horse ownership: Dear Jim, What has me concerned about your letter is not so much the halter situation but that (granted- this is only based on the contents of your letter - so apologies if I am off the target) it seems that your family doesn t seem to be very horse- savvy....

Horses: help: www.thinklikeahorse.org - Rick Gore Horsemanship, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: Your horse is saying the same thing you.....HELP. You horse is kicking at you since he sees you as a lower horse. You are lower in the pecking order. He allows you lead him, but he know he is in charge. You need to understand horses better. You are not...

Horses: horse economics, horse slaughter houses, horses
horse slaughter houses, horses, auction: hi issac, wow, well it would depend. an average horse for riding is about 2000-2500. but a horse can cost anywhere from nothing to millions of dollars. for slaughter in 06 and 07 it was about 60 cents a pound but can vary between different auctions. now i...

Horses: horse had mounting scare, Mounting problems
Mounting problems: Hi Suzie, I would just like to say at the outset, that your safety is the primary consideration, so any suggestions I make should be considered in that light. It might be helpful to know the nature of the original scare, and why it re-emerged after...

Horses: horse, swollen leg, swollen leg, stall wall
swollen leg, stall wall, liniment: Hello, Thanks for your question. If his leg is swelling I would consult a vet to make sure he has not damaged his leg in anyway. To help reduce swelling walk the horse for approximately 30 minutes. You can give him an anti-inflammatory made for Equines...

Horses: horses head, chris answer, horses head
chris answer, horses head, tongue tie: Chris, It s been my experience that a T-bred that races with his head down is usually hogging into the bit and giving it his or her best shot. You would have to be on the look out for signs of lameness of course, and a tongue tie would probably be a good...

Horses: how much are horses: Rick Gore Horsemanship - www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: Hand out with people that own horses, take care of them, and work out a deal so they let you take care of it and will tell you how much things cost. If you don t own property you have to board, that means stall fees, two to 5 hundred a month, hay can be 40...

Horses: jazz follow up, breaking a fever, vitamins and minerals
breaking a fever, vitamins and minerals, salt block: Thanks so much for the update Jeff! I am so excited to hear that Jazz is doing so much better :) The sweating episode is puzzling indeed ... I guess it s possible that Jazz s system simply flushed out some impurities but I have never heard of this in horses....

Horses: joint supplements, swollen ankles, swollen legs
swollen ankles, swollen legs, lack of exercise: hi Anne, swollen legs could be a few things. he could be stocking up from lack of exercise( which i don t think it is)or it can be from to hard of work. to help his joints give him MSM or you can try a joint supplement. i used smartflex for my barrel racer...

Horses: Lameness in 9 mo old qh filly, vet hospital, hoof testers
vet hospital, hoof testers, head positions: Hi Lori - I am having trouble trying to visualize what kind of movement your filly is making because I have never seen a horse really waddle before. I m kind of wondering if she might also be displaying any signs of imbalance, bazaar head positions or...

Horses: lactating mare not pregnant, lutalyse, blood work
lutalyse, blood work, internists: Hi Melinda - I would like to do some more research on your mare ... I have never heard of this before but then again, repro isn t my strength. Your vet may be really strong in other areas of veterinary medicine or orthopedics but I m wondering why he...

Horses: laying down, loud words, nitch
loud words, nitch, broodmare: Hello Lorrie, Since I don t know why she lay down I can only tell you what my daughter did in the same circumstance. I had bought a mare with a reputation . I did not ride her because of my age, but we spent much time on rehab, until she was as sweet...

Horses: loose stools (sudden onset), dandelion greens, alfalfa hay
dandelion greens, alfalfa hay, loose stools: Hi Arlene! A short bout of diarrhea like this can happen the day following a de-worming treatment but I would expect to see a feed change reaction in less than 5 days. You may want to find out if the dandelions had been treated with any herbicides. I...

Horses: Malnutrition, alfalfa pellets, cup corn
alfalfa pellets, cup corn, mares and foals: Hello, Thanks for your rating and your question. It really all depends on how she reacts to the new diet, you should see an improvement with in two weeks. Also you should allow her to have access to a salt block. Young horses rest alot but if you see her...

Horses: My neglected racehorse, proper sort, corn oil
proper sort, corn oil, seventeen years: Hello Sarah, In order to develop muscle a horse needs work of the proper sort. He first needs ground work on the lunge line to learn word commands. His topline will develop ONLY with the proper mounted work. Trotting and walking with a stretched and...

Horses: nutrition for my young mare, cod liver oil, high performance training
cod liver oil, high performance training, mare and foal: hi angela! congratulations on your new filly. as far as supplements go yes there are a few you should feed her to help her body prepare for eventing and jumping. feeding her msm will greatly help strengthen her joins or any other joint supplement will help...

Horses: Okay To Simply Stop Daily Dewormer?, intestinal parasites, economical reasons
intestinal parasites, economical reasons, dewormers: Hi Evan, Sorry for the delay in my response. In case my answer is still of any use to you, I will try to answer the best I can. I am not a big fan of daily dewormers for a couple of reasons. One reason is that like any remedy such as vaccines or antibiotics,...

Horses: Okay To Simply Stop Daily Dewormer?, economical reasons, ivermectin
economical reasons, ivermectin, happy trails: hi evan, dont worry, switching wormers will not harm our horse. you actually want to rotate your wormer every other month or so because the worms can get immune to one type of wormer and it wont work as well. i would start your horses out with ivermectin...

Horses: Possible Stifle Problems, equine chiropractor, exact extent
equine chiropractor, exact extent, surgery thanks: Hi Averil - thanks for your question! Yes, I do think that your horse has a medical issue going on. The behaviors you describe are textbook signs of pain and discomfort. Something has happened to your new gelding - either as a developing fetus (in eutero)...

Horses: Pushy horse: Rick Gore Horsemanship - www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: You see what you want to see. I told what what I think the horses sees and thinks (from what you told me) and what you need to do. You want to see my answer as telling you off and you want to see your horse as pushy. So not to argue with you - you are right,...

Horses: Puting a halter back on a young Filly, wild mustang, neck collars
wild mustang, neck collars, pen work: Jim, First off, if she s got Mustang in her then she s smarter by far than the average horse. I don t know why you shouldn t have a halter on a horse 24/7. Mine all do. If they get out I want something to get hold of them with. Some have neck collars...

Horses: pregnancy of mare, sway back, horse auction
sway back, horse auction, box stall: Hi Mary! I am so sorry that it has taken me a whole day to get back to you!! Let me start by congratulating you on the purchase of this little mare ... she is absolutely ADORABLE!!! There are some signs that you can watch for on her to let you know that...

Horses: pregnant mare, mare and foal, domesticated horses
mare and foal, domesticated horses, pregnant mare: hi kathy, that is very kind of you to feed the mare apples and treats. it is a shame the owners do not care for her. yes you should be a little worried about the mare and foal when it is born. with the cold weather it can get sick and with no one there the...

Horses: presentations, diagonal pattern, topis
diagonal pattern, topis, gaits: Hello Hal, Thanks for your question. I really enjoy talking about gaits of the horse when I do demonstrations. They are fun to learn and you can demonstrate the movements with your own body and have other people in the audience join and show the gaits...

Horses: rearing over the stable door, spoiled kids, stable door
spoiled kids, stable door, teenaged boy: Natalie, Unfortunately you cannot be there all the time and this is not something he won t grow out of. It s the kind of behavior you get out of spoiled kids and horses. I can think of a couple of reasons for this, but mostly it boils down to he s a youngster...

Horses: Selective Biting: Rick Gore Horsemanship - www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: lol, what makes him like that is people that don t understand horses. Women who don t understand horses want to love them and be nice, men that don t understand horses want to be overly aggressive and mean. This is horse is just being a horse. You said...

Horses: Selective biting, hind quarters, dominant position
hind quarters, dominant position, safe distance: hi hya, every horse has its own personality like people do. there are three main reasons why a horse will bite a person. one The horse is afraid two The horse is trying to dominate you or three Sometimes a horse will nip you to indicate he wants to play or...

Horses: Selective biting, resistance method, least resistance
resistance method, least resistance, body language: Hya, As to why he bites the only way you would ever find out is to talk to him through a communicator. But I think you are on the right page with using a least resistance method to modify his behavior. Parelli is very good for this. Start with working...

Horses: Soreness & knot below and behind wither area, wheel barrow, thoroughbred gelding
wheel barrow, thoroughbred gelding, thoroughbred stallion: Hi Sharolyn - WOW! What a crazy course of events! First of all, your right about the hives, there would be several so we can rule that out. If he had fractured a rib, he would have been very sensitive from the beginning and I agree with you that a bruise...

Horses: STOCKING UP IN MY MARE, didnt have a problem, grian
didnt have a problem, grian, joint supplement: hi joyce, yeah she needs to move around more. her legs need to get circulation. it is better to keep her in a bigger pen that also has a stall so she has shelter. if you can feed her some msm or a joint supplement to help that. also cut down on her grain....

Horses: Stifle Injury, tb gelding, x rays
tb gelding, x rays, x ray: Hi Jen - I m glad to hear that your mare s x-rays were clean! One thing to remember about them however is that some fractures will not show up on x-ray until the new calcium begins to form (showing bright white on the x-ray) as the repair work begins....

Horses: Swelling on Chin, arabian gelding, tetanus shot
arabian gelding, tetanus shot, pain tolerance: Hey DJ - I don t blame you for being worried! I can t tell from your question but how many days had it been since you had last seen your horse before today when you noticed the cut on his chin? Did the cut look fresh? It seems odd that it isn t painful...

Horses: soft tissue damage in croup, soft tissue damage, pelvic rotation
soft tissue damage, pelvic rotation, thermal evaluation: Hi Carol - These pasture injuries can be so frustrating. Nobody sees anything happen. In this case, it sounds like there were no external indications of where exactly the injury occurred anatomically yet, they can have some very long term if not permanent...

Horses: uncharacteristic change in behavior: Rick Gore Horsemanship - www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: A horse turns to face you for several reasons. It could be confused, it could be asking if you want him to keep moving, you could be being unclear in your direction, or it could be he is thinking he does not want to keep moving so it is testing you to see...

Horses: Weanling, tenses, sugestions
tenses, sugestions, mane: hi ashley oh my gosh he is so cute!!!! well he is just a baby he is not familiar with that pulling on his neck. the best thing to do is get him used to it by running your fingers through his mane and pull on it a little bit. then once he is good with that...

Horses: weight, winter coat, hair coat
winter coat, hair coat, adequate protection: Hi Linda, Well, I m unclear what you mean when you say your mare is 145 days. Do you mean in foal? And I am curious as to why she shed her winter coat as we are well into winter. Did you clip her? At any rate, as long as she is without adequate protection...

Horses: wound care, proud flesh, road rash
proud flesh, road rash, scar tissue: Hey Tina - your camping trip sounds like it got pretty wild! It is great to hear that your mare is sound though. I d love to see what the wound looks like now. The swelling you are describing could be scar tissue or it could be proud flesh but I d have...

Horses: what am i doing wrong?, riding stable, two different things
riding stable, two different things, riding horses: hi charlotte, i am sorry to hear about your bad experience. i know how it feels to be dragged and hurt but you always have to remember they didn t do it on purpose and you have to get back in the saddle. what people say a horse is and what a horse really...

Horses: what am i doing wrong?, riding stable, riding horses
riding stable, riding horses, working with animals: Hello Charlotte, The best horses are not always the right horses for everyone. The more a horse is trained...the better it is trained...the better rider it needs. It is altogether possible that you are giving aids, not meaning to, that confuse her. When...

Horses: yearlings teeth, equine dentist, bottom teeth
equine dentist, bottom teeth, hole life: hi kahla, best thing to do is have an equine dentist come out to pull it. he may have to wire her mouth to keep the teeth from falling out. since it is smelling then it is probable infected. my old filly slammed her jaw once and cracked it. it knocked one...

Horses: 6month old colt that i cant handle, natural horsemanship, stable door
natural horsemanship, stable door, head collar: Hi Emma Firstly I should apologise for not replying sooner. It has to do with the time of the year, so I hope you will understand. I should also say that your problem is quite curable, but it will take a bit of work. Unfortunately I can t directly tell...

Horses: Arabian Mare, rope halter, arabian mare
rope halter, arabian mare, cross tie: Since she will accept treats by hand, as you feed her these, steadily stroke her shoulder and neck with your free hand. As she gets more comfortable with this you can progress to rubbing her head, ears, and face. Then incorporate a rope laid over her mane....

Horses: alfalfa and stones, alfalfa cubes, dr g medical examiner
alfalfa cubes, dr g medical examiner, elderly horses: Hi Barbara, Yes, it s true, horses can be fed too much alfalfa. In fact, alfalfa is not a grass at all, it is a legume and therefore should not be fed in large quantities to horses. It is safe and beneficial to give alfalfa to horses is smaller quantities...

Horses: Blanketing??, hair bleach, new pony
hair bleach, new pony, christmas holidays: Mikaela; Congratulations on your new Pony. Is this an early Christmas present ? Blankets, oh what fun. If the Pony has been without a blanket 24/7 than unless she is going to a much different environment than she was in, like very cold, or exposed to high...

Horses: What Breed?, blood type test, college in california
blood type test, college in california, odd question: hi laura, hmmm i believe there is a genetic or blood type test you can do. but i am not aware of how accurate it is or how much it costs. i know UC Davis college in California does a lot of testing like this. you may want to contact them and get more details...

Horses: blood vessels burst out, winning post, blood vessels
winning post, blood vessels, madam: she was pushed to hard and was not ready for the race. you need to condition her more or put her in shorter races. your jockey needs to rate her and not burn her out so fast. he needs to hold her back and pace her so she has energy for the last part of the...

Horses: broad chest, chestnut colt, bay colt
chestnut colt, bay colt, leg muscles: no you are not correct. a broad chest will show the chest going out further then the top of the leg muscles. on the chestnut colt you can see kinda its not the best picture that the chest width it a lot larger then the frame of his legs. on the bay colt...

Horses: broad chest in thoroughbreds, sorrel colt, bay colt
sorrel colt, bay colt, thoroughbreds: broad chest means more muscle more muscle means more power. look at the picture i have attached. the sorrel colt on the left will have a broad chest. same as the bay colt by him and the bay colt on the end. the remaining bay colt does not have as broad of...

Horses: bumping badly, jump and bump, canter
jump and bump, canter, gelding: hi easy, your horse needs to learn to break cleanly. take him back to square one. let him stand in the gate then walk him of. keep him in a straight line. work up to a trot then a canter then a gallop. also if you have an arena teach him to walk straight....

Horses: Cross-Firing, quarter horse gelding, equine chiropractor
quarter horse gelding, equine chiropractor, endless circles: Hey Kim! Ugh ... my QH did this too. It was a strength issue for him. Before I did anything, I had an equine chiropractor look at him to see if there were alignment issues that were causing his apparent lack of coordination. Turns out that he was just a...

Horses: caps on horse teeth, equine dentist, adult teeth
equine dentist, adult teeth, horse teeth: all horses have caps and they will loose them and their adult teeth will grow in. the vet or equine dentist should remove them when they are ready. if not they will get sharp and cut your horses mouth and cause them pain when they bite down or the bit is in...

Horses: cardiac problems in horses, race horses, cardiac problems
race horses, cardiac problems, blood vessels: horses get cardiac problems because they are being pushed to hard and are not ready for that hard of riding. give your horse more supplements for blood vessels and condition it better. take your time with them. if you don t they will break down. amand...

Horses: characteristics of a groom, horses health, madam
horses health, madam, legs: a groom has to be gentle, patient, and care about the horses health first. he also has to have experience and know how to check the horses legs for heat. he also needs to know how to properly wrap a horses legs and know how to manage hyper horses. amand...

Horses: characteristics of a trainer, madam, horses
madam, horses, attitude: a trainer should always put the horses safety above everything. he should have years of experience. a good winning record, and a good attitude. he should also always inform you on how each horse is doing and bring up any concerns even if it means the horse...

Horses: checking shoulder angle, auction sales, good eye
auction sales, good eye, madam: look for one with a nice angle like this horse here. you don t want a horse with to straight of a shoulder angle because there is not as much give. the only way to check is by having a good eye. take an experienced trainer to the auction with you. amand...

Horses: chewing the bit, tongue tie, nose band
tongue tie, nose band, hard hands: some horses do. this is only from bad training and hard hands. many riders pull on their mouth to much and to hard. if they play with the bit to much put a tongue tie on them or even a nose band and flash. try a different rider that is easier on the horse...

Horses: confirmation, thoroughbred mares, nice legs
thoroughbred mares, nice legs, hind legs: all of these mares have pretty good conformation. they are all well bred and probable won a good amount of money. but yes they do have their faults. mare A has very nice legs. they are well proportions and correct. her shoulder is more straight then i like...

Horses: consistent run, madam, pace
madam, pace: this means the horse is not running consistently. it will run fast then slow then fast then slow. it needs to be more fit and keep with the pack and run at a consistent racing pace. meaning your horse was not ready to run. it needs more training amand...

Horses: controlling horse anger, madam, stallion
madam, stallion, dominance: if it is a stallion then geld him because he is growing aggressive to gain dominance. if it is a mare then well there s not much you can do. find the reason for the horse being mad. a groom could be mis handling her, she could be sore, or she could just be...

Horses: correct feeding time, light breakfast, feeding time
light breakfast, feeding time, time question: give them a hay bag of hay and about 2 pounds of grain. let them eat for about half an hour then start workouts. while they eat just go over the day and what horses are working and get an update on each horse everyday. by the time you are done talking with...

Horses: correct placement of bit in mouth, four fingers, horse mouth
four fingers, horse mouth, bridle: when you have the bit in the horses mouth you should be able to pull the side piece of the bridle and fit four fingers through. if you can fit more then it needs to be tightened. you want to see about two wrinkles in the corner of your horses mouth. if it...

Horses: Driving, shetland pony, small jump
shetland pony, small jump, indoor arena: Hi Elli, Sounds like you are looking for another job for him. You said you d been driving him but I m not sure whether you ve just ground driven him or have actually driven him to a cart. If you are looking for something else to do with him inside then...

Horses: day's best and double for a raceday, horse names, madam
horse names, madam, xxxxx: days best is the horse with the best race record or best promise. for the double though i am not sure. India horse racing is a lot different then American racing. here it means that if both of those horses win and you pick them then you win more money. amand...

Horses: deep back, breast collar, older horses
breast collar, older horses, horse saddle: this is called sway backed. it is usually in older horses. if a young horse has this then it has back problems. you have to ride it easy and use a cut out pad on it as well as a breast collar. a cut out pad has a slip where the wither are so it raises the...

Horses: a dog for horses, trail dogs, rat terriers
trail dogs, rat terriers, herding dogs: hello Rohit, any dog breed will mix well with horses as long as you train them to be around them when they are a puppy. i myself have a German shepherd that is my trail and barn dog.he is the best and he is durable enough to keep up with my. so i would suggest...

Horses: dressing up for a race day, stakes races, raceday
stakes races, raceday, button down: image is everything. you never want to present yourself without looking decent or formal. for a race even if it is a small one you should wear nice slacks and a button down shirt. if your horse is running in higher stakes races then i would suggest wearing...

Horses: energy of a racehorse, energy supplements, horse breeds
energy supplements, horse breeds, racehorse: hi gopal, well it depends on the horse. i trained one filly that was well bred out of truly met and she was lazy as can be. while other horses are so high strung you cant contain them. so it just depends on the horse. thoroughbred though do have more energy...

Horses: entering a horse in the race the next day after previous start, handicap race, human athletes
handicap race, human athletes, last sunday: it is definitely hard on the horse and if he keeps it up the horse will break down. horses are just like human athletes, some can candle back to back but will get burned out. some cannot handle it and need a months. give your horses more time. amand...

Horses: equine flu spread, humans and other animals, boogers
humans and other animals, boogers, madam: no it only effects horses. it spreads by air and by touch. if you have an infected horse keep it away from the others and wash your hands every time you are done being near the horse. if you are not sure if your horse has the flu then have a vet check them....

Horses: fat in TB yearling, thoroughbred horses, racehorse
thoroughbred horses, racehorse, madam: no, you do not want a racehorse to be fat. you want them to be a healthy weight with their back round because that is wear they store a lot of their energy and nutrition. but you do not want them to have a big fat belly. you want them to be a healthy weight....

Horses: feeding oats, moist texture, rice bran
moist texture, rice bran, peppermints: you can do it either way. dry oats you just pour in with the other grain but do not give them to much a horse should not eat more then three pounds of it per day. with soaked oats it is the same. you add it with the grain and add some more warm water. this...

Horses: foam in mouth, chomp at the bit, horse mouth
chomp at the bit, horse mouth, madam: it can be both. if a horse is stressed it will chomp at the bit and get its self worked up and will foam at the mouth. but it can also foam at the mouth if it is happy and is sucking on the bit and playing with it. you will be able to tell which one it is....

Horses: gelding love to race in sand, sand track, horse field
sand track, horse field, good speed: the horse just likes to run on the sand. the grass may be to hard for his feet. try putting cushions or pads in between his hoof and shoe. a shoer will need to do this. other then that keep him on the outside and leave him there. do not try to get him on the...

Horses: gelding a rig, gelding, bloodlines
gelding, bloodlines, madam: if you mean colt then you geld them so they are easier to work with and handle. studs have a lot of testosterone and are harder to handle. people geld them so they calm down. horses that do not have a superior pedigree should also be gelded because they are...

Horses: Half-blind Gelding? roundpen behavior: Rick Gore Hrosemanship - www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, natural horsemanship: As usual I can only guess by what you tell me and like most questions I get, I have more questions. Do you lounge the horse on line, when lounging do you have the horse go both ways, does he show any problems with on line being lounged, this would be my first...

Horses: Headsets and collection, tiny wheels, appaloosa horse
tiny wheels, appaloosa horse, horses head: Hi Elli, In the right hands kimberwicks are not harsh. But many riders who use them have not developed the quiet hands needed to use one. Any bit with any type of leverage no matter what type it is must be used with caution. A horse is only ready to...

Horses: Help..?, tb gelding, small circles
tb gelding, small circles, draft cross: Bernadette, He s having growing issues, not uncommon in young horses and kids. In kids it s their knees, in horses their stifles. Your horse is just coming 5, he will grow until he s 8, remember that. As such you need to let him grow and develop strength...

Horses: hand gallop, hand gallop, pony horse
hand gallop, pony horse, racehorse: a hand gallop is were a rider is on a pony horse and leads a racehorse during a slow gallop. this way the racehorse can still run but not be ridden. i personally stay away from hand gallops. the horse is not running like it normally would. instead its head...

Horses: handicap race, handicap race, handicaps
handicap race, handicaps, better chance: Handicaps are races which bring together horses of varying levels of ability. The idea being that the better horses in the race carry more weight than the poorer horses. So in theory, all horses in a handicap have an equal chance of winning, if they all run...

Horses: help my horse: wjw.thinklikeahorse.org - Rick Gore Horsemanship, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: Sounds like you are doing OK. Oat hay or Rye hay is also good. It takes time to put on weight as long as she is eating, keep her moving, take her for walks to stimulate her eating, put her with another horses, she may be depressed from the loss or have some...

Horses: my horse's back., foot fences, jumping program
foot fences, jumping program, accurate diagnosis: Amanda; Thank you for your question. I looked at your pic of him (nice looking horse!) and see the bump you mention. It is impossible to give any kind of accurate diagnosis but it certainly makes one wonder. Has he ever showed any discomfort from it ? While...

Horses: is this horse laughing, expression image, horse laugh
expression image, horse laugh, filly: this is debatable. some people believe horses have a humor and can laugh at things they believe is funny. others believe they just do these actions and it looks like they are laughing. so it is up to you on if you want to believe horses have a humor or not....

Horses: horse is overheat, heat stroke, riding horse
heat stroke, riding horse, racehorses: the horse was pushed to hard and needs to be walked for a few hours so its heart rate will go down and its body temperature will cool down. if not the horse can have a heat stroke. always have your racehorses or any riding horse walk for at least an hour after...

Horses: horse racing questions, course experience, expertise experience
course experience, expertise experience, madam: That would depend on a few things, the first being what the local laws are about riding - there may be a minimum age limit set either by the racing authority or other administrator of the race track. Of course experience is a factor also, you need to have...

Horses: horse sensitive to noise?, fearful, anxious
fearful, anxious, terrified: Hi Alice, There are obviously several issues to be dealt with here. I would begin by looking at the matter of the head raising. Firstly, check that the bridle is comfortable i.e. the bit is the correct size, and the cheek pieces are properly adjusted,...

Horses: do horses love to run on sand, indian horse, footing
indian horse, footing, madam: normally horses run worse in sand because it is harder. but some do like it because it allows a softer footing. if they are trained on sand then this is what they are used to and switching the footing will cost you greatly in a race. if you have an important...

Horses: jaggery as a treat, sugar cubes, bad habit
sugar cubes, bad habit, peppermints: helloe Rohit, jaggery is safe to feed to horses and has no side effects. so if your horses like it then i say give it to them as a treat. just don t give them to much because they will pick up the bad habit of nipping at your hand for it. other great treats...

Horses: judging a horse having winning form in their walk, short steps, madam
short steps, madam, paddock: you cant look at a horses walk and know if it will win or not. watching them walk will however tell you a lot about the horse. if he is loose and relaxed, stressed out, if he takes short steps or if he takes longer steps and over reaches how flexible his...

Horses: late life aggression, happy hacker, gelding
happy hacker, gelding, ponies: Daryl, This is a first for me. I ve never heard of anything likd this happening before. In your shoes I would hunt up an animal commuicator and find out what s going on with her. She may have become completely senile due to age but you won t know unless...

Horses: leading a horse, grooms, spooks
grooms, spooks, madam: the correct way to hold a lead is too have your right hand by the horse and your left hand holding the tail of the rope in case the horse spooks and the rope gets pulled out of your hand. but grooms here in America also lead horses like this. its just a way...

Horses: loading from from front side of the stall, american horse, madam
american horse, madam, gates: i have never seen this before. we do not allow it in American horse racing because it is dangerous. the only reason i can think of is the horse will not walk in the gate and has to be backed in. this is because the trainer did a bad job gate training the horse....

Horses: long lay off to fast work, gallops, race horse
gallops, race horse, month of june: yes they can suffer and if a trainer does this then they are dumb. you have to bring a horse back to shape just like when you first start training a race horse.l they need to be gradually worked up to it. also they should be worked a bit more on the off season...

Horses: loose ring snaffle rotation, ring gag, buldge
ring gag, buldge, article answer: the loose ring snaffle, the three ring gag bit but it will only rotate partially because it has two other rings with it , Korsteel McGenis Stainless Steel Bit, the two ring elevator bit its like the three ring gaga bit but only has two rings , loose ring...

Horses: lowering their head, bad attitude, horses
bad attitude, horses, signs: it could be a few reasons, the horse could be tired and need a break or the horse could just be calm and not care that it is going on the track. it can be a sign of dullness in a horse but their will be other signs as well such as not eating and a bad attitude...

Horses: minature pony driving, pony stallion, miniature pony
pony stallion, miniature pony, herd animals: Amanda, Well, if you have no intention of breeding him then definately geld him. As far as behavior goes, a lot of this comes from his being kept be himself - he has no playmates and he s just a baby! He needs to be socialized because right now he s in...

Horses: miniature horse, patellar ligament, human knee
patellar ligament, human knee, miniature horse: Shelley, I am having a little trouble answering this question because I m not sure what joint you are refering to when you say knee. If you mean his stifle, which is equivalent to the human knee, then I ll assume that s what you are talking about. You...

Horses: mock race uses, fetlock, filly
fetlock, filly, madam: if i had a filly that broke her fetlock i would not run her ever again. the bone is always going to be weaker and the risk of it breaking is to high. after a mock race a horse should be given at least three weeks before a real race. dealing with customers...

Horses: motivating rider and groom to work sincerely, rake, madam
rake, madam, jockey: you cant make them care about the horse. some just look at it as a job and they have no feelings towards the horses. but advise them that your horses safety is number one priority and you would like them to handle them with care and kindness. also warn them...

Horses: New Horses., herd animals, many horses
herd animals, many horses, added stress: Hi Courtney - It is very common for horses to want to stay near each other - remember they are herd animals. That being said, many horses do very well by themselves too. One advantage you may have right now is that with no other horses in with yours, you...

Horses: Nose Bleed and Lump on Belly, nasal passage, nose bleeds
nasal passage, nose bleeds, hematoma: Hi Trish! Let me first say that I absolutely LOVE YOU for taking this mare in! I am so sorry that you are dealing with these health issues. Have you checked Dolly for a fever? Is she still eating and drinking normally? Nose bleeds that don t stop are...

Horses: no noseband, stable horses, nose band
stable horses, nose band, nasal bone: nose bands are to prevent the horse from opening is mouth and chomping at the bit. horse that do not open their mouth when you pull on them do not need a nose band. no the nose band does not alter breathing because it is farther up on the horses bone so it...

Horses: Overcoming fears of a mishandled horse, chopped apples, overcoming fears
chopped apples, overcoming fears, stable doors: Hi again Carol, Well, many thanks for the additional information. I think your instincts are probably on the right track. Unfortunately it is pretty late now in this part of the world, so with your indulgence, I will mull over what you have said,and reply...

Horses: I own a pacer! - Rick Gore Horsemanship - www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, natural horsemanship: Pacing is a coping behavior for a horse that was either locked up alone or locked away from other horses. He is doing to since he has learned to find comfort and safety and probably has used this to occupy his time from going stir crazy and getting cabin fever....

Horses: paddock rolling, paddock, pasture
paddock, pasture, madam: this can mean two things that are vary different. a paddock is also a pasture so they want to horse to go in the pasture so they can roll. or as far as the saddling paddock then yes some trainers want to the horse to look hyper and excited so they will get...

Horses: photosensitivity in horses, perennial rye grass, oat grass
perennial rye grass, oat grass, castor bean: Hi Michelle - I have not had to deal with this myself but it is my understanding that photosensitivity not only involves the sunlight but also various plants. Your mare might have a weakened immune system due to foaling or she might have seasonal allergies...

Horses: planning for a horse racing morning workouts, morning workouts, furlongs
morning workouts, furlongs, gallop: workouts vary from horse to horse. start them out with jogging two miles for a few days then slow gallop a mile. build them up slowly and make sure they can handle the pace and distance. gallop them a few days then jog them a day and switch it up you don t...

Horses: poor eater, old gray mare, stable vices
old gray mare, stable vices, stable mate: check her teeth, this could be the problem. also it seems she misses her stable mate. horses are like people. they get connection with other horses and she misses her friend. some horses just don t like the dogs because it doesn t do it for them. try letting...

Horses: racehorse diet feed formula, heart girth, sensible method
heart girth, sensible method, weight measure: hi gopal, 1.)Weigh your horse. You can t feed your horse correctly unless you know his weight. But before you bring him into your bathroom and attempt to load him on your scale, you should know that there is an easier, more sensible method. To estimate your...

Horses: rooster or chicken, rooster roosters, miniature pony
rooster roosters, miniature pony, chickens: goats are better but i have know of horses bonding with chickens. you do not want to use a rooster. roosters get mean and will attack people. keep away from them. if you do want a buddy for a horse then use a goat or chicken or miniature pony. amand...

Horses: rubber mattings in the stall, bedding material, digging holes
bedding material, digging holes, holes in the ground: rubber mats do not absorb anything. they are there to give the floor a softer feel. you have to put straw or shavings over them. you cannot use them alone. it is just there to make the floor more comfortable and prevents horses from digging holes in the ground...

Horses: rubber snaffle, soft jaws, soft mouth
soft jaws, soft mouth, snaffle: if it is very responsive then it has a sensitive mouth. if the horse opens its mouth to get away from slight pressure then it also has a soft mouth. if you have to really pull on the horse to get it to do what you want it has a hard mouth and needs a regular...

Horses: running into inner rail, madam
madam: keep them off the rail. you want to be close to it but not lose enough to wear your horse will go over it. it is bad riding and bad training. always keep your horse 4 feet from it at least. if it tries to get closer then move them out. they will learn to stay...

Horses: is rust toxic for horses, sweet iron, salivation
sweet iron, salivation, sweet taste: hi gopal, rust is toxic if it is a high dose but sweet iron bits are made to rust. it gives it a sweeter flavor. your horse will be fine.if you feel you do not want a sweet iron bit then use a copper bit. it will also make the horses mouth produce more salivation....

Horses: sebastian, working with horses, safety precaution
working with horses, safety precaution, horse behavior: Hi Ivy, Sounds like a beginning to a beautiful relationship! I have a few suggestions for you to strengthen the bond with Sebastian. However, with any of these suggestions, please be sure you have the owner s permission first, and also be sure you have...

Horses: secret camera in my stable, secret camera, walk ways
secret camera, walk ways, grooms: i cannot think of any restrictions that there wo0uld be. at least here in America there is not. i think a camera in your stable is a good idea. you never know what is going on. grooms could mis handle horses or abuse them and you not even know about it. it...

Horses: shoes, concrete stalls, types of footing
concrete stalls, types of footing, human athletes: Good question Amy! This is a really controversial issue ... have you had two opinions that were the same? I truly think that shoes have a place in the equine world. Before horses became domesticated, they grazed all day the way they were meant to. This...

Horses: shoes: Rick Gore Horsemanship - www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, natural horsemanship: I did an article on pros and cons of shoes, here is a link: http://www.equestrianlife.com/articles/133/Horse_Shoes;_Pros_&_Cons/ Short answer, it is an archaic tradition that bad for the horse and just another way for a lot of unethical farriers to convince...

Horses: slippery of saddle, saddle pad, withers
saddle pad, withers, cinch: hi gopal, a saddle can slip at any time and for various reasons. the cinch may be loose and cause the saddle to slip back or to the side. also a horse with round wither will make the saddle slip because high withers keeps it placed and centered. if you...

Horses: spooky horse: www.thinklikeahorse.org - Rick Gore Horsemanship, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: This sounds more of a people issue (owner) than a horse issue and my way of handling people normally pisses them off. I would tell the owner, you know the risk, you are an adult and want to take the risk and will not hold him or the horse responsible for what...

Horses: stables for horses, race horses, whinny
race horses, whinny, gallop: i personally believe a horse should have both an inside stable and out side paddock. a horse should not be cooped up all day even if it gets out for a gallop. horses like to move around and graze. with race horses at the track they really do not get that time...

Horses: what stables are these, madam, shed
madam, shed, horses: it is considered a barn but it is known as a shed row. and a very nice one too. i like these types of stables because the horses can look out and it is more open. however in the winter it does suck because you have no cover when you feed horses and the yard...

Horses: stocking up or something else?, enlarged lymph glands, growth spurts
enlarged lymph glands, growth spurts, rear legs: Hi Rebecca - Because of the age of your filly, my guess is that the enlarged lymph glands you noticed were caused by her losing some of her baby teeth to make room for a new more mature batch. This is very common and I completely panicked the first time it...

Horses: super phosphate, phosphate, fertilizer
phosphate, fertilizer, pasture: Hello Jessica, If you are going to use super phosphate on your pastures make sure you remove your horses from the pasture prior to apply the fertilizer. Make sure all fertilizer has been soaked into the ground before putting the horses back into the field....

Horses: supplements in indian horse racing, horse supplements, indian horse
horse supplements, indian horse, racehorse: hi rohit, i am not knowledgeable enough on India horse supplements unfortunately i cannot help you with this question. just read the back of the product and see how much protein and nutrients it has and it will tell you if it is sufficient for your racehorse....

Horses: swimming, madam, muscles
madam, muscles, horses: swimming allows the horse to use all of his muscles with out causing any injury. it uses as much power and force as if it was running or trotting a hill. horses with previous injuries or soreness should do this to help keep them in shape without harming them....

Horses: TB growth, sound horse, thoroughbreds
sound horse, thoroughbreds, madam: hi Rohit, they will start to slow their growing around four years old. this is when their knees fully develop. A horse will be fully grown at the age of 6-8 years old. thoroughbreds grow very rapidly at first because this is how they are bred. but even if...

Horses: Timid or abused horse, natural horsemanship, kind eye
natural horsemanship, kind eye, kentucky mountain: Hi Laurie, Thanks for the additional info.. Do you own the indoor arena you mention, or can you access it easily, because I think your quest starts there. Obviously a round pen is best, but any smallish enclosure can suffice. I don t know whose version...

Horses: Trail Riding?: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: You should not be running until he learns how to be confident at a walk, then confident at a trot, then try running. As I said before, you are going too fast for the horse and that is why he does not trust you, he tells you with his fear that he is not ready...

Horses: tatto in horse mouth, freeze brands, many horses
freeze brands, many horses, stepien: John, I have no idea who or what these horses might be. Standardbreds went to freeze branding almost exclusively about 20 years ago because it s so much easier on the horse. The format is also incorrect as far as Standbred freeze brands/tattoos are. We...

Horses: trainers and jockeys are fined, lame horses, jockeys
lame horses, jockeys, madam: here in America it could be for drugs, running lame horses, abuse towards a horse, aggressive riding, using shockers, steroids, exc. there are so many reasons to get fines. new reasons come up every day. put it this way. if you think its bad and think you...

Horses: training baby horses, bowed tendon, baby horses
bowed tendon, baby horses, maiden race: hi rohit, ok just because he placed good in his maiden race does not mean he will be a champion. but it does help ease your mind if he can run or not. i always gave my racehorses about a month in between races. no less then three weeks. the horse is just...

Horses: training question, types of horses, two very different things
types of horses, two very different things, training horses: Hi Maggie, My recommendations to you regarding the training of this mare would be to get some assistance by someone with more experience than you have in training horses to go under saddle. While you might be very good at handling horses, it can in no way...

Horses: veering out, german martingale, indian horse
german martingale, indian horse, madam: you only use the spurs for in training. bumper spurs are not real spurs like you see in cowboy movies. they are a round ball that nudges the horse over. spurs are not cruel bad riders just use them in a cruel way. if you know what you are doing then it will...

Horses: walking on steep slope, walking a horse, reining horses
walking a horse, reining horses, western horses: there was no picture but walking a horse up and down hills builds muscles but it does not build the right type of muscle for running. it builds more bulk in them and makes the horse weigh more. this is because muscle weighs more then fat. you want your horse...

Horses: war bridle, slip knot, bridle
slip knot, bridle, wrong person: no do not use a war bridle.there are two types of war bridle. one is by the native Americans and is made from a single piece of rope. It loops through the mouth where the bit would sit, ties around the jaw in a type of slip knot, then runs back as reins....

Horses: water de-icer: www.thinklikeahorse.org - Rick Gore Horsemanship, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, natural horsemanship: Try throwing a few apples on top, they will float, maybe give them a bite and then drop the rest in the water, pour a teaspoon of salt in your hand and see if the lick it and then they might take a drink. This like most problems is not a horse problem....

Horses: weight carried by thorougbred in race, handicap racing, madam
handicap racing, madam, stewards: in American racing a horse carries about 130 pounds. they can carry up to 150 though. for normal racing they carry just what ever their tack and jockey weight. in handicap racing though the horses with more wins carry more weight. the race stewards will determine...

Horses: whirl bone in horses, bone spavin, periostitis
bone spavin, periostitis, lameness: Distal Tarsitis, often referred to as bone spavin , is the most common cause of clinical lameness associated with the tarsus (or hock ) in horses. Distal tarsitis is an osteoarthritis and periostitis of the distal intertarsal, tarsometatarsal, and occasionally...

Horses: will she win, days gap, chestnut filly
days gap, chestnut filly, horse field: anything can happen is a horse race. i cannot tell you if she will win, loose, break down, or not even start. but as far as her odds go, i would have to see her races. if she was running good and at the head of the pack in the 1200m race then got passed then...

Horses: winners circle, winners circle, madam
winners circle, madam, plants: the winners circle is in front of the grand stand and has plants forming a half circle. it also has the name of the track behind the horse. the horse stands in the middle and the owners and trainers stand around the horse. a picture is taken and the horse...

Horses: does yearling size matters, sea biscuit, size horse
sea biscuit, size horse, stakes winner: yes it does. but just because a yearling is big does not mean it will be a stakes winner. if they are to big then they are more at risk of blowing out their legs. this is because their is so much more weight on them. usually small racehorses cannot keep up...

Horses: Asthma, bronchoalveolar lavage, systemic steroids
bronchoalveolar lavage, systemic steroids, many horses: Sarah: Thats a really good question. Although we dont refer to it as asthma in horses, horses do get an asthma like condition we call lower airway inflammatory disease (LAID) that can progress to its worst into a condition called Heaves. Many horses are...

Horses: abnormal gait, back muscles, scintigraphy
back muscles, scintigraphy, friend of a friend: Ann: the videos are difficult to evaluate. the shadows obscure some of the circles. However, the lunging I did see on the video is not clearly indicative of a head shaking condition to me. But, the evaluation of a head shaker involves alot more than just...

Horses: abscess, hoof wall, abscesses
hoof wall, abscesses, farrier: Christine: regular trimming by a good farrier should help reduce this significantly. Also, if she tends to have feet that crack easily and allow undermining of the hoof wall to seed abscesses, she may do well with regular shoes and maybe even a pad on her...

Horses: Bloody horse usrine: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: Blood in urine could be many things, an infection, a kick and internal issues or other things. You can get a urine sample and keep it in fridge until you get it to a vet. I would call the local vet and see it something is going around and see what they say....

Horses: Co-op barn, professional establishment, professional show
professional establishment, professional show, specialty training: Debra: Im sorry but my expertise is not in management. I would say from my experience that a professional show barn is probably much more likely to have personell that are qualified and certified in their areas of specialty, training and management as opposed...

Horses: Creaky Joints, ligaments and tendons, creaky joints
ligaments and tendons, creaky joints, tendons and ligaments: Corey: I do not believe this finding has anything to do with genetics.It could be assiciated with her race career. the sounds you are hearing may be the joints or could also be the supportive structures of the joints- the capsule and ligaments and tendons...

Horses: cold back, arthritis in the spine, cold back
arthritis in the spine, cold back, decendent: Hello Jeannie, If by cold back you mean painful spine or arthritis in the spine, this is definitely a possibility. You could use more pads, you could put him on a supplement for joints, or a painkiller. But first you should have your vet check him out....

Horses: Inflammation in hind leg, tendon sheath, real option
Horses: Inflammation in hind leg, tendon sheath, real option, veterinary care

Horses: postpartum mare deppresion?, brood mares, sweet self
Horses: postpartum mare deppresion?, brood mares, sweet self, foaling

Horses: stifle injury, canter, racehorses
Horses: stifle injury, canter, racehorses, strides

Horses: Tennessee Walking Horse, quarter horse, twh
Horses: Tennessee Walking Horse, quarter horse, twh, horses

Horses: Tennessee Walking Horse, pleasure horses, pleasure trail
Horses: Tennessee Walking Horse, pleasure horses, pleasure trail, western pleasure

Horses: foaming at the mouth, tongue lacerations, oral lacerations
tongue lacerations, oral lacerations, kay kay: Kay: I dont know where you live but its winter where I am. there is a funguns that gets on clover grass and causes horses to slobber alot and once you remove them from the pasture- it stops. However, it wouldnt be on grass in the winter. Also, the things...

Horses: Help for Barbie Please, mail photos, beautiful animal
mail photos, beautiful animal, interest publications: Maxine: you cannot institute any treatment or therapy until you know what the problem is. You do not have that defined as yet. You need a good equine vet to evaluate the affected leg for the cause of the problem. Only once you know the cause can someone...

Horses: Hindquarters, side reins, western disciplines
side reins, western disciplines, dressage horses: Dear Deb, Thank you for your question. I am assuming you mean a spin as in reining. This maneuver will not help your young horse learn to use her quarters as it is (or is supposed to be) a stationary lateral movement. The torque involved can be very damaging...

Horses: Horse info: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: Is that the horse you just got in the picture? He looks great. Even if lame he can give pony rides. Horses need a herd, so I would let him in with the others, whatever the vet tells you should not change that, if he is too lame to move up in the herd they...

Horses: Horses head to the ground: www.thinklikeahorse.org Rick Gore, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: This could be that he is trying to pull the reins loose so he is looking for release. Ride him in a halter and lead rope and see if it stops, if it does then you are pulling on the bit too much and he is looking for release. Some horses do this before bucking,...

Horses: hard lulmps on belly, skin tumors, benign tumors
skin tumors, benign tumors, bug bite: Sue: I cant tell you what it is without seeing it. i would get a vet to look at them. they could be bug bites that induced an inflammatory reaction at the site. They could also be skin masses or benign tumors. Your vet may not know, but the bumps then can...

Horses: help me, arthritis
arthritis: Dear Megan You need to chat with your vet about this. It depends on how severe his arthritis is. If he is just a little stiff when getting up from laying down or early on a cool morning, just let him warm up slowly. You may want to wait until later...

Horses: horse, physical exertion, duration
physical exertion, duration, horses: The answer to that is entirely case specific. I ve known horses who could be ridden in their late 20 s, and I even knew a horse who was 31 and was still happy and healthy to go for rides. Things to weigh into your equation are pain, attitude, over all health...

Horses: horse foot problem, horse foot, foot problem
horse foot, foot problem, x rays: Have a vet come take a look. If flexion tests and x-rays show nothing, he may need some early farrier intervention. Perhaps even something as simple as daily stretching could help. He is young and growing. Just like people horses get growing pains too...

Horses: my horse hit a rock, vet, good luck
vet, good luck, horses: If he wont walk on the leg he did not injure this is obviously a separate problem. You havent given me much information on this and I cant tell you much about it without any information. If you dont see anything else wrong with him other than he wont walk...

Horses: horse science, anatomy of a horse, leg bones
anatomy of a horse, leg bones, horse anatomy: Do a comparison of horse anatomy to human anatomy. The bones and organs are the same but there are adaptive differences between the two. for instance, the appendix in people is very small and is huge in the horse- it is called the cecum in the horse. the leg...

Horses: horse tossing head when cantering, head tossing
head tossing: Dear Kimmy Two things come to mind. He may just need more warming up before you try lateral moves and jumps or: a lot of older horses have a bit of arthritis and need a bit more time to loosen up slowly. If I were trying to figure out why he was doing...

Horses: Inflammation in hind leg, tendon sheaths, tendon sheath
tendon sheaths, tendon sheath, new years day: Roisin: Infected tendon sheaths are very difficult to treat and to resolve. They carry a fair to guarded prognosis for life from the beginning. As I have not seen your horse, I cant tell if the sheath is still infected- it may well be. Your vet should be...

Horses: Injury to the medial collateral ligament, collateral ligament injuries, medial collateral ligament
collateral ligament injuries, medial collateral ligament, ultrasound exam: go easy and gradually. No jumping for at least 1 month, only flatwork that starts very easy and gradually. Shoeing will be very important. Keep it done regularly, dont let the toes get too long, dont let the heels get underrun and keep the shoe pulled back...

Horses: Kicking out., agressively, couple seconds
agressively, couple seconds, somtimes: Dear Erica, I understand your bewilderment- your horse s behaviour certainly does sound puzzling. I have a couple of suggestions- not so much to offer a cure but to try to isolate the cause: 1. Try going back to your old saddle for a few weeks and see...

Horses: Kicking out, agressively, couple seconds
agressively, couple seconds, somtimes: Erica, Sorry to be getting back to you so late, been tied up with doing my taxes! Anyhow, whoever does his teeth should be able to tell you how old he is. At least I hope you are getting his teeth done once a year, all horses need that. And yeah, I ve...

Horses: Kicking out., agressively, couple seconds
agressively, couple seconds, somtimes: Hello Erica, Any horse that is suffering pain of any kind will feel more vulnerable and threatened when he is in company of other horses, so he may not have kicked out when he was alone. If he senses any sort of aggression from the company of other horses,...

Horses: Kicking out: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: It does not matter if he would do it with anyone else, he does it with you, so you have to know you are doing something to cause it. Having another rider ride him, may show he does not do it, but you would still not know what you are doing to cause it. Anytime...

Horses: minis!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, minis
minis: Hi Ashley You didn t mention how much you know about horses. A mini requires every bit of care a full sized horse does. That includes grooming, foot trims (youíll have to find a farrier who doesnít mind working on the little guys),worming and routine...

Horses: my mustang: www.thinklikeahorse.org Rick Gore Horsemanship, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: Well this is one of those things I say have a vet take a first hand look at the horse and do blood work to make sure nothing internal is going on. Then after that, I would say the horse might be bored and lonely. Since you have a 3 year old, I would think...

Horses: Napping & Disrespect: www.thinklikeahorse.org Rick Gore, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: Ok, grab a seat and try and read this without getting upset. This is such a common question and I tend to get people upset with my answer. First, I ask for specific information where you type your question. I find that the people that don t take the time...

Horses: New horse clicking sound in back legs, adequan, coggins test
adequan, coggins test, hind leg: Tamara, I suspect he s got some arthritis developing in that hind leg. Possibly in the fetlock joint. You ve started him on Cosequin, which is a good first step. If he shows little/no improvement after 30 days then you may have to get a better picture...

Horses: nasty ground manners, yellow caution tape, tb gelding
yellow caution tape, tb gelding, pat parelli: Jenn, You just got this horse and he s being very disrespectful towards you. At his age, only 5, he s still young and is sort of at the teenaged boy stage. He s testing you to see how much you ll tolerate and let him get away with. Do you have access...

Horses: Older horse, vessel occlusion, hoof wall
vessel occlusion, hoof wall, shoed: Stefanie: Both Aspirin and Bute are dangerous long term. furthermore, aspirin is given to help prevent platelet clumping as they use it in heart disease in people- only its to prevent clumping and vessel occlusion in the feet- for preventing laminitis....

Horses: Pruritis due to high glucose?, high glucose level, mustang mare
high glucose level, mustang mare, skin biopsies: Steriods are safe as long as they are used for a finite period of time in a controlled manner, and with the guidance of your veterinaraina and generally in tapering doses. The glucose is really not the main concern with a cushingoid horse such as this, its...

Horses: polyglycan injections, adequan, joint health
adequan, joint health, consecutive days: Shawna: I do not utilize polyglycan as it is not labeled for IV use. There is liability in that for me to advocate its use in an unlabled manner. Most people are using this drug as a substitute for Adequan and Legend. There is no evidence that this drug...

Horses: pony, knee sweats
knee sweats: Hi Gerry. I m not sure if Neoprene sweats come in pony sizes or not, but you can do the same thing with a quilt, saran wrap or sheet plastic and a stall bandage. There are sweats available commercially (http://www.bigdweb.com/CategorySub.aspx?&categoryid=271)...

Horses: postpartum mare deppresion?, post partum depression, first foal
post partum depression, first foal, protective instincts: lynda; Thats an interesting theory. It is certainly not all that uncommon for mares to exhibit some behavior changes with the first pregnancy. However, true post partum depression requires higher cerebral function and intellect than horses exhibit. Some...

Horses: Rear Leg Lameness, qh gelding, minute intervals
qh gelding, minute intervals, stall rest: Corrie: It is difficult to answer your question this way because you have no diagnosis. there is no specific diagnosis made in this case- ony a working presumption. You need a diagnosis- not a presumption. It could be a muscle thing, but it could also be...

Horses: Skin condition: www.thinklikeahorse.org, mud fever, bald patches
mud fever, bald patches, these patches: Actually rugs or blankets can cause this, it traps moisture, does not let the skin air dry and keep dirt, bacteria and fungus in a dark warm environment which is perfect for rain rot.... If you don t wash and bleach the blanket good, it will keep coming back...

Horses: saddle size / seat size western: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: Not sure, a saddle seat size (15) is the measurement from the rear of the seat to the back of the pommel. Perhaps a youth saddle has smaller stirrups or shorter stirrups or a narrow tree, but I am not familiar with the term. Sorry can t be more help. A...

Horses: my stallion is going crazy, horse stallions, caution tape
horse stallions, caution tape, respect issues: Brendan, You don t say how old your horse is. Gelding an older stallion won t be nearly as effective as gelding a younger horse, say at 3 or 4, but it will help. You have respect issues with this horse that do need to be addressed though if he s dumping...

Horses: stifle injury, thoroughbred gelding, police horses
thoroughbred gelding, police horses, neurological evaluation: Dear Jayde: I cant tell you what this is for certain without being able to see this horse. However, my concerns for something like this are a neurological problem involving the spinal cord, the stifles maybe, but also the pelvis- sacroiliac and lumbosacral...

Horses: swollen gums: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: Don t be burning a horse with a stupid spoon, that is crazy and the person that told you that needs to have a red hot spoon on their gums. Call a vet, let them look at it, it could a tooth abscess, a gum infections, a cut, a ingrown tooth, canker sore, get...

Horses: Tennessee Walking Horse, tennessee walking horse, smooth gait
tennessee walking horse, smooth gait, full gallop: Skylar, For one, I wouldn t consider you a big person for a rider. There are a lot of us in endurance that are bigger than you. But, you are 5 9 so you ve probably got long legs and will do better with a horse that has a big barrel. Easier for you...

Horses: Tennessee Walking Horse, best breed, endurance
best breed, endurance, barrel racing: Dear Skylar This is a complicated question. If you seriously want to do endurance, then look for an Arab with some size to handle your weight. Most horses will not have ANY problem with your size. IF you want to win endurance races, I can tell you that...

Horses: Training my Miniature, pat parelli, herd animals
pat parelli, herd animals, pen work: Nicole, Well, if you have been around horses for a long time then you know that they are herd animals. I suspect a lot of his problems lie in his being isolated after being around other horses, probably all his life. He s just a baby after all. First...

Horses: Ulcer question, beet pulp, tick fever
beet pulp, tick fever, high fever: Linda: Wow, thats alot of info. Overall though I must say that it is obvious that you and your vet have done a great job in supporting this horse. Feeing hay is good to help prevent ulcers itself, but as your horse ages, he may become difficult to safely...

Horses: welsh, welsh pony, hind toes
welsh pony, hind toes, bridle path: Dear Shelly, If you received an earlier, incomplete reply, please forgive me, my e-mail has been having issues. Anyway, can you please tell me what section of Welsh Pony/Cob you have as this will affect the rules governing presentation- or- You can go...

Horses: western, side reins, qh mare
side reins, qh mare, curb bit: Dear Erin, You DO NOT and SHOULD NOT use a curb to teach your mare to lower her frame. A snaffle is definitely the way to go. DO carefully consider her way of going and conformation as objectively as you can (or better yet- get someone who knows AQHA western...

Horses: My 2.5yr old Irish Gelding...., equine veterinarian, chestnut gelding
equine veterinarian, chestnut gelding, complete physical examination: Stacey: If you think he is quieter than he should be and he is not eating well, you should get him examined by an equine veterinarian. i cant tell you over the internet what is wrong with him. It takes the added information of a complete physical examination...

Horses: Behavioral insight? www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: Well not sure why he did it but it was definitely a challenge to your leadership role and an attempt to push you and move your feet to show his dominance. I would let him know that upset me and get pretty aggressive in my response and make him think, I...

Horses: barn/buddy sour pony: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: I agree you went way too fast and did what I call set the horse up for failure. You want to make this a horse problem and I see it as a you problem. You did not spend enough time learning and establishing your leadership role with this horse before handling...

Horses: behavior: www.thinklikeahrose.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: Don t try and make them go in barn, you hang out in there, put some hay or grain close to the barn and slowly put food closer to door and then in door and then in barn, they smell the blood and know dead animal scent is in there, so their instincts tell them...

Horses: How to better handled ground issues: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: Well, a lot of errors on your part. Most are common rookie mistakes, but like I always say, a horse has to pay for our mistakes and have no choice in the matter. The hot wire is dumb, hot should not be on gate or where horses walk through a lot, every time...

Horses: I bought a horse from a horse sale/ she kicks: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: All horses kick, that is how they tell you to stop, get away or that they are higher and you are lower, or to protect them self. It does not matter if she was abused, too many people want to get caught up in why some bad habit started, the issue is why...

Horses: breeding, muscle atrophy, tb mare
muscle atrophy, tb mare, substantiated case: David: Im sorry to say that having done alot of research in EPM as an internist myself, this is not a well substantiated case of EPM. JAw muscle atrophy is a VERY poor indication of EPM alone, and contrary to what you were told, diagnostic testing is VERY...

Horses: Cant Mount: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: All horses are dangerous if pushed too fast, if handled wrong, if abused, if cornered or if put into a situation where they think their life is in danger. If the only advice you trainer can give you is he is dangerous, then that trainer is just as dangerous...

Horses: Crossing of hind legs / Stifle, trot or canter, hind legs
trot or canter, hind legs, hind leg: Dana: Stop riding her. She is 25 and needs to do nothing more to earn her keep. she could have some osteoarthritis, she could be getting a touch neurologic, she could be getting too weak to be able to continue to support a rider and work on the flat. She...

Horses: calcification cannon bone, anti inflammatory drugs, cannon bone
anti inflammatory drugs, cannon bone, scar tissue: jean: If you dont know what the lump is you cant know what to expect for its resolution. Most of the time these things look enlarged for a very long period of time and there is not much to do to speed the resolution. sometimes they do not ever go away completely....

Horses: difficult to catch?: www.thinklikeahorse.org, pygmy goats, mini donkeys
pygmy goats, mini donkeys, question thanks: Just take a page or section at a time, each time you read it something new will sink in, as you learn things, other things that did not make sense will make sense later. The stuff on my site is just a grain of sand of the information out there, so easy to...

Horses: draft gelding with swollen penis, penis sheath, vet recommendations
penis sheath, vet recommendations, swollen penis: Judi: without the ability to directly examine and evaluate your horse Im afraid you cannot expect a diagnosis of this whole thing from me over the internet. Your horse s history in my opinion is strongly suggestive of a neurologic problem affecting the...

Horses: Equie pregnancy, ultrasound exam, pregnancy check
ultrasound exam, pregnancy check, ultrasound machine: Janice: You need a vet. A vet needs to be involved with a pragnancy throughout the entire process. That means vaccinations for the mare to [protect the foal and checks for the health of the pregnancy. You are right, ultrasound is done for pregnancy check...

Horses: eating problem, minor lacerations, banamine
minor lacerations, banamine, gelding: Cas: I recommend giving it a bit more time. the mouth could be sore after the flaoting and there could have been a few minor lacerations that are sensitive when the hay pokes into them. If this was not occurring before the float, Id say it will pass when...

Horses: equestrian teams in college, equestrian team, university of wyoming
equestrian team, university of wyoming, s college: Ohio is a great place as they have both Ohio State and Findlay! There was another one down south I had looked at that was quite good, Wesleyan. It is in Georgia and it is an all women s college. They used to have an excellent riding program there. Although...

Horses: Follow up to Kicking out, stiff muscles, horse expert
stiff muscles, horse expert, sports massage: Erica, OK, now let s address another possible reason, he sounds like he s arthritic. And, I would be you any money, he could stand to start being treated as also having ulcers. From what you say, he warms up which would be typical of arthritic horses....

Horses: equestrian teams in college, stellar program, collegiate level
Horses: equestrian teams in college, stellar program, collegiate level, miami university

Horses: my horse has a bad injury, health food stores, lavender essential oil
Horses: my horse has a bad injury, health food stores, lavender essential oil, open wounds

Horses: tattoo"s, horses, tattoos
Horses: tattoo"s, horses, tattoos, tb

Horses: Unknown problem with horse, dead leaves, oak trees
Horses: Unknown problem with horse, dead leaves, oak trees, neurological problems

Horses: After a fall....: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: It is OK to be scared, I still get scared and I have been riding horses for over 40 years, so don t think you are the only one that gets scared. Horses are more scared of us than we are, they know we can eat them so remember how you feel when you are scared...

Horses: which is faster, pacer or trotter, stepien, pacer
stepien, pacer, trotter: Gabby, It depends on the class of the horse, on whether the trotter is hobbled or not and a few other factors. In general though if you have two horses with about the same level of ability, the pacer is usually faster. Please excuse the late response---my...

Horses: first time foaling, mare and foal, emergency vet
mare and foal, emergency vet, silver touch: Issaac: what you need is to be present for the foaling and it should take place within 45 min to 1 hour once the mare goes into labor. The only other thing you need is an emergency vet to contact if the foaling is delayed or prolonged and if there are complications...

Horses: frog trouble, tylan 200, systemic antibiotics
tylan 200, systemic antibiotics, sensitive layer: If there is not any deep undermining of the frog to the sensitive portion or blood has been drawn, I do think it will heal. It must be kept clean and dry and out of the damp footing. If there is an infection, which i cant tell from this information, the horse...

Horses: Guide Horse Relief, substrate preference, sized horses
substrate preference, sized horses, mini horses: Ken: there are probably 2 main reasons why a horse would be dropped out: 1) to urinate and 2) to ejaculate. If a horse remains persistenly dropped, there can be a neurological problem or a problem of swelling keeping the penis from being withdrawn. Horses...

Horses: gelding a stud: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: It would depend on many factors, has he live bred before, how much he is handled, does he have a job, what is his demeanor, how is he handled (fair by good horse people or by people who only use stud chains and pain). At that age it may take a couple of...

Horses: my girl "Ms. Sparkle": www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: She may know that is where her cookies are, she may be playing, if she not progressing to ear pinning, biting or threatening behavior, then it could be playful and just a show of affection. Horses will push each other some time to say, lets play, to rub their...

Horses: Head Tilt after Trailering, saddlebred colt, vestibular diseases
saddlebred colt, vestibular diseases, vestibular disease: Malissa: Please understand that I can only give some guidelines for this as I cannot examine the horse over the internet.He should not get a head tilt just from a van ride unless he had previous vestibular disease. By the way, a head tilt IS evidence of...

Horses: Herd bound: www.thinklikeahorse.org, rick gore, horsemanship
rick gore, horsemanship, horses: 4.22.09, I got an email from a person that wanted me to pass on this information to you: QUESTION: Hi Rick! Thanks for the quick response. As for the question it was the 16 year old girl with the TB gelding who was moved to a new barn and the pen was made...

Horses: Herd bound: www.thinklikeahorse.org, prey animals, horse horses
prey animals, horse horses, quiet quarter: Not sure what you mean by more structured? Horses need a herd or at least another horse to feel safe, to relax, to feel comfortable and NO horses next to them in a stall is not the same that only makes a horse more aggressive and protective of him small area,...

Horses: Hind leg lameness, tb mare, hind leg
tb mare, hind leg, neurological examination: Victoria: I cant remember but if you have not had a vet look at this horse, you need to. If this is still going on or changing it needs to be evaluated first hand by a good equine vet. The mare needs a good lameness and neurological examination to begin...

Horses: Hind Stiffness/Lameness, bone fragments, x rays
bone fragments, x rays, hind leg: Julie: In the eyes of a performance horse veterinarian, the pony has not recieved enough diagnostic evaluation. I disagree with your vet that the limb should not be blocked. Furthermore, if he or she does not feel blocking would be helpful to change the...

Horses: Hindleg lameness, tb mare, muscle problem
tb mare, muscle problem, rest thanks: get a vet involved now. This has been too long and the signs seem to be worse. the lifting of the leg could be pain. The horse may also have a neurological or muscle problem. You need a good equine vet to evaluate her thoroughly. good luck and stay in touch...

Horses: Horrible hives., allergy testing, ottb
allergy testing, ottb, azium: Hannah: Hives are systemic and thus manifest all over the body. they occur primarily in repsponse to a sensitivity the horse has developed to something in his environment. Elimination of one thing by one may help determine what the cause is, but that takes...