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Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: I need Help, natural horseman, learning about horses
natural horseman, learning about horses, horse behavior: Hello, That is a great question about a very vast subject. I wish I could write you a few lines and make you into a great horseman- think of learning about horses like learning Spanish, I cant communicate with my friend who speaks only Spanish because we...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: I need help loading a horse, rope halter, loading a horse
rope halter, loading a horse, dressage whip: Hi Johanna! This is an old question and I m not sure if it was answered but, I ll offer up some more help. You are right, your mare is scared and really needs some confidence. I want to you load her on a day when you don t have to travel and have the whole...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: i need help, short attention spans, step in the right direction
short attention spans, step in the right direction, short periods: Hi Lauren! OK. She is doing the gait you requested and that is a big step in the right direction. However, you say her attitude is poor. Let s think about that right now. Babies (and she is still a baby mentally) have short attention spans and need...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: neighbor owns stallion, brood mares, stallion owner
brood mares, stallion owner, stallion owners: Hi Cathy, While each state differs,it is usually the stallion owner s responsibility to have safe fences. I:E, fences that the stallion can not get through. If your mare becomes injured or pregnant, then the stallion owner is responsible for all...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: My new 10 month old appaloosa, small circles, vic edu
small circles, vic edu, surcingle: Hello, Congrats on your new filly! There are many things that will help your young horse grow into a happy and well mannered riding horse. Young horses need exposure to many things so that they are not overwhelmed when you first start them under saddle...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Our new 16 year old Arabian mare, vet asap, horses health
vet asap, horses health, arabian mare: It sounds to me like you need to have the Vet see this horse AGAIN, and examine her once more. There is no way I can even attempt to diagnose your horses problem without being able to physically SEE the animal before me. You say the Vet has recently seen...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: new 6 month old fiilly being aggressive to 14 yr old gelding, behavioral modification techniques, respectful relationship
behavioral modification techniques, respectful relationship, acting this way: Hi Mareta, I m so sorry to hear of your loss. You and your gelding are both suffering and I feel for you both. I think you are right on the mark with your assessment of your filly. She thinks she has to come on pretty strong to hold her own with...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: new arab horse, bit spurs, arabian gelding
bit spurs, arabian gelding, arab stallion: Hi Holli! You will not ruin or affect your relationship with your gelding if you do not react when you spray him. Just a short, quick spray and no voice or hand punishment. He should not even know it came from you if you do it right. As I said before....he...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: new filly, herd mate, horse behavior
herd mate, horse behavior, place baby: Hi Heather! I think you are wonderful for adopting your mare. Bless your heart. A lot of what babies know come from their mothers and the relationship the mare has with her owners. Unfortunately your old mare has had a rough road and can t help with...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: new and green horse owner, wild horses, trot and canter
wild horses, trot and canter, first horse: Wanting to stay with the herd is instinctive, because in the wild horses had to stay together to stay alive. You want to become the leader of his herd. You want to bring up his sense of self esteem and also strengthen your lines of communication with him....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: new horse with issuses, calm horses, show jumper
calm horses, show jumper, canter: Hi Jodie! I understand your dilemma and that you want the best for King. However, I cannot give training advice to non-owners of the horse in question. Yes, it is common for horses to be drugged when shown for sale. A sad and terrible practice and...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: my new horse, human anger, start of something
human anger, start of something, sense of smell: Hi Mackenzie! What does she want your horse to do? If you hit him on the fanny, he WILL go forward and away from the pressure. It that what your are wanting? I have to fill in a lot of blanks here but I ll try and do my best and figure out the problem...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: new standy need help, loyal breed, steady rhythm
loyal breed, steady rhythm, standy: Hi Amelia, Thanks for your question. First of all congratulations on bypassing the stereotypes and taking on a retired Standardbred, youll never find a more loving or loyal breed of horse! Physios and massages are excellent for off the track horses,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: newborn colt that is mean, stud colt, tennessee walking horse
stud colt, tennessee walking horse, natural instinct: Cheryl- Natural Instinct can be a terrible thing. No matter how nice your friend is, when it comes down to it they are still a predator and that stud has centuries of fear on his side. Imprint training begins as soon as the horse hits the ground. If...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: What is next?, paint mares, ground manners
paint mares, ground manners, horse move: Hi Grace, I just got the e-mail with your question today so I apologize for the delay. I would work on lifting their feet so that they can get them done. Also work on trailer loading. When you are riding them carry a small crop and give them...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: nibbler, bad habit, rubber things
bad habit, rubber things, traffic cone: Well at least he not trying to bite you aggressively. :) His issue is a habit that has probably been allowed and reinforced since he was a youngster. I have a 3 yr old that will nuzzle and search me like a cop, checking every pocket to see if I have snacks....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Getting nice babies, high calorie diet, alfalfa hay
high calorie diet, alfalfa hay, phosphorus levels: Although the exact cause of epiphysitis isn t known in many cases, most people have tried to focus on good nutrition and appropriate exercise to avoid the problem. Most specifically, excessive calories, and the minerals calcium and phosphorus, have been talked...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: nutrition, beet pulp, sand colic
beet pulp, sand colic, grass hay: Hi Raymeichle, I would give both horses a complete feed like a senior feed. I would also add beet pulp and 1/2 a cup of vegtable oil. If you can give them free choice grass hay. Alfalfa is not the best thing to give to a horse and unless...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: How Old?, leg bones, race horses
leg bones, race horses, growth plates: Sarah - I have heard the same wives tale. The most important thing is to wait until the growth plates on the leg bones are closed/fused. This usually happens right around two, and that is why two is considered the earliest time to start riding a horse....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Older horses (Senior age), novice rider, rider test
novice rider, rider test, older horses: Hi, I don t mean physical problems, but issues relating to riding ie: hard to stop, turn, putting tongue over the bit, opening mouth, moving the head above or below the bit etc. These problems often send people looking for a quick fix and these are usually...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Older mare not separating maneuvers, apha mare, kids horse
apha mare, kids horse, western pleasure: Hi Breanne! I understand what you want from your horse. These are not especially difficult things to train a horse to do. However, it is really not the mare that needs to be taught....it s you. Think about it. If you do not know how to teach it to...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Older Ropping Horse & Curb Chain for Bit, curb bits, curb chain
curb bits, curb chain, snaffle: Hi Nita, I m glad things went well for you (sort of!). I really don t like curb bits. They should only be used by experienced riders for special horses and only for a limited time. Same with tie downs. They only mask the problem and can cause a whole...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Orphan Foal - Feed Question, orphan foal, equine jr
orphan foal, equine jr, adult horses: Well when horses especially babies are feeling playful they jump up and kick and shake their heads. She is showing you that she wants TO PLAY and if you show her HEY I WILL PLAY WITH YOU by rubbing her head scrubbing her chest and getting playful with...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Orphaned foal and his training, mare and foal, foals mom
mare and foal, foals mom, rubber nipple: Hi Tina! It sounds like things are working out great for you all! This is one lucky little horse! If you have a chance, check out the colt starting DVD s by Ray Hunt and Buck Brannaman. Buck is over in Sheridan, Wyoming. Check out their websites....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: OTTB, breaking a horse, horse horses
breaking a horse, horse horses, riding horses: Hi Jess! Yes, I think an OTTB is too much for such a young girl. Not to mention the fact that it would be your first experience breaking a horse to ride. An OTTB is really for advanced trainers. See, they are not riding horses. They are tools that...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: old broodmare, herd instinct, pony mare
herd instinct, pony mare, maiden mare: Sounds like you are taking good care of these guys. When you say they are acting like mare and gelding, not sure what you mean. Horses are very social and they buddy up fast. They need to have extra eyes and ears in the wild to survive, so their herd instinct...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: old horses, beet pulp, grazing muzzle
beet pulp, grazing muzzle, rice bran: Hi Jenny, 1: If i could make the the thin one fit and the fat one fit would I be able to ride one of them? You would be able to ride one or both of them if they do not have any medical or other issues. Horses can be ridden into their...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: old white mare, dandruff shampoo, selsun blue
dandruff shampoo, selsun blue, partial blindness: Hi Monica! First let me answer the question about the rainrot. For starters you need to be sure it is actually rainrot. Skin conditions and fungi are very common in horses and the names for them vary wildly from region to region. Some are also the old...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: an older horse has learned a new trick, qh gelding, contest of wills
qh gelding, contest of wills, problem horse: Hi Annette! Well, it sounds like to me that your old guy is just messing with you because he knows he can win. At his age and experience, he is not honestly frightened or unsure. I have found that geldings can get increasingly grumpy as they grow older,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: ornery 2 yr old, water troughs, productive outlet
water troughs, productive outlet, vet check: Rick Gore: Horses learn by curiosity, testing and exploring. This is a great trait and shows intelligence. Hi Jennifer, sounds like you got a great little guy there. The worst thing to do is knock or discourage curiosity from a horse, especially a young...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: what other training can I start my colt on?, plastic grocery bags, back porch
plastic grocery bags, back porch, puppy dog: Hi Joanne! What fun but be careful. You don t want to create trouble for your guy. It is important to preserve his natural curiosity and make it work for you. These can be very special horses, I know, I raised one. Her name was Me-Too . Everything...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: overly dramatic 2 year old, nylon halter, leather halter
nylon halter, leather halter, tack shop: Hi Heather! You did not say her breed or what training she had prior to you buying her. From what you did tell me, I would guess she had NONE and you assumed she DID! So, you take her home, treat her like a horse that knows what she should be doing....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Pawing, pasture fencing, water barrel
pasture fencing, water barrel, water bucket: Hi Heather, Changing this behavior is going to take some time. It sounds like your mare needs a few lessons with patience. I ll bet she does this when ever you let her stand tied as well. (something that she needs to learn is to stand quietly if she doesn...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Pawing, john lyons, small circles
john lyons, small circles, digging to china: Hi Lisa! This is a non-problem with a non-solution....do nothing. Ignore, ignore, ignore. Now. I know this will be hard for you. The other boarders are butting in and it s bothering you in a Hey, I m in control, Rose! Listen to me!! She is a...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Pawing, conveyor belting, horses hooves
conveyor belting, horses hooves, excess energy: One quick way to stop the holes being dug in the stall flooring and in your pasture gate area is to put down some sort of solid mat or even conveyor belting in the areas your horse prefers to paw the ground. It isn t going to stop the behavior but it will...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: One Person Horse, giving me a hard time, website answers
giving me a hard time, website answers, trot and canter: I m honestly a little stumped on what may be causing this odd behavior in your gelding... however here are the two things I came up with: 1) Maybe your gelding is one of those horses with a very active mind... being ridden by the same person, every day,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Please Help! I need some advice on my horse., lope, georgie
lope, georgie, best friends: Hi Georgie, It sounds as though she is experiencing pain when she lopes. It could be that she is ok before the added weight of a human is put on her. I would first try another saddle on her and see if you have the same results. If you do not...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Pokey walk, yearling colt, medical issue
yearling colt, medical issue, food place: Hi Lacey! I would have him checked by a vet for common growth problems that can occur in babies legs. He could have a medical issue that makes him walk slowly. I once trained a baby that would not walk up a small hill to go to T/O. He had a stifle...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: my Pony, horses head, clarity of mind
horses head, clarity of mind, pain in the butt: Sarah - A rearing horse is a huge pain in the butt. If they get away with it once, it just gets worse. It requires perfect timing and patience to cure the problem. The best advice I can give you is to stop it before it starts. Most horses don t just...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Pony, life time commitment, shetland pony
life time commitment, shetland pony, horse experience: Hey Justin, I answered your other questions first. Getting a pony is a life time and I mean life time commitment. Pony s tend to be spoiled, because they are so cute, so they tend to be harder to handle. You really have to do a lot of reading and educate...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Pony Bulking, footfalls, pony
footfalls, pony, 8 years: Hi Tonya, You hit the nail on the head. This pony is not for beginner or timid riders. You can get your daughter some lessons on the pony with a good trainer and it may help to solve the problem. You can also lunge your daughter on the pony. Be sure you...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Pony behavior-Constantly tries to eat, shetland pony, alfalfa hay
shetland pony, alfalfa hay, problem habits: Hi Lorrie! His eating habits are not from hunger but, simply just a habit that happens to taste good. He can be trained out of it. You will have to be very consistent though and not allow any deviations from the course of his training. None. Ever. ...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Pony behaviour, haflinger gelding, proud cut
haflinger gelding, proud cut, dutch warmblood: Hi Jodie, Is this the only behavior problem that you have with him? Does he only act like this around your mare? It could just be that he is getting used to the new pecking order. He could have medical issues or have been proud cut. I am sorry...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Pony Mare that acts like a stallion, pony mare, dominance behavior
pony mare, dominance behavior, horse shows: Hi Suzanne! I need a little more information to really answer this correctly. Could you please be more specific about her behaviors? Does the dominance behavior come out when she is in her pen or also under saddle? What is the tack she is in and what...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Pony Problems, zoo farm, new additions
zoo farm, new additions, definitive answer: Hello Kristine, I have a couple of questions for you on this mare. Do you work her frequently or is she kept in a stall alot? Also has there been any new additions to her housing/environment as well as any newcomers such as new horses? Any changes to her...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Pony, welsh mountain pony, stomach area
welsh mountain pony, stomach area, confident rider: Hi Shanla! Well, you certainly have quite a normal pony there, believe it or not! LOL!! Ponies are some of the most devilish creatures around...they are peevish, contrary and disrespectful....they will take a mile if given an inch. And those are their...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Pouring the ground, payrole, busy mind
payrole, busy mind, haynet: Hello, I think you answered your own question! I always just think of it as a busy mind, let her sit and work her way through it. And remember horses that work all day for a living can spend quite a bit of time just waiting so you are doing her a favor getting...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Prancing, ground manners, attention span
ground manners, attention span, tack shop: Hi Cara! You have a 2 yr old colt (not gelded is what that means to me) and you want to konw WHY he is prancing? You re kidding right? Right now his attention span is like that of a ferret with ADD. He is being bombarded with so many things that he...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Pregnant mare w/ 1 yr old colt, pregnant mare, foals
pregnant mare, foals, foal: Hello Andee, First thing I would do is to have the mare Vet checked to see if she is for sure in foal. If she IS pregnant then you could keep them together until she foals. If she is NOT then keep them apart. A colt can produce fertile sperm starting as...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Pressure Issues, rope halters, qh mare
rope halters, qh mare, inch scar: Hello Nikki, Just remember with pressure issues that you put on some kind of pressure and when the horse looks like they are even thinking of doing what you want them to take the pressure off and wait, let them think. If a horse is afraid of any kind of...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Problem with breaking my mare, first horse, attent
first horse, attent, quarter horse: Hi Kathy! What you are experiencing is a normal aspect of breaking a horse. Never forget you are dealing with something with a mind and that little mind is sometimes working against you! Nothing personal. They just can t help themselves. They are hardwired...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Problem with breaking my mare, first horse, attent
first horse, attent, quarter horse: Kathy - There are a couple of possible things going on with your horse. Unfortunately I can t see the horse first hand, so I can t say with any certainty what the exact problem is. But I will try to give you the best advice I can. I know you said...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Problem Horse, natural horsemanship methods, paint gelding
natural horsemanship methods, paint gelding, neglected horses: Haley - It would be really hard to answer your question without seeing your horse and what it is doing first hand. It certainly sounds like you have a problem though. What I would recommend is getting a second opinion from another trainer in your area....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Problem Horse, paint gelding, natural horsemanship
paint gelding, natural horsemanship, thick skull: Hi Haley, I know you hate to give up on any horse that you have spent this much time with and invested this much money with (trainer etc) but it does seem like if your wanting to enjoy your time with your horse, this one may not be the one for you. He sounds...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Problem Horse, paint gelding, natural horsemanship
paint gelding, natural horsemanship, thick skull: Hi Haley! Your horse does not have a thick skull. He is only doing what he thinks he needs to do to survive. The humans around him are not offering him much. I know that this may be hard to hear, but the sooner you understand your role in his behavior...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Problem Horse, paint gelding, natural horsemanship
paint gelding, natural horsemanship, thick skull: Hi Haley! Oh my....you have quite a disrespectful little guy there, don t you now? You did not say how long you have owned him or if you were involved in his breaking/training. But, I would hazard a guess that you are going to get absolutely nowhere with...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Problem Horse, paint gelding, draw reins
paint gelding, draw reins, natural horsemanship: Hello Haley. Well the answer is so very simple here, your horse needs to be retrained from the bottom up. You need to go back to the very basics like he has never been ridden. Too much water under the bridge and you need some dry ground! Your not getting R-E-S-P-E-C-T..........

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Problem with riding in trailer, shipping boots, straight load
shipping boots, straight load, slant load: Hi Cindy! Hmmmm.....I am really stumped. I cannot fix his ability to ride in a trailer as that is not a training issue. He walks on and stands calmly. So this is more of an idiosyncrasy than anything else and I think no human can force him to think...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Problems with breaking my mare, first horse, atten
first horse, atten, quarter horse: Hi Kathy, It may be time to bump her up a little bit and give her more to think about. Stop backing up - go forward. I d get some more control of her so you can ride her threw these times. Lets go to the round pen first - tie her around and let her go round...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Pulling on the bit, snaffle, martingale
snaffle, martingale, tie down: Hi Debra! First, I have to ask if she is wearing a cavasson? Is it tight enough? Next, is she wearing a martingale? If so what kind? In western they call it a tie-down, English it s a standing. Then of course, there is the running and German. I think...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Pulling Back, appaloosa gelding, dangerous issue
appaloosa gelding, dangerous issue, knowledgeable source: I wanted to thank you for your question and give you some advice, but unfortunately I can t tell you how to fix this problem. A horse that pulls back constantly (especially if its been happening for over a year) can be a very dangerous animal. The absolute...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Pushy horse, signs of nervousness, positive reinforcement
signs of nervousness, positive reinforcement, decent answer: Cassie - For a lot of people there is a fine line between what is too much, and what is just right when it comes to reprimands - with horses or anything. I obviously can not see your horse and know exactly what is going on, but I will try to help and...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Pushy horse, signs of nervousness, positive reinforcement
signs of nervousness, positive reinforcement, decent answer: Hi Cassie! Great Question, and I love your attention to detail when asking it! Your guy is just a bit insecure and doesn t know what the plan is. He needs a bit more education and he needs to understand that this is a good deal for him. You are...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Pushy horse, signs of nervousness, positive reinforcement
signs of nervousness, positive reinforcement, decent answer: Hi Cassie! Because you are dealing with a young and green horse....everytime you touch him, it must be with a plan and a goal. Everything, everytime is about training and only when you are finished and he has accomplished his goal can you relax and just...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: my paint mare spooks, paint mare, ground manners
paint mare, ground manners, reserve champion: Hi Peggy! I am not sure what you mean by pro riders . Do you mean professional trainers or advanced students at the barn where she is. If she is doing it to a professional trainer, well, in my opinion, they should see it coming 3 steps before she does...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: My palomino, cats and dogs, male horse
cats and dogs, male horse, good behavior: Hi Hayley! Hmmmm.....I know this sounds strange but, are you SURE he is gelded? Gelded or Gelding is the correct term for a male horse that cannot reproduce. You were saying neutered and that is for cats and dogs. But, I knew what you meant. I have...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: parades - shoeing?, twenty four months, self mutilation
twenty four months, self mutilation, premature signs: Hello Mary, I strongly believe that if your not WORKING your horse that shoeing is not a necessity. As long as you keep the hooves trimmed and keep an eye on the foot for cracks-splitting-wall weakness your horse will do fine without shodding. Keep in...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: parelli, natural horsemanship, carrot stick
natural horsemanship, carrot stick, crossties: Hi Charlotte! I really need more information to give you an answer...let s start witht the basics. How old is he and how long have you been working/training him? Where is he in the training and what specifically are you working on and how is he doing?...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: pasture, pasture grasses, foxtail millet
pasture grasses, foxtail millet, horse colic: Hi Becky! Go to http://msucares.com/pubs/infosheets/is1200.htm scroll down to Millet This is a site from Mississippi University and it explains all the pasture grasses that can be planted. They said that brown top is fine and to avoid German and...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: pawing at the floor, boundry, scrapes
boundry, scrapes, paws: does she have any friends she can see in the stables? Alot of horses do this in stables, She will get used to it eventually as long as she has a friend...and as for jumping out of paddocks run a hotwire fence along her boundry about a meter inside the fence...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: pawing the ground, stud horses, constructive advice
stud horses, constructive advice, horse breed: Hi Sage! I see you have sent me several questions so I am going to just answer all of them in this one e-mail. First, you need to be very specific. Pick just one problem, the one that needs to be solved first and foremost. Ask just that one question...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: pawing, herd animals, cross ties
herd animals, cross ties, palamino: Hi Danielle! Hmmmm, I would wait until he is actually 2 yrs. old and then have the vet out to give him a look over to make sure he is ready to break. I m assuming he s gelded already. It s great that he is being patient and accepting his training well....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: picking up feet, farrier, farriers
farrier, farriers, paster: Hi Susan, Sounds like your mare has trust issues with men. How is she around your husband normally? Will she let him pat/groom/saddle her? How horsie is your husband? Would he have the ability to work with her to regain her trust in men? If you can...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: picking up horses hooves, horses hooves, peroid
horses hooves, peroid, monty roberts: Hi Joanna! Yes and no.....She has learned that disobeying you has no consequences and is testing you to see how far you will let her go. And if this keeps up, she will begin to understand she is dominate in the relationship and will not do anything she...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: pony, spooks, pony
spooks, pony, fly: Hi Sherrie, You can always put some fly spray on a towel and rub it on the horse. Your pony could be reacting to the smell or the feel of it. What I usually do to get a horse used to a sprayer is first bring an empty one and I will pretend that...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: pony, blank canvas, learning curve
blank canvas, learning curve, wrong idea: Hi Penny! You did not say if you owned this particular pony. I cannot give training advice to non-owners of the horse in question. I can say in the broadest of terms though, going back to the basics is never the wrong idea. Ponies are notorious for...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: pony that kicks, hind legs, reward system
hind legs, reward system, hocks: Hi Sarah! Yes. You hit the nail right on the head...persistence is the key. Always be kind but, firm and do not be afraid to use treats as a positive reward system. Use a special treat that she gets only when she is working well with you and give her...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: pony, english saddle, bosal
english saddle, bosal, snaffle: Ilena- This is kind of a difficult question to answer, but I will do my best. You could try a different bit. A standard snaffle with big D rings (basically a fulmer) may give your son more leverage while not being too severe on the horse. However, if...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: pregant or not, vet check, mustangs
vet check, mustangs, abdomen: Judy - Other than having the vet check, you have to wait a few months before you start really seeing signs. Some of the signs you may see are: weight gain (especially in the abdomen), and as she gets closer to delivery, waxing at the udders, possible change...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: problem horse, side reins, problem horses
side reins, problem horses, three gates: Hi Christine! I find it very interesting that you have owned her for 5 years and that she is not problem at home. Can you please explain in detail what the situation is at a show? When does her attitude start to slip into blatant disobedience? Start...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: A problem minature horse, stud chain, ground manners
stud chain, ground manners, little horses: Hi Carla! I am going to assume he is not gelded. If you do not plan to bred him regularly, you should geld him immediately. This will help to improve his behaviour. He just needs solid ground manners and that comes from consistent training from you...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: problem pony, gypsy cob, rope halter
gypsy cob, rope halter, quiet trail: Hi Lynne, It sounds like you are doing everything right for her. Poor thing, I hate to hear of these docile horses being abused. If you think you can get her past her fear issues using natural horsemanship techniques, she may turn out to be quite nice for...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Have a problem at the starting gate, injurys, lacerations
injurys, lacerations, simple answer: Well this is a question that does not have a simple answer. Simply because each and every single horse reacts differently to training at the gate. Have you or your trainer been to a gate schooling course? Does your track offer it? Has this horse been raced...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: problems with lunging, correct tools, patient progress
correct tools, patient progress, professional trainer: Hi Kim! I remember your e-mail and am glad you had some help form a professional trainer :-) What you are experiencing is common...when a horse moves to a new barn and all, they sometimes regress or act out. Just like a toddler might. You need to...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: problems shoeing, roping horses, naughtyness
roping horses, naughtyness, daily basis: hi there, im not entirely sure how to help you as its hard to tell without seeing your mare being shod weather it is fear or just plain naughtyness that is making her act up. If she is good to pick up her feet and handle them on a daily basis when you pick...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: proud cut gelding?, proud cut, gelding
proud cut, gelding, blood work: Hi Rachel, I am sorry about the loss of your gelding. If you have not done it yet, then remove the other horse from the pasture with your mares. Bring your horse to the vet for a complete check up. Make sure the vet does complete blood work....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: QH 2 years - correct lead, change gaits, lope
change gaits, lope, reins: Hi Maria, You want to start riding with both of your hands on the reins. Make sure your hands are low. Move his hip to the left begin to move the horse s hip to the left and walk foward. Then after he is walking at that angle move his hip to the...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Quarter horses, wild mustangs, freeze mark
wild mustangs, freeze mark, freeze brand: Hello Amber, Alot of horses are freeze branded. Some organizations require the horse to be freeze branded before it can be sold/registered. BLM (Bureau of Land Management) is the association for Wild Mustangs. Also registered Arabians sometimes have this...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Quarter Mustang cross, domestic horses, inexperienced persons
domestic horses, inexperienced persons, flight response: Owning a Mustang is not something I would recommend for inexperienced persons. They really are a different type of horse. They do not think or rationalize the way domestic horses do. They are hard-wired toward a fight or flight response in any frightening...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: one more question, pygmy goats, building garage
pygmy goats, building garage, holding pen: Hey Justin, there are varied land verses animal beliefs out there. Depending on if you plan on feeding hay or letting the land feed your horse. Not sure how much goats eat, but the standard is somewhere around 1 horse per acre of full grassland, if you don...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: question, bad habits, best of luck
bad habits, best of luck, mustangs: Emily - As long as she is physically sound there is no reason that she can not start training. Horse s can be riden all the way up to 30 yrs of age - although I wouldn t wait that long to start. I would recomend that, if you don t have the experience...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Random Biting, paint gelding, old paint
paint gelding, old paint, farrier: Hi Carli! I would have to say your gelding is not nervous about an old injury...he is just a little sour. Horses are like people. They come with all kinds of different personalities. He could bite at me all day long if he did what I needed when I needed...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: RE: my 3 yr old gelding being mad, herd leader, oldest horse
herd leader, oldest horse, pecking order: Well, what you have going on here is a classic case of a pecking order. All animals that live in groups have a pecking order . Pecking order is the order of dominance. The pecking order starts with the most dominant animal that is the leader. The order continues...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: RE: Is my horse too old to train?, lesson horse, druthers
lesson horse, druthers, professional trainer: HI Landa! My first thought is: This horse will either break easy or not at all. Period. He is rather old and you did not say why he was not broken earlier. Was he a stud? Was it just not a priority? It would help to know. Anyway, you absolutley...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Re: Training an 8 year old, quarterhorse mare, ground manners
quarterhorse mare, ground manners, people pleaser: Hi Dawn Thanks for your question. An 8yo is still a very young horse!!! Go ahead and get her trained (by someone you trust and has a proven history with initial training). She sounds like a lovely mare and she has a long life in front of her for you...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Re-training a horse, owning a horse, eyes on the ground
owning a horse, eyes on the ground, quarterhorse: Hi Jenny, Without seeing you both in action it s very hard for me to suggest ways of fixing this problem. I suggest you find a good trainer who can assess you both and work out what is actually happening. Sometimes a pair of eyes on the ground are worth...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Rearing/bucking, herd animals, riding horses
herd animals, riding horses, horse owner: Hi Tracey! It seems that you did everything correctly for a new horse owner. You bought a few older, experienced horses and hired a trainer to help you sort it all out. So, why are you having problems, right? Because horses have brains and are instinctively...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Rearing how to correct, appaloosa mare, running martingale
appaloosa mare, running martingale, stable mate: Hi Ruth! Hmmmm....since she is ridden infrequently (for lack of a better word) I would make sure she was not over-fed and under-exercised. A very bad combination. Lots of regular turn-out and always longe her before riding. And it should be longing with...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Rearing Issue, standardbred gelding, sticky beak
standardbred gelding, sticky beak, pleasure trail: Hi Julie! This is a very common issue for horses. Often called barn sour it just means a horse wants to get back to his safe place. Be it a barn, stall, pasture, horse buddies or trailer...it all results in the same behavior. Just what you described....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Rearing in stable, first few days, t pay
first few days, t pay, gelding: sounds just like your pony is fretting being confined in a stable, its quite common and not that bigger deal. you try a few things and see how you get on. firstly, does your pony have other horses around that it cannot see whilst in the stable? If so, just...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Rearing, quarter horse gelding, appaloosa gelding
quarter horse gelding, appaloosa gelding, early in the spring: The first thing that comes to my mind while reading your description of your geldings behavior, is pain. The absolute first thing that should be done is a complete physical vet examination, telling the vet the exact same thing you just told me. Whenever...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Recently purchased yearling, sweet horse, blowing in the wind
sweet horse, blowing in the wind, barrel horse: Hi Amy, Congrats on your new baby - she sounds super nice. 1. (Alone) Take and tie her from above where she can t strike anything - put her in a stall by herself where she has to spend some good alone time and learn that she is ok. She is going to have...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Regelding, horse gelding, proud cut
horse gelding, proud cut, grass type: Hi Carol, You can have the vet down to take some blood to check his testosterone levels. It sounds as though, the problem may be more feed related. I would take him off all grain, and just give him free choice hay of a grass type. Unless, he...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Removing fly eggs, bot eraser, bot fly
bot eraser, bot fly, horse supplies: It s a good thing nobody was injured by the pocket knife ... lol... There is an actual product made to remove those pesky eggs it is called a Grooming Stone or a Bot Eraser ... Here is a link that better describes the tool s usage http://www.groomersstone.com/horse-grooming/index.html...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Rescue horse, qh mare, rescue horse
qh mare, rescue horse, trusting relationship: Hi Kim! You did not say how long you have had this mare. I tell all new horse owners it can take 12 - 18 months to build a solid relationship built on trust and respect. Also, it is common for a low ranking horse to be a bully when they sense the slightest...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Retired gelding and mare, pregnant mare, minute intervals
pregnant mare, minute intervals, aggitation: Hi Charlotte, Your horse is buddy sour . You need to gradually move your gelding away from the mare. At first do it for 5 minute intervals so that he can see that he is able to return to his friend and that she has not disappeared. Once he...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Retraining a "hot" horse to walk, working with horses, riding horses
working with horses, riding horses, hot horse: Hi Amy! I understand your question and your concern for this gelding. However, I cannot give training advice to non-owners of the horse in question. I can say though, that the bit you described is very severe. It has a high port and can be extremely...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Riding, lifetime partner, barels
lifetime partner, barels, voice commands: Hi Brandi! Yes, it is too early to break him to saddle. I would continue on the path you are going especially with longing him and having him respond to voice commands....this will really help when you get on him! As for next summer, that is when you...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Riding!, appaloosa gelding, western saddles
appaloosa gelding, western saddles, consistent work: Hi Tonie! I cannot say how happy I am to hear from someone who is so responsible with their two year old that they stop to consider how to properly ride them ;-) Congratulations!! If you have never broken a baby to ride, the first thing I would say...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Riding, hay rack, first horse
hay rack, first horse, tiem: Hi Stephanie! My advice to you and your parents is for you to stop riding this baby right now and altogether. One, he is not even 2 yet (you said) and I am sure you have not properly gotten him ready to ride. You are BOTH too young to be doing something...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Riding an Alpha horse, herd leader, trot or canter
herd leader, trot or canter, rope halter: Hi Alanna! This is a great question! Horses are absolutely honest. The tell us right off where we are in the pecking order. It is really important to prove to the horse that we are a leader that can be trusted and respected. Horses cannot be bribed....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Riding an Alpha horse, horse herd, ground manners
horse herd, ground manners, dominace: Hi Alanna! Really, being the dominant one in the riding partnership has nothing to do with age, size or force. If you communicate with him in a language that he understands, you will always get your point across. He is very young and probably more...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Riding an Alpha horse, tb gelding, ground manners
tb gelding, ground manners, leg pressure: Hi Alanna, You have a young green horse and it sounds as though you are on the right path. I would try different bits with him and see how he does. I like the Training snaffle bit or the the full cheek snaffle. You also might want to try ground...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Riding a Alpha horse, horse herd, quick jerk
horse herd, quick jerk, little signs: Alanna- Asserting yourself as the dominant person in your human/horse herd is very important. There are a lot of different things you can do to put yourself in this position. I find that lunging is one of the most important ways. With lunging you are...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Riding, barels, 7 months
barels, 7 months, 5 months: Hello, In general I like to start horses when they are 2, however this is up to the horse. I like to start them at 2, leave them at pasture for six months and then get them going again. It is up to your horses maturity. So start him slowly in the next 5 months...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Rodeo!!!, welsh cob, dressage tests
welsh cob, dressage tests, sec c: Hi Jennifer! The first thing you have to decide is the mare acting out of fear, pain, ignorance or defiance? Because you know her best, you should be able to diagnose this. If she is cleared by a vet (so it s not pain) then you simply have a training...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Rodeo, side reins, rodeo time
side reins, rodeo time, rodeo horse: Hi Joanne! I would have to say it s just a case of the Fours .... You did not say if he has done this before or if he has been good all along and just out of the blue went bad that day. If he has been pretty good and really has tried to do as you...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Round pen difficulties, paint gelding, young cutie
paint gelding, young cutie, stubburn: Hello, Remember that your horse is not trying to be stubborn , he just doesn t quite get what the point of the round pen is. We dont need to run him until he is tired we just have to get his attention. Here is something to try- take in a stick with a plastic...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Running Foal, herd mate, steady motions
herd mate, steady motions, paliminos: Hi Devon, Is there any way you can get ahold of a round pen or panels? If you can then put the foal in it and feed and water him/her in it. If not can isolate them then they will come around quicker as you will become their herd mate. What I like...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: re-training from past, physical scars, train horses
physical scars, train horses, bright copper: Hi Caiti, I also have rehabilitated many types of horses with many different emotional and physical scars. Starting him from the ground up, using natural horsemanship techniques will help him immensely. If you read up on some of the great NH trainer s methods,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: realy simple for you, not so for me, horse cocks, comen
horse cocks, comen, lope: Hi Jess! This is a good one! First, I want you to find a smaller space to work your horse in. If you have access to a good round pen or small paddock that would be great. You can do this same exercise in a large pasture it is just harder on the human!...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: rearing, lead line, professional trainer
lead line, professional trainer, heavey: Hi Catherine! Sorry about the confusion in your follow-up question. The way it was formatted, I could not find the second question! Today I did :-) OK. You said you both ride him but, you did not specify who owns him. Again, I cannot answer and...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: rearing, cross ties, step 3
cross ties, step 3, step 2: Your horse has NOT been properly halterbroke. He has not been taught to give to pressure in all 6 directions, at different amounts of pressure 100% of the time. If he was, he would have no problem standing tied. A horse that is properly halterbroke will never...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: rearing, advance and retreat, best wishes
advance and retreat, best wishes, habit: Hello, I would start on the ground with a stick and a plastic bag on the end. Can you slowly build up to whirling the bag all over and have the horse just stand there. Go slowly using the principal of advance and retreat. Get close and before the horse says...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: rearing, place horses, bad habit
place horses, bad habit, hi john: Hi John! Rearing is the worst problem in a horse. Once they learn to do it, they use it all the time to get what they want. You have a small chance of training him out of it. But, I guarantee that whenever he is stressed (for the rest of his riding career)...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: rearing, red bandana, dangerous problem
red bandana, dangerous problem, riding crop: Mackenzie - If it were my horse, I would be worried that the staff is doing something that your mare does not agree with. I m sure it is nothing mean, but that is a lot of aggression to show at feeding time. It would make me think that something is happening....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: rearing horse in field, chifney bit, competition horse
chifney bit, competition horse, rearing horse: Hello, Let s look at where your horse is coming from. When he starts to work in the field with you he starts to feel alone and scared to move forward so he rears. Our job is to learn how to present ourselves to our horses as the lead horse, and make partners...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: rearing horse, canadian nationals, rearing horse
canadian nationals, rearing horse, flook: Hi Amanda! I have to be completely honest for your sake and your horse s. You should not ride him anymore. You say you know he is not dangerous and that you love him. Unfortunately, love is not enough in this instance. He will flip again or rear and...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: rearing when getting shoes on, bad habbit, abcesses
bad habbit, abcesses, short periods: Hi Hillari! Hmmm...your boy needs to be desensitized to the nailing, whether it be the noise or the pressure of it. I spoke to my farrier and he suggested that it may be your blacksmith. The hoof/leg is held differently for a shoe being put on than for...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: rearing when tied, refreshing course, cross ties
refreshing course, cross ties, spray bottle: Hello Rachel, sounds like your mare needs a refreshing course in halterbreaking. I have been asked this question numerous of times and I hope this helps you. Your horse has not been properly halterbroke. She has not been taught to give to pressure in all...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: rearing, colt, best wishes
colt, best wishes, horses: Hello, I am sorry you found my advise to be unhelpful. I have started close to 100 horses and taught them to lead. If you would like to get more specific with your question I would love to help. From my experience it is all about slowing down and teaching...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: rebreaking carriage horse, carriage horses, steady rhythm
carriage horses, steady rhythm, show horses: Hi Debbie, Thanks for your question. One thing to keep in mind is that your horses are 13. While this isn t old, they have been working in a set pattern for a long time. It will take time to rearrange their thinking and allow their muscles to change...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: My relation with my horse., nicker, intellegence
nicker, intellegence, simple answer: I have a simple answer for you. Horses are not dumb. Many people think that they have the intellegence of a 2 year old child.. even if this is true, a 2 year old has the ability to remember people, even if they rarely see them. In my opinion, as long as your...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: removing fly eggs, tack store, last option
tack store, last option, pocket knife: Hello, They make a special device for removing eggs, I am sure you local tack store would have them or at least know where to send you. The worry is that the horse would use their mouth to itch their legs, ingest the eggs and have worms in their belly. Make...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: replying about rearing horse, pinto horse, worried girl
pinto horse, worried girl, loving horse: Hi Amanda! Yes, I remember you and Vinnie. First, please give Vinnie to a rescue organization or another person who understands his issues....and that he is not ridable. Second, buying the perfect horse is as hard as finding the perfect man. It...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: rescued horse, natural horseman, tom dorrance
natural horseman, tom dorrance, breaking in horses: Hello, There are so many great clinicians out there who can help you. If you were in my area I would love to, but wherever you are some great Natural Horseman probably clinics only a few hours away. Keep an eye out for Brian Neubert, Buck Bennamen, and any...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: getting rid of fly eggs, mature larvae, pesky critters
mature larvae, pesky critters, small intestine: Hello Molly, Eggs of the common horse bot hatch after a 2- to 5-day incubation period, often stimulated by warmth and moisture from the animal s tongue. Eggs of the other species may hatch without stimulation. Newly hatched bot larvae enter or are taken...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: ridding, cross firing, changing directions
cross firing, changing directions, horse and rider: Not familiar with the term playing up and on right rein? I think you are talking about her right and left lead. Most horses have a good side and an off side. If you are using or have access to a round pen you can try and fix it there. Horses that know...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: riding age, filly, joann
filly, joann, mustangs: Joann - If you question is: Is that to much weight for an 18 month old? Yes and no. If the horse remains perfectly calm and only works at a walk, then short rides will not cause any trouble at that weight. If the horse doesn t tolerate riding well,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: riding, paint gelding, old paint
paint gelding, old paint, sweet heart: Hi Jenny! First, I would not let the children near him until you have had him much, much longer and can fully trust him. He is still very emotionally immature and you do not want to invite any trouble. Please ask your riding instructor to show you how...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: The right choice, first horse, barrel racing
first horse, barrel racing, fineliving com: Hi Kat, There is not one correct breed of horse that will do what you want to do. What you want is a horse trained in that discipline. Since this is your first horse I would look for a horse that is over the age of seven. If you want to barrel race...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: rude, sugar cubes, cross ties
sugar cubes, cross ties, ears and eyes: Hi Maura! It sounds like he is just not a friendly, people horse... coupled with an I m in charge attitude. A sharp elbow probably will not fix this and only make him worse. Grab a few helpers and a box of sugar cubes or another treat he likes....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Saddle training a mustang, mustang mare, red bandana
mustang mare, red bandana, retreat method: Bill- The best way to work with mustangs is very gradually. Not necessarily slowly, just in small steps. There are a few things I can suggest: 1. Putting the pad near the food/water is a nice idea, but Mustangs are really smart. They know the difference...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Saddling problems, natural horsemanship techniques, appaloosa stallion
natural horsemanship techniques, appaloosa stallion, pmu mares: Hi Stacy, sounds like you have a great horse. He was scared by the saddle and that experience. Hate to say this but you should have had him tied good and fast when saddling so this would not have happened. I am sure you know that and sound like you have...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Saddling problems, natural horsemanship techniques, appaloosa stallion
natural horsemanship techniques, appaloosa stallion, pmu mares: Wonderful to talk with you Stacy! This boy sounds like a really good ride and I can tell you from some past episodes that it is all in time to see him come around. Sounds like you know that he gave himself a really big scare and once these creatures get fearful...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Sassy horse, quarter horse mare, lead line
quarter horse mare, lead line, saddle pad: Hello, Molly, if you have made sure it is not a physical problem of pain, is telling you she needs a little brush up with the first steps. No biggie. Start with a saddle pad and holding the lead so that if she moves she can go in a circle around you, start...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Scary bottles, quarter horse gelding, spray bottles
quarter horse gelding, spray bottles, poor vision: If you keep him in a stall then I would tie a hay string to the neck of his bottle and hang it near where you hay or grain him in the stall. You want him to get desensitized to it. Put it in a bucket and let him play with it. This way he will realize that...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Scary bottles, quarter horse gelding, spray bottles
quarter horse gelding, spray bottles, poor vision: Hi Nicky, Have you first checked for a physical cause for the spooking? I:e poor vision? If there is no physical cause then I would be your guy in the round pen and rub whatever he is cared of all over him until he is used to it. When you brush...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: School Project Persuasion Speech, persuasion speech, horses
persuasion speech, horses, feelings: I prefer horses over cars. Why? Because I m the kind of person who likes to have a relationship. I like to snuggle and be close, and I just don t feel that snuggling with a car works that well... Also I feel closer to horses because they are living things...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Shy Horse, dangerous animal, qh
dangerous animal, qh, spooks: Hi Linda, You have a very long road ahead of you. First I wouldn t ride this horse until he has lost his fear. He is a very dangerous animal in this condition and should not be trusted until he learns to become more confident. It would be best to put...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Side Passing my filly., paint filly, team penning cattle
paint filly, team penning cattle, working with horses: You said that Skye will bend her head in the appropriate direction first and then take a step to the side. That is good. You need to be riding Skye when you teach her this. You have limited control of her on the ground and that is not helping. The first...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Six year old thats not trained, paint mare, gaits
paint mare, gaits, irons: The only way to train a horse for riding, is to ride it, really. However, because you are unable to ride all the time, the next best thing is ground work of all kinds... lunging your horse with the saddle on will get her used to wearing the saddle, and...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Speed Control, nylon halter, thoroughbred mare
nylon halter, thoroughbred mare, lead lines: Hi Kara- Your problem is a difficult one to fix on a former race horse. She has been trained to run and at 22 she is pretty set in her ways. You could try lunging her first or working with her in a small arena to help her settle down before really riding...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Speed, hes
hes: I would recommend taking him straight to a trainer.. you do NOT kick a 2 year old to make them go. You re horse is probably slow because he is unsure and has no idea what is happening to him. It probably has nothing to do with being lazy. If you have...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: A Spinning Horse, horses name, correct actions
horses name, correct actions, professional trainer: Hi Mackenzie! This is a difficult situation and I cannot answer it over the computer. It sounds like Champ has real trust issues with humans coupled with having gotten away with disrespecting them for so long, he knows he can get away with it! Noramlly,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Spooking, positive reinforcement, pony club
positive reinforcement, pony club, clicker training for dogs: Hi Kristyn! I strongly recommend you have a vet out immediately to look at your mare. She should have it thoroughly cleaned by the vet and at the very least a tetanus shot or Bute and quite possibly antibiotics too. If it is close to a joint it can...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Spring fever affecting my paint horse's behaviour, spring fever, paint horse
spring fever, paint horse, hissy fit: Hi Sharon! You re welcome :-) I am glad you are longeing her again with a plan but, I am not sure I like the reins tied behind her saddle. Putting a frame on her might not be the solution to your problem. Ask yourself this.... Is she inverting to escape...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Stall breaking, overhead fan, training solution
overhead fan, training solution, premarin: Susan- Is he still intact or is he gelded? If he is still intact he may be spreading his smell around the stall. But other than that, I have no good advice to make him cleaner in his stall. You could try working him for frequent brief periods just to...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Stall breaking, boogie man, day before yesterday
boogie man, day before yesterday, gelding: Hi Danielle! No worries here. You are doing the absolute right thing by letting him do it on his terms. Does he like to eat his breakfast and dinner? Hay? Water? Treats? If yes, he will have to walk into his stall to do it from now on. Leave everything...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Stall Sharing Bad Behavior, words of wisdom, high horse
words of wisdom, high horse, gelding: Hi Dennis, this sounds normal and I agree it will work out. The mare is just establishing the rules and making sure the Gelding knows who is in charge. I would think this stall is a little bigger so you can feed at two different ends. When feeding more than...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Stallion behavior, gelding horses, herd animals
gelding horses, herd animals, ear shot: Hi Lisa, The screaming is a normal stallion behavior. They are challenging any other stallion within ear shot and they are also letting the mares know that they are there. By yelling no at him you are basically reinforcing the behavior since you...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Stallion in Neighbors Pasture, ficus hedge, hotwire
ficus hedge, hotwire, hot wire: Hi Amy, Each stallion is different. Some may try to come through the fence, while others will not. It is the same with mares. Your best way to handle this without offending your neighbor is to let them know that you are concerned that one of the...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: My Standardbred, bad habit, odd occasion
bad habit, odd occasion, flatwork: Hi Deborah, Thanks for your question! What an interesting problem!!! I have heard of horses doing this on the odd occasion, especially in water, but as a regular event is strange indeed. It sounds to me more of a bad habit then boredom with his routine...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Starting 2 colts, dennis reis, buck brannaman
dennis reis, buck brannaman, ray hunt: Hi Joan! Gosh I m SO glad you are going to run with this. DVD s are great if you are down to your last option. At least people can see what some of these tools look like. However, it is difficult to learn from just a book or a video. Having a good...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Starting A Filly That Is Not Mine, working with horses, filly
working with horses, filly, nine months: Hi Tiffanie! I cannot give training advice to non-owners of the horse in question. Working with such a young and impressionable baby should be left to experienced trainers. So many things could go wrong and a human or the filly could be easily and unintentionally...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Starting a pregnant mare?, pregnant mare, internal organs
pregnant mare, internal organs, healthy pregnancy: Hi Monika! In my professional opinion....Do what the vet says. Have her examined as every horse s health is different. My personal advice....Wait until she is delivered safely of the foal, weaning is completed and the two are separated completely ~...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Starting pregnant mare?, pregnant mare, 5 months
pregnant mare, 5 months, mares: Hi Monika , If you just plan on doing walking and mild trotting with her then you can start her. If she is a mare who is nervous or flighty then I would hold off. More importantly, judge what you do by her attitude. Some mares are wonderful and...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Stormy, faster horses, acre block
faster horses, acre block, gorgeous horse: Hi Ally! The first thing you have to remember is that he is ONLY 3 yrs. old!! This is very young mentally as well as physically for a horse and is the most important period of his training to be a riding partner. Mistakes now could become lifelong behavorial...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Stubborn Mare, working with horses, straightforward question
working with horses, straightforward question, acting this way: Hi Jodi! This seems to you like a very straightforward question. Why did my horse suddenly turn mean? However, the answer cannot be so simple. You did not say your experience level with owning and working with horses, young horses! Because, 6 yrs...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Stubborn Walker, pony club, lateral movements
pony club, lateral movements, hey mom: Hi Christina Thanks for your question. I ve found that horses are rarely stubborn - there is always an underlying problem somewhere. It sounds like your horse is a little barn sour and also in need of some education. I would suggest finding an...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Stud Quarter Horse Behavior, hog wire, board fence
hog wire, board fence, wire fence: Hi Christi, I prefer no-climb hog wire fence with a board top and electric tape along the top, if you cannot afford all board fence with the electric tape. Barbed wire is just much to dangerous. He is young, but certainly mature enough to breed. Your neighbor...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Sudden Behavior Change, paint mare, old paint
paint mare, old paint, hi amy: Hi Amy, Get yourself one of those stiff crops and put a plastic bag on the end of it. When you go out to the pasture bring the whip with you. If your filly displays the negative behavior then shake the whip at her while yelling no or stop. Make...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Sudden change in Behaviour, willing attitude, vision problem
willing attitude, vision problem, vision problems: There are several things I would check if I were you. I would check his eyes first to make sure he is not experiencing a vision problem. If he is having vision problems he might bolt because he can not see things clearly. If that turns out ok the next thing...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Sudden change in behavior, behavior question, violent incident
behavior question, violent incident, delicate balance: Hi Michelle! It seems to me this was a case of honest fright and she is not just pulling your chain. So, you will have to treat her kinder and let her go slower than if you were working with a downright contrary horse. You want to make getting on the...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: getting back in the saddle, horse ownership, strangest things
horse ownership, strangest things, good relationship: Hello, Funny this question should come to me on the eve of being kicked by a horse I know very well. All horses can be unpredictable. The best advise I can give is to take the issue on as an assignment. Take a stick and tie a plastic bag to the end, start...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: saddleing the colt first time, lyons on horses, surcingle
lyons on horses, surcingle, arvis: When you run into a situation like this you usually have to go back a few steps in training. You almost need to start over from scratch. This is what I would do, some of it may be stuff the horse knows, but I would do it anyway. 1. Take an old lunge...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: saddling, sugar lump, bucker
sugar lump, bucker, tight hole: Hi Adrian! I own several horses that bite at the air and turn around to bite at me during cinching! HAHA! AND I M THE TRAINER!! They just don t like the tightening of the girth/cinch part of saddling up. And most likely they never will. But, you can...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: scared horse!, cob mare, welsh cob
cob mare, welsh cob, problem horse: Hi Lisa! The only thing you can do is wait. How long? I cannot say. That is between you and your mare. Time heals everything (practically)and also, you have known each other for only a few weeks. I tell everyone it can take over a year to build a...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: scared or stubborn, natural horsemanship, stud chain
natural horsemanship, stud chain, horse experience: Hello, I do not think your pony is trying to be difficult, I think he truly does not understand. He is a colt, and the saying is quite true that green on green makes black and blue. If your daughter is set on keeping this pony she should hook up with a...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: separating filly and mother, season heat, mean bone
season heat, mean bone, milk replacer: Hi Teresa, If you feel that the foal is 4-5 months, and someone will be home to make sure she is okay, you could begin the weaning process. Be sure to have some milk replacer on hand, even though she should be eating small amounts of solid feed by now, grasses,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: seperating a mare and baby, hog wash, mama baby
hog wash, mama baby, half an answer: Not sure if you got half an answer, but while typing, I got kicked out. I will start over in case you did not get anything. In the horse world lots of advice is out there. Some good and some (a lot) is just hog wash. I don t ask people to substitute my...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: out of shape mare, time in the world, ridin
time in the world, ridin, hour and a half: Hello, I wouldn t think of how hard you ride but how long you ride. Take your mare out on a day when you know you have all the time in the world, and just promise yourself that you will stay on for an hour and a half to two hours. Horses who are on the payroll,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: my shetland pony, manner lessons, ground manners
manner lessons, ground manners, shetland pony: Hi Debra! Your little filly is acting dominant to you and your family. This must be stopped immediately, as it will only get worse if unchecked. I am going to assume you bought her as a pet/riding pony for your 3 yr. old child. She needs to have...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: shoeing, ground manners, verbal praise
ground manners, verbal praise, old saddle: Hi Janis! The most important thing to remember when you are just starting a relationship with a new horse is to not rush it. They do not think anything special about you even though you love them immensely. You are just another human standing in front...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: slow down, paint gelding, old paint
paint gelding, old paint, gaits: Hi Marie! This is very simple to fix. I would longe him at all 3 gaits before every ride and even on days you cannot ride. Have him perform everything on voice commands including collection of his gaits....this is what is important to you on your rides,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: spinning, pony club, horse person
pony club, horse person, hind end: Hi J! You have a very young horse that you have owned a very short period of time. She does not know you or trust you in any way...that is why she is showing you her hind-end and that she will kick you if you come in her space. This is what all horses...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: spoiled 7yr old, wild mustang, many horses
wild mustang, many horses, fillie: Hi Luke! Thank you for the additional information. It seems to me that right now, the most important thing, is to work with your mare on some basics. See how things go from there and then decide if she is a good candidate for breaking to saddle. You...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: spooke horse, herd animals, race horses
herd animals, race horses, warning signs: Hi Roger, Hi Ginny! When you think of a spooked or scared horse remember they are only doing what they think they need to do to survive. Horses are herd animals and at the bottom of the food chain. They know they are on the menu of many other animals...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: spooking and napping, noisy farm, familiar surroundings
noisy farm, familiar surroundings, farm machinery: hi there, Sounds like you are doing everything I would do, I would perhaps try to be a bit more aggressive and give him a smack on the bum to make him move forward or perhaps you could try a sheepskin shadowroll? I find them very good for horses that look...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Not a spooky horse.. but maybe..., tb mare, spooky horse
tb mare, spooky horse, reinactments: Sarah - The bag on a crop idea works well. I recommend putting it on a lunge whip first and doing it from the ground, then from the saddle with a crop. Tarps are good - especially plastic ones. If you can put up small flags or ribbons where you work...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: My spooky horse, spooky horse, lesson horse
spooky horse, lesson horse, qh: Hi Kayla! Thank you for the follow-up. This is just too big a job for you to fix and by not owning him, you legally cannot anyway. Will he change or is this permanent? From what you ve told me and considering his age....I d say he will not drastically...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: stall breaking, rope tie, cotton rope
rope tie, cotton rope, good horses: Let me try to take this one question at a time. Horses are claustrophobic and many do not like stalls. There are certain things you can do to get rid of bad behaviors in a stall. First off make sure the stall is at least 12x12. If the horse kicks the stall...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: stallion, thoroughbred gelding, undescended testicle
thoroughbred gelding, undescended testicle, subtle signals: I have a stallion right now that is the most honest creature I have ever known. I would trust him more then I would trust any other horse I have met so far... BUT He is still a stallion and in a situation involving other horses and/or mares in heat, all...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: stallion behavior, stud colt, breeding stallions
stud colt, breeding stallions, saddlebred: Hi Erin, I have around stallions including breeding stallions for ober 30 years and never had one attack me when I was having my period. I have never heard of it happening. I would be concerned that your stallion has not dropped yet. He could be...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: stallions, mare herd, extreme caution
mare herd, extreme caution, racehorses: Hi Sheri! I understand your question but, I cannot give advice to non-owners of the horse(s). I can however say in the broadest of terms, that stallions can rarely be put out with others. I know of a draught breeder that keeps his stallion in with...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: standardbreds, loyal breed, race career
loyal breed, race career, flatwork: Yes, I ve been laughed at more than once for wasting my time with Standardbreds. I love them, they are such genuine fellows without the fizziness of the TBs. Thanks for letting me know a bit of your history, it helps to know the rider s background that...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: standing still issues, little fellow, snaffle bit
little fellow, snaffle bit, hindquarters: Hi Elizabeth! Your pony is a game little fellow! Their blood is really up on a hunt! The hounds, the people, the horses! It really is a high energy event! Your pony is just saying LET S GO!!! First and foremost, please do not pull on both reins....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: starting 2 rescued colts, buck brannaman, looking in the mirror
buck brannaman, looking in the mirror, york pennsylvania: Hi Joan! Yes! I do know someone that can help you. Ricky travels to Pennsylvania in the late fall and early winter when he is finished with his duties on the ranch. I met Ricky five years ago when after back surgery, I needed help with two colts....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: starting 2 year olds, quarter horse gelding, ligaments and tendons
quarter horse gelding, ligaments and tendons, lateral movements: Hi Roxanne, Your young horse sounds lovely! I would consider long back country trail rides with mountainous terrain to be too much for this age of horse. I would spend this season schooling and building muscle on the flat. I usually work my babies...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: stop biting and hose fear, gelding, muzzle
gelding, muzzle, avail: Nipping can become very dangerous, even if the horse is only playing right now. First off, when he tries to nip do NOT grab his lip like you have been trying... this behaviour actually encourages nipping because it becomes a game for the horse. Because...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: stop rearing ,cribbing, bitting and digging, welsh pony, logical manner
welsh pony, logical manner, bitting: Hi Sage! In order to help you in the most logical manner, you are going to have to break that one question down into several. Pick one issue and tell me about it in greater detail. Each of these vices have unique triggers and I cannot give a one-size-fits-all...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: The stopper, appaloosa gelding, s education
appaloosa gelding, s education, appaloosa: Hi Ashley! I cannot give training advice to non-owners of the horse in question. I understand your problem and can say in the broadest of terms, it is a combination of gaps in the horse s education and your inability to anticipate his stopping. I...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: strange brumby, domesticated horses, magnificent animal
domesticated horses, magnificent animal, brumby: I m afraid I can only offer a little help, because I have never worked with a wild horse and I know that they react differently than domesticated horses do. First off, the horse must have been afraid of you when he first arrived. So, how did you get him...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: strangles, streptococcus equi, box stall
streptococcus equi, box stall, home answer: If the other horses are infected yes your horses stand a chance to get it. Lets just say that your horse is next to another horse that is infected and he snorts or clears his/her passages, your horse inhales or licks the stall or even rubs against the wall...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: strong horses/ pulling, left behind, horses
left behind, horses, phrase: HI Fiona! This is a difficult question to answer without more information. Can you please re-phrase it with more details? I mean everything you can think of about the horse and tack as well as specific situations in which it happens. Then I can give...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: studdy gelding mustang, old mustang, gelding
old mustang, gelding, geldings: Hi Kate, There are some geldings who retain studdy behavior even when they have been castrated. I own a 15 year old Mustang gelding who tries to mount my mare, whenever he get s a chance. At your geldings age, there is really no way to change that...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: stumbling horse, paint gelding, slaughter house
paint gelding, slaughter house, sweet horse: Hi Samantha! I understand your situation and your concern for a horse that is not even yours is admirable. First, I would advise no more riding and certainly NO jumping. This must be all about the health and safety of the horse and yourself. It sounds...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: suggestions on her bad habbits, bad habbits, ground manners
bad habbits, ground manners, accident 2: Hi Kim! What you are experiencing with your mare is a common problem with horses that are always together in a backyard herd. The very instincts we use to subdue and command them are the very same ones they feel when so closely quartered. It is a double...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Tall, 1hh, standardbred
1hh, standardbred, draught: Hi Holly! Unfortunately, my answer cannot be as brief as your question! LOL!! As a rule, a horse can comfortably jump as high as his belly but, obviously go higher. If he is a Thoroughbred, a Standardbred or a draught-cross and not too heavy, I would...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: About my TB, effects of malnutrition, carrot stick
effects of malnutrition, carrot stick, teets: Hi Chloe! The very first thing I would recommend is a thorough exam by the vet. She might need to be wormed by tube (bad worms from her previous life could cause lethargy) or she might still be languishing from the after effects of malnutrition even though...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Teaching a young thoroughbred to accept being ridden, thoroughbred mare, regumate
thoroughbred mare, regumate, rears: In my opinion no there is no such thing as an unbreakable horse but that does not mean this mare will ever be what you want her to be, she will probably always need to be in full hard work and will take up alot of your time. Is there something really special...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Tennessee Walking Horse, tennessee walking horses, tommy turvey
tennessee walking horses, tommy turvey, tennessee walking horse: Hello Christina, I don t know exactly what tricks you are wanting to teach your horse but try to remember this point, you can call them tricks or training , you are just going to focus on teaching your horse to give to pressure. Once you truly understand...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Tennessee Walking Horse, tennessee walking horse, natural horsemanship
tennessee walking horse, natural horsemanship, horse broker: Hello Rene , I actually have several clients who are looking for gaited horses at this time. I will call you this next week and we will talk about what you would like to ask for your gelding. The particular woman I have in mind would be interested at the...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Terrible 3's, dr jeckle and mr hyde, goofy teenager
dr jeckle and mr hyde, goofy teenager, qh gelding: Hi Patti! This is a great question! I LOVE what you are doing with your horse. I ll just help you refine a few things so you can get what you are looking for. When you are working your colt in the round pen and you are hooking him on, (join-up same...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Three year old peruvian pasos, filly horse, peruvian pasos
filly horse, peruvian pasos, advance and retreat: Hi Cyndi, congrats on your new horses. Not sure if you have other horses or have ever owned horses, but watching these two progress will really be rewarding. Horses that have not been handled can be dangerous. Not because they are mean, but because they...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Touching, bob carpenter, ottb
bob carpenter, ottb, rough track: Hi Bob! I have owned several OTTB s over the years and they do tend to be thin-skinned . Sensitive to touch, flies love them and they get big welts from them easily. So, your guy is probably like this but, also he might have a different attitude towrds...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: TRAINING A 6 YR OLD, three gaits, knowledgeable person
three gaits, knowledgeable person, magnier: Hi Juliet! There is not enough room on the Internet for me to tell you all the things you should be doing in the correct order! LOL!! Since you are determined to keep him and work him yourself, you should ask a knowledgeable person in your area to look...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Trail obstacles, western headstalls, lol thanks
western headstalls, lol thanks, junior horse: Hi Sara! Is it an AQHA show? Check with the association you are riding with. Most all use January 1 as the universal birthday for horses and it depends on if they consider a junior horse 4 or 5 years old. Most western headstalls don t make keepers...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Trail Riding, home trees, quarter horse
home trees, quarter horse, open space: Hi Mariah, It sounds like your just going to have to do more time in the saddle and expose him to more things where he feels comfortable first before heding out on the trail. When you do go out on the trails, riding with a more experienced solid horse that...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Trail riding (he Must be in front), rancho oso, gaited horses
rancho oso, gaited horses, horse pony: First off if this is a one time thing then I would not worry about it but if he continues to do this then there are several things I would suggest. I would first make sure he does not have any visual or pain issues by having a vet check him. If he comes out...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Trailer loading, horse steps, hind legs
horse steps, hind legs, milk crates: Hello. First off, thank you for the question. :) I m going to try my best to help.. but I ve never dealt with a narrow trailer. I m assuming you have a divider in-between the horses. Is there any way you can remove the divider? I know for safety purposes...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Trailering and Arena Problems, sweet mare, incouragement
sweet mare, incouragement, behavior problem: Hi Kim! A bad hauler is very hard to cure. It can be done but only with alot of time and patience from you. Without knowing this horses past or what has happened to her to make her panic while in the trailer I only have guess work here so first let s start...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Trailering a Weanling, cindy cindy, jail bars
cindy cindy, jail bars, sick daughter: Cindy - I appologize for taking so long to get back to you, I have a sick daughter at home. When I have to trailer Mustangs, I don t tie them up. In fact, I can t get up to them at that point to even put a halter on so tieing is not an option. What...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Trailering, bribery, best solution
bribery, best solution, carrots: Hello! I am very sorry about previously rejecting your question. I was extremely busy and wasn t sure if I would have the time. I hope you don t mind that I ve come back to try and help. :) Although it is bribery, and many people hate to use bribery to...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Trainig issue, racehorse, novices
racehorse, novices, good luck: Hi Rachel, Retraining an ex racehorse is a very complex matter and should not be attempted by novices. I suggest that you either a)send him to a reputable trainer for his basic training or b)get a good trainer to work with you while you retrain him (even...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Training 3 yr. old filly, trot canter, dressage arena
trot canter, dressage arena, hind end: Hello Amanda, It sounds like you have done a great job so far, but somewhere a step was skipped. Every horse you start under saddle is different and has different needs. Firstly it seems as though she has nt really come to terms with her saddle yet. You can...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Training 3 yr. old filly, trot canter, dressage arena
trot canter, dressage arena, hind end: Hi Amanda, One of the problems you may be having is her age. Her breed is slower to mature physically and usually should just be ridden at a walk/slow trot until the are around 4. You could also be having some back issues and if the owners will...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Training 3 yr. old filly, trot canter, dressage arena
trot canter, dressage arena, hind end: Hi Amanda! In my professional opinion I think you should stop riding this baby. Right now you are in physical danger and unknowingly ruining a vital stage of this young horse s training. By not having the experience or skill to even stay on when this...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Training a 3 yr. old, trot canter, dressage arena
trot canter, dressage arena, hind end: Hi Amanda, thanks for your question. First off, I m going to say that when a horse shows any sort of unfavorable behaviour it doesn t not always mean they re trying to be bad... but the behaviour is still unnacceptable and the horse must be taught that...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Training a 6mo old philly, true horseman, foundation training
true horseman, foundation training, first horse: Sounds great. Showing her in 4H is very good, any exposure to different areas, trailering, people, cars, cows, etc are very good for her development. A big mistake that new owners make is trying to protect their horse too much. When a horse spooks or...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Training 7 month old, horse experience, future training
horse experience, future training, old horse: Hi Kaylee. Your question is good, but the answer would take books and years to answer. Not sure what your horse experience is or how long have you had mom, how often do you ride and horse handling experience. I will try and give you some tips, but I can...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Training a2yr old minature horse to lunge, short attention span, ground manners
short attention span, ground manners, grass hay: Hi Carla! Minis and Ponies are the crankiest creatures around!! It may be because they are small or it is just a breed chararistic but, I see it time and time again. You said he knows how to longe and does it correctly for a short period of time before...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Training/Breaking a 4 1/2 yr. Percheron Mare, percheron mare, bit and bridle
percheron mare, bit and bridle, sure what type: You have alot more horse then someone out there riding a Walker or a Quarter and I have ridden Shires & Percherons in the past so this is a wonderful question! You need to offer this mare what I call the 2 in 1 special. It is a bridle that offers a snaffle...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Training and Breaking, pony rides, lung line
pony rides, lung line, rider combination: Hi Melanie! Wow! You got a double whammy ~ 3 yrs old and a TB cross pony!! They can have BIG attitiudes! From what you ve told me you have been on the right track with his training. You appear to be fair but firm when you ask for something. My...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Training my colt, proper exposure, new experiences
proper exposure, new experiences, horse trailer: It sounds like you are giving your colt the proper exposure to new experiences that he will be expected to stand for as an adult. At this age there really are no set rules for his training aside from the typical leading, bathing, feet handling and grooming...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Training horse-ground up, mare pasture, bryan neubert
mare pasture, bryan neubert, joe wolter: Hi April! Wow, you go girl! It is great that your mare is a blank slate. Sometimes people do way too much to horses and can make a real mess of things. I would much rather have a two year old with no handling than one that was started badly. I really...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Training horses, training horses, brumby
training horses, brumby, time doesn: The best thing you can do is give this filly time. Don t try pushing her because this is all very new to her... she needs to learn to relax around people and eventually come to you rather than you going to her. If she is in a small enough paddock and preferably...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Training a jumpy colt, fox trotter, month old baby
fox trotter, month old baby, tin cans: Hi Jennifer! I understand you want to enter her into the 2yr. old clss but, it sounds like she wouldn t like it very much and you probably wouldn t be in the ribbons! She may just have a naturally skittish personality and you could make it worse by forcing...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Training a Mustang, mustang mare, morgan mare
mustang mare, morgan mare, old mustang: Hi Stephanie, It seems as though you have two different mares there. The one who you tried out and the one who is at your home now. There could be a couple of reasons for that. Is there any chance the mare was drugged to make her more sedate?...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Training a scared 2-yr-old colt to clip, bridle path, cordless shaver
bridle path, cordless shaver, little fella: Hi Lori! It sounds like you have a nice little fella with a little problem! Well, it could be worse, really. First, I am glad to hear no one got hurt and we want to keep it that way! Your colt is so very, very new to his surroundings and you are just...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Training and Trust issues, advance and retreat, trust issues
advance and retreat, trust issues, human contact: Hello, Wow, what a big question! For the first step could be (assuming they have been haltered) to teach them that when you put on pressure of any kind the answer is to focus on you, not run from or into the pressure. The game of advance and retreat is the...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Training my young horse, release knot, arabian mare
release knot, arabian mare, tarps: First off, thank you for the question. I hate to start off with disappointing news, but I have a mare that is much like yours. I ve had her for 4 years, and I have only just gotten to the point where I can lightly brush my hand over her ears. Unfortunately,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Traning foals, april one, foals
april one, foals, fillies: Hello El, When it comes to foals my personal opinion is, if at all possible, just let them grow up as a free horse. When it comes to a young and pushy guy who is wanting to bite you the best advise is dont let him get close enough to do it! Shake your lead...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Trimming, positive reinforcement, farrier
positive reinforcement, farrier, gelding: Hi Gina! Arabs (even half-Arabs) are sensitive and difficult horses to deal with....if you do not understand them. Forget force, twitches and yelling/hitting. It will never work on him and he has proved that. Yes, you must always be calm, firm and...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Trouble with turning?, bump bump bump, subtle cues
bump bump bump, subtle cues, matter what type: Hello there! My sister just had a baby so I apoligize for the delay. In this situation it sounds like your horse is asking you to slow down, he does not understand how to respond to you so he is reacting. If he is better on the ground lets start there. Stand...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Troubled TB, unhappy consequences, sand arena
unhappy consequences, sand arena, little gem: Hi Fallon! I really need to know more about how extensive and involved his training has been...as well as the frequency that you do it. Once a week, twice a week, 3 times a week? From just what you have told me today, I would say none of the training...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Trust ->Halter? A young colt, short attention span, halter training
short attention span, halter training, fillies: Thanks for the question Mackenzie. :) 10 minutes for a young foal is actually a very normal, perhaps even long attention span. The best thing you can do to get your colt more trust worthy is to work with him multiple times a day, but say for only a couple...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Trust between horse and rider, three signs, horse and rider
three signs, horse and rider, little voice: Sorry for the wait, I ve been having a very hectic week. :) http://www.montyroberts.com/ju_about.html Above is a link to a site that goes into detail about how and why join up works. I thought it would be nice for you to have a bit of background information...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Trust between me and my horse, confident rider, scary situations
confident rider, scary situations, carrys: Riding lessons, for sure! That s the first thing I thought of as I started reading your question. Riding lessons will not only teach you HOW to handle scary situations, but it will offer a safe, secure environment for you to learn in. I don t know if...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Tying., predator, short period
predator, short period, period of time: Horses are naturally claustrophobic. It makes sense that nature made them that way, if they get stuck somewhere they are going to look like an easy dinner to a predator! Be careful using burgees , they can break and whip back and cause much more trouble. They...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: I Can't Seem To Work With My Aggressive Yearling, yearling filly, going in the right direction
yearling filly, going in the right direction, sentient animals: Hi Courtney! I understand your problem and I feel that you are in waaay over your head! A yearling is a large animal and can easily hurt you, without even meaning too. Because of the fact that you never weaned her properly, never worked or trained her...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: tacking up, thoroughbred mare, shantel
thoroughbred mare, shantel, celing: Hi Shantel! I cannot give training advice to non-owners of the horse in question. However, I can say in the broadest of terms, this mare should be seen by the vet ASAP to see if this is a health issue ( E.P.M. for example) and not a training one. ...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: tail rubbing, qh gelding, flaxseed oil
qh gelding, flaxseed oil, mild soap: Hi Nancy! Hmmmmm. Since you have already gone the vet route, may I suggest a 2nd opinion from another vet? I know owners rarely do this but I once had a QH gelding who would snake his head under his belly and chew his penis raw and bloody. I know. Weird,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: how to teach the unbreakable horse, professional trainer, quivers
professional trainer, quivers, astm: Hi Chelsea! I understand from your question that you are not the owner of the horse. I cannot give training advice to non-owners about the horse in question. I will say, however, in the broadest of terms....that from the short amount you wrote, it would...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: tenesse walker with nevousness issues, little transgressions, herd leader
little transgressions, herd leader, many horses: This mare is trying to intimidate you and you are using medicine to get desired results. That is not exactly what you want to have happen with this situation. Just like in any relationship between friends, there must be boundaries that define what is acceptable...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: tennesse walkers, tennesse walkers, novice rider
tennesse walkers, novice rider, competition dressage: Hi Sissy! I have no real experience with Walkers. I have never owned one or trained one but, have ridden them and other varieties of gaited horses. I suggest you visit this website www.twhbea.com They have an excellent site that is very informative....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: tennessee walkers, chains and things, natural gait
chains and things, natural gait, tennessee walkers: Hi Terry, There is no way to make your horse walk like the Tennessee Walker walk that way except to use chains. Those chains are very cruel and harmful to a horse. Having said that your horse will have a natural gait and all you have to do is let...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: throwing up head, token resistance, curb chain
token resistance, curb chain, google: Hi Gail! Ah-Ha! I should have thought to ask about a hackamore. See, the way one works is on nose/head pressure....the horse gives to it instead of the way a bit works. Your little smarty has figured out that she can fight off the nose pressure by...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: off track tb, rodeo circuit, grass hay
rodeo circuit, grass hay, fractured skull: Rick Gore: Horses don t care how much you know. They have to know that you care enough to be a strong leader, so they feel safe. Hi Arial, sounds like you saved this guy from a bad life. Love and care is not the problem here. There is old saying that...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: trail classes, american quarter horse congress, quarter horse congress
american quarter horse congress, quarter horse congress, american quarter horse: Hi Allana! I LOVE trail! Check with your breed associations first. If you have a Quarter Horse, you can contact your local AQHA chapter, they will have a listing of the shows for the next year. Same thing goes for Paints and Appaloosa Horse. If you...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: trail classes, western horseman magazine, water crossings
western horseman magazine, water crossings, sparkle and shine: Hi Abigail! Okay, here goes...for breed shows if your horse is a junior horse (5 and under) you can ride in a bosal or a snaffle bit. Senior horse must be straight up in the bridle. Since you have a senior horse, we will talk about that. Abigail,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: trailer kicking, horses hooves, slant load
horses hooves, slant load, shipping boots: Hi Kerry! NO! NEVER tie anything to your horses hooves or legs in the trailer!! That is soooo dangerous and the trainer who told you to do it should be ashamed of themselves! Are they going to pay your vet bills when your horse is injured from such an...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: trailer loading my year and a half old stud colt., stud colt, escape hatch
stud colt, escape hatch, straight load: My first question would be what kind of trailer are you using? Do you have a slant load, a straight load, or an open box trailer? With an open box trailer I would recommend that you do go ahead of your colt. There is lots of room in an open box. If it...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: trailering, slant load, horse slant
slant load, horse slant, cause fear: Hello Christine. From what you have told me, you are probably right. He probably figured out that pulling back gets him free. If this is the case, it will just take lots of time and patience. A possible cure (though not what I would recommend unless...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: trailering, quarter horse gelding, food rewards
quarter horse gelding, food rewards, problem loading: Once horses develop a fear of a trailer, for whatever reason, its hard to talk them back into it. Since the trailer is a closed place, their fears often go out of control. I m not sure how much time you have at your disposal, but I ve found the most effective...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: trailering issue, time consistency, ground manners
time consistency, ground manners, proper frame: Hi Kristen! I can see why you are afraid to try again...what you described is not only bad for their training but can be so very dangerous to all involved. There is no quick fix in training. Nothing is going to work on this mare but time, consistency...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: trailering problem, prey animal, horse experience
prey animal, horse experience, flight mode: Hello, Trailering is where the issue can be seen, but dont think of it as the issue. It is our job as the human to be the horses leader, once we are we can ask him to go anywhere and he will gladly go. The trailer has become the issue perhaps because he is...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: trailering, safety precaution, horse trailers
safety precaution, horse trailers, gypsys: Sorry for the delay, I forgot to set my vacation status. Now, you say the horse is not used to a two horse trailer, and this may very well be the reason for him pulling back. Two horse trailers are much narrower than even a three horse trailer is, and believe...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: how to train people shy horses., absolute trust, bad behaviour
absolute trust, bad behaviour, little horse: Thanks for your question. My heart goes out to your poor little horse, it sounds like hes had a tough life so far. Its very hard to advise how to treat your horse without seeing him and being able to assess his triggers etc but I hope the below will...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: traing my 3 years and 3 month old gelding, knee joints, jumping horse
knee joints, jumping horse, riding position: Hi Bella, thank you for the question! :) The very first thing I m going to say, but don t want you to get upset over, is about the jumping. Horse s legs develop very slowly, and much of the time the knee joints are not completely fused by the age of three....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: traing an ex trotter to be riddin, race horses, insightful advice
race horses, insightful advice, time lisa: Hi Meagan, The first thing I would do is give your horse another 3 months off to be a horse and to get rid of any medications that are in his system. When that time is up then start to retain him like a green horse. Start with the ground work,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: traing an older horse, first horse, lifelong dream
first horse, lifelong dream, clydesdale: I would recommend getting a trainer to break this horse to saddle because of his age and the fact that he has not been under saddle. You can bond with him by doing ground training, grooming him, getting him used to a saddle and a bridle but for the actual...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: training, natural horseman, tom dorrance
natural horseman, tom dorrance, rodeo horse: Hello, I dont think the history of the horse is important, what is important is to meet him where he is. He needs someone to slowly work on trust- probably a professional who is a natural horseman. Once the horse learns that you just being there isnt pressure,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: training a 2 year old pony, new forest pony, pony mare
new forest pony, pony mare, quick jerk: Darla- When her brother starts whinnying, as long as it doesn t interfear with her behavior, I personally think it is okay. If she doesn t behave, then yes a quick jerk to the lead line may be a good idea. She may also bennefit from doing some ground...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: training a 20 year old horse in English, old horse, mid teens
old horse, mid teens, western style: Hi Marsha, I agree with you. Your horse is too old to change styles now. A horse s musculature changes through the years, but once they reach their mid teens (16+) it becomes set and difficult to change. Your horse at 20 has built his muscles around...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: training, bridle path, stress level
bridle path, stress level, ear plugs: First I would ask if the horse is okay with just being petted on his bridle path? If not, then that is where you need to start... but I m going to assume he s okay with that. What you need to do is move very slowly. The clippers sound really funny to a...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: training, draw reins, ignorance is bliss
draw reins, ignorance is bliss, google: Hi Kim! WOW! You have your hands full!! First, my advice is to obtain knowledgeable help in your area. But, you said you cannot afford it. This is a much bigger task than you can imagine and probably because you do not know what all can be involved...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: training, horse freak, professional trainer
horse freak, professional trainer, slaughterhouses: Hi Kayt! Before I answer your question, I would like to know your experience level in riding and have you ever broken a baby to saddle before. It appears to me through just what you said that you are not well equipped to break this mare. Even though...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: training me, hindquarters, highline
hindquarters, highline, nips: Hi Deborah! Yikes!!! One month is too young to be tying. Horses need to learn how to give to pressure, how to lead and be comfortable with flags, tarps, and other stuff in order to tie well and not break their necks. I also start all my horses on the...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: training a 6month old fillie, mare and foal, bad habbits
mare and foal, bad habbits, fillie: Hello, Young horses are definitely going to try to play with you, they have not learned that you are a leader and not a playmate. Firstly I think horses do best to be left alone until they are older. But, if you do want to work with her you could have someone...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: training a4 mounth old colt [haft tenn walker- racking], lead line, foal
lead line, foal, hocks: Hi, If you can hold off weaning the foal until it is 6 months of age I would. The baby still needs it s mom s milk. Weaned or unweaned you can still train the foal. The safest and most secure method is to place one arm around his chest below his neck...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: training and behavior question, haflinger gelding, natural horsemanship
haflinger gelding, natural horsemanship, robts: Hi Ashley! LUCKY YOU!!! Haflinger s are great little horses. Tough as nails! I have a friend that has evented hers through preleminary and schooled intermediate! When she is not showing him, she takes him out and works cattle! Awsome horses with great...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: training and behavior question, haflinger gelding, natural horsemanship
haflinger gelding, natural horsemanship, robts: Hi Ashley, When he acts up on you, rather than pushing him through it, take him back to something else that he does well and pleasantly, then praise him for a job well done. Let him walk out on a loose rein for a bit and take him back to the task at hand....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: training colt, lead line, who is the boss
lead line, who is the boss, colt: Hello, Don t think of it as who is the boss, think of how you can get his feet to be lighter. Lead him from further down the lead line so he cant play with you so much. If he gets heavy lead him to the side and when he steps give on the pressure on the lead....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: training - follow up, appaloosa mare, mare name
appaloosa mare, mare name, best case scenario: Hi Mia! I like to start my babies in a rubber-coated D ring snaffle. It s going to be real fat and they like to chew on it alot. That s OK, it s like a pacifier effect. Best case scenario: You should be able to ride your mare in this for her first...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: training a green mustang, horsemanship skills, prey animals
horsemanship skills, prey animals, natural horsemanship: Rick Gore: Mustangs are the best horses around. Mainly because they have had little or no exposure to humans. Hi Andrea, not sure if you meant to send this or to Lisa, but I got it from question pool. First I would get rid of spurs. No horse trained...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: training my horse, track thoroughbreds, bucking bronco
track thoroughbreds, bucking bronco, track injuries: Hi Ali, How old and experienced are you? Reschooling a off-track race horse is a job for a professional. They are special and have unique training needs. Is he young? Usually when they retire OTTB s they are young, may need much time for lay-up to recover...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: training question, haflinger gelding, natural horsemanship
haflinger gelding, natural horsemanship, robts: Hi Ashley! After reading your question I was struck by how little was wrong and how much you had accomplished :-) First, a Halflinger is a driving horse and built like one after years of managed breeding. You have taken one and correctly prepared him...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: training a stallion, quarter horse stallion, lisa lisa
quarter horse stallion, lisa lisa, quarter horse: Hi Barbara, I would start with ground work. Lots of it. You need to treat him as you would any green horse. If you are not going to use him for breeding then I would also get him gelded right away. You do not say how much experience you have with...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: My training and my just turned 5 arab gelding, pasture pet, trot canter
pasture pet, trot canter, little bugger: Hi Sarah! I LOVED your question! I love it when people think about their horses and are willing to do the work themselves. You will have a wonderful partner in Dani, I know it! I just got home after a five day clinic with Ray Hunt. Ray is almost 80...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: training youngster, lead line, weanling
lead line, weanling, tieing: Hi Shelley - The pawing thing is completely normal. There is some science that says their bodies release certain endorphins when they do that, and some think it is just an instinctive response to try and dig through the food to find all the good parts....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: training, leg pressure, clinton anderson
leg pressure, clinton anderson, first horse: I m going to offer you my best advice. If you are feeling confident enough to ride your mare, it would be best to take her to a large ring, or a field, and ride her there a little before taking her on a trail. You don t want to be in the middle of no-where...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: trick training, vaquero style, thomas ritter
vaquero style, thomas ritter, dressage master: Hi Beth! My first bit of advice is that you make sure you basic horsemanship is spot on. To accomplish any of these maneuvers you have to have complete control the the horses feet and body. Also, it is important that your horse be soft and willing so...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: trick training, dirt area, soft dirt
dirt area, soft dirt, rocky area: Hi Betta, trick training takes time and can be trouble once you teach a trick. If a horse leans to lay down, he will try it and if you are riding that could be a problem. Food is a good trick training aid. Horses naturally move their head up and down so...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: trining colt, horse behaviour, training horses
horse behaviour, training horses, roundpen: Hi there. Training horses is a very tricky thing, and really is not for a beginner person. Horses have a very complex language of their own and it takes some time to learn what a horse feels and wants from you, and this is essential for training one. ...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: trouble with trailering, hind end, trailering
hind end, trailering, quarter horse: Hello. Lets start in the arena. Can you stand about 5 feet from the wall and send him between you and the wall? Keep your feet still and once he is through bump him with the halter lead as you focus on his hind end and make it step out of your way- so he...

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

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: troubled horse, natural horsemanship trainer, quarterhorse gelding
natural horsemanship trainer, quarterhorse gelding, prey animal: Hello Kristie, My advise to you if you want to keep this horse is to make him your horse and your project, not your whole families. I would suggest finding a Natural Horsemanship Trainer in your area, ask around for who is really good and they could probably...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: trust, appy, tight circle
appy, tight circle, lope: My suggestion would be to give him a hard smack (with either reins or crop) on the rear and turn him in a nice tight circle... then continue riding like nothing happened. Repeat every time he bucks. Always finish your ride on a good note. Don t get off...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Unbroken 2 year Appaloosa, time time time, two cows
time time time, two cows, broken horse: Hi Genna, Thanks for your question. Congratulations on such a lovely present, it s wonderful that you want to do the right thing by her. I would suggest that you send her to a trainer for her initial training. It is so easy to unintentionally spoil...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Underweight horse, beet pulp, crimped oats
beet pulp, crimped oats, corn oil: Yes both oats and beet pulp are common feed store items. You will usually find them in 50 pound bags. Try calling different feed stores near you and asking them if they carry beet pulp or crimped oats and if they do not have them in stock, ask if they can...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Unseating the rider, irish sport horse, cross country trials
irish sport horse, cross country trials, horse boxes: Hi Ruth! I am not completely surprised to see that you have owned her for 5 years and this is the first showing of dominance related issues. Usually they show up earlier but, every horse matures at their own pace and yours may have just taken longer....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: can u plz help me, horse gelding, tempermant
horse gelding, tempermant, pony club: Hi Sarah, I hate to say this but it sounds like you ve been sold a dud! Unfortunately it happens all the time to novices (and in some cases even experts can be fooled!). To me it sounds like the horse was drugged when you inspected him. Some of the more...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: my unbrocken gelding, neaco, pony rides
neaco, pony rides, friends farm: Hi Leon! It is the riders responsibility to support the horse and set things up for success. If your gelding is not bucking you off when you are riding him then maybe the people you are allowing to ride him are not suitable or too inexperienced for the...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: undershot jaw, snaffle bit, parrot mouth
snaffle bit, parrot mouth, bar bit: Hi Jess! The subject of bits is a complicated one. Because you did not give me a detailed description of your horse, riding discipline or ultimate goal with your mount, I will just answer the bit question. Her jaw should have no impact on her ability...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: underweight horse, horse pellets, horse grass
horse pellets, horse grass, grass hay: Hi Alison, Thanks for your question. In order to help with feed I ll need some more info such as what you will use her for, how many times a week will she be worked, how long and at what intensity. You say you feed your other horse pellets, what kind...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: unseating rider, irish sport horse, cross country trials
irish sport horse, cross country trials, horse boxes: Hi Ruth! You and your mare sound like a sporty combination! If you are hunting and eventing, I m pretty sure you ride well so I m confident you can get through this. Heres the thing...many of the horses that are being ridden, even at a high level have...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: unseating rider, irish sport horse, cross country trials
irish sport horse, cross country trials, horse boxes: Hello, Since you have already checked her tack and you know it is not a pain issue, we can assume that it is a herd issue. Does she get turned out with a herd often? I find that with show horses they can become less socialized because of their value, I would...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: unseating rider, irish sport horse, cross country trials
irish sport horse, cross country trials, horse boxes: Hi Ruth, sorry to hear about your ankle and your horse issues. Without being there and seeing this first hand I can only take a guess at what may have happened or what might be going on. It will take a shot at a few and maybe it will alert you or head you...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: untraining a quarter horse, western pleasure horse, cutting horses
western pleasure horse, cutting horses, show horses: Hi Wayne! Don t think of it as un-training! Just think of it as building on the skill set your horse already has. Just because your horse has been trained for cutting does NOT mean it is the only thing that can be done with him. Look on my website...my...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: update on greenbroke appy-several new questions, caveson, snaffle
caveson, snaffle, walkway: Siski, I call that a mental health moment! It is SO healing just to be in the company of horses. I had shoulder reconstruction surgery last march. One week after surgery, in a sling, my daughter helped me sneak out on a quick ride...magnificent! So, I...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: VISCIOUS MARE, brood mare, paint mare
brood mare, paint mare, emotional welfare: Hi Jessica! I understand your question and see that you are truly concerned for the emotional welfare of this mare. But, I cannot give training advice to non-owners of the horse in question. It appears from your description she is currently in a good...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Walking horse...Erggg...., pony club, tom thumb
pony club, tom thumb, snaffles: Hi Josh! Thanks for you question. First things first. Your mare is too young to be doing any serious riding work. It would be ok to sit on her and walk around, but I would wait until shes at least 3.5 - 4 yrs before you ride her properly. She still...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Washing, quarter horse gelding, vision problems
quarter horse gelding, vision problems, first few years: Hi Beth, You are doing everything correctly with what you are doing. The only thing I can think of is that your horse may be having an issue with his sight. I would get that checked out and make sure that he is not suffering any vision problems....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Weaning a colt, crazy sounds, share baby
crazy sounds, share baby, grullo: Hi Heather! No worries here really!!! Less is more with babies. Someone does not need to be doing anything with your colt and he will NOT be crazy. For me, in a perfect world not much is done with a horse until they are two years old. Remember, a horse...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Weaning, separation anxiety, weaning
separation anxiety, weaning, follow ups: Hi Therese, Most people begin weaning at 5-6 months of age. Since your filly is a yearling (almost), you can permanently remove her from her mother. Be sure she is drinking plenty of water and she will be fine. I hope this clarifies this for you. Warm Regards,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: "well broke" gelding getting behavior problems, size horse, horse behavior
size horse, horse behavior, sorry in advance: Kelli, The first thing you should do is get a complete vet exam done on him to make sure that he does not have any medical issues. A horse does not usually change his behaviors that drastically in such a short time unless there is an underlying issue....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: West Nile Vaccine, west nile vaccine, mosquitos
west nile vaccine, mosquitos, percentage rate: Absolutely. Even though the area does not seem to have a high incidence of an outbreak. The area is cooler but Mosquitos still are there. If they are there your horse stands a chance to get this virus. It is a proven fact that horses vaccinated for this virus...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: WON'T GO FORWARD!!, ground manners, earthly reason
ground manners, earthly reason, time amy: Hi Amy! You said you just started leasing this Arab. So, you two do not know each other and he has no earthly reason to trust or behave for you, especially after not having being ridden for years. My advice is to not attempt to mount him again until...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Wonder what to do with Reaeing Horse, old mom, fun show
old mom, fun show, back of my mind: Hi Amanda! I am not familiar with any horse/animal rescue organizations in WA state. But, I am sure that you can do an Internet search for one near you. I would also ask your vet and the manager of your local tack shop. You may not find an actual...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Wont allow you to mount., percheron mare, willing pupil
percheron mare, willing pupil, brood mare: Hi Edward! Hmmmm....my initial thought is this ~ While having been exposed to working around humans her whole life she is basically at ease with them. Coupled with a genuinely easy going personality and you had an apt and willing pupil. And there is the...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: walking off and stopping completely, appaloosa mare, mail check
appaloosa mare, mail check, lilly pads: Hi Jessyka! You have a VERY smart horse! She is saying, What is the Point? She needs a REAL job. This is the same behavior that arena horses develop...BORING is what they are saying! Pasture or arena anything that is the same old thing has very little...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: weird behaviour, dangerous habit, weird behaviour
dangerous habit, weird behaviour, standardbred: There are many possibilities here and it depends entirely on her history. I can t say for certain. What you describe though sounds like she thinks she s backing up into a cart (the wheelbarrow looks like a small cart). It s the only thing I can think of...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: western pleasure, western pleasure, reins
western pleasure, reins, one foot: Hi Betta! Pick up on your reins and ask her to back, hold a firm feel. The SECOND she starts to feel like she is rocking her weight back, RELEASE the pressure. Then, pick up the reins again and ask her to rock her weight back, when she does, at the slightest...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: western pleasure, western pleasure horse, horse names
western pleasure horse, horse names, promblem: Hi Mars! Great question! I want you to do these exercises in a snaffle bit only. If you are riding in something else, go back to the snaffle. Collection happens first at the walk and then the trot. You start by getting a soft feel at the walk. Keeping...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: whats wrong with my horse!, stone bruise, epsom salts
stone bruise, epsom salts, foot info: Hi Mars, Since he is a QH, I assume he does not have flat feet. A stone bruise can be very painful for a few days. Especially if he has had it for some time, or is prone to them. You can put some Sole Freeze (phenol) on it for temporary relief. But it would...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: wich bit should i use?, tom thumb, explicit instructions
tom thumb, explicit instructions, tack shops: Hi Cory! I just answered a question like this and I am going to recommend the same thing again. I just want everyone to understand I do not work for or benefit from the sale of these bits. I just love them! Go to www.mylerbits.com and check out a bit...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: my wild mustang mare, mustang mare, wild mustang
mustang mare, wild mustang, pregnant mare: Grace - If you put the Mustang in with your mare, they will fight. If for no other reason than to establish a pecking order. If and when that happens, your mare may get a few strong kicks to her stomach. Once they bond together, odds are that your mare...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: willful behavior when riding in the field or trail, social desires, ground manners
social desires, ground manners, willful behavior: Hi Rose! What you have here is classic baby behavior. Which is just what he is, so everything is perfectly normal, lucky you! LOL!! Yes, he needs more ground work, yes he will benefit from more arena work. As for hacking out....this must be done carefully...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: willfull horse/neck reining, tom dorrance, nuts and bolts
tom dorrance, nuts and bolts, true unity: Hi John! I m going to start you off with some reading that will change your life and your horses life as well. Both are available from Ray Hunt s website or amazon.com. The first is Think Harmony with Horses an in-depth study of Horse/Man Relationship;...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: willfull horse/neck reining, wendy thompson, nuts and bolts
wendy thompson, nuts and bolts, horse neck: Hi John! Did you find your answer? I hope it got to you. Also, please check out the answer I wrote for Wendy Thompson on starting her filly. These are some of the things I would go back and check out on your horse to make sure he has these skills and...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: willfullness,neck reining, nuts and bolts, pen work
nuts and bolts, pen work, carriage horse: Hello, If you dont have a round pen dont worry about it. You can do this in an arena too it just requires a little more walking on your part. When you have the arena to yourself turn him loose and start driving him away with a stick with a plastic bag on...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: wind sucking and bucking, old coot, food rewards
old coot, food rewards, attitiude: Hi Kristy! Let me address the cribbing/wind sucking first. There are plenty of theories as to why horses do this. I cannot give you a reason he does it or a cure. But, I can make a few suggestions. First, I hate the collars and do not use them. I think...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: wrong age of horse?, head shape, poor shape
head shape, poor shape, poor diet: Hello Steph, Well without a picture this is just going to be pure speculation. You could possibly have an Arabian cross because the head shape is dished or concave on them and the eyes are large and wide set. Keep in mind also that genetics plays a role...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: what is wrong with my horse!, horse contracts, personal horses
horse contracts, personal horses, foot info: You need to immediately contact your local vet and have your horse examined. If your horse contracts an infection in that area of his hoof it could be very hard to cure and he would have a long and arduous recovery. I cannot stress how important it is you...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: so much..., thoroughbred mare, hind quarters
thoroughbred mare, hind quarters, honey bunny: Hi Becca! It is okay! You can get through this! This is what becoming a student of the horse is all about. You are right with you say she is stuck to her boyfriend. Horses bond to horses. They know their own kind. Being herd bound is a difficult...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Yearling Filly and Mare problems, paint filly, yearling filly
paint filly, yearling filly, natural behavior: Hi Ramona, I can t tell the future but I can say that I m sure they will have some scuffels and then end up being good friends. your mare is alone and so is this filly and I m sure they would rather make friends then try to kill each other. I can t tell...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Young Gelding, inconvienience, gelded
inconvienience, gelded, physical discomfort: Laura - Some horses react to gelding differently than others. Usually any reaction is a temporary inconvienience rather than a huge problem. You will probably just need to go back a few steps in training and go slowly. So spend some time working from...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Young horse problems, paint gelding, outdoor arenas
paint gelding, outdoor arenas, steady trot: Hi Hayley Thanks for your question. The solution to both problems is working with more horses! Try and find someone with an old reliable horse. Something that won t spook or get excited when it comes into contact with your gelding. Introduce your...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Young horse problems, paint gelding, herd animals
paint gelding, herd animals, outdoor arenas: Hi Haley, Your horse is not anxious when he sees other horses. He wants to spend time with him. Horses are herd animals and being in a stall contradicts what nature has told them to do.It also sounds like he has extra energy and needs more exercise...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Young horse problems, paint gelding, herd animals
paint gelding, herd animals, outdoor arenas: Hi Haley! Is this your first horse? What sort of boarding situation are you in? I m hoping you have some access to turnout of any kind! Living in a boarding barn with limited access to pasture turnout for a horse is a very difficult situation. Horses...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Young TB mare, good ol boys, tb mare
good ol boys, tb mare, carrot stick: Well let me first start off by saying that it sounds like you have a great horse. She is ONLY two and to be honest with you she has not been raced-gamed-etc.... She is off to a good start and with SOME Thoroughbreds depending on their start is how they react...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: Two year old training., gelding, quarter horse
gelding, quarter horse, pasture: Hi Mary! Right....first things first. There is a very fine line to walk when you must deal with such an untrained, distrustful and disrespectful baby. Because you have never done this before and are boarding at home, my first and best suggestion is to...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: yearling colt problems, stud colt, yearling colt
stud colt, yearling colt, hooves: HI Mary! Raising your own saddle horse is the most fun! You will be able to develop a wonderful relationship and you will know everything that has gone on in his life and that is a big deal! So, lets just jump in and start dealing with some of these...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: yearling who has no room to run, animal rescue organization, mini horses
animal rescue organization, mini horses, attention span: Hi Erin! I cannot give training advice to non-owners of the horse in question. But, I can tell you that if you feel the situation is bordering on animal abuse or cruelty, please call your local ASPCA or animal rescue organization. They can evaluate...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: yearling stud colt, yearling stud colt, horse horses
yearling stud colt, horse horses, maturity level: It sounds like he is testing you and might be winning. You can try a couple of things. One is to beat him to the punch and once you pick it up, put it down before he starts pumping it. Then it is your idea to put down and not his. Another thing is a little...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: yearling stud colt, yearling stud colt, mineral salt
yearling stud colt, mineral salt, cribbing collar: Mary - Both things are done because the horse is bored. The pawing is a very difficult habit to break. As long as it is not damaging anything, you are probably better off working around it. There is some science that says they get a certain amount of...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: young horse behaviour, first foal, horse behaviour
first foal, horse behaviour, negative consequences: Hi Stephanie! In the issue of not allowing her hooves to be raised and held steady and not standing for grooming, your mare is acting totally normal for an impatient youngster and is testing her boundaries with you. Seeing if she can dominate the situation...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: young horse that needs bringing on., dales pony, new pony
dales pony, new pony, jumping horses: Katie - I m sorry I am not the best person to ask about jumping. I will offer you what help I can, but you may also want to ask someone who specializes in jumping horses. In the round pen you can work with cavalleties or ground poles. That will help develop...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: young horse suddenly stall shy @ show, thoroughbred gelding, arab mare
thoroughbred gelding, arab mare, champion junior: Have you considered putting her out for small amounts during the day? Tell you why I ask this. We had a situation with a Thoroughbred gelding that we acquired from a sale and it was in the heat of the Summer so we did the exact thing by doing nightly turnouts....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: young horse suddenly stall shy @ show, prey animals, new situation
prey animals, new situation, rela: Hello, As prey animals, horses have evolved into existence today by not leaving the herd and not going into caves. If your horses ancestors would have found themselves in a new situation, a new cave, without any other horses around and thought, oh well,...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: young horse suddenly stall shy @ show, herd behaviour, arab mare
herd behaviour, arab mare, signs of stress: Hi Louise, Your horse is displaying definite signs of stress. The first hint is the sudden loss of weight. This is NOT normal. You must work out why your horse is suddenly losing weight. Check your feeds/work/weather ratios. Have you wormed her recently?...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: my young horse, oat straw, wheat straw
oat straw, wheat straw, dust content: First off, saw dust can be dangerous to horses because it has a high dust content... and occasionally will have splinters of wood in it. You are much better off buying shavings, rather than saw dust. As for straw... I have never had a horse that ate -that-...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: young horses, health and happiness, performance life
health and happiness, performance life, filly: Hi there, A horse continues to grow until they about 7 years old, but it is most vulnerable from birth to 3yo. I would wait until your filly is 3 years old and then train her to saddle. I would continue to keep her work light ie: no more than 30 -...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: My young stallion, quarter horse stallion, stud colts
quarter horse stallion, stud colts, stud colt: The first thing that I think you need to be aware of is that keeping two studs together if you have mares around is not a wise decision. They have been known to fight eachother viciously to win the mares affection and sometimes the injury s sustained are...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: My young stallion, quarter horse stallion, natural instincts
quarter horse stallion, natural instincts, battle of wills: You do not have the experience or ability to handle even a young stallion right now. It is not something, someone your age should be playing around with. If your Grandma is experienced in handling stallions and can keep him on her property and under her supervision....

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: My young stallion, quarter horse stallion, riding horses
quarter horse stallion, riding horses, great attitude: Hi Bree a, Geld your colt. With today s horse market being as depressed as it is, unless you have a horse that has superior conformation, a great attitude and who has done well in a show ring or on a race track it does not pay to breed him. Also...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: young stallion, broken ribs, desirable characteristics
broken ribs, desirable characteristics, future generations: The first place to start fixing this problem is going to sound obvious and I m sorry... but Castrate this stud! Cryptorchid (having only one descended testicle) stallions are still very much stallions and even though the castration process is not as easy...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: young stallion, brood mare, vet school
brood mare, vet school, jekyll and hyde: Hi Cheryl! I cannot answer any questions directly to emails, the format of this site will not allow it....so I hope you find this answer! First, I have to explain my view of this not being a training issue. From all the information you gave me, none...

Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training: young,sudden stall shy @ shows, stress environments, arab mare
stress environments, arab mare, hot weather: Hi Louise! Arabs are naturally intelligent, high-strung horses and occasionally they experience something that to them, is worth freaking out over. Sometimes it is an obvious confrontation, injury or situation. Sometimes it is so subtle you never saw...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: alfalfa hay, alfalfa hay, adult horses
alfalfa hay, adult horses, grass hay: Hi, If you re only using them for pleasure riding you certainly don t need the 16% grain mix. 16% is also too high protein for adult horses and they don t need that high energy. Alfalfa hay and access to pasture (if possible) should be sufficient. If...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: overweight Belgian, pasture pet, quality hay
pasture pet, quality hay, friend lives: Hi, You are quite right. A horse (regardless of size) who is not doing moderate to heavy physical work does not need grain. Feeding grain to horses who do little to no work will only lead to obesity, founder/laminitis and all sorts of digestive problems...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: weight loss, thin horse, depressed horse
thin horse, depressed horse, horse teeth: Hi Meghan, This sounds quite troubling and your question raises a lot of questions for me and before I can really give you an idea of what might be going on I need to know some more information. What breed is he? Is he in work? How much do you think...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: 27 yr old TB gelding, how much to feed?, weight gain, old horse
weight gain, old horse, beet pulp: Dear Denise, Thanks for the extra info. It sounds like he is underweight. At 16.2hh I would expect him to weigh about 1100lbs based on his breed. He needs to eat 2% of his ideal body weight a day as roughage. The alfalfa and beet pulp are roughage and...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: What can cause energy loss in horses?, lethargy, thyroid
lethargy, thyroid, blood work: Dear Chantal, This is certainly puzzling. How long have you been riding the horse? The person who mention issues with thyroid could be onto something. This is easily tested by having your vet take a blood sample. His diet looks like it should be fine...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Dewormer and shots, weanlings, worming
weanlings, worming, vaccinations: Dear Mandy, Congratulations on your new colt! Weaning is a stressful event no matter how old the colt or how it is done and this needs to be considered in your worming and vaccination plans. As I am not a vet I can not advise you on the specifics of these...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Feeding Costs and Earning Money, owning horse, horse costs
owning horse, horse costs, feed costs: Hello Claire and Cindy, It is great that you are seriously considering the costs that are involved in keeping a horse before getting one. Lots of people far older than you do not do that and the horse ends up loosing out! This is a very hard question...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: What can cause energy loss in horses?, hannoverian, quality feed
Horses - Diet and Nutrition: What can cause energy loss in horses?, hannoverian, quality feed, insulin

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: How much to feed my 2 year old Belgian colt?, draft horse, alfalfa
draft horse, alfalfa, grass hay: Dear Susie, First off I want to give you a link to Dr Beth Valentines website. She is a vet who specializes in drafts and she has a lot of good info on her page http://www.ruralheritage.com/vet_clinic/index.htm#epsm At 2 years old, your boy does...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: feed allergies, brood mare diet, feed allergies
brood mare diet, feed allergies: Dear Judy, Sorry for the delayed response, I hope you had a good Thanks Giving. So the the missed feed you are feeding has molasses in it and oats so that may be why you are still seeing the rubbing. Right now your mare needs to be fed as normal she does...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: feeding a horse that is losing condition, brewers yeast, bet pulp
brewers yeast, bet pulp, minerals: Hi Sharon, Great question. The beet pulp weight is actually DRY weight! So this is going to be a big increase in the amount of beet pulp you feed! You could just try that for starters and see whether it puts weight on him without adding the grain for...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: What grain should I feed, thin horse, losing weight
thin horse, losing weight, grain selection: Hi Lisa, If your horse is underweight it is a great idea to try and get more weight on him now before winter hits hard as many horses lose weight during the winter months. I m afraid I can t tell you what grain to feed or how much based on the info you...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Reason for loose stool, loose feces, wormers
loose feces, wormers, fat supplements: Dear Nicole, While it could be worms it is more likely either due to his gut flora being wiped out by the wormers or the fat supplement which often say on the label that they can cause loose stools. If it were worms I would not expect the weight gain you...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: strangles, strangles
strangles: Dear Chelsea, Sorry for the delay in responding. I sense is that this should be fine however as I am not a vet I would recommend that you discuss this with your vet. Best Regards, Clair Thunes, PhD Independent Nutritionist info@equilibrateequine.com...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Wood Shavings, cold weather, snow
cold weather, snow, eating shavings: Dear Emily, Ah-ha very interesting re the snow. Sounds like they need more hay. There will be no nutritional value in the grass anymore and if there is snow they probably can t get to what little grass is there. Are you really only feeding 3 to 4.5...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: new horse owner, pregnant mares, rescued horses
pregnant mares, rescued horses: Charlene, Until they obviously start looking pregnant I;m not sure you will know without a pregnancy test by a vet. If they are pregnant then they will not come into heat however mares often have silent heats where they don t show any signs so that isn...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: reply to your question, laminitis, cushings
laminitis, cushings, insulin resistance: Hi Elaine, I am on my way back to England this weekend and will look at feeds there that might be suitable in the long run. The fat deposits are indicative of insulin resistance which is very common in arabs. Cushings is often found with insulin resistance...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: weight gain, older horses, cushings
older horses, cushings, weight loss: Dear Elaine, I am not familiar with Molli calmer are you in England? It sounds like Mollichaff that we fed when I was a kid in England (I m now in the US and less familiar with the UK feeds). Older horses are less efficient at utilizing their nutrients so...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: alfalfa or grass hay, beet pulp, paint mare
beet pulp, paint mare, grass hay: Hi, I would first make sure she has plenty of turn-out time. She should have at least 12 hours of turn-out daily if possible to make sure she s getting some of her energy out there. I know this is not possible at a show but it will still help when you go...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: my older mare/ arthritis, quarter horse mare, grass hay
quarter horse mare, grass hay, heart and mind: ahi, Your mare is telling you that she can no longer perform this hard work. Her heart and mind might still want to run, but it s obvious her joints cannot keep up. I suggest you at least semi retire her to slower work that won t stress her joints. ...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: correct nutrition for a 13 year old Belgian Gelding?, orchard grass, alfalfa hay
orchard grass, alfalfa hay, grass hay: Hi Ric, I first would suggest feeding the same hay all the time and not in 2 week intervals. Horses are designed to eat the same thing all the time. Changing their diet, in this case changing hay hastily, can cause intestinal upset. Unless your horse lacks...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Feeding my older horse 20+, function of the large intestine, yeast culture
function of the large intestine, yeast culture, spring grass: Hi Linda, With the probiotic supplement, it s often in the form of a paste, I can t remember the exact dosage but it will tell on the tube. You may be able to find it in a dry form which would be better to mix with feed. Check your local feed store or vet...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Feeding my older horse 20+, recipes, supplements
Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Feeding my older horse 20+, recipes, supplements

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Horse hemorrhoids, half section, town people
Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Horse hemorrhoids, half section, town people, hemorrhoids

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: weaning and nutrition, natural horsemanship, natural stress
Horses - Diet and Nutrition: weaning and nutrition, natural horsemanship, natural stress, weaning

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: feed, cattle feed, dairy feed
cattle feed, dairy feed, cow feed: Hi Lee, Some cattle feed is medicated just for bovines in which case would be toxic to horses. Most feeds that say All Stock are ok for horses ,however, I would suggest sticking with the feed that is formulated just for horses as it is easier for them...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: feeding, older horses, grass hay
older horses, grass hay, grain diet: Hi Ginny, No matter what the horses age the main concern here is the safety of the rider. Depending on the horses weight of course depends on the amount of grain/hay they should get. The older horse tends to be harder to keep weight on also. Most senior...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Horse hemorrhoids, lack of dietary fibre, fibre diet
lack of dietary fibre, fibre diet, stomach ache: Hi Donald, Keep in mind I am not a vet, however, my educated assumption leads me to be believe that yes hemorrhoids are caused by impaction/clogging. There is very little information regarding equine hemorrhoids, as I have researched it to some extent....

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: my horse, bacterial skin infection, rain rot
bacterial skin infection, rain rot, types of insects: Hi Larry, I do apologize for the delay, I didn t get your original e-mail for some reason. About your horse, I ve never heard of a horse loosing hair because of dietary problems. I do know that horses can have a dull nasty coat because of being wormy...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Strengthing the tenderloins, hind quarters, layman terms
hind quarters, layman terms, stem cell therapy: Hi, I assume you mean the loin which runs along the top part of a horses barrel. The loin is also referred to as the coupling which connects and hind quarters and back. It also runs down along the side behind the last rib on the horse. So in layman terms...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Supplements, spring grass, thoroughbred mare
spring grass, thoroughbred mare, flax seed: Hi Corey, I ve never had any problem with any of my horses changing supplements, however I would try to find a formula of supplements and stick to it rather than habitually changing them around. As you know don t feed any more than what is recommended per...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: weaning and nutrition, weaning a foal, mare and foal
weaning a foal, mare and foal, low protein diet: Hi, The best and most efficient way of weaning a foal is to separate the mare from the foal by taking one or the other off the property, so that they can t hear each other yelling for the other. This usually takes about 1 month. Be sure to leave the mare...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: 5 yr old Belgian, beet pulp, orchard grass
beet pulp, orchard grass, lazy side: Hi, This diet is completely fine for any horse of any breed and age. Breed doesn t have anything to do with what you should or shouldn t feed. All horses need a lot of roughage (hay/grass) in their diet. This keeps their gut working and will help prevent...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: abscess on 2 year old, jaw bone, abscess
jaw bone, abscess, filly: Hi Mariana, My suggestion is to have a vet look at it, being that there was a strangles outbreak the first time. Also, if it isn t strangles she likely could have something up in there that is causing it to keep abscessing. A vet could open it up and see...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Smelly Water
Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Smelly Water

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: grass turnout, grass turnout, loose stools
grass turnout, loose stools, spring grass: Hi Lisa, Yes, you should gradually introduce them to grass especially if they have truly not had any for the last two years. If you put them out without slowly introducing them back to grass they could colic and more commonly founder, this time of year...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Horse REFUSES to eat grass, but will eat Alfalfa, alfalfa hay, grass hay
alfalfa hay, grass hay, rolled oats: Hi Jonathan, I don t know if you are talking about him not eating grass or grass hay. If he s stopped eating the grass hay then that s understandable. Alfalfa hay is like candy compared to just fescue grass hay. I ve seen many horses not eat their grass...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: horses, beet pulp, 4 quarts
beet pulp, 4 quarts, vaccination schedule: Hi Victoria, As for the type of feed, I would suggest a senior feed. Almost all feed distributors have a senior feed formulated for senior horses, easier to digest and keep weight on. You may want to try soaked beet pulp, start at 3-4 quarts per feeding...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: New mare not eating, brood mare, alfalfa hay
brood mare, alfalfa hay, thoroughbred mare: Hi Bret, I have owned mares like yours who are finicky when introduced to a new environment. She should start eating and be just fine, that doesn t really worry me. She may loose more weight in the process but she should put it back on once she settles....

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Pony questions, mare and foal, pregnant mares
mare and foal, pregnant mares, pregnant mare: Hi Korie, It depends on how heavy she is right now as to what I would advise feeding her. If she s overweight already, I would suggest feeding a light feed formulated for horses who are overweight. By doing this she could still get the nutrients she needs...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Smelly Water, smelly water, well water
smelly water, well water, sulfides: Hi Evan, Yes, it is true you have nothing to worry about as far as the well water being harmful to your horses. However, horses are very picky at times about the smell of water, so I would keep an eye on them to make sure they are drinking for the first...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Garlic, apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil
Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Garlic, apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil, health food stores

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Garlic, horse colic, garlic salt
horse colic, garlic salt, boarders: Hi Sarah, I don t think garlic actually kills the flies, I think it s more of a repellent. It is safe as we used to feed it to our horses a long time ago. I just had some boarders in temporarily who fed it to their s, I asked them if they thought it worked...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Grass Feed, orchard grass, orange county new york
orchard grass, orange county new york, hunter jumpers: Hi Pam, My suggestion would be to plant either orchard grass, brome, or timothy. All three of these types of grass are more quality than just fescue. Horses seem to eat them well. I would discourage against bermuda/coastal. Reason being is the coastal/bermuda...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Horse, alfalfa cubes, beet pulp
alfalfa cubes, beet pulp, orchard grass: Hi Gracie, I would mix his senior feed with a high fat feed. Southern States makes a couple of feeds that is 10% fat. One being Legends Equitech, and one being Legends Complete. For an older horse I would recommend the Complete as it has more in it nutritionally...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: help!, vaccination schedule, beautiful creatures
vaccination schedule, beautiful creatures, horse world: Hi Kim, Well, since you are relatively new to the horse world I would like to start by telling you that in your questions you refer to your baby that you ve weaned as a colt. A colt is a male still in tack (not gelded) who has never bred a mare. A female...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: maintaining healthy weight on TB mare, grazing muzzle, low protein diet
grazing muzzle, low protein diet, tb mare: Hi Suzanne, I had a TB rescue horse who came to me almost dead. You could count every bone in his body. What worked for me and seems to work for other people is you need to put her on a high fat low protein diet. The reason for the low protein is being...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: old horse, alfalfa cubes, beet pulp
alfalfa cubes, beet pulp, rice bran: Hi Jessica, Well, if your horse is dropping chewed hay/grass it probably means she doesn t have a lot of teeth left. So, I would put her on a senior grain, about 5-6 quarts 2 x day, and soak it to soften it as this will make it easier to chew. You can also...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: quidding (grass and hay), anglo arab, missing teeth
anglo arab, missing teeth, bad teeth: Quidding can become a habit usually caused by a history of bad teeth and they have gotten use to quidding to ease discomfort. It can also be caused by missing teeth. Do not add masses of carrots these have very little nutritional value and can give dangerous...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Sugar beet availability, albury wodonga, marie sugar
albury wodonga, marie sugar, sugar beet: Hi Marie, Sugar beeet is new to Australia but it s becoming fairly common. It s being heavily advertised in horse mags so it s popularity is spreading. It s called Speedibeet and I believe this is a UK brand. Perhaps your local feed store can order...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: sluggish horse, horse buddies, appy mare
horse buddies, appy mare, grass hay: Hi Teresa, I m not really concerned by what you have explained. My horses don t always drink when I think they should (like after a hard ride) but that doesn t mean they re dehydrated or will become dehydrated. You can mix electrolytes with her grain or...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: How to put weight on.....?, beet pulp, low protein diet
beet pulp, low protein diet, rice bran: Hi Sara, I would put your mare on a high fat low protein diet. Southern States makes a feed that is 10% fat 10% protein that I love for cases such as yours, that particular feed is a sweet feed, it s called Legends Equitech. I wouldn t care whether it s...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: BEST JOINT SUPPLEMENT, old paint, joint supplement
old paint, joint supplement, picky eaters: Hi Donna, I use Acti-Flex 4000. I ve used that for years and really like it. A horse should get minimum 5000mg of glucosamine and 5000mg of MSM per day. Acti-Flex has 6000mg of glucosamine and 2000mg of MSM. What I do is double the dose that way they are...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Bone, splint bone, thoroughbred gelding
splint bone, thoroughbred gelding, calcium suppliment: Hi Brigitte, I am going to agree with your vet. I had a mare who came in one day with the same thing you have described on her face on the bridge of her nose just below the eye (in the sinus area), that was when she was 4 she is now 6 and it is completely...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: How to get a draft cross fit?, draft cross, protein intake
draft cross, protein intake, work ethic: Hi Debbie, The Draft crosses do tend to have a little less of a work ethic than the TB s do. However, I would not give up yet on him being your year round horse, you may just have to work a little harder than if you had a TB. You may try giving him an iron...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Herbs, medical herbalist, herbal companies
Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Herbs, medical herbalist, herbal companies, support and guidance

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: my horse is not allowed protine, brewers yeast, feed supplement
Horses - Diet and Nutrition: my horse is not allowed protine, brewers yeast, feed supplement, free sample

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: What to feed a Belgian horse?, orchard grass, oat hay
orchard grass, oat hay, grass hay: Hi Cathy, As far as hay/roughage goes a good rule of thumb is to feed 1.5-2 lbs. of hay for every 100 lbs of body weight daily. Hay is more important than grain as a horses digestive system isn t naturally made to digest man-made products such as grain. ...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: finicky horses, alfalfa pellets, beet pulp
alfalfa pellets, beet pulp, alfalfa cubes: Hi Cathy, I don t know of any hay pellets. I would still try the bagged hay, you can get pure timothy and sometimes bagged oat hay where there is no alfalfa in it. It s all coated with molasses so that it s not dusty. The only reason I would think he would...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: grass turnout, grass turnout, canary grass
grass turnout, canary grass, alfalfa hay: Hi Jane Ellen, The grass does loose nutrients after a period of time going into summer, however, if you live in an area where you are getting plenty of rain and the grass is continuing to grow through the summer then you may want to keep an eye on your horses...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Herbs, goji berries, beta carotene
goji berries, beta carotene, co q10: Hi Ian, From my findings I have found that just because herbs are natural they are not all safe or more effective. Many drugs are derived from plant sources- some benign and some dangerous. Also some herbal preparations may mimic, or contain banned substances...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: HORSE MUNCHIES, tung oil tree, mullberry tree
tung oil tree, mullberry tree, rain lily: Hi Bernice, To my knowledge mulberry tree is not harmful. I don t know what area you are in to determine what trees are native to you. Here is the list you will definitely want to stay away from: Tung oil tree, prickley poppy, boxwood, showy crotalaria,...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Horse Feeding, tung oil tree, intestinal twist
tung oil tree, intestinal twist, stomach ache: Hi Holly, The main components of a horses diet consist of three parts. Water, roughage, and grain. Roughage is probably the most important as horses digestive system is designed for them to be processing small amounts of roughage at all times. Roughage...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Horse Tail Loss, paint gelding, bacon grease
paint gelding, bacon grease, fly system: Hi Kylea, I have a TB that does the same thing every year at this time. I have researched it, talked to my vet and the only thing I have come up with is that it s probably from a fly allergy or some other kind of allergy and that conclusion I got from my...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: hight, muscles and bones, protein studies
muscles and bones, protein studies, quality grain: Hi Amanda, It s hard to say without knowing the breed and heights of parents. Some breeds such as drafts and warmbloods mature slower and will grow in height until the age of 5 or 6. Arabians, QH (any stock type breed), and Thoroughbreds will usually stop...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: my horse is not allowed protine, branched chain amino acids, alfalfa and clover
branched chain amino acids, alfalfa and clover, beet pulp: Hi Simone, You need to provide energy and protein in a form that doesn t rely on liver metabolism, so as not to stress the liver any more than needed. Vitamins A,D,E, and K should be supplemented, these are usually released by the liver in to the bloodstream....

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: supplements, vet supply, protein powder
vet supply, protein powder, building muscle: Hi Jamielyn, I would stay away from the human supplements for now, as they are not formulated for the digestive system of a horse. You can get supplements for building muscle in horses much like the supplements for people. I ve never used any but I ve read...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: 24year old mare, beet pulp, lush pasture
beet pulp, lush pasture, rice bran: Hi Sandra, Sorry for the delay, I ve been at a horse show for the last 5 days. I would suggest feeding her a senior feed. Being that it is formulated for a senior horse it should help her gain weight. Most senior feeds have beet pulp and rice bran in them...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Black eyes, eye ball, dark circles
eye ball, dark circles, dark skin: Hi Laura, I don t understand if your talking about the actual eye ball going black or the skin around the eyes. If it s just the skin it s nothing to worry about, it s only because she sweats and makes that dark skin look more prominent. If it s her actual...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Bone Spur, appaloosa mare, shockwave therapy
appaloosa mare, shockwave therapy, bone spur: Hi Sara, I know you can put a clay poultice on one s leg if they have a tendon inflamed but I don t know about a bone spur. I ve never heard that about the chestnut being soft, however, I ve never had one with a bond spur either. I don t know about the shockwave...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: diet, quarter horse mare, building stamina
quarter horse mare, building stamina, hind end: Hi JoAnne, It sounds like to me that you need to work your horse on a schedule regularly and stick to it. You may be doing this already, if so increase what your doing. I would suggest riding your horse 5 days a week and at least 4 days of the 5 work your...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Black eyes, dark circles, vitamin deficiency
Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Black eyes, dark circles, vitamin deficiency, mare

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Nutrition for KIWI, my horse, old tennessee, tennessee walker
Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Nutrition for KIWI, my horse, old tennessee, tennessee walker, peace of mind

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Skinny TB, freechoice, ringwork
Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Skinny TB, freechoice, ringwork, gain supplement

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: flys, betadine, dexamethasone
betadine, dexamethasone, showmanship: If you have a show coming up, then you could call your vet and get some dex. from him, put her on it for a couple of days and they should go away. I think you can even put it in their feed so you don t have to actually inject anything. As for the iodine...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: US Horse feeds, beet pulp, alfalfa cubes
beet pulp, alfalfa cubes, orchard grass: Hi Pamela, Without knowing how many quarts a scoop is that your referring to I can t tell you the exact amount. However, my scoop that I use is 3 quarts. You can buy pelleted alfalfa and feed the alfalfa that way just mixed in with his grain. If you want...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: horse nutrition, e mail address, vaccination schedule
e mail address, vaccination schedule, lush grass: Hi Kristi, I would not suggest not supplementing a young horses diet with grain under the age of 2. A horse does most of it s growing during it s first year so this is a critical time for good nutrition. A young growing horse will not get everything he needs...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: What horses can eat and can't eat, water melon, apple 1
water melon, apple 1, horse lovers: Hi, Personally I don t like to give treats on a regular basis. Horses who receive treats regularly become nippy and some it will cause biting. I hate for a horse to be in my space while I m trying to do something begging for a treat. So, for the most part...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: low carb diet, low carb diet, thick side
low carb diet, thick side, carbs: Hi John, If your horse is on the thick side then, no, I wouldn t suggest taking the carbs away such as a low carb diet would provide. If he s on the thicker side or an easy keeper and not a young horse (2 or under) then I would say that it would be OK. Jessic...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Nutrition for KIWI, my horse, acre pasture, sweetfeed
acre pasture, sweetfeed, older horses: Hi Lisa, In my opinion it seems pretty simple to remedy. I would just cut the grain out totally. Obviously he has no problem keeping weight on unlike many older horses. If you need to feed him supplements just give him a hand full of grain (just enough...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Skinny TB, beet pulp, weight gain supplements
beet pulp, weight gain supplements, side reins: Hi Corey, I m not familiar with the grain you re feeding, however I would suggest any grain that is high in fat. At least 10% fat, Nutrena has a new feed out that is 12% fat that I ve not fed but sounds great for hard to keep horses as it s low in protein...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: sweet feed choking, horse gelding, feed bucket
horse gelding, feed bucket, sweet feed: Hi Barbara, Sorry for the delay, my computer satellite has been down. I would suggest soaking his feed in water about 10-15 min. before you feed him. If he s a fast eater he could be choking from eating too fast which soaking would prevent. If that s not...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: healthy treats for horses on a diet, alfalfa hay, quality grass
alfalfa hay, quality grass, grass hay: First off, if he s on complete stall rest I d take him off the grain completely - feeding grain to a horse in that condition is more likely to cause founder than carrots! He should be on a diet of GOOD quality hay only (75% GOOD quality grass hay & 25% Lucerne...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Sheath Problems, veterinary attention, baby oil
veterinary attention, baby oil, sheath: Hi Cassie, Unless your gelding has a physical problem - that is a hole in his penis, I d be very doubtful that urine had leaked into the sheath. If your gelding did have this problem, you d certainly know about it as he d be one very very sick horse! ...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Thin gelding, alfalfa cubes, shredded beets
alfalfa cubes, shredded beets, thoroughbred gelding: Hi, He s certainly not getting enough hay. He should have constant 24/7 access to grass hay and should be fed at least two good sized flakes of alfalfa/clover (whatever is available in your area) hay daily (1 in morn & 1 at night) in addition to the rest...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: badly undernourished Mare in foal, vitamin mineral supplement, mare in foal
vitamin mineral supplement, mare in foal, mare and foal: Hi Anne, It will be a long road, and it s complicated by her pregnancy. How far along is she? This will seriously affect what her feeding regime should be. As a general rule you should feed her little and often. 5 - 6 meals a day would be good if you...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: ceasing lactation, mustang mare, orchard grass
mustang mare, orchard grass, sweetfeed: I think you need to get your vet to look at her. What you re describing is not normal for a mare with a foal of that age. The mare is at serious risk of mastitis which is an infection of the mammery gland that is EXTREMELY painful and can lead to not...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: belgian filles- feed, balanced diet for growth, feeding draft horses
balanced diet for growth, feeding draft horses, feeding weanlings: Hi Lisa, That is certainly plenty of hay, typically we want to make sure horses get at least 1% of their body weight as roughage a day and they need a total intake of feed of at least 1.5% preferably 2% and if this is all roughage then that is even better....

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Cracked corn, weanling filly, cracked corn
weanling filly, cracked corn, nutritional differences: Jenny, The way your filly is being kept her exercise level is actually maintenance unfortunately the running around doesn t count. She has additional energy needs due to her age and the weather. Yes I would feed 30-50% alfalfa and the rest as grass hay....

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: cough, respiratory health, gobs
respiratory health, gobs, coughs: Lori, Too had about the tennis ball. You might wantt o feed him some flax. Flax has a substance called mucilage in it which creates a slime when it is wet. It will help lubricate his intestines and will help to prevent compaction colic. You might also...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: depressed, upset horse, depression, aged horses
depression, aged horses, new barn: Dear Phil, Sorry for the delay in responding and I m sorry to hear that your horses don t seem happy in their new home. Clearly you know your horses and I would be concerned too. The first thing that comes to mind for me is what is different about your...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Horse Feed Recipe, growth plates, gelding
Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Horse Feed Recipe, growth plates, gelding, joints

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: feed, moldy hay
moldy hay: Dear Sam, Your gut instinct is correct. Any mold in hay is harmful for horses. Horses are not able to regurgitate their feed and so once in their system they have now way of getting the bad feed back out. The mold spores can lead to colic which is the...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Horse Down, horse down, emaciated horse
horse down, emaciated horse, feeding very thin horse.: Dear Tracy, My advice to you is call a veterinarian IMMEDIATELY! You don t give much background on this pony as to why he is in this condition. Is he a rescue, has he been ill? Also I don t know where you are in the world so I don t know what products...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Horse Feed Recipe, sweet feed, feeding colt
sweet feed, feeding colt, home made horse feed: Dear Sandy, Congratulations on your new horse. My first question is what are these 2 trainers basing their advice on that he needs oats and soybean meal? Personally I would not make such a drastic dietary change in a horse so soon after moving him especially...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: mixing my own food, sugar beet pulp, alfalfa pellets
sugar beet pulp, alfalfa pellets, grass hay: Dear Danielle, Congratulation s on your new horse. If you will only be doing walking work for the next year then your horse does not require anything more than hay. She doesn t have any muscle because she has not been working, the muscle will come from...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: oat hay, feeding draft horses, oat hay
feeding draft horses, oat hay: Dear Dionne, The fact that you didn t experience a drought is important because stressed hays are higher in sugar and you don t want high sugar feeds with young draft breeds. At the milk stage the grains will be softer and should still be on the stems....

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: pony diet (20 plus years old), equine nutritionist, tree trimmers
equine nutritionist, tree trimmers, kidney damage: Dear Deborah, I am so sorry, this must be devastating for you. I really don t know how quickly it would take effect but the tannins cause kidney damage. The only way to know for sure if have your vet perform an autopsy. How many branches were there...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Supplements for grazing horses, pasture supplements, balancing pasture
pasture supplements, balancing pasture: Dear Terri, ADM make a good mineral block and or crumble for horses at pasture http://www.admani.com/AllianceEquine/MineralsVitamins.htm and otherwise there is a AZ formulated supplement that I have seen used for horses fed bermuda hay in AZ and...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: senior diet, rescue mare, founder
rescue mare, founder, neglect: Dear Donna, How lucky for this horse that she found you. I think what you are feeding is probably just fine. However you don t mention what weight the mare is in, already too fat, too thin just right or roughly how much you think she weighs. It would also...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Changing proiten in feed, corn gluten meal, qh mare
corn gluten meal, qh mare, soybean meal: Hi Bill, Thank you for your question. I ve done exactly the same thing in the past, in attempt to feed many different groups of horses without keeping a lot of different feeds on hand. It is best to use a manufactured protein supplement to add to your...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: knobbly legs, gastro intestinal problems, bone fractures
gastro intestinal problems, bone fractures, preventative treatments: Hi Carey, It sounds like your mare suffers from what is commonly called Popped Knees . Popped knees is actually a collection of possible problems such as bone fractures, ligment injuries, tendon strains and/or joint capsule inflamation. To find out the...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: loss of appetite, body condition score, horse dentist
body condition score, horse dentist, rice bran: Hello again, Thanks for answering the questions for me. There is generally a reason why a horse loses its appetite, but sometimes pinpointing that reason is a trick. I have found in the past that some medications can have an impact on either the stomach...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: my mare's health!, beet pulp, soluble nutrients
beet pulp, soluble nutrients, flax seed: Hi Laura, Thank you for your question, it is a very good one. Senior horses, especially ones who s digestive systems have been challenged nutritionally, can be complicated to feed. As a horse s digestive system ages (and the rate at which that happens...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: PMU Mare from Canada, pmu horses, sand colic
pmu horses, sand colic, monticello fl: Hi Jack, Thank you for your question. I m going to make a suggestion that sounds similar to others that I ve made on this forum. It s not necessarily because it s my favorite answer but more because I think hindgut dysfunction is the root of most evil...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: please help !!, liver enzyme tests, liver enzyme levels
liver enzyme tests, liver enzyme levels, liver biopsy: Hi Clare, It does seem like something of a mystery. It is true that diarrhea is the result of water being left in the manure. When a horse drinks water, or consumes it with food, the water filters through the digestive system quite quickly and pools (stores)...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: soy bean mash, equine nutritionist, horse vet
equine nutritionist, horse vet, 10yo: Hi Sharon, It depends on how much you are going to feed and what else you are feeding. Soybean is primarily a protein it will not aid weight gain in itself but only as part of a balanced diet. I suggest you run through your possible feed mixtures with...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: underwight standardbred, quality forages, pro biotic
quality forages, pro biotic, yeast culture: Hi Marie, Thank you for your question, it s a great one. Rescuing horses and rehabilitating them can be a rewarding but difficult task. If you have no idea of the horse s history I suggest you work slowly (and therefore safely) on putting weight back on...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Abcessed Hooves, lame horses, yeast culture
lame horses, yeast culture, prebiotic: Hi Elizabeth, Thank you for your question. Lame horses always make me cringe...I can feel their pain and it bothers me. Foot quality, in my opinion, is entirely linked to nutrition. There are a lot of contributing factors to this nutritionally, starting...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: adding weight to seniors, equine dentist, beet pulp
equine dentist, beet pulp, rice bran: Hi Anna, Senior horses can become more difficult to feed, and every horse s digestive system ages at a different rate...with some falling under the Senior feeds category in their late teens while others make it well into their twenties before we need...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: chronic colic, digesta, mollasses
digesta, mollasses, banamine: Hi Lora, Sorry it has taken me awhile to get back to you. As a fellow Canadian I understand the frustrations we face with our winter months. Impaction colics are generally the result of a lack of water in the hindgut, and sometimes caused by too much...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: chronic colic, health food store, beet pulp
Horses - Diet and Nutrition: chronic colic, health food store, beet pulp, brewers yeast

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: feeding a lamatic mare, sugar beet pulp, cereal grains
sugar beet pulp, cereal grains, alfalfa hay: Hi Karen, There is still a lot of research being conducted with respect to laminitis in horses. The conventional train of thought is to avoid feeding starch or sugar to horses that have already foundered or those who may be susceptible. This means staying...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: hay vs alphalfa cubes, alfalfa cubes, hay cubes
alfalfa cubes, hay cubes, stomach ulcer: Hi Jacqulin, This is a great question. Alfalfa cubes sure are handy for a lot of reason. Their supply is fairly unlimited compared to hay, they store well (with much less risk of dust or mold) and their quality is consistent. It is possible to find...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: my new 3 year old tennessee walker, appropriate diet, old tennessee
appropriate diet, old tennessee, hi lauren: Hi Lauren, Before I answer this question for you, could you give me a few more details? The answers will certainly help me answer your question a little less generically. What type of hay or forage do you have available for your horse? Is your horse...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Okay To Simply Stop Daily Dewormer?, bacterial population, economical reasons
bacterial population, economical reasons, fecal samples: Hi Evan Thank you for your question. I understand your frustration at sorting through the myriad of opinions on this topic. I ve never had the opportunity to work with Strongid C myself as it is not a product available in Canada so I can not pass judgement...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: sudden quidding, equine dentist, pergolide
equine dentist, pergolide, cold temps: Hi Cheri, Sudden onset of quidding is quite unusual. It s usually a physical reaction to something. I d get his teeth checked again. Once my horses reach about 18yo I get their teeth checked every 6 months. They can have very sudden changes in their...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: white mucas, hay cubes, stomach ulcers
hay cubes, stomach ulcers, abnormal liver function: Hi Angela, Thank you for your question. Based on your description, it sounds like this mucous comes from the respiratory tract and not really from the digestive system. It certainly sounds like it is related to the moldy hay, which causes a few health...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Chia seed, omega 6 fatty acids, flax seed
omega 6 fatty acids, flax seed, pain signals: Hi Anne, Thank you for your question. I have not had an opportunity to work with Chia seed but have used flax seed extensively and believe in using it for situations like yours. Horses can have dry skin and dull coats for a variety of reasons, a shortage...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: cough, heaves in horses, poor air quality
heaves in horses, poor air quality, few suggestions: Hi Tami, Thank you for your question. The vet will be better able to diagnose the horse s problem, as he/she will need to listen to your horse s breathing and maybe bag them to answer your question. From my experience, I can make a few suggestions but...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Fresh Lucerne, thoroughbred horse farm, colic in horses
thoroughbred horse farm, colic in horses, wheat grains: Hello Again, I can not answer the question of whether or not the alfalfa is providing enough fiber unless I know at least what stage of maturity it is being fed at, better yet if you have it analyzed I could tell you precisely. If there is at least 33%...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: molded hay, liver failure, embryonic loss
liver failure, embryonic loss, moldy hay: Hi Rickey, Thank you for your question. When hay has been recently baled, it would be very possible to smell the mold (as it s in the formation stages) before you see it. Mold is most certainly bad for horses, for a couple of different reasons. The mold...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: PLEASE HELP - Weight Issues, beet pulp, weight gainer
beet pulp, weight gainer, grass pastures: Hi Laura, Thank you for your question, you have come to the right place...hard to feed horses are my specialty. You are absolutely right about feeding too much, I am a strong believer in the less is more approach to feeding. Your beet pulp should not...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: water intake, pound horse, farhenheit
pound horse, farhenheit, ellabell ga: Hi Mare, So very true...you CAN lead a horse to water but you certainly CAN T make them do anything they don t want to do. The rule of thumb for water intake in horses is 1 gallon per 100 pounds of body weight daily, when the temperature averages 20 degrees...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Diet for a 7yo Hanovarian gelding, new horse, diet
new horse, diet: Dear Elizabeth, Congratulations on your new horse! Very exciting. First off I would ask the seller to ship the horse with enough hay to last the trip and the first week to 10 days that he is with you if at all possible. This will allow you to keep him...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Digestion, peptide bonds, dear emma
peptide bonds, dear emma, large intestine: Dear Emma, Fiber is digested by means of bacteria that live in the horses large intestine (colon and cecum) and protein is digested in the small intestine after pepsin in the stomach breaks the peptide bonds in the protein. Does this help? Clai...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Feed qty for 12 yr - 17Hh Dutch Warmblood, feeding dressage horse, equine dietary needs
feeding dressage horse, equine dietary needs, hay belly: Dear Pam, What a frustrating situation and kudos to you for all your hard work in trying to work out what he actually needs based on science. I m not sure how much your horse weighs I m guessing around 1300-1400lbs based on his size and breed and he should...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Feeding Mineral Oil for Colic Prevention, mineral oil, colic prevention
mineral oil, colic prevention, sand colic: Dear Jessie, Sorry to hear your horse is suffering from colics. I do know some people use mineral oil as you suggest. My understanding is that it can help loosen tightly bound sand but is not as effective at actually getting it to pass out of the digestive...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: FRESH LUCERNE, fresh lucerne, colic
fresh lucerne, colic: Dear Flip, Lucerne is a fantastic source of energy and protein and also vitamin A and E when fresh. It does have a reputation but it is not the lucerne itself that is the problem it is feeding too much protein and energy. In the quantities you are feeding...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: what to feed my horse ?, how to feed horses
how to feed horses: Dear Emily, These are all great questions and I know feeding can be confusing. You should plan on feeding your horse at least 1.5% maybe 2% of his body weight as hay each day. So if he weighs 1000lbs he would need 15-20lbs of hay. If he were to get less...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: healthy diet for pony, feeding pony, laminitis
feeding pony, laminitis, grazing: Dear Vicky, Congratulations on your new purchase! A couple of things stand out in your post. Namely the fact that while your pony was the lowest in the group he was in he is in good condition while the others were not. This tells me that your pony is...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Older horse, bute, aspirin
bute, aspirin: Dear Stefanie, This is really a question for a vet not a nutritionist. Your horse may be effected by the aspirin and bute you just may not be aware of the changes. Both aspirin and bute will have side effects, all drugs do. Bute can result in ulcers...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: stunted growth, compensatory growth, feeding neglected youngstock
compensatory growth, feeding neglected youngstock, growth: Dear Melinda, This will depend on whether their growth plates have closed. The growth plates in the legs close at different ages, once they are closed that bone can not grow any more. The pastern, fetlock and shoulder will be closed by now but the upper...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: vaccinations, coggins test, health certificate
coggins test, health certificate, geographic regions: Dear Scarlett, This is a question for a vet not a nutritionist. You need to talk to your vet and be sure to mention when the events are (some horses get muscle sore from vaccinations so you want to be sure to leave time to recover) and where the events...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Weight Management, loosing weight, draft cross
loosing weight, draft cross: Dear Laura, Welcome to the US. I moved here from England 11 years ago so I know how it goes getting used to all the feeds here! I was thinking as I was reading your post how unusual a cleveland bay irish draught cross don t see many of those over here!...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: broodmare nutrition, pregnant mare diets
pregnant mare diets: Dear Donna, One of the most important things for pregnant mares is the quality of the nutrients they receive. They need balanced minerals and good quality protein but not necessarily more calories until the last trimester. I am not aware of any recipes...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: My draft cross Kate's Feed, draft diet
draft diet: Dear Julie, You are right to be concerned as Drafts are prone to muscle myopathies such as EPSM and also insulin resistant both of which are effected by sugar and starch in the diet. However, increasing fat may not be the way to go either. I would be...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Fear of colic, avoiding colic, introducing grass pasture
avoiding colic, introducing grass pasture: Dear Adriana, That is far too much senior and that will increase your risk of colic. You need to feed your horse at least 1.5% of its body weight per day as hay and if underweight that should be 1.5% of ideal weight. Alfalfa hay is ok for horses who are...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Feeding an older mare, loose stools
loose stools: Dear Ann, Sorry for the delayed response. Chronic loose manure can be hard to fix. I think you have taken a good approach. You might want to try different probiotics as they are all slightly different. Forco, Ration Plus and Equine Generator by Bio-vet...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Filly not too interested in hay, low hay intake, weight gain
low hay intake, weight gain, 2 year old filly: Dear Nancy, This is puzzling. First off if she has a crease down her back then she does not need any more weight! To have a crease her loin area would score at least a 6 so be careful you don t make her too fat. It sounds like she had quite a hard time...