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    10-16-2011, 08:30 PM
  #1
Weanling
Some questions regarding Mane, Winter coat, swinging head while riding

My horse sometimes while riding, will want to put his head down. My uncle said he is doing that cause he is trying to eat grass, but its not like the horse is stopped when he does it lol. I when he does it, try to pull the reins simultaneously to let him know that's a NO NO but seems he aint adhering to it that greatly. Any suggestions?

My horse is a quarter paint gelding and since getting him 3 mos ago, I have worked on his mane and tail some with washing and also mane and tail shampoo. It seems as it is still stringy and tough. No knots or anything apparently and I would have thought the conditioner would soften it up and make combing easy. Washed them both today and put conditioner on after drying and after riding the horse this evening and brushing him down, I checked his mane and tale and it is still not easy to comb or anything and looks stringy instead of like my uncles tennesee walker's mane and tail looks thick and full. Any suggestions?

Any need to get a winter blanket here in SC? I live near charleston and it really doesn't get too too bad, worst is about 30's usually. We have some nights where it may go into the 20s but that's sort of unsual. My uncle said he usually leaves his on the entire winter lol. He told me I should at least get one and put on until the horse gets is winter coat to avoid it getting pneumonia. I know I have seen alot of horses that people don't be putting no darn blanket on and I never hear or see their horses getting sick lol. Any suggestions?

Any of you guys ride your quarter horse with a tennesee walker before? Rode with my uncle today and man several times I had to trot my horse to catch up lol.
     
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    10-17-2011, 07:39 AM
  #2
Weanling
Getting ready for work so can't reply to all, but if you put a winter blanket on your horse he will not grow one so I wouldn't put one on. Ours do just fine up here in Ohio without. I am no expert but a when a horses head is down that is a good thing, it means he is relaxed. I would just let him put it down and see what he does, if he starts to eat pull his head up a little. I have a mare that will sometimes put her head right down on the ground to do some sniffing (she is 4) and I let her do that because she is not misbehaving. I am sure more qualified horse people will give you more advice. Good luck!
     
    10-17-2011, 08:06 AM
  #3
Weanling
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Originally Posted by garlicbunny    
Getting ready for work so can't reply to all, but if you put a winter blanket on your horse he will not grow one so I wouldn't put one on. Ours do just fine up here in Ohio without. I am no expert but a when a horses head is down that is a good thing, it means he is relaxed. I would just let him put it down and see what he does, if he starts to eat pull his head up a little. I have a mare that will sometimes put her head right down on the ground to do some sniffing (she is 4) and I let her do that because she is not misbehaving. I am sure more qualified horse people will give you more advice. Good luck!
yeah I guess next time I just need to slacken up on the reins and let him do it and see what he does. I had the reins slackend and when he did it , it still pulled me forward a little lol so with not expecting it it pulled me forward and made me lean pretty far upward. Yeah here usually on average its around 34 at the lowest, though sometimes on the colder nites it has dipped into the high 20's but not too often. He should have the winter coat by then I guess. Average for the days is in the 50's usually.
     
    10-17-2011, 11:53 AM
  #4
Green Broke
I'd let the horse grow a winter coat then see if he needs a blanket.
Mine grow nice coats & the only ones that wear blankets are the ones without wind breaks when outside, then only if real windy or below 32 degrees. The blankets cut the wind down. All come in at night & have the blankets removed & I do not have a heated barn.
It all depends on the horse.
Horse don't get pneumonia from being cold.
     
    10-17-2011, 01:25 PM
  #5
Weanling
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Originally Posted by natisha    
I'd let the horse grow a winter coat then see if he needs a blanket.
Mine grow nice coats & the only ones that wear blankets are the ones without wind breaks when outside, then only if real windy or below 32 degrees. The blankets cut the wind down. All come in at night & have the blankets removed & I do not have a heated barn.
It all depends on the horse.
Horse don't get pneumonia from being cold.
plus I see alot of guys have sheds that are opened up even in the winter and some have no out of the weather sheds and their horses didnt get sick or die lol. My shed is solid and covered good, with openings as well so I should be fine if they were lol.
     
    10-17-2011, 09:54 PM
  #6
Weanling
No more replies lol?
     
    10-17-2011, 10:53 PM
  #7
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Nyg,

Let the horse adapt to the weather bit by bit, so I would skip the blanket for your locale. Horse will grow hair and become used to the colder weather as the days pass. As long as the horse has protection from the wind and plenty of hay to eat, it should be fine. I live near Seattle, and we never blanket ours , which live out 24/7.

The horse putting it's head down; Yeah, you can let it try and see what it is doing. I let my horse put his head down sometimes to sniff poo or what not. But the key is that I LET him do it. He does NOT barge the reins out of my hand. And if he starts to eat, then no more letting the head down. He knows trail snacking is forbidden. I neve let him graze when I am in the saddle.

If a horse I am riding tries to snack along the way, instead of pulling the head up, I put the leg or whip ON! I move him forward, bang! He will whip his head up and leap forward. Next time, all I have to do is threaten to put the whip on and he will leave off trying to eat. But don't play pull up, play move on!
     
    10-18-2011, 07:27 AM
  #8
Weanling
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Originally Posted by tinyliny    
nyg,

Let the horse adapt to the weather bit by bit, so I would skip the blanket for your locale. Horse will grow hair and become used to the colder weather as the days pass. As long as the horse has protection from the wind and plenty of hay to eat, it should be fine. I live near Seattle, and we never blanket ours , which live out 24/7.

The horse putting it's head down; Yeah, you can let it try and see what it is doing. I let my horse put his head down sometimes to sniff poo or what not. But the key is that I LET him do it. He does NOT barge the reins out of my hand. And if he starts to eat, then no more letting the head down. He knows trail snacking is forbidden. I neve let him graze when I am in the saddle.

If a horse I am riding tries to snack along the way, instead of pulling the head up, I put the leg or whip ON! I move him forward, bang! He will whip his head up and leap forward. Next time, all I have to do is threaten to put the whip on and he will leave off trying to eat. But don't play pull up, play move on!
Mine actually barged the reins out of my hand. I mean its the only way he could get his head down and that's why I leaned forward some. When you say put the leg, you mean kick in the side as in making him go? Whip do you mean you carry a small whip with you?

I thought about buying a small whip. Where would I keep it at, would it tie to the saddle somehow?
     
    10-18-2011, 08:45 AM
  #9
Weanling
You can buy a crop that has a handle on it and hang it around the saddle horn when you are not using it. Be careful though and buy one like bright orange or green, one you can see if you drop it which I have done and lost it because I bought black.

Pulling the reins out like your horse is disobedience, my horse just slowly lowers her head, nose to the ground to sniff. Yesterday she spent some time sniffing the leaves while still moving and she is very young, and she carries her head low anyways which is good. Do you ride with a loose rein? Are you able to loosen up and let the reins slide through when she wants to put her head down? I would try that as on the trail as you should be able to use a very loose rein. Maybe someone else will have more advice, good luck.
     
    10-18-2011, 08:49 AM
  #10
Weanling
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Originally Posted by garlicbunny    
you can buy a crop that has a handle on it and hang it around the saddle horn when you are not using it. Be careful though and buy one like bright orange or green, one you can see if you drop it which I have done and lost it because I bought black.

Pulling the reins out like your horse is disobedience, my horse just slowly lowers her head, nose to the ground to sniff. Yesterday she spent some time sniffing the leaves while still moving and she is very young, and she carries her head low anyways which is good. Do you ride with a loose rein? Are you able to loosen up and let the reins slide through when she wants to put her head down? I would try that as on the trail as you should be able to use a very loose rein. Maybe someone else will have more advice, good luck.
yeah I ride with them pretty loose. I will see when he attempts to do it and see about just letting him do it and see rather he is attempting to eat or what knot
     

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