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post #1 of 41 Old 12-16-2012, 09:38 PM Thread Starter
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Things you were taught

Is there anything you were once taught about horses, that you now know is incorrect? When I first got into horses about a decade ago, here are some of the things I was taught by "experts"

No such thing as "brown" horses, they're either bay or chestnut.

If a paint is not a pinto, it isn't a real paint.

Cremellos or perlinos are albinos and cannot be ridden due to brittle bones!

To ride a horse, you kick to go fast and haul on the reins to stop. You don't need to know anything else.

And my absolute favourite - you don't need to worm or vaccinate your horse if it lives alone because it can't catch anything...

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post #2 of 41 Old 12-16-2012, 10:41 PM
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Great topic!

There are so many "reputable" teachers who STILL say to kick to go & pull to stop!

Here's one I was told, & am still unsure if it's true: you won't cause any pain to a horse to pull out individual mane or tail hairs, because they don't have nerves in/around the follicles, like humans do.

True or false?
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They will never run over you

Wrong got ran over
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post #4 of 41 Old 12-16-2012, 11:22 PM
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You can never put the girth too tight.

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post #5 of 41 Old 12-16-2012, 11:30 PM
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I don't think my trainer has ever taught me wrong...Actually that's incorrect, but I don't know so much if it's "wrong" or personal preference. She uses single jointed shank bits a lot, and I hate them. Not true tom thumbs with straight shanks but it's still a pet peeve of mine. She uses a LOT of other wide variety of bits as well depending on the horse but the first thing she'll go to other than a snaffle is that.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #6 of 41 Old 12-16-2012, 11:36 PM
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I don't know if this is preference, but I was told to see saw the reins to slow a horse down, now I'm being told you shouldn't do that.

So in lies the madness, the pursuit of the impossible in the face of the complete assurance that you will fail, and yet still you chase.
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post #7 of 41 Old 12-16-2012, 11:57 PM
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Hmm

Kick to go forward, kick harder to go faster. Pull back to stop.
Wrap the reins around your stronger hand and hold the horn with your other hand.
You can't possibly over tighten the girth
You only need a helmet if you're racing or jumping
Horse saddles fit horses. All horses. Pony saddles fit ponies.
A pony grows up to be a horse.
A horse will never try to run you over

And my worst...
To test to see if your bit works, you have to check your brakes. Stand on the ground, hold the reins in your hand and pull back. If the horses head moves up then you have brakes and the bit is good. If his head doesn't move then you need a different bit.
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post #8 of 41 Old 12-17-2012, 12:09 AM
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I don't know if this is preference, but I was told to see saw the reins to slow a horse down, now I'm being told you shouldn't do that.
Slow should come from the seat and connection through the rein... Not solely the rein.
Never see-saw the reins.


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post #9 of 41 Old 12-17-2012, 01:29 AM
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Great topic!

There are so many "reputable" teachers who STILL say to kick to go & pull to stop!

Here's one I was told, & am still unsure if it's true: you won't cause any pain to a horse to pull out individual mane or tail hairs, because they don't have nerves in/around the follicles, like humans do.

True or false?
True. It doesn't hurt. Or at least horses are way, way tougher than us, because I've pulled a lot of manes and not one horse reacted.
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post #10 of 41 Old 12-17-2012, 01:32 AM
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If the horse is bloating and you want to tighten the cinch, kick him in the gut and then you'll be able to crank it up quick before he takes another breath.
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