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SpiritDancer 08-10-2011 10:52 PM

Help, Some Short Questions, and Wondering About Horse Schedule (feeding/exercise)
 
I apologize if this is posted on the wrong thread. I have some questions (most are short to answer), and to make it as easy as possible I'm going to make the questions as to-the-point as I can.

1) How does this grazing muzzle look? Economy Grazing Muzzle with Halter - Horse.com (reviews are kind of mixed in opinion of it) If I get this do I just leave it on 24/7, 365 days a year? I know this is personal preference, but I'm wondering if this is okay for overweight horses, (and they are in the pasture)

2) One of my horse has red on the inner corner of his eye. There's not much discharge, just the normal amount of eye boogies. Should I be very concerned?

3) One of our horses is obese, and I'd like to start lunging her (she is never worked) to help with the weight. She starts huffing, puffing, and snorting when lunged, and she looks really angry... Do I just keep her going?

-- My horse started bucking when asked to canter recently. (I haven't ridden much this summer, so it's my fault). I've read the answer to this is lunging first and when riding just ride it out and keep working him. Sound good?

-- One of our horses is SUPER hard to catch. We haven't been able to succeed at all in catching her lately. We've tried running her, and she still won't let us near. Any suggestions or should we just keep running her til she stops? (I know once we catch her to make her time enjoyable and to bond, but I'm just wondering /how/ to catch her)

-- Who do you recommend to see training methods of? I know there's a lot of not so great trainers with DVDs and such, so which is best, especially for joining up?

-- One more question: What is your feeding/working schedule with your horse? (Like, how much do you feed of what and how long do you work every day/week) and how often do you practice for events (I do barrel racing) and how often is just pleasure?

Sorry these are all together and newbie questions, and sorry if the answer to some is on a different thread or anything, I tried looking for some of the questions but didn't find anything. Thanks so much for the help! :)

Saddlebag 08-10-2011 10:58 PM

The answers to all the questions would fill a book. I'll answer the first question - No Grazing Muzzle - grazing muzzles rub the horse's face raw.

PaintHorseMares 08-10-2011 11:13 PM

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Originally Posted by SpiritDancer (Post 1132821)
2) One of my horse has red on the inner corner of his eye. There's not much discharge, just the normal amount of eye boogies. Should I be very concerned?

Probably not. Could be caused by flies, dust, allergies, etc. One of our mares gets what we call 'hay eye' at times from irritation caused by eating out of the middle of round bales.

Equilove 08-11-2011 02:48 PM

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Originally Posted by SpiritDancer (Post 1132821)
-- My horse started bucking when asked to canter recently. (I haven't ridden much this summer, so it's my fault). I've read the answer to this is lunging first and when riding just ride it out and keep working him. Sound good?


If this is recent, it's probably one of two things. One: the horse is getting sour. How often do you ride? Can you properly sit the canter (no flopping on the back)? Or two: the horse is sore. Have the vet or chiropractor check your horse's back (and anywhere else) for tenderness. The saddle may not fit correctly.

SpiritDancer 08-11-2011 10:47 PM

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Originally Posted by Saddlebag (Post 1132828)
The answers to all the questions would fill a book. I'll answer the first question - No Grazing Muzzle - grazing muzzles rub the horse's face raw.

Actually, most of the answers are short, like just yes/no or asking for a tip or two. And I've read (on here) that grazing muzzles can be very helpful for horses who need to lose weight without being kept from their buddies.

PaintHorseMares - good. :) so just leave it and it'll heal on its own?

Equilove - I'm guessing it's my horse being sour. I had been gone for awhile so that was the first time I had ridden in a while. I do sit properly in the canter. My horse canters well with out me being on him, so I don't think he's sore. It's possible that the saddle doesn't fit, although it's the same saddle I've always used and he used to be fine with it. If it's just sour would riding it out be the answer?


Thank you for the answers so far, and please help on my other questions. :)

PaintHorseMares 08-11-2011 10:59 PM

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Originally Posted by SpiritDancer (Post 1133910)
PaintHorseMares - good. :) so just leave it and it'll heal on its own?:)

You can wash it out with some sterile water (don't use any human medicated eye drops like Visine), but I would just leave it alone. Of course, if it gets worse, have a vet look at it in case there is some infection. If there are a lot of face flies, a fly mask will help reduce infection risk from flies.

PaintHorseMares 08-11-2011 11:04 PM

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Originally Posted by SpiritDancer (Post 1133910)
If it's just sour would riding it out be the answer?

Horses often buck when they are very fresh, too. A horse will lower its head to buck, so if you feel that head start to go down, get the head back up.

morehandclaps 08-11-2011 11:09 PM

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Originally Posted by SpiritDancer (Post 1132821)
1) How does this grazing muzzle look? Economy Grazing Muzzle with Halter - Horse.com (reviews are kind of mixed in opinion of it) If I get this do I just leave it on 24/7, 365 days a year? I know this is personal preference, but I'm wondering if this is okay for overweight horses, (and they are in the pasture)

That grazing muzzle is the same one my friend has used in the past. Be warned that it does tend to wear down the horses hair on it's face a bit, but the most it rubbed off on her horse was on her cheek where the clasp was. It also has a tendency of coming off, especially if your horse become itchy with it on, so watch out if that starts to happen. Otherwise I think they work great when a horse is overweight, especially when coupled with increased exercise! I say leave it on when you put her out to pasture and take it off during the winter months (if you get snow). And, of course, leave it off for exercise or whenever you're working with them outside of the arena. If you buy a cover for the buckle (or make one) you could probably prevent too much rubbing.



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Originally Posted by SpiritDancer (Post 1132821)
3) One of our horses is obese, and I'd like to start lunging her (she is never worked) to help with the weight. She starts huffing, puffing, and snorting when lunged, and she looks really angry... Do I just keep her going?

Start really low with exercise is what I would say. At my old barn there was an obese horse and she had a hard time when asked to do anything more than w/t. Sometimes she got spry and cantered/cow-hopped a bit, but that was just her being her. If she's doing this at a w/t then I would say get your vet out to make sure there's nothing else going on. QUESTION: when does she start to exhibit this behavior? A few minutes in? How hard are you working her?

That's all I got for now. :]

SpiritDancer 08-16-2011 06:12 PM

I have left his eye alone, and it's still pink with eye boogies (some days a bit more than others) it also seems like some days it's smaller other days bigger

I've been trying to keep his head up. I can feel when he's about to buck so that makes it harder to "ride it out" because I immediately want to stop him and try again, but I'm trying. I had one day where everything was going pretty well, and then like two days later he was doing it again. I guess it's just a matter of gaining each others trust back and riding it out

So anytime I'm not working him, the grazing muzzle is fine to be on? Because they're pretty much never kept inside. I could totally make a buckle cover. Thanks. (:

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Originally Posted by morehandclaps (Post 1133940)

Start really low with exercise is what I would say. At my old barn there was an obese horse and she had a hard time when asked to do anything more than w/t. Sometimes she got spry and cantered/cow-hopped a bit, but that was just her being her. If she's doing this at a w/t then I would say get your vet out to make sure there's nothing else going on. QUESTION: when does she start to exhibit this behavior? A few minutes in? How hard are you working her?

She starts a few minutes in, when asked to trot. I wasn't working her very hard at all. Just the trotting for not long, and she starts doing that so I don't do it much longer.

Update---We've been putting them in at night lately, especially until we can get the grazing muzzles so they can start losing some weight. One of them is exercised along with that. We also caught the really hard to catch mare and have her in a more confined area and have been slowly trying to grain her trust


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