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  1. Horse Talk
    Now, just to let you all know, I am only new to horses and don't know as much as some people probably do. Please don't criticize or be harsh. I go to a riding school and of course, I have my favourite horses. A couple of weeks ago, I started bringing little pieces or licorice for my favourite...
  2. Horse Feeds and Nutrition
    Hi there, I just got my new boy (he’s a 15 year old gelding, been there done that good boy) a few days ago and yesterday I started hand grazing him for 20 mins then put him into his corral which he has no grass but plenty of hay and where he sleeps at night. Today I brought him out and he was...
  3. Horse Talk
    Hi, I'm in my final year studying equine science, and am beginning my dissertation. My project involves looking into the prevalence of stereotypic behaviours in horses, as well as time budgets and management practices. It would be a great help if any horse owners who are over 18 years of age...
  4. Horse Health
    I own a completely beautiful little bay mare who's around 3 and a half. I got her exactly a year ago, she came as a sweet, curious and clever little thing and was happy with whatever you did with her. She was unhandled for her whole life up until the few weeks I got her - maybe something to...
  5. Horse Talk
    As pat of my degree course, I need to collect data on a topic to include as part of my dissertation. My project is on the effect of backing horses at a young age and how this affects their health and performance. Please could you fill out the questionnaire in the link below and help me out...
  6. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    Hi - I had a few bad falls with numerous broken bones so I bought a quieter mare. Had her about 5 months and everything was great. 2 days ago she bucked on two occasions with me during the one ride. The second time i heard a stick break first. She has never spooked at anything (including...
  7. General Riding queries
    Hi As a part of my Masters degree I am doing a study into ridden horse behaviour. I am looking to compare the same horse and rider in two conditions: with a bit and bitless. There is a great deal of anecdotal evidence to suggest that there should be a difference between the two, but I am...
  8. Equine Careers and Education
    Hello ! I am new in this forum, and I am also new in this country, as I am French. I am a student in management, but I always ride horses since I am little. I always worked with the trends of Ethology, horsemanships and horse behaviour, and I would like to get a course. In France we have a...
  9. Horse Talk
    My gelding, Moose and smaller pony gelding Houdini don't get along, but are managing so far. Today I put a new bale of hay in the paddock, and locked them in the yards temporarily with my mare. As I did this, Moose instantly started chasing Houdini in the small yards, biting, kicking and even...
  10. Horse Health
    When the flies started coming out this year my horse began shaking his head which is normal I guess, but he always seemed to do it when I was haltering or unhaltering and leading. Honestly, although I blamed the flies, I also thought that he was putting it on a bit, and was it partly...
  11. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    hi, i own a horse who is 9 (believed to be no older than 6) that is a real pain when it comes to putting a bridle on. Today i was wrestling with him for 45 minutes until he eventually gave up and took his bit, it took 3 of us. He chucks his head up in the air (he's 16.3 & im only 5ft 6!) and he...
  12. Horse Talk
    Hi everyone recently got a 15hh warmblood x on loan (5yo). Unfortunately after a week of being great to catch, box etc she has now gone wild. I can't catch her without ears back bucking and cantering off! When she is fed in the morning I now can't get into her stable without her kicking the door...
  13. Horse Health
    Hope maybe someone else has seen this. I have a hunter mare, 10yo and have had her for four years. Just recently she has started cantering round in circles in her usual field for no reason, getting into a right sweat - and does not really want to stop when I go out to calm her. First time it...
  14. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    I'm a new user to this site, but I am desperate for some non-judgemental advice and this seemed like the perfect place to look. I have an 11 month old irish sports cross gelding, currently standing at 14hh to make 16hh. I have had him since he was about 5 months old. He was seperated from his...
  15. Grooming, clipping, bathing & equipment used
    i have a dartmoor cross new forest, he has always been a cheeky chap but recently his bahaviour has got worse unless the other horses are in i cant catch him from the field and even then when i catch him some times he will spin and try to double barrel me out the field. when i put him in the...
  16. Horse Talk
    In the year that i've owned my boy, he has only " nipped " twice ( just a quick lip nip ). both situations involved a male standing by his face. I've stood in that postion, my trainer ( female ) has been in that postion, and a few other females have also been in this postion. yet he has never...
  17. General Riding queries
    I bought my 9 year old cleveland bay x tb 3 months ago, she wasnt well schooled but that was something i was willing to work with and after a few weeks she was improving quickly. However over the last few weeks her attitude has changed completly, shes agressive and snappy in the stable, putting...
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