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  1. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    I recently traded some goats for a three year old miniature horse. He is a stallion i plan on cutting him ASAP but i can’t even catch him to work with him. I have had to rope him three times because he panics and runs if i just look at him. He is not wild he only acts like that when i try to...
  2. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    How do you deal with a horse who bolts under saddle? Once my gelding is warmed up, I'm fighting him for the walk and trot. I have to hold his head in with about two feet of rein to keep him (somewhat) controlled, and the only way to stop is with a one rein stop or very tight circles. I'm using a...
  3. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    I have a half Arabian who has a few issues. He bites while grooming and tacking up and his biggest issue is being hard mouthed. Recently, he has taken off at a full blown gallop with his head to the ground so its harder for me too get control. Once I shorten his reins and ask for 'woah' he...
  4. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    Hello, For a slight bit of backstory, Ace is an 11 year old QH and I truly believe he is the type of horse that will never be "bombproof". I've put a ton of miles on him and he is still very spooky and easy to work up. We have had much success as I've learned his quirks and done my best to help...
  5. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    My Friesian/Appendix QH was mostly left unhandled in the pasture till I acquired her as a long yearling. Her early years of riding included alot of bolting and spooking at any movement on her back despite long patient desensitization sessions and sacking out. Now at 8 yrs old she's come around...
  6. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    Hay yall! So yesterday I was out riding with two other girls (which CJ and I do very often) on a short little trail. We were going past the barn and going to go to a trail the other way when one of the girls says she wants to change her saddle. No problem! I said the third girl and I would jump...
  7. General Riding queries
    My mare was out of action for 6 month and when she started work again in January this year she was very excitable (as expected when shes not done anything for a while). Only thing is its 4 months down the line and she is still just as excitable. When I started hacking her she was jogging a lot...
  8. General Riding queries
    A couple nights ago, I was riding a mare in a bareback pad/vaulting surcingle "just in case". My plan was to be mostly trotting and do some cantering, so the surcingle was for if I got nervous (I'm a beginner at riding bareback/with a bareback pad). What ended up happening was: I mounted, walked...
  9. General Riding queries
    So my horse is 18 years old, had him since he was 13 and he has always had a habit of getting carried away and cantering off on exciting hacks. On a hack with friends he decided to go backwards, after seeing how far the other horse had gotten in front he bolted into gallop and I was completely...
  10. Horse Talk
    I'm horrified by the prospect and I love him so much, but I have been considering of late selling my beloved gelding. I've only had him for half a year, but I'm just not sure if it is better in the long run, for me or him, to stick it out. First of all, he's my first ever horse, and I'm fifteen...
  11. General Riding queries
    I'm not riding at the moment, since I'm resting up to let my broken tailbone heal. The injury occurred two weeks ago when I was doing some arena work with my horse. He was standing still, and suddenly decided that something was suddenly deeply terrifying and bolted top-speed across the arena...
  12. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    Hiya, My horse locks his neck when doing cross country and also on hacks. I have tried him in a gag, hanging cheek, copper roller, egg butt snaffle and he is now in kk loose ring snaffle and this works until he bolts. I physically cant stop him until he falls over, pulling on one rein just makes...
  13. General Riding queries
    I started riding about 10 months ago, once to twice a week. I recently started taking lessons at a new barn near my house; I've been there for about six weeks now. My first four rides, I rode an experienced mare twice and an experienced gelding twice. The last five rides I have been on a...
  14. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    My horse Sailor is a 5 year old gelding who I bought about a week ago. He has alot of 'Go' and not too much 'Woah'. I do not have a problem with him liking to run and go fast--I'm acually quite grateful he is like that. The thing i'm not liking is his listening skills. Before riding, I...
  15. English Riding Queries & Discussions
    My friends horse is pretty good at outside jumps but as soon as she jumps inside its a different story. She goes up to the jump then in front of it she just bolts off to the side, bolts over the jump or freaks out till my friend makes her go over it. She is rarley like that outside and i was...
  16. General Riding queries
    Hi. I am 15 years old and I recently started loaining a 22 year old, 15hh Connemara- Thoroughbred cross mare. She is absoloutely lovely and i love her to bits but about 3 weeks ago on the first week i had her, i had a fall. I was in the paddock at about 7 o clock (it was quite dark) and my dad...
  17. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    Hey guys :) I'm brand new to this forum, and the reason I joined is to hopefully get some help/advice when it comes to my little arab gelding. The problem I'm having with him is his tendency to take off and start bucking while you're mounting, and have one foot in the stirrup. Not fun. Let me...
  18. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    Whenever i take off my horses halter to put on the bridle or vice versa, he runs away! i have had someone hold him while i put it on but he just threw his head in the air so the rope was yanked away then turned and ran. i can't tack him uop in a stall because he lives outside...i tied a leadrope...
  19. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    Hi Ive got a Friesian that it 6 years old and is very nervous. When me and my mum first got her she was an angel and didn't do a thing wrong. Her previous owner said she had done some driving and riding before but we think it was more driving. Over the past few months she has become more and...
  20. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    Hi! I recently bought a 6 yr old Friesian/Shire gelding cross. He's a big wonderful guy. In the 3 weeks I have had him he has been doing a very well but with a few huge exceptions. He is a giant chicken. If I take him into the indoor arena he gets very nervous. The first time he went in...
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