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  1. Horse Riding & Horse Activity
    So I had my first day riding out and they put me up on a 9 year old thoroughbred who is supposed to be quiet and "like a pony to ride" and well it went awful... We were in a group of 4 and on the way down the gallop he was strong but I kept him behind like I was supposed to and all was fine when...
  2. Horse Training
    After 20 years with the same sweet QH, I have purchased a new mare. She's a 16 year old QH mare and her only negative is the speed of her lope. SHE SHOOTS LIKE A CANNON! (And doesn't tire out) I believe she was barrel raced hard before I bought her (not sure as she is a rescue) because she...
  3. Horse Riding & Horse Activity
    Hello, This is my first post here, so sorry if I'm not doing this right. I've been taking riding classes for about 7 weeks now, once or twice a week. My horse is a 17 year old gelding, reeealy well trained, very gentle (also lazy, he was used a lot and even injured badly, so he doesn't really...
  4. Horse Riding & Horse Activity
    good day to you! I'm taking lessons and i currently don't own my own horse nor do i lease one. I'm riding a strong horse that i find quite difficult to control, especially at the canter. He rushes past jumps and its just not as enjoyable as riding should be. since i dont own him, im unable to...
  5. Horse Riding & Horse Activity
    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...
  6. English Riding
    Where do I start? I'm an intermediate rider, I just do it for fun and don't compete or anything, but I really, really, really love it. It's one of the highlights of my week. I am mostly learning dressage, maybe jumping at some point, and right now am working a lot on cantering. Last year in...
  7. Horse Tack and Equipment
    I have a 15hh ISH mare who is a very keen jumper and works lovely on the flat but I am finding it difficult to get her to work in an outline. I am riding her in a snaffle at the moment but when I jump she gets very strong and holds her head up and I feel that I am too harsh on her mouth at times...
  8. Horse Tack and Equipment
    Hi i have a 12 year old aqha i use a tom thumb for western pleasure. I run him in the tom thumb, he stops and turns good in it, but it is speeding up his western pleasure lope. so I am looking for a gymkhana bit, any recomendations?
  9. Horse Training
    I do gymkhanas with my mare and right now I'm using a ringed snaffle side pull. I need a good barrel racing bit or at least something that'll give me more control. I want to stop using the side pull and go back to using my old bridle, which also has a ringed snaffle. Just need something with...
  10. Horse Riding & Horse Activity
    So I've been riding ever since I was five, but stopped when I was seven. I'm fourteen now, and have been volunteering at a wonderful horse farm. The women there lets me ride sometimes. She basically gives me a horse sometimes with sometimes without a saddle and let's me in the ring to do...
  11. Horse Training
    I need advice on what bit to use when jumping.. my horse goes quietly in a D-ring snaffle when im doing flatwork with him. then we get into the jumper ring and he gets super worked up and excited, hes gotten recently where he runs off with me after the fences. I just need more control! LOTS...
  12. Horse Talk
    Does anyone know where I can find a video / can explain with pics what Counterbending for Shoulder Control looks like with a horse? I get how to do it and it really makes them supple but is it for going in a circle or like side passing?
  13. Horse Training
    I'm currently leasing a thoroughbred named Simon. He's athletic and talented but out.of.control on a jumping course. I need tips to help him relax instead of charge at the jumps. Methods I've tried: 1) Halting before and after jumps. 2)Giving him a very loose rein. 3) Constant circling. 4)...
  14. Barn Maintenance
    Hi all - new to the forums. Looking for suggestions to keep dust down in our indoor arena. Of course we water it, but it needs to be done 2+ times a week and it's becoming a pain in the butt! There are some products out there that are supposed to help the soil retain moisture (Arenaclear...
  15. Horse Health
    We have had a terrible increase in horse and yellow fly population this year. For years we only encountered a couple all year long. Does anyone know anything we can use on the horses to help deter these things from biting? I read some home remedy recipes and some of them showed their mixture...
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