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  1. Horse Talk
    hi all, thanks for clicking this is a bit of a rant but maybe some people can relate, the first part is mostly just for context so you can skip past it if you want to but its just something I wanted to write; I started loaning a 20 yo mare the beginning of this year and recently we have been...
  2. Show Jumping
    Hi! I've been show jumping for the past 3 years now, in classes up to 1m (3'3''). I haven't had any trouble with fear or regarding height, i could even jump single fences at trainings up to 1.20m (3'11'') until recently. It started a few months ago when i had a really bad competition. The horse...
  3. General Riding queries
    Hello! I'm new to the forum -- and I'm new to horse life -- but I'm quite glad to be here. I'm looking forward to reading through threads and getting to know people but first I come here with a bit of a pressing issue. My daughter and I just started riding lessons last month. We've done plenty...
  4. Show Jumping
    Me and my Friesian are training for dressage but our trainer said we should also try jumping to keep things interesting. We started training and things were going well, but the higher the bar goes, the more nervous I get. The thing is I am afraid of heights and Toeka doesn't make it feel any...
  5. General Riding queries
    Hey friends! I really need your advices, tips & tricks! I've been participating in show jumping competition for about 5 years now and currently I'm doing 120 and 130 classes with my horse. Even though it's getting better, I'm still often concerned with if I'm going to see the right...
  6. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    Hello everyone! I am currently dealing with an aggressive/dangerous horse. She is a huge Shire mare that is due to foal in the spring. She has been a brood mare her whole life and was recently bough and brought to the barn. The problem is she is scared of anyone coming near her. When you reach...
  7. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    Hey all =) I was just wondering what your views on fear vs respect are. I have heard trainers say they are the same. Personally, I completely disagree! I think a horse should have no fear of you but do what you ask because he trusts and respects you. A horse should just listen because he is...
  8. Horse Talk
    So I have a very very nervous spooky jumpy mare. Shes and arabian/quarter horse paint mare. Its not behavioral, I trained her as a two to four year old and there were no signs of this. She then spent 13years with a horrible family. I've heard, and from her scars don't doubt, horror stories. She...
  9. Horse Talk
    First thing to know about my aunt is that she has always had a fear of horses, but she never acts too scared around them. I know Comet can sense her fear though. Apparently when he first came out to the farm a few years ago he bit her as she tried to walk him. She tells me there was no warning...
  10. Trail Riding
    I recently purchased as my first horse a 4 yo tb mare. You may think "as a first horse!?!? O.O" but she was never raced and was trail ridden to build up a level head. I can put a black trash bag over her head and she doesn't even move. The one problem I have had with her is she will not step...
  11. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    Hello, again! My horse has a problem -- We're training him to barrel race, but when he gets close, he'll shy away, squeal, anything to get away from the barrels! How can I help him get over this?
  12. Show Jumping
    Hi, So I've lost ALOT of my jumping confidence. I used to jump 2'6 no problem, but now 1'6 seems really scary! It started at summer camp when I broke my arm over a 2'3 vertical. When I came back from the camp to the barn where I ride my old instructor had stopped teaching, and I started with a...
  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 5 year old 13.3hh morgan cross mare, Ruby came from the Amish. We got her at an Amish auction like 3 months ago and she has come A LONGGGG way. When we got her wouldn't let you catch her, but once you did she was just so afraid that we were going to hit her or whip her. She has finally...
  15. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    My 9 year old gelding Liberty has always sort of been a "brat". He's always had a bad attitude, bucked, and napped on me whenever possible. However, he is always as sweet as can be on the ground. I have had him since birth as well as his brother and father and have trained all three of them and...
  16. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    I apologize in advance as I do get long winded, I'll try to keep it brief and descriptive. I'm having trouble with my mare and her fear-problems. Let me start by saying, I am a new (adult) trainer - I have been learning about horses all my life at a rescue. I've moved up the ranks and am...
  17. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    So my husband bought a 12 yr. old QH gelding 3 months ago that was supposed to be a "been there, done that" type of horse. He has spent time working with him and training him. He shows signs of confidence issues and getting scared easily. Not so much fear of items, but fear of heights and drop...
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