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  1. Horse Riding & Horse Activity
    Hello Everyone! Quick backstory: I've been riding for just under a year now, I'm 23, male and 6ft 4 (This sounds more like a dating advert than asking for advice) so I'm a fairly big lad but I'm really struggling to maintain my stirrups and sometimes balance the canter. This is especially...
  2. Horse Training
    Was riding in a field today. Ground was good! Like sand in an arena, really. My mare is feeling good (or at least I thought)! So we were trotting around and then I thought she was going into a canter, her head goes up (like normal) but instead of more forward movement, she planted her feet!! I...
  3. Hoof Care
    These are older pictures, but this is how my farrier always does her feet. They are a little grown out here, but the hoof shape is virtually the same as to how they are after a trim. It seems like she constantly has some sort of bruising, although she isn't lame, and the farrier takes soo long...
  4. Horse Talk
    Any advice from the heavy horse owners on wearing steel capped boots or not? Would be gratefully received, after having just recovered from a badly broken foot (unable to use it for three months, and never to be the same again) :?
  5. Hoof Care
    Hello! I currently have 10 month old who since November/December has been seen by our current barefoot farrier. Another farrier who I use to shoe my current horse mentioned how short she is and that right now no damage is done because she is light, but she can go lame since she is being cut too...
  6. Hoof Care
    So my gelding that I compete barrels on seems to get sore feet when riding to the arena. I have to ride him 1km to the arena on a dirt road. But sometimes the village puts the rocks and dirt on the road and after riding him there and practicing then riding home, he is really sensitive on his...
  7. Horse Training
    Hi, I have a filly that's a little over a year and a half old, I got her about 1 month ago. She had her feet trimmed/rasped the day before I picked her up so she will be due in a few more weeks. I am looking for suggestions for teaching her to pick up her feet and hold them up. She's had...
  8. Hoof Care
    My horse has been exhibiting soreness in first her rear leg (which we attributed to poor saddle fit, so now I am riding in a different saddle that fits) and now she's sore in her two front legs! I have no idea what it is. I pick and clean her feet before I ride and after. I wash them out every...
  9. Eventing
    Has anyone ever used these before? I used a new farrier yesterday because my truck was broken. Anyway, she seemed very knowledgeable and has been in the business for about 22 years. She showed me these shoes that barrel racers use and thought they might be a good choice for an eventer (I...
  10. Horse Nutrition
    in doing some research into feeds for three very different horses, i came across this article. I'm wondering what people here think of this - oats for all horse basically? Oats Part 1 Oats Part 2 Whole Oats, the Perfect Horse Feed? Part 1 by Yvonne Welz ©2004-2011 This article was published...
  11. Hoof Care
    I recently adopted a 9 yr old Polish Arab mare about 2 weeks ago. When I got her she had just had her feet trimmed. They appeared too short to me, but I know next to nothing about hoof care. She has tiny feet as it is, so I wasn't sure if this is why they appear so short (my gelding has huge...
  12. Hoof Care
    My(I work to ride and take care of as if it were my own) mare has rediculously dry hooves right now. She seems to get cracks and chips almost every week. As of now she is only being fed whatever grass is in thier pasture. Do you have any decent products, home remedies or supplement...
  13. Horse Riding & Horse Activity
    I am a very new rider. In my lesson yesterday I tried posting and every time I straightened my leg to rise up, my feet would go forward and kind of push me backwards. This was due to my feet not being in a straight line directly underneath my shoulders and hips. I had the stirrups on the balls...
  14. Horse Pictures
    Hello everybody, I had always dreamed of being able to have my horse stand on his hind feet while I'm on his back. Funnily enough, my horse was being very stubborn and refused to move forward and I insisted. My friend was taking a photo when suddenly my horse decided to stand and luckily he...
  15. Trail Riding
    I love trail riding, and I would love to be able to continue going off property over the winter season. I have a membership for the hamilton conservation areas in southern ontario, and I was wondering if there are any other good areas to go ride at???? Also if anyone has any tips for solutions...
  16. Hoof Care
    My friends horse has a white hoof and just recently parts of it started to turn black on the hoof wall not in the frog. The bulb of the heel seems to be pealing too... I have heard of a lot of stuff but never a white hoof turning black....
  17. Horse Training
    I really need to know some effective ways of picking my horses feet up and generally getting her legs used to being touched that wont put me in danger of getting kicked.... Does anybody have any ideas? Thanks :-P
  18. Horse Health
    My horse is completely sound under saddle, but when he stands, he weight bears on one or other other hind foot, and "points" the toe of the other. We recently had his hocks injected and I thought it might help, but he still stands the same way. He is also resistant to letting me clean his hind...
  19. Horse Grooming
    The mare I ride absolutely HATES her feet and legs being touched. You can get them up to pick hoves if you are quick, but she wont take it for long. Shel pull the leg out of your hand, stomp, and even lean on you. Any suggestions on what to do in breaking this habit?
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