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  1. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    I have had this horse for a month or two now, and I’m not sure if she’s barn sour now or what but when I first got her she lunged fine. But now she likes to stop by the gate, or just stop anywhere, turn her butt to me and stare at the barn. I’m not in a good position anywhere cuz she tends to...
  2. English Riding Queries & Discussions
    Curious what everyone does. (WithOUT a Caveson). I usually will lunge my horse prior to riding if she is a little more excited than usual. This time I’m doing it to test a new bit to make sure she’s okay with it before I get on in case she tries anything funny… … I was always told to run the...
  3. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    Hi All, I’ve recently bought my first horse (been riding for a longgg time though). She’s only a baby (5 years) and hasnt done a lot. I’ve been trying to lunge her to get her used to my voice and make sure she’s in the right head space for me to get on but she absolutely refuses to send out...
  4. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    Hi there, I'm an endurance rider, mostly ride Ayrabs, but now also riding a Standardbred off the track. Hillbillie Willie is doing great, and have been working hard on him the last 1 1/2 yrs at going with his head down and not pulling. You know, the opposite of a racehorse! Like I said he's...
  5. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    Hi! I'm new here, so I'll start with a quick explanation of my situation. Sorry if this is long -- I've never been on a forum before, and I want to make sure I'm coming across clearly. I'm 19, and I have quite a bit of experience with horses. My mother was a horse trainer earlier in life, but...
  6. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    Hi, I recently bought an unhandled 5 year old welsh pony. When I bought him, he couldn't be touched, caught or approached. The presence of a handler in the pen with him made him anxious and flighty. I have finally gotten him past this problem, and he is fine to lead and catch. He free lunges...
  7. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    I just adopted my first horse: a 2 year old halter broke gelding from a rescue farm. His mother was a brood mare, and he was separated from her at a very young age and just left in a paddock to suffer from rain rot basically. Amazingly, he is a sweetheart. It's so tempting to spoil him, but I...
  8. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    Hi! I just started working with a new horse. He is an ex-racehorse with lots and lots of energy. He is also a hunter so we have done a few freestyle jumps with him in the round pen and he has been doing great. But, you can tell that he is getting bored. Any ideas of something to do while...
  9. Horse Videos
    Hey guys, just another cold spring morning training I wanted to share with you, hope you enjoy. :pinkunicorn:
  10. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    I am trying to get my 2 year old TB filly to move for me and not getting any progress. She seems completely desensitized to the whip or any sort of pressure and will just stand there or fight with me. When I first began doing exercises with her she was responding accurately. Now when I hit the...
  11. Horse Tack, blankets and Equipment Queries
    I love my gelding Buck. Prior to my ownership over a year ago, he was always ridden in a twisted wire gag bit by an inpatient 10 year old girl who wouldn't make him mine. Her mom and my mom have been best friends for over 20 years and she gave him to me for my 16th birthday. He wasn't ridden...
  12. General Riding queries
    Hello all! I recently bought a rope lunging aid that was suggested to me by my horses physio..but..I have no idea how to use it! It goes on the withers, through the legs and to the halter or bit however when I took it out of the bag, the rope had a metal ring on one side, what is this for...
  13. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    hi all! Its been a while since Ive been on the forums. My horse Pluto & I had some issues today & i was hoping to get some advice. I'll try to keep this short! (brief backstory) I've had my horse Pluto for a little over 3 months now. He's an 18 year old, 14.2 hh arabian who was pretty...
  14. General Riding queries
    I know I know, this isn't really horse riding, but I just need some help with it. My horse needs a good 15 minute lunging before I ride her to get her pent up bucks out, and get her mentally focused on me so I can get her attention in saddle. The only problem is, she swings her head to the...
  15. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    I recently got a 5 year old mare rescued from a feedlot (so I have no idea of her previous training). I start all my horses with ground work before moving onto saddle training but she refuses to lunge. I dont have a roundpen at the moment and have to work on a lunge line. When I try to send her...
  16. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    Hello! I am currently leasing an OTTB, Zeus. I have started leasing him a couple of days ago and he got moved then as well. On the first day when he arrived, he was absolutely great free lunging! However, yesterday, he was doing well, cantering and trotting, but, when I turned him to go on the...
  17. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    my horse keeps walking into me when i disengage his hindquarters. It's like I'm invisible to him. To get him to not walk over me i have to smack him on the chest, and even that doesn't work sometimes. He has gotten me to the point of crying and never wanting to lunge him again because of how...
  18. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    Hello. A couple of lunging questions. I understand lots of people learn things differently in the horse world, I just want to get some other opinions outside of my barn. 1.) When lunging, if you want the horse to stop, is it better that they stop on the circle or stop and turn in towards you...
  19. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    Has anyone used these type of bands on their horses? I see there are a few different kinds or you can make your own. I tried just a loose draw rein strap on my horse lunging and he did AWESOME! But I would like to make a "real" butt strap and not sure how. How tight does it need to be and where...
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