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  1. Horse Training
    I feel this needs a small intro so I will do my best to keep it brief. I have finally just purchased the horse I've ridden on a lease for about 5 years now. He just turned 10 this past May. He's quite weary of.. well, everything. I've committed a ton of time and miles but not quite that of an...
  2. Horse Training
    I need some suggestions on fear management with my mare. Let me first explain the situation. I board at a farm with various different animals: cows, donkeys, mules, pigs, goats, chickens, dogs, cats, and of course horses. None have had any affect on my 16 year old QHxPOA mare, who, for the...
  3. Horse Health
    My 8 yr old horse's symptoms are: face twitching, penis dropping when not urinating and unexplained spooking. He showed no ataxia. My horse was practically bomb proof, he would be the one to help along any scared horse, we would race barrels etc at rodeo's, trail ride by our selves, do parades...
  4. Horse Training
    Hi everyone, sorry if this is the wrong section. I've recently adopted a horse I've known for two years. He's a late gelding named Jack. Before I adopted him, I worked with him, groomed him, led him, worked on the saddle pad, etc. We have a strong bond. He will go over wooden bridges and lets...
  5. Horse Training
    My horse and a friend's horse absolutely hate each other. When I am in the arena in a lesson the other horse is in the neighboring pasture grazing, and when we ride near her my horse gets distracted and scared. They don't graze in the same pasture because the friend's horse will kick and bite at...
  6. Horse Training
    I am currently working with a 5 year old mustang who was captured out in Missouri a few years ago, he is a gelding but was gelded at a older age then typical. He will let people pet him now and feed him out of your hand if you are slow and patient, so he is some what used to people but he is...
  7. Horse Riding & Horse Activity
    No, I'm not making an outlandish claim (well, maybe). But my Country Pleasure/Side Saddle horse magically turned into a Top Ten Reining horse when I asked him for the canter in our new skirt. However, i did not move a centimeter in that saddle. Of course I have video Sorry for the quality...
  8. Rider Wellness
    Hi all! I was around for a few months last year and really enjoyed this site. I have a thread here http://www.horseforum.com/member-journals/ms-riding-lesson-journal-270921/ on my riding lessons, trying to keep track of how I was coming along. I had a really bad accident in October. Which I...
  9. Horse Training
    Hi- This is my first time posting to the forum, so I hope I'm posting in the correct location! I'm worried about my new horse, and would really appreciate some help. I bought him a little over 2 months ago, and he settled right into our barn pretty quickly it seemed. When I first bought him...
  10. Horse Training
    My 16hh Arabian gelding has not been improving on the trail, and seems to be going downhill training wise. He is super nervous and spooky at everything! He will look at something at and then jump to the side, and start a bolt. He also when riding in a group will not go more than 10 ft behind the...
  11. Trail Riding
    My TB used to never be spooky on trails and all of the sudden she bolts as fast as she can.. It started about 2 weeks ago, she seems so normal until we take her on trails.. Nothing has changed on the trails, what could this be? :-| Thanks!
  12. Horse Training
    Hi, I'm new here ;) I would really appreciate any and all opinions!! I've only ever ridden rushy, hot horses, but I started a lease on a new horse last week. He will be a good challenge for me, but I could definitely use some help from you all! He's a huge thoroughbred-welsh cross, but he's...
  13. Horse Riding & Horse Activity
    My soon to be 6yr old Quarter horse gelding, Nemo, for as long as i've owned him (1yr) has always had a slight problem about getting worried easily. Its not like he's gotten worse over the year he's actually gotten 10x better. When i first go him i couldn't throw a blanket over his back...
  14. Horse Training
    My horse is an 8 year old Standardbred(ex-pacer),Monty. When out on a ride he can sometimes get very excited and starts to get cheeky. He changes gaits very quickly and spooks a lot. It is not very fun for me. Is there any advice on how to calm him down?
  15. Horse Health
    Help! I recently bought an OTTB and he is the greatest! he is lazy as can be and just an all around lovebug BUT when i take him off property he is a totally different horse. Last horse show he kept rearing up and striking out at me. He is a big boy too. He is fine up at the trailer and is calm...
  16. Horse Training
    Okay so my horse spooks at xc jumps. My barn has a field with LOTS of jump and he's fine walking back there but if we trot or canter he starts looking at EVERY jump an dodging out away from them even when were not jumping. When we are jumping he refuses a lot. One time I took him to a show and...
  17. Horse Riding & Horse Activity
    I'm new here, hi. My name is Christine, I grew up riding horses from a young age, I can ride both English and Western but prefer Western. I actually spent most of my youth bareback which I'm so glad because it really gives you a good seat when riding. Did for me anyway. I'm now 43, hadn't...
  18. Horse Training
    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...
  19. Horse Training
    I have a 4 year old gelding that I’m trying to train for barrel racing. I bought him two years ago and started him and he was really going good. But then, last summer, my cousin wanted to use him so I let him do that and he just completely ruined him…He was really rough on him and now that I...
  20. Horse Training
    It seems that every time I come to this site, there are 2 or 3 or even more questions about training a trail horse to go anywhere and everywhere the rider points its head. Since this is what we do for a living, I thought I would try to explain what it takes and how to go about it. We have...
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