I know you are probably tired of hearing from me by now but I have a question. I'm not concerned about this but find it unusual as does everyone I ride with. Everytime I go riding with Lightfoot, he has to urinate. He usually does it in the same few areas.
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If a horse works hard in hot or humid weather, he may suffer dehydration and exhaustion. Fluid loss (from sweating to cool himself) can lead to problems such as heat stroke, thumps (due to electrolyte imbalance) or dehydration colic. There are many ways you can help protect a horse from adverse affects of heat.
A lot of elements go into making a non pro reining horse-and-rider team that can compete at the highest level. Here's how trainer and non pro coach Darren Stancik of Salem, Oregon, gets horse and rider in sync.
When choosing a horse, many riders shy away from buying a mare. Why? Mares are thought of as being moody, difficult to manage during their heat cycles and hypersensitive toward their environment. But mares can also be dependable, brave and devoted mounts with a little bit of understanding.
Dear Dr. Lowder, I have a 9 year old Saddlebred gelding that had his sheath swell up after his fall vaccines and a sheath cleaning. It swelled so bad that the skin on the prepuce area cracked and bled.
It doesn't bother Dawn Santo to be described as an adrenaline junkie. The Park City, Utah, resident is a former alpine ski racer who traded in her ski poles and bindings for a western saddle and a pair of spurs. Yet her goals on horseback are the same: know your course, go fast and be accurate.
Do you have trouble stopping your horse? Do you brace against your stirrups while pulling back on the reins? Does your horse fall forward when you move off? You may be doing too much with your arms and not enough with your seat. Stabilizing your elbows by your sides may be the answer.
Dear Trainer, I have a 6 year old gelding that will not let me use the clippers on him. He acts like he is scared of them. I keep working with him slowly, and now he will let me clip his muzzle. But he still will not let me clip any further than that.