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.
by Eleanor Blazer The horse lunged on the longe line. He would have rather been lounging as his lungs were lumbering. I got to thinking about the different spellings for longe. I gave Gord Wadds, author and instructor of the online course "Competitive Longe Line", a call to see if he could give me some insight.Gord told me Americans spell it "longe" and in Great Britain it’s spelled "lunge"....
by Charles Wilhelm Over the last 15 years I have worked with a number of blind horses, probably three or four dozen. Most have been blind in one eye, some totally blind.
by Dr. Bryan Waldridge, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVIM, ABVP Few sights are worse than the tragedy of malnourished or starved horses. It is important to consider that not all underweight horses are the victims of abuse or neglect.
Although my back porch thermometer says 102, I know that the dog days of summer are coming to a close. Soon my family will be racing the clock five mornings a week to make it to the school bus stop on time. My kids are too young to wonder where they will go to college, but for many high school seniors, the coming months will be filled with major decisions - one of which may be choosing a horse-friendly college.
by Kentucky Equine Research Horses evolved as wandering herbivores, moving slowly for hours and taking bites of whatever forage they came across in their rambles. Modern feeding practice is quite different, with many horses given all-day access to rich forage, an invitation to obesity.
Forum member TigerLilly from Michigan posted these beautiful photos of her mare and says, “here is my mare following me around. Had to get shots of her because she likes to be right next to me lol.” Check out the horsecity.com forums here!
Dear Trainer, I need help, my trainer tells me to massage my horse's mouth to get his head down. I do but my horse won't listen, he will just perk his head up more. I am using a loose ring bit I got at a farm supply store, because the bits in the catalogs are too expensive. What do you suggest I should do?
Most of us, as horse owners, try to be present at the birth of our foals. All too often, however, we arrive after the little one is here. We arrive to find the little guy nursing while the placenta is still dangling about the mare's hocks. The last stage of parturition is the passing of the placenta. It is very important to monitor this stage closely, as any complication here may also be life-threatening to the mare.