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.
If you've ever had a horse swing its body away from you or begin to walk off while you were trying to mount, you probably remember just how annoyed you were and how insecure you felt. If your horse moves off before you're in the saddle and ready to go, there can be several possible reasons for his action. Here are some tips to help you analyze and solve your problem.
Dear Maggie, I am 50 years old and have had a number of horses in my life. I now have a 3 year old Paint/gelding that is a pleasure to work around, he has a nice disposition and has really bonded with me. I ride him in the arena with no real problem but he has become so barn sour (in love with his stall) that when I ride him away from the barn his whole attitude changes and he goes into a bucking frenzy (not sissy bucking/he really throws a tantrum).
We've all heard it. You hear it sitting in the stands at a horse show, standing in line at the local tack shop, or riding along the trail with a group of friends. It's got to be the most repeated phrase in the horse world... "My horse is perfect, except..." Regardless of the 'except,' I have come to see that those imperfections we find in our horse's training and behavior stem from a few basic problems in our horsemanship and our relationship with our horses.
I feel horsemanship is a key factor in becoming an accomplished roper. It is the better horsemen who are able to get the most out of their horses and make the most consistent runs, time after time. Overall horsemanship, in my opinion, is a good understanding of the different parts of horsemanship.
I have a 7 year old paint mare named 'Lacey Calico Doll.' I show her in English and Western Pleasure. BUT she does not really have a good head set! I have trained her so that when I do a see-saw on the reins she puts a head down but then she puts her head back up again! I tried doing it harder and then softer, but it does not work! I sometimes ride with a surcingle on or put her in the arena with it on her. She sometimes bucks too, because she's moody. It's a GIRL thing. (hehe) Can you help me...
If a horse is slowly introduced to jumping, and brought along patiently with an attention to basic skills, it should turn out to be an honest, dependable mount. Sure, there may be an instance or two when it refuses a jump. Yet usually that's due to the horse being placed at an impossible take-off spot. But what about the "dirty stopper"?
No matter what future plans you have for your Thoroughbred, you need to be prepared to spend a lot of time on rudimentary flat work before you start whatever specialized training he needs for his future career. In the long run, you will be rewarded by a horse who is physically and mentally fit to try a new sport, rather than one who is body sore, nervous or frightened, and rank due to being rushed through the early stages of their training.