Horsecraszy

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  1. 3y Old Needs To Be Broke Cont.

    ok i see what you mean, at first i though she had a back strap along with the girth on the front of the saddle. Also, I do this everytime I ride, but after you tighten the saddle a bit see if he will let you grab his front legs and stretch them out, it helps somewhat to make sure none of the skin is pinched in the girth ( I dont know if it actually works, but my horse seems to like it).
  2. 3y Old Needs To Be Broke Cont.

    What kind of bit do you have on him...I recommend breaking him in a snaffle, an O-ring or eggbutt or somethign similiar...you want him to have a light mouth, so you want to start in a light bit. Also, looking at your saddle, do you have the back strap and the girth on the same hole? I can't tell what that strap is going behind the stirrup is from the pictures?
  3. Tying The Head To The Side

    Okay, so I'm trying to get help finishing my horse, and I'm looking for a western pleasure trainer, which is difficult to find in my area...I found one and had an introductory lesson today. The trainer had me working on bending my horse by holding my inside rein and pushing with my inside leg. She said my horse has to learn to not be held and is very stiff (which I sort of knew). We worked on true bending and counter bending. I liked her, but one thing bothers me, but it might be because I don't know a lot about it...She wants to tie my horses head to the side and get her moving forward from the ground to teach her to go forward with her head still bent and lifting the shoulders? is this a decent and safe training method, or is it seen as inhumane...I do not think she wants to do this for an extended period of time, nor at a standstill...from what I understand as soon as my horse begins to walk straight we will switch sides. I just don't know what to think of all of it...is she a good trainer because she uses this method...She said we could do it all in the saddle but it would be longer and harder especially with me riding my horse..I also am trying to get to states and my district show is in a month, so I don't know if shes trying to rush for that...It is hard to find a good western pleasure trainer in my area and she showed me videos of her horses and all seem very well behaved trained...Also she spur trains her horses and they have a spur stop..is this respectable...I am not around true western pleasure trainers enough to know really what is out there. Any comments are appreciated.
  4. Tying The Head To The Side

    My horse is five years old, I broke her when she was 2 and a halfish, but very slowly, just a lot of walking and trotting till she was 3...she is a small horse and quit growing early (hasn't grown much since her original owners bought her at the auction at 1). She is very stocky tho, I actually thought she was very overweight but the vet said she is fine shes just big....When I was training her I made the mistake of teachign her to lower hear head off of my hands, so now I am stuck holding her to keep her in somewhat of a frame, and I need to get her to push more from her hind and lift her shoulders so she can carry herself without me holding her babysitting her (this is how the trainer explained it too me and i realize how much i do have to hold her).....She is more trained as a trail horse then a show horse, but she knows she what her job is in the ring, but when it comes to the canter she just misbehaves a shows, she isn't nearly as bad in our home ring (she does have her days though, but she is still young) and I admit I do not have the time to work her as much as she needs (full time high school student, 3 jobs, and softball)...but she is turned out 24/7 in a very hilly pasture (helps her keep her butt nice and big lol ) And i realize that she is not going to be a finished show horse, but I want to get her there and I do not have the knowledge to do it (never took real lessons except for some last year, just kinda learned from watching and reading and riding the "crazy" horses, typical teenager). Which is why I am looking for a trainer to help me finish her... If you need any other background on my horse and her training to help me with some exercies please just ask.
  5. Tying The Head To The Side

    Ok, Smilie, what are the best ways to get shoulder control...I started bending and counterbending a little in the saddle, but how exactly do you go about teaching it? Anyone else is more than welcome to say how they get shoulder control
  6. Tying The Head To The Side

    ok, so I have another random question that just came to mind...how do you get a horse to have a bend on the lungeline? And I don't mean using the lunge line to teach it (though if someone has an idea on that) but I mean after your horse knows it in the saddle and say your lunging because for some reason you cant ride...will your horse transfer the bend to the lunge line or do you have to teach it?
  7. Tying The Head To The Side

    ok, so GlowingTrickPony, if the trainer is using it to loosen up a stiff horse, then plans to get me in the saddle right after (which I'm pretty sure she is), you don't think it's too bad of an idea?
  8. Tying The Head To The Side

    Truthfully the way she described it it didn't sound too bad, not like the old cowboy was of tying crazily...idk tho. I just don't want to loose a good wp trainer because most here are Hunterjumper, but I don't want to get into a situation i don't like...I mean i guess i could see it and see if I find it humane and helpful at all....There is one more trainer I could try to that emailed me so I might check that one too.
  9. Fat Ponies

    You may also want to get your vet to check their thyroids...i had a dog with a slow thyroid and he picked up a ton of weight, as soon as we got him on the medicine he began dropping weight. We have several horses at my barn with slow thryoids (including mine), and they all had a nicer body weight and better coat once they got on thryoid medicine...only thing is you have to make sure you get it checked a couple times a year so you can hopefully wean your horse off of it (or at least thats wat I heard you can do, haven't been able to do that with mine yet).
  10. Riding In The Cold

    I'm one of those people that ride year round, though i live in a somewhat cold/snowy region. This year we've got a ton of snow, but I have an indoor that I ride in. My question is how cold is to cold to ride? My horse isn't clipped, goes outside almost 24/7 except to eat, and is not blanket. When I ride her in the cold she rarely gets sweaty or hot (doesnt get hot easy, plus i usually can't ride long, and dont work her too hard due to time). Last year it was in the single digits for a while, so cold we were off school because buses wouldn't start, and I still rode. Is that bad for my horse? When I canter her i only do for a little. So basically, when do you stop riding, and is there any health risks of riding in the cold?
  11. Riding In The Cold

    I think my cities problem is just that, where a big city. When they go to plow, especially weekdays, there are so many cars driving, cars stuck, and cars parked to clean it quickly. For example, we just had a huge snowstorm(for the region) a couple weeks ago and the city took over a week to get all their roads cleaned, while suburbs had been done for a while. We had a week off of school, that was ridiculous and got old fast. Plus 3 more snow days throughout the winter. Plus all the 2 hour delays.
  12. Riding In The Cold

    45 degrees. I wish it was that warm here all winter. I am soo tired of this cold and snow, our worst winter in over 15 years. The worst part is when Im cantering and the wind (we have our doors open) freezes the front of my thighs. I just bought underarmor pants though and that helps a ton. Its also bad when my toes get really cold and I go to take a shower and they burn soo bad in even cold water.
  13. Riding In The Cold

    I have a blanket to throw on her if she sweats. But as for the buses, they changed the gas to be more enviromental friendly, and it gets wierd, i guess kinda freezes, when its that cold. This year, it is a little warmer and it hasn't been a problem (they fixed it too i think). Plus they called school off cuz they were worried about elementary kids in the cold.
  14. Changing Email

    Hey I'm not new but I was just wondering if there was a way to change your email adress without getting a new account. I have a new email and i would rather get emails on that account.
  15. Changing Email

    Nevermind I found out how.
  16. Shot Shy Horse

    My mare use to be like that. She does not like the vet at all (nose flares as soon as she sees the vets truck come up the driveway). I use to give her a chance without a lip chain, but she would really act up. Now I automatically put the lip chain on her and she behaves well. I also pat her neck as the vet is giving the shot and she seems not to even notice when the shot is administered. At some point maybe I'll take the lip chain off and see if she stands. She still does not like to be tubed worm at all though, but she stands a lot better for it. I know my barnowner will put a chain on a horse while they are young and getting shots to not give them a chance at all to get away from the vet. Now all those horses stand fine for the vet no chain.
  17. Ok, warning, this may become a long post. So I have my 4 yr old mare. This was our first real show year, and I was pleasantly surprised. At open shows, everything was good until it came to cantering. At my County 4h show though, we came out with a 1st outta 5 in pony trail, 1st outa 3 in pony pleasure, and a 3 outta 8 in showmanship (though the judge admitted it was me not my horse that got me teh placing). But anyway, we have major issues sometimes (ie. picking up teh cantering, bucking, and then sometimes moving overall). So I'll start with showmanship. At my district show the judge told us what all we did wrong. My problem was that when i asked her to trot from a walk her head went up (my hands were unsteady probably) and my line to the judge was crooked, making everything else crooked. (these are my problems, but any advice is appreciated). Now my horses problem is backing, she likes to back to the right. Idk if its because I am standing on her left. I am pulling to the middle of her chest. I am working on it by setting up barrels and making her back straight between them, that seems to help. Also, with the pivot, she usually goes 270 degrees before moving her back foot, sometimes less though. It seems like she gets cramped up, but if I try to let her move up, then she steps too far forward and goes outta position. Also, I am having trouble keeping her head straight, she sometimes turns it slightly, and when i pull it back she won't pivot after. Any suggestions? Next is cantering. I broke this horse myself and screwed her up by waiting to canter like 4 months (really I waited longer to canter in the ring, just let her go on trails then) after I broke her (listened to people who said dont rush her but actually didnt know about training horses). So anyway, this is kinda my fault. When she canters I lose all control of her it feels like. Even my semi-trainer (when I have time and am able to lessons) says I just lose it during the canter. I admit shes better than before. Before I had a lot of trouble getting her to canter, but with anothers trainer help she picks it up a lot better. (still fast trots for a little, but getting that distance smaller with a lot of work). So basically my horse becomes all loosey goosey, lacks balances, and sometimes cross canters. Also, when she loses her balance (and other random times) she begins bucking, whcih she does get backed and reprimanded for). But i really am having trouble slowing her down and getting her giving to the bit at the canter. Smaller circles seem to be helping. Also, I run her straigt for a short distance, stop, turn, and canter back, and that seems to help balance. But how do I get her to really slow down, get under better control (I really have trouble getting her on the rail at a canter, especially at shows) and give to the bit at teh canter. I am also trying to get her to bend at teh turns, which is going better, but any extra advice on this is great. Thanks for reading this long post, and any advice is great. Also, anyone who says I should not have showed this horse at the canter, their are no walk trot classes for my age, and I have no other horse to show.
  18. Hmm, i'll have to check my library. I live in a city, but we can get books from anywhere in the county. Maybe they'll have something, but i doubt it.
  19. Its kindof funny you bring up teh backing when bucking, cuz that is something my old trainer taught me to do (quit using her cuz i didn't feel like i was getting a show horse). Do you still recommend that though if she trots faster instead of picking up the canter, (thats what my old trainer originally had me use that for)? And yes she does have conformational issues, shes cowhocked. I've been keeping up with her trimming which helps a lot (its a lot easier for her to set up and its prettier right after a trim I noticed, even the farrier said keeping her trimmed will help a lot).
  20. Thanks blue eyes, never even thought of a whip to push her over. Before, if she started turning and backing, i would stop, make her turn back, then continue on teh same path as before. As soon as she would go straighter she would get praised. Now I've was reading on other sites, and some people say for the back in showmanship, you want your left shoulder lined up with their nose. Others say stand halfway between the nose and the throat. Which is correct? Also, for the pivot, between the nose and the throat, or between the throat and the shoulder? The videos I was watching on youtube of congress the people seemed in front of their horses for both. At the back their chest was just at teh horses nose it seemed. For the pivot, their right shoulder was at the horses eye? Are these correct?
  21. I have the level 1 parrelli DVD's, but parelli never really caught my eye. And I do have extra money if I need it, I know the responsibility's of being a horse owner. Lessons will start up again sooner or later, once my time schedule clears up (full time highschool junior, two jobs, two softball teams, and general horse care are tough to fit into a schedule) and my trainer can. Can someone please suggest me some good exercises to work her on? on the ground or in the saddle. (she does lunge well, and as a said she has the beginnings of showmanship trainng). I should also include that there aren't a lot of clinics around here, and when they are they are usually gaming or hunter, and last all weekend for like $400. (again, id rather just get lessons). Also, maybe completely outta control was bad word choice. She'll turn at the canter, stop on a dime, and go into a walk/trot no problem. Its that she's "loose" I guess would be a better term. ie, shes speed demon and fights to get on a rail in some spots.
  22. So this is a mix of showing and training questions. Any advice appreciated. http://forums.horsecity.com/index.php?show...p;#entry3743350
  23. truthfully there are not too many clinics. I went to one a while ago, really liked that one, all natural horsemanship with obstacles. But those all cost money, so I might as well take lessons for that. I should also include that at districts in pleasure, the judge did say she has a good walk and jog, its just that canter that really needs work. I should probably also include that I have her flexing and counter bending at the walk, that is turning out good. At the jog she takes a little work, but soon begins flexing well. This is something she just began learning two months ago, very slowly (she always could flex at a standstill).
  24. Also, want to include that I'm thinking of using spurs on this horse when I do pleasure training (not out on trails). I am hoping it will make her more sensitive, lighter, and faster responses. Any opinions?
  25. Truck Poll

    I use a Chevy 3/4 ton to pull my three horse bumper pull steel trailer. I absolutely love having the bigger truck. You can barely tell the trailer is there (used to pull with a halfton gas, only pulled the 3 horse once, with 2 horses and tack/hay in it, truck had to work). One thing I do recommend is 4WD. We have got stuck in that truck multiple times, once at a show with the trailer in a tiny puddle (only like a foot wide, not very deep at all). Were hoping to be able to find a similiar truck with 4WD to trade the one we have now in for.