SillyFilly27

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  1. I'm asking this question as more of a discussion, not looking for any right or wrong answer! I was riding with another boarder today and we had decided to set up some jumps. I suggested we do some easy grid work, maybe a pole to a fence to a pole, nothing too difficult at all, all set in line as if to take in a bounce. She responded that she couldn't do that, that her trainer had told her that if she was to jump and have a landing pole that her trainer would drop her. Her trainer had told her it was too dangerous to ever jump with a pole after a fence. Now this really confused me, as I've worked with several different trainers that really utilize a pole after a fence to help with keeping a horse from bolting, or to help a rider hold their two-point position, or just incorporating it into a line. The pole being used more as a visual to make the horse think, but not really being much of anything except to slow down and pay attention. I used them a lot with my own speedy TB which really helped him! As long as the pole is set at a correct distance, I don't see this being dangerous. Just as if a line was set incorrectly- that could be just as dangerous. Any other opinions on this?
  2. Taking A Fence With A Landing Pole- Dangerous?

    Thanks for the input! Kind of what I figured. I'm sure her trainer has had a bad experience with landing poles, but I still believe if set at the appropriate distance are more effective than dangerous. I'm just not one to follow a trainer blindly- you get weird information like this!
  3. Usea "breakaway" Xc Fences

    Hey all! I know this forum is kind of dead but I was looking for some help renovating our current XC course. It was built in the 90s and everything is completly solid, telephone poles, hard wood, tires, stones, etc. We have been trying to get a USEA regulation course so that we can have USEA recognized events, but we've since been told that our course is too difficult and our fences XC feces can't be completely solid anymore. We would prefer to just modify the current jumps rather than build completely new ones, due to our lack of monetary funds! Does anyone have ideas on how to create more breakaway style jumps, or can someone explain the ruling a little better? Are there only certain levels it needs to be breakaway or what? Our fences range from Starter-Novice, so they aren't that big but we would like to be able to at least open our course for schooling for those at that level since we do have a large Pony Club and 4-H population in our area that are riding at these levels. Thanks for any advice you can offer!
  4. Excitement In The Tb!

    Hi there! I really need some help with my TB. I am working with a trainer, but I really want to explore other options and strategies. Here's what's been going on. Lately my 14y TB gelding has been a total nut. I had been making some real progress with him up until about a month ago. We could w/t/c quietly in both directions, and he was fairly quiet over most fences (depending on the course). Overall, I had been really pleased with his progress. For the last few weeks, after we trot both directions, circles, serpentines, etc., I ask for the canter. His left lead is to die for, beautifully quiet, he's practically loping. I ask for the lead change and he takes off on the right. He digs his hind in, streches out, grabs the bit and runs. Once this happens, I can not get anything out of the rest of my ride. He is mentally gone for the rest of the ride. Circles do nothing for him, I put him on a circle and it makes it worse. I change direction and serpentine and he practically falls over himself as I try to achieve the bend to change the direction. I do lots of transitions but it's nearly impossible to get him to just quiet down enough to stop fighting my cues. He cranks his head up and starts tossing his mouth around- I have never experienced behavior like this before. I ride very much through my leg and seat and use very little hand. One "trainer" at the barn is always telling me I need to ride him on the buckle of my reins. I keep contact with him and everytime I've let him drop to the buckle he gets super nervous and his head pops up, he counter bends, and it's just ugly. I had the chiropractor out Wednesday since I thought maybe he was just ready for his adjustment, and he did note some soreness in his hocks and stifles, but that it may have just been because his back and pelvis were pretty out of whack and that he may get better after being worked on. Now I'm thinking that might be what's going on. But would stifle/hock pain be causing this dramatic of a behavior change? I plan on having my Vet out this week just to be safe... FYI- he never raced, nor was he ever in race training. Anyone have any ideas?? Help!
  5. Excitement In The Tb!

    He's done this everytime he's picked up the right lead in the last...3 weeks maybe? I have tried doing right lead first, and the same thing happens, he takes off and grabs the bit. Won't come back to the left then either. This happens in the arena, trail, and our open grass field. It's the worse in the indoor arena, probably because it's not as wide, tighter turns. I could try cantering earlier, I just like to give a thorough warm up since he has some mild arthritis. His feed has been the same for the last 4 months, only difference is he is on grass overnight now since June (although it's dry summer grass, and he generally just hides in the trees after a few hours!). His teeth were just done in April. I haven't done any Lyme titers lately, I don't know how prevalent that is in my area. Biggest "change" I've had is that he hasn't had his Adequan in a few months because it's been on backorder through my vet. I'm thinking that might be the culprit here. My Vet is coming out tomorrow morning to take a look, hopefully it's something that has an easy fix!
  6. Excitement In The Tb!

    We haven't yet mastered the flying, so it's just a simple lead change. I like to try to "get his mind off" cantering once I come down off the left lead, we'll trot or walk a few more laps before I ask for the right. Maybe that's getting him worked up because he knows it coming?
  7. Little Black Beetle Bugs?!

    Hey there! I've been finding this small beetles hanging out under my horses corner grain feeder in his stall. I have no idea how to kill them aside from stepping on them that would be safe for my horse. I've been trying to do some reasearch online. One site mentioned diatomaceous earth but I've never heard of it before. I saw them also near my grain and hay upstairs. I keep my grain in a sealed container and clean it out before putting in new bags every 2-3 weeks, although I probably do drop a few pieces as I measure it out for my horse each day. Most of what I'm reading is that they are attracted to grain bits, which makes sense to me since that's where I'm finding them (my TB likes to toss his grain around as he eats it, so about 15% ends up on the stall floor). Any idea how to get rid of these things and are they toxic to horses?
  8. Hello there everyone. My TB (we think) experienced choke this weekend. I was called in Saturday morning about 10am when other boarders heard him making some funny sounds and acting a little stressed (they described him as acting more annoyed than anything). We really aren't sure what happened, because no one ever felt anything in his throat, and the sounds passed within about two hours. Possibly he choked early morning during breakfast after the feeders left, but before boarders started coming to the barn and when they came he just had some irritation still... I'm not really sure. By noon he was perfectly normal acting like himself, just napping in his stall and begging those who walked by for cookies. I consulted with my vet, we dosed him with banamine for the inflamation and possible pain, and we fed him a small dinner a few hours later, everything was swallowed, and everything was eventually digested. I did make a few overnight trips to check on him, but as far as I can tell, whatever happened has passed and he's doing fine. I had planned on bringing him to a local open show this coming weekend (one week after this choke incident) but I don't want to push or stress him more. He is acting 100% like himself, eating perfectly today (day after), but I have given him the day off just in case. This is supposed to be our first show together, but I don't want to go if I feel like I would be pushing or rushing him. He's more than ready for the show itself, I just question the whole stress of a show atmosphere. The show grounds are only 10 minutes from my barn, so we can always leave early and of course just scratch classes if we need to. Even before the incident I had only planned on doing 2-3 classes for our first show together. I guess I just want some advice and opinions about what you would do if this was your horse! To show or not to show? Also my other question since my vet wasn't very clear, they told me to reduce his grain last night (day of the choke) and this morning. Am I able to start back with his regular grain ration tonight or will I need to re-build him back up over a period of time? I really appreciate all of the advice you can give me! Thanks!
  9. Choke Recovery... Show The Next Weekend?

    I added two large rocks in his feeder today to slow him down. I finally talked to my regular Vet who didn't have much to tell me nor did he sound like he cared. All he wanted to do was have me drive my horse to the clinic so they could scope him. If this was a reoccuring problem I would consider it, but it came and went so fast I don't think it's necessary. He told me he didn't have time to come out and do an exam on him for a few weeks so driving him out myself was my only option. I don't have a trailer, so it's not possible (well, I could borrow one, but again, it would need to be for a real large problem). I'm disappointed that the Vet had no answers but also no suggestions for me after I explained in great detail what happened. Sigh....another discussion for another day!
  10. Choke Recovery... Show The Next Weekend?

    Thank you DappleFred. I just came back from the barn again tonight and he's eaten his meals no problem today, I hand grazed him for about 20 minutes, and he's been consistantly pooping every 1.5-2 hours as normal for him. I lightly lunged him too and he was very happy to move out and trot around since he's only been hand walking for the last day! It may not have even been choke, just a minor irritation because it was so fast and we've had no other problems since yesterday morning. I just wanted to be sure I wasn't pushing too hard! I like to be able to talk it through with other horse owners and there is so much experience on here to benefit from! To be on the safe side, I put some large rocks in his feeder to slow him down, and we are going to give him smaller feedings more frequently now. I plan on taking him to our show Sunday, and if there is any funny business that morning, we'll just hang out, graze and observe for the day!
  11. Choke Recovery... Show The Next Weekend?

    Thank you for your input. I had to talk to the vet on-call who kind of gave me conflicting advice, and advice that I had not heard of to help with choke. She told me to take away his water, which didn't seem to make sense to me. I had called and left a message for the on-call vet before I did anything and I had watched him take several large drinks of water and I watched all of the water go down the throat. Then she called back and said to remove all hay and water, although he was very interested in eating (it was "snack" time about then, and he was annoyed everyone else had food and he didn't). About an hour after I gave him banamine, I let him have about a gallon of water which he immediately drank (I knew he was thirsty, I didn't want him to drink too much too fast). Then about an hour later he had some hay, more water, then another hour later a small amount of grain. Honestly- I have not had any problems. He hasn't had a single problem since about noon Saturday. If choke is what we were dealing with, it was extremely mild.
  12. Hollowing Back Off The Wall

    Hello all! Paisley and I have been hard at work in our new home. He's pretty much had a body makeover, as we recently did find some very mild arthritis in his hocks (right worse than left). We just finished our Adequan loading dose and WOW it's a great difference. My farrier also noticed that he was not using his right hind hoof as efficiently as he could (probably to evade some hock pain), so she trimmed it slightly differently to better encourage him to use his whole hoof about 3 weeks ago, and that made another big improvement. We also had the chiropractor out for a farm call last week and we found that his pelvis was misaligned (right side) and now that is fixed and again, a great change! So he's feeling pretty good now! What we've been having some problems with lately is coming off the wall he starts to hollow his back, raise his head, and get very mouthy (chomping the bit, opening, closing his mouth) . This happens only on a circle, if we are just coming off the wall to change direction, work on the diagonal, etc. it's not a problem, he usually stays pretty consistent and working. But on a circle as soon as I ask for him to move off the wall, he does this silly choppy stride. I will ask for more bend and more impulsion from his hind, but he just hollows himself more. I use slight inside hand, inside leg, and my upper body to ask for the circle, so I'm not cranking his mouth. He comes off the wall okay, as we hit the farthest point of the circle and start to close the circle, he would prefer to get hollow, choppy, and travel unbalanced into the wall... This happens only at the trot, and tracking in both directions. My Vet has told me to try and keep him working on large circles and on the long sides of the arena as he is still building muscle and feeling the effects of the Adequan, but I don't want him to be bored, so I do occasional circles (roughly 30m, I try and keep them large, round and balanced). I don't want him to depend on the wall for support either. Trainer has been out of town the last few weeks for the holidays and then a family emergency, so we've been working on this recent problem alone. She comes home this weekend and we have a lesson Monday. I'm just looking for a little advice on how I can try and fix this until she is home!
  13. Hollowing Back Off The Wall

    His teeth were done just this October, but I will check my bit again for better fit, as well as my saddle. My chiro is also a saddle fitter, and he will be back out for round 2 with 10 other boarders next week, I can have him double check that!
  14. Ihsa Riders, Can You Weigh In?

    Going back to the initial question: If the owner of the horse tells me I should use a crop, and the description says to use a crop, I would always use a crop. I would have a crop and use it if necessary and have a decent ride, than ride without it and ride poorly and struggle keeping the horse moving. Who cares if it shows a weak leg. I have a very strong leg- but there are many school horses that are used in IHSA that are extremely dead to the leg, regardless of the rider's ability.
  15. What Do You Find Tacky?

    1. People who are swimming in their show jackets! I mean- we don't have to have the jackets exactly tailored to your body (I know I don't) but just wearing a jacket that is at least your size. We have several riders that come to our open/schooling shows that always have large jackets. Yes- it's more comfortable, but no matter how nice your posture is- the jacket makes you look like you are slouching and a sloppy mess. 2. Teens that are still wearing paddock boots and jodphurs to show in. Another rider at our shows claims she "can't afford to buy tall boots and they just aren't comfortable to ride in." There are lots of cheap pairs of tall boots that will do for open/schooling shows. It looks stupid when you are 16 years old and still competing like a 10 year old. 3. People who don't wear belts in the show ring! Enough said! I can't tell you how tacky it looks!
  16. Cross Firing?

    Paisley and I have been doing fantastic lately. This board is so helpful with everything we've been doing, as well as the work I've been doing with my trainer. We've recently moved to a new barn with more turnout and all-weather riding with a beautiful indoor arena, so I'm really able to progress with his training. I was only w/t with him for the first two months or so I had him mainly to get his brain back to me, relax, and soften. He is great! He extends and collects, he will accept the bit now, and no head tossing! Yay! I started lunging him at the canter about 6 weeks ago and it was going fine and really helped under saddle. He used to be very rushy, but now picks up fine. He also really listens to my seat with the pace, so I'm really pleased. However- lately when asking for the right lead, he is cross firing. Left lead is fine, no problems there, it's only on the right lead. It's only started in the last few weeks, so I'm not sure what started it. He has no obvious back, hip, or leg pain that I can tell, although I am planning on having a chiropractor come out next week anyway. He usually will start the canter correct, and on the corner will swap the back. Occasionally if he is just being fussy before I ask, he will also crossfire. It's frustrating, because I know I'm asking correctly and setting him up correctly. I'm thinking it may be more that he is weaker on the right than left, so I'm trying to work on strengthening his right side, but I'm kind of at a loss on what exercises would be good for strengthening him to be more confident with his right lead. Another thing I thought of is that the footing at our new barn is different than the old. He's used to a harder, dirt footing (crap footing if you ask me, but I didn't have a choice), and this place has softer sand footing. Maybe that is an adjustment? He occasionally slips, but that usually just after they water it. Oh well- I just need a few suggestions for this matter =) Trainer is working with us also, but again, I like to get suggestions from lots of sources!
  17. Cross Firing?

    Thanks everyone! The footing at the old barn with the hard dirt- I hated it because there were many random holes in the ground and lots of rocks, sticks and clumps of mud. Had the entire arena been all, flat dirt would have been a different story, but the holes and rocks made it difficult to do much, especially moving around in the center of the arena, I really had to be careful when circling or serpentines because it was so uneven. The new sand is not deep, no more than about an inch thick, maybe a bit more towards the middle. I did realize last night that the problem is only in an arena, and never outside of it. We were doing some cantering on an open area of our trail and he picked up both left and right leads and stayed on both fine.
  18. Pawing In His Stall?

    My 13yr TB gelding likes to paw in his stall before he gets fed. Now, I don't think it's that bad, I mean I know its a bad habit, but he's not loud, nor is he causing any damage to the stall or himself. However, the owners of my boarding facility are now forcing him to wear "pawing chains" to stop this. I know that this is not going to stop the behavior! I absolutely do not agree with chaining him. They chain their saddlebreds, but I refuse to chain my horse. He does get regular turnout now, and is worked on a daily basis, so it's not boredom. He only does it while they are about to feed. I know it's possible to correct this behavior, but I'm unsure as to how to go about it. When I'm there and he does it, I ignore him until he stops, and then I will feed him or give him attention, so it's rarely a problem while I'm there. When I'm not there, I know the owners or whoever is feeding screams at him to stop. Of course, I can't be there 24/7 to monitor this. I don't believe that scaring the horse is going to stop a behavior (their own horses are way worse than mine, and they do wear chains!). I am on a waiting list to go to another barn, because I have been having many, many other problems at this place, and this was definitely the last straw when they told me I have to chain him. In the meantime, I have to deal until I can move him, but I would rather stop the behavior through correction and training, rather than artificial and painful means. Any help is greatly appreciated!
  19. Pawing In His Stall?

    Thanks William! That makes a lot of sense. I think once we move that this situation will fix itself, mainly because I will be doing his feeding twice a day, and I can decide when he gets his food.
  20. Pawing In His Stall?

    I agree that it's their barn, their rules, but of course, their rules only apply to boarders and not to them. They have a mare that twice has kicked down the boards in the stalls and has broken the window (ripped off the wire that covered the window, pushed in the screen, shattered the glass), but my horse hasn't done anything to cause damage. We have rubber mats in every stall because all of their horses stall walk, which is why Paisley's pawing hasn't done any damage. The other morning I came really early in the morning because I forgot to bring my boots with me to work and he magically had chains on! I had not been there when they closed up that evening, so when the barn owners said they didn't put them on, I have to believe either my horse put them on himself or someone else did! I am not interested in using any "training devices" to correct this problem. Everyone is entitled to their opinions on how to make this stop, but I'm not going to take that route, mainly because I've seen this, and it's not stopping the behavior. The second the chains are off, the horse is doing it again. All of the barn owners horses paw, stomp, kick, AND wear chains, and they are clearly doing nothing. But that's another issue in itself. Their argument is that he does this all the time, which he doesn't. I am generally there about 2-4 hours a day, and I don't see it, he's turned out around 8-10 hours a day, and I ride or work him at least an hour every day. Is backing him up everytime he does this going to work? Or just making him move his feet around to teach him standing still is easier?
  21. Horse Having Some Urinary Issues?

    Possibly I'm reading too much into this, but before I call the Vet to come out, I'd appreciate some opinions! Backround: I have a 13yr TB that I just purchased in late July. He is slowly coming back into work after being pastured for about 6 months. He is now stalled and regularly turned out during the day and usually ridden for about 30-45 minutes a day, 5ish days a week. When I first got my horse, I noticed he didn't urinate very much, at least not when I was around. I thought he was probably just nervous being in a new home and being stalled and not comfortable. When I would clean his stall, I couldn't really tell because he tends to make big messes and rolls in it. I would see him start to go and when he noticed me he would stop, I guess he was shy? He's had mostly soft stools since I've had him, which I've attributed to stress in a new home, as well as the diet change. Of course, I slowly introduced him to his grain, but it's still a decent change from being pastured 24/7 to hay and grain with only pasture 6-8 hours a day. He's recently been having more solid stools, but there is usually some loose stool with it. He has been urinating more regularly lately, but the other day I noticed that his urine wasn't the strongest coming out (sorry if that's gross, but you know what I mean), and it was fairly dark and it looked like a syrup-type texture. He also kind of cocked his leg in while he was doing it. Today, he had urinated in his ground feeder (I know, so nice of him!) and when I took it outside to clean, I noticed that it was also dark and almost sticking to the bowl. I really had to scrub it out to clean it. Am I over-exaggerating? I've been trying to get some information about UTIs in horses but I'm reading they are really rare. I think I'm going to call our Vet on Monday morning, but can anyone give me an idea of what may be going on? ETA: forgot to mention that he does drink plenty of water, not too much, but I can tell at least 10-15 gallons a day. He also has a salt and mineral lick he uses often.
  22. Horse Having Some Urinary Issues?

    As far as I can tell, it was like a dark yellow/lightish brown. It just looked really dirty, not how urine should look. I am calling my Vet tomorrow either way, I would just feel better knowing it's nothing rather than ignoring a big problem.
  23. General Public And Trail Rides--questions

    We have several of our trail horses using hackamores, but we also have lead ropes attached from the bridle to the horn of the saddle for a few reasons (we use nylon halter/bridles for the attachment point). One, so that the horse cannot reach down to eat, two, in the event we have to pony someone, and three, so that it's a visual to the riders to know not to pull the reins tighter than that rope. Where their head sits is where it needs to be, and the only need to have that much slack and connection to steer and ride comfortably. We also give a quick "mini lesson" and have them steer around cones, circle, and halt, usually only about 10 minutes before we hit the trail.
  24. Horse Jumps Over People

    Ohh I see that now! I didn't have my sound on when I watched it at work! It just looked like schooling with several horses in the arena! Either way- that's scary!
  25. Issues With A Greenie

    I've had my horse for one month now, and I know I've got a long way to go, and he's really improved in just the month I've had him. But I'm kind of stuck right now. He has this little head tossing thing I've mentioned before. I switched him to a smooth snaffle, which hasn't helped. I like it better, but it hasn't really changed his head tossing. He hangs on the bit a lot, and opens his mouth, he gets really frustrated when he's in a flash and can't open his mouth. I try driving with my legs a lot as soon as he starts doing his little fit. It helps, but probably not how it should. He also tends to trip a lot when he gets frustrated, I've been using ground poles to help encourage him to lift himself up, but he would rather just clunk through them. I'm linking a video of us from yesterday. Please don't be harsh! I do have a trainer working with us once a week, and we have only been consistantly riding for one month. Also- he just got shoes on this Monday. He has been barefoot for 6 months. I don't know if that changes things. Thanks for your advice !