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  1. Bugs Attack Horses- Sent 'em Through The Fence

    It's been absolutely HORRIBLE this year! Bugs, heat. Thankfully, we haven't had any run through fences because of the bugs, but they have been running. Have you tried fly traps or fly predators? Might be too late for the predators, don't know.
  2. Megasplat

    Fine. I don't know what "method" you're using, and I don't really particularly care, so long as the horse isn't going to be turned into a "nut job" and no one gets hurt by him. The horse rearing because he was asked to back up is telling me that he did not understand what was being asked of him and that he was confused and frustrated. A scenario that becomes dangerous. The horse taking off at a trot when first mounted can also become a dangerous situation. Given the option of "trotting off" or "bucking", yes the "trotting off" is preferrable. However, I would like to suggest a third option, that of the horse standing quietly until given the signal to move off. By far, this is the most ideal and safest option. You didn't post asking for any advice, and I'm not offering any. However, what you have described about the horses reactions causes me to have some concern about the safety of your daughter and any one else who may be working with this horse in the training process. I'm just saying, please be careful and aware. And suggest, maybe, take a step back and evaluate what is being done and the results that are had. Stay safe.
  3. Things To Do With A New Horse.

    If you're looking for that "one", look with an open mind, with no pre-concieved notions as to color, breed, gender, etc. You will "know". What can you do with your horse in riding to make it feel more easy with you? Be a balanced rider, and don't be heavy handed. If you haven't taken lessons before, consider doing so. We can always learn something new and it's always helpful to have a knoweldgable pair of eyes on you.
  4. What Type Of Bit For Sensitive Horse?

    I agree, possibly a training issue. But I'd also try a rubber snaffle just in case he has a sensitive spot.
  5. What Type Of Bit For Sensitive Horse?

    I agree, possibly a training issue. But I'd also try a rubber snaffle just in case he has a sensitive spot.
  6. Training A Pony- Or Small Horse

    Ground work, ground work, ground work. Oh, and did I say ground work? And, before I forget, ground work. It is hard to find someone small enough and skilled enough to ride the small ones. I'm working with one right now, the owner bought her when she was about 3 months old and thought she was going to be much bigger. Well, she's lucky if she's 13.3 (haven't sticked her in a while). She's a REAL cutie. Shows a real talent for either a gaming pony, or even a jumper. And since she trys to herd the ducks, chickens, and goats that get in her pasture, I think she'd make a real nice cowpony. I just wish I was MUCH smaller so I could ride her! [Me Cry]
  7. Piggie Frustrations

    I have a slightly different philosophy than the norm, I'll admit it. There are those who will not allow a horse to snack with tack on, period. The way I see it, the very nature of the horse is to be constantly eating, they are grazers. Idealy they move as they eat. With that in mind, if the horse I am riding listens to my cues, then I don't care if they give a quick snatch at something that is nose high for them. The key here, that they listen to my cues. If I am just chilling out in a field, having a chat with riding buddies, I will allow my horse to graze. But, when I say it's time to move, then it's time to move. If I am standing in a field, but we are not in "relax mode", then I hold my reins so that there is slack, but not enough that the horse can lower it's head all the way. I decide when the horse will graze, and I will allow it at a time of my choosing. I have one that I sometimes use for giving lead line rides to kids. She is ALL ABOUT eating, and she is a hefty one . If I correct her at the start, when I first feel that slight lowering of her head, then she is good and stays on task. After the job is done, I will allow her to graze. If you do not want your horse to eat when you do not choose the time, you have failed the test if the horse has gotten it's head all the way to the ground. The correction needs to come MUCH sooner. Be aware of the subtle cues your horse gives you that he is looking to eat. THAT is when you need to correct.
  8. Beginning Rider

    You are headed in the right direction. It is not just their physical well being, but also their mental/emotional well being. When people desire a "relationship" with their prospective equine partner, they often forget that the thought processes of equines are different than humans. We are predators, horses are prey animals. A horse depends on, needs a leader. If there is no good leader in the equation, then the horse will attempt to assume the role. How does one become the "leader"? At first, it is through domination. The herd leader will control the feet of the subordinate herd members. If the leader says "move", they better move or suffer the consequences. There is no discussion, no voting, no " . . . if you feel like it would you please . . .". It is an order that must be followed. If the herd leader cannot control the feet, then they are no longer the leader and another will step up and bring the former leader down. Once the leadership role is established, and the leader proves to be a good leader with the well being of the herd being the primary concern, then the relationship can expand beyond domination. You have started on a wonderful journey. When the time is right, that special equine partner will come into your life. In the mean time, learn all you can from horse and human. When opportunity presents itself, observe horses in a herd situation. It is a great way to learn about the mindset of the animal. Also, do not embrass just one "trainer". No one person can possibly know everything. Watch and listen to as many as you can. Compare and see what will work best for you.
  9. Megasplat

    I'm glad things are going o.k. But, I get the distinct impression from what he's doing at each phase of his training that you have described, that you may be rushing things faster than this horse can process. Or, steps are being skipped. I'm not sure, because there is not a lot of description. Backing up with just a halter is good, but rearing when asked to back up with a saddle is not. Standing for mounting is very good. But going into a trot as soon as rider's butt hits the saddle is not. Something's missing here. Hopefully it's just a matter of not enough description and not a matter of a hole in the training. Good luck, and I hope the training goes well with no injuries.
  10. Beginning Rider

    Welcome. These are 2 seperate issues. A horse can hold a "job", much like we humans hold "jobs". Most people do not get into a relationship with their plumber, or the clerk at the grocery store, or the person pumping your gas. They are doing their jobs. We are polite, acknoweldge their existence and some people may even recognize their humanity. But usually, what we expect from them, is that they do their jobs and do them well. This is probably how your trainer is viewing your mount. The horse has a job. It is to teach you to be a better rider/horseman along with the training you recieve from your human trainer. They are teachers. Beyond the walls of their duty, both your teachers have a life, thoughts, and emotions. Can you have a "relationship" with a horse? YES. What type of relationship depends on a lot of variables. Some people are very happy just having a "working" relationship with a horse where the horse is simply expected to perform their assigned job and when the horse is no longer able or willing to do so they simply "fire" it and find another that will. Then there are those who desire something more, something deeper, and perhaps more fulfilling. As with any worthwhile relationship, it requires work and understanding.
  11. Oh, Check Out This Scam

    [ROTFL] Good one!! [ROTFL]
  12. Oh, Check Out This Scam

    Funny how they know how much the shipping would be without knowing where you are. They're gooood (NOT!).
  13. If You Had $$$ For A Trailer

    If money were no object . . . , I saw a GN LQ that I absolutely LOVED at an exhibition. It was large enough that I could invite a friend along, yet still have some privacy. Somebody put a LOT of thought into the design/floor plan. I'm thinking it was a 3 or 4 horse slant. Didn't take note of the brand because I knew it was WAY out of my price range. I just hope they didn't mind cleaning up all my drool. :tongue9:
  14. Bucking Problem! Help!

    Yup, what you said.
  15. Bucking Problem! Help!

    I certainly hope you will be taking lessons with the trainer! That way the trainer can teach you to not allow this kind of behavior to get worse.