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Everything posted by reidhorsegrl10

  1. Starting From The Ground Up...

    I recently just got a 3 year old that I think has been rushed along to be broke under saddle but missed a lot of ground work along the way. She is very nervous and just seems to not know what is expected of her... For example loaded onto the trailer like a dream but when we got home she would not back off the trailer for nothing. At no point did I feel like she was just being a bully or stubborn about the situation. It seemed more like she just didn't know. I am wanting to really focus on building a relationship and solid ground work with her before I even worry about riding! Desensitizing, trust, and confidence is something I think should be instilled in a young horse. Unfortunately I do not have a round pen to work in, but just wanted to get some opinions on what are some go to things to do with young horses!?!?
  2. Keep A Palomino From Fading...

    I have tried the fly sheet and it definitely works, however, now that it is getting much hotter I am finding he's sweating a good bit. I know it's not the end of the world if he bleaches out but he's so much prettier the true palomino color. Just wondering if anyone had any methods that work?!?
  3. Keep A Palomino From Fading...

    Thank you for this article!! Very helpful
  4. Confidence And Nervousness

    So this is something that often comes back to me... When I go to shows or away from home not matter how prepared my horse and I am, I swear I can still be a bundle of nerves. Just wondering if there was anything anyone does to help with this?
  5. Arena To The Pasture Riding

    So a friend and I were talking today and were wondering if a horse that is use to strictly arena work how do you get them use to doing that work in the pasture??? She does not have an arena at home, so when she bought her gelding and got him home, going to work in the pasture (not the one he is pastured in) confused him a good bit and talk about lazy lol! I'm sure just continuing working in it, it will get better but just wonder what thoughts ya'll have on it? Was an interesting conversation.
  6. Confidence And Nervousness

    I think the nerves seem to be coming back because I have a new horse this year that I plan to show. It's always the before and warming up, like you said Smilie, once I'm in the ring it's like the gameface comes and I forget everything but what is happening with my horse and I. Great advice from you both
  7. Bits In The Show Ring

    So I am almost 100% sure that you cannot use a hackamore in classes at shows. I am looking to make my western guy a hunt seat horse as well. Problem is we work in a hackamore (bought him working in that and he's a super light mouthed horse) I personally have no issue with this, however, I am at a lose as to what to try first bit wise. I do not want to change the fact he works great in a hackamore just something to supplement in for shows. After I've rambled on lol any suggestions. I wondered about the rubber mouthed bits but have no experience with them. Thanks in advance :)
  8. Bits In The Show Ring

    That is a great way to put it!!!!!!! Thank yall both for such great advice!
  9. Bits In The Show Ring

    Thanks again for the great advice! I am actually new to the hackamore world, and have more experience with bits. Bits have always and will always be a very overwhelming topic LOL. Have a few double jointed Ds in my tack room I will give a shot.
  10. Bits In The Show Ring

    Thank you for the great advice Shameless!!! I have had him about a month and got him from a barrel trainer. She had found him for a friend of hers but they just didn't click. He doesn't like a handsy rider (why he's in a hackamore). He's ridden in the Brittany Pozzi Rubber Nose Hackamore. Has some shank to it. Runs a great pattern in it, but just wanted to get back to my English roots and he would make a gorgeous hunter horse. Light mouth as in doesn't like the contact. I am wondering if it is more behavioral then anything. She mentioned he was in his mouth a lot, I mean I have to say I wouldn't like that either lol!!! Thought about starting with a D-Ring Snaffle just so many bits out there didn't know if there might be a better alternative?!? And like you said more bit maybe necessary, I didn't know if that would be "enough"
  11. Long Trailer Ride

    Saturday I will be taking my mare half way to her new home. The longest trailer ride she has had is about 2 hours. Saturday we will be traveling a good 7 hours. This is also a first for me in my hauling experience. Just wondering what all I should do to ensure she has a safe and happy experience???
  12. Long Trailer Ride

    I have started a list and made sure to add these. Smilie, you said to do a hay bag when we stop for lunch, I usually have a hay bag full for the trip for her during the trip? Is it recommended to wrap their legs or use shipping boots?? Or is it ok for them to not have either?
  13. Continued Riding...

    I recently brought my mare home from the trainer after 60 days training. I have been working her in the round pen some and wondering what are some good things to do with her in the round pen and then to build her confidence out in the open. We both get bored with the same ole same ole. Doing patterns and turns but just wondering what are some good things to do to build her up and continue her muscling and conditioning.
  14. Continued Riding...

    Whenever I post I always hope Smilie will post!! Always great advice!!
  15. Barrel Horse Mare

    Looking at this mare as a potential barrel horse prospect.
  16. Continued Riding...

    Thank ya'll both for the GREAT advice!! I think I am going to keep just having patience and easing her into it all and incorporate some of the things that may put her on edge in her pasture or around the barn. This is one of the many reasons I love the forums on here :)
  17. Paint Pony Any Training Advice Is Welcomed

    Hi there!!! I bought a just turned 5 yo paint pony mare as a project to eventually be my son's horse (he's only 11 months so we have a while lol). Sweet as can be until she doesn't want to so something. Bought her from a family who pretty much treated her like a puppy dog! I've started working her with ground manners. Staying out of my space, disengaging her hind end, but after that it has been a fight... disengaging her front end is almost impossible! If you make her mad she has tried to kick (she should be over that after our last few discussions we had after she did it)... just looking for some advice on things to try!!!!
  18. General Upkeep...

    I have a 6 year old mare that is in moderate work and an older broodmare that I am just wondering if there is general upkeep, supplements, that could be beneficial. I've started them both on a general MSM supplement just for support, but wondering if that helps or is beneficial. How do ya'll keep up your horses that are similar to mine??
  19. Continued Riding...

    It is the environment. The cow pasture next to use, a tarp on the neighbors building, etc. If she bolts I use the one rein stop. When she gets nervous anxious I make sure I am not stimulating the situation and try putting her to work, as this is usually what works. However, I have learned that once she gets worked up it's hard to get her to come back down. That is something I am trying to work on. Not looking to change her bit unless it needs it that was all my post was in regards to is what would be a good next.
  20. General Upkeep...

    Thank you for your reply :) May try the Vitaflex instead of the MSM may add a little more! I feel like sometimes I use supplements for me to feel better!
  21. Continued Riding...

    Riding has been going pretty good when weather allows... Got to love the winter months and weather!!! I've been riding her in a d-ring and at times, in the pasture especially, I'm finding it's not a whole lot of control. I would love to keep her mouth as light as possible but sometimes leg and body control does not work when she gets worked up or excited there is little to know control. What is a recommendation for a bit to maybe add into training if needed...
  22. Breeding...

    I have a AQHA race bred mare I'm looking to breed to a good cutting horse stud... Just putting feelers out for a good quality stud. What are your recommendations???
  23. Companion For My Mare

    I am looking to get a companion for my mare. Recently just sold the pony that was in with her. I want to make sure whatever I do get is ok by itself... she will be leaving for a few months so it will be alone then... any suggestions???? Was thinking a donkey but the more I read they don't like to be alone apparently lol!
  24. Barrel Horse Mare

    I'm hoping to do barrels with my mare and then one day use her as a broodmare. Would love to get critiques on her conformation for barrels or ranch events... Not sure these pics are the best after looking at them they are not the best of her at all lol but we will see.
  25. Continued Riding...

    Well we ventured out of the round pen today and into the pasture, she was super nervous. Worked through it minus the other girl I have running the fence line hollering the whole time. Overall she did well, but just didn't feel she was ready for that yet. Game plan I was thinking was maybe starting in the round pen and then venture out in the pasture after so she sees it as a reward and maybe not so much as a stressful work zone?? She is a nervous horse, so not so much trying to baby her but not trying to make her have a bad experience since she is still so green. Please tell me if I'm looking at this wrong lol!!