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  1. In need of some opinions.

    I agree with the previous poster that consistency is the biggest key to a well-behaved horse. He has to know the rules and they have to be enforced each and every time no matter how difficult that is or how much time it takes up. As mentioned, if you're only riding once a week, it's going to take a bit higher a profile to get the behavior you want. This is normal horse behavior so don't beat yourself up too much about. I'm guessing you're doing everything right, just need to be doing a bit more of it to make it smooth and consistent. I had a horse this summer who was in the same situation ... he was out with some lameness issues and I was sidelined by the heat. He took to nipping at people a month or so ago, very VERY unusual for him so now I'm back to working him away from that nasty little habit and he's coming around. Hang in there, it can be done!
  2. In need of some opinions.

    I agree with the previous poster that consistency is the biggest key to a well-behaved horse. He has to know the rules and they have to be enforced each and every time no matter how difficult that is or how much time it takes up. As mentioned, if you're only riding once a week, it's going to take a bit higher a profile to get the behavior you want. This is normal horse behavior so don't beat yourself up too much about. I'm guessing you're doing everything right, just need to be doing a bit more of it to make it smooth and consistent. I had a horse this summer who was in the same situation ... he was out with some lameness issues and I was sidelined by the heat. He took to nipping at people a month or so ago, very VERY unusual for him so now I'm back to working him away from that nasty little habit and he's coming around. Hang in there, it can be done!
  3. Does anyone stake out their horse???

    I purchased a horse some years back from a lady who had been doing this for years. Her paddocks were dirt, the grass was outside the fence. He certainly was none the worse for wear (healthy, happy and had a great attitude). He was one horse I never worried about getting his feet caught in anything because he could dainty dance his way through and around any obstacles, even that orange hurricane fence stuff. He was one of a kind.
  4. Thoughts on this training gadget:

    Owwwwwwwwwwwww!
  5. Thoughts on this training gadget:

    Owwwwwwwwwwwww!
  6. Interesting bucking issue...any advice accepted.

    Horses that behave this way benefit greatly from a great deal of lateral flexion training. Once the horse is fully trained to give its head left or right on request, it makes it very hard to buck. First, it's doing something else (horses aren't that great a multi-tasking!) and second, it's harder to buck when you're flexing your head and neck from one side to the other. I'd be willing to bet if you sat in the saddle on this horse and just began taking up either the left or right rein, the horse would turn instead of standing flexing. Once you cure that, you cure most of the bucking (not all, necessarily ... as already pointed out this is a long-standing habit).
  7. Interesting bucking issue...any advice accepted.

    Horses that behave this way benefit greatly from a great deal of lateral flexion training. Once the horse is fully trained to give its head left or right on request, it makes it very hard to buck. First, it's doing something else (horses aren't that great a multi-tasking!) and second, it's harder to buck when you're flexing your head and neck from one side to the other. I'd be willing to bet if you sat in the saddle on this horse and just began taking up either the left or right rein, the horse would turn instead of standing flexing. Once you cure that, you cure most of the bucking (not all, necessarily ... as already pointed out this is a long-standing habit).
  8. Western Pleasure Training (pics)

    You're lacking the single most important ingredient in producing a winning Western Pleasure (or any other discipline) horse ... time ... time to ride and train! If you can't commit to an hour a day in the saddle four times a week minimum with this horse, the chances his skills will ever blossom are slim.
  9. Western Pleasure Training (pics)

    You're lacking the single most important ingredient in producing a winning Western Pleasure (or any other discipline) horse ... time ... time to ride and train! If you can't commit to an hour a day in the saddle four times a week minimum with this horse, the chances his skills will ever blossom are slim.
  10. Equine Instructor certification

    Both hold testing sessions all over the country. ARIA concentrates more on assessing what you know through tests and videos. CHA does week-long seminars in which you have to come in and prove to a testing official that you know what you say you know. For me, that makes more sense. I have been around both programs for several years and know people at the top of both organizations (they're great folks). I don't think you could go wrong with either one.
  11. Equine Instructor certification

    Both hold testing sessions all over the country. ARIA concentrates more on assessing what you know through tests and videos. CHA does week-long seminars in which you have to come in and prove to a testing official that you know what you say you know. For me, that makes more sense. I have been around both programs for several years and know people at the top of both organizations (they're great folks). I don't think you could go wrong with either one.
  12. Baby shower questions

    NO GAMES! OMG ... do men hate to play those silly shower games. It ruins every possible chance of having fun. Forget the games entirely! Don't even go there!
  13. Normal Training or Unnecessary Roughness?

    Precisely, HollyHorse. Couldn't have said it better myself. My points speak for themselves. I say what I mean.
  14. Normal Training or Unnecessary Roughness?

    Precisely, HollyHorse. Couldn't have said it better myself. My points speak for themselves. I say what I mean.
  15. Baby shower questions

    Babies should always be bathed, never showered ........... Sorry, couldn't resist! Take it from a guy, brats beer beat out fingerfoods and canapes any day of the week!