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  1. My mare starts work on lounge line wearing a break away halter without complaint. After several minutes, she violently shakes her head every couple of steps. Under saddle she does the same thing whether riding with a bit (snaffle) or hackamore. Any thoughts as to why? She is a healthy 10 year old.
  2. Bitless Bridle Help!

    Hey Everyone! I would like some advice and opinion on transferring my horse from a western d-ring snaffle bit to bitless. He is a 14 year old quarter horse and when we ride bareback and with just a halter and clip on reins, he does pretty darn well, on the trail and in the arena. He just seems happier and more responsive. I wouldn't say he fights the bit or drives through it, he does have a tendency to want to turn at points when I don't want him to, but I can usually correct that with my leg and seat. He does fine with a simple bit, but I have been taught to use the reins as my last option/aid, so I ride a lot from my seat and leg, which makes bareback riding and no bit, just about a good ride every time. I am considering going with a bosal or sidepull, any advice on these?? He doesn't run on me ever, he does spook occassionally, but it is only for a few seconds that he either does big leaps or small leaps to the side. So I feel like control with him is not an issue. And then with the reins, is it better to go from the side or under the chin? I have been told he is a neck reined horse, but I think he does fine either way. Last question? . . . can I go back and forth here and there between a bit and bitless? Just if I wanted to take him somewhere new and would think about having that control if I needed it. Thanks so much for any feedback!! Would really appreciate it!
  3. Hey all! So I have this coming yearling stud colt at home, I am waiting for the ground to dry to get him gelded. In the meantime since he was about 7 months old I have been working with him, he is halter broke and leads good and I have brushed the lead rope around his front legs. The problem I have been running into with him is he acts very stud-dish and shows aggressive behaviour (shakes his head at you, paws, and sometimes he has gone up on the front end....slightly rearing.) Now his mom is the BEST barrel racing mare I have ever owned was all business and was so so so smart and very talented. I am only used to working with mares, so I know my mares but this stud colt is the first one I have had to work with. What are some things I can do with him that will teach him to respect space and to respect me and learn to listen to me and that I am the boss. I want to approach this the right way so we can correct it and he can learn from this. (I also know that when he gets gelded that his behaviour should settle down a bit) I would just like to brush him, starting touching his body and getting me used to being around different parts of his body....etc Any help would be appreciated
  4. When A Horse Spooks...

    So my paint and I have bonded pretty well. He trusts me on the ground, respectable of my space, minds his manners, etc. He's great to take out alone, very inquisitive, can be a bit 'jumpy' but it's nothing I can't handle. But he does 'spook'. Like the sudden lurch, or sometimes the sideways jump. He has bolted once in a group ride but all the horses did as well ( Deer jumped out from behind a tree) so my question is: When my horse spooks, what sort of discipline should I do to make him know that's not an okay thing to do? He's the first horse I've owned that spooks. And sometimes it's over silly things, like a boulder on the side of the road. He stopped, looked at it, I let him survey it then urged him forward and once he stopped giving it the googly eyes, we paused right over it and he relaxed after sniffing it. Was that the right thing to do? On the same ride a bird flew into the air and he jumped sideways but calmed down immediately after. I didn't pet him, or smack him or anything, I just carried on with our ride. I don't want to pet him as that lets him know that it's 'good' to spook, and I don't know if I should nudge him forward or smack his bum with a rein or what? He's pretty sensitive and dramatic. Should I make him move his hindquarters to get his mind onto me, or do circles or just ignore the spook? I work with him a lot with tarps, flags, sticks, animals, etc and he's coming along spiffy. More groundwork? I don't have a round-pen but I might have access to one soon when the snow melts more, so maybe do some joining up so he trusts me more? I know that spooking can mostly be fixed with more trust but somethings we just can't control ( birds flying at faces *snort* ) Sorry for all the questions, just would like some advice. Added a pic of the spooky pony in question :) Thank you!
  5. New to the web site and was hoping for some input. I have a 10 year old and 11 year old mares. I have owned both since birth and got busy building my business so they have been turned out to pasture and left with my other horses. I did ground work on both but never acutally broke either one to ride. How hard, if at all possible would it be to break them now to ride and maybe eventually to run barrels on them. I am worried even if I get them broke will they handle the stresses of hauling and running in strange places or will there always be something that they can't quite get over. I have dealt with and handled horses my entire life but never dealt with a situation quite like this.
  6. Obstacle Training?

    Want to learn how to negotiate and maneuver through obstacles mounted police style? Wish you and your horse were more comfortable on the trail? Is your horse spooky and are you nervous riding? Or, is your horse a solid citizen and you'd like to learn more advance obstacle training techniques? Do you know how to maneuver an obstacle with precision and control? Do you know what the Trail Trial/Extreme Cowboy Challenge judges are looking for? Come watch or ride in one of the Gentle Dove Farm clinics. Joann Long, National Mounted Police and Toronto Police Services Certified can help you partner with your horse, gain confidence and improve communication! Check out the obstacle training clinics at!
  7. I have an 8 year of gelding very strong in personality. We have over come a few "issues" over the past few years like lack of respect for personal space and locking up his legs and refusing to walk when you riding on the trail. My new challenge he has put to me is he has decided when he feels like it he starts to rear. He'll do it whenever and wherever he feels like it. Nothing has spooked him or upset him like that. He just decides he doesn't want to do what I am asking him and he has a temper tantrum. I have been riding for many years but have never experienced this before. Any suggestions would be so appreciated. Don't want to give up on this guy because he has so much potential but also don't want to get hurt. Info on the horse... 8 year old gelding very stubborn but at the same time incredibly intelligent in the field with 3 other horses and is definitely the boss feels by his actions that he thinks he is the alpha to everyone including me therefore I can't let him get away with anything has perfect ground manners has no problems with his health, saddle or bridle fitting doesn't care if he is with other horses or not when out riding so having a companion horse along for the ride to reduce this kind of explosive reaction doesn't help I ride with a loose reign...not hard on his mouth at all and he doesn't grab at the bit and fight me on it at all. Hopefully someone has some suggestions on how to approach dealing with this kind of problem. Thanks!
  8. Wow, I don't even know where to start. Maybe some of you know my story. Remember me, the girl who bought the wrong horse, took her back and then bought two horses? Who never owned a horse before? Yep, that was last April. I thought I knew stuff and could figure it out, I didn't . Just to recap, we bought two QH's both mares, Momma and her 4 year old colt, Gracie. We did really great for about 3 months, and then Gracie became dominant, and uncontrollable. At first we all rode her, the kids, everyone without any problems. But over time she became unridable for any of us and I was beside myself. I knew the problem was with us and not her so I looked for trainers in our area to help us. I interviewed several and picked the one who I though would best meet our needs. And here's what I've learned. 1- We let Gracie run all over us. 2- We didn't use pressure correctly. 3- We trained her out of her ground manners. 4- Getting it back is a lot harder then I thought it would be. We changed. A lot. I've spent hours everyday working with her, I've learned how to lunge her, how to make her stay out of my space, how to properly use leg pressure and reigning when riding, proper bridling techniques, and so much more. And now I know what you all were talking about when you said owning a horse is a different ball game. I have a long ways to go, but I can and will do it responsibly. And here's the bad news. I don't think Gracie is the horse for us. I think she's to young and has to much dominance in her. We have discovered that she was very "petted" as a young colt. She was treated more like a family dog then a horse, so although she is 4 she acts more like a 2 year old that hasn't been taught a lot of respect. We have brought her a long ways, but I don't connect with her and I find her aggressive tendency's to be really annoying. The good news is my training has strengthened my relationship with Momma. We have bonded a lot, and I've been taking her on rides with other women in my community that ride. She trusts me, I feel confident and it's a wonderful relationship. Gracie is now for sale. This was hard, but it's right. But, I bought a 12 year old Fox Trotter gelding, He's gaited, and about the sweetest little boy you could ask for :) I'll post pics as soon as photobucket is working again. So, this is our update. We are doing well, we are learning a lot and I am a happy horse owner. Lana
  9. Double Major In College

    I am now a Junior in high school and have started looking at colleges. After a lot of researching I have narrowed my search to three- University of Findlay, Lake Erie College, and Centenary College. I want to double major in accounting and equine science. I know that equine degrees aren't worth much but I want to at least try to make it in the industry that I love so much. And if that fails then there's always accounting to back me up. I have been doing lessons off and on my whole life do to money issues. I would love to have the opportunity to learn so much more than I do now. I want to do training and maybe even colt starting- but have absolutely no experience in it. A lot of working student positions want you to already have experience with green horses, colts, training, etc. The only thing I've learned at my lessons is how to groom, tack, and ride and I have been to tons of different barns. If any of you have attended any of these colleges I would appreciate it if you could give me some insight as to what their equine programs are like. Would they even teach me how to train? I know Findlay gives you a colt to start and break. I would love to have an experience like that. Do any of the other schools do that? How much riding time do you get a week? How much can you improve in your own riding? Can you ride extra like on weekends if you want to practice? If you know anything about their accounting programs that would also be helpful. Or how hard it would be to double major in these two subjects. Thank you for reading my essay lol any other info you have would be helpful too
  10. 3Yr Old Apha Gelding

    He's overweight and could be more muscular(hasn't been used much) and he's a little long backed but I'm curious to see what you guys think and see what his body type seems to fit best?(barrel racing, pleasure etc) Also how his head looks. Thank-you!! p.s. The pictures of his front profile aren't very good, sorry!
  11. Stubborn Horse

    I'm trying to train my horse to nod, but she wont listen! I've tried the pressure points, having her head follow the treats, and waving a crop to he face. She doesn't respond to any of them! Any tips?
  12. Hi Everyone, I am a new horse owner and joined these forums to help us with our adventure. We purchased a 6 year old mare quarter horse. She has a lot of good traits, she will follow us around the coral, let us pet, brush and rub her to our hearts content. She seems to be the most gentle creature you could ask for, until you go to ride her. We run her out before we saddle, but she has a nasty habit of letting you get settled and comfortable and then taking off on a dead run that you can't stop until she's good and ready. After she gets that out of her system she's great. However she did this with my husband last night and ran straight into a fence with him, so we are scared to put our kids on her. She also has a complete come apart if you take her very far from home, the day we brought her to our house she was awful. We have only had her for a week. I am wondering if those of you with more experience would recommend we work with her or should we take her back and look for something more suited to new horse owners? Thank you for any advice or help. Lana
  13. Some of you may recognize me from the Gaited and Trail horse forums. I was on there for a while but haven't had time lately to check in. I got a job on a Warmblood farm(Oldenburge, holsteiner, hanovarians) just up the road from me and have been busy busy busy! I am wondering if there are others on this barn who work for barns and take care of other peoples horses. I have found it most rewarding to be back with horses everyday but it can be quite the challenge! I find myself second guessing a lot of the things I would do with my own horses. I have been being way over cautious and uber analyzing everything My boss actually lives in another state and her Dad lives here on the farm. I am basically her eyes and ears to make sure all is going as she would like it to and to make sure all the horses are happy and healthy. Problem is some of her horses have serious behavioral issues that can be dangerous to work with and we have differing ideas on how to deal with... or if it should be dealt with at all. Being new to this business and a new employee of hers(just over 6 months) I don't want to make any riffs but I also want to feel confidant of my actions and my life! I am used to little QHs and one of the horses here is over 18hnds! And some of these horses don't have the greatest ground manners! Plus we have a 2 year old and a yearling so there are always new issues popping up with them. The 2 year old likes to throw his but and kick at me(just wonderful!) and the yearling has food aggression issues and like to crowd you and pin her ears at feeding time. She also has a very large dislike for our vet. I don't blame her because he twitched the first time they met just for the sake of time:( The 18hnd guy like to rear back on the cross ties and yank out of his field safe halter and parade around like a goof! He has done it four times with me now, one when she was here. I think I finally have her talked into putting a rope halter on him for a while. At first she was just ok with it because he didn't go far. The last episode was an hour long chase!! Mainly I think I just need a place to vent but thoughts on my perils would be nice as well:) Any ideas on training the baby to stand on cross ties? We never had cross ties for the babies I trained and we always used a little shipping halter. Of course my babies were very well behaved and never pulled back more than one or twice. They were halter broke and standing tied at 6 months!
  14. HI Everyone, I am new to the forum and introduced myself in the "new" section. We brought our first horse home a week ago last Friday. I've never owned a horse before, my husband did growing up. I did ride a lot as a teenager, my grandparents owned horses and so did most of my friends, so I am not without any experience. I am just curious what those of you with more experience would consider "normal" behavior for a horse when they are first seperated from their herd, and what to expect during the first few days. I guess I am trying to figure out, if we got in over our heads or if what we are experiencing is normal. Here is a little of what is going on. We bought a 6 year old QH Mare, she is supposed to be broke and ready to ride. We did ride her and spend time with her before bringing her home and felt like she would be a good fit for us. We have two teenagers left at home and they want to be able to go and ride her whenever possible, as do I. She behaved wonderfully until we got about a mile from her home and then she got really upset, it took us about two hours to get her to calm down after we got home. She has warmed up to us and will let you do anything to her that we want, she doesn't bite, she's gentle, she likes to follow us around the coral, she likes our chickens, and other animals don't seem to bother her at all. The previous owner taught us how to run her out before saddleing which we have done everytime. She saddles wonderfully, we don't have to tie her up, she will just stand there like a docile angel the entire time. But, as soon as you get in the saddle and get nice and comfy and pick up the reigns she takes off at a dead run and will not be controlled by the reigns. She runs for a few minutes, gets it out of her system and is fine after that. Has anyone else experienced this kind of behavior? Is it fixable or just something that she's doing because she doesn't know us? And if so, how do we teach her she can't do that? Because, by the time you can get control and get her to follow commands punishing her isn't going to do any good cause she's forgotten what she's done? We can still return her, but I don't think the previous owner is to happy about it. We did call him, hoping that he would give us some advice or tips or something. What I'm worried about, is will we have issues with any horse we bring home at first? I guess i'm just trying to figure out what is considered normal and what is considered unacceptable. Thank you so much for any help or advice. Lana I should add, that we have a lot of horses next to us, as in we share a fence with them. There are several male horses in that coral, and I know at least one is a stallion used for breeding. Is it possible she's in heat?
  15. My Rebellious Horse!

    I have a 5year old Standardbred (Boomer) who has barley any trainning. I rode him just yestreday and he took off in full gallop, I fell off and got a concusion! I was trying to talk to a couple trainers I know and of course im only 14 so not many take me very seriously...I dont really know why but, they all laugh and say good luck kid...Yeah, so I was wondering I anyone had any good tips on how to control him and ways of bomb proofing. I plan on Evneting with him in the future but am starting with dressage to get some basic trainning. Im afraid I will be injured even worse so we plan on sending him to a trainer in like 5 months for 1month. I need to work him as we are waiting to send him, Boomer is the sweetest horse ever I would never consider getting rid of himn or anything. We believe the reason he took off was because my mom and some friends were walking back into our barn and went out of sight and him being the people lover he is decided to say a last goodbye to everyone. Just want some advice:) I would appreciate it:)!!!!!!!!!!!!! I HAVE BEEN RIDING SINCE I WAS SIX!!!!!!!!
  16. When To Start Riding A Young Horse?

    Of everything I've learned and read in over all these years of working with and owning horses, there is a large variance of when it's safe to start riding a young horse (2? 3? 4?) after saddle breaking. Thoughts? Opinions? (I know a horse is generally considered "adult" and grown by 4 yrs)
  17. Groundwork Exercises For Ponies

    Hi guys, I was wondering if someone could suggest some groundwork exercises to help me increase my ponies' rather low fitness level, and keep them thinking and interested in what we're doing. The ponies range from rising 3 to 20yro+, and about 8-11hh. There are 10 of them in total, and they're all pretty typical ponies in that they get fat off the smell of grass. We're in summer over here, and some of the ponies are starting to get on the very fat side of things, and founder is a pretty constant worry. As most of the ponies can't be ridden, either not broken in or too old, I was wondering if someone could suggest good groundwork based exercises to help build their fitness up. I'd prefer not to lunge them too much, and to keep them thinking as much as possible. They're smart ponies, they just don't exercise themselves. I'm happy to work up to things like ground driving, but I may need advice on how to get there. Some of the younger ponies, who are the taller ones, will be broken to ride and drive so exercises that help get a good foundation for that would be excellent. Thanks in advance for any advice, I'm drawing a mental blank on what to do with them. We're on an old dairy farm, flat land with some wide laneways, if that helps at all. :)