• When getting your first horse, should you get two of them so they won t be lonely or do they do ok if they re alone?

    before I get a speech about how I shouldn t get a horse cause I don t know anything about them, I m just trying to learn a little bit about horses, I m not planing to get one :)
    before I get a speech about how I shouldn t get a horse cause I don t know anything about them, I m just trying to learn a little bit about horses, I m not planing to get one :)
    7 answers · 3 days ago
  • What bit should I use for my horse?

    I recently got a horse quite cheap due to bucking and rearing (although this hasn't happened with me)as a sort of project, I ended up falling in love and keeping him. The only thing is I don t know what bit to use, he came in a french-link loose-ring snaffle which was fine for a while. I got him into jumping... show more
    I recently got a horse quite cheap due to bucking and rearing (although this hasn't happened with me)as a sort of project, I ended up falling in love and keeping him. The only thing is I don t know what bit to use, he came in a french-link loose-ring snaffle which was fine for a while. I got him into jumping which he loves and now when I m jumping, flatwork, hacking or just lunging he s so strong in the mouth and refuses to listen to the bit. This also leads to me not being able to steer him very well. I ve tried different bits on him like a straight bar bit which he treated the same as his snaffle, and also a gag. The gag was good at controlling his speed but he hates it, he would hold his head up really high and open his mouth alot so I m guessing it could have been hurting his mouth. I went to a SJ competition at the weekend and used the gag because it was working at home and he was being really strong so I put it on the harshest setting and he was going around fine in the warm up ring (only he was opening his mouth a little). When I went in the ring he jumped the first one fine but then started to flip out at the second by rearing and again at the third, I decided to retire. The second time I went in the ring I put it on the lowest setting (normal snaffle) and he went round fine, only I had hardly any control in steering and speed. Can anyone recommend anything, maybe training him to listen to his bit or getting something else?? Thought I might try a twisted snaffle?
    5 answers · 4 days ago
  • Messaging horses old owner?

    I want to try and contact my ottbs owner from the track. Mostly just to see if she can give any insight on him and if he retired sound etc. I’m friends with her on Facebook but i have no idea what to say without sounding weird lmao. I also would like to see if his breeder has any baby pics but i have no idea how to... show more
    I want to try and contact my ottbs owner from the track. Mostly just to see if she can give any insight on him and if he retired sound etc. I’m friends with her on Facebook but i have no idea what to say without sounding weird lmao. I also would like to see if his breeder has any baby pics but i have no idea how to go about that and it’s obviously not as important. Have any of you messaged old track owners? What should i say without coming off as a creep?
    4 answers · 4 days ago
  • Giving up a loan horse?

    I have been loaning horses from someone for three years. The first horse I had with her was sold and I was only told one week before she was taken to her new owners which I always thought was poor of her. She never even told me she was considering selling I am now loaning another horse from her but haven't... show more
    I have been loaning horses from someone for three years. The first horse I had with her was sold and I was only told one week before she was taken to her new owners which I always thought was poor of her. She never even told me she was considering selling I am now loaning another horse from her but haven't connected with it in the same way as the first one. My life is now moving in another direction and with less time spare I have decided I don't want to continue. I also feel like I'm not treated fairly by her at the yard and this has certainly contributed to my decision and has made the experience less and less enjoyable I don't have a contract but want to be fair and give her a few months notice. This lady can be quite abrupt and I am worried about how she will react, I want to do it to her face to show courtesy but how is the best way to go about telling her?
    9 answers · 1 week ago
  • Why can t I break my horse? Is it possible some horses can t be Broken?

    I have been breaking horses for 25 years. I would go as far as to call myself a master at it. But I recently got this new horse for my ranch I was going to use for work. But it has been over 2 1/2 months now and the horse is as wild as ever. Are there really horses that can t be broken? I am going to just cut my... show more
    I have been breaking horses for 25 years. I would go as far as to call myself a master at it. But I recently got this new horse for my ranch I was going to use for work. But it has been over 2 1/2 months now and the horse is as wild as ever. Are there really horses that can t be broken? I am going to just cut my loses and put a bullet in him. Shame because he is a expensive breed.
    12 answers · 1 week ago
  • A vet recommends euthanizing my horse with severe hip joint damage. Can I take my horse to the butcher instead?

    Best answer: Depends on where you live, in the US horse meat for human consumption isn't legal. Even if you had it butchered across the border, consuming it in the USA is illegal as it's not regulated by FDA
    Best answer: Depends on where you live, in the US horse meat for human consumption isn't legal. Even if you had it butchered across the border, consuming it in the USA is illegal as it's not regulated by FDA
    12 answers · 1 week ago
  • Bareback pad recommendations?

    I was looking at the Best Friend Equine pads; I just need something to provide a little cushion for my horse s back and maybe a little help with my own seat while I m riding. I don t want anything with stirrups.
    I was looking at the Best Friend Equine pads; I just need something to provide a little cushion for my horse s back and maybe a little help with my own seat while I m riding. I don t want anything with stirrups.
    4 answers · 6 days ago
  • Should I sit, half-seat or post when cantering when playing polo?

    I usually post while cantering because it feels smoother and quicker and more balanced. But shall I sit it or half sit it?
    I usually post while cantering because it feels smoother and quicker and more balanced. But shall I sit it or half sit it?
    4 answers · 6 days ago
  • Are leggings ok for beginner horseback riding?

    Best answer: Not all riding pants have that grip material. mine don't. I think it would only be slippery depending on if your saddle is slippery or not. You can try wearing leggings at first, and if they don't work out, save up for regular riding pants =) You can also get riding pants that are much less expensive than... show more
    Best answer: Not all riding pants have that grip material. mine don't. I think it would only be slippery depending on if your saddle is slippery or not. You can try wearing leggings at first, and if they don't work out, save up for regular riding pants =) You can also get riding pants that are much less expensive than others..
    7 answers · 1 week ago
  • What would happen if you fell into deep water wearing tall riding boots?

    Best answer: The boots would weigh you down, but you could swim - for a while, not as long or as fast or as easily as you could swim without them. Your boots would definitely NOT fall off! They're hard to get off even when dry, sitting in a chair, with a boot jack, so when they're wet and you're flailing in the... show more
    Best answer: The boots would weigh you down, but you could swim - for a while, not as long or as fast or as easily as you could swim without them.

    Your boots would definitely NOT fall off! They're hard to get off even when dry, sitting in a chair, with a boot jack, so when they're wet and you're flailing in the water trying to pull them off, you're not going to succeed at all.

    You might drown. Depends on how well you swim, how fast and rough and deep the water is, how cold it is, and so on.
    5 answers · 1 week ago
  • Trouble sitting large canter?

    I recently got a horse who is an absolute saint. He doesn’t do anything wrong except for the fact that he is off balanced. We stuck to trot work for awhile and then started adding in small canters. My issue is that his canter is HUGE. I’m used to riding ponies and he’s a 17hh ottb so it’s a big jump for me. When we... show more
    I recently got a horse who is an absolute saint. He doesn’t do anything wrong except for the fact that he is off balanced. We stuck to trot work for awhile and then started adding in small canters. My issue is that his canter is HUGE. I’m used to riding ponies and he’s a 17hh ottb so it’s a big jump for me. When we pick up the canter, i get unseated due to pinching with my knee. I also tend to keep a short rein, both of these things throw me forward and then i go forward, my leg goes back, and i pinch terribly. Then since I’m off balanced he’ll dip to the in because I’m not helping him and Itll get worse. I can sit any other horse and I’ve never come across a horse that jostles me this much. I know it is partly due to fear and tending up, but i just can’t seem to get over the mental block. Does anyone have any exercises to help me relax and stop just hanging on for dear life? I try to do minimal canter work in hopes that we can both gain some more muscle in the mean time, but i would like to start progressing at all gaits
    8 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • Side sadle?

    why did women ride on the sadle sideways, was it because they couldn't "ride the horse"?
    why did women ride on the sadle sideways, was it because they couldn't "ride the horse"?
    9 answers · 3 weeks ago
  • Spitting when you see a white horse?

    heard this was good luck.... how?! and white specifically a white horse?
    heard this was good luck.... how?! and white specifically a white horse?
    6 answers · 3 weeks ago
  • Putting horse on supplements?

    I have a TB mare, not a picky eater, but underweight. I’ve only had her for about a month but she has had a VERY minor colic incident that was resolved with little vet help and she’s all good now. I’ve started her on cocosoya oil and she’s responding well to that. Now there are 1-4 other supplements I’ve been... show more
    I have a TB mare, not a picky eater, but underweight. I’ve only had her for about a month but she has had a VERY minor colic incident that was resolved with little vet help and she’s all good now. I’ve started her on cocosoya oil and she’s responding well to that. Now there are 1-4 other supplements I’ve been thinking of giving her. There is one weight gain, one digestion, one mineral, and one hoof supplement. I’ll likely only end up getting the digestion and hoof, because i want to see how much she’ll put on with her existing feed routine before i start adding to it. My question really is how should i go about feeding it? I would be getting them from smartpak so I’d have the doses laid out for me, but am i safe to just add both at once one morning or is that too big of a change for her in one day? Should i only add one at a time? I really don’t want to upset her stomach as i am trying to rehab her somewhat (she wasn’t in too great of a situation) and she has been known to have slight issues with colic.
    6 answers · 3 weeks ago
  • Does my horse need overreach boots and advice for jumping a green horse?

    Best answer: If she's an OTTB she was/is a fully trained race horse. Get her going good in the bridle (she was trained to it) and riding out, & safely doing grids. . .(those take a skilled person to set or its a disaster waiting to happen). Get some real lesson about jumping so you can get her going good from her race... show more
    Best answer: If she's an OTTB she was/is a fully trained race horse. Get her going good in the bridle (she was trained to it) and riding out, & safely doing grids. . .(those take a skilled person to set or its a disaster waiting to happen). Get some real lesson about jumping so you can get her going good from her race track training to doing fences.
    doing it correctly the first time saves on accidents and ruined potential with green retrains. Also saves on time which you abhor to waste.
    Get three solid gaits on a loose rein, even better three solid speeds of each gait on a loose rein. then you are ready to think about fences.
    try the handbook of riding and jumping by the German equestrian federation
    4 answers · 3 weeks ago
  • Horse acting sluggish?

    My horse has been acting tired and sluggish for the past 3 days. The only other thing that she s doing that is unusual is taking a bite of treats/apple once and then not being interested. This makes me think it s a tooth issue, but why would this cause her to be SO slow? She keeps wanting to stop and not follow me... show more
    My horse has been acting tired and sluggish for the past 3 days. The only other thing that she s doing that is unusual is taking a bite of treats/apple once and then not being interested. This makes me think it s a tooth issue, but why would this cause her to be SO slow? She keeps wanting to stop and not follow me when I m leading her, and she doesn t want to trot or anything. This isn t normal for her. Normally I m always trying to calm her down/slow her down. She has no other symptoms but I haven t taken her temp yet. She seems totally fine otherwise, not limping, she s eating lots of grass, eating her grain, etc.
    4 answers · 3 weeks ago
  • Tips on a better seat and cantering in riding?

    I've been riding for a while and lean too far forward in a walk and trot. Last lesson my trainer put me in a canter for the first time, he was confident that I was ready. Any tips on how to get a better seat, and to lean back when cantering?
    I've been riding for a while and lean too far forward in a walk and trot. Last lesson my trainer put me in a canter for the first time, he was confident that I was ready. Any tips on how to get a better seat, and to lean back when cantering?
    4 answers · 3 weeks ago