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Horse Problems: Cinchy Horse

“Cinchy” horses object in one way or another to having the saddle-cinch tightened. It can be as mild as just turning to threaten to bite or as dramatic as throwing their body backward onto their back or bucking on top of you. It can be very dangerous. While reading this assessment and possible solutions, take… Read More Horse Problems: Cinchy Horse

Training Exercises: Changing Sides

Changing Sides The Goal: The horse moves his body so that you can reach one side of him and then adjusts so that you can reach the other side while you stand in one position. A great exercise to soften your horse to moving away from a muzzle pressure. It makes grooming a breeze. It… Read More Training Exercises: Changing Sides

Training Exercises: The Squeeze

Years ago my dog mysteriously got out of my backyard and into the neighbor’s back yard. I asked the neighbor’s 4-year-old boy, my dog’s best friend, if he had any ideas how it happened. He ran on his stubby little legs to the back corner of the yard where the back fence met the side… Read More Training Exercises: The Squeeze

Training Exercises: Teaching the Forward Leg Cue

A Push Button Horse: Beginning Front Leg Cue Start on the ground. “The shortest distance between two points is through the ground.” If you want a push-button horse, you must install the buttons. That is best done from the ground. Well-trained horses uses leg cues, face cues, and seat cues to anticipate what their rider… Read More Training Exercises: Teaching the Forward Leg Cue

Training Exercises: More Desensitizing

How are you going to rob a bank? Now that you are spending more time with your horse up close and personal, it is time for more de-sensitizing. He’s met your training tools. He’s learned to wear a halter, move away from you, move around you, and move his head up, down, and sideways at… Read More Training Exercises: More Desensitizing

Horse Problems: Biting Colt

A Tale of Respect That Conquers All Young horses go through stages of “mouthiness”. They start biting for a couple of reasons: 1. Baby horses, like baby humans, explore the world through taste. Putting their mouths and teeth on things gives them feedback about its composition and personality. 2. Young horses incorporate biting into their… Read More Horse Problems: Biting Colt

How to Clip a Horse

Preparation: Brush, wash, and dry your horse to get any grime or dirt from under the hair. Dirt will dull you blades as well as leave track marks on his body. Use a body sheen product to slick the coat so that the blades will slide through easily and static is minimized. As discussed throughout… Read More How to Clip a Horse

Training Theory: Cold Blood vs Hot Blood Horses

What is the difference between a Cold Blood Horse and a Hot Blood horse? In my experience, horses can be loosely divided into three categories according to their temperaments. Generally speaking, the Coldblood Horses are the draft breeds. This includes such well-known breeds as the Percheron, Belgian, Clydesdale (right), Icelandic and Shires. They were developed… Read More Training Theory: Cold Blood vs Hot Blood Horses

Weaning a Foal

When to wean a foal? We believe that the dam has a huge influence on her baby’s actions and reactions, so we leave our foals with their dams until 6-7 months old. This decision is predicated on the fact that the mare is healthy, has superb temperament, is easily handled, and is relaxed in all… Read More Weaning a Foal

Horse Health: Bowed Tendon

My personal horse, Scrimshaw, recently sustained a leg injury. She is out of shape and overweight. (Take a lesson here). An unexpected romp in the pasture when two ponies breached her fence and created pandemonium caused her to take a misstep. Here is some information about equine bowed tendons gleaned from her veterinarian, many on-line… Read More Horse Health: Bowed Tendon