• Pinto and paint horses?

    I've heard pinto and paint being used as terms for colors and breeds. Which one is it? And what's the difference between the two?
    I've heard pinto and paint being used as terms for colors and breeds. Which one is it? And what's the difference between the two?
    11 answers · 2 days ago
  • Feeling so bad about my riding :(?

    Does anyone else feel like they should just quit horses. I feel like I’m just an idiot who can’t ride at all. My position is so bad and I feel sorry for my horse. I got a green mare because we don’t have much money and she was cheap. I trained other ponies before and have done a lot of riding and I got a lot of... show more
    Does anyone else feel like they should just quit horses. I feel like I’m just an idiot who can’t ride at all. My position is so bad and I feel sorry for my horse. I got a green mare because we don’t have much money and she was cheap. I trained other ponies before and have done a lot of riding and I got a lot of praise for my riding and the bond between me and my horse (trained her myself) but now I feel like I can’t even train her at all and I’m just a stupid rider who is hurting her and that she hates me. For example today I was taking her over jumps and we just kept crashing into it or hitting the poles and I couldn’t slow her down and I know it’s my fault and I was so heavy handed. it kinda made me want to never ride again. She would be better off with someone else. Everyone else is so far ahead of me and I feel like if I want horses to go anywhere I should be showing and riding properly by now but I can’t. I am getting lessons soon but I just feel like I need someone to cheer me up and tell me they feel the same.
    6 answers · 2 days ago
  • How do I stop my hands from moving everywhere when I ride?

    Best answer: Concentrate. Look ahead of where you are going. Watch videos of how other horse riders sit in the saddle while riding. Learn their stance. It is all how you keep your body position in the saddle as you ride that will determine your overall balance. In time you will learn your balance is more like a dance and you... show more
    Best answer: Concentrate. Look ahead of where you are going. Watch videos of how other horse riders sit in the saddle while riding. Learn their stance. It is all how you keep your body position in the saddle as you ride that will determine your overall balance. In time you will learn your balance is more like a dance and you will begin to ride more confidently.

    (Bronco riders like flinging their hands around)! :-)

    You'll get it. It takes practice and confidence!
    6 answers · 2 days ago
  • What style of riding do you do?

    I do eventing and I recently started competing at prelim level. What do you do
    I do eventing and I recently started competing at prelim level. What do you do
    11 answers · 5 days ago
  • What can I do about my aggressive horse with a soft mouth who hates her bit?

    What can I do about my aggressive horse with a soft mouth who hates her bit?

    She is in a French link and she thrashes her head every time I ask her to slow down. She came with her French link bit and every time I put it in she lowers her head and tries to play with it to get it out. She genuinely doesn't like it. She is such a forward horse and rushes at the jumps really fast and gets... show more
    She is in a French link and she thrashes her head every time I ask her to slow down. She came with her French link bit and every time I put it in she lowers her head and tries to play with it to get it out. She genuinely doesn't like it. She is such a forward horse and rushes at the jumps really fast and gets quickly angry when I try to slow her down. She really depends on body language but there is only so much I can use. She is 18 years old and has done jumpers, hunters, western, steeple chasing, cross country, etc. She is such a sweet mare and doesn't act mareish at all. She's an ex racing horse but has been off the track for ages. She just hates her French link but if I go to a comfort snaffle bit she is way too strong especially when jumping bigger jumps. I use a beast plate when doing bigger jumps, and use a martingale and recently switched to a running martingale because I was worries she was gonna hurt her neck by flinging it because of her bit.
    9 answers · 6 days ago
  • What could be wrong with my horse?

    We moved to a new yard 4 days ago and she’s not her self at all she has been stalled due to bad weather she seems stiff and not wanting to move there isn’t any visible injuries could this be because of a new place or because she’s stalled or should I call the vet, what could this be
    We moved to a new yard 4 days ago and she’s not her self at all she has been stalled due to bad weather she seems stiff and not wanting to move there isn’t any visible injuries could this be because of a new place or because she’s stalled or should I call the vet, what could this be
    4 answers · 4 days ago
  • 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 :)
    10 answers · 1 week ago
  • Does my horse really need a blanket?

    Best answer: No, you horse does not need a blanket. She's better off without it. Wind chill is measured against bare skin. She doesn't have bare skin; she has thick fur. Wind has some effect on fur, but not nearly as much as the wind chill numbers would seem to show. She's quite capable of adjusting to her... show more
    Best answer: No, you horse does not need a blanket. She's better off without it.

    Wind chill is measured against bare skin. She doesn't have bare skin; she has thick fur. Wind has some effect on fur, but not nearly as much as the wind chill numbers would seem to show.

    She's quite capable of adjusting to her environment. If it's windy, she'll turn her but to the wind to present less surface area to it, drop her head into the shelter of her body, and let her tail protect her lightly furred nether regions.

    If it's cold, she'll fluff up her fur to trap more air against her body, making a thick puffy coat like a ski jacket. If it's warmer, she'll flatten it out, releasing that air, and making it like a lightweight jacket.

    If you put a blanket on her, you'll flatten out her own protective coat and may even make her colder.

    Worse still, if she gets too warm, she can't do anything about it. Her coat can flatten all it wants, but the blanket is still on her, making her hot. She sweats. Normally, evaporation would then cool her skin, but the sweat can't evaporate because of the blanket, so it produces a sauna - perfect for the growth of fungi, bacteria, mites, and other such skin issues.

    She's much better off left with her own protective coat unfettered, as long as she's healthy and a good weight.

    My horses are out 24/7 with a run in. They prefer to stand outside, in the wind, in the snow, and in the cold. I live in an area where the temperature routinely gets to -20F, and is windy and in a snow belt to boot. In over 50 years owning horses, I've never had an issue.


    Good Luck.
    4 answers · 6 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?
    8 answers · 1 week ago
  • Glucosamine to health horses?

    I decided to put my horse on glucosamine a few months ago and he has been taking it daily. He doesn't have any arthritis or joint pain he is simply on it to promote joint movement and to just all around make him feel good. Recently I over heard someone saying their horse has arthritis and is on glucosamine.... show more
    I decided to put my horse on glucosamine a few months ago and he has been taking it daily. He doesn't have any arthritis or joint pain he is simply on it to promote joint movement and to just all around make him feel good. Recently I over heard someone saying their horse has arthritis and is on glucosamine. The lady she was talking to asked her if he was on it everyday and she said no. Now I'm question why? Is it bad to have a horse on glucosamine everyday if they have no arthritis or any past joint issues? He's on glucosamine with MSM and he also takes a multi vitamin (just for healthier coat and also I was told horses can't take glucosamine without vitamin E)
    5 answers · 1 week 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?
    5 answers · 1 week 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 · 2 weeks 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 · 2 weeks 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 · 2 weeks 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 · 2 weeks 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 · 2 weeks 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 · 2 weeks 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 · 2 weeks 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