A few horse question...?
I have a few horse questions.
1. My horse usually keep her head down, but lately she has been putting it up. If I walk in a circle she puts it down. I try half halts and stuff but she of late puts her head higher when I do that. What do I do?
2. My horse also has only just started to pull when I loosen the reins. I know that I don't have them too tight and I'm not yanking. Do you know why she does this and is in attendance anyway to stop her from doing it? I have tried a martingale but it doesn't help much.
3. When looking for a bright bridle, what factors do you consider other than size. I ride English and I just hold a nose band, no flash. It also needs to be black or impressively dark brown.
4. Same as above except with martingales.
5. What hoof moisturizer do you recommended?
6. Bug spray?
7. My when I put the saddle on my horse, she moves. It is one and only when I put on the saddle. When I put on the bareback pad she doesn't do it and same with a blanket. To be more exact she moves away from it. I don't want her to hurt herself, but zilch I try works. I try putting the saddle pad on first and then the saddle and putting them both on at the same time. She does this on the cross ties and a short time ago hitched up. The saddle fits her and she is fine when I put pressure on her back. WHAT DO I DO? WHY DOES SHE DO THIS?
Ya...those are my questions. May be more later. No impolite comments please!
2. Some horses find out they can rest their head on the reins, and others find out they can verbs the reins out of handlers hands to get more freedom. When she stretches down, any pop her or smack her on the shoulder with a crop. Not hard, just ample so it gets her attention to bring her head even.
3. Mainly the quality of the leather and color. I close to Stubben leather, and it lasts a long time.
4. Same as above
5. I like Hooflex products
6. I don't know but it's in a shade blue bottle lol
7. Make her stand still. She doesn't need to move, and as long as the saddle fits right and she doesn't have any back (or associated) problems, after she shouldn't be moving. Have someone else hold her still while you saddle her if needed.
2. A martingale is not going to help you here. It's pretty much alike reason as above, she doesn't really know what you want. If you go from contact, to no contact, to contact again and back to none she is going to acquire confused. This is probably her just getting impatient and wanting to take the bit so you can't confuse her anymore. It's not really your "fault", you a moment ago need a little consistency is all.
3. I consider the durability of the bridle, the brand and the usefulness. Sometimes it is worth it to pay more for a more well known and popular brand, because it will be far more worth it surrounded by the long run.
4. Same. Brand, durability, quality of leather and so on. Also there are different kinds of martingales depending on what you want one for. Ask your local tack shop or barn regulator what kind would be effective for you.
5. I love Hooflex =D
6. Bronco =D
7. Two things. She thinks she is boss, and she doesn't want a big saddle strapped to her because who would? I suggest think about it, it's probably got to be somewhat uncomfortable to have your girth tightened and such, so when she sees the saddle, she relates it to that. She probably simply wants to be a lazy pony and not go to work =D
7. If there is zilch physically wrong with your horse and nothing on the saddle causes discomfort, then it is probably a bad habit she have learned from (insert any number of different causes/reasons here). If she wants to move when when you put the saddle on, then nick the saddle off and put it on again, take the saddle off and put it on again, hold the saddle off and put it on again, take the saddle off and-well, you should go and get the picture. Keep throwing that saddle on her (not literally 'throwing' though) until she becomes so used to it and bored of it that she will stand calmly. Make sure you don't stop until she doesn't flinch or move absent when the saddle is coming toward her back; once she stands still, then quit and praise her. It might even be a apposite idea to then remove the saddle and either do some ground work in need it or just call it quits for that day. That road she isn't associating the saddle with working so much and it will be sort of like a reward for her standing still. The next hours of daylight if she starts moving her feet again when being saddle, repeat the process and when she stands still praise her then go almost what you were originally planning on doing with her.
2. Like I said formerly. It could possibly be something hurting in her mouth. Get a vet out to check. She also just might be acting up. Once you get the vet out to check, and whether he/she says there is nothing wrong, next when she does that, lunge her with all her tack on!
3. Well, of course the size matter. But it really all depends on what you like, and what your horse will feel comfortable next to. In the end, it is all up to you. (sorry if that didn't serve much)
4. Well, to tell the truth, I don't know much about martingales. But I guess same as what I said above to. (Sorry again, if this didn't back much)
This is what I use. It works great. I have tried others, and this is the best of all!
6. I'm assuming you mean fly spray. The best compassionate is Bronco fly spray. It isn't oily and keeps the fly off great!
7.Maybe she is only just acting up, or doesn't like the weight of the saddle. She could have a backbone problem. Get a vet out!
Good Luck and I hope this helped!
cut down on her feed
and move your fingers on the riens more to ask her to move it support down
again, highly strung
wants to run and play. do a few quick blasts round your feild, tolerate her have fun
as long as its black and matches ur sadle its fine, and prefered bit
thats your choice tbh
i use an avocado cream it absorbes into her blood and puts off and kill the flys
and erm, talk to her
be assertive, make her know your boss
Regarding her putting her head contained by the air, and doing what sounds like rooting - she's exhibiting some kind of discomfort near the bit, which sounds to me like you're inadvertantly pulling a little too much on her mouth. Have an experienced instructor watch you ride for a few minutes. Try a bitless Dr. Cooks bridle and see whether the behaviour disappears after a few minutes or couple of days. ** Make sure her teeth are in accurate shape!
3. Look for a bridle made in England, Germany, France, or US (if you can find one). These will be made with the best quality leather.
4. A running martingale, whether yu want. I don't usually use one.
5. Any of the hoof oils is ok, apply at the coronet. Hooflex is what I used to use.
6. Bug spray only last about 10 minutes, but the best commercial one, I think, is Triteck.
7. I think she's anticipating the girth pinching and/or an self-conscious saddle. Just ignore it and be careful to tighten the girth very at a snail`s pace, one hole at a time and walk her in between. You can't discipline her for this type of demeanour or it will get worse - she's not misbehaving, she's worried about what she thinks is going to take place. If you're consistent in being patient, the practice may disappear (if the tack fits properly), or it may remain to a lesser degree. A previous owner may enjoy girthed her up to tightly too quickly or she may have had a ill-fitting saddle. The reality that she doesn't dance around when you put the bareback pad on is indicative of all of this. I've certain many horses with just such way of life.
When looking for a new bridle i look for one not very expensive, but looks expensive. I love when bridles enjoy fancy stitch. Same with the martingale.
I use Absorbine All-Natural Dressing for my horse's hooves. For bug spray I usually use Absorbine Bug Block or Duragard. Or whatever's on sale.
You might want your trainer to pilfer another look at your saddle while it sits on your horses back, without any saddlepad. Ask them to see if your saddle fits correctly again. That may be the motive of your horse twitching. Also your horse may just have a habit, she lately might not want to go to work. There are many, many reason for your horse's behavior