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  • Re: EPM

    Call your vet, he/she would know.
    Posted to EQUUS (Forum) by 48northfarm on 02-21-2012
  • Re: Lame Horse

    Even if you don't know when you'll see the vet, get on the phone tomorrow morning and TALK to the vet with your questions. We're not vets, nor do we know your horse. I do not advise Bute-ing a horse without a vet's go-ahead. Don't let a receptionist at the vet clinic tell you your horse will be fine until the vet gets to you. For that matter, tell the vet clinic that you need to know when the vet can get to you, and if it's not soon enough, ask for a referral to someone else
    Posted to Horse Care (Forum) by 48northfarm on 02-19-2012
  • Re: I have a question

    You don't need a lesson from an instructor or trainer for that, it's easy enough to do yourself. Just start by using both reins to turn, the inside rein giving rein pressure directly--what the horse knows already--and the outside rein giving rein pressure indirectly, a neck rein, at the same time. Lessen the direct rein as you strengthen the indirect rein until you're using the indirect rein--the neck rein--all the time. There you go, your horse neck reins.
    Posted to Horse & Rider (Forum) by 48northfarm on 02-17-2012
  • Re: I lost my confidence!

    I'm sure there are plenty of books about regaining your riding confidence, so just Google that to find some. One thing that occurred to me was to have an instructor longe you on your bombproof horse, at all 3 gaits. When you canter on the longe, YOU will not be the one directing the horse's movement, which will give you the chance to do what ever you need to feel that the canter is not dangerous. You can hang on to the saddle horn or pommel as the horse canters without having to worry about
    Posted to General Discussion (Forum) by 48northfarm on 02-17-2012
  • Re: Al working on long lines

    Way to go Al! It sounds like he's "getting it". Good job.
    Posted to Off The Wall (Forum) by 48northfarm on 02-17-2012
  • Re: Picking a name for a new horse who is a young cute gelding

    Are you just looking for a name to match Snickers, or a name that plays on his color, buckskin? If both, how about Caramel Corn, or Caramel Taffy, or Caramel, orToffee?
    Posted to General Discussion (Forum) by 48northfarm on 02-16-2012
  • Re: Don't Know Why I Looked....

    I was almost hooked by a TB rescue, too, like you. This one was with CANTER, but fortunately I had no room for her. That's why I built only a 4-stall barn: I didn't have room for any more horses than I could exercise daily. Three was all I thought I could work per day. Donkeys take up the 4th stall.
    Posted to General Discussion (Forum) by 48northfarm on 02-14-2012
  • Re: my rescue horse

    [quote user="spragueme"] Could be that he is so well trained, that if you are not using your legs and seat to steer and just pulling on a rein, he is gonna go where your legs are telling him to and just trying to flex his head around, trying to figure out what you are truely asking of him. [/quote] Unlikely. In order to learn turning off the legs he needed to learn turning off the reins, first.
    Posted to Western (Forum) by 48northfarm on 02-13-2012
  • Re: Haflinger supple or not?

    I agree with BHK, completely. Every horse can work well in a simple snaffle. If they don't, it's just a matter of more training, like BHK said. Once you've put in the needed time and effort to make her soft in a snaffle, you'll wonder why you ever used anything else. Your mare will be happier, too, I can guarantee it.
    Posted to English (Forum) by 48northfarm on 02-13-2012
  • Re: Exercise Book for Riders

    Get a copy of RIDER FITNESS: BODY AND BRAIN by Eckart Meyners. The book includes exercises for on-the-ground and under-saddle. The subtitle on the book says: 180 Anytime, Anywhere Exercises Including a complete warm-up and cool-down plan. It's printed by Trafalgar Square, and I got mine from Amazon.
    Posted to General Discussion (Forum) by 48northfarm on 02-10-2012
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