Horse Girl Problems

I’m considering going with my mom to run errands just so I can go to the Starbucks nearby afterwards 

this is a whole new low…is this what addiction looks like?

   01 Sep 14   
For the anon with the stocked up horse -- You could also try asking the barn staff to turn him out for as long as possible so he has a chance to walk around on his own. It's all about circulation, so movement helps a lot. My barn has a mare that gets stocked up, so we keep her in the indoor arena overnight and it really makes a difference.

Agreed! ^^

   01 Sep 14   
So my horse has stocking up in his back legs, I think it's windpuffs but I'm not for sure. I'm just a leaser so I can't call the vet, and the owner is super cheap and won't plot the price or anything. HELP!

Cold hose his legs to minimize any swelling and then try hand walking him for a while to get the blood circulating. If the swelling doesn’t go down you should wrap his legs, and it should go away relatively quickly (he should be fine or at least better by tomorrow). 

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   i love birthdays   

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In need of more submissions! 

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Hi! I totally would, except that I can’t really draw haha. But I’m sure some of my followers are good artists, so I’ll put it out here for them to contact you! :)
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Hi! I totally would, except that I can’t really draw haha. But I’m sure some of my followers are good artists, so I’ll put it out here for them to contact you! :)

Followers, can any of you help this girl out?

  5 notes31 Aug 14   
Hey there, I'm someone who has been looking for a half-leasing horse for awhile, but I always notice the owner pretty much charges so high (for exercising the horse once a week) that I'm basically paying their stable rent. Do you think this is fair in anyway?? Because I feel like they're just using me as an excuse to have a way out for paying for their own living being??

Haha, welcome to the horse world, you pretty much summed up a lot of trainers/barn owners with that last sentence. Some trainers are pretty selfish like that, and what’s almost worse is that they’re so transparent about it, so you’re just left with this kind of “wtf…” feeling. In your case, I doubt the owner is doing it maliciously though. It’s hard for me to speak to the “fairness” of it all without actually comparing numbers along with quality, but if I’m understanding correctly that the price you’re paying to ride once a week is so high that you’re nearly paying the board, that seems pretty outrageous to me. A lease fee for a horse that’s on-farm and isn’t super fancy/high level is almost always less than the price of board, and a half lease should cost less still. 

  4 notes31 Aug 14   
polo wraps actually offer so little support that its not substantial enough to mention. they basically just keep the legs clean and protect from scrapes, thats it. most people don't know that.

*Shrugs* You’re correct. I did say they offer pretty minimal support, but I wanted to mention it because I was just giving a general overview. 

  5 notes31 Aug 14   
Could you possibly explain the difference between polos, open front boots, brushing boots, ect.. and when to use them and which you prefer?

Sure, let me see what I can remember! 

Bell boots/overreach boots: used to help prevent horses from clipping the back of his fetlock with his hind legs, typically only worn by horses with a pronounced overreaching problem. 

Splint boots: They (obviously) cover the horse’s splint area, protecting the horse’s legs from brushing together/clipping their legs, or are worn in turn out to prevent scrapes. Ankle boots are basically the hind leg version of splint boots. I like using them, they’re easy to put on and good for general protection. 

Polo wraps: They give the horse’s legs some protection and minimal support, I use these frequently as well, for flatwork/easy jumping. 

Open front boots: they protect the tendons while leaving the front of the forelegs exposed, to protect the soft tissue of the horse’s leg while still allowing a horse to feel a knocked rail or something of the like. They’re best for big jumping classes or other high-impact work, they offer the most support.

Sports Medicine Boots: SMBs are typically heavier and offer serious protection pretty much all the way around the horse’s lower leg. I don’t really like to use them often just because they’re so bulky and usually that level of protection isn’t needed.

  15 notes31 Aug 14   
to the person who has the tb gelding: im currently working with my five year old aqha mare on her neck reining as well! what you do is you take a pair of braided trail reins or barrel reins (any reins that arent split) and cross them over before putting them over the horses head. this way, when you put the right rein against the horses neck, he feels the pressure on his left. this will teach him that when you lay the right rein on his neck, hes to turn left, and vice versa! hope this helps!


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I am working with a new 5 year old TB gelding who has been trained in English style, but we would like him to be Western. He has been broken under the new saddle type but I can't seem to get him used to neck reining. I'm sure I'm just not doing it right... do you have any tips?

Hm, western followers, any tips on teaching a horse to neck rein?

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