There’s a big difference between a horse doing as you ask and half doing as you ask. This includes catching an unhandled horse for the first time. It should never take weeks or months to catch an unhandled horse. Sneaking around a frightened horse for… Read More »Catching an Unhandled Horse
Question from a reader: “I’m about to lease a horse, who the owners say is ‘cold-backed’. Apparently he dips or humps his back when first under saddle, sometimes bucks, and is better when you lunge him for a bit before mounting. Is this a physical… Read More »My Horse has a ‘Cold Back’. What Can I Do?
Can you help me with a nappy horse. He is great at home and if I take him out schooling/riding away from home. But at competitions he gets nappy – he will warm-up at the practise fence just fine but when it’s our turn, sometimes… Read More »My Horse Refuses to Go Into The Competition Ring
q: Do you have any opinions on if it’s better to turn horses out in mixed gender or single gender herds, or does it make no difference? I’ve always had geldings, but have been offered a mare, who has only ever lived with other mares.… Read More »Should Mares and Geldings Run Together
My recent visit to the US made me realise how ingrained bad training ideas have become. Unfortunately, so many of these beliefs are accepted far and wide. Ideas like you must become your horse’s leader and you must gain his respect have been marketed for… Read More »Which Halter Should I Use?
When a horse lays his ears back and bites, the handler invariably moves out of the way and yells “No” or “Don’t bite” or something similar. After all, people don’t want to be bitten. Then, a few seconds later, the handler hits at the horse.… Read More »My Horse Bites. What Can I Do?