My Horse Rushes at The Gate

Q: I recently bought an 11-year-old TB gelding with a potentially dangerous habit. This horse is a bit high energy, but he generally behaves well both on the ground and under saddle. The problem comes when I turn him out after riding him. As we approach the gate to his paddock, he rushes up to … Read more

Charley Chews The Fence

Q: My 5 year old pony, Charlie, is starting to pluck the top wire on fences. It is becoming more and more of a habit. He use to just do it when he was waiting for his feed, but now he is doing it to gain attention and even when being groomed. I’m worried about … Read more

What’s This Densensitising All About?

Q: Hello there. I am fairly new to horses, and I’d like to know your trainers’ opinions about the practice I’ve seen of people ‘desensitising’ horses by doing what looks to me like chasing them around a big yard with a plastic bag on a stick. What are they trying to achieve? Dan, via email Good … Read more

I Can’t Touch My Horse’s Ears

Q: “I have a former racehorse who is very unhappy about having his ears touched around the base especially, which makes it quite hard to bridle him. For example, to arrange his forelock and mane around his headpiece, and also to get rid of sweat from the area. Can you please give me some advice … Read more

My Horse Pulls and Shakes Her Head Whenever I Ride

Q: “My horse constantly pulls against me and shakes his head when I ride. How can I fix this?” From Sally *** Hi Sally, There’s no magic fix for head shaking or any other problem. Like all problems, head shaking doesn’t exist in isolation. Your horse’s head-shaking could be caused by any number of things. … Read more