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Any tips for riding bareback
Use a grab strap to avoid pulling on your reins if you lose your balance. Remember to relax as it's easy to tense up when you don't feel balanced. And practice! Even taking your saddle off and walking around bareback to cool off after a session is useful practice for you.
Hi just wondering tips on getting a really glossy tail? Any good products? I always wash a tail before a show but still can't seem to get that really glossy shine
Put some baby oil on a cloth and wipe into the tail - start with just a little and add it slowly as if you use too much it can make the tail look greasy but it works really well if you get it right. Can also use it on mane/forelock, face and legs for a little extra shine.
Any suggestions for A Saddle for a horse with a VERY WIDE back and wither? We are having spot of trouble trying to find a Saddle that fits... thanks ☺
I had great success in a similar situation with a flexigullet saddle, but honestly if I'd had the option I also would have preferred a changeable gullet.
I have a horse that reaches down to eat grass when I groom him, ride him, and lead him. Anything that could help?
He needs to learn to focus on you, not his food 😉 I agree with Martha, persistence is really important. Set boundaries and stick to them. For example my horses are not allowed to eat if they're haltered/bridled. I did also teach them a verbal cue for "you can eat now" and "stop eating" as I need them to eat when tied up/yarded at shows.
I have been walk trot cantering my mare she's 21 years old. She has been fine for the past 3 years. New vet said no walk trot of canter what should I do ?
I agree with everyone else - unless the vet mentioned some health issue, age alone isn't a good reason to stop riding a horse
How often should I exercise my 16-years-old horse who is just used for leisure?
It depends on the horse. I've seen horses that look old at 12, and horses that look young at 20. Age is just a number 😉 Have a chat to your instructor/mentor about it, you need to consider her fitness, health and of course your own plans for her
My horse is really scared of whips, what should i do?
Desensitise him 😊 There are a few ways to do this but the most common one is pressure and release. Standing with your horse on a loose lead, pick up the whip. If he reacts, hold the whip in the same place until he stops moving and then immediately put it down, give him a few seconds to think, and then repeat. Do it in small sessions so you don't overwhelm him, and you can work up to touching him/waving the whip. Just remember to go at your horses pace ☺️