How do you know it is the right choice to move barns or switch trainers ?
I use to show Americans Saddlebreds and rode with 1 farm for 13 years on and off. Then I was offered a position working at another farm so I decided it was the right choice if I wanted to further my career. Recently I lost my amateur card and decided I didn’t want to be a professional in the Saddlebred world so I ended up leaving to go work at a sport horse farm closer to my house. I now am schooling dressage with my thoroughbred who LOVES it. Everything is different when you first leave but normally it is the right choice for you and your horse
My horse isn't head shy but she doesn't like it when I touch her ears or anywhere close to that part of her head. How can I fix this and let her feel like she can trust me?
What I had to do with my horse was to just rest my hands near his head and slowly move my hands closer very slowly. I would also treat bribe him lol
How do I get my horse to soften in the contact. And keep my connection without holding the reins tight?
Every horse is different, what worked best for my horse was using Vienna (lunging) reins before every ride. I would lounge him at all 3 gates having him make the circles smaller and bigger slowly. It will help strengthen your Horses hind end while helping round there back upwards and flexing into there pole while learning how to accept the bit.
Do people find that magnets / ceramic fibre / infared therapy products make any real difference imparted to just using an extra rug or stable bandages?
I use back on track hock boots for my horse, I love them! They help heat his muscles before we ride, I put them on before I start to groom, about 30 mins. My TB had a very hard time at the canter and once I started using Back on Track it’s made al the difference! I highly recommend them