I think I found a horse that I want to buy, but it's the first horse that I've tried. Someone else is looking at him today. How do I know for sure that he is the one?
You just know. It’s hard to explain. The first horse I went to see is now my heart horse. He wouldn’t let his old owner catch him when I showed up to look at him but he let me catch him. After that I just knew. I went out to see him two more times before I bought him. But I just knew he was the one.
Is 16hh to much height for a 12yr old confident competent 5"6 rider? (Me). Apparently I look small on a horse that size but Surely it doesnt matter as long as it's not to strong?
I’d say it’s fine. I’m 5’4 at 15 and own a 16.3hh thoroughbred. As long as you can control the horse I’d say it’s ok
I have a problem with one of my horses. When he is cantering he puts all of his weight in my hands. What can I do to solve this problem?
Make contact lighter when he does this thus not really giving him the option to put his weight in your hands. Also when canter do a circle but spiral inwards to make it progressively smaller this will get his hind end engaged and get him off the forehand and thus off your hands. That’s what I did with my horse and it worked wonders but it is hard for them at first so don’t work it more than 5 minutes at a time the first few rides then gradually increase how long you work the drill. After a while he won’t need the circle. But when he does engage his hind end make the circle bigger so he get the reward for the right thing. Half halts are your friend in this drill along with leg aids and bending. I recommend doing this at a trot first to give you and your horse an idea of what your doing. I hope this makes sense, it is kinda confusing and hope this helps🙂🙂
Is a metal D ring bit one step up from a happy mouth bit?
Depends on the mouth piece. I use a Myler level 1 D ring on my horse and he goes absolutely amazing in it. He is light and supple and is the only bit I have found so far that he doesn’t fight contact. It has a three part mouth piece and each piece moves individually thus no nutcracker or pinching motions. Also has copper inlay for salivation.
Whats everyones views on spurs?
I’m not totally against them when they are on the right heels. When used as a training aid only they can be useful but when used to inflict pain are just wrong. I am getting spurs for my horse to get him more supple to my leg aids sideways and that is it.