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A question to stable yard owners. I am 18 and would love to own my own stable yard oneday. How and where did you start? How long did it take you to get where you are?
The best place to start is to be a working student for the most professional and well-managed barn you can find. There are hundreds of tiers of information that you need to learn before running your own place. Find someone who has been through the journey that you are hoping to follow as well, and absorb as much as you can!
My mare recently has become a grump & doesn't like being groomed. She used to love it but in the past 2 weeks she's sensitive & moody. Is she being marish? Should I be concerned?
It could be hundreds of things! Try and see if it is central around one point- her belly, neck, hips, back, etc. I would probably have a vet, masseuse, and/or chiropractor have a look at her, depending on the area.
Tips on buying a horse
Make sure your trainer is very experienced and trustworthy... I've heard loads of horror stories! I think one of the most important traits in a horse is the feeling you get from them; you should feel completely safe around them from the get-go. You should also be sure to find a horse that fits your needs! If you are 5'3" and trail riding you should not need an 18hh Hanoverian ;)
Any tips to get a strong horse on the bit without pulling/seasawing his head down?
In addition to bending and circles, do lots of transitions. If s/he falls into your hand in a transition, redo the transition immediately. You can also knead the bit with your fingers (think about massaging your horse's tongue); this keeps him/her from finding a constant contact to grab on to. Also, please seek an experienced dressage trainer in your area! Even one lesson with the right person can make a huge difference.
My horse has had a cough for a while now and I've tried two different supplements but neither have seemed to work, any tips/ideas? He has no other symptoms of a cold etc.
You should always call the vet– there could be an underlying issue that you wouldn't want to miss! If it's a dry cough, it's probably closer to his lungs and not a cold (maybe try Air Power paste by Finish Line). If it's more of a wet cough, it's probably a sickness of some sort.
If your horse has a swollen reoccurring ligament problem, should he change profession or what
Try wrapping his leg in a standing wrap after hard work, and maybe apply a liniment or poultice (explore proequinegrooms.com). A ligament supplement (check out smartpak.com) could also help him. He should also be checked by a vet!