I have a 2 horse (straight load) trailer and I'm transporting 1 horse long distance. Should I remove the center divider so she can have more room or keep it in?
I would keep the divider in. It helps to keep them steady and therefore the trailer and car steady. Also, if the division is not there your horse might feel the need to turn around, which isn't good or safe
NEED FOAL NAMES!!! Every animal in my family has a fire-related name and I would like to carry on the tradition. Comment any fire-related name in any language pls.
A nice formal name is Reigns of Fire, Fire for short. Flame, Feu (fire in French), Feur Frei (german for Fire Free)
My horse's legs are swollen in the morning. I was told it was because he had been standing during the night. Are there any preventions? Will bandaging help?
How old is your horse ? My 15 year old has been doing the same since we got him at 12. Vet said it is just from standing in the stable through the night, imagine how you would feel if you stood in the same space for almost 8 hours. We tried living out and that helped a lot, even if you could just perhaps add a little night paddock to his stable that he can wander out to. Just always walk him for about 10min before starting work if he has been standing for a while before. It's just the lymph fluid that doesn't get circulated because they are not moving and then because of gravity falls down and collects in the lower legs.
I ride a horse that when you transition into Canter he tends to get as close to the wall as he can, nearly taking my foot out. Any tips on how to get him away from the wall? Thanks
Usually when horses tend to keep close to the side or the arena when cantering or even trotting for that matter they are struggling to balance themselves and try use the wall as support, especially if the rider's balance isn't good either. Some exercises to fix that is lunging over cavalettis, teaching the horse self carriage, riding out a lot in bigger areas where there isn't somewhere he can lean for support. After a few weeks go back into the arena and see if he has improved. For your own balance, pilates and yoga is fabulous.
Returning to riding after a long break...not getting the shoulder hip and spine alignment I want (feet slightly forward). How can I work on it?
Riding without stirrups, lots of light seat. My instructor also makes me take only one foot out the stirrup and then trot a few circles and serpentines and then switch feet, do this on both reins so each foot has a chance to be inside and outside. Off the horse you can also do lots of core and leg exercises - Pilates and Yoga is great for riders