How do I ask my tennessee walker to canter and can all tennessee walkers canter?
Yes they can :) there is a really cool standardbred called “bionic woman” who was a fantastic grand pre jumper. She just had a few quirks. I watched a Tennessee walker that was probably 15.2hh clean up a high jumpers class with style last year. There is generally just a thought that they would not be good at it. One of the old stigmas in the horse world that still hangs around.
Friesian/Gypsy Vanner/ long-haired breeds people: How do you keep forelocks thick and long for competition?
I would try adding flax oil or sho-glo or some other coat enhancing supplement to his diet. He might be missing some nutrients so his hair is falling out.
How can I make myself more aware of my equitation when I'm going over a jump? My brain just freezes sometimes and I don't know what I'm doing over the jump
Only try this on a low jump and with an adult/other person present but once your horse is set up and centered for the line close your eyes over the jump. It forces your brain to think about your movements to balance and move with the horse. I usually have my students close their eyes two strides before the jump when trying this exercise
I hear so many different opinions, should we grip with our knees while riding or not?
Nope, if you grip with your knees your heels come up and you go into a chair seat. This makes for imbalanced riding which most horses except for the trusty lesson ponies/horses uncomfortable and unsure of themselves which can either mean they slow down and are waiting for a proper aid or speed up and act nervous/frustrated because the aid is not correct and clear.
My horse is coon footed, what is everyone’s take on jumping her?
I would not, you already have strain in placed there should not be strain which means a better percentage for injury in any sport you would want to ride her in. Plus the fetlock would be scraping the ground on take off/landing which would mean putting skid boots on both front and hind for protection from that but you would still have the damage of concussive force
What breed would you say is best for hunters (considering the looks and jumping ability)?
Any breed of horse so long as they are calm and relaxed in the hunter ring and listening to your aids as well as the right size for you. Warmbloods are trendy...and for a reason they are big pretty and usually have a relaxed brain but just because they are the norm in the Hunter ring does not make them the best. I have seen a standardbred and Tennessee walker do great in a hunter ring too so do not let “gaited” turn you off from a nice horse. If they can walk trot and canter and take jumps with a calm and focused mind then they are great for a hunter show!
Should I wrap my horses legs?🐎🐴
I would only use them if they are required for shows or you need them for support on the legs if you are doing a harder workout than normal. If your horse wears them all the time then it can potentially weaken the tendons and ligaments as they become dependent on the support from the wrap.