hoping that my mom doesnt take the horse im training away.. i have a lil problem.... i can bridle him just fine and he likes the snaffle im using but when i get on him and aske him to go, he will walk a few steps and start throwing his head up and down or side to side. i wont even have two fingers on the reins, so i know i am not pulling on the bit causing this. just to rule it out i had my mom clip a lead to the halter and i let go of the reins and asked him to walk, again a few steps then he… Continue
Added by Meghan Rainey on September 7, 2010 at 8:41pm —
A year or two ago I wrote this blog numbering the nights I spent in a hotel serving horse owners. It is not the end of August, 2010 yet and I have already exceeded this number. I am guessing that I will visit a Marriott hotel about 150 times this year.
September 11, 2001 - New London, CT - A beautiful… Continue
Added by Geoff Tucker, DVM on August 23, 2010 at 6:31pm —
This week Debbie was gone to some big show, so I had to ride by myself Wednesday. Waking up vaguely nauseous I got to the barn, groomed and tacked Mia, and with my husband's help got to the arena. Remembering my thoughts about last week's ride, we started off at a gentle walk, with SOFT contact, following every move of Mia's head. Mia rewarded me with a good walk, moving right on out with minimal use of my legs. Then two flocks of ducks started sparing in the adjacent pond,… Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on August 8, 2010 at 11:26am —
Hi JulieI have been riding for eight months at a stable and am taking classes once-twice a week as well as clinics. I bought a horse from the stables I go to; he is a twelve year old Arab and a very forgiving horse but in the last two months he has started to pull on the bit. I am finding this very, very frustrating. My teacher is a very good trainer as well as a teacher. Just this… Continue
Added by Julie Goodnight on July 30, 2010 at 10:00am —
Does Your Horse’s Bit Fit Properly?
How do you know when a bit is properly sitting in the horse’s mouth? We have always heard that you look at the "wrinkles". However, this can be confusing to us.
This is a confusing issue to lots of people and one that almost always comes up in my clinics. It’s an old-fashioned concept to say that the bit fits correctly when you see one or two wrinkles in the horse’s lips.… Continue
Added by Julie Goodnight on July 16, 2010 at 9:51am —
Some interesting cases this past week all involving old horses having difficulty chewing hay and grain and loosing weight. They… Continue
Added by Geoff Tucker, DVM on June 14, 2010 at 7:40pm —
Today I spent a few hours with a real dentist. Wow! Actually, I was in the easy seat while my wife sat in the hot seat. My wife is the sweetest gal in the world …… until she goes to the dentist.
We had been assured that this guy was good with patients like my wife. And I must admit, he was great! While he examined her, I watched and learned.
As you know, I still live in the dark ages as far as equine dentistry goes. The new dentists drug every horse, jack the mouth open with… Continue
Added by Geoff Tucker, DVM on May 26, 2010 at 7:30pm —
Have you noticed that some horses are wimps with a low or nonexistent threshold for pain while others seem to tolerate all sorts of pain. This seems to be reasonable because if I placed a pebble in your shoe and an identical pebble in your friend's shoe then sent you both running, one of you would stop and cry while the other would continue to run.… Continue
Added by Geoff Tucker, DVM on May 19, 2010 at 5:54pm —
Horse's teeth erupt throughout their lives with constant wear occurring from teeth grinding against opposing teeth and continual stropping by the tongue. This wear is uneven and creates razor sharp edges that cause discomfort as those edges ulcerate the cheek and their tongue.
So if eruption and wear is continuous throughout the life of the horse and the result is pain within the mouth, AND the removal of the sharp points (floating) is easily done, WHY DO SO MANY HORSE OWNERS AVOID… Continue
Added by Geoff Tucker, DVM on May 12, 2010 at 5:24pm —
Talk about falling off the wagon! Last week, the train derailed! Robin and I skipped our very first ride together on Monday – it was cold, and windy and raining early in the day, so we opted to miss this one time. I was also sick on Easter – woke up with a headache and nausea – it may have been my first experience with a migraine – so I was very worn out on Monday. Well, Tuesday, I… Continue
Added by Monica Whitmer on April 12, 2010 at 11:25am —
We had another "Don't Panic" moment last week. We arrived at the barn to find our barn owner watching The Squirt. Our poor boy was having trouble eating. He would try to eat but each mouthful of his dinner dribbled from his mouth. He also was drooling a lot. Since he wasn't swallowing anything we were worried that he had a case of choke. We called the vet and put him in a stall while we waited for the vet to arrive. The Squirt didn't seem to be very distressed, but I certainly was! I did feel a… Continue
Added by Ferrous on March 13, 2010 at 7:00pm —
Pic.above: Thanks to uncooperative nature of my Mobile's camera I have actually managed to take this rather interesting photograph. It was taken on my today's hack. Poor woodlands, soaked.
Work has returned to 80% of normal but there are some worrying forecasts about the snow returning again in February. I've… Continue
Added by Wiola Grabowska on January 26, 2010 at 3:30pm —