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HorseProblems Tips and Tricks Page
A lot of these are inventions of mine
Tested on thousands of horses over 35
- Don't let your horse drink out of the common horse trough.
- If you mother is a "Mother from Hell" in other words, she is riding
through her child, try to change her behavior as it will cost you
ribbons in the future.
- Most Pony Club instructors' are part time people. If you want to
advance, seek outside Accredited Instructors'
- Don't ever agree to do "Around the World" It is dangerous, negligent
and just plain stupid.
Seek out a top Jumping Competitor for Show Jumping and Cross Country lessons
but a top Dressage Competitor for flat work lessons.
Go to the smaller saw mills or joinery works and you can get it for nothing.
Open topped horse float is the best as you can drive straight under the loading
- Always wear elastic sided, smooth soled riding boots when riding.
- Too big is better than too small.
- Buy boots with a substantial heel to stop your foot sliding through
the stirrup iron and you getting possible dragged and killed.
- Short boots are far safer than long boots. They come off easier if
you get hung up.
Long Reining of the breaker or the
green horse does not put a good mouth on a horse.
Using side reins on breakers, green
horses or horses that are not established in some form of collection, ruins
their mouths. I mean basically any horse beneath Elementary Dressage.
- Never use stirrup irons that are too large
- Stirrup rubbers are dangerous imho
- Kids should have stirrups that their foot can never fall right
through. (There is an Australian invention called "Toe stoppers" that
solves this problem.
BUYING A HORSE FLOAT?
- Tow bar A-Frames that are open are horse killers waiting to happen.
If you own a float like that cover it in with sheet steel, aluminum or
mesh. If you are looking at a new float with the open tow frame, give
that brand a miss and give the designer the hint not to be negligent to
- Don't buy a float with the right angle steel rod that fixes the back
ramp shut. These are highly dangerous.
If you are one of the many people who pay good money for agistment but
don't ride their horse, why shoe it? Save yourself a bundle and do your
horse's hooves a big favor. Leave the shoes off.
BUILDING AN ARENA OR ROUND YARD?
- Set the posts about 7 degrees leaning outwards to protect your legs
when you ride. Just cut a triangular piece of wood that has one side at
7 degrees. Sit it against the post so that the other side is at 90
degrees to the ground with a spirit level held against it at the same
time. Each post will then be the same.
- Creosote posts are far stronger and have a far longer life span than
- Horses eat permapine and the arsenic therein, just like beavers eat
trees through. I have also seen white ant's eat them and they split in
no time flat.
- Star droppers kill horses.
- Don't ever wrap the reins around your wrist whilst riding. If you
fall of you could get dragged and killed.
- Don't ever wrap a lead rope around your wrist or upper arm when you
catch a horse.
- Don't ever hold the reins in your teeth unless you want possible
- Don't let the bridle reins hang on the ground and don't tie a horse
up with them. (Unless totally trained to tie up) Possible broken bridle,
broken jaw of horse.
- If a horse goes to urinate whilst you are riding, stand up in the
stirrups and take your weight off it's back until it has finished.
- If you ride up to a waters edge and your horse starts pawing the
water, be ready for a swim if you don't move your horse out of there.
- If you cannot get on your horse, put the horse down hill, in a
creek, hole, dip or stand on a log, rock, anthill etc. You can also
lower your near side stirrup and re-adjust when mounted.
- Don't ever lead your horse through a narrow gate unless the gate is
swung away from you. Otherwise you can possible have your horse rush
through and get jammed between the gate and the post, knocking down the
- Don't ever stop to talk with your horse on an ant hill.
- If you are trotting or cantering whilst trail riding and you see a
snake immediately in front of you, don't attempt to stop, kick your
horse on hard and gallop over it. The snake has far less chance to bite
the horse and very little chance of getting poison in.
- If a dog goes to chase your horse, always face the dog up, spur your
horse and attempt to attack the dog. Never steer away.
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