Horse Questions Anyone?

by AHorseLovingGirl4ever
(U.S.)


Here is the place to ask any question you have about horses! Just leave your question below! I will try to answer them the best that I can! If you don't have a question, feel free to answer someone else's!

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Jan 17, 2017
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A game?
by: AHorseLovingGirl

So it's a game you play? Maybe it's Howrse, cause they've changed some of it now, but it doesn't seem like it in some ways. Sorry that's all I know! :(

Jan 15, 2017
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I don't remember please help
by: Savana

I need help. The game starts off with a female who helps a horse give birth then is given the choice to return to school or stay at the farm.

There's a town and you have to memorize the map because they don't give it to you and I don't know the name and I've been searching for years now. I played it between 2011 and 2013 but I don't think it was new.

Please, if anyone knows what I'm talking about please help me. Thanks.

Jan 15, 2017
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Happy Saddle Treats
by: Sydney at HorseCrazyGirls.com

Hi claudiahorselovr,

How about trying out this one? You can read my review here.

Jan 13, 2017
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claudiahorselovr
by: claudiahorselovr

I have a treat problem! I give polos to the horse I ride, Gizmo, but I need more treats for him! I know I can give him apples and carrots, but I need something a little smaller! Any horse treats that you guys buy on Amazon or some other website? Please help!

Jan 12, 2017
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Flicka Girl!
by: AHorseLovingGirl

So, what I would do is sell crafts, since I like to craft, and in the winter, shovel for the neighbors, in the fall, rake for the neighbors, and do this for a while to make some money! But I would also check out "How to afford a horse" here on horsecrazygirls.com as well, for other ideas! :)

Jan 12, 2017
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Flicka girl
by: Sydney at HorseCrazyGirls.com

Hi Flicka girl,

Read my article on "How to Afford a Horse" - some ideas on there might help. :)

Jan 11, 2017
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Money problems
by: Flicka girl

I love horses, took lessons, volunteer at a stable, I even have a family farm. But, the barn isn't repaireable, no fences, and I have to work for my money. Even though I get $12 dollar a month, it's not going to take care of a horse. Anybody got any ideas to make or save money? Any ideas are appreciated.

Jan 09, 2017
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:D
by: AHorseLovingGirl

That's really cool, girls! I'm writing a series right now called Willow Creek (Willow Creek is the name of the stable) :)

Jan 08, 2017
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Me too!
by: Heartbeat for horses

I need a horse crazy friend too! I'm also writing a book series called Hoofbeats! Here are the names of mine:

Hoofbeats Shasta

Hoofbeats Shasta's Promise

Hoofbeats Lost soul

Hoofbeats Key To My Heart

Hoofbeats Dreamcatcher

Hoofbeats Stolen Dreams

I have already written Hoofbeats Shasta and I'm 2 chapters into Shasta's Promise!

P.S. Thanks for your wonderful comments on Girls Horse Club… I'm Sierra on there!

Actually...

I actually decided to change titles of my books and decided to make it a very long series since the books are not extremely long.

HOOFBEATS Shasta

HOOFBEATS Shasta's Promise

HOOFBEATS By My Side

HOOFBEATS After The Storm

HOOFBEATS Shattered

HOOFBEATS A New Beginning

HOOFBEATS The Heart Of A Champion

HOOFBEATS Love Never Ends

Jan 08, 2017
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Hey Sisco's Gal!
by: AHorseLovingGirl

I have the same dream and I totally support it! I want to write horse crazy books too!! The names of you're books sound very interesting and I would more than likely LOVE reading them :) Keep pressing onto you're dream - I bet you'll publish those books someday, girl! :D

Jan 08, 2017
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I Need a Friend!
by: Sisco's Gal

I've read a lot of the horse books listed on here, and they are awesome!

I have dreams of becoming a horse novel writer, and maybe having one of my books on TV! Maybe that sounds crazy, but it's my dream.

My sisters and brother and parents are NOT just a whole lot supportive of that dream... Is there anyone here who is? Not to be weird or anything, I just want a horsecrazy friend real bad!

I'm writing a series. Here are the books:

HOOFBEATS Gone With the Wind

HOOFBEATS On My Heart

HOOFBEATS Song

HOOFBEATS Lost Song

HOOFBEATS To Tomorrow

Well that's all I have planned for now. Is there any support?

Jan 04, 2017
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My horse bites!
by: Anonymous

I am currently riding a horse that bites and or kicks! I would like to know if you know how to teach him not to!

Dec 31, 2016
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Hi Macy!
by: AHorseLovingGirl

Have you tried any techniques used for breaking a horse when young? Some things like that may help. I'm not a horse expert so that's the best I've got! I hope you can train your horse, Dakota! :D

Dec 29, 2016
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Liberty training my horse Dakota
by: Macy

Dakota is a very smart and energetic horse (can open any door), but he can be quite mean sometimes. He has a tendency to kick, buck, and bite.

I have done lots of studying and research on this type of training. I hope I can get through to my horse Dakota.

If you have any tips or ideas that will help him please comment!

Dec 18, 2016
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books
by: hoofbeats

Sorry, I also don't know of any books like that! Did you try the book list on this website?

Dec 12, 2016
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Anonymous
by: AHorseLovingGirl

Sorry, I don't know any books like that! :(

Dec 11, 2016
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Thank you all!
by: claudiahorselovr

Thanks so much! I'll definitely use it!

Dec 11, 2016
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Anyone know the book?
by: Anonymous

Sorry posting here didn't know where else but I think you guys can really help me. My mom had a book I read as a kid it was about a black stallion named King.

He had a herd and lived on a ranch that let them free roam. The sequel was about his son who was a white stallion who was wild and bashed a rider who was trying to tame him into the ranch sign board and they deemed him cursed.

Anyone know the books? My mom is no longer here and I can not find the books but I'd love to read them again.

Thank you so much! Your book list is awesome too btw!

Dec 07, 2016
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:)
by: AHorseLovingGirl

I say go to hoofbeats for that one (look at her comment) since I don't ride like AT ALL EVER, I don't know the best way to canter. So yeah! :)

Dec 07, 2016
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Tips
by: Heartbeat for horses

I myself started cantering recently in September but my tips are to keep heels down, shoulders back and seat deep in the saddle.

It also helps to work on some leg building exercises such as squats and work on two point over ground poles to build your muscles.

If you want, you can ask your trainer if you could canter on the lunge line for a lesson or two until you're confident enough to canter on your own.

I just am starting to canter off the lunge line as of mid-October. Hope this helps!

Dec 07, 2016
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to: claudiahorselovr
by: hoofbeats

So you asked how is the best way to canter...

Well, just keep your hands soft on the horse's mouth because if there is too much pressure, it hurts their mouth so they try to run away from the pain so that equals a fast canter.

Also, keep your heels down and try to have a deep seat, meaning that you don't bounce around in the saddle.

But it also depends on how fast the horse is. Like if the horse is a slower one then it is easier to have a light seat. (Having a light seat is a bit hard for me to explain.)

But if the horse is faster then you need to "roll" back your shoulders (they move back and when you do that it will make your weight sink down into the saddle telling your horse to slow down into the saddle and also do half halts which is when you pull gently on the reins and then gently releasing). It works on all the gaits that I have learned at my stable.

Sorry if I went a bit over board but I hope it helps!

Dec 05, 2016
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Cantering!
by: claudiahorselovr

Hi girlfriends! I was cantering for the first time on Friday. Yay!

I was doing really well and Dreams was being so good, until she started to gallop. Eek!!! I had never cantered before, let alone gallop, so I started to panic. And of course, I fell off.

My arm is really sore, but I'm mostly disappointed in myself! I really thought I could do it! Btw, I did it again, and didn't fall off, but it wasn't for long!

Anyway, I need advice! How is the best way to canter? Heels down, and stuff like that, I know, but I need some advice from my fellow, more experienced riders! Please help!

Dec 04, 2016
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To Riptide Rider
by: AHorseLovingGirl

I thought of a couple more names for you...

Red Pirate
Dark Beauty
Tutti-Fruity (however you want to spell those two)
Strong Beauty
Rojo Beauty (rojo: red in spanish; pronounced roho)

So those are just a few more I came up with. :)

Nov 30, 2016
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heartbeat for horses!
by: AHorseLovingGirl

I think you should make some homemade treats for your fave horse! If I had a horse to give some to, I would! There are many recipes to do that online, too. :)

Nov 29, 2016
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Christmas
by: Heartbeat for horses

Hey girls! Do you have any ideas on what I could get Peppy for Christmas? He isn't my horse so nothing like tack or anything like that. Maybe a type of treat or something? Please tell me what you think!

Nov 21, 2016
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Hey!
by: AHorseLovingGirl

To Claudia: I say the same as heartbeat for horses and have fun!

To Riptide Rider: I love going off their personality! So is he sweet? Sassy? Think about that.

I also have a few already written out:
-Dark Sky
-Grand Canyon
-Evening's Sunset
-Sunset's Beauty
-Red Warrior

So yeah, that's all I have at the top of my head. Hope you like them or I was any help!! :)

Nov 21, 2016
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riding clothes
by: Heartbeat for horses

It doesn't matter what you wear as long as you're comfortable in it. I honestly rode a whole year in jeans and leggings and just got my first breeches this spring. Hope this helps!

Nov 20, 2016
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names
by: heartbeat for horses

Well, I love show names that have to do with their barn name. Like Peppy's show name is Ima Classy Star, it fits his personality perfectly. He's a show off, he's adorable and he looks like a rockstar. He's stubborn and crazy. Tell us a bit about him and I can probably come up with some names. :)

Nov 20, 2016
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to: claudiahorselover
by: hoofbeats

Hey that's great!

It does not matter really as long as your clothes are comfortable to ride in!

Also I only got my first jods last year!

I hope it helps!

Nov 20, 2016
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Looking for and Suggesting Show Names
by: Riptide Rider

Okay, so I'm struggling to come up with a show name for my one-eyed bay gelding, suggestions please!

Some of my favourites:

Quick Silver (for a grey)
Storm Warning (for a grey)
Patchy Promise (for a piebald/skewbald)

Nov 20, 2016
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yay
by: heartbeatforhorses

I'm glad you got to canter! I love cantering! Yesterday, I had my riding lesson and I got to jump 2 foot 3 finally! I never thought I would be allowed to! Peppy was a complete angel and listened to me so well. I'm so proud of him!

Nov 19, 2016
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I got a question! Please, if as many girls could answer!
by: claudiahorselovr

I love horses and I am going riding next week but I don't wear pants. So I am wondering if this is suitable for riding -- I'm wearing a long top and leggings. Will it get in the way? The top is long, but it's about 2.5 inches above my knees. I'm 5'1". My biggest fear is people will think I'm weird because I don't wear jods or breeches.

Thanks!

Nov 13, 2016
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I'm so happy for you!!!
by: hoofbeats

I'm so happy for you! I really love cantering!

Nov 11, 2016
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Awesome!
by: AHorseLovingGirl

That's great!! I hope you enjoyed it! :D Cantering is my fave gait! ;)

Nov 10, 2016
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:)
by: Anonymous

My mom had a talk with her at my lesson today! Then I was taught to canter! Thanks for your help guys!

Nov 08, 2016
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maybe this will help
by: hoofbeats

What about your dad asking your instructor? Sorry it's most likely not very helpful. Just do your best in every lesson you do and then that might work.

Nov 08, 2016
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Hello again!
by: AHorseLovingGirl

How about your dad? All I can say is to somehow convince (I guess) the instructor to let you. I would say even go to the stable owner and tell him/her what's going on. These lessons you take cost money you know, and if you're not being taught the right things at the right time, that's not very fun for anyone. :\ I don't have any experience with this, and it's hard to think of something you could do... :)

Nov 07, 2016
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Yes
by: Anonymous

Yeah, my mom comes but she doesn't know much about horses and doesn't feel right about asking my instructor. I have centered once before by accident and my trainer said I have a great seat. Idk.

Nov 06, 2016
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Anonymous
by: AHorseLovingGirl

That's weird! But does your mom know or come to your lessons? Maybe she could tell the instructor instead, and maybe she might do it. Also, tell the instructor that you feel ready to canter. I have no idea why she'd do that! :\ But I hope this helps at all. :)

Nov 06, 2016
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Learning to canter
by: Anonymous

Hey guys! I've been riding for 1 year twice a month and my trainer has been promising she would teach me to canter for 3 months but every single time she says next time and it never happens. All we do is trot around and diagonal and stuff but I've mastered it.

I know my diagonals and posting, I have a great seat and I have learned to go over small crossrails. But my trainer is teaching me nothing new and I can't stand it!! What should I do? And switching barns is too expensive...

Oct 29, 2016
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Hey, Reanna the horse lover
by: AHorseLovingGirl

That's awesome! I'm so glad it helped! :)

Oct 26, 2016
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dear ahorselovinggirl
by: reanna the horse lover

Thanks so much! I tried it with him and it worked! He is starting to get used to me. Thanks!

Oct 24, 2016
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Anonymous
by: AHorseLovingGirl

Hey, I don't have many tips (actually none at all) for breaking horses. I've never really read on it, but here's a link that may have some helpful tips if you like: http://www.equiworld.net/uk/training/horse/breaking.htm

I found some others, but I'm giving you (probably) the best one here :)

Oct 24, 2016
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Any tips?
by: Anonymous

I love horses and I half own three. They used to be broke and now they are not. I am trying to befriend/break one named Star. She is already halter broke. Any tips?

Oct 23, 2016
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Reanna the horse lover
by: AHorseLovingGirl

He may not be used to people too much, and he might not have a great past. He needs to know that he can trust you, and be confident with you.

You have to practice getting him to trust you. So find out his favorite treat, and see how close he'll let you get. Then stand there with your hand out. Don't look at him though, so either face the ground or to the side... etc. Just stand there, and he may get interested in what and why you're doing that!

If he comes closer, don't look up still. Stay where you are, don't make sudden movements. If he wants to take the treat, he might get close enough for him to reach it. Then if he does take it, do it the next day. (well, even if he doesn't take it) ;)

Do it every day, and after a while, (when you and him feel comfortable) pet him. Stroke his face, and find his soft spot! I really am not the horse expert, so if this doesn't work, well, I tried!

Oct 23, 2016
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Horseless
by: AHorseLovingGirl

Sometimes that is right, sadly. Cause horses usually go for a higher price, unless it is a lower end breed that people (sadly again) won't want.

Like if it's not a purebred, people may not want it if they are breeders and stuff. Plus it's not that the horse is "bad", it's just maybe not trained, or it has some medical issues, something like that.

My mom has said something like that before, too. I know how you feel! :)

Oct 23, 2016
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Horse Crazy
by: Horseless

I love horses. My room is full of them but I don't own a horse, and I catch myself daydreaming a lot about owning one. I just scroll through the web looking for horses that are for sale, my grandma loves that I love horses but if the horse is only $100-$300 she says it probably is a bad horse. Is she right?

Oct 23, 2016
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I need help
by: reanna the horse lover

At my property, I have a brown quarter horse, he is so shy! He won't even let me come near him! What should I do?

Oct 19, 2016
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to: Anonymous (bucking horse)
by: hoofbeats

He needs to know that you're not going to hurt him but if he does get a bit naughty then you need to show him who's boss (you!).

There is this horse at the stable where I ride and he sometimes kicks, and someone told me that you need to swing a lead rope at him until he gives it up.

Do you know a spot where he likes to be scratched?
If you do and when he lets you come near to him scratch him there, so he knows that you're not going to hurt him and build up from there. It may take some time but I read in a book that patience is a horse woman's best friend!!!

Oct 18, 2016
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to: horse loving girl
by: hoofbeats

Horses can get colic if they eat something they should not have (like dirt). And since horses can't vomit, it can cause problems like colic. Hope it helps!!!

Oct 18, 2016
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To Horse loving girl
by: AHorseLovingGirl

This is what I found on the internet, because I do not know much about it. I do know things here and there about it thought.

It's important to understand that "colic" is not a diagnosis but a description of symptoms. Colic simply means that a horse has abdominal pain and this can occur for many different reasons, including pain in other areas of the body. It's when you get a diagnosis of the CAUSE of the colic that you actually know what is going on with a horse.

So that's what/why horses get colic. Anyone want to add? Yeah, I feel that I didn't do very well on this one. :)

Oct 18, 2016
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Hey Horsewanter!
by: AHorseLovingGirl

I have never owned a horse, and I understand the wanting part. But if you'd like to be around them more, maybe try lessons or volunteering at a local stable! Volunteering at one is free if the stable wants volunteers, and you work for free. Though you could get a job at a stable and get paid, but not all stables do that. But that's what I would suggest! :)

Oct 17, 2016
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Colic
by: Horse loving girl

Why do horses get colic?

Oct 17, 2016
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Wanting a horse
by: Horsewanter

I really want a horse but we did have one but she was colicky and had to be given away. I want another one but my parents will not let me. I want to be around them more. What should I do?

Oct 17, 2016
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to: Emma
by: hoofbeats

The reason why your horse or pony may be fat is because your horse eats too many calories. So you need to reduce the calories your horse eats.

Oct 14, 2016
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Horselovecrazy
by: Heartbeat for horses

A hackamore will probably do the trick!

Oct 13, 2016
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To horselovecrazy
by: AHorseLovingGirl

Maybe try using a hackamore, which is a bit-less bridle. She may have only used hackamores, and is not used to bits. It's hard to break a horse that's past the best breaking age. Well, that's all I can say! I don't own a horse, but I do know a few things, and this could be right, which I hope it is.

Oct 13, 2016
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To Emma
by: AHorseLovingGirl

Your horse may be lonely, or need a friend. Horses are herd animals, so if you have another horse or cow or donkey - something - she may just need some company! Maybe she's so fat because:

1. she grazes too much, or

2. She eats too much because of the feed you give her along WITH her grazing.

But yeah, that's all I know! :)

Oct 13, 2016
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Horselovecrazy
by: Heartbeat for horses

Considering she is 7 years old, she is going to be harder to train. How long have you had her? I suggest working with her in short time spans rewarding her for doing well, and not letting her get away with things. Do not punish her though! If needed, find a friend or a trainer who knows a lot to help you out.

Hope this helped!

Oct 12, 2016
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HELP
by: horselovecrazy

My pony is 7 years old but we can't bit break her. She's just too old. What do I do? She's the only pony I have got. Please help me.

Oct 10, 2016
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WHY
by: Emma

Why is my pony always so unhappy? She grazes all day. Why is she so fat?

Oct 04, 2016
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A Horse-Crazy Girl's Dream
by: WildHorseGirl

Every horse-crazy girl has a horse-crazy dream!! What's your horse-crazy dream?

Mine is to get my dream horse!! And your horse-crazy dream CAN seem impossible... like mine(because I want every detail to be just like my dream horse.)

Here is my dream horse:

Name: White Star (Star for short)
Breed: Arabian
Color: White ("gray")
Age: ?
Gender: Mare
Personality: Adventure-loving,fast,sweet,loyal(with some attitude) :)

What's your horse-crazy dream? It can be ANYTHING! ;)

Sep 26, 2016
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To Claudiahorselovr
by: AHorseLovingGirl

I hope you have lessons soon! That would be awesome!

Sep 20, 2016
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by: Heartbeat for horses

Your mom is going to let you take lessons now? I'm so happy for you!

Sep 17, 2016
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You guys are the sweetest!
by: claudiahorselovr

Thanks so much for the encouragement! It has really helped! I have lost so much weight! Thanks so much my horse lovin' girlfriends!

Sep 16, 2016
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To Anonymous
by: AHorseLovingGirl

Yup, he needs to gain more confidence if he's skittish. I'm sorry, but I'm not the best for this. Although I do know that the first thing he needs is confidence, and trust. Maybe go to a more professional horse website and see if they have anything. :)

Remember, if you have any tips you guys, please post them! Anything will help! Don't ever think that you aren't helpful in something like this <3

Sep 15, 2016
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Bucking horse
by: Anonymous

I did have a good relationship on the ground... until about a month ago he started getting skittish. Now he's trying to kick me when I get near him. He is terrified of everything! He won't let me brush him either. I can't even lure him in the corral with feed and that's saying something.

Sep 13, 2016
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To Sisco's Girl
by: AHorseLovingGirl

This is a hard one. Um, I don't really know if you should believe them but all I can say is do your best when riding him. Maybe someone else can help with this question. I don't ride much at all, and I'm not really around horses ever. :) Sorry, that's all I can say.

Sep 13, 2016
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by: Heartbeat for horses

Hey guys. I have tried to get her to realize Peppy is terrified of her in a nice way. I said it gently. She doesn't care. I have tried to explain to my instructor about this but she doesn't understand.

I seriously don't mind if she likes Peppy that's fine but she scares him and it makes me a little mad. She likes one of the other horses, Trixie, but she keeps trying to get on my nerves. It drives me insane because I can't get one decent moment with Peppy without her being mean. Thanks for the advice!

Sep 12, 2016
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Cool!
by: AHorseLovingGirl

Looks like there's a lot of advice from everyone! Hope any of this helps you guys!

Sep 11, 2016
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Claudia
by: Haddie

I don't have weight loss suggestions, except for look online, but don't give up! Just think how worth it it would feel your first time back in the saddle. :)

And about self confidence - it doesn't matter if everyone else is skinnier. I believe God created you and me perfectly just how we are!

I hope you get to ride soon. I know how it feels to want to badly and not be able to. Keep us posted.

Praying for you!

Sep 11, 2016
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Anonymous--
by: Haddie

I've never worked with an unbroke horse, but I'd just say spend a lot of time with him (grooming, etc.) cause it sounds like you have a good relationship with him on the ground. If you can carry that trust into lunging and riding that should help.

Go slow, it's worth it, and make sure he knows you're in control. Also, try to find someone with more experience to talk to. Hope this helps!

Sep 11, 2016
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Help Needed
by: Sisco's Girl

Hi! I don't have a horse, but I've ridden LOTS at my neighbor's/cousin's. Sisco, my favorite horse, is way above my level, everyone says. I don't believe them completely. When I ride him, they say I wreck him. Do you have any tips on riding for me? I'm a bit above beginner's level as I've ridden 3 or 4 years.

Sep 09, 2016
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by: Dreamer

Try showing her what she is doing wrong in a nice way. If you don't want her around your horse try to get her to like another one... convince her that another horse is the perfect one for her. I hope that helps. :)

Sep 08, 2016
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Back to "Anonymous"
by: AHorseLovingGirl

You have a tough situation here! Your horse is great just the way he is but he may never be able to be ridden! Although I do know that he is a great horse with great owners, that's all the advice I could give! Sorry!

Maybe look up, "How to ride a horse that bucks" or "How to ride a horse that doesn't want to be ridden" or "How to ride a horse that isn't broke." That's all. I really am sorry.

But I wouldn't give up on him! Though if you feel that you should then you can. But I haven't seen, pet, or even know him, so I can't say that for sure. :) I hope you will be able to ride him someday! :D

Sep 08, 2016
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To Heartbeat for horses
by: AHorseLovingGirl

This is a hard one... She knows that Peppy does not like her for one (she's just trying to cause problems). Talk to your riding instructor about it and maybe let her try to pet Peppy, then he will not act up as much.

But as for her, you need to take a deep breath, and talk to her about it. She needs to realize that it's not nice (I know that sounds childish..) to act like that! That's where the riding instructor comes in. But maybe say, "Can't you tell that you are scaring him?" But say it more... kindly. Cause anyone who is around horses can tell that Peppy, does NOT like you. Let the new girl try to pet Peppy ever so often, so that he realizes that she won't hurt him (cause she can't hurt him or she'll be in trouble!)

And I don't think that she's trying to "hurt" Peppy in a way, but trying to "hurt" you! She probably knows that you and Peppy have a bond and she's jealous! So she may be trying to break the bond between you and Peppy. But this is hard, so if anyone else has anything to add, please do! Hope I was some sort of help! :)

Sep 08, 2016
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To Claudiahorselovr
by: AHorseLovingGirl

For one, there is NOTHING wrong with you. You were made this way and people can't judge you for it! It's what's inside that counts! And if you need to lose weight in order to ride then do your best!

Show your mom that you are willing to do this and want to ride! She can help you if you ask! But exercise, eat healthy with the right balance of foods, and say NO to sweet things for a while. :)

And try, keep trying! Maybe you won't have riding lessons too soon, but that's not your fault! People shouldn't be held back for what they love, but if that's the way it has to be, just do your best! You are fearfully and wonderfully made! And no one can change you!

That's all I can help you with, now you need to act on it (which I know you've tried) and keep going! And since you've seen yourself lose weight already, don't lose hope! That means it's working! You may not even notice at first, but keep going! Keep your self confidence! It will help you through this!

Just think, "Do I want to ride horses?" And answer, "YES!" So then think, "I know I can!" Cause everyone can lose weight, especially if it's to ride horses. :)

Sep 07, 2016
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Advice needed
by: Heartbeat for horses

Hey horse girls! I need some advice.

There is this new girl at my barn who is quite snobby and likes Peppy, my favorite horse as you all know. She scares him. Every time he sees her, he lays his ears back, stomps his hoof and sometimes he trembles. It takes a lot to calm him down. I'm the only one who can.

She also thinks Peppy likes her and it's really bothering me. I mean, Peppy and I have a bond and I don't want it being broken. How can I keep her from scaring him so badly and liking him? She's mean to him and it makes me very, very, very angry.

Please comment and give me advice! Thanks.

Sep 07, 2016
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Help! I need riding lessons!
by: claudiahorselovr

I used to ride when I was young but we got financially strapped.

Mum says if I lose 10 KGS, I can go riding. I'm not overweight, but I'm not slim either. I really want to go riding!

There is a riding school 15 mins away from me. I've lost a bit of weight already, but I can't seem to do it. Please help. My self confidence is low too. All the other girls are much slimmer than me. Please help!

Sep 06, 2016
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Hmmm...
by: HowlZ

Alright, here's a trick that I used to do with my horse before he was broke. I hope it works!

To get your horse used to the saddle, you need to get him used to the blanket first. ( I used a western saddle, Do you use that too?)

You take the blanket up to him and let him sniff it for a bit, if he backs away or freaks out just keep on trying the next day. If he doesn't back away, and seems fine with the saddle pad, start rubbing it on his back to get him used to it. Do everything you do on the left side on the right.

Put the saddle pad on and off several times and keep rubbing it on his body for several days until he gets used to it. The saddle can be trickier, because its big and heavy and scary to a horse.

Sep 05, 2016
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He won't lunge
by: Anonymous

He doesn't lunge. When he is scared he comes to me. He is scared of the saddle too. We tried to put it on but he tried to kick.

Sep 02, 2016
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Forgot to say!
by: HowlZ

Also, for a horse that isn't broke, you need to get him used to the saddle. (I'm assuming you have one? Some people ride bareback though.) It gets him used to weight on his back.

Lunging him with the saddle on his back also helps him get used to it. And whenever he tries to buck, turn him the other way and make him run faster. That way he learns that if he bucks, he has to keep on running.

I would keep on getting him used to the saddle before you try getting on his back, maybe waiting a few weeks. I know it's long, but he needs to get used to the weight.
Once he's used to the saddle, you can start leaning a little bit of your weight in the saddle but not getting on.
Whew... hope that helped!

Sep 02, 2016
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To AHorseLovingGirl
by: HowlZ

You're welcome! Glad to help. :D

Sep 01, 2016
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To Anonymous
by: AHorseLovingGirl

Yeah... maybe try some different things on him. It may even take some time. It would probably help if you spend some time with him every day, like leading him around is a good start.

Try some of the methods people use for breaking a horse. He may be old for that but if you try hard enough and let him know that you trust him, you might get somewhere.

Also, make sure he trusts you. He needs to learn that bucking is not okay. This is a tough one so hope this helped! :)

Sep 01, 2016
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by: AHorseLovingGirl

Thanks HowlZ! I don't know much about this, so it's good that you do! :)

Aug 31, 2016
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by: HowlZ

Hey!

I used to own a horse of my own, but we gave him away.

You always should have an adult or parent by you when you mount your horse, but you should lunge him before you get on him. If he's all tired out, he won't want to buck you off, and he should learn that bucking you off is bad.

If you don't ride much, definitely look into getting riding lessons because they are fun, and you can learn a lot from them.

Hope this helped!

Aug 31, 2016
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Thanks!
by: Anonymous

Thank you but I did say he is not broke. He won't let me near his back. If I do somehow get on, he would probably just buck me off again. I would get a professional trainer but I could never afford that in a million years! Neither could my parents.

Aug 28, 2016
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Hi!
by: AHorseLovingGirl

I do not own a horse but I do know a few things about this. For one, always be gentle but firm when needed.

Everyday, try to get him used to being ridden. You may want someone to help. Maybe have someone hold the horse when you decide to get on. First, maybe have someone lead him when riding. And whoever is leading him should be an adult.

The next time you mount onto him, sit up on his back for a little bit, then, have someone walk him a little. Make sure you spend time with him when not riding. Get a relationship with him. Even if you already do.

Also, reward him when he does a good job when you ride him. Talk to him when riding. Gradually increase how long you ride him each day and try trotting when you feel comfortable with him. He needs to earn your trust when riding.

I know that your horse has potential. He really does! And if nothing works, maybe ask a professional. If not, ask someone with more experience in horses like yours.

But no matter what, your horse is still a good horse! :) Love on him and don't give up! (Maybe you can if a professional can't help him... but I doubt it.) ;)

If anyone else has any tips, please comment and say what you've got! Hope I was any help! :)

Aug 28, 2016
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I have a question
by: Anonymous

I have a sweet QH gelding who is solo sweet... when you're not on his back. He bucked me off and I broke my arm. He is not broke but I know he has potential. Do you have any tips towards getting him able to ride?

Aug 24, 2016
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You are welcome!
by: Sydney at HorseCrazyGirls.com

Hope you find a name that suits your Appaloosa! :)

Aug 23, 2016
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:)
by: Anonymous

Thanks, Sydney! I'll be sure to check it out!

Aug 23, 2016
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Horse Names
by: Sydney at HorseCrazyGirls.com

Hi there! We have a lot of horse name ideas here - http://www.horsecrazygirls.com/horse-names.html

Hope this link helps!

Aug 22, 2016
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Question here!
by: Anonymous

I have a question! I just got a horse. She is an appaloosa and I don't know what I should name her! Any suggestions?

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