Horse Training Stories, Videos and Books

There are lots of great ways out there to learn about horse training. I want us to be able to share the things we've learned with each other.

What has worked -- and not worked -- when it comes to training horses? What kinds of problems have you had? What have you learned?  
Lots of horse crazy girls want to learn from you too!

What Other Horse Crazy Girls Have Said

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Need help with bucking horse 
My pony Peppy is having a problem and I don't now what to do! I said I would never ask a question on here but its getting bad! I rode him today and …

How To Ride Against People With Horses and Money 
How to compete against expensive horses and people with money; as in MORE money … than you. Hmm, interesting question. Let me think for a minute. …

Need help - horse refusing! 
So, when I gallop my horse with my sister and her pony, my horse will shake her head like nuts! I tried to put the hackamore higher on her nose, but that …

Storm, the Wild Filly 
NOTE: It's official, I'm going to continue "Storm, the Wild Filly"! My writing SHOULD be a little better now, but we'll see. Sorry, I have forgotten this …

I Need a HorseCrazy Friend!  
Hey, not to be a freak or anything, but I seriously need a friend. I'm a complete tom-boy (my girly sisters don't like me 'cause I'm not interested in …

Help me! My pony won't slow down! 
So, hey guys. I have a pony called Monty and he is only 12hh (I am short for my age). He is a good little pony and I love him to bits, but he's so fast! …

Tennessee Walking Horse Problem! 
The Tennessee Walking Horse gelding I ride never speeds up for me. I've tried every leg and voice signal there is but nothing works. When my trainer gets …

People keep insulting my horse  
Hi guys. I've been really upset lately because people think that my horse is ugly. My 'friends' make up jokes about her that they say to each other, right …

My horses... Bad and Worse 
I met two horses a few years ago at a cow farm. I went constantly to see them for 2 or 3 years. My parents recently gave them to me ( about a year ago). …

Hope someone can give me advice 
I hope someone can give me some advice. I recently met a couple by accident. they have acquired some horses. But they are a long way from being horse savvy. …

My horse won't listen, HELP 
I lease a horse named Peppy. Yesterday I went down to ride her, but the barn owner's niece had already ridden her that same day and had loped her. She …

Six's Story: From Spooky, Abused Appendix To Bombproof, Willing Riding Buddy 
I am the proud owner of a 14.2hh, 17-year-old flea-bitten grey Appendix Quarter Horse gelding registered by the name of Redneck Bud, barn name "Six". I've …

Yellowbones and me 
It happened some time in January when me and my sister Alexandra were outside on our ranch and we were about to get ready to pick out my horses hooves. …

Horseluver4evernever's page! Ask me anything! 
Hey horsecrazy girls! I'm horseluver4evernever, and I... Like... Ummmmm.....horses? (Well duh!) so um about the page. I decided to make this page so that …

My horse won't slow down! 
The horse I ride is about twelve years old, and she refuses to keep her trot slow. She speeds up, and ignores my signals to slow down. What do I do? …

How My Friend's Finger Got Up My Horses BOOTY!? 
It was a nice day when me and a few friends were going on a trail ride. In about an hour we stopped at a place to eat out lunches we had packed. Well …

HELP! I need liberty training ideas! 
my name is Sara and I'm 12 years old. I've been going through some tough times recently, and my guidance counselor said I should do some more things with …

Help with my horse - doesn't listen well to leg signals 
Hello! I have a black tobiano Tennessee walker gelding named Masterpiece who I love so much. He's a good horse, but there's one thing I would like to teach …

Bella, The Wild Mare 
Every Spring, me and my dad go to a Wild Horse auction. I had my eye on a beautiful pregnant Buckskin mare but then I seen she had laminitis or something …

Tell me if this is bad... 
Well, we have 4 horses and none of them are mine. Rocky a light bay Thoroughbred who is silly, a dark bay standardbred who I also can not ride, rooster …

Vertical Refusals 
I'm currently learning to jump, and its the best! I'm great with ground poles, and medium cross poles! But the horse I ride refuses verticals a lot. I …

Please help!! URGENT!! 
Can you please help me?? My pony pebbles will NOT walk around the paddock when there is another horse in it. My sister and I cannot do games or compete …

Faceplant! 
So one day I came to the barn for my lesson. I checked the pony/horse list to see which pony I was riding. So I was riding Doodlebug. Doodlebug is …

I Need Tips! (Gymkhana) 
I have a little 12 hand welsh mix who hates jumping although I Ride western I do gymkhanas. You might not know about them but essentially you run around …

My Life as a Horse - Chapter 1 
I stood in the corner of my field keeping a close eye on two men leaning on my field gate talking. I had just gotten taken away from my mom who was a dark …

Miniatures are "bad"??!? 
Okay, I really want a mini horse for me to break/project, and once hes broke my sister with special needs will use him as a lead pony. I can get one free …

Help! Distracted Horse... 
My friend just got an 11 year old Morgan horse. The horse walks, trots, canters great on a lounge line but, once you take the lounge line off she fights …

The Rescue - Part 1 (comment if you want more :)) 
Jade Rain walked through the streets of the town that she lived in called Horse Point, it was a odd name you may think, but actually most people in Horse …

Lizzy Brown - Part 1: The Accident 
Goodbye girls" Nikki Brown waved to her two daughters as her and her husband Jack exited and drove away to a fancy restaurant.Lizzy brown the oldest of …

It happened... again.... 
Hey, some of you know I have an 8 year old paso fino gelding named Trouble. Well, he bucked me off again this time the belly strap was fine, and again …

My Pony Romeo: HELP ME PLZ 
My pony romeo used to be a pony ride pony but we bought him off the place. He's perfect 4 me but there are a few problems. When you ride him he wants …

Please help! Trust issues! 
I have a 10 year old quarter horse gelding and I need some tips on how to get him to trust me more. He trusts me but not at much as I want him to. …

Scared or is it because he is new? Or both? HELP please! 
I just bought my newest horse, Bullet. He is a 16 year old Quarter horse but he has a lot of get up and go to him, which is good because he is my barrel …

Need Advice and Tips! 
I'm in horse 4-h. My leader leased me an ugly biting,kicking, rearing bucking horse that's in NOT an easy keeper and I'm just a novice. I need tips …

Help with Flicka 
Okay, so recently my parents bought a 15hhish quarter horse mare named Flicka for me. She's incredibly gentle and sweet when you're not riding her, but …

PLEASE HELP ME!! Separation anxiety!!!! 
Hello!! I have a beautiful 13hh appaloosa mare. She is always brilliant to lead, groom, tack up (although she is a bit girthy ..... Any tips on that ??), …

My Parelli Horse Training Story 
I am a 10-year old girl who has a horse that I LOVE riding, but just months ago she wasn't ride-able but then my good friend let me borrow her level one …

Crabby Riders 
Okay, every time I ask on here or a few of my horsey friends a training question, they always come back with a snappy, rude answer and tell me I don't …

AHHHHHHH!!!!!! The Auction's Soon!!!! 
Okay, so my barn that I ride at is having a horse auction!!! I'm really scared because there's a bunch of great horses being sold and I don't want them …

What color is this horse? 
What color is this horse? He is a friend's horse and I just wanted to know his color.

Funny refusal (must read)! 
Okay, so me and my favorite school horse Timothy (that I love so much more then any other horse) were in a lesson with my trainer Michelle. We were …

The new baby! (not what I thought)  
So when I got to my riding barn early in the morning (8:00) I saw my friend's mom (the stable manager) and all my friends. The manager said there was a …

PIGROOTING!!! PLEASE HELP!!!! 
Hi! I have a lovely 13hh Appaloosa mare named Pebbles. She is beautiful to tack up and groom and to lead and just to do anything with..... as long …

DEVIL PONY! Help!! 
My horse Charlie (Chuck) is a 13 hand, welsh pony-somethin. He's 20 yrs old and my beginner horse. The other day I was riding and he stopped, started …

Please Help Me with My Horse! 
I have an Arabian horse and I want to know what you guys think I should do with him. I've had problems with him like he's hard to get trotting with …

Is My Horse Too Small?? 
Hi! I have a beautiful, appaloosa mare named pebbles. I love her very much. I am about 5ft and pebbles is 12.2hh. I don't think she looks small but I …

I really want a horse!! 
I could get a horse but my parents don't know a thing about them!!!I know how to look after a horse and I can ride one but I don't have the money either!! …

Need help with Lucy <3 
Lucy has a problem. And I get in trouble for it. When she goes to the bathroom in her stall, she kicks it into the next stall down's stall. So yes, an …

A Spirit Forever - Chapter One 
Well, this is my story I MADE UP. Please tell me what you think, I'm a schoolgirl in middle school and hope to be an author. Well, enjoy! :D As the …

Final Choice of buying a horse... 
I've looked at many horses after my parents told me I could buy my first horse, I've found a couple I really like and I need a few opinions before I make …

My sweetheart Billie  
Well, where do I begin, I guess I'll start by introducing myself, my name is Emily, I am from Canada, and I have been riding for 10 years now. Now …

Diary of a Horse Whisperer 
September 16, 2011 First Lesson Tomorrow is going to be the first lesson I am going to have since the accident. My old trainer …

Red Velvet - Part 1 (not a real story) PLEASE COMMENT! 
At the time, I was only three weeks old. I was frantic and running around in the small box stall... My mother was outside the box stall, with our nice …

This is my pony bella! 
I love Bella she is the best pony in the world even if she is only 12hh. She loves jumping and DEFINITELY food as I had my first fall less then a week …

SuperSmily's Chit-Chat (aka My Page!) 
Hey y'all If you like to goof off as much as who love horses than this is a page you should certainly follow!!! To get you started please answer my …

Don't have a name yet sorry! (Genre: Fiction) 
"Whoa!" Said Kendra as she pulled back on the reins forcing her gorgeous 16hh stallion to trot then walk. She patted him on the neck and praised him. after …

Read and PLEASE Comment! 
(TX ) Have you ever felt as though you were going to burst with excitement? I felt just like that, when finally on my 11th birthday Dad said he'd bring …

Jess's Page 
Hi everyone! Do you need help with your horse? Do you just want to yak the way only horse crazy girls can? I'll do tons of cool stuff like listing …

Lesson HELP!!! Horse Jumps Too Big! 
The horse I ride during my lessons every week always jumps too big. I have kind of gotten used to it but i am never really sure when she is going to jump …

A Horse-Lover's Page 
Do you need a training, riding, etc, questions answered? Do you have any tips on training or riding? Do you just love horses, and want to comment? …

He's just a tad bit crazy! 
Hi! Well at my grandparents' we have 3 ponies and there all brothers and sisters. Prancer-6 pippy-4 ripper-2 Prancer-I started prancer really late …

Jessie Jacobs R.I.P 
You may all know Jessie Jacobs from playing Melanie in The Saddle Club Season 2. Well, on May 10th this year will be the second year Anniversary of her …

MY NEW PONY!!!! 
My new pony's name is Charisma Dixieland Jazz. She is a 5yo quarter horse x welsh. She is quiet enough 4 her age. When I trailed her, I cantered, went …

I'm Moving!  
I am currently moving to Alberta April 1st. My horse is leaving to be boarded down there Thursday so I have to go a whole month without seeing her! I think …

Please Help 
I have a question. I am training my western palomino to do English, but I don't know how to train him to jump. Any ideas?

Getting over it but falling in love again! 
Dear Horse Crazy Girls, I want to tell you my story and why I’m so madly in love with horses! It all started when............. I was about eight …

Why do I miss you so much?!? 
I miss you and yet I can't understand why? It's been four years and I should move on right? But you were my baby! He died of colic four years ago, …

Have a Question? 
If you have a horse or pony you are having trouble with post a comment. I will come almost everyday to check. If you have a foal which needs help training. …

Help Please! 
I'm trying to train my filly to sidestep but I'm not sure how to. Can anyone help me?

Horses are Better! 
For all the girls old enough to date guys always remember that your horse is the only one you need! Guys come and go but your horse will always love …

Help...Which Horse Should I Get? 
Well, I am a medium skilled rider (riding for less than a year, but I went to a horse camp during last summer--June 2010-- and we learned YEARS of riding) …

My Bunking Bronco 
I have my own pony she's a girl and she works as a livery horse so shes used in other people's lessons. But when people try get her into canter she bucks …

Problems with Lancelot 
For some reason, I have a lot of problems with my bay thoroughbred gelding, Lancelot. When I look at him tight in the eye when I want to catch him, he …

Adrenaline Rush 
I was in to about my seventh riding lesson. Like always I go and get my horse from the pasture but as I'm bringing her into the stable I realize she is …

The Deer Jump 
At the Stable I ride at I have always ridden a draft/paint cross named Marble. He is one of the most sweet horses you could ever meet, but last year we …

Where did my horse go? 
When I was 5, I had a very naughty 10hh pinto shetland. She used to push me under branches and trees. One time she bolted and went under a branch, I held …

Mad Horse! 
I was at an auction with my grandparents. We were hoping to buy a new horse to fill the stall where my sisters old nag died. Several beautiful horses went …

You are with me now 
This is fictional. I was sitting on the long grass of my uncle's farm. His horses grazed everywhere. I got up to pat my favourie horse, Amethyst. "Hi …

My "Special" Relationship Tip 
I started enjoying the wonderful benefits of my horse Phallice when i was 11. I entered Phallice into a competition when he was ripe, young, eager and …

Turning problem turned inside out! 
My name is Alison, and my horse is a Painted Quarter horse. He had a problem with turning, he wouldn't respond, left or right. So I learned, a couple months …

Three Wishes 
So I went out to my barn on a normal Tuesday, like I've done for a long time. Today, my instructor said we would be working with the yearlings (two-year-old …

Lessons <3 
Hey! Im going to be 13 next month (yay)! I've asked my mum for riding lessons and that'sall i want but with the money we get for prezzies i would only …

My Horse Story 
It all started when I took a field trip to a farm called Barclay's Arabians. I was so interested in the horses, and I wanted to learn more about them. …

PLEASE HELP!!! 
I 've tried sooo hard to convice my parents to let me take riding lessons and finally after about 7 years of constant begging they are finally letting …

Training My Horse Maggie 
My horse Maggie is a five-year old mini horse. i have haa her for three years now. I love her and could never let her go. she had a baby May 8th, the baby …

The pony that could - She jumps! 
Dali and me were first pared together about 2 years ago. Someone suggested her to me and at first I wasn't sure. She was borderline to small for me, and …

LAZY TO HYPER!! 
When I first got Cindy she was very lazy and sluggish and very fat. She couldn't even trot! I made up a very special diet and exercise sheet .But i will …

fear of tack built up or bond 
When i first got Star i was 7 years old, i got her from the reading sales for £15 because she was skinny, abused and had been abandoned by her old owners. …

bucking mad 
one time when i was practing barrels on my quarter/paint horse i was the heiropen way to much so one time turning for home he started bucking until he …

Cribbers!!! 
One of my horses is a terrible cribber... for those of you who are not sure what this is, it is when a horse bits and braces on an object and sucks air …

Another Fall  
My Brother was riding his mare and was of course not listening and he had spurs on and she HATES them. So he started to ride her and was not listen to …

How do you train a hard horse??? 
Well my friend is training a horse and I moved so I cant help her anymore. Well the horse wont walk backwards. So how would you get a horse to do that? …

Just Jesse-A best friend breaks your promises,a boyfriend breaks your heart.But a horse will break its leg to save your life 
okay, so i geuss you could say that jesse was more an angel to me than a horse. He was my best friend, my friend Tori had just moved away and i was lonely. …

Kaimanawa Rescue. 
My training story is short but enough to get me into remembering that I helped 1 pony change a whole town. Shaddow the little Kaimanawa standing over …

Appy Magic 
When I was five I started riding english. At first thought it was the best in the world. But four years later something changed my mind. It started when …

my wild playtime 
I was in school and a man came looking for his horse. One hour later a big bay shire came running on to the school field. Mr. Barington had to get a carrot …

the great train 
my mom told me i was getting a horse he was no ordinary horse he was mean and wild i had to try to ride him but every time i did i either fell and cracked …

Starlight 
Starlight – A Buckskin Gelding Starlight, who was originally called Pretty Boy, is Carole's horse. He's a gentle and affectionate horse, totally …

The First Time I Saw My First Horse 
The first time I saw my horse was at my riding lessons. My instructor had set me up to ride a new horse. This horse's name was Joe Dee. This is a fast, …

Minis Rule! 
This is actually a continuation.....but if you ever wanna know more about miniature horses and how to care for them, I can suggest http://minihorseQ.webs.com/ …

Sam 
I got a call about (5 or 6 months ago)barn asking me to come ride this pony that was on trial for someone else! I agreed to come. The pony was very hyper …

Wanting to know more 
Hey, this website is great for me to do whats right for me to train my horse. Im 13 and i look after a welsh pony who used to bite but since he has been …

SORRY 
I don't have a story, 2 out of 12 paragraphs was good, keep it up, millions of people will visit this website!!!;)I promise.

TEAMWORK 
TEAMWORK. That's the key word. You and your horse need to come together as one and trust each other. This may sound like I got it from a movie, but it's …

The long Journey. 
It is about a girl who goes to a riding school and she has not been on a horse ever so this is her first time and she meets new friends and she meets new …

You Understand me?? 
My parents thought it would be cool to let me go to a 2 day long h.show! So I trained for it at least 3 hours long. When I got there I put all my stuff …

Can you help Katherine with her horse? 
Katherine emailed us with this question. Can you help? "Do you have any tips on how to get my horse to keep his head down when I put on the bridle? …

Big Break Through! 
Ok folks this is a long one so hang tight! My eventing horse Chief was not always SO amazing, he had been abused!:.. Chief was fed cow food (which is bad …

Join Up with Gypsy 
Join up is what a leadmare does in the wild with another horse wanting to join the herd. It builds strong trust between horse and rider. How you do it …

A Brat But Cute 
This is a completely true story about training my horse Phantom. First of all Phantom is a Chestnut Quarter Horse who is about 15 hh. He has four white …

Storm, the Runaway Pony!!! 
One day, when I was at school, my friend Megan and I were walking out of the school at home-time, together. Megan had horseriding and I wanted to go and …

Intelligent Horsemanship with Kelly Marks 
Kelly Marks is an amazing horse trainer. She works with the famous "Horse Whisperer" Monty Roberts and has become one of the best trainers in natural …

Help please! Bucking problem! 
Can anyone help me with a bucking problem? My brother and I were riding my horse and she bucked him off and kicked him in the back!! Help please!!!! …

Help please!!! Jumping problem 
I have this really sweet and well-mannered 5-year old Arabian mare. She's great but when we jump, she just refuses to jump and stops right before it, …

My Mare <3 
My mare Shadow came to my barn as a school horse, but she was not what they thought she was. She was ten and not saddle broke. She was kind of but she …

Refusing the jumps - HELP! 
I just started jumping 2ft and my POA, Spotted Beauty will pretend to go for the jumps then last minute go left or right I always had both legs on her …

I want a pony! :( 
Right, I know I am very lucky to actually have weekly riding lessons but i have always wanted my own pony. My mum says we cant afford it, if we ever …

How do I make my horse go? 
I have this horse but it wont go when I ride IT!!!! Any tips on how i can get her to go? Thanks :)

BILLY 
One day I was out on the yard with my 2 best friends. They had come over for a ride on my 7 year old grey pony billy. We were watching him trot round …

Western to English? 
Okay, so some of you remember my past post about how to train my horse, Tango, how to jump. I was just asking to keep that in mind. Now summer is approaching, …

Help! Which horse should I get!!!! 
Hi I am turning 12 (I'm 5'0) in June and I have been riding since I was 7. I can jump up to 3'6 feet, I take lessons. I am a show jumper/ eventer, I have …

Oopps! 
I have been riding for 5 weeks now (one lesson of half an hour a week) and im getting pretty good at it. I can ride on my own in a rising trot and im starting …

Please help!! 
This summer I am going to get a job first off. I know the basics of horse care and have taken lessons. How can I convince my mom to let me lease a horse/pony …

TIPS FOR RIDING AND TRAINING YOUR HORSE !!! 
Hello. I love horses LOADS! My list of best things ever- 1. Horses 2. Riding Horses 3. Watching Horses 4. Caring for horses 5. Reading about horses …

Separation problems.. I guess? 
I have this 9 yr paint pony mix and he hates being away from my sister's Arab. I have tried to direct him, I have tried doing circles in front of the …

I can't help it! 
I can't help but being horse crazy! When I sit in class listening to what boring subject my teacher is talking about I can't help but doodle my horse's …

Into the Storm - Should I Write More? 
i could hear the wind whistling in the barn. the pounding of the rain on the tin roof frightened me then hail the size of ping-pong balls bounced off …

Saving Sammy 
i was ten when i moved barns with my coach, the owners had brought in a truck load of green horses for a Korean riding school(??????). There was Glory,Baxter,Sweetums,Pho …

Loading into the Trailer 
my pony ace is a 19yo welshXmorgan with an adorable star on his forehead. he loves to eat. =) haha .he did everything. jump, canter, walk, trot, gallop, …

Please help and comment! 
I've been riding for about 2 years now, once or twice a week. After about 1 and a half years, i had a bad fall, and I lost most of my confidence. Although …

Promise the young horse 
When me and my cousins wanted to ride Promise she wanted to roll all the time but she did not! Think goodness.

Henrietta, Emily, and Lucy's day to take care of a foal 
Henrietta ate an apple and brushed her teeth. Then she dashed outside to her horse, Moon Glow. 'Hey girl,' she said holding up the girth, 'Time for …

Goodbye Ratearl 
How would u feel if the horse u loved for 4 years of your life gets taken away? Your life in ruin? This is the story of the horse that changed my life. …

GIRTHY!!! Please help!! 
Hi my horse is an Appaloosa , 13hh, really sweet but so girthy! As soon as you do up the girth she bites and squirms and is hard to handle. Great when …

My first Horse 
I first met my horse at my friend's stable. He was a gray 15.3 quarter horse gelding named JC. My friend asked if I wanted to ride him, and I rode him …

My First Pony 
Well i got this little hackney pony for $800 his name was Spirit and he had never been in a barn before. it took a whole year to train him to do English …

WANTED LOAN PONY 12-13 HH 
I am desperately looking for a LOAN PONY for a ten year old girl who has recently lost her confidence from a fall. She is currently riding a welsh a but …

Why did they do this? 
this is not true * I was a healthy gelding when I was born and stayed with my mother through out my foal life. On Christmas day I looked over to …

my stall? is my horse happy???...... 
..... i dont know!!!!!! can u help me???? PLZ ok sooo i have a thoroughbred/paint cross 4yr old mare named Piper! i luv her to DEATH! i just have had …

silver the real silver penny 
i got my horse silver from the spca in grassy park, he is only 3/4 we think he was broken too early but any way i got him and he was extremely naughty …

The mean gelding 
on the day i started riding lessons out at Paffrath Barb was full of dirt because she had the mean gelding in the indoor arena first i was riding in the …

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