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Question # 293: So I'm bringing along a young horse. I have been trying to go slow with him, keep jumps small while he grows. He's in his five year old year now. My question is, what is a good guideline for heights you should be jumping at certain ages?
Question # 292: Is a stop or turnout at a jump considered a disobedience or a spook? And do you believe some "spooks" are really just excuses to misbehave not truly fear? (Nancy)
Question # 291: I want to get my mare to PSG in Dressage, and I'm dabbling again in jumping at novice level. I've been riding her Dressage for the last 5 years, with hardly any jumping. I ride mostly off of seat and thigh aids, with very little lower leg,
Question # 290: I recently started riding a very nice, well trained thoroughbred. She is pretty big, probably 17+ and a little long backed. My normal ride is a 15 hand compact very (overly) sensitive ottb, so she feels ginormous....
Question # 289: My ottb was trained before me with draw reins, and now he over flexes to where he touches chest almost at trot even when i let the reins loose. I drive him forward but he keeps doing it. How do i stop him? (Eileen)
Question # 288: How do you tell the difference between a horse in correct self carriage and one that is merely posing? A posed horse will pass the test for self carriage even though is not relaxed or through. (Sharon)
Question # 287: I am struggling with being able to keep my heels down while also asking for something with my legs. I don't have an issue with just general support but if I need to add a little extra...
Question # 286: This might be a weird question, but I have been riding for 30 years, and eventing for 20. And I used to love it and live it. Now I am getting to the point that it feels more like work than fun....
Question # 285: My dominant mare can be severely herd bound. Our pasture which is excellent for gallops uphill/downhill/flat is the only place to ride other than the tiny arena or paved road. I try to longe her away from friends, but she can...
Question # 284: While conditioning work is best done in the open with varying terrain, not everyone has access to the amount of open space, or open space with the right terrain or footing to do their conditioning rides...
Question # 283: My half halts seem to work pretty well on the flat, but between jumps my horse tends to blow me off. He fights the bit and just keeps going at whatever speed he wants. What can I do to make him listen to me? (Heather)
Question # 282: My new horse is a great jumper and LOVES cross country. However, he does not like to go in strange water jumps...
Question # 281: My mare has always had an issue with bucking/pulling upon landing in the next stride after landing from a fence when doing cross country...
Question # 280: When using side reins or surcingle for lunging, do you allow the side reins to be of equal length or do you make the inside rein slightly shorter? (Melanie)
Question # 279: I am working on up and downward transitions to the canter with my 17 year old OTTB. He is going great the the right, really lifting in the upward and going down to the trot easily. When I switch to the left...
Question # 278: I am a dressage rider who is currently working on 2nd level. I have some days where I am really capable of connecting my seat to sit the trot very fluidly and straight...
Question # 277: I would like advice on how to get comfortable switching from longer Dressage seat stirrups to Stadium and XC short stirrups as a middle aged working amateur rider?
Question # 276: One of the mares I ride has gotten incredibly fussy about her stomach. She nips and kicks when I brush her belly and get equally frustrated by the girth....
Question # 275: My little quarter horse mare likes to tilt her nose to the left at the trot and canter when working indoors...
Question # 274: One of the horses I ride is built downhill and can get EXTREMELY heavy sometimes, especially when he is getting tired near the end of a work out. How do I combat this? (Brooke)
Question # 273: I'm wondering if you have any favorite exercises for strengthening a horse's back and building topline?
Question # 272: We have a HUGE problem with distances when jumping, my horse never seems to know where to put his feet. Do you have any advice? (Lija)
Question # 271: One of the horses I ride has been dragging his hind toes recently. The right is very worn down and the left is a tad better. I can definitely feel a weakness in his hind end, as he falls out very easily...
Question # 270: I'm working with a 6 year old Trakehner who supposedly had been over fences before, but he acts like complete first-timer any time I try to take him over a cross rail. He even looks at poles and tries to avoid them...
Question # 269: I am planning to get a new jumping saddle soon, and am not sure what kind to get. Do you like saddles with big knee rolls, or saddles that are more like close contact saddles for eventing? (Anonymous)
Question # 268: So, I took my 4 year old, Todd, to his first combined training last weekend. It was his second time jumping a full course and very first dressage test, and he was fantastic for how green he is. I'm a proud momma! I have a question about.
Question # 267: My horse used to be a very bold and confident jumper. We competed to Training level very successfully. Then I took a year off because I had a baby. And now that I am back to riding, I feel like I have a different horse....
Question # 266: My horse hollows his back and throws his neck up in canter to trot downward transitions? What can I do to fix this? (Anonymous)
Question # 265: I am a very timid person in general but my confidence was crushed last year due to a fall in the show jumping phase. I am now scared of oxers and I haven't jumped one since that show...
Question # 264: I am about to introduce my young horse to jumping, and I have a question. Should I let him go up to new jumps and look at them before asking him to jump them, or is this not a good idea? (Amy)
Question # 263: I am riding an OTTB with a limited amount of back muscle. What are some exercises I can do with him to help build it? (Suzanne)
Question # 262: I recently bought a 9 year old Thoroughbred, who I was told had more training than he actually does. When I rode him the first time he acted like he knew nothing, and completely disregarded any aid I gave him....
Question # 261: I have had my 8yr old gelding about 3 months, previously he had done lots of hunting in his native Ireland but no competing. We have completed four BE 90 classes...
Question # 260: My horse is lazy and behind the leg regularly. I have worked hard on getting her more responsive by doing the things suggested on this website - following up immediately and consistently. However, my mare doesn't really care about...
Question # 259: At a recent show I received multiple comments of "needs half halts" on my Dressage test. I am only riding at beginner novice, and wasn't aware that I should be working on something advanced like half halts. Please explain. (Anonymous)
Question # 258: We are finally at the point where we are working on fun stuff like haunches in and half pass. But now that we are, a new problem has developed. My horse wants to go in haunches in position all of the time when I don't want him to!
Question # 257: I'm starting my colt jumping small jumps, and I was wondering what the best way to get him a good start would be. How do you typically start a horse jumping? His flat work is pretty good already....
Question # 256: I need help with my sitting trot! (Anonymous)
Question # 255: How do you know when it is appropriate to move up a level in dressage? Is scoring in mid 60's good enough or should I wait? (Nancy)
Question # 254: At what level would a turn on the forehand show up on a dressage test? (Julie)
Question # 253: When I allow my gelding to stretch down he will snatch the reins, often yanking my arms and hands very hard.... And when I collect the reins he anticipates any work by jigging and speeding up our walk...
Question # 252: I have a question about my jumping position. I am prone, when in motion, to tip my pelvis back - which then causes my lower leg to slip forward in front of the girth...
Question # 251: I’ve read your posts and seen some of your videos of you and Felix in the early days, his tantrums, etc. And I think you recently said they continued for seven years. My question is what made you not give up on him?
Question # 250: My horse jumps the spooky looking fences really well, but gets careless when the jumps are plain looking. What can I do to make him jump more cleanly over the easy jumps? (Beth)
Question # 249: I have a 5 year old OTTB in training for a client. He's got a great mind but is only vaguely aware he has 4 legs, and he would live on the forehand if I'd stop pestering him about it...
Question # 248: My horse leans and pulls on my hands all of the time. So I recently switched him from a regular snaffle to a slow twist. And that worked, he is now lighter in my hands. But he has developed a new strange bad habit...
Question # 247: I'm down in Florida competing my 5yr old Dutch this winter. His first event ever was Open BN and he was an angel and we came in 6th. We just did Novice Horse this last weekend and he was a rockstar taking 4th on our dressage score...
Question # 246: I was wondering what your favorite exercises are to work on rhythm at the canter? My trainer says my horse is the horse of a million canters, and this especially comes through over fences...
Question # 245: A recent comment from a Dressage judge on my First level test was "wide behind". I have no idea what this means… unless they were saying that I have a wide behind (which is possible, but not relevant to Dressage I wouldn't think)
Question # 244: What is your preferred method for teaching or reteaching horses to trailer load? (Jen)
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