Category Archives: Q & A

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Rearing Pony!

Question: E has a bad habit. She likes to pop up or rears. It seems to come and go. and just when we think its gone, it reappears. There doesn’t…

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Why is My Horse So Spooky ??

Question: Simple question — why is my horse so spooky?  Elaine, CT Answer: Hi Elaine!   Well, asides from the Leadership not being aptly in place, I would refer you…

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Understanding Equine Fear Behavior

–Gwenyth Browning Jones Santagate The trail was gorgeous that morning. Tall pine trees filtered the early morning sun and glinted on the rocks that scattered the forest floor. Dobbin was…

Buck and Rear for No Apparent Reason?

Question: Why does my usually well-behaved horse suddenly buck or rear for apparently no reason? Answer:  (A great answer from Temple Grandin, Colorado State University) This may be caused by an…

Ulcers

Question: I am ‘trying’ to  get down to a base diet that will help my horse. He is currently recovering from a nasty case of peritonitis/internal Bastard Strangles. After all…

Disconnect

Question: Hi Gwen. I’m not sure how to ask what I need to ask but maybe you’ll know what I mean anyway. Lately I’ve been feeling this ‘disconnect’ with my…

The Flying Change

Question: Does anyone have tips/ suggestions for teaching my 7yo OTTB gelding flying lead changes? He simple changes just fine but from a training perspective I am not sure I…

Colicky Horse?

Question: Hi Gwen. My horse has been colicky off and on. I don’t know what to do to help. There seems to be no trigger. He’s in a very nice…

Itchy Horse Losing Coat

Question: Hey Gwen what do you use for a Natural antihistamine? Ive got a horse itching the heck out of herself. Its not pinworms but her ears, mane and top…

17 yo Horse with Laminitis

Question: Have a quarter horse 17 yrs with laminitis. Has been a brood mare for a number of years. Only have had her 6 weeks. Working to bring her back…

Am I Too Heavy for My Horse?

Question: Is there a way to calculate if the weight of the rider is not too much for the horse? Answer: The general “rule of thumb” is a horse can…

Dominance Behavior at Feeding Time

QUESTION: My 3 yo gelding has developed a habit of dipping his neck down, then shaking his head at me at feeding time.  I assume his attitude says he is…

Riding a Horse Bareback

QUESTION: I’m an older person and always wanted to learn to ride bareback. Do you have any tips for me? ANSWER: Well, first of all you want to be sure…

What are …

What are Distal Spots? Distal Spots are a type of coloring on or around the coronary band and lower legs of the horse. The horse may have stockings or socks…

What is best hoof supplement?

Question: What do you feel is the best hoof supplement? Karen, MA Answer: The BEST hoof supplement is the best diet. Hippocrates: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be…

A Correcting Crop

Question: Hi there. I hope you can help. We have recently bought a wonderful 13.3hh pony for our daughter. He is great for her to ride but, when she needs…

Kicking out when released into field …

FORUM QUESTION >>My older gelding has recently developed the terrible habit of spinning around and kicking out when I let him out in the field in the morning. I’m at…

Question of the Day

Question of the Day from an online Horse/Hoof forum: My farrier has told me that [Dobbin] needs a supplement to strengthen her hooves. She said there are lots out there…

Dealing with the Disrespectful Youngster – A conversation.

Dealing with the Disrespectful Youngster Jul 9, 2005 – © Gwenyth Browning Jones Santagate On the subject of dealing with exuberant and disrespectful youngsters: >>>Interesting theory but the human/horse emotions…

Question.

OK .. Question for you — If you had ONE piece of advice or information that you wished you had learned right off the bat BEFORE getting into horses, what…