Signs of Relaxation and Stress

Signs of Relaxation and Stress

This post will list and describe some some signs of relaxation and stress. It is important to know what signs to look for in our horses so we know when to take stimuli away if we are desensitizing them, or even just to know how they are feeling. Two, three or more of these signs …

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Stable Vices

Stable Vices

A stereotypy is a repeated action that seems to have no purpose. Stable vices are stereotypies. Vices develop from the horse being stressed, usually because of boredom, lack of exercise, being confined to a stall, or other possible explanations. Below is a list of common stable vices, and brief descriptions of what they look like. …

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Are You on the Correct Diagonal?

Are You on the Correct Diagonal?

It can be hard to know whether you are on the correct diagonal when you first start riding. It’s important to know the footfall of the horse so you know exactly which diagonal is moving when. When you are on the correct diagonal you are posting when the outside front leg and inside hind leg …

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Footfall of Gaits

Footfall of Gaits

Horses have five gaits; walk, jog, lope, gallop, and back up. Of course gaited horses may vary from this, but this post will only discuss the footfall of non gaited horses. It is important to know where and what our horses feet are doing so we can time things such as lope transitions and do …

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Horse related activities are inherently dangerous and caution should be used at all times.