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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Bridling Solutions

Bridling Solutions

Bridling is a problem that a lot of horses have. Maybe they throw their head up to avoid the bit, back up, or block you. Sometimes it’s because they are head shy, meaning they don’t want to be touched on the head or face for a number of reasons. In a case like that you …

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