Sheath cleaning tips on horses!

Well it was time for Mr. Tay to get his sheath cleaning this year so I thought I would do a little recording to give you a few tips on horses. Most horses only need this done once or twice a year but it all depends on the horse. There are many more tips on horses when it comes to sheath cleaning but these are just a few that I use.

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Buy a horse health assessment before you buy a horse!

This is a little video I shot inside today in regards to getting a health assessment done on your horse before you buy a horse. I find many people don’t even know that kinesiology is an option for doing health assessments on their horses and they are unaware how accurate it can be. You can set up a program specific to your horse’s needs and know ahead of time what you are getting into when you buy a horse. It takes the guessing out of your horse’s health program and if you should buy a horse that’s healthy or not.

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How to train a horse to line up with a mounting block!

This 2 minute video clip gives you a basic idea on how to train a horse to come toward a mounting block and line up so you can mount and dismount. One thing I didn’t mention in the video is that horses are pattern animals so if you work on this every time you go to mount and dismount it won’t take long before your horse knows the pattern. It just takes a little time and patience and before you know it you will know how to train a horse to line up next to you every time you want to mount from a log, fence, tailgate or a real mounting block.

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Dentistry tips on horses!

I’ve put together a little video for you on some dentistry tips on horses from my own experiences with my horses. Horse dentistry is a part of horse husbandry that I feel very strongly about so I took the time to research it to ensure my horses are getting the best care possible. These few dentistry tips on horses are just a small example of what is included in my DVD for sale on horse husbandry. If you are interested on many, many more tips on horses feel free to browse my website.

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Common mistakes made when you buy a horse!

For many people when they buy a horse it is a very emotional experience. And because of this, emotions play a big part when you buy a horse. Along with emotions there are other factors like finance, breed, color, discipline, etc. I have compiled a list of some common mistakes I have seen people make and hopefully this list will help you when you go to buy a horse.

1. Finances almost always play a part to a certain extent when you are looking to buy a horse. And because of this many people end up with younger inexperienced horses or older ones that have barely had any time put on them. Of course these horses are appealing because their prices are reduced due to the lack of training and experience the horse has. Training is expensive and time is precious so if you aren’t experienced with horses it would be better and cheaper in the end if you buy a horse that is older with tons of experience. Just get on and ride!

2. Love at first sight! You go to buy a horse and it’s the breed you want, the color you have been looking for and of course when you went to look at him he came right to the fence to greet you. SOLD! A common case of emotions gone wild when you went to buy a horse.

3. Or you aren’t even in the market to buy a horse but you have the room and this horse needs rescued. Yet another case of emotions gone crazy! However in this particular case this is the first time you buy a horse and have no idea about the financial commitment involved. Surprise!

4. Too many people never ask to try the horse out first. When you buy a horse ask for a trial period. I have done that with all my horses and it’s the best way for you to get to know the horse and in the end buy a horse that is the best fit for you. If the owners have nothing to hide then it shouldn’t be a problem.

5. Time and time again I have seen people buy a horse that is not their skill level. They have dreams of barrel racing, jumping, endurance riding, etc. so they buy a horse that’s already at that level but they have done nothing to train themselves to be at that same level.

6. So many times I have also seen people buy a horse without having a vet check done. They get their horse home and it’s not long before signs of lameness or other medical issues start to arise. If you do buy a horse without a vet check you could be looking at writing a large cheque of your own.

7. When people buy a horse they rarely consider the emotional and mental state of a horse and just check out the physical state. Many, many horses have been emotionally damaged in their past and it can take years of proper care with connection, love and even medication to get them back to a state of trust with the human. If you buy a horse like this you had better be very prepared for the journey.

So those are just some of the common mistakes I have seen when people go to buy a horse. Please take careful consideration when you go to buy a horse as they have feelings and emotions just like you and I.

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How to train a horse that is claustrophobic!

My mare Ms. Winnie is quite claustrophobic and learning how to train a horse like her has been very interesting. Getting through tight gates or even over some things has been very challenging. Interesting enough is that it’s rarely the obstacle and more about the trust you build in your relationship. Hope you enjoy this short video I put together on how to train a horse like my Ms. Winnie using some obstacles and different strategies.

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Understanding pain in horse language!

Horse language indicating pain is not always easy to evaluate especially when it is a slight pain that only occurs when doing certain manoeuvres or movements. It’s very easy to mistake this horse language for dominance and your horse just not wanting to do the task you are asking for. Check out this quick video of Mr. Tay trying to use his horse language to tell me he is in pain.

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How to buy a horse if YOU are an extroverted reactor!

Well this is my last blog on how to buy a horse depending on the type of person you are. You would really be amazed how much this will help you with your relationship with your horse when you go to buy a horse. Honestly just consider it when you go to buy a horse and if you aren’t an extroverted reactor type then maybe check out my other blogs on extroverted thinker, introverted reactor and introverted thinker. We all tend to fit in there somewhere and it’s just fun to do and really quite helpful when you buy a horse.

So the extroverted reactor type definitely has more energy and just jumps in with both feet and deals with the consequences later if there are any. If you are this person you are also quite sensitive, perceptive to things and ambitious. Wouldn’t you love to buy a horse that matched your energy and positive attributes? But being this extroverted reactor type you can also get defensive, over react and be impulsive. We all know though when we go to buy a horse we have to look at all attributes positive and negative and accept them for who they are. After all don’t our horses do that with us? I have said it before and I will say it again, if you want to buy a horse that will be your perfect partner then best ask your friends and family what type of person you really are. Most of us tend to think of ourselves quite differently than the ones closest to us.

Now lets look at what your perfect partner would be like when you go to buy a horse. This partner will have more “go” and will be athletic and have quite a bit of endurance. And remember if you buy a horse like this he will also be sensitive like you and quite perceptive. Again all great positives when you buy a horse like this. However this horse can also by fearful, reactive, have a tendency to bolt or rear and is a forward-aholic so you need to be quite the leader so this horse doesn’t run over you. But don’t fret if you are a first time horse owner and want to buy a horse like this. All you need to do is make sure when you buy a horse like this is that he has mild tendencies and not extreme ones. When any of these tendencies are mild they are easy to handle. So many people think of the horse that’s gone crazy and think there is no way they would buy a horse like this which is so unfair to the ones with mild tendencies. These horses make great partners and will do anything for you.

I have ridden with someone who did buy a horse like this and they are such a perfect match. That horse will do anything for her! Can you see how matching yourself with your horse could be advantageous? Buy a horse like this and he will be able to keep up with you and have the endurance you are looking for. And because he is also so sensitive you can use consistency and a strong focus to help him. If you do buy a horse that is an extroverted reactor your goal will be calmness, and retreating will be your friend when he is feeling unsafe.

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