Wednesday, 7 June 2017

My horse has a red ribbon personality!

Instead of donning a red tail ribbon, train towards and attitude adjustment.

  1.   Set the boundaries. When your horse snarks at another horse, re-establish the boundary through which he snarked . For instance, if he kicks out, move his haunches sideways from the leg on the side he kicked.  If he lunges his head toward his neighbor, back him up. Don’t respond to emotion with emotion.  Just promptly but calmly make him work harder for every threat. 

     2.  Spend time creating and repeating positive experiences beside another horse. Riding beside        another horse, just inside your horse’s comfort bubble and no closer. Relax your body, soften your aids, then ride away. Repeat until the comfort bubble becomes closer to his neighbor.

Monday, 5 June 2017

Red ribbon personality.

It’s not uncommon at open shows to see a red ribbon fastened on the tail of a horse. The message? Stay away.  I kick.
if your horse’s territorial nature has gone so far as to warrant a red ribbon it's time to go back and do some homework before going off property.  (More on that  next post!)
I know some people with red ribbon personalities…
1.      The red ribbon prickly personality. The one you ‘ve learned to avoid.  The gossip. (Will I be next on their gossip list?) Bitter -still rehearsing hurts, vowing never to be hurt again. Negative-lots of complaints but not many solutions. Do you know anyone with a prickly personality? (No names pleaseJ)
2.      The red ribbon winning personality. Gracious. Interested in people and interested in the world. They ask questions. They remember names. They assume the best about people until proven otherwise.  How would you describe the winning personalities you know?

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. From letter to Corinthians (The Bible)

Friday, 2 June 2017

Legalizing cribbing?

The debate around legalizing marijuana continues. Some would say it’s condoning a vice. What about “condoning” cribbing? More and more researchers  are leaning toward it.
Dr. Daniel Mills, an equine behaviorist UK specializes in stereotypies. “ I’d generally say, unless the horse colics recurrently, that it’s better to allow him to crib then to prevent it through collers or surgery”. He these interventions do nothing for the motivation.
Other behaviorists say cribbing could be reduced using a cribbing collar, but  removed for short periods of time so a horse can occasionally act on his need to crib without incurring too much physical damage.
These are the things experts do agree on:

  •         Cribbing isn’t  a habit learned by watching other horses
  •        There’s a genetic  predisposition, most common to TBs and next to QHs. Cold  bloods are    those least likely to crib. It’s rarely seen in ponies (those resilient critters).
  •        Abrupt early weaning coupled with feeding concentrated grain seems to be a trigger.
  •       Anxiety is a common factor.
Prevention and eliminating the source of anxiety may eliminate the need to crib.
 Hmmm…could the same be said about pot?