• Were you aware that Churchill contemplated plans to merge Britain with France?

    Best answer: No. I've never brought into the wartime mythology about Churchill. I think if I were around in the late 30s/early 40s I would've supported Oswald Mosley as I don't think the war did any good for Britain in the long run and the establishment dragged us into it. One good thing Churchill did do was in the... show more
    Best answer: No. I've never brought into the wartime mythology about Churchill. I think if I were around in the late 30s/early 40s I would've supported Oswald Mosley as I don't think the war did any good for Britain in the long run and the establishment dragged us into it. One good thing Churchill did do was in the 1950s when he suggested the Tories adopt the campaign slogan "Keep England White". Perhaps they should've heeded his advice.
    9 answers · 1 day ago
  • What's the best way to correct bad behaviour in mini shetland?

    Best answer: Each and every time she misbehaves, correct her. It's just that simple.... And, recognize when she makes a fraction of a mistake and not a huge one and correct the small mistake. Many people let it go to the point the horse is biting them. When she flicks an ear, tips her face into your space, or nudges... show more
    Best answer: Each and every time she misbehaves, correct her. It's just that simple.... And, recognize when she makes a fraction of a mistake and not a huge one and correct the small mistake. Many people let it go to the point the horse is biting them. When she flicks an ear, tips her face into your space, or nudges into your space say "NO WAY!! NOT ON MY WATCH!!!!" and back her butt up smartly. Get good a recognizing small things and small changes and correct and reward those.

    Typical corrections are a glare, a verbal "ah-ah", a wiggle of the lead rope, a bump on the lead, a whack with the end of the lead rope, a whack with a dressage whip, backing the horse vigorously, or driving the horse forward vigorously out of your space. It sounds like she needs the vigorous corrections to get her to pay attention to you initially. But you will want to teach her to respond to just your pointed glare. Pay attention to how a lead horse corrects and disciplines a naughty one and take notes.... And, use a block when she goes to bite. When she behaves, tell her she's good and leave her be.

    Add in a lighter correction like the "ah-ah" noise as you whack her. Soon she will know that noise means uh oh for her. The benefit of the noise is that it is super immediate and you can deliver it in the moment when you might not be able to reach her with a whip or lead. Correcting your horse very immediately is so important. Use as much pressure as is necessary to motivate her and get her to mind. But she's a mini- so don't break her. At least she's not a badly behaved draft....

    Some people however well intentioned, will never be good horse trainers or able to deal with misbehavior. For those people, I recommend getting a perfectly trained horse and keeping it in a good solid program with a professional trainer.

    PS Most one year olds have a lot to learn, so hang in there. She's testing you. Learn faster.
    6 answers · 3 days ago
  • What is the best exercises or things to practice alongside riding to make it unlikely you will get injuries ?

    I know it's a dangerous sport but I am meaning more... obviously if your overweight or unfit then your more likely to have an injury or inflexible because if a horse bolted or jumped from a standstill you'd probably not react as quickly or as adapted as someone who was very athletic and flexible? Also... show more
    I know it's a dangerous sport but I am meaning more... obviously if your overweight or unfit then your more likely to have an injury or inflexible because if a horse bolted or jumped from a standstill you'd probably not react as quickly or as adapted as someone who was very athletic and flexible? Also mental exercises, what are best to speed reaction time up, for example a horse goes to kick you and you don't react quick enough or you don't feel you'll stay on over a high jump so the fear stops you being able to understand what is your common sense and what is fear...?
    5 answers · 6 days ago
  • Are small heads are horses a sign of any sort?

    I am looking to purchase a horse. There is one in specific I m looking at however she happens to have an pretty small head (she is 2) Wondering if small heads are something to stay away from? The rest of her confirmation and temperament wise is great but the head has me thinking.
    I am looking to purchase a horse. There is one in specific I m looking at however she happens to have an pretty small head (she is 2) Wondering if small heads are something to stay away from? The rest of her confirmation and temperament wise is great but the head has me thinking.
    3 answers · 7 days ago
  • Mare bolts with bit, refuses to move bitless- what should I do?

    I got my first horse in March, she s a 14hh, 6yr old Gypsy Cob who was broken in/backed in September. When I got her she was ridden in a snaffle, she was fine on hacks but in the field would bolt, buck and rear. She seemed really uncomfortable with the bit as she would chew on it a lot, toss her head around and shy... show more
    I got my first horse in March, she s a 14hh, 6yr old Gypsy Cob who was broken in/backed in September. When I got her she was ridden in a snaffle, she was fine on hacks but in the field would bolt, buck and rear. She seemed really uncomfortable with the bit as she would chew on it a lot, toss her head around and shy away when I tried to put the bridle on. I got her a hackamore to try and at first she seems a lot better with it- letting me put the bridle on with no fuss etc but as soon as I get on and try to ride she refuses to move. The only way I can get her to even walk is by using a whip/tapping her shoulder with the reins. I don t know if she actually is uncomfortable or if she s just stubborn.
    13 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • Could you wear jodhpurs under tall boots?

    My daughter shows in the hunter circuit and she’s catch riding a horse for a friend of our trainers, but since she’s only ridden ponies in the past all she has is jodhpurs. She does have tall boots, just no breeches. Do you think she could show in jods under her tall boots? It’s a fairly large recognized a circuit... show more
    My daughter shows in the hunter circuit and she’s catch riding a horse for a friend of our trainers, but since she’s only ridden ponies in the past all she has is jodhpurs. She does have tall boots, just no breeches. Do you think she could show in jods under her tall boots? It’s a fairly large recognized a circuit show.
    3 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • Mare peeing a lot and leaning on stall?

    Do you think my mare is in heat or something wrong? Starting today she’s been peering a lot! And when she does she leans her back end on her stall, so much so that her foot seems to be underneath her completely. Is this normal?! I’m freaking out
    Do you think my mare is in heat or something wrong? Starting today she’s been peering a lot! And when she does she leans her back end on her stall, so much so that her foot seems to be underneath her completely. Is this normal?! I’m freaking out
    7 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • Mustangs backbone shows?

    my 7 yo mustang looks good all over but his back. its almost a lack of muscle it seems though this is new for him. He is free fed grass hay pasture and is getting grain. coat is very shiny. I dont ride this boy due to a issue with a hoof but he is pasture sound. Was wormed a couple months back teeth are okay.
    my 7 yo mustang looks good all over but his back. its almost a lack of muscle it seems though this is new for him. He is free fed grass hay pasture and is getting grain. coat is very shiny. I dont ride this boy due to a issue with a hoof but he is pasture sound. Was wormed a couple months back teeth are okay.
    7 answers · 3 weeks ago
  • How much is my horse worth?

    How much is my horse worth? She is a 15hh solid coloured registered Appaloosa 5 years old 6 in a few days, she was started under the saddle last summer but needs to be re educated ideally,and has the most amazing temperament a real seeetheart to be around who is very intelligent eager to learn she will follow you... show more
    How much is my horse worth? She is a 15hh solid coloured registered Appaloosa 5 years old 6 in a few days, she was started under the saddle last summer but needs to be re educated ideally,and has the most amazing temperament a real seeetheart to be around who is very intelligent eager to learn she will follow you around like a dog she is great with my children and dog and is not fazed by anything , she has no health issues lumps or bumps will happily be led around and will happily go in the trailer for a drive, she’s a very good doer and once broken and In Work will make someone a very very nice horse she picks. Up all 4 feet and has good manners (she can have sour days if in season) she’s a very pretty girl and loves to be cuddled and played around with and very happy to live out, appart from needing some training she’s just an absolute jem, she’s a fine chestnut with 4 white matching socks white blaze and fine shiny silky coat. Any ideas as to what she is worth?
    11 answers · 4 weeks ago
  • Best ways of preventing abscesses in horses prone to it?

    Best answer: In my experience, chronic abscesses have sometimes meant there's an unresolved underlying injury to the site of the abscess, perhaps coupled with a suppressed immune system due to Cushings or other such problems. I would have an xray done of the affected feet. You may find bone infection, sometimes joint... show more
    Best answer: In my experience, chronic abscesses have sometimes meant there's an unresolved underlying injury to the site of the abscess, perhaps coupled with a suppressed immune system due to Cushings or other such problems.

    I would have an xray done of the affected feet. You may find bone infection, sometimes joint infection, or some other anomoly. If this is the case, I would pass on the horse unless he was already mine. These are expensive, labor intensive, long term issues to fix.

    I would have the horse tested for Cushings Syndrome and other problems which suppress the immune system. Again, I would probably pass on the horse if he weren't mine, but if he were already mine, I would definitely treat the disorder and get his immune system going again!


    If it is not a huge issue like this, I would recommend keeping the horse's feet as clean as possible and reasonably dry. Don't overdo it, though - too dry is as bad as too wet. If you bed on shavings, and you keep them completely dry, you'll dry out the hoof too much. Wet grass is not as big a problem as mud, because it's clean, but unless it dries out in the afternoons so his hooves can dry you may want to bring him in for a few hours so they can.

    Do everything you can to prevent stone bruises and other hoof injuries that lead to abscesses. This means keep him on clean firm ground - not hard, not muddy, not rocky. Consider using pads under his shoes if he is shod.

    If he can go unshod, great! The nail holes are an easy path for bacteria to enter and cause an abscess.

    Keep his hooves correctly trimmed (and shod if necessary) at all times. No stretching out the times between farrier visits - a flared wall or cracked toe can let things start all over again.

    Periodically check your paddocks and walkways for rocks and other things that can bruise the hoof, and remove them.



    Treat any abscesses that appear correctly. Most veterinarians seem to recommend against using antibiotics on them unless there is swelling in the pastern above the ankle joint. It seems that these often suppress the infection enough for the horse to feel and look ok, but not enough to kill it off. The infection stays in there low level, brewing, only to erupt again bigger than ever.

    So soak, poultice, and wrap the abscessed hoof until the abscess is clear, and for a few days after that to be sure. Then keep the horse on firm clean footing for a few days until the path of the abscess eruption has hardened up so no new infection can get in.

    This is a significant issue.

    Here's a link to some more tips that might help: https://www.usef.org/media/press-release...

    Good Luck with him!
    6 answers · 4 weeks ago
  • Are more expensive horse riding helmets safer?

    I have been considering taking riding lessons as an adult and I am trying to figure out costs before I sign up. I was looking at helmets and they have a huge gap some $30-$350! I was wondering why some get so expensive, are more expensive ones safer or just a dumb name brand thing?
    I have been considering taking riding lessons as an adult and I am trying to figure out costs before I sign up. I was looking at helmets and they have a huge gap some $30-$350! I was wondering why some get so expensive, are more expensive ones safer or just a dumb name brand thing?
    15 answers · 1 month ago
  • Is it safe to apply fly spray to my horse in the barn where the cats hang out?

    Since pyrethrins and permethrins are toxic to cats, I was wondering if I should take the horse outside of the barn to apply the fly spray so the cats don't inhale it or walk through it and get it on their fur, then lick it off?
    Since pyrethrins and permethrins are toxic to cats, I was wondering if I should take the horse outside of the barn to apply the fly spray so the cats don't inhale it or walk through it and get it on their fur, then lick it off?
    5 answers · 4 weeks ago
  • Please help with ideas for a show name for my Palomino mare, her barn name is Summer.?

    I rescued her from a kill pen and she did not come with registration papers. I will be showing her in open shows, and and working on getting her registered with APtHA. Our farm name is Starry Haven Farms (SHF). I do want to include the word Summer in it. What I have so far is "SHF Summer... show more
    I rescued her from a kill pen and she did not come with registration papers. I will be showing her in open shows, and and working on getting her registered with APtHA. Our farm name is Starry Haven Farms (SHF). I do want to include the word Summer in it. What I have so far is "SHF Summer Shandy" Thanks in advance! :)
    9 answers · 1 month ago
  • Stallion name starting with N?

    11 answers · 1 month ago
  • Bonding with my horse?

    How many hours a week do you spend with your horse? And what do you do with him/her in that time to create a bond. Any tips for someone who is finding it hard to bond with their horse as I'm concerned I don't spend enough time with him. It's been some months now since I first leased him with a view to... show more
    How many hours a week do you spend with your horse? And what do you do with him/her in that time to create a bond. Any tips for someone who is finding it hard to bond with their horse as I'm concerned I don't spend enough time with him. It's been some months now since I first leased him with a view to buy but he's just been loaned out so much he's seems to be like a riding school pony - totally numb to people. No problems at all with manners/obedience and I appreciate it takes time but it's never the horses fault so maybe I could be doing more. Thanks
    10 answers · 1 month ago
  • Why is my horse leaning?

    My horse is about 24 years old and recently started walking sideways and leaning theres this weird dip on his back and I dont understand.
    My horse is about 24 years old and recently started walking sideways and leaning theres this weird dip on his back and I dont understand.
    11 answers · 1 month ago