I have a 5 year old ex-racehorse mare that I’ve had for about 4 months now. I’ve been doing mostly flat work and she gets very headstrong after we’ve been trotting for a while and/or when we start cantering. I have her in a D ring snaffle with a roller right now, I was thinking about putting her in an Uxeter Kimberwick or an Elevator. Which would you guys suggest? Or do you know of any other bits that might work to help keep her from getting strong and running through it? I plan on competing in eventing or combined training eventually and I have a feeling that when I start jumping courses or going cross country she’ll get much stronger than she is in the ring. Any suggestions or tips for bits or anything else would be greatly appreciated, thanks.
This is my little pony mare, Fancy (aka Little Miss Fancy Pants), and I during our ride today. She hasn’t jumped in about a year, if not more, so I decided to pop her over a couple small fences today and she was perfect! We had one mishap, but that was completely my fault. Please judge both of us, I know I need to release a bit more and we took kind of a long spot. Thanks!
Hi all. I’ve seen a couple other questions about rated shows, but they didn’t quite answer my question. Do you have to qualify to participate in rated shows or is it open to anyone? I’m used to local schooling shows and growing up riding at a small barn that didn’t do many off-property shows, I just started doing bigger events in the past couple years. So any explainations would be wonderful. Thanks for reading.
A fellow horse owner I know has a mare that was, as far as we know, over worked when someone took her on trial. She was at a jumper barn, so she was most likely jumped too much. When the owner brought her home the mare seemed okay, but in the past couple days she’s become foot sore (her hooves are in bad need of a trim), back sore, and it seems she’s pulled her hamstring. The vet recommended about a month of rest, then she could be started back into work. So I’d like your opinions, do you think she’ll be able to recover 100%? I was looking to buy this horse, but then these injuries came up and the owner decided she’d keep her while she recovers. I would still really like to have this mare, but I’m in to eventing, so I didn’t want to stop looking for another horse if she might not be fully fuctional again.