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The Whole Horse No. 21 - Christmas Quiz Special Edition
December 12, 2012
The Happy Horse Training Christmas Quiz
a) Worry that he is in too much pain and put the shoes back on again.
b) Keep him in a stable on rubber matting and a deep bed, and give him some bute for the pain.
c) Put some well-fitted hoof boots on with padding, and put him out with a laid-back companion.
a) Let her stop and look for a moment but decide there is nothing there and she must pay attention to you, so you push her forward again.
b) Let her stop and only ask her to go on again when she relaxes and flickers an ear back to you.
c) Push her forward briskly turning her head away from the trees and make her concentrate on her work.
a) Leave them alone.
b) Separate the foal from the mare and put him in a safe stable where he can't hurt himself until he is weaned. The mare respects the fences so she stays out. They are out of hearing range of each other.
c) Begin to take the mare out for short sessions away from her foal, and, when he is coping better, find another youngster to put him in with and separate them a few fields away from each other.
a) Compete him anyway
b) Take him back home
c) Arrange to push back your turn and give him ten minutes to rest
a) Defer to the trainers greater experience and let him sort your horse out.
b) Feel upset about your horse, and when the trainer gets off her you cancel the remaining lessons and take her straight home.
c) Insist that he stops riding her straight away.
a) Increase his feeding gradually and look into herbal support for his liver and digestive system.
b) Give him a decent dose of de-worming paste from the vet.
c) Wait until he has regained some condition and his gut is healthier then give him a de-worming paste from the vet.
a) Treat with herbs or homeopathically for the pain and leave the foot alone until the abscess bursts out itself.
b) Get your hoof trimmer to have a scrape and see if he/she can find a likely crack, then poultice the foot.
c) Call the Vet out to give him antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs as well as cut a good part of his sole away. You fill in the hole afterwards with some kind of hoof repair resin, bandage it all up and keep him in for a few weeks.
a) Bring him in with a bridle next time and keeping a good hold of him, teaching him to respect you with a good tap on the shoulder with a stick.
b) Let him graze on the edges a bit to settle him down.
c) Stay calm and push him gently and firmly out of your space until he yields to the pressure and becomes calmer and more willing to listen to you.
9. You are trying out a new saddle in the arena one day, and when you get on your horse she feels like an unexploded bomb
a) Stay very quiet and, keeping your aids to a minimum, gently ask her to move forward
b) Get off immediately and after checking the fit of the saddle again see how she behaves on the lunge before sitting on her again.
c) Push her on quickly and firmly, keeping a good steady rein contact, and give her a tap with the whip if she ignores your leg.
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The winner will receive the link for their free eBook in an e-mail sent to this address. Have fun, and...
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