My horse is talking to me

Symptoms to look for

Are you giving and getting the best from your horse or pony?

Your horse is indicating to you that it isn’t 100% when it is:

• Difficult to handle
• Frustratingly nervous, anxious or unsure
• Unwilling/ unable to stand
• Short striding
• Unable to circle/bend comfortably both ways; is “one sided”
• Foot fall is incorrect
• Short steps on one of its legs
• Will not come onto the bit
• Heavy on one rein
• Has difficulty changing leads
• Resists commands given by rider
• Puts ears back when saddle come into contact with its back
• Grumpy when tacked up
• Continually swishes its tail
• Flinches when its tail
• Is a cribber, weaver or kicker
• Tends to kick, pull back or rear while being led
• Is frightened of sound or objects
• Is head-shy
• Won’t hold feet up for cleaning or trimming
• Won’t stand still for the farrier
• Is hard to bridle or saddle
• Is spooky or scared
• Has turned aggressive
• Fearful standing in cross ties
• Loses weight easily
• Listless
• A dull or discoloured coat
• Problems with condition
• Problems with teeth
• Headaches
• Has musculosketeal or joint problems
• Is prone to colic
• Suffers from founder, laminitis or otherwise sore feet
• Has tightness about the head and a suckle in look around the mouth and/ or a small almond shaped (indicative of pain)
• Exhibits other health or behaviour issues
• Is just not her/himself

Some of the above may be due to ill-fitting tack, or an imbalanced rider. The rider should also be checked for imbalance to determine whether an N.I.S. treatment would be appropriate for them.

Contact us for more information:   
C/- 5 Belloc Street, Cambridge
New Zealand, 3432
Cell phone: 027 2214461    
Email: paul@ahh.co.nz