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Dana Hokana gives us “Ten Simple Tips to Transition Your Horse from the Snaffle to the Bridle.”


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Dana Hokana share tips to make your horse love his job again.


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I have been turned left and right about bits… this one does this or this one does that… and I am just so unsure. So, could you help me out and tell me what you think is a proper bit for a western pleasure class for a 7 year old full bred Morgan?


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f your horse is feeling fresh, he’ll be unable to focus, and will most likely resist your cues. If you were to ride him while he’s too fresh, you’d be setting yourself up for a fight. As you get him out of his stall or pen, observe his body language.


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I am having a little trouble with my mares jog. I feel like she is jogging true and up with cadence. However, when my friend watches me, she says my mare is jogging long and she isn’t under herself. Can you please recommend a “fix”


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The horse went real good for the first couple of weeks and then he started to act up, like get spooky and rear, and then all of a sudden he started to crow hop to the side when anybody dismounted.


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I have a new, three-year old Western Pleasure gelding that, because of previous riders training differently, both he and I are confused! The area is on downward transitions and stopping and backing up.


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I have an 8-year-old APHA mare that has been shown some in the western pleasure and trail. She has developed this bad habit of trotting into my leg and pinning her ears back right before the lead departure. It may be because she is in season, but I don’t know how to fix the problem.


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I have a problem with my horse on the longe line. He drops his shoulder and cuts in, especially on the right circle. Do you have any suggestions for me?


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My older pleasure show mare is still going strong and I was wanting to try her more in all around events; particularly Western Riding. She has a tendency to get hot and worried and as I’ve started her on flying lead changes.


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After Dana’s suggestions Hunter is now moving better than ever and he is not sore at all! PleasureHorse and Dana helped him move his natural way!


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I have a yearling that is over at the knees. I plan to start training him myself next year. I have attached a photo of him. He is able to lock his knees in at times and look just about normal, other times he clearly stands over.


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I have a mare that is exceptionally flat up front in the round pen. However as I’ve begun to ask for more collection and slowing down she wants to bend her knee and slap the ground with her front feet.


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Showing older horses is something I value and work toward. I believe all horses deserve to have long term careers.


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