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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’ve heard lately that electrolytes are contraindicated for horses with a history of ulcers – is this true? My OTTB mare was diagnosed and treated successfully for her ulcers


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Giving to pressure is horse training 101, and one of the first and most basic things that we teach our horses. As important as it is, this step is often missed and not only does it become a training issue, but a safety issue.


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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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My horse is 15 years old and gets sweet itch every spring. Someone told me to add Flax seed meal to her diet.


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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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When I was a young rider, it did not take me long to learn that if I wanted to participate in the sport of riding, I had to learn to become a good rider. I was in the dressage saddle learning this. Learning to become a good rider was not only necessary in the dressage saddle but is required in any saddle on any breed of horse.


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My young Appendix of 26 years just managed to get a severe ligament/tendon injury. We are going to have the stem cell procedure done, but he will still be on stall rest for 4 to 6 months…


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Q: My daughter has an AQHA gelding that has a bad habit in the show ring. When they going into a western horsemanship class he will be good until you start the pattern. He try’s to lope off and buck, then my daughter looses control and he won’t stop. Is he just getting ring smart and anticipating the pattern?


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Using the word “dressage” hurt our educational merit in the beginning. I would have people come up to me at horse expos, and write letters, emails, and Facebook messages noting that they were Western riders and “didn’t do” dressage.


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Q: I have a 6 year old gelding pony. When I bought this horse he was fully trained and had no problems riding him until I brought him home. When I get on him he will not move but he will lay down and he doesn’t care if your on him. What should I do?


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I have a question about horse blankets. I have never used one, but I was wondering if I should. I have an Arabian/Appaloosa and a Thoroughbred, as well as a senior (Vet said over 30) quarter horse. They are all pastured 24/7 but I am not down there every day to adjust the blanketing if need be.


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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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My eight-year-old Quarter Horse mare competes in western pleasure. I’ve noticed that she’s losing shoes frequently and her hooves are brittle.


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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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