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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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LynnPalm

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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My stallion has ulcers every couple of years. What would be a good diet for him? At present he gets good quality alfalfa/grass hay with about one pound of 12% sweet feed daily at 6:30 am and 3:30 pm, and all the fresh water he can drink.


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Q.Dear Dr. Gray,
I have acquired an overweight horse that needs to lose approximately 150 pounds. I plan to feed him mixed and grass hay with minimal to no grain. Because of this I feel he needs a vitamin/mineral supplement to make up for any deficiencies due to hay quality.
Any suggestions?


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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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We’ve been breeding horses for many years, and for some reason over the past year we’ve started to have a problem with some of these young horses chewing each other’s tails off.


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Q. I have an 8 year old gelding that I show in western working events. He is perfect during warm-ups and is excellent in patterns, but I’m really having a problem in rail classes with him raising his head and speeding up- RUNNING, actually, and only when we’re being judged.


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