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Matt    International

9/17/2017 7:16:48 PM

If a person was to make pants for a horse, would it need to have two legs (for the back legs) or would it need to have four legs (for all four legs)?

Also, what material should the pants be made of ideally?

Hayley    International

7/23/2017 2:50:42 PM

I recently took my horse out on a lovely trail, and all went perfect! However, when I returned back to the ranch, I found all four of her wraps were COVERED in foxtail-burrs! Is there any way I can get these out!!! If I were to pick them, which I've been doing for the past hour, it would take more many, many boring hours. Please help!

Chloe    International

6/12/2017 1:35:07 PM

Hi I have recently brought a 13 thoroughbred, who had been turned out as a broodmare for two years. I have been lunging her and I just started her with a pessoea, which she had a tiny little buck with in canter but apart from that she was fine with it. Generally I have just trotted her so far, but yesterday I got her to do a couple circles of canter on each reign. Most of what I have read has said keep your horse in walk for every month they have been turned away and match it to your horses fitness. I just want to make sure I am doing right by her. I started only lunging her for a few minutes on each reign, yeasterday I did around 15 minuets. But she isn't breathing rapidly or breaking a single sweat. I do not lunge her everyday, as I don't want her to get achy or tired. I am planning to get on her for the first time since I have brought her at the beginning of July, just for a five minute walk around. I just wanted thoughts as to if you think I am bringing her back into work okay?

Marsha    Lake charles, LA

3/29/2017 8:00:39 AM

My husband saved a horse that was going for soap. I am glad but she does not have manners. She is all over you, she nips, turns her back side hasn't kicked but acts like she will run you over. Goes through fences like match sticks. He is determined to work with her and he is novice. I do not like her because she is seems wild. I have always had tame animals. She is about 2 years old. I guess my question is does this character ever change?

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