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Danielle    International

5/2/2016 10:45:13 AM

I just bought a 3 (soon to be 4) year old Thoroughbred. I'm doing show jumping and dressage with him. Seeing that I'm only 13 and he can get pretty strong on a jumping course, I want to know what bit would be best for him. He is currently on a snaffle. Help please!

Summer    West liberty, OH

3/6/2016 4:19:46 PM

I have a gelding and we're have trouble loading him in the trailer. We've tried everything, treats, other horses loading first, butt ropes, chains over the nose and under the chin. Nothing works, he just keeps fighting. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

amy    cincinnati, OH

12/28/2015 2:59:10 PM

I just have to ask this question. I have been around horses a long time and my fave is the draft crosses. Someone asked me once why you cant find a draft bred to another draft cross like a belgian/percheron cross. i just guessed at the fact that the foal may be too big to birth but I truly didnt know why. i am not saying it would be a good idea, but I am just curious. is it bc you shoudnt breed cold to cold blood? i really would like to know. thanks for any info

Nicole    Grantville, GA

9/21/2015 8:54:03 PM

I have a 11 year Appaloosa Mare. We got her about 8 months ago. We found out that she used to be a rodeo bucking horse. She goes crazy when you try to put a saddle pad on her. When you finally get the pad and saddle on her she dances around when you try to mount her. How do you show her that everything is ok? She is also terrified of spray bottles. I'm new with all of thi's but I love this horse and want her to be comfortable with everything. Can you help?

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