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    Interestingly enough, and old mule trainer told...

    Interestingly enough, and old mule trainer told me how he trained his mules--he started them in a twisted wire bit or a bicycle chain bit, and then progressed to a mild snaffle. He told me he...
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    page 91 in the dover catalog with the jumper on...

    page 91 in the dover catalog with the jumper on the cover has a picture of Inclusive on page 91.
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    You need to be super firm when you first get...

    You need to be super firm when you first get on--because if you start out nice, the horse will not believe you when you ask for more. Also, picking up a bit more contact and pushing the horse into...
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    Try a bit with a curb chain, such as a pelham or...

    Try a bit with a curb chain, such as a pelham or the like. It probably will do the trick. I have had mules...a curb can work well with them. I also drive horses, and my move-up bit is a liverpool,...
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    I had a gelding that came up lame in the hind...

    I had a gelding that came up lame in the hind end, had him x-rayed (he also had developed an alarmingly large swelling on the hock, which is why we x-rayed the hocks--figured that was the lameness...
  6. The only thing I have found is that horses of...

    The only thing I have found is that horses of like color hang out. In my herd, I have a number of solid colored horses, and they all hang out together. I have a number of appaloosas, and they hang...
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    Yes, very frustrating. And I've had trainers do...

    Yes, very frustrating. And I've had trainers do it to me--tell me that they want the horse for themselves, or as a project, or as an investment, and then when they show up I find out that they want...
  8. Another British company that makes really nice...

    Another British company that makes really nice saddles for foxhunting is Ideal Saddlery; I have one I have hunted with for several years, and it still doesn't show any wear. And, the saddles are...
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    I had the same problem, and settled on Omegatin. ...

    I had the same problem, and settled on Omegatin. It is a high fat--like twenty percent--and can either be fed as a sole grain, or top dressed as a suppliment. I am feeding it as a grain soaked to...
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    I feel for you. I sell horses at all price...

    I feel for you. I sell horses at all price ranges, and get the most aggravation selling lower priced horses. For some reason, people buying lower priced horses think that they should be broke as...
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    None of the issues you are experiencing seem...

    None of the issues you are experiencing seem career ending to me; put the shoes back on him, along with bell boots. Few TBs can go barefoot. That should alleviate his soreness up front. You did...
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    Depends on your horse. I live in the northeast,...

    Depends on your horse. I live in the northeast, where it is cold, and I don't blanket unless I have a horse that doesn't grow enough winter coat, or unless I have a clipped horse.
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    Maybe a change of career? If she is a really...

    Maybe a change of career? If she is a really stocky pony, I wonder if she would prefer driving to riding?
  14. I don't know where you are located, but I have a...

    I don't know where you are located, but I have a local tack shop near me that has a huge, and I mean huge selection of used tack--some of it at incredibly good prices. (I just picked up a Barnsby...
  15. Two of them from the same bloodlines with this...

    Two of them from the same bloodlines with this problem? I would suggest a different horse, as it sounds like the rearing is just in this horse.
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    Depends on the chiro and on the problem with the...

    Depends on the chiro and on the problem with the horse. I had a horse that was definately lame in the hind end. Took him to a vet that was also a chiro, and had him adjusted. The chiro said he was...
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    If the price is good enough, sell. I didn't with...

    If the price is good enough, sell. I didn't with two different horses, and in both cases the horses died within six months.
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    There is nothing wrong with putting him down. In...

    There is nothing wrong with putting him down. In fact, it may be the best solution.
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    Actually the lip strap runs NOT from the rein...

    Actually the lip strap runs NOT from the rein ring, but rather from the little opening half-way between the two rein rings, through the center ring on the curb chain to the other opening.
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    I had a horse with sweet itch. I did have him on...

    I had a horse with sweet itch. I did have him on grass, but it worked best if I kept him in in the early morning and the evening when the midges that cause it were active; I kept him out all day...
  21. Ummm...wedges don't improve movement from a...

    Ummm...wedges don't improve movement from a hunter standpoint; if they do anything they'll add more knee action. You get longer action with the lower heel/longer toe which is why racehorses tend to...
  22. The best protection is shipping wraps--bandages...

    The best protection is shipping wraps--bandages over quilts all the way down over the coronary band. Next best would be shipping boots. And the least protection is nothing. I had a bad shipper...
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    I think it is fine to both show and hunt your...

    I think it is fine to both show and hunt your horse...I show and hunt my horses, and I have a neighbor who does the same. If your horse is fit enough to hunt, doing a show is not that difficult for...
  24. I don't remember when I heard my first purr. But...

    I don't remember when I heard my first purr. But my old cat, as much as I loved him, I was disappointed because he really didn't purr. Once in a blue moon, he would purr so quietly you could barely...
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    Shivers and stringhalt: I have two lesson...

    Shivers and stringhalt: I have two lesson horses. One has stringhalt. stringhalt appears when the horse is moving, and the horse snaps the leg up high. The stringhalt lesson horse is old--but he...
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