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[18 Aug 2011 | No Comment | ]

Restoring rider confidence
We asked horse training expert Dr. Jessica Jahiel, whose teaching goal is to develop balanced, willing, forward horses and thoughtful riders. More on Jessica
From: Christine
Hi! I am an 18 year old and I have a problem I am hoping you might be able to help me with. My problem is that I have lost all confidence in riding and sometimes being around horses. I should first give you some background information on me.
I quit riding in November of 1993 because my instructor was intimidating me. I was never …

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[18 Aug 2011 | No Comment | ]

Bracing in the saddle
We asked horse training expert Dr. Jessica Jahiel, whose teaching goal is to develop balanced, willing, forward horses and thoughtful riders. More on Jessica
From: Andrea
My problem is I brace in the saddle. Every instructor I have tells me this and I know I am doing it but don’t know how to stop. I don’t think I do this when I am riding for fun (maybe I do to some point but not as much as in lessons) but when someone is watching me and critiquing my riding …

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[18 Aug 2011 | No Comment | ]

Afraid to ride my horse
We asked horse training expert Dr. Jessica Jahiel, whose teaching goal is to develop balanced, willing, forward horses and thoughtful riders. More on Jessica
From: Maria
I need some advice about my situation, whether to sell my horse and start looking for another one, or keep trying to overcome my fear of riding him. Here is some background:
I am 38 years old, and have been riding a little here and there since I was a teenager (weekly lessons for several years, a couple riding camps and occasional trail …

Ask the Expert, Health and Vet Care »

[16 Aug 2011 | One Comment | ]

Should I blanket my horse in the cold? We asked horse training expert Dr. Jessica Jahiel, whose teaching goal is to develop balanced, willing, forward horses and thoughtful riders. More on Jessica
From: June
Dear Jessica,
I have been reading your advice mail for about a month. I don’t have time to read all of the posts but enjoy the ones I do read.
I acquired a 3 year old Morgan last March. She is the only horse I own presently and is the 4th horse I have owned. I live in the foothills of …

Ask the Expert, Feeds and Nutrition »

[16 Aug 2011 | 4 Comments | ]

Fusing Hocks
We asked horse training expert Dr. Jessica Jahiel, whose teaching goal is to develop balanced, willing, forward horses and thoughtful riders. More about Dr.Jahiel
Question
Dear Jessica:
I have talked about this with my vet once, and although he is a very good vet, he is not much of a communicator with us humans. I plan to talk to him again when he comes back in a few weeks, and I’m hoping that you will be able to work your usual magic and help me understand the issue well enough to ask …

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[16 Aug 2011 | 2 Comments | ]

Moon Blindness
We asked horse training expert Dr. Jessica Jahiel, whose teaching goal is to develop balanced, willing, forward horses and thoughtful riders. More about Dr.Jahiel
Question
Dear Jessica:
My horse’s foal (who’s now grown up) was seven when he got moon blindness in both eyes and had to be put down. My horse is 19 now and had Smoky, the foal, when she was 10. Is there any sort of reverse-genetic thing that might cause her to get moon blindness? And also, what exactly is moon blindness and can it be prevented?
Cindal
Answer
Hi Cindal!
First, …

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[16 Aug 2011 | No Comment | ]

Absorbent Bedding
We asked horse training expert Dr. Jessica Jahiel, whose teaching goal is to develop balanced, willing, forward horses and thoughtful riders. More about Dr.Jahiel
Question
Dear Jessica,
I am just about to move my two horses home now our little barn is completed, and I will be buying my own bedding. Where I boarded the horses before, we used sawdust and sometimes bags of rice hulls when the sawdust ran out. For my birthday, my husband is building me a storage building for the bedding and the hay so that they won’t …

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[16 Aug 2011 | No Comment | ]

My horse is a picky eater
We asked horse training expert Dr. Ron Meredith.
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Question
I have a three-year-old mare that is very picky about what you feed especially hay – what is a good thing to feed her?
Answer
The two most important things to your horse’s health are fresh air and fresh water. Not enough fresh water can cause a horse to be picky about food. If she doesn’t drink enough water be sure she is getting enough salt and minerals. We use a salt and mineral mix added free choice …

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[16 Aug 2011 | No Comment | ]

Rider Conditioning
Laura Phelps-Bell has over 25 years experience in the equine industry as a trainer and instructor. Her background includes successfully competing in dressage, on the “A” Open circuit in hunter/jumpers, showing in many western events, management of several large training/boarding facilities and teaching equine management courses at the college level. More about Laura
Question
From: Shari
I have been out of the saddle for a couple of years. I am looking for a program of exercise to help me get in shape for the riding season. I am particularly interested in exercises …

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[16 Aug 2011 | No Comment | ]

Using the right bit
Laura Phelps-Bell has over 25 years experience in the equine industry as a trainer and instructor. Her background includes successfully competing in dressage, on the “A” Open circuit in hunter/jumpers, showing in many western events, management of several large training/boarding facilities and teaching equine management courses at the college level. More about Laura
Question
From: Diana
I am currently leasing a 28yr. old horse that seems to be a very nice animal. He is very shy about you touching his head, never had his teeth floated, and cannot be cross …