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[16 Aug 2011 | No Comment | ]

Horse shoeing problems
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
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From: Wanda
My horse, who is now 8, has had shoes on in summer since he was 3. He used to be pretty good to shoe but has gradually been getting worse….to the point that we can’t …

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Free Lunging
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
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Hi. What is your opinion about free lunging? My horse seems to lunge better when I don’t use a line. Another question that I have is I understand about horses being herd bound but what do you …

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Youngster Hates Clipping
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
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Hi. I have a two-year-old gelding who absolutely HATES to have his muzzle clipped. I can clip his entire body and face without a problem. I have tried the slow and easy approach with no luck. …

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First Water Crossing
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
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From: Maggie
I have a two year old paint filly that I have just started riding on the trail. Our first water crossing she flatly refused to go over. I tried everything I know but nothing got …

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Slowing Down The Lope
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
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Hello, I have an 18-year-old reg. Appaloosa mare that I have owned for 15 years.
She is a total sweetheart. My problem is that now after being an all around trail, cow and halter horse …

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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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I have an eight-yer-old old morgan gelding who is 900 pounds and acts with pure love with me. However when I’ve turned him out with my neighbor’s nine -year -old morgan gelding, they immediately begin to posture, draw their ears back and nip at each other. I know horses have to establish a pecking order, but we are afraid one of them will get seriously injured. Any suggestions?
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A few points to make on this subject:

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My mare is too aggressive
We asked horse training expert Dr. Ron Meredith.
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From: Avondon
I have an aggressive mare, I know or think I know the reason for this. It is because I am not confident in handling her and she has taken to being bossy and aggressive. How can I be more confident around her, which in turn will help me to help her?
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Try spending more time around her without trying to do anything other than be with her. When you do this you need to be far enough …

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Horse will not stand still for saddling
We asked horse training expert Dr. Ron Meredith.
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From: Neuronockaol
My 15 yr old mare has decided she will not stand still for saddling. She walks up and back as far as the cross ties will allow. She has even begun to turn round a try to bite. How do I get her to stand still without physical abuse?
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She may have a sore or a skin fungus that is making the saddle uncomfortable. Look in the girth area. If you are using a different …

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[16 Aug 2011 | No Comment | ]

Jigging Home
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
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From: Bea Barry
I purchased a Quarter Horse gelding two years ago as a trail mount and he is perfect in every way, except one – he has gotten into the habit of jigging home. Although he is …

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Change in Behavior
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
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From: Krystal
I have a question. I was riding today and I could tell my horse was irritated or something. He kept swishing his tail, switching his weight from side to side, tossing his head. I can’t …