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|Comment||Thanks for responding so quickly Melanie. Have taken up many of your suggestions and spent the last week doing purely groundwork. The difference has been remarkable. Have been doing an exercise leading her around her paddock but constantly changing direction and halting frequently too. Today, I was able to take her lead off and she still followed. She also stood without being tethered to allow me to pick her feet up and have had no biting whatsoever. Dentist checked her teeth yesterday and he said they were horrendous - probably not been seen by a dentist for about 2 years! I don't plan on riding until I have her saddle checked as I think it's pinching her withers. Have been doing similar groundwork with our pony and seeing some improvement with him too. Many thanks.|
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Questions relating to first time, or inexperienced horse owners. Other questions as needed. Questions on American Saddlebreds. Old fashioned training advice, riding advice for beginners, and general care questions. Behavior problems, with emphasis on thinking through aspects of problems that might not seem an issue at first.
About to turn 55. My father was a Saddlebred trainer, and I grew up around horses. I have also worked as a Master Saddlebred Show Horse Groom, working with Dale Pugh, Art Simmons, Sonny Sutton, and others.
I also have worked with Quarter Horses, and Thoroughbreds on a mare and foal operation in Alabama.
I have owned for years, and currently have two teenaged geldings.
I also for many years have taught riding lessons, to adults and children, working with beginners just learning, and older adults who have lost their confidence, or wanted to get "back in the saddle."
I was lucky to be around many of the best horsemen in MO, and AL and learn from them, and strive always to think through a situation and work to keep riders and horses safe. Those also include the many talented grooms, and farriers I met along the way.
Some college. General studies towards a nursing degree, which derailed due to divorce. Horse skills learned through over 50 years of watching, learning, doing and absorbing as I grew.