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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.

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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.

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2016-06-15 2 year olds flaring nostrils even at rest:

Are these out of the same bloodlines or different?  If your stable is on backstretch, are other horses also showing more flaring?    Normal respirations for horses at rest would fall between 8-16 breaths

2015-04-14 top 10 demanding equine professions in the country:

Training TB's is like any other discipline, you have to have good clients, have to produce winners and have to have the money to get started.    If you can establish yourself as an assistant trainer and

2015-04-12 top 10 demanding equine professions in the country:

Equine veterinarian would be one, many vet students no longer want to work with large animals, and also getting harder to find large animal vets.    Equine geneticist is another very important job, much

2015-04-12 top 10 demanding equine professions in the country:

Equine vet would be one.    Riding instructor.    Trainer in various disciplines of various breeds.    Groom.    Exercise rider for Thoroughbreds for training barn or track.    Jockey for race horses.

2015-04-12 approaching and working with a new horse:

A lot will depend on how much horse experience someone has, and also much can depend on the horse.    Is it just unhandled and fractious due to that, or is it this way because of previous handling, or


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