Thats really weird because i live in France too! and guess what!!! i also own a french trotter! and i do agree they are angels to own, and they are very sensitive, i would advise in getting the saddle checked and teeth! because they have extremely sensitive mouthes, more so than normal horses, my french trotter, is only 5 and i've managed to slightly damage his mouth by asking him to stop < as he is very energetic! and now he is fine but beware your not pulling and i know this sounds weird but when your on a rearing horse stand in the saddle and lean forward(almost like a jumping position)! works for me! Just remeber seriously easy on the mouth!!!!