that's 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!!!!