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        03-08-2007, 07:20 AM
      #11
    Foal
    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!!!!
         
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        03-08-2007, 07:24 AM
      #12
    Foal
    Oh and just as I read another comment from you i've just commented to say I think it must be in the breed because my french trotter also likes to lick everyone, and he loves to roll in the muddiest patch in the field every time he's turned out!- tell me if your horse does this!!!!
         
        03-08-2007, 03:48 PM
      #13
    Foal
    Yes it seems he adores the muddy parts of the feild! Whereabouts in france are you?
    We took him out for another hack yesterday,he's going really well no he's settling in more,but the fact he keeps throwing his head around which slightly unbalances me if we're trotting has made us wonder if we ought to get a martingale? When he canters he stops..it seems to only be if he;s impatient and wants to get going..he has a lot of energy!
    But now we're seeing a side to him that we like. He's starting to get more friendly and is even starting to whinny when he sees me coming down the road! Although that's probably cos he hopes im bringing food!
    All I getting better...thanks for all the advice
         
        03-10-2007, 12:04 PM
      #14
    Foal
    Well , our french trotter has a martingale because french trotters are taught, to trot extremely fast ( for trotting races, as you probably know) so in our for them to see they hold their heads VERY high!. They are really loving breed, and my horse (Niagara) is exactly the opposite, he breaks straight into gallop its hard to keep him at a trot and he wickers at me too! also im 14, and I live in picardie region!!! What about you??
         
        03-17-2007, 09:01 PM
      #15
    Foal
    Well, that's a tuffy. I would be careful of tieing him up tight, because that mite get him tense, like he is all caged up all the time. And its great with the stroking and bonding, he mite still be ajusting, also, don't get upset or tense about it, because they can feel when your tense, nervos, or upset, and that makes them the same way. (you mite think that's crazy, but its true). And maybe your getting so upset, that you mite be letting some anger out on him, and like I said he can feel it. Im not saying that's what your doing, just make sure you don't, cause it can affect them. But its great taht your trying, just keep trying!
    -chelsea-
         
        03-21-2007, 06:47 AM
      #16
    Foal
    Just a suggestion, about the martingale, if your horse rears and you pull to tight he may come down on you, so be very careful.
    And I'm glad to hear he is doing much better, remember be confident horses sense fear.
    Tell your mum well done for helping you.....us mums who have been around horses a long time are often forgotten by our daughters........mums know nothing.
    But how we know things when the help is really required....LOL
         
        03-21-2007, 06:49 AM
      #17
    Foal
    Just a suggestion, about the martingale, if your horse rears and you pull to tight he may come down on you, so be very careful.
    And I'm glad to hear he is doing much better, remember be confident horses sense fear.
    Tell your mum well done for helping you.....us mums who have been around horses a long time are often forgotten by our daughters........mums know nothing.
    But how we suddenly know things and are needed when the help is really required....or money for the horse is needed................LOL
    GO US MUMS......................
         
        03-22-2007, 03:57 PM
      #18
    Foal
    Heya everyone...i haven't looked for a while and was surprised to see how many people have replied!!
    Anyway..thank you all so much with your help. Now the only problem I have is sorting out this head shaking. We've changed bits,put on a martingale and nothing works. Except for when he's ridden bareback..then he's an absolute angel but I really do NOT want to hack out bareback!!
    Also we have the problem that he is an extremely strong horse..the other day he bolted with me and refused to listen...therefore trampling some poor farmers fiels ( ) and slipping. Stupidly I somehow fell off ( I still don't know how I did it..normally I can hold on and pray pretty well!) and now have a fracured wrist =S
    I really hate to be a pain but does anyone know a way of getting him to listen if he does it again??
         
        03-22-2007, 04:04 PM
      #19
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by loopdaloop
    i have is sorting out this head shaking. We've changed bits,put on a martingale and nothing works. except for when he's ridden bareback..then he's an absolute angel but I really do NOT want to hack out bareback!!
    Also we have the problem that he is an extremely strong horse..the other day he bolted with me and refused to listen...therefore trampling some poor farmers fiels
    Check your saddle. I think he's in pain, which would certainly explain his erradic behavior. Check for back soreness and make SURE the saddle fits.
         
        03-24-2007, 09:07 AM
      #20
    Foal
    Okay that sounds a good idea..i can't ride at the moment do you think time off will do him some good?
         

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