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How do you cope with a hot horse and a not-very-sensitive rider?

BILL— it’s a tough combination, and we can only hope that the rider has a lot of patience and does not have unrealistic expectations of how quickly things can be fixed. A lot of riders who get in this situation do so because they don’t realize how complicated the relationship they need to build with their horse and the sophistication of the aids that they need to do that are way beyond what they are used to.

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Concerns about a friend’s new trainer

My good friend started riding with a new trainer in town. He has very different ideas and he seems really tough on the horses. My friend’s horse, normally a very nice, quiet guy but a bit limited in the talent department, now is very tense and unhappy looking. Should I say something to her or keep my opinion to myself? I would hate for this to come between our friendship.

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