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Dear Jim,

I have a mare that breaks out of her halter by rearing up when she is tied. This 10 year old mare has exhibited this same behavior in a single tie , a cross tie and when she is ties to a trailer. She has even flipped over backwards. How can I stop the behavior?

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Dear Jim,

I have a 16 hand mare and I am only a little over five feet tall. I always have to use a mounting block and if I have to get off when I am trail riding I am in real trouble unless I can find rock or tree stump or something else to stand on so that I can reach the stirrup. The problem is that my horse often will move while I am trying to get on her. If I have the mounting block I can move it to where she moved but on the trail that is a real problem. My question is how can I teach her to stand still while I am using the mounting block?

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Dear Jim,

My Horse has a tendency to try to kick other horses when I am out on the trail. He seems to be alright at home in the pasture but when we are away from home he will try to kick horses that come near to us.

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Dear Jim,

I have a question about my horse that constantly runs up on the horse in front of him when we are on a trail ride. His ground manners are good and he is very affectionate on the ground. He is also good at home except that he doesn’t really like to leave his pasture mate. He will scream a few times but doesn’t try to get back to the barn. The biggest problem we have is that he runs right up on the horse in front of him when we are on these trail rides. Horses have kicked at him and once they missed and got me. How should we deal with this annoying and dangerous habit?

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Dear Jim,

I am trying your trailer loading advice and it seemed to be working well for a while. When I tap my horse on the hip he would go forward. The problem is that he just stopped and he wouldn’t go forward into the trailer. It was like he was just frozen in place.

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