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samantha collins - 2010-11-09
I own an appaloosa and I am very lucky to have her. She is my best friend, I could've never asked for a better friend. She has defended me from other horses that get jealous. I love her. If you are looking for buying a first time horse, an Appaloosa is a very good choice. =)

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  • kassie - 2011-09-13
    I agree, appys are the best!!!
    My five year old mare is an angel!
  • michell - 2011-11-15
    I have an appaloosa too and she is the best horse Ive ever had :D I love her soo much.
  • robert edwards - 2011-11-23
    I have a 4 year old appy named Amigo and he is great. Love riding him and he loves people. Great horse.
  • Appies are the best! - 2013-04-15
    i LOVE my appie named pepper! best barrel horse ever!
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athompson - 2012-04-06
I have had my fjord gelding for 10 months now. He is very good natured but does have a will of his own when he wants to ex, Bucking when he can't get his own way and sometimes takes off unexpectedly when riding outside. Does anyone else have this?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-06
    I thought that was just spirit. You wouldn't want a riding companion that doesn't have a little personality and get up and go. Would you? Now, you know sometimes you just have to let the fella think he is the boss - and then learn how to lead. I much prefer a horse with a little personality then a peaceful, always there, blah personality. He is just got a little spirit. This can be true of any breed of horse ---
  • mrs colette perriman - 2012-08-18
    Yes I have a fjord as well and he's the same.  He was great when I first got him but now very strong, and tries it on when out hacking, turns me round to go his way and I try turning him round again he gets a right strop and starts playing up. I'm quite a nervous rider to so he scares me when he does this.  If I  let him he would gallop all the way back to the yard. But so good on the ground,and very loving,just chances when out hacking.
  • Jim Smith - 2013-04-22
    Sounds to me as though the horse is in control not the rider. I have spent my entire life (58 years old)around horse. I trained professionally for 10 year, worked as a blacksmith for another 10, the balance showing and just enjoying horses. Any horse can have the issues you are experiencing with your horse. Sounds as if you would benefit from some round pen work, getting your horse in control, as well as taking the rough edges off before mounting up and heading down the trail.
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Dee M. - 2012-01-23
I used to have a Mini. Their very smart and cute!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-24
    Yes, they are fun. I had 3 mini's and one would always jump in my lap, gently but I couldn't get him out of my lap. They were loads of fun.
  • Dee M. - 2012-01-26
    Yeah, sweet, mine was called Nero. What were yours named?
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-27
    The one that jumped in my lap every time I sat down was black as coal and I named him Blackie. The two females were 2 inches larger and we named them Nicky and Queen. We had 7 large dogs and the horses would run with the dogs (or vice versa) and one time the horses ate the dog good cuz I forgot to cloe the kennel door. Not a good day and definitely a mess but funny. Kids let the horses in the house one day --
    It was fun.
  • Dee M. - 2012-01-29
    What happened to your minis?
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Willa - 2012-01-26
COULD SOMEONE TELL ME IF 'APPIES' ARE GOOD JUMPERS PLEASE?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-27
    Yes, they are good jumpers and in manycase they are trained for racin and jumping. hey are a fairly light horse. Now, if you re looking fr a horse that jut does competitive jumping - possibly you would want o keep looking but for a companion, disposition, raciing, ridding ad jumping this is a greeat pick.
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Heather Morrison - 2011-02-27
Hi all I own this beautiful lady above her name is Trienke, I have had since she was 6mths old, they think is she has been unwell since Oct 2010 came down with a colic type illness, but at the on set of her illness showed none of the usual signs of colic which bemused my vet, however did get better when treated for colic and an obstruction. She has never managed to put any weight back on and still looks tucked up, to date she has had another 5 attacks the vet have internally examined her, given tube fed liquid paraffin, painkillers a 5 day panacur worming program buscopan and pain relief but nothing worked, more recently I had bloods ran on her to check liver and kidney function but they came back normal, the vet said had he not seen her he would have told me not to worry you have a healthy horse, however because he has seen her there has to be something else underlying has anyone come across this type of illness with their horse before as I am desperate for any advice HELP.

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  • Mariah Rain - 2011-06-18
    I don't know if this applies to horses but awhile ago I had for five years a chronic abdominal pain that no one could find an explanation or cure for. Then I went to a certain gastrointeroligist and he found that I had a bacterial infection in my small intestine that emitted gas when I ate certain foods. The small intestine in human beings anyway isn't supposed to produce gas, perhaps this could be what is wrong with your horse?
  • Sonja - 2012-09-02
    I too have a Friesian mare that has colic once. Took five days to pass, scary!! Are you familiar with SmartPak? They are a supplement company with an excellent staff with tons of knowledge. They have helped us tremendously. Also, Aloe Vera juice will help with her insides. Good Luck
  • Esteban - 2012-09-26
    Other than waiting fore a vet to come, there is only one product anyone can use to stop colic in a horse. It's an alternative treatment called Equine Colic Relief. I have first hand experience that it really works. It is all natural and has a shelf life of 11 years! Helps me to have some on hand.
  • HeyWatch - 2013-02-04
    A very high percentage of horses have ulcers. They will display the symptoms you have mentioned. There is a product available from your veterinarian called Omeprazole that WILL WORK if this is your horses issue. There is no downside to using this drug, and I suggest you do not waste your money getting expensive tests, just treat the horse and wait to see if you get results (You should notice a difference in 2 weeks). This can be a lifesaver for horses with ulcers, and if you are not familiar with this ailment, you will be amazed when you reasearch independant studies on how many horses will have this (Example: 86% of racing thoroughbreds). I do wish you the best with your problem. I think I should add on here, I do not have any affiliation with Omeprazole whatsoever. The dosage I USE when I suspect this problem with a horse is 20cc by mouth one time per day for 2 weeks, then 10 cc per day as a maintenance dose. I always go back to the loading dose if the horse is under any stress, such as travelling or showing. Please check the instructions on your bottle, as there may possibly be different formulations on the market...I am from Canada. Good Luck :) !!
  • Horse lover - 2013-05-09
    Can I ask why your lovely lady has boy parts?
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annie - 2012-10-14
I have heard that caspian stallions can be handled by kids. Not that I'd suggest it!... Is it true? Also from info I've got on this breed, it sounds like a perfect child's pony. Apparently theres only approx 1,500 caspians in the world. Is that true? If so, Its a real pity that such a wonderful pony is SO endangered. -Annie

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Gaurav Joshi - 2009-04-01
The above given information is not 100% true. I don't have any doubt that Francesca Kelly and Raghuvendra Singh are trying to promulgate and promote, but we know this breed from 1973 and we are keeping them like Marwari. This breed was made for war's so they are hot blood, but they are very friendly horses. They enjoy riding and they love to travel long distance so people call them an endurance horse. They are very good jumpers also, but due to the hot mind, a rider needs a lot of patience to train them for jumping or dressage. But they are very intelligent horses, so they always try to use they own mind during time of schooling.

Gaurav Joshi (World Youngster Trick Rider, National Champion Endurance Rider)


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Estelle - 2010-04-12
I bought my daughter a friesian gelding of 4yrs and F2 registered however, how does one go about keeping them black all year round. I cannot find any info regarding this matter on the net. Can someone answer this for me please.

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  • Anonymous - 2010-05-13
    Best way to keep your horse black is keep in during the day and turn out during the night.. another alternative is putting on a fly sheet which is light ( won't get too hot etc ). Wash down sweat areas if weather permitting or a quick rinse.. as sweat also lightens the coat. Hope this helps.
  • Jean - 2010-08-17
    Many owners revert to keeping their Friesians in during the day and only turn out at night. Some feed some types of supplements that are supposed to keep the color black. But if you truly love your new
    Friesian
    love him for the horse he is and not what you want him to do for your ego. Let him run and play in the light and avoid over feeding and over supplementing this breed. The most striking coats are seen in the Friesians that the owners have allowed to move freely with companions and plenty of space. When the winter sun comes he will return to his lovely color.
    jean
  • Jennifer - 2010-09-08
    It is the sun which causes the coat to turn red, so you can help to keep it black by them wearing a fly sheet with sun protection built in. I hope this helps.
  • Raven - 2010-10-24
    You have to keep them in during the day and only let them graze at night. Sun during the summer months are a black horse's enemy. Also use shampoos that are designed for black horses. Hope this helps.
  • dennis - 2010-10-31
    my question to u is looking at a friesian cross 15 hh 1100 pounds 9 yrs old. do u find it to be expensive to own rather than a regular horse.. the guy selling in ny said no diff than owning a regular horse. is this true... shoeing feed etc, thanks dennis
  • Fe - 2011-01-07
    Hello, I have owned Friesians all my life and never have I had anything but black.
    Keep them rugged in winter and summer also (Obviously a lighter rug) shade in the sun and they bleach easy. Once wet rub down with a towel to get most of the wet off. Sun and wet is the problem of changing the coat colour! Hope I helped.
  • Naomie - 2011-01-15
    He is getting Sunbleached.
    Put a uv-protection sheet on him and he should go back to black in a little bit. =D
  • Audrey - 2011-08-14
    Some friesians are jet black naturally, others fade during the summer. If it's that important to you, be sure to buy one that won't fade. The majority do, however, and who cares? It's the health of your horse that matters most. Besides, the judges don't care about fading, so it won't score against you at the keurings.
  • ashtyn - 2012-09-21
    Hi I'm Ashtyn. I love horses. I ride them and enter shows. I have some questions please email me thank you
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Anita Arnold - 2011-10-25
We have a 6 month old Percheron mix filly. We want to train her to pull a cart. Her sire is part of a team that pulls a carriage at parades and rodeos.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-26
    That would be loads of fun - can I come?
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Mary DeWolf - 2013-01-22
I started at age one with my father holding my ankle and have loved Shetlands and then horses for my 83 years. Our ponies were black with white markings, and I never saw other colors until today near El Paso, Texas: two of the sweetest little bay ponies with flaxen tails!

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