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When someone tells me that their horse has an attitude, my antennae go up. There are SO many things that a person may not be aware of that might be causing their horse pain or stress and it creates a situation where the horse�s survival instincts kick in and cause it to behave abnormally. Saddle fit, bitting, muscle or joint soreness, prior experiences, ulcers, etc, are just a few things that might give a horse an �attitude�. We have a little Quarter Horse mare, Maggie, that came from a sale barn, probably because she �had an attitude�. We rode Maggie just once to realize she needed dental work. It turned out that the inside of her mouth had several square inches of raw flesh where broken pieces of tooth had been rubbing against her cheeks�probably for years. Ouch! After extensive dental work, she is one of the most trustworthy, well-broke horses we have ever had.

If you would like us to check your horse over, we have a fairly good evaluation system, checking tack fit, teeth, possible chiropractic issues, ulcer and sand colic problems, and with the horse�s history, we can often get a feel for emotional �baggage� that the horse might be dealing with. We are not veterinarians, but we work closely with our vets, chiropractor and farrier, and are constantly educating ourselves in any way we can as to what makes horses tick.

If you are looking for a horse for yourself, we can help you find what you�re looking for, or we can evaluate the horse for you to help you establish if it is the right fit. Horses are as individual as people are and not every horse will fit every rider, no matter how broke the horse is or how experienced the rider is.

Our chiropractor visits our stables about every 4-6 weeks, and we can set up an appointment for your horse, whether you board here or not. We often have several people trailer their horses in for an adjustment when he is here. Dr. Seth Nelsen is a human and animal chiropractor from St. Peter, MN . We have seen some amazing results from his work with our horses. His website is www.risingsunanimalchiropractic.com   Let me know if you would like to be added to my email list to let you know when he is coming here.

Thou must learn the thoughts of the noble horse, Whom thou wouldst ride. Be not indiscreet in thy demands, Nor require him to perform indiscreetly.
~Johanne Wolfgang von Goethe

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Fort Ridgely Equestrian Center
sarahmaass@hotmail.com
60693 State Hwy 4, Fairfax MN

Site Last Updated:October 30, 2011