Ask Our Expert - Mozaun McKibben

By Western Horseman Magazine

This Month's Expert

Mozaun McKibben

 

Mozaun McKibben has made an art out of winning ranch horse championships. The Whitesboro, Texas, horseman has racked up several American Quarter Horse Association titles, including 2011 and 2013 Versatility Ranch Horse World Champion, and 2012 Ranch Pleasure World Champion. In addition, he has champion titles in Stock Horse of Texas and Ranch Horse Association of America competition. McKibben also adopts and trains Mustangs for the Mustang Heritage Foundation’s Extreme Mustang Makeover.

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Moving to free longing

I have a 4 year old Arab/Mustang cross, very sweet gelding, working on ground work, walk/trot/canter transitions, and jumping some low cross-country fences. I have beenI have a 4 year old Arab/Mustang cross, very sweet gelding, working on ground work, walk/trot/canter transitions, and jumping some low cross-country fences. I have been

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Transitioning from Hackamore to Bit

I purchased a 5 year old QH Mare 3 months ago. When we tried her out she was riding with a hackamore. I want her to ride with a bit as the plan is for her to be our 5 year old granddaughters horse in a year or so, when she has a few more miles. Plus she will probably need a bit if she does anything with 4-H later.I purchased a 5 year old QH Mare 3 months ago. When we tried her out she was riding with a hackamore. I want her to ride with a bit as the plan is for her to be our 5 year old granddaughters horse in a year or so, when she has a few more miles. Plus she will probably need a bit if she does anything with 4-H later.

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Imprinting

I have a 10 day old colt that is very friendly and inquisitive. He is turned out with his mom and an old pony mare that will be his weaning companion. He is very friendly but ...I have a 10 day old colt that is very friendly and inquisitive. He is turned out with his mom and an old pony mare that will be his weaning companion. He is very friendly but ...

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Problem with rearing

My name is Michelle I am working with a 10 year old mare. She has not been ridden in over 4 years as her previous owners used her as a brood mare.My name is Michelle I am working with a 10 year old mare. She has not been ridden in over 4 years as her previous owners used her as a brood mare.

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My horse won't back up!

I am 13 years old and I have been riding for a couple years. I have a wonderful horse and he is very intelligent. He will drop his head for me, but when I want him to back up he will drop ...I am 13 years old and I have been riding for a couple years. I have a wonderful horse and he is very intelligent. He will drop his head for me, but when I want him to back up he will drop ...

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Help with girthing

I just recently went to my first show this past Memorial weekend with my Appaloosa Handsome. He has very strange withers and no saddle fits him right. They keep sliding back. We've tried different girths and everything but nothing ...I just recently went to my first show this past Memorial weekend with my Appaloosa Handsome. He has very strange withers and no saddle fits him right. They keep sliding back. We've tried different girths and everything but nothing ...

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Why not drill teams

My daughter is a 3rd year rider with the Westerners, the largest equine drill team in the world. They're based in the Denver area. We purchased an athletic 5 year old quarter horse just for this discipline. He's willing, great around all the chaos and really seems to enjoy the fast pace and the drill team discipline. My problem is that...My daughter is a 3rd year rider with the Westerners, the largest equine drill team in the world. They're based in the Denver area. We purchased an athletic 5 year old quarter horse just for this discipline. He's willing, great around all the chaos and really seems to enjoy the fast pace and the drill team discipline. My problem is that...

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Barrel Horse - performance anxiety

We recently bought a 12 year old experienced barrel horse for our 14 year old daughter. He is very fast, but very hard to get in the gate, rearing up, acting uncontrollable, etc. He wins usually, but sometimes completely...We recently bought a 12 year old experienced barrel horse for our 14 year old daughter. He is very fast, but very hard to get in the gate, rearing up, acting uncontrollable, etc. He wins usually, but sometimes completely...

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Over collecting

I have a 15 year old Quarter Horse Gelding that has been used by my son, for 4 years as a walk-trot horse in Special Olympics shows. The problem is now that my son no longer wants to ride and show his horse, I have decided ...I have a 15 year old Quarter Horse Gelding that has been used by my son, for 4 years as a walk-trot horse in Special Olympics shows. The problem is now that my son no longer wants to ride and show his horse, I have decided ...

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