Recent content by horsemad32

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    Why did you leave your last yard/s?

    In a lifetime of having horses: house moves, lack of grazing, dodgy goings on (non-horse related).
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    Is 'we have no grass' an acceptable excuse for a thin horse?

    I simply asked a question, without naming forum/post etc. If someone else wants to go on a hunt, thinks they have found what I'm talking about, and responds based on that - well they have too much time on their hands! The internet is a huge place. I could be talking about a forum based...
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    Is 'we have no grass' an acceptable excuse for a thin horse?

    On another forum, it seems acceptable to state that your horse is thin (as in, thin enough I wouldn't be riding) because of lack of grazing. I have been around horses all my life, and we have always put out hay/haylage ad-lib in the winter if there's not enough grass. If that's not enough to...
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    Sunburnt nose dilemma!

    Boots do an all day factor 50 sunscreen.
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    Can anyone recommend a good book for in-hand dressage training?

    I'm unable to ride until the autumn, yet need to keep my horse busy with something to think about for the next five months or so. She has a sharer twice a week, so I just need to lunge/do groundwork three times to keep her ticking over. My horse is at Elementary level atm, will be aiming for...
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    Help pony trashed muzzle within 1 day!!

    Roma muzzles have such thin rubber on the bottom, that all the ponies at my yard can happily destroy them in an afternoon! Apparently the Shires ones have changed recently (something about rubbing and a new design?), but I've used the KM Elite ones for a few years and they're amazing. I do sew...
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    If your horse takes a 6ft3 rug, how tall is he/she?

    Thanks all, was for interest not accurate height prediction!! I have a 15hh of only slightly lighter build who takes a 6ft, so we were guessing 15.2hh-ish! Will do the string test - had forgotten about that!
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    If your horse takes a 6ft3 rug, how tall is he/she?

    Just wondering! It's in relation to a youngster of unknown breeding. We're wondering what sort of height he'll make!
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    H&H Training academy

    I got £999!
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    The importance of a body protector at all times

    I'm not convinced either way. I have had straightforward falls made worse by wearing one (couldn't roll properly on one occasion, and on the other the back of it caused severe bruising where I landed on it). I would feel more comfortable galloping through woodland with one on, and have always...
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    help with dissertation!!!

    Too vague for me, sorry!
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    Ongoing laminitis - no change for 5 weeks, wtd?

    Second the getting her tested for cushings. Tips from past experience with lami... - Soak hay for 12/24 hours in fresh water each time. If using haylage, get the blue (or if poss purple as it's even better) horsehage. - Check ALL feed for molasses, and alfalfa (some horses are affected by...
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    rstor or neck strap?

    In an emergency, I never remember the neck strap is there. I have been taught to SIT UP if things go wrong, knees in knee rolls, heels down. If all else fails, grab some mane, but if you're that far forward, unless the horse will stop when you lose your balance, you're probably coming off anyway.
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    People with experience in breaking...

    Not everyone backs with a saddle on. Some people lean over and sit up bareback, before introducing the saddle. I've never seen the saddle cause a problem and have seen it introduced after light backing bareback, or just as itself after learning to lunge, no roller first. I've never seen it...
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    Libra hackabout - ok for youngster while changing shape?

    Have found good reviews online, just wanted to see if anyone on here had tried it. I'm looking at this for a youngster who's growing like a weed and likely to change significantly in the next year. It would be for hacking and schooling, no jumping.