Recent content by Lyle

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    Welcome, Hermosa

    She can move! Is there anyway you can set up an electric pen in the field? So she can spend a week or two meeting the mob over the fence? Is there a chance you could introduce her to the agro mare in an arena, with Hermosa loose and the mare on a lead? Give her a chance to meet and greet all the...
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    Old School Unicorn- Porter Eventing Boots

    Hello everybody, I'm searching for an absolute old school unicorn, the Porter Eventing Boots. These are incredibly difficult to source in Australia, I've only ever briefly handled a pair. I have a short, thick legged Welsh D with an incredibly sharp front end- I feel that the porter boots on...
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    Welsh D Canter - HELP!!

    One rein stops- start by teaching how to flex to the halter then bit from the ground. Work up to flexing under saddle, left and right. She should be light as a feather. walk a few steps, sit deep, count to three, slide hand down the rein and pull it back lightly to your hip. Work up to doing...
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    Lockdown training ideas with limited facilities

    Groundwork, there is so many low energy exercises that teach respect, suppleness, how to yield, and be responsive. Couple this with tonnes of desensitising, and you'll have an awesome mount by the end of lockdown
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    Bitting a youngster

    I’ve found letting them have a mouthful of grass/hay/feed useful, they are chewing anyway and you time the dropping of the bit.
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    Pictures Show us your lockscreen...

    This is Nibbles, the Boer Goat. He would like your scratches thank you very much.
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    Irrational annoyances...

    The current craze of calling a baby boy, ‘little man’, making them wear their shirts that say ‘little man’ etc. sets my teeth on edge.
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    Training question - what do you do with just broken youngster

    Enough schooling to have go/stop/turn established and consistent. After that.... Miles under the feet: hacking over a variety of terrains, banks, small ditches, water. Obstacles at a slow pace with time to sort out their feet. Mine is five rides a week, one or two ‘schooling’ I.e ‘cruising’ in...
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    Body Protector recommendations

    I'm searching for a new, comfy, flexible body protector to wear every day (alllll day) while riding breakers/working youngstock. So it needs to be comfortable, ideally light, and flexible. It must been eventing standards level 3 so I can also use it XC, but will do my own research into the...
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    Diving into horse and showing thoughts....Avoiding "reality"

    I have two this year that will be first time competitors, so looking forward to hitting up some dressage days in the late autumn/winter (May/June) and then even some eventing in the spring season towards the end of the year! australia has been incredibly fortunate with Covid, although we are in...
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    Schoolmaster , nervous ot lunatic?

    Time, consitent routine, work that he finds easy. Build the relationship with the horse. He's gone through what can be called 'the Honeymoon period' for the first week, where he performed as if he was at a show, based on the hard work of the previous owner/rider. Then he's realised that he's not...
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    Irrational annoyances...

    When it's windy constatly and the tape fencing is being buffeted and stretched, and I know I'm going to have to go around and tighten fencing strands again when the wind eventually (if ever?) stops.
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    Actors and riding

    I think it's important to note as well, that there are usually multiple filming units, so while the actors are off filming all the acting scenes, there will be other units off on different locations filming other stuff, such as the riding. So even if actors can ride, they really don't have many...
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    Actors and riding

    In my youth, I was a riding double for the kid's tv show 'The Saddle Club', based on the books of the same name. Was an incredible experience for 12 year old me! No school for 4 months, and just riding horses alllllll day
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    Re backing a supposedly unbacked horse :(

    Look up the Jeffries method. It involves lying on the horse bareback, working up to lying parallel along their back, rubbing the horse all over, pusing your way back and off. It is done in a safe yard/roundpen with a good halter and long rope. I wouldn't be sitting on a horse until they are...