Recent content by maggiestar

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    What should I do?

    Has he done this before? Has anything changed? So much depends on the circumstances
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    Can anyone afford to keep a horse anymore?

    Same here, I've had a raise but it seems to be swallowed up by the tax/national insurance monster and the insane price of just about everything. It's going to be a tough winter for many people I think
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    Can anyone afford to keep a horse anymore?

    Ratface, when you say you're cutting down on food I hope you're getting more than fruit and bread! Sorry if I misunderstood the post but there's no need to go hungry. Please look into food banks if necessary. If I've misunderstood just tell me to shut up :) Some others have mentioned that not...
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    Should there be a weight limit for people at shows (and if so, what and how?!)

    Riding horses is therapeutic but we can't put our own mental health above the physical health and comfort of horses. We have other options available to us whereas horses have no options at all.
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    Should there be a weight limit for people at shows (and if so, what and how?!)

    How awful, but well done to you for doing the right thing by that horse.
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    Should there be a weight limit for people at shows (and if so, what and how?!)

    My old riding school had a blanket weight limit of 12 stone. Bearing in mind the horses had to carry a lot of unbalanced beginners, I think that was fair. I remember weighing myself once and being shocked to find I had crept up to just over 11 stone and thinking 'crikey, I'd better try and lose...
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    A Horse Career....

    I enjoyed reading that, thanks!
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    Male Issues

    Great, nobody cares. Now, do one creep
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    Male Issues

    Ponynutz, take it from an old nag, it's better not to encourage him
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    I need to break the news

    How awful when not everyone is on-board! From what you've said this is absolutely the right decision and you've organised it in such a way as to be humane to everyone involved - horse and human. I don't have any wise words for your OH as it's something they will have to deal with for themselves...
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    Male Issues

    The OP has sent private messages to several women on this thread with pictures of ladies knickers. Now, call me cynical if you like (I am!) but this is a red flag for me as I would fairly guarantee there are men who get off on causing women to talk about their imaginary huge tackle. OP, if...
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    Please please sign

    It's just crazy that someone could move to the country and start harrassing people on horseback! She sounds like a selfish 'mine, all mine' type of person who hates to share even an inch of fresh air. Bonkers. I hope you have a good resolution to this OP, she sounds awful.
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    Where do you feels safest?

    Off for me. Once when my old horse started spooking in a lane with traffic slowing behind us I got off and led her to the side of the road. She obviously wasn't confident and seemed to relax with someone beside her. It could be that my own increased confidence being on terra firma gave her...
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    At what point does bad riding cross into cruelty?

    I wouldn't film it and put it online - what good does that do to the horse? Nothing. It can also cause a lot of damage to the child. I'd say something there and then. Try to nip it in the bud.
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    At what point does bad riding cross into cruelty?

    Just speak up as you see it. Good people who can see cruelty in action shouldn't be afraid to stand up and be confident to call it out. No need to make it a drama, just be firm and adult about things. If you're not sure whether it's cruelty or ignorance then you can pose a question: 'Did you...
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