Recent content by MyDappledConnemara

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    Help me with preparation for a show!

    Hi everyone, I have my first show with my new horse on Sunday, and I need help to decide what I should do on the morning of the show. It is only an unaffiliated competition but I am still going to plait etc but I need advice on what to do so I know what time I need to be at the yard. I would...
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    Plantar Fasciitis - Can I ride??

    I've had it previously and I found riding really helped! Start off with long stirrups though!
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    My horse tanks off after fences!

    Could you help? My seven year old Connemara trots sweetly up to fences and then in the last few strides tanks off. It is so difficult to stop him when he does this! He mainly does it when he is jumping towards the gate. He is currently in a loose ring snaffle with a french link and a cavesson...
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    Please help with my spooky horse!

    I keep him at full livery where he is schooled by a very experienced rider four times a week, and I have lessons every time I ride him with my amazing instructor and yard manager. I find it hard to relax once he has spooked a few times which undoubtedly adds to his tension! Thank you very much...
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    First horse advice/experience appreciated

    I got my first horse, a 15hh six year old pure Connie for £4,500, just over two months ago. After buying a horse on a warranty after a failed vetting and having to send it back, we became very picky about what we viewed. My advice is to find a good livery yard who is willing to help you. Mine...
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    My pony has got into the habit of nibbling for treats, I don't give him any after this behaviour started. I am worried it will turn into aggressive behaviour. Please help! I would also appreciate help on my recent competing and training forum post which no one seems to reply to...
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    When is a young horse ready to go showjumping?

    I would first take her to shows but not compete, just ride around so she gets used to the environment. When you do eventually compete, go a height or two lower than you are training at so you are confident in you and your mare's ability. Good luck!
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    Hit Air or Point Two?

    There isn't much of a difference between quality, however I have heard point two ones are extra good. Your choicd
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    Goodbye my girl.

    That is awful. You are very brave to make that decision, it was definitely the right one. God bless you.
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    Stubborn Mare! Help!

    I've worked with some ponies like this - she has probably turned sour. Do some ground work, get her scoped for ulcers - if she is responding well to treatment that may mean she has an ulcer. I would try hacking out long reining, as this puts you in a safe position if things go right and even...
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    Pony literally freezes in show jumping ring

    This sounds like it might be sourness from competing. He may have signs of reluctance to load as well? I would try giving him a couple of months off competing, and at your first competition try to do something easy that he enjoys.
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    Please help with my spooky horse!

    I've owned a six year old Connemara for just over two months now, and he is quite a lot sharper than I expected! He works very well until something spooks him and then he spooks at everything, tensing up and bunny hopping in the canter. I intend to do some showing and eventing with him, but I am...
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    Help with my riding confidence!

    I've been riding for four years now, and have done quite a bit of competing and a lot of jumping. I recently got my first horse, a 15hh six year old registered Connemara who is naturally quite stressy and has found it difficult to settle in, causing him to spook and rear. He's had everything...
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    Stirrup woes... Free jumps causing bruises

    I've had a problem like this with free jumps, I now use bent leg stirrups which are still safe but way more comfortable.