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    I just bought my first cob! Introduction + feed advice + photos!

    He's lovely! Congratulations. Gorgeous dapples and lovely full tail! :)
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    Pictures Shameless love him thread

    Ooh, he's lovely and so shiny!!
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    Why do people want to own cobs?

    LOL!!! WELL, technically, LC is only HALF wb, and I've only fallen off F twice (once startled by a cow where it shouldn't have been, then, more shamingly, dislodged by the SHOWJUMPER being horrified at being asked to TROT over a pole on the ground.... Not my finest hour) I've only had the cob...
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    Why do people want to own cobs?

    *waves* Well, I went and bought a cob, for a start! LOL. Otherwise much the usual stuff, but not on HHO :p
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    Why do people want to own cobs?

    I have experienced first hand the descent from TB to WB to LW cob (Criollo) I'm not even ashamed :D
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    Horse try’s to per but nothing comes out

    Like I said, mine was absolutely fine to ride, ate normally etc, until he stopped being able to pee entirely and we lost him in 48 hours. Mares are much easier to treat (48 hours of talking to vet about bladder stones) Hopefully it is just that she's in season :) Do you know the vet well enough...
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    Ex-broodmare can’t canter

    Can she canter ok and a good distance in a straight line?
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    Horse try’s to per but nothing comes out

    Get the vet out. She might have bladder stones, which mercifully in a mare are easy to sort out (mares have nice wide urethras) My gelding was not so lucky and he was fine(peeing often and little, but normal in himself) until he wasn't. Matter of 2 days.
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    Schooling an un-schooled 10 year old?

    A couple of years ago I backed a 7yo and she was great. Was totally chilled and straightforward. Younger horses tend to have more on their minds and 'noise' in their heads... if that makes sense. They have SO much to learn and it's all so new. This mare didn't have that
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    Letting your horse gallop

    My ex racehorse, PF, did not need to gallop with me on top. She was very good at it, and frankly, it was a tiny bit scary as a thoroughbred galloping is nothing like any other horse galloping. I do take LC for the occasional gallop although he also likes to buck. F galloping is lovely. Like...
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    What was I thinking ... Nearly sold him!

    I have a safe grey I nearly sold as well! I bought him as a 4YO because he was so reassuringly calm, after LC, who has always been a pocket rocket. Eventually I decided he was a bit too placid and he went on trial for a week when he was 5. Went to a show the same weekend with a young girl...
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    Experiences of combination bits

    I've tried the myler low port short shank combination and didn't find it severe at all. If I recall correctly, the snugger the hackamore/noseband bit, the sooner that comes into play, ahead of the snaffle part. I started a very big, gangly horse (she was 7, so not a baby) in a bitless bridle...
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    The string test: how accurate was it for your horses?

    I wish I'd done this with F when he was 4. He was very leggy although only about the same height as LC (who stopped growing at 4) and is now at least a couple of inches taller and wider. I think the string test was pretty accurate with LC, but I was really really hoping he'd make 16hh and he...
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    Smallest I could ride?

    NO!! You look absolutely fine, and you're WAY lighter than me and I'm sure Dave would have no problem carrying me either.