Recent content by pennyturner

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    What is the difference between a saddler and a saddle fitter?

    In addition to length and width, you also need to consider the curve of the tree. Some horses need a very flat tree, others a nice banana shaped one, and I wouldn't expect a saddler to make a curved tree fit a flat horse.
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    Travelling with no partition in trailer...

    If I cross-tie a horse in a trailer I always give him enough free movement to reach either side for hay. I only need to stop him turning around, not to immobilize him completely! What are you trying to stop him doing OP?
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    "Growing pains" with youngsters: fact or fallacy?

    Growing pains at 3 or 4 yes, but unlikely at 5.
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    Poo picking virgin

    There is something to be said for stallions, and ex-stallions. They tend to poo on top of the last one, so you only have a very few big piles, the largest of which is always quite near the gate. I don't do it, but it would be very possible to construct a muck pile, and get them to poo directly...
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    Lorry MOT

    When I last went, they insisted it was tested loaded, but not with horses. Had to fill up 6 oil drums with water. Do they still do that?
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    Long Reining advice

    My top tip is, like driving, to be very aware of the moment that the rein is taken up as you ask the horse forward and GIVE WITH YOUR HANDS right away. Otherwise the horse walks into the contact, and you've just trained them to baulk.
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    Career as a Barefoot Trimmer

    Just a word of warning. I trim all of my own, and it's back-breaking. I'm physically robust, but I would think twice about doing it as a day job.
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    How many pieces of tack...

    Yup, unless it's a nice summer day, when I might not bother with the saddle.
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    How to stop "lady bits" getting sore when riding

    I don't as a rule, including hours bareback, but I did once ride in a synthetic that was fractionally too wide for the pony... never again!
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    Cheeky/ridiculous posts you see on Facebook.

    Same. In fact, barring complete numpties, most people looking at the real cheapies do know what they're doing, because unless you're an idiot, you assume you're going to have to do some work. No reason a stallion shouldn't be a suitable child's pony. Shetlands on the other hand should only...
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    Moving to the countryside- tips needed!

    Which you can also use to sweep the chimneys. :)
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    Farriery in Turkey

    Regardless of the end result (and I agree, balance looks questionable), I'm not sold on the wisdom of using a draw knife towards your wrists :/ Surprised he's still got two arms!
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    OK. Time For Wellie Recommendations

    I bought some pipducks last year, and was really pleased with them as they're a bit like Hunters used to be. However, they only lasted about a year - they have now split.
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    Things your horses have been described as

    The local DC once referred to my Welsh x hunter as a 'destrier'