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    Ulcer help!

    I used RonFields for my two and, although it did help them feel more comfortable, it didn't really knock the ulcers on the head in the way I would have liked. I've had mine on Relyne GI for the past month and a half and the difference has been astounding. It is a lot more expensive than...
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    It’s not my fault...

    Definitely the new eskadron graffiti for me. I really didn't need it as I already have way too many saddle pads. It just unfortunately ended up in my cart and being paid for because I know it would look great on my two. Plus I figured that if I didn't like it I could easily sell it. I would...
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    Getting cold feet about bitting.

    You are correct - horses do breathe through their noses. As I said in my earlier post, they are obligate nasal breathers and cannot breathe through their mouths. The reason I mentioned the lip seal is that research has shown that a horse will swallow right before starting to run. This creates a...
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    Getting cold feet about bitting.

    I definitely agree with you on the rope halters - they can be incredibly harsh and I don't think many people realise that. The surface area of the rope in contact with the horse's face is very small and, as you rightly pointed out, those knots are designed to sit right on key nerve branches. A...
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    Getting cold feet about bitting.

    I am going to be saying similar things to @TPO here. I will add that I agree with everything they have said and much of it was along the lines of what I was going to type myself when I first read this thread in the morning. The horse world is steeped in tradition and, just because something has...
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    Dating Profile vs Reality (Don't worry, it's horse photos)

    These photos were taken about five seconds apart. Jack is all sweetness and delight when he thinks he is going to get something he wants. When he doesn't get it he has one of the fastest attitude changes ever witnessed. He'd be the sort who would be mega charming to start off with. Then, as...
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    Can you add markings to passports?

    The vet missed off a bit of white on my boy's left hind coronet. I asked the passport issuing office about it and they just said to draw in the white on the markings sheet in the passport myself. I will be sending photos along as well so they can see that what I have done is correct. I was...
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    How far do you travel to a decent yard?

    My current yard is about a 40 minute drive from where I live and there's 28 miles between it and my home. I'm lucky in that it is mainly a trip down motorways and a-roads to get there and, when I'm back at work after Coronavirus, it is only 15 minutes away from my workplace. I'm normal...
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    Who has a Pivo?

    I've been looking for a robot camera tracker to record my online dressage tests. The Pivo was tempting but I wasn't sure how well it would track a dressage test from C. That and it doesn't zoom. It is encouraging to hear that they are working on an auto zoom function. Would anyone who has a...
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    Total Contact saddles

    I think this is easy to do if the saddle is put too far forwards on the horse. I have mine so that the stirrup bars are beneath my thighs and, when I am sat on Jack, I can't really see the saddle at all underneath me. I also find that the saddle shows up your weaknesses in riding. This is...
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    Total Contact saddles

    I have a TCS and use it all the time. I've done jumping, dressage fun rides and long hacks in it. I've found that my horse is far more comfortable in his movement and seems much happier in it than he ever was in his old Balance saddle. I did a 4 hour hack, with lots of varied gaits across mixed...
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    Cranial therapy

    I've had Fiona Varian out to see both me and my horses and she's fantastic. I can't recommend her highly enough and she is definitely worth contacting. The difference before and after treatment in both me and my horses was incredible. My shoulders have always been tight with crunchy muscles -...
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    Should FEI change their rules to allow tackless?

    I ride bitless so have been in many warm up arenas with lots of people. None of whom noticed I hadn't got a bit in until I was stood waiting to go in and they could get a close look at my horse's bridle.
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    Ready for fallout...

    I have one horse who is incredibly whip shy. When I first got him three years ago I picked one up in the school to use as a lunging aid. Never have I had a horse run away from me so quickly - all I did was pick the thing up off the school fence. In the past three years I have never once used a...
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    Should FEI change their rules to allow tackless?

    As a bitless rider I do find the current rules frustrating and I often am excluded from competing as a result. I enjoy dressage and I am lucky in that I have several local venues that allow me to take part bitless. Others don't allow me to participate at all or I have to go HC. Don't even get me...
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