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    Tips for teaching horses medium trot

    I took @milliepops roadrunner approach with my Connie who just didn’t “get” what I was asking for. Had previously tried all the usual exercises (10m circle to get hind leg under followed by asking for more push across long diagonal etc) with no success. Once he’d cracked what I was asking for, I...
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    How do you create a solid hacking horse?

    Our two boys are chalk and cheese hacking - my older boy is a legend, always has been. Nothing really phases him (unless it’s a genuine surprise), he’s a joy to hack alone and in company. Only thing we solved with him was getting over excited seeing horses in the distance. Ironically it was a...
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    Dog owner being sued for £5m after rider was thrown from horse

    I’ll be interested in the outcome of this case too. We’ve noticed a big uptick in the number of off lead dogs around us when hacking - sometimes nearly a field away from their owners and clearly not under control. I wonder if a lot of inexperienced people bought puppies over lockdown and now...
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    What do people use to pull an arena leveller?

    We use the ride on mower and a custom leveller that is a bit smaller and lighter (and cheaper!) than the arenamate. To be fair, it’s probably on the cusp of being too much for the mower, but we don’t have a quad so we manage!
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    Could You Gel With A Grumpy Horse?

    I would describe my fabulous old boy as a bit of a grumpy old man, but it’s more that he has clear opinions on what he does and does not like (grooming is a no unless shedding or a soft mitt on his face, clipping is tolerated but we have a deal not to do the tickly armpits etc) and I respect...
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    What's your nervous riding song?

    me too, depending on length of hack it might start at a multiple of 10!
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    Is he spooky or just normal for a horse

    Our new boy can be a bit like that, definitely worse on spring grass. Bizarrely he’s fine with traffic, tractors etc, but nature in any form usually sets him off 🙈 he has good days and bad days, usually related to how anxious about life he is feeling…
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    Comfiest horses ever?

    My old boy is just the comfiest - everyone remarks upon it! 15hh, unknown breeding. Supposedly part connie but I just don’t see it. I’d guess some TB in there, maybe some welsh. He’s just like an armchair or a rocking horse!
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    Indulgent horsey purchase, but so worth it 😁 - haynet filler

    I’ve been looking at something like this as like @milliepops, if I never had to fill a haynet again I’d be a happy person! Is it a faff to get the haynet onto it? That’s been the only thing putting me off…
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    Pictures Finn’s first show report.

    Oh isn’t he gorgeous! Well done both of you xx
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    Riding Tights Recommendations

    Blackfort equestrian are my favourites, they’ve lasted well and are super comfy.
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    Bareback Footwear - Piaffe boots?

    I’ve got the Phoenix pair from the same company. Mine were stiff at first but have softened over time and are super comfortable now. I’ve also had the rear zip replaced by then and had excellent service. 🤞 you break yours in soon!
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    What temperature would you bath and not bath your horse with cold water

    I have two greys and don’t really bother with full body baths any more unless it’s high summer and they’re really sweaty. Manes and tails I wash year round in hot water (I’m lucky they’re at home so I can just fill buckets from the utility room!) Otherwise I just spot clean the dirty bits with...
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    The Occasional Dave Part 2.

    He is utterly gorgeous in this pic!
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    Addington Equestrian - anyone know what's going on?

    I do remember trying to warm up for the sj phase of some combined training at quainton in a narrow strip of the outdoor they’d roped off - not great for those of us of a delicate constitution when there were children whizzing under your feet on their ponies! That said, I still really liked it...
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