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    Advice on sharing and rider insurance

    I have rider only insurance from the BHS. I was told by the BHS insurers that only the owner can insure a horse for the vet fees. A sharer whio pays for a share can be contributing to the cost of that premium. But cannot insure the horse themselves. Insuring for sharing is very unsatisfactory...
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    Quality bridle

    I rode for years with a Sabre bridle and swore that if I ever got a horse of my own that was what I would buy. The tack at that yard was cleaned with saddle soap every time it was used. It could be that that makes a difference.
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    Horse share.

    I sympathise as I think it is difficult to find a share in that area even using FB. Preloved website has horse shares. So does Horsemart. Lots of people want to find a share and many owners are rich so dont need to share the cost. I never saw anything suitable on the shop advert boards. And your...
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    Fractured ankle in an oldie. Where do I go from here.

    I cant forecast exactly for you and no one can but a few pointers from my own limited experience. I broke my ankle about 18 years ago in my 60s like you and I last rode in March 2020. The medical side first. Injuries to bone and tissue both take 6 weeks to heal and then lots of physio which...
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    Horse has melanomas - Advice please

    I rode a Connie type for 8 years. When one eye was affectd by melanoma, she became more spooky and clients could no longer ride her. She was retired because she could no longer be bridled but I used to groom her and she was used for therapy sessions with kids. She was put down when the vet...
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    Bareback riding - good or bad?

    My revered RI gives bareback lessons. She told me that a boney slim rider should not ride bareback on a bony slim TB. Both horse and rider should have some fleshy padding. My mentor on bare back is Pony Boy, "Horse Follow Closely; Native American Horsemanship". and he is not enthusiastic about...
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    How do I stop my horse galloping home when I fall off?

    Me too. And it may be wise as means one is not instinctively using one's hands to break one's fall - I read that it is a common injury to break one's wrist in a fall.
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    Pain in ankle whilst riding?

    If she is nervous or in pain she may be clenching her feet. My RI told us to relax all the joints in our legs and feet. One step in that was spreading out and wriggling our toes to loosen the ankle. But if the horse is too wide and the upper leg and knee is stretched or rigid, or the stirrups...
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    Saddle soap on the out? (Also, new member to the Fairfax saddle club!)

    As an RS rider and a sharer, I use whatever they use on the yard I am at and at my current yards it is saddle soap. But the old ways beng superceded is not true. I bought a Shires leather headcollar just before lockdown and had to mail order a bottle of pure neatsfootoil to treat it, as per...
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    Brief Lesson Report

    It is always nice when adults find a good teacher and have good lessons. And you are right that forum advice can help a lot - to redress the teachers who undermine you and help you find better ones. It is odd how vunerable adults are in a riding lesson.
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    I did it! I rode for the first time in 3 years!

    So glad you actually got on and remembered that it is still a treat.
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    Do you ride in the rain?

    RS riders book a lesson or hack and then ride regardless of the weather. I rode twice a week for 16 years, rain or shine. I am now on a yard where the horses dont go out if there is a stormy wind - but our solo rides are longer and slower so I bought some long waterproof chaps at Olympia. Due to...
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    Bit of an 18+ Question...

    On our yard we hacked with schooling whips. I managed the gates with that.
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    Body protector suggestions please.

    I have worn a bp for hacking ever since I started to hack 18 years ago. This is what I have learned. You need to try the different brands and find the one that fits you best. My first one was a Champion which laced up the sides (as a Race safe does). bps that lace up the sides cannot be...
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    Saddle Fitting - What am I missing?

    A friend bought an American western saddle for her horse so I know that is true. None the less, it was a cultural, historical difference. USA Cow hands owned their own saddle. I am not sure that was so here in UK. But in an earlier period in Tudor times it may have been true. I tuned in to a...
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    Saddle Fitting - What am I missing?

    This thread makes me wonder what riders expect from a saddle? In Western riding the saddle rests on two bars either side of the spine but it is laid over a rug and the rider needs to ride balance and if it does slip, know to re-centre it. My long term English partner was a narrow shouldered...
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    Protests today / police horses

    I live in London. Horses have always been used to control crowds here - for example every week at football matches. I was pregnant with my first child at an international in 1965 and this Police rider used his horse sideways to push us back onto the pavement. I told him I was pregnant and he was...
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    What do you think?

    I am so sorry. It will come. I hope it will for you, as every time I thought I might not have a horse, one did turn up.
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    What do you think?

    I think that you know the answer to that. That I cant show you how to ride your horse. And in particular because with horses, nothing is instant. Building the communication takes time. MY RI said that when I hacked her horse, I schooled it. I dont know what schooling means. Every time I hack, I...
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    What do you think?

    If you love to hack take the opportunity while you can. I am 80. I learned to ride in order to hack. I love to hack and am missing it terribly while shut down in the pandemic. However to quote your misgivings - If this excitement is in company, is the problem with chasing the other horse? With...
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    Your riding story

    My riding story was a dream come true after I retired - and in spite of a bullying first RI who swore I would never ride and predicted I would kill myself hacking. But the success and the pleasure I have had depended so much on the input of other people who took an interest - unthanked at the...
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    Hat fitting query

    I wear a Champion Gatehouse HS1. I fell off manyh times when learning to ride so had to replace it many times. I learned that they do vary in size - That designs changed at one point, the standard changed to add more padding round the back rim and that altered the fit as well. I learned too...
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    Did you see....?

    It always puzzles me that she can still ride a broad native pony and with what looks like an additional saddle covering? Is it because she has ridden reguarly all her life so her hips have not narrowed? Nor her spine degenerated? As for behaviour - surely it is the rider who dictates that? The...
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    Expectations of 'bonding' with your horse detrimental to horse ownership?

    I started to share a horse last summer and staff began to talk of a bond between us. I was determined not to bond with her - She is not my horse. She is ridden by several different people - And I repeatedly reminded myself of what our RI said, that there are many different horses in the world...
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    Rubens as a rider?

    Have just watched art critic, Waldemar Januszczak's, film on the artist Peter Paul Rubens. He says Rubens had a daily routine - He watched his weight, ate only a light lunch and after work each day in late afternoon would go for a ride. The horses in his painting were his own horses. Quite...
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    Introducing Toby

    Lovely. No riding at all down here.
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    Dutch mounted police dance salsa.

    This came to my Twitter feed - to cheer me up If no one else has posted it
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    Loan horse

    For many years I rode an injured Connie who could be used only for hacking. She was the love of my life. My doubt here is with any share contract that lasts for a year - Surely most agreements allow one month's notice to terminate the share. On either side.
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    Amber is lame

    So sorry about this. We know how you love her.
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    I tried and apparently failed to post a pic of Skib.