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    Would you expect a YO to be able/willing to remove a shoe?

    That's very bad form! I would be annoyed too that they had not done something about it!
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    Saddle Fitting Problems!

    Where are you based? Have you had full vet checks etc? Saddle fit can be blamed for all of lifes ills but in many cases there is something else going on as well and the saddle may be making things worse but not be the sole cause of the problems.
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    Would you expect a YO to be able/willing to remove a shoe?

    No I would not expect that of a YO, I would however expect them to have got a farrier there pronto to do the removal though. Is removing a shoe in the stage 2 curriculum now? It wasnt when I did my stages although that was over 20 years ago now
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    Second weekend of August plans!

    Lovely pics sheep
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    New neighbors horses pooping everywhere

    This 100% You tried talking to the riders and they ignored so I would go to the yard owner and ask that they come and clean up at least once a week or whatever arrangement you come to Thank you on behalf of all riders that you allow horses to cross your land as many dont
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    Dressage Interesting interview with chief rider if the Spanish Riding School about training and competition

    I think it's always good to try early at least. I've taught quite a few over the years although with M we tried early on and changed in front but not behind (not late just carried on in cross canter until he lost his balance) so we decided to wait until he was a bit more established and had...
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    Lameness - with video

    Wow thanks for sharing the video, I wouldn't have known that was potential cellulitis so good to have a reference. I hope your horse picks up soon
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    Second weekend of August plans!

    Lovely video jiffy and great pic sheep, sounds like lots of worthwhile trips out so far. M is doing really well, he is bouncing back and his topline is coming back too which is nice to see. I misjudged our hacking time a bit this morning, was aiming for 45 mins but my route actually took an...
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    Any pictures of Haflinger x ID?

    So funny! Thanks for the update though, she looks lovely
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    Human: Osteo or Chiro? Posture!

    I use a physio who uses some manipulation techniques as well. The right type of exercise is also very helpful, I use a combination of weights, cardio, stretching and mobilisation which seem to stave off the stiffness whilst keeping me strong
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    Saddle Fitting Cost

    Schleese know how to charge that's for sure :)
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    Any pictures of Haflinger x ID?

    Hopefully she will look like her full sibling who is very adorable! Haflingers are all chestnut by the way, not palomino :)
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    Saddle fitting - for the rider

    Rider comfort is paramount but importantly it should be that the rider is comfortable whilst sitting in the correct position and shoulder - hip - heel alignment. Some saddles will be very comfortable but not allowing the correct position and this is when you see things like chair seats etc -...
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    Vet Distance

    My local one who does injections and minor injury first aid response is 9 miles away. Proper equine vet is 65 miles although a new one has opened up less than 20 miles away but they are just setting up with equipment etc. I might try them next time I have something specific that needs looking at
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    After a long ride

    I loosen the girth 1 hole at the end of every ride regardless of type of riding or length of ride. sometimes I hop off to walk off as well
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    Saddle fitting - for the rider

    There are many many variables. Some you are aware of, some you are not. Seat bone placement is so important and something rarely talked about, if the gap between the seatbones is wide then a saddle with narrow twist or a seat without a belly would find the rider out of balance. Narrow gap...
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    Vet visit today - not what I expected

    Sorry to hear of your troubles! Hope you can get a full and clear picture for helping your horse
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    Second weekend of August plans!

    Sounds great jiffy, enjoy your lesson and good luck with Danny's BD debut! We are continuing with our rehab, one lead out and one ride out per day for a total of 40 mins although will be increasing that to 50 mins over the weekend. Coming along well although I did have to do a couple of...
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    SI pain/disorder

    Very interesting and clear, the videos are really useful
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    Hand hold needed

    I'm so sorry to hear this :( If there is poor prognosis and hes not suitable for retirement then you are absolutely doing the right thing
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    BIT ADVICE FOR 4 year old mare

    All single and double jointed snaffles have a nutcracker action some horses prefer double joints, some single joints. My own horse has a very small mouth and even the double jointed bits with small lozenges have the joints themselves sitting on his bars so he prefers a single joint there is...
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    BIT ADVICE FOR 4 year old mare

    Are you having problems with your current bitting set up?
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    Procrastinating. What's my perfect horse?

    Connemara native of any type x TB or Arab (I love a nice welsh / arab cross) clydesdale or shire x TB or arab I used to know an absolutely stunning horse who was 1/4 clydesdale, 1/4 TB and 1/2 arab - although his movement wasn't amazing but he was a great hunter, hack, SJer and very pretty!
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    Barefoot help please!

    I would do this too as they can get deceiving until measured properly. My horse has slightly rounder than long feet which limits the types I could buy
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    Lunging for the vet?

    Same here
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    Dressage People - Flashes/Grackles

    Of the horses or the rider? :D
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    Dressage People - Flashes/Grackles

    Some people might call opening the mouth an evasion but in many cases it is the horse trying to escape discomfort / pain from the bit pressure / crushing the tongue. I only use a loose fitting cavesson (not a crank!) and if my horse opens his mouth it is my cue to change what I am doing
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    Saddle for wide horse

    Where abouts in ireland are you?
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    Solution and Wow Saddles

    I have used both and I used to fit Wows. I love both brands and when horses love them then they really love them but there are a number of horses that dont go any better in them than any other saddle and there are also a number of horses who really dont get on with them at all. My current...
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    At last.....

    Congratulations! He looks a lovely sort