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    Bringing into a contact

    It’s only been a couple of weeks since I managed to crack the contact with my little ISH. I am guilty of washing line reins, and it took a fair bit of ‘shorten the reins and give with your hands’! My instructor is quite strict about getting a good level of forward energy going before asking...
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    Protexin. Good stuff.
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    I think I only have one option left here: barefoot

    That’s some improvement! Well done your trimmer.
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    Electric fencing - no electricity

    I struggle to lift the battery, even to move it a few feet. So I put it in a shopping trolley from Aldi. My battery has 2 posts on each side but I have in the past put the clips on the same post. Edit to add that the solar panel is fixed onto the handle using cable ties.
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    Electric fencing - no electricity

    I’ve got a diy setup using a leisure battery and a solar panel. Still got a fair belt in it, as I frequently discover. It’s ran for months now, sheer bliss not having to charge batteries.
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    Picking out feet

    My horse is barefoot, I leave any mud in his feet as it is part of the support system! I will pick them out before I rasp them though.
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    Should I put on a medium rug

    Check the temperature in the armpits. Ears are like feet, they vary their temperature quite randomly as they are on the periphery of the horse.
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    Headpiece for poll pressure

    As above, be careful you’re not just increasing the pressure. Have you tried bridles that are cut back at the poll? Horsemanship saddlery do one, others are available.
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    Pictures Picture to make you smile

    That is a lovely picture, pure love x
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    Laying over a horses mane

    Whilst looking for the above, I found this. Wow!
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    Laying over a horses mane

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    Good lesson yesterday: transitions

    ‘corpulence’. Love that word. Well done Keith.
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    Saddle recommendations

    Lavinia Mitchell saddles have a wide channel, very comfortable, at least my one is!
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    Farmers lung.

    My first thought was sand as well. Could you make a hard standing area in one of the fields, have them live out?
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    WWYD -Livery Issues

    Fantastic! Great outcome x
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    Wanted Livery near Auchterarder

    My friend was on a yard up the hill from Cleish, very nice but absolutely baltic in the winter. You would need a 4 x 4.
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    Saddle fitting help please

    It’s a minefield. I’m heartbroken that my horse has taken a massive dislike to the LM saddle, comfiest saddle I’ve ever sat on. He now has a GFS one, muscle is building nicely. Good luck with your search.
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    That horse smell (on hands!)

    I wear thin cotton gloves under my waterproof ones, which get filthy. Seems to help. DERMATOLOGICAL COTTON GLOVES
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    Blue- Introduction + Photos

    That’s one gorgeous looking boy! I hope you have many happy years with him x
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    Foggage - and what to do with it?

    My field was topped in late summer. Tried it as foggage before, but the first lot of heavy rain and wind flattened it all. Unholy mess underneath.
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    I'm going to have to do it (Rambo rug)

    My horse is currently out in a Swish rug, it’s either a 50 or 75g, can’t remember. Hasn’t leaked in 3 years.
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    Black Beauty *sob* 😭

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    WWYD -Livery Issues

    Take a pic of the notice on your phone and send it to her.
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    Anyone willing to assess these hooves please?

    I never touch frogs or soles either.
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    WWYD -Livery Issues

    I think you can serve an abandonment notice, then sell the horse after a certain time. Best check though.
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    bit for a strong ex racer?

    I second a bit fit consultation. They will tell you what type of bit will suit his mouth. You don’t have to buy it from them.
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    Which books have made a difference to your riding?

    I’ve started reading the Sylvia Loch books, trying out the weight aids on my horse - they work! Who’d have thunk?! I’ve got the Bill Dorrance book, couldn’t get into it though.
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    Anyone willing to assess these hooves please?

    I use gardening gloves, thick ones with a rubberised palm - easier to handle the rasp. Plus you can brush crud off the sole with them.
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    Show me your hoof transformations!

    As an aside, how on earth do you all get the date onto your photos? Seems to be beyond me, on an iPhone.
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    Anyone willing to assess these hooves please?

    I echo Paddy re wearing gloves. You have no idea how much skin a rasp can take off the back of your hand! Ouch.