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    Fashions for Different Coat Colours Through History Article

    I'm from Latvia, where historically the tarpan and/or Przewalski's horse was the breed to go - including their primitive coloured coats, among which there are said to have been spotted individuals, but mostly "consistently brown, cream-colored or mouse-colored". In the Medieval times, when the...
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    How did you find the most recent horse you bought? Word of mouth, online ad, etc?

    Wanted something very specific, and, to my luck, a colt that fit my every wish to a T, was born at a small stud farm owned by a close friend. I saw the announcement about the colt on the FB time line of the stud, followed his development closely for a few months, and then finally bought him when...
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    Best saddle for short backed problem horse...

    Had a similar problem, until stopped happily at a Ghost saddle. :) Horse had a long history of fitting problems, but now, after 3 years in a Ghost, he's never been happier and all the vets/chiro always compliment on the health and condition of his topline and spine.
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    I hope this is allowed

    I'm celebrating, and I'm Latvian! So nowhere near the US, but the old buffoon was dangerous to the post-soviet countries, thus I'm VERY relieved!
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    Jumping bitless

    When I'm in the mood for bitless, I ride (jumping, dressage, fast hacking) and drive in an Orbitless. I love how adjustable it is - you can choose between several hackamore settings or a simple sidepull just by switching the position of the reins. My big lad agrees with this bridle and I also...
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    Jumping bitless

    Give it a try. :) A properly chosen and fitted bitless bridle can be a great tool for the right horses (and, with some additional training, almost all of them are the right horses ;) ) in the right hands.
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    Would you bother?

    I brought my big lad up to the yard yesterday and, instead of being his chilled self, he was snorty, spooky and constantly on his toes! Instead of the planned hack, I just lunged him and, watching him squealing, bucking, spooking and galloping like a lunatic, certainly told me I made the right...
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    Parelli - yay or neigh?

    Between Parelli and CA, I see CA as the worse one - his style is extremely dominant and aggressive, and he carries that over to his followers, IMO.
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    Parelli - yay or neigh?

    I do hate the pure nonsense that comes with the Parelli marketing - all those different coloured strings for "levels" of parelli-ness and whatnot. However, over years of being closely connected with the local NH crowd, I've observed a few things: If you look back at the very beginnings of the...
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    Strangest thing said to you while out riding?

    My big geldings' name is Snickers. The times we've met someone along our hacks and they've innocently asked for his name, just to start giggling like fools that "ooooh, is he made from chocolate? Can I eat him? Imma gobble him up!" have been so numerous, that I've just been answering with...
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    Strangest thing said to you while out riding?

    I was out hacking when noticed a man with a toddler standing on the side of the trail and looking excited about my big guy. I stopped for a quick chat and the man asked, if his toddler could pat the horse, to which I agreed. After a few pats, the man suddenly, totally out of nowhere, tries...
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    What the hell is going on in France?

    How utterly dreadful! Fingers crossed those bastards will be caught soon and prosecuted!
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    Milk Thistle .. Ground or whole Seeds ?

    Freshly ground. I usually ground a weeks' worth at a time. The outsides/shells of the seeds are too thick and though for a horse to digest, so whole they just slide right through.
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    Just for fun. Things non horsey people don’t get...

    ....that time when I absent-mindedly started cleaning my geldings' sheath and pick gunk off his fifth leg while being amidst a kids' camp that was going on at the yard that day. Then, a childs' innocent voice woke me up like a cold shower - "Mommy, what is the lady doing to the horsies' peepee?"...
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    Cheeky/ridiculous posts you see on Facebook.

    So, somebody is selling this supposedly "playful, well mannered and very pretty" pony mare locally. Enjoy this picture that went with the ad - and, no, there weren't any better ones. 😀
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    Cheeky/ridiculous posts you see on Facebook.

    I was once selling a recent, but older saddle, so it was on the cheap side (not 50, though!!). Somebody wanted to buy it immediately without even asking anything about the measurments and without trying it on the horse - "because he's just a youngster and it doesn't matter what you use as a...
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    Pictures Introducing - Captain Grant!

    Naughty, naughty, naughty! Captain used that one moment when the electrified fence was turned off, to lead Plum (a 2yo Welsh filly) and Amulet (a 3yo WB gelding) out into the woods... No fences ripped, they just dove through. Naughty buggers!
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    basic equipment for first horse

    From a horseowners' point of view, I only had a halter/lead, some brushes and a feed bucket, back when I got my first lad. From a riders' point of view, I agree to Tarragon. :)
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    Why do we still call them ‘gypsy’ cobs?

    Fascinating to know; is there anywhere I could read about this more? :)
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    Pictures Introducing - Captain Grant!

    As per the chiros' recommendations, my big lad, Snicks, was on his fourth day of rehab exercises yesterday, and so was Captain. Snicks was prescribed a 40 minute hack in an active, stretchy, marching walk, and Captain had to do the same, only in hand. I didn't feel like doing first one, then the...
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    Cheeky/ridiculous posts you see on Facebook.

    I'll just leave this picture here. It was the only pic to go with the ad, which said only "Very good saddle, 200 euros".
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    Pictures Introducing - Captain Grant!

    Pic for attention. :D Last Christmas Captain gave me a not-so-nice surprise - he came back from the field lame. He had sprained his adductor muscle in his left hind, and was very much in pain. Luckily, with some care, he recovered seamlessly, however, I noticed, that, since then, he had...
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    Share your dreams...

    A huge indoor with jumps. A gallop/canter track and an XC course. A heated tack-room, that is actually spacious. A swimming track/pool for horses. A heated area for drying rugs/pads etc + a heavy duty washing machine on site. A driving school with some marathon obstacles.
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    Pictures Introducing - Captain Grant!

    Went on an in-hand hack again, today with his little 2yo girfriend, who is of a very different temperament - much calmer and collected. On our way, we encountered a Big Puddle. As you know, youngsters and inexperienced horses are often afraid of Big Puddles. Not Captain. :D He dragged me...
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    How to dispose of the body...

    This is very useful, thank you! Must remember this - and my big guy even lies down on command, so I could easily haul the body onto his saddle directly from the ground. You know, so that I don't have to lift up the...stag, yes...the stag...onto his glorious 16.3hh.
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    How to dispose of the body...

    Gladly! Before that damned virus, I had booked a trip to Scotland....sadly, now postponed to whoever knows how long. :( It has always been a land of dreams for me to visit, along with Wales and Ireland. Forced to hide bodies on my own land for a while, regrettably. :( :D
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    Pictures Introducing - Captain Grant!

    Thank you! He's a really genuine boy - just loving all the attention and "work". Of course, all the sessions I do are no longer than 15 minutes by this point and, when I back him, it will be no earlier than his 4.5-5th birthday. Totally not pressured to get on and train/ride - he'll get all the...
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    How to dispose of the body...

    Loch, sorry, LOCH! I'm not from your parts of the world, so I hope not to be a victim of a biomass incinarationer :D
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    How to dispose of the body...

    Finally, a voice of reason!
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    Pictures Introducing - Captain Grant!

    My big geldings' saddle was sitting around and Captain was very interested - sniffing and touching it. As I had done some preparations in previous sessions with introducing him to an empty sack or a saddle pad on his bag, I decided to challenge him a bit. The saddle by his side? Pff, easy? The...
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