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    Horse Fall..

    What does your instructor think? That is, after all, what you pay for. If you are both okay, your doctor is happy with you competing, jumping goes well this week (including an XC school) and the course is a) easier than the last one and b) well within your skill set and you know your mistake was...
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    Omg omg whoop whoop

    Wow! Well done. You've had such a long road it's great to see you getting some recognition. Good luck on the selection day
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    Can you make a horse more careful?

    Plastic poles are the work of the devil. :)
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    A question for those who are/have been "over horsed"...long

    I think it also depends a lot on the exact situation. I deal often with the fall out when people buy more horse than they are really competent to handle. Sometimes they can raise their game and 'catch up' quite quickly and safely. Sometimes the horse is simply not fit for the job and it's unfair...
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    Selling horses.... Is it just me or are people just plain rude?

    Agreed on both counts. While I think it's only good manners to be back in touch promptly, I don't think it's a one way street. The number of sellers who seem to be willfully difficult belies the 'buyers market' idea.
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    Strike pad missing after xc

    Definitely worth a conversation. At the very least to be helpful, as they should know if they have a batch with a flaw in them.
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    Pete's First BE100 & a WWYD?

    I'm another saying mum unless there is a compelling reason not to. I almost always had my horse at work in one form or another, as I couldn't afford options, but I found I often did less with him than when he lived with my trainer, even though I didn't ride every day. I agree about being asked...
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    So fed up! Poor BE record stopping my talented Mare selling!

    I know nothing about hunters but I've now run into quite a few that people have bought out of that job to event/compete and it's pretty clear success in one sphere does not guarantee anything in another. If the OP wanted to promote the mare as a hunter I'd suggest photos and even, if...
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    Can you make a horse more careful?

    I find jumping alone also makes me inclined, even subconsciously, to stay in the comfort zone and 'ride to leave the rails up' which is exactly what you DON'T want to be doing with one that's not bothered. I'm not saying you want to trap the horse or intentionally ride it badly, but you do want...
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    Three things I've learnt recently

    My reply to that is you only have to be on the roads for 5 minutes to realise how many people who have driven 'forever' could stand to take some lessons!
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    Can you make a horse more careful?

    It depends why the horse is having the rails. If there is a hole in the riding/training, weakness etc then yes, those things can be improved. If everything is going right but, in a pinch, the horse is happy to have the rail down, then that is trickier to address. Every horse is a combination...
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    Horse cat leaping on approach to SJ and XC fences

    Have you had a session with a good trainer? It sounds like anxiety but impossible to say the source without seeing. Pulling him up may have produced a short term improvement but if he's rushing to get to the fence it's likely to make him more anxious in the long run. What have you tried...
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    Three things I've learnt recently

    Well, considering straightness is just about weighting all the feet evenly and appropriately, longitudinally and laterally, I'd say so. It's all about the most efficient, stable, long lasting mechanism.
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    A crewing report, tonic for the soul :) Lots of pics

    If I knew a horse that I thought might excel at that game but isn't really 'marketable' right now, how might i go about finding an experienced person to advise?
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    Three things I've learnt recently

    Straightness is a never ending quest. . .
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    A crewing report, tonic for the soul :) Lots of pics

    Super photos of what sounds like a great day. I love Monkey.
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    Breaking in question!?

    Are you alternating riding him? Lots of breaking yards do chop and change jockeys BUT they usually ride similarly and it can be too much at that point for a sensitive horse. Your aids will not be the same as your friend's aids, even with the best of intentions. Think of it like learning an...
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    So fed up! Poor BE record stopping my talented Mare selling!

    I'm going to play Devil's Advocate here, since you have brought the subject up . . .even for an all rounder that record would make me go hmm. I've been looking at ads and horses for a couple of people in that price range and there are horses with at least completions at 90, even 100 in that...
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    Breaking in question!?

    That. :)
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    Tally goes XC schooling (and behaves himself!)

    Horse looks fab, well done on scoring transport, and the scenery is amazing! Lucky you. :)
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    overfaced me and my mare

    It's only a day. Yes, a bad day, but you recognise what happened and you've not gone on compounding it, so that's good news. Can you go out schooling with your regular instructor? Start really little, at the point you both don't feel any anxiety at all, then step up as you feel more confident...
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    A very bittersweet day for me.....

    Excellent that he's settling in and already well loved. Well done! I always think one of the nicest parts of starting horses is seeing them go out in the world, have a nice life and bring pleasure. Dick Francis said, in his autobiography, that he used to be sad when horses moved on when they...
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    Jumping before a competition

    Some horses that lack confidence or get casual or get hot if they haven't jumped benefit from a targeted school the day before. Cooler customers may benefit from doing very little, even in warm-up. Some people are much better if they can have a confidence school the day before. It's about...
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    Jumping before a competition

    Depends on the horse. Some need to jump, some don't. I'd set it up for success though, not be doing anything new or risky.
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    The best trot ever?

    I knew a guy when I was a kid who was a pretty lousy rider but he could walk into a field of a hundred horses and say, 'That one' and was never wrong. Too bad he ruined the ones he kept! One of the necessary skills for trainers in the North American system is the ability to assess horses for...
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    The best trot ever?

    Re the above comment about soundness. . .some horses are just tough. Usually it goes with intelligence/sense too, as they keep themselves out of trouble, but it can't be denied some horses just have iron constitutions. Even beneficial biomechanics isn't as simple as having 'good...
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    The best piaffe ever?

    Very true and important points. It goes for other disciplines as well - very few horses jumping 4* or GP are free of significant tension, loping along on a loose snaffle rein. 'Tension' is a continuum. It has ramifications for discussions about NH systems as well. It's very easy to do...
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    Breaking in question!?

    Yes, that was my point earlier - so long as you have a system you are comfortable and confident with, and enough flexibility to accommodate the individual, it should be fine. A great deal of the system can be dictated by what you have available and how you've been taught. My issue with...
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    Rearing Yearling.... How to stop it?

    Is he out alone?
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    The best trot ever?

    ^ That. If she is offering and isn't struggling then you're good to go. Lucky you. I don't know if my earlier comments contributed to your musing but I said effectively the same thing, that 'should' doesn't really come into it. You have to assess the horse in front of you. The comments about...