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    How much of riding is. . .

    . .'mental' vs physical? How much can be leaned from reading, from 'knowing' something theoretically, and how much requires experience and application? How much of a horse's behaviour is a reflection of the rider vs thoughts/feelings/reactions of its own? I realise there is no single...
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    Genuine question. . .those who have bought horses as novices.

    Following on from a couple of discussions recently, I'm curious to know how people have got on who have bought horses with little or no previous riding or horse care experience and no established support system (or who have witnessed similar). I'll admit it was a bit of a surprise to me how...
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    Magical cantering

    This is one of my "get inside people's heads" questions. :) I spent quite a lot of time today listening to people talk about "Getting a better canter," "Not having enough canter" etc. This has become the buzz word for jumping now (and it is partly fashion as people jumped for years and years...
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    "The Pitfalls of Potential"

    Really interesting piece by one of the COTH bloggers about the clash between 'potential' and reality. . . http://www.chronofhorse.com/article/pitfalls-potential
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    Open minded or confusing?

    This is another of my "a propos of a real life discussion" debate topics. :) If you went back to a trainer you had been to previously and they give you different information on a later visit about how to deal with a problem, do an exercise etc. how would you react? If they didn't explain...
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    TPR - a question.

    I'm asking in here rather than Horse Care as it's more to general knowledge. . . How many owners can and do check temperature, pulse and respiration when confronted with an off colour horse? Do you know what normal is for your horses? I've been surprised the number of people on here who...
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    Physical "limitation" vs the end of the road.

    This is one of my general question topics (it has been pointed out to me recently that I may have lived most of my horsey life in a rarefied world. . .) . . . . How much/little do you think it's possible/fair to "use" a horse with a known physical issue for limited competition and what do...
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    Normandy/Ash, Surrey - Anyone missing 2 ponies? Check your field

    Because I've just collected them off Normandy High Street. They are currently in the custody of Surrey Police
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    Escudo I - Who is using him? Any for sale?

    I guess this technically isn't a breeding question but I've been asked to keep my eyes open for any Escudo I offspring and thought you all might have ideas on where to look. The people might look at offspring from a son if the right type but not interested in Escudo II.
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    Jumping article (stolen from LEC)

    LEC posted this on another thread but it should be required reading for anyone interested in jumping horses. http://equisearch-media.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/PRHP-130800-DMARKS.pdf So much of jumping is based on physics, engineering and biological imperatives, not what...
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    12 Commandments of Horsemanship.

    Stolen from Barnmice. . . Excellent, simple - if not always easy - advice: There’s not enough room in that saddle for you & your temper. Your anger makes it harder for your horse to please you, & blinds you to the lesson s/he is offering. Listen to your horse. If you’re not...
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    "Therapeutic" rugs

    So I have a mysteriously broken dog. We have narrowed it down to hip/back (don't ask - diagnostics have been a nightmare) and are giving various things a go but she has been noticeably worse these last few days with the turn in the weather. She has a waterproof rug (the other dog has a wardrobe...
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    Flatwork for jumping?

    I'm having one of my "stranger in a strange land" moments and have had a sudden revelation about a cultural disconnect (still with me?) I've wondered about but not been able to put my finger on. When people talk about "flatwork (or hacking/fitness) for jumping" do they mean work to establish...
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    Talk to me about ex-hunters. . .

    We do have hunting where I'm from but it's nothing like here and the horses that do it are rarely made or ridden only for the discipline, unless they've been imported for the job, in which case they rarely make it into the general population. So my experience with horses made initially/only for...
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    Raised feeders

    I have those metal raised feeding stands for my dogs (don't judge me, they're tall lurchers) but they're looking pretty rough. We're having a kitchen refit and I'm going to have a go with the metal paint, but if that is an abject failure does anyone have any suggestions that are aesthetically...
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    Attention shoppers - lightweight gillet.

    I need a summer weight, non-fleece (preferably something hair doesn't stick to!) gillet. Nothing fancy, just something to put over a t-shirt, keep my phone in etc. In fact, fancy is what I DON'T want. No badges or giant advertising. I can cope with a small name or mark but I refuse to pay...
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    Training: Do you tell/ask/check?

    A propos of the young horse mounting thread and various real life conversations. . .if you send a horse for training/get a trainer in do you discuss the fine details of what you will need it to do in your specific situation? Or do you just trust the trainer to do what they do? If you have a...
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    Rosette companies. Recommendations?

    Tangentially comp related but there must be a few on here who have organised ones recently. I need to purchase a small number of very nice rosettes for a competition my mother-in-law is involved with (so no pressure . . ). Can anyone suggest companies they have dealt with successfully?
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    How come saddles . . .

    . . seem so impossible now? This is really a question for hho'ers of a more advanced age, like me. ;) I know we've had discussions before about the 'good ol' days' and how things are done in far off, less civilised ;) lands, and come to the rightful conclusion that saddle fitting has...
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    Another "eventing cob" question.

    Following on from the other thread and a real life situation, for those who event "cob types" with more traditional neck sets and movement and with buzzy temperaments, what bitting arrangements have you found successful? Horse in question can be very strong xc but quite difficult as can fold...
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    Confidence trick

    'Confidence' is an oft discussed concept on here but I'm curious to know how people really understand the term. How do you get it? How do you lose it? What methods build it? What experiences dent it? Is it 'all in your mind' and, if so, what practices have helped you? What role does...
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    Calmers. . .potted history, please.

    The prevalence and preponderance of calmers here was a new one on me when I relocated so I don't know much about them. But the other thread on 'managing' performance horses - and the side discussion of ethics - got me thinking. Leaving aside pharmaceuticals and valerian, which is age old, what...
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    Professional yards in Surrey

    Just picking the collective CT brain to see if there is anywhere I've missed. . .person looking is interested in placing a horse on a sj or eventing yard but would prefer a full livery with a resident rider/trainer. I think we've discussed the available options - Seb, Charlotte Uden, Justin C...
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    Mark Dorgan, show jumper?

    Does anyone know/have any info on this fellow? Nothing bad, just asking for a friend.
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    How do you define lame/unsound/unlevel/uncomfortable?

    Another one of my annoying thinking questions. . . Discussions about 'not right' horses figure prominently in my professional life and between than and reading on here, I'm curious how people define their terms. I often see people refer to an unlevelness or gait change with the caveat that...
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    Dogs on leads

    I know this has been done to death but I just have to have a whiny moment. . . I have a dog recovering from an injury, currently walking on the lead. I try to stick to quiet walking places but that's easier said than done. Multiple times now I've had dogs literally run up and jump on...
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    Suitable clothing for spring training.

    Okay, technically not a training question but it is a question about technical fabrics! I think I know the answer to this question but. . . .has anyone ever found outerwear other than waterproofs that does not act as a magnet to every shedding horse within 50 miles? I live in fleeces through...
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    Is there ANYTHING hair doesn't stick to?!?

    I think I know the answer to this question but. . . .has anyone ever found outerwear other than waterproofs that does not act as a magnet to every shedding horse within 50 miles? I live in fleeces through the cold weather but with the long awaited advent of Spring, I now look like the Abominable...
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    So why/when/do you use a stick?

    Following on from a couple of threads, what is the purpose of whips/sticks in riding and training? When and how do you use them? How do you know it's the right choice vs other options? I find 'whip' has such a negative connotation even I, who is quite hardy about things like that, find...
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    Aggressive stifle injury rehab

    Has anyone rehabbed a horse from a stifle injury using primarily physio rather than meds/surgery? What modalities and exercises did you use?
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