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  1. AShetlandBitMeOnce

    Definitely the BHS way..

    Jacob came in yesterday with some soreness in his lumbar spine area, I have booked the Osteo for Thursday but in the meantime I thought I would let him use my head pad, as I too have a dodgy back.. Not quite the BHS way of doing things but I’m not about to spend £125 on a pad just because it...
  2. AShetlandBitMeOnce

    Gallopy Problems - Help!

    Does anyone have a horse that has to set of on a gallop first when with other horses? if so, were you able to help/fix the problem? Jacob is very mannerly when trotting/cantering/galloping out on a hack in terms of speed and stopping from the seat, however he has to set off first otherwise he...
  3. AShetlandBitMeOnce

    The Falls Club - Everyone's Welcome!

    I'm hoping this thread won't be too busy due to it's nature! But in sh*teventers style I thought I would start a Falls Club - feel free to come in for a cuppa should anyone hit the deck, or do anything else sh*teventers worthy! I'll start... Today I rode past a tarpaulin at one end of the...
  4. AShetlandBitMeOnce

    Are some horses just naturally upside down?

    As the title, are some horses just naturally upside down in terms of topline? Jacob has an overdeveloped muscle at the base of his neck - he's ewe-necked, I am working on it and he is working over his back in the school (under an instructors watchful eye) and starting to make improvements over...
  5. AShetlandBitMeOnce

    Are stallions suddenly fashionable?

    I follow a few horsey pages on Facebook and it seems that everyone is buying stallions.. and it’s absolutely imperative that they mention they own a stallion in every post or photo of their horse. Have I missed something and it’s suddenly the ‘in’ thing? I don’t mention my horses lack of nuts...
  6. AShetlandBitMeOnce

    Oh god - Lockdown Ebay accident...

    Someone stop me, I have far too much evening time on my hands and I have just had an Ebay accident to the tune of about £400 o_O Good deals though, three Rambo rugs for £65 or less each - love that he is 7ft3 as no-one wants them! A new hacking riding crop to help me open gates - it's perfect...
  7. AShetlandBitMeOnce

    The Most Handy Command..

    What's the handiest command/instruction you have ever taught your horse? Mine is definitely 'wait', it now means either stay still, get out of my space, stop pestering for treats, reset to neutral if doing stretches, don't move if I am opening a gate from on his back or to stop when I am...
  8. AShetlandBitMeOnce

    In two minds re: withers. WWYD?

    Jacob has a very high wither and prior to me owning him was in a very wide saddle passed down from a Shire, which carried a 20+ stone rider and which sat resting completley on them. He does have white hair from the damage and shows signs of being visibly uncomfortable when I palpate it. He will...
  9. AShetlandBitMeOnce

    Feeding Extra In The Cold?

    Does anyone on here feed more hard feed when it's really cold, as in snow on the ground cold? Or am I being pathetic. I have a wimpy, average doer WB who is out at grass 24/7 whilst I wait for a stable to come up at current yard. He has grazing towards the bottom of the field but it's not...
  10. AShetlandBitMeOnce

    I've Taken Back Shoes Off - Anything I Should Know?

    Jacob has good strong feet according to farrier, which go 7 weeks between shoeings - he had had long periods of field time before I owned him without shoes and I would like to try and see how he is with only fronts on. I have read everything I can about it but I know that there are some really...
  11. AShetlandBitMeOnce

    Mended Rug - Only Took 4 Hours!

    Jacob had his £200 Premier Equine rug for TWO DAYS and he came in with it ripped to shreds - all of my other rugs are Masta, Weatherbeeta, Ruggles - but no, he rips the expensive one (for me anyway) 🤦🏻‍♀️ He’d taken a chunk out, lost the fluff and ripped the tail flap off. Whether he rolled and...
  12. AShetlandBitMeOnce

    Sitting Trot Help Please!

    Does anyone have any tips on improving sitting trot please? I am struggling to get it for more than half a circle on Jacob and it would be really handy to crack to help with other things. I can happily and comfortably do 25 mins+ sitting on my friends ID who has a more economical movement, but...
  13. AShetlandBitMeOnce

    What's your out of hours call out charge?

    I called the vet out last Saturday morning as my lymphangitis prone horse had come in from the field with a tree trunk leg and they have charge me £200 just for the call out charge (total bill £450)! I was expecting it to be a lot, but this seems a little extortionate to me. How much do you pay...
  14. AShetlandBitMeOnce

    Quick Update: Yard Move

    So now my pelvic surgery is delayed for another 12-18 months due to Covid, I decided I cannot bear to have Jacob 'retired' for that long and so have moved him to a full livery yard, in the hopes that not having to do so much chores wise will free me up pain wise. He of course came in from the...
  15. AShetlandBitMeOnce

    Huge reaction if left behind hacking - manage it vs tackle it?

    One thing with Jacob when we are hacking is that if we are to go into trot or canter he MUST be first, otherwise he will really throw his toys out of the pram - and by that I mean he will stop, regardless of rein length and ability to go with the others, and rear (small), buck, plunge, drop a...
  16. AShetlandBitMeOnce

    Are some horses naturally ribby?

    Jacob was put on the weightbridge at 734kg the other week, and the lady said she would like him to be around 760kg and that he is slightly underconditioned as he has quite visible ribs - she gave him a 2.25/5 body score. Now he definitely isn't overweight but when he stands without his abs...
  17. AShetlandBitMeOnce

    First Clinic & Progress Pics

    So Jacob and I have our first outing this weekend which is a dressage clinic at Hickstead - half an hour lesson with Grand Prix rider Daniel Watson and then half an hour test riding. It said all levels so I booked it and then I saw the video from the previous one and it’s of a lady doing...
  18. AShetlandBitMeOnce

    Another Yard WWYD?

    So I am tentatively looking at alternative yards at the moment and have found one which seems to tick a lot of boxes, but then does have some downsides. I am conflicted so WWYD if you were me? Background: My horse is a big boy and does have legs which fill if he is stood in too long, this is...
  19. AShetlandBitMeOnce

    Bit of an 18+ Question...

    So I am right on the Downs, which is fabulous for hacking but not so great in terms of gates.. we have a lot of them! My boy is getting really good with them but he is stupidly tall and I have hip arthritis which means I get horrendous cramp if I lean down too far; so I find it much easier with...
  20. AShetlandBitMeOnce

    Dating Profile vs Reality (Don't worry, it's horse photos)

    I have posted these two pictures on the photos thread in Club House also, but I thought it would make an entertaining thread all of it's own. Jacob's dating profile vs reality photos below - the two pics were literally taken within about 3 minutes of each other! Lets see yours...
  21. AShetlandBitMeOnce

    Dogs & Working Full Time

    So I would love to have a dog and always have wanted one, but I have always worked full time and I am not keen on the idea of leaving them at home all day every day. It was fine when we had dogs in the close family for me to steal regularly, but now I have come to the realisation that I will...
  22. AShetlandBitMeOnce

    7 month schooling progression in the unambitious

    So I took a video of the day I tried out Jacob to take on part loan back on October 2019, I hadn't ridden properly in a couple of years and it was a MESS. He had also been out of proper work for 4 years, his paces were so big it threw my balance completely off, I was rusty and tense, he was...
  23. AShetlandBitMeOnce

    Removed Thread.

    Decided against posting - apologies!
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    Horse on horsebox Issues - It's me that's the problem!

    Does anyone have any tips on not being so stressed when their horse is on their horsebox? I have been practising loading Jacob, and feeding him in the lorry etc and I am completely inwardly panicked when he is loaded. He walks on fine, stands fine, eats his breakfast on it - he is wonderful but...
  25. AShetlandBitMeOnce

    Most & Least Favourite Eventer

    As the title, what are you most and least favourite eventers and why? I have officially reached the level of missing sport where I am watching all 6hrs of 2017 cross country coverage (and I can't remember what happened, so it's actually as though it's new, I'm rather enjoying it) and I was just...
  26. AShetlandBitMeOnce

    Tips To Improve Downwards Transitions - Canter to Trot

    Jacobs schooling is coming along really nicely, but I could do with some tips or things I can try to improve his downwards transitions please. Canter to trot is the trickiest one, where it can often take us a whole (if not more) 20m circle between when I start to ask and when he drops down a...
  27. AShetlandBitMeOnce

    Who fancies a laugh at my expense?

    Gave long reining a go today, with the intention of walking him out to help his legs drain and to combat the spookiness.. Main lesson learned: When you very helpful friend suggests you try trot, remember your horse is 19hh and you are NOT a natural runner!! Edited to say that I do know he is...
  28. AShetlandBitMeOnce

    Horse Very Lame - WWYD? (No vets unless emergency so a bit stressed)

    So I will try to include all relevant details. About 3 weeks ago Jacob came in from the field about 2/10ths on a front left leg. I had the farrier out and no sign of anything, and he had a fat leg on that side. Cold hosed for 4 days twice a day. He had more noticeable heat the day after the...
  29. AShetlandBitMeOnce

    I think my horse hates his own legs...

    I love that he comes to call, and it warms my heart that it is with such enthusiasm.. but I wish he would have some regard for his legs 🙄 explains why he was slightly off for a few days this week, think he knocked himself. The mud near the gate is over fetlock deep in some places. Bloody...
  30. AShetlandBitMeOnce

    Facing major surgery - what to do with horse?

    Sorry in advance that this is a long one. Feels like the universe is taking every opportunity to dump on my horse owning! I’ve been in pain a long time, was told a couple of months ago that this is due to arthritis in my hip. However I found out today that I actually have an abnormal pelvis...
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