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  1. Taliesan

    Ulcer help!

    I used RonFields for my two and, although it did help them feel more comfortable, it didn't really knock the ulcers on the head in the way I would have liked. I've had mine on Relyne GI for the past month and a half and the difference has been astounding. It is a lot more expensive than...
  2. Taliesan

    It’s not my fault...

    Definitely the new eskadron graffiti for me. I really didn't need it as I already have way too many saddle pads. It just unfortunately ended up in my cart and being paid for because I know it would look great on my two. Plus I figured that if I didn't like it I could easily sell it. I would...
  3. Taliesan

    Getting cold feet about bitting.

    You are correct - horses do breathe through their noses. As I said in my earlier post, they are obligate nasal breathers and cannot breathe through their mouths. The reason I mentioned the lip seal is that research has shown that a horse will swallow right before starting to run. This creates a...
  4. Taliesan

    Getting cold feet about bitting.

    I definitely agree with you on the rope halters - they can be incredibly harsh and I don't think many people realise that. The surface area of the rope in contact with the horse's face is very small and, as you rightly pointed out, those knots are designed to sit right on key nerve branches. A...
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    Getting cold feet about bitting.

    I am going to be saying similar things to @TPO here. I will add that I agree with everything they have said and much of it was along the lines of what I was going to type myself when I first read this thread in the morning. The horse world is steeped in tradition and, just because something has...
  6. Taliesan

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

    These photos were taken about five seconds apart. Jack is all sweetness and delight when he thinks he is going to get something he wants. When he doesn't get it he has one of the fastest attitude changes ever witnessed. He'd be the sort who would be mega charming to start off with. Then, as...
  7. Taliesan

    Can you add markings to passports?

    The vet missed off a bit of white on my boy's left hind coronet. I asked the passport issuing office about it and they just said to draw in the white on the markings sheet in the passport myself. I will be sending photos along as well so they can see that what I have done is correct. I was...
  8. Taliesan

    How far do you travel to a decent yard?

    My current yard is about a 40 minute drive from where I live and there's 28 miles between it and my home. I'm lucky in that it is mainly a trip down motorways and a-roads to get there and, when I'm back at work after Coronavirus, it is only 15 minutes away from my workplace. I'm normal...
  9. Taliesan

    Who has a Pivo?

    I've been looking for a robot camera tracker to record my online dressage tests. The Pivo was tempting but I wasn't sure how well it would track a dressage test from C. That and it doesn't zoom. It is encouraging to hear that they are working on an auto zoom function. Would anyone who has a...
  10. Taliesan

    Total Contact saddles

    I think this is easy to do if the saddle is put too far forwards on the horse. I have mine so that the stirrup bars are beneath my thighs and, when I am sat on Jack, I can't really see the saddle at all underneath me. I also find that the saddle shows up your weaknesses in riding. This is...
  11. Taliesan

    Total Contact saddles

    I have a TCS and use it all the time. I've done jumping, dressage fun rides and long hacks in it. I've found that my horse is far more comfortable in his movement and seems much happier in it than he ever was in his old Balance saddle. I did a 4 hour hack, with lots of varied gaits across mixed...
  12. Taliesan

    Cranial therapy

    I've had Fiona Varian out to see both me and my horses and she's fantastic. I can't recommend her highly enough and she is definitely worth contacting. The difference before and after treatment in both me and my horses was incredible. My shoulders have always been tight with crunchy muscles -...
  13. Taliesan

    Should FEI change their rules to allow tackless?

    I ride bitless so have been in many warm up arenas with lots of people. None of whom noticed I hadn't got a bit in until I was stood waiting to go in and they could get a close look at my horse's bridle.
  14. Taliesan

    Ready for fallout...

    I have one horse who is incredibly whip shy. When I first got him three years ago I picked one up in the school to use as a lunging aid. Never have I had a horse run away from me so quickly - all I did was pick the thing up off the school fence. In the past three years I have never once used a...
  15. Taliesan

    Should FEI change their rules to allow tackless?

    As a bitless rider I do find the current rules frustrating and I often am excluded from competing as a result. I enjoy dressage and I am lucky in that I have several local venues that allow me to take part bitless. Others don't allow me to participate at all or I have to go HC. Don't even get me...
  16. Taliesan

    Treats for clicker training?

    I use grass nuts. A bag is good value at about £9 for 20kg and they aren't a particularly high value reward - which is good as it means the horses don't get over enthusiastic about them.
  17. Taliesan

    Hay containers for the field?

    I bought some wooden crates off a guy from Facebook that are perfect for keeping the hay dry and contained in the field. He's based in Birmingham so that may not be useful for you depending on whereabouts you are. They were about £20 each and my two can comfortably share from one. That said I...
  18. Taliesan

    Hind gut ulcers

    I've found the Trinity Consultants supplements fantastic for my horses' gut health. Simon is incredibly helpful and he's always recommended the right product to help sort my boy's problems out. Jack had faecal water and loose poo. He was on their L94 supplement for 10 days which cleared up the...
  19. Taliesan

    How often does your horse see a masseuse, etc?

    I've trained to do Equine Touch (a form of non-invasive and gentle bodywork for horses) and I give my two sessions whenever they need it. For Apollo this is pretty frequent at the moment (every couple of weeks or so) as he had ulcers and was carrying quite a lot of tension in his back from this...
  20. Taliesan

    Strange one - ground work with a neck rope only

    Have you ever looked at Connection Training and the stuff they train at liberty with positive reinforcement? However, I'm not sure how far they go into the lunging / groundwork at liberty in terms of the more advanced movements. Having a quick think about it myself now though I see no reason...
  21. Taliesan

    Treeless saddles - experiences?

    I ride in a Total Contact Saddle which is pretty much like riding bareback but with the benefit of stirrups and a saddle pad, which is distinctly less slippy than my horse's back. It is classed as a treeless saddle but it is the most minimal design I have ever come across. Not that I think that...
  22. Taliesan

    Do you take your horses out and about on your own?

    I'm sorry you encountered some people lacking in the brain department milliepops! You'd think that everyone out at a horse event would be especially considerate of everyone else there. :( In answer to the original question, I travel on my own all the time. Sometimes my mum may come and meet me...
  23. Taliesan

    How much did you pay for your horse

    My first horse I bought for meat money (£300) when he was thirteen as he was written off by the vets as lame and unrideable in anything but a gentle walk. Lots of bodywork combined with correct ridden work has made a huge difference - he is sound and out doing a mix of jumping, dressage and...
  24. Taliesan

    Flex-on stirrups

    I have previously ridden in Flex-Ons and I also had pointy-out toes. The stirrups didn't help with this at all as, with my toes, their position was caused by muscle tightness further up my leg. If anything, as the stirrups were trying to 'force' my feet into a position they didn't necessarily...
  25. Taliesan

    Weekend plans, the sun is out!

    Thank you very much! It is amazing how much confidence you can get from one good round. :D
  26. Taliesan

    Weekend plans, the sun is out!

    The 75cm didn't go to plan as I managed to lose jump 11. Whilst trying to weave back between jumps to get to the right side of number 11 Jack asked if I wanted to jump number 3 again - to which my answer was "no thank you". He then stopped whilst turning to the left. As I was slightly unbalanced...
  27. Taliesan

    Weekend plans, the sun is out!

    I'm aiming to get out and try to qualify for Trailblazers 2nd rounds on Saturday. We just missed out last weekend with a refusal at the last (which was totally my fault) so I am aiming to get it right this time! I'm definitely going to go for the 75cm class but I'm still torn on if I go for the...
  28. Taliesan

    Showjumping Feedback Wanted on Jumping Position

    Thank you for the feedback everyone, it is most appreciated. I will definitely shorten my stirrups by a few holes the next time I pop some jumps up to practice. Having reins that are too long is a definite flaw of mine so I will make a conscious effort to have them shorter next time. I think...
  29. Taliesan

    Showjumping Feedback Wanted on Jumping Position

    I've only recently conquered my fears of jumping. Last September I was terrified of a pole on the ground but, with the help of my horse and by just getting on with it, I am now feeling confident popping over 60cm+ jumps. The last couple of times I've been jumping I've felt like I restrict him...
  30. Taliesan

    It's that time again :D Weekend plans?

    I've got my first ever dressage competition with my horse. I'm really excited about it as it will be our first competitive outing in the two years of me owning him. I was due to go to a competition last weekend but my horse got an abscess in his foot and went lame the day before. It's like he...
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