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  1. wkiwi

    tongue choking and BD legal bit 'guaranteed' to work

    Thanks for your input. These areas have already been covered and it is now only the horses anticipation of an issue triggered by specific sets of conditions (fortunately now rare and getting rarer) that still remain (though of course for her the memory will never completely disappear sadly). I...
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    tongue choking and BD legal bit 'guaranteed' to work

    Oh well, it takes all types to raise a village.
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    tongue choking and BD legal bit 'guaranteed' to work

    No unfortunately, that was just an example and it is inconsistent. She used to love polos as a treat though but for some reason has gone off them lately (all the horses did) so wondering if they changed the formula. I can't tell the difference.
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    tongue choking and BD legal bit 'guaranteed' to work

    Thanks, it is a definite possibility (and so simple and cheap too - lol). I have previously been recommended tongue ties with transition to none, but of course they can cause so much damage, but the racing world does have other suggestions that might help :)
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    tongue choking and BD legal bit 'guaranteed' to work

    Never mind, have a great day.
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    tongue choking and BD legal bit 'guaranteed' to work

    Thank you for reading all the posts. Have had some useful suggestions made, some of which aren't relevant to my horse and some of which are worth trying or following up on. Have you had any luck with a particular bit in a similar case?
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    tongue choking and BD legal bit 'guaranteed' to work

    The drawing back of the tongue can result in dorsal displacement of the soft palate, which is often called tongue swallowing (even though they don't actually swallow the tongue. It essentially results in cutting off the air supply (due to various anatomical factors) and the horse 'chokes', makes...
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    tongue choking and BD legal bit 'guaranteed' to work

    Thanks for the suggestion. Started off with different snaffles (though not rubber) - she does prefer a thinner bit but a friend has a rubber snaffle i could try so will give it a go. She doesn't actually put her tongue over the bit though and might not like it being thicker but maybe the rubber...
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    tongue choking and BD legal bit 'guaranteed' to work

    I didn't say I'd "messaged bit hire places". It is an assumption that i have only messaged people, only contacted bit hire places, and that the replies i am waiting for are not people ringing me back from different time zones. But thank you for taking time to read my message and giving your...
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    tongue choking and BD legal bit 'guaranteed' to work

    Thanks for the idea, a friend of mine is using that method for a new horse of hers at the moment. Mine is not at all fussy in the mouth and will maintain a light consistent contact. Also she isn't at elementary yet and would ideally like something i can warm her up in at venues (sounds wierd...
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    tongue choking and BD legal bit 'guaranteed' to work

    Thanks. Have contacted a few and still waiting for replies. The WTP seems to have the most logic behind it (transitioning between the extended to the normal plate, neither dressage legal). I just found out this morning that they have applied to the FEI for the normal plate and are expecting it...
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    tongue choking and BD legal bit 'guaranteed' to work

    Thanks for the suggestion :)
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    tongue choking and BD legal bit 'guaranteed' to work

    Thanks for your input. She is already having the endless time and patience: I haven't gone into full detail in the post as that would take pages. This isn't a solution for a quick fix (as she has gone from near unrideable to getting over 70% in dressage tests) but for another reason which i...
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    tongue choking and BD legal bit 'guaranteed' to work

    lol - the 'guaranteed' was in emphasis because i know that no-one can guarantee anything. I just want to try one that has been used in more than one horse rather than "I put mine in an X and it worked fine". Seen too many posts where there ends up with dozens and dozens of different suggestions...
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    tongue choking and BD legal bit 'guaranteed' to work

    Ok here goes, please don't take initial comments the wrong way but i don't want a list of dozens of bits :) -please don't post unless you know your suggested bit has been used on more than one horse with dorsal displacement of the soft palate. -Also please skip all the posts about...
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    Does Bute always work

    Its effectiveness is a bit like human paracetomol - if you have some discomfort it will help, if you have something worse then it won't. I.e. it works for low-level pain and inflammation to take the edge off, or when the worst of the damage is gone, but it isn't going to block/stop more severe...
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    Help please

    lol - i wear some weird colours myself if hacking. But if i was turning up for a lesson at a place i'd never been before then I would tend toward a bit conservative as people do make first impression judgements and lurid neon yellow and pink can be a bit off putting. Especially if you want...
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    Help please

    I'd ring the centre where you are going to have the lessons and ask what their dress code is. Wearing a tie sounds a bit over the top to me and would have thought a smart polo shirt would be good enough (not in lurid colours though of course !). Enjoy your lessons - it is a great present and...
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    Shocking ifor williams customer service

    Well done - it's not easy to complain and stick to it when they resist, but at least it is sorted now and the company might be more responsive to others in the future :) :) :)
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    Laminitis? Confused!

    Well caught ! Just be aware that if you become good at feeling pulses then there will always be a pulse (unless dead). It is just like feeling the pulse at a human's wrist (except the hair makes it all harder of course). So when people say they can feel a pulse there it could be a normal pulse...
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    Thinking of starting BD quest or maybe just bronze prelim?

    I sent by email, scanned in documents. I think the rider you can do online, but the horse needs a copy of bits of the passport. I did me a week before entries closed for a competition and did the horse (as waiting on age imported) on the monday with entries closing on teh wednesday. I messaged...
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    Thinking of starting BD quest or maybe just bronze prelim?

    For Quest, you join with a club membership anyway (£30), i.e. you don't have to do anything different, and it is £10 for the horse to be registered. You have the option of doing both quest and affil even at the same show if the venue runs them together e.g. i could do one test in prelim Quest...
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    equine sports massage therapy as a career

    I think it would depend on whether there were many others in your area. It is certainly the fashion at the moment to get a physio for just about every problem in existence, but i would be worried if during a recession it would be sustainable to the same extent? Also, are you prepared to chase...
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    Bhs dress code Livery Yard

    Never naked (as the horses would go blind), but i do often feed in the morning in purple pj's and wellies! (with yellow raincoat in winter).
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    Pen turnout for boxrest horse

    I have done it with just a pen made from electric fencing, but with a horse that respected the tape. If you're only on battery unit then best to link to a car battery so it lasts longer and less risk of it running out (and horse escaping). My mare was good enough to do with ordinary electric...
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    Blood 6 days after gelding

    Could be either of your suggestions, or something else. Why don't you give the vet a ring? Best to have it examined properly rather than risk missing something serious. :)
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    Bitting issues in spring

    If he's fine on the flat in the same area as the jumps then it is not the grass protein that is an issue, it is something that has gone wrong with the horse's jumping training. You should be able to do jump schooling at home in the same bit as you do flat schooling. It could be one of many...
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    Shoodle

    Maybe a Shih Tzu, but they didn't want to call the cross a "Poo Shiht" ?????
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    Shocking ifor williams customer service

    Your rights are against the retailer, not the manufacturer so the dealer is responsible and you shouldn't have to deal with IW. Don't let the dealer palm you off, as apparently this is quite commonly tried. http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2015/15/contents/enacted
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