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    pony kicking when mounting and more

    Did you see and ride the pony before you bought him? I'm guessing not so did you see a video of him handled, saddled, mounted, ridden and dismounted from? Was he vetted? Your OP reads as though you were trying to get on from the ground. He may be used to being mounted from a mounting block...
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    Rant - The Current Dog 'Pandemic'

    No photos?!
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    Rant - The Current Dog 'Pandemic'

    'One is not enough. I'll take them both'
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    Minor Irritations

    Even Teddy Edward, my childhood teddy bear, is he.
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    People who let their dogs cock their legs over everything 😡

    It rained here today so at last the many pee stains have been washed off the pavements
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    Holidays for reactive dogs

    https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/holidays/gordons-cabin-devon https://www.toadhallcottages.co.uk/holiday-cottages/beckaford-cottage/185
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    Owner of yard bossiness

    How much is the OP paying?
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    How much is a reasonable rent for field and stables?

    Yes that's reasonable but I'm pretty sure I wouldn't want anything to do with someone who
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    Ahem...lady area (downstairs hair!) and riding........

    You don't need to bring it up. He isn't scared to bring it up control you so be strong and take back control of your own body.
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    Broncing after jump/saddle fit

    Are you getting him his own saddle?
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    After 11 riding lessons

    Years ago I watched a short video of Mary Rose FBHS teaching a competent young rider who kicked the pony and seemed not to be able to anything different with their legs. To help the rider understand how such kicking felt at halt she asked the rider to rest the reins on the neck and put their...
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    Pictures Five years of Mary and Flower's first time ridden

    I have a very soft spot for Flower and Mary and I've always loved your updates. You've done them proud and they you. Is Sheepie still around? The property in photo 2: is that your livery yard or a random unloved property?
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    Gates out hacking

    Or get off at the first one, walk for 10 minutes and remount after closing the 5th gate. Perhaps the landowner would permit a simple mounting stand ie a plank secured to the top of 2 ground posts near the first and last gates
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    Pictures What are these things called? Photo

    https://surefootequine.com/
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    'Open stables'?

    I went to a riding school where the horses lived in stalls all through the winter months apart from coming out for lessons 6 days a week and on their day off they were taken to the indoor school for a 30 minute loose fling around. While they had hay in their stalls they didn't have water. This...
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    Mule Who Can’t Be Ridden in Fields

    He's fine in the arena, great on trails and great on the road. IMHO perfect! I can't see any benefit to riding in a field.
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    Tokyo Pentathlon SJ

    Years ago I was involved in running BHS exams. Stage 1 and 2 were relatively straightforward. Stage 3 not so much and Stage 4 we ran only once, mainly because we didn't have enough suitable horses and like you say to protect those that we did have. One exam we had a horse mounted and just...
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    Tokyo Pentathlon SJ

    Yes. https://olympics.com/tokyo-2020/olympic-games/en/results/modern-pentathlon/horse-nh200025-saint-boy.htm There is/was another Saint Boy b 1989 https://www.jbis.jp/horse/0000224521/
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    Meet my new boy!

    A lovely pony PSD
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    Tokyo Pentathlon SJ

    I would like to think that the quick and decisive expulsion of the German coach will send a message to organisers at local levels that they too can and should act decisively and deal with people who are mistreating horses
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    Lending our horsebox ?

    No. And I wouldn't.
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    Fixing a head problem?

    I have sent you a PM
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    Dog soiling kennel

    Years ago I had a wonderful holiday job in a boarding kennels. Each kennel had its own grass run which the dogs could use from about 8 am to 9 pm. The kennel was open so the dog/s could choose to be in or out. The kennel was closed at night. We did have one dog who soiled his kennel overnight...
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    Would you cover their vet bill?

    Exactly. Victim blaming. I don't see why a prey animal ie the horse is expected to only react to a predator ie the dog when a human determines that the dog is being aggressive. The OP's horse clearly felt threatened by the close proximity of the prey animal. And being tied up flight isn't an...
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    Am I too heavy?

    I'm surprised that in this era of horses being snapped up that a seller will send a horse on a 2.5 hour journey for a week's trial to someone they haven't met and who hasn't seen, handled or ridden the horse.
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    Nursing Universities near stables

    Look at the sports societies of the universities that you are thinking of applying to. If they have a riding club contact that club direct and see what they offer in the way of riding. They may use a local stables who you could also contact about riding, jobs etc. If you choose a university...
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    Separation anxiety in stable

    I'd keep her out with your retired horse and bring her in as and when. Starting with short periods, maybe only to the gate depending on how she is coping and building from there.
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    Remember my grumpy, food aggressive mare?

    Wonderful update.
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    Would you buy loan horse?

    The owners couldn't be making it much easier for you to buy their horse. You know him, you don't have to find a place for him and they will help you out. And the bonus for the horse is that his life doesn't change. Go for it!
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    There are two types of horses...

    Mine used to do this deliberately, seeking attention. We'd both watch the panic ensue amongst the humans who'd race over to save her.
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