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  1. cornbrodolly

    Pet cow 🐄

    Cant resist answering - I love my cows , and have 24 , none of which will end at an abbatoir. Essentially they are pets , even though they kind of pay for themselves with a beef calf every year. I think its quite amusing that some of the disadvantages pointed out - big animals, poach fields ...
  2. cornbrodolly

    Calling all Horse Owners!

    Hard to put an average working hours total- in summer light hacking only, but hunting once a winter in winter
  3. cornbrodolly

    Feeling bitter and twisted!

    An interesting thread . Seeing me as an adult , married to a horseman/farmer, it would look like I had all the advantages. However, as a child I was one of the bitter twisted ones - no pony , despite living on a smallholding , not allowed riding lessons , and just yearning to ride or even just...
  4. cornbrodolly

    Keeping 4 Horses Altogether

    They will be much happier together .When did individual turnout become preferable to a herd life?
  5. cornbrodolly

    5 year old - not cut out for ridden work?

    Sounds very like the story of a horse we had -a so called unbacked 3 yr old turned out to be a 4 yr old 'broken' in every possible way . This of horse yours sounds as is he is in pain, or had terrible experiences being backed. Vet is the only option , looking at every part of his body. [ Our...
  6. cornbrodolly


    Our yearling is 14 3, we expect her to make 16hh [ we have full sibling and she was around this height at a year old] Take a string from the point of her elbow, run it down the leg to her fetlock joint. Mark that length, keep other end on the elbow then turn string 180 degrees to upright , that...
  7. cornbrodolly

    Letting novice friend ride my horses???

    I was told 'Everything you do is either training or untraining your horse'. I have lived by that ; yes, I have given friends or their children a plod out at times, on a safe horse , and at one time was getting over generous with one friend , and it started turning into 'untraining' pretty...
  8. cornbrodolly

    Showing coloureds

    Show natural; trimmed as a D. I see she is on the trad , unlike my welsh d x trad , [pictured left] who is lighter than many full d s. Is she by a welsh out of trad mare ? My first of this cross was this way round and he was similar in build to yours, the sweetest horse I ve ever had. My second...
  9. cornbrodolly

    Over 55 and being great

    I m 65 , O H is 70. We continue to enjoy our horses and stay active. We ride together most days - he s still schooling young horses and competing them, and hunting the little horse in my avatar. I only hack now [ hip seized up] but we also show youngstock , and we have no intentions of...
  10. cornbrodolly

    Reviving old stiff leather

    Oz is the person you need - I think he is 'cremedemonthe' . I now make his recipe and use for everything from show tack to grandfathers harness. It takes a bit of elbow grease to work it in , but it is brilliant.
  11. cornbrodolly

    Pony is starting to bite

    One question the OP asks is why the dog training methods arent working for horses. They are two very different species for a start! IMHO- and I think this would be the same for wild or domesticated : the bitch might bring food for a reward to her pups , or at least have control over the food...
  12. cornbrodolly

    Sacroiliac injuries

    I m another with an unsuccessful outcome. Injury had been caused before we purchased , and to cut a long dismal story short , a years rehabbing costing much £ , and still a pts at the end. Sacro iliac injuries are the worst.......
  13. cornbrodolly

    Photos that show a horse's personality

    From plod to super charged! The hunting field has been my girl s utter delight.
  14. cornbrodolly

    How much is a nice temperament cob going to cost?

    To find one with the right temperament , backed and brought on well so the horse is safe and 'quirk free' - not an easy task . You may have to compromise to get the 100% sane and safe one ; it might not be a sporty model . There are some top show cobs tht would be right , but the price rises...
  15. cornbrodolly

    Viewing horse - questions to ask

    Always interesting to ask ' what is the worst thing he has ever done?' [ throws vendors sometimes!] Also, as its winter , ask re sweet itch, head shaking and other issues that may arise in summertime.
  16. cornbrodolly

    This little girl..

    Critique her riding? ! She is a super little rider ! Lucky her, lucky you, lucky ponies!
  17. cornbrodolly

    My position

    Over many years of riding I developed some very bad habits - twists , mis-alignments , tightness. It took intense Alexander Technique training to get me right .The main things that worked for me a) not to try too hard , as that tenses muscles and we cant then absorb movement b)releasing the...
  18. cornbrodolly

    Another reason to boycott Baileys...

    I dont even understand why Lynn or anyone else could think this was acceptable - just horrible. Whilst I know side and draw reins are widely used in show circles , I have never seen any horse so held in - this is just rollkur. This young cob is not having the sort of training I would want for...
  19. cornbrodolly

    How much did you pay for your horse

    My girlie to the left was £400 as a foal off the Welsh mountains. She is priceless, now aged 5 - safe as houses,the sort that should be bred more often [ for us olds] However OH and myself have bought plenty of horses over the years - horses up to £7500, and have found that price and...
  20. cornbrodolly

    To Stallion or not to Stallion...

    It seems , OP , that you are very against gelding this horse. However, if you think it through logically, the horse would have a much easier life. He wouldnt suddenly become less schooled when gelded, or harder to train from then on. he would be the same animal, minus his bits! He could live on...
  21. cornbrodolly

    Can my kid ride your pony??!!

    'My pony is not insured for other riders' - this rarely gives offence , and is usually true anyway.
  22. cornbrodolly

    Natural horsemanship anyone?

    Totally agree with article. I have seen lots of bad 'join -up' and worked with horses that have had a rough time being galloped round and round. Some sessions I have watched , with quite famous names , have been uncomfortable viewing. 'Comply or die' is what the horse seems to learn from this...
  23. cornbrodolly

    mark todd vs dublin river boots?

    I bought a pair of fleecelined long Mark Todd boots at Bramham in 2012 , for a cut price of £50 ..... I am still wearing them! The zips went within a couple of years , so used a leather punch, bought metre long laces and made them laceups . perhaps mine were before quality is less? Pity, as I...
  24. cornbrodolly

    Favourite old pony stories, finding a story & nostalgia :)

    Girls Gone By have republished most of the Monica Edwards books - some of the books have a preface/ introduction by Monica s daughter Shelley - she was the model for both Tamzin and Lindsey, plus lots of pictures of real life at Punchbowl farm. I loved those stories!
  25. cornbrodolly

    Signs you were a horsey kid in the 1960's/1970's

    LOVE this thread! [ 64 ] Its very heartening so many of us oldies are still riding and have never lost our love of horses. Perhaps its because it was a struggle to fund riding then? My mount as a child was a 50 gallon oil drum on its side, with a rope halter tied to the fence in front as reins...
  26. cornbrodolly

    Gypsy Cob - show advice please!!!

    For your first and local show , just enjoy it! Dont stress too much about rider s clothes- unless its way out of usual, the judge wont even notice. Only if you move up to agricultural/county would you need a tweed jacket. And always a shirt and tie, not a stock. Colour of hat does not matter...
  27. cornbrodolly

    Am I beating my head against a brick wall with my youngster?

    My first thought is that the broken pedal bone is giving him discomfort. We were unlucky in that our lovely 5 yr old broke his [ field accident] and it did not heal/close together and he was PTS 8 weeks later. Although he was one of the 20% who do not initially get better , the percentage that...
  28. cornbrodolly

    The things I have learned.....

    Try looking for a specific thing for the ultimate in wasted time/ effort/emotional drain - coloured show cobs have been my wish since the 1980s. My first one was quickly found, and was the Horse Of A Lifetime we all strive to find. But when he was older , trying to find another led to 30...
  29. cornbrodolly

    Pictures How big are your yearlings?

    Dam 16.2 sire 15.3 As a yearling ,around 15hh Now, aged 4 , 16hh
  30. cornbrodolly

    Are we a dying breed

    Showing will always be my first love. We have shown for over 30 years, mainly coloured s, also show cob s and hunter s. We have recently done hunter and sport horse young stock classes. Yes, I fear showing is a dying art. I too was at Bramham, not competing this year as our girl is now 4. The...