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    'Polite' range

    A warning to you all. I have it under good authority that the company that makes the 'polite' range have been asked to change the design as people wearing the range are leaving themselves open to contravening section 90 of the police act 1998. This basically means that the range of...
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    Today we ventured out

    Me or Dixie have never been to a showing show in our lives so today was a first! We had a bit of a crash course this week and I will admit my preperation was bad. We went to the futurity last year so we just needed a polish.:D On monday I shoved her bridle on and trotted her up the lane, she...
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    Is it ever OK to work a horse behind the vertical?

    Discuss. Lots of people always say that a horse should never be worked behind the vertical although lots of pro riders do. (I'm not talking rolkur, more deep and round) I'm not saying that it is OK because the pros do it but I'm asking what peoples thoughts are and reasoning behind it. So...
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    How do you keep your older horses supple?

    Gin will be 16 next year so I know thats not old in the grand scheme of things. 4 years ago she damaged her sacroiliac and has been back in work for a year after having 3 years off. I now have to make sure that her back is kept warm otherwise it gets sore and she gets really grumpy when...
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    Feeling really deflated

    Why is it that just when things are going well life throws a spanner in the works. I just feel like having a major tantrum. Gin has been going really well. For those that dont know she damaged her sacroiliac 3 years ago and things were looking grim. She had a foal and came back into work this...
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    Our futurity result

    All in all we had a fab day even if we didnt get the results we wanted. On Monday things werent looking too bright. Dixie refused to go into the horsebox so after an hour of not even putting a foot on the ramp, rearing and running off I phoned my vet who very kindly gave me some sedalin. So...
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    splints in yearlings

    There is always something :rolleyes: Yesterday I noticed that Dixie had splints on both front legs which appeared overnight. One appears to have grown and one has stayed the same. The vet is coming on monday so I will get him to have a look. I know that there is nothing I can do about them...
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    Which stable?

    I am currently on the lookout for a new yard but there is nothing in the area so it looks like we may have to stay put for another winter. The main yard which are brick stables. Close to the school, muck heap and taps Stables leak Have to go through one stable to get to the other Floor is...
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    I never knew chosing a stable was so hard

    I am currently on the lookout for a new yard but there is nothing in the area so it looks like we may have to stay put for another winter.:mad: The main yard which are brick stables. Close to the school, muck heap and taps Stables leak Have to go through one stable to get to the other...
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    1 year on

    Dixie was 1 on monday but due to me being so busy and waiting for the photos to come I didnt get chance to post. So for the gushy part, Thankyou to everyone who has helped me out over the past year. I dont know if anyone remembers but this is the little foal who had the plastic shoes put on...
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    Rant alert!

    Feel free to ignore nut I really need to get this off my chest. I am on DIY livery and have 2 fields which I can do what I like with. I have a mare and foal (now a yearling). They have been in the same field all winter so I have one with grass for spring. I put out hay so they are not hungry...
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    They grow too fast!

    Seeing as Dixie is now classed as a yearling I thought I would post a few pictures of her. At the beginning Inbetween And now I cant believe how different she is. If we can keep the temper tantrums on the end of the lead rein to a minimum we will dabble in a bit of showing...
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    Opinions please

    I feel as though I am making a rod for my own back but it could just be me going through a paranoid phase.:rolleyes: Dixie is coming up to 9 months. She is out with Gin (mum) during the day and in next door stables at night. They get led out to and from the field together. Dix will happily...
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    controversial?

    I have my own opinion on the story below but would be interested in other peoples views on the situation. A new livery, who I will call L, came to the yard with her horse. He wouldnt stay in a stable on his own and when everyone brought their horses in for the winter L couldnt as no one else...
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    Uneven contact, rider error

    Does anyone have any tips on how to even out the contact? I am finding myself riding with an uneven contact as in I always grab the left rein when half halting or if she gets strong. I seem unable to take a stronger contact with my right rein to even it out. I have been spending loads of...
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    horseboxes. Could someone who has one please do me a small favour?

    How big is the horse area in your 7.5t boxes? and what size horses does it carry? If anyone has any pictures that would be fantastic. Sorry for being so vague but dont want to jinx things. Also for those of you that have a full tilt cab (including the luton) how is it sealed so that it...
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    Would you expect things to be replaced...

    if damaged? Im getting a bit sick of it now. I bought one of those hook things that hang over the door with several hooks on. I hung my headcollars on them but had to stop doing that as the horse next door chewed one of the headcollars and would constantly throw everything on the floor. So...
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    I think I have bred a giant!

    Its been a bit quiet in here recently so I thought I would do a quick post on Dixie now she has reached 7 months. I think if I breed again I will put Gin to a sports pony.:D Dixie is huge and Im thinking she will definately be bigger than the 16.1 I was hoping for.:o "Mum, where's all the...
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    How much do you put up with at your yard?

    We all know that there is no such thing as a perfect yard, or very few of them so how much do you put up with? This may turn into a rant so be warned. I didnt get to the yard tonight while 5.30 and everything was pitch black. I trugged through the mud and brought in both horses and tied...
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    Shoeing and uneven wear

    I have also posted this in NL but didnt get many responses so thought I would ask you knowledgeable lot. I'm after some advice please as this has been niggling at me all weekend. My horse is shod in front and barefoot at the back. She was last shod on monday. On friday we went for a long...
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    Shoeing and uneven wear

    I'm after some advice please as this has been niggling at me all weekend. My horse is shod in front and barefoot at the back. She was last shod on monday. On friday we went for a long hack and then I turned her out in the field. When I brought her in I was picking her feet out and thought...
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    more ooomph needed

    This isnt really a CR thread so apologies in advance but I thought I would get the best advice in here. My mare is 14 and used to compete at elementary level dressage. She damaged her sacroiliac just over 2 years ago and so had 2 years off to be a field pony and in that time had a foal. She...
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    Dixie pics...

    Here http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?p=9065235#post9065235 Seeing as we are no longer allowed to post photos in here and people in here asked I have posted a link. :D As I have previously said IMO she looks like a yearling! I think I may be kidding myself thinking she...
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    Ezperiences and advice needed please

    Dixie is now 6 months old, how time flies. She has just started coming in at night and is out with mum during the day. The majority of the time she is a poppet. I always make her step back when I enter her stable, she will tie up, have feet picked out and will stand to be groomed. I...
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    BHHS, good or bad

    Im interested to know what your experiences were like. I only ask as in my limited contact with them I have always found them less than helpful. I sent them an email a few months ago and never got a reply and when I rung them a week or so ago to ask what I needed to send for my passport I...
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    How much does your horse teach you?

    I have just brought my horse back into work after a 2 year break (for both of us) through injury. I'm finding it really interesting riding her again. Ive always considered her a true school mistress as if you dont ask right you dont get. On the left rein she was throwing herself crooked...
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    feeding advice, not sure I agree with the nutritionist

    Dixie is now 5 months old and is looking very well for her age. Gin, my mare, has been brought back into work. They both have 1 feed a day and are both looking well. Gin has a round scoop of Hifi and a very small scoop of mare and younstock mix (like a double handful) with her biotin and oil...
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    Moral support needed

    I havent posted in here in ages but I have still been reading. My instructor/ YO has moved abroad and she was the person I could always go to with my problems, I never realised how much support she used to give me. We would chat for hours about horses and our problems, I really miss that and...
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    One can spoil it for all

    This is just a rant so feel free to ingnore. Everyone on my yard is lovely. Everyone gets on but there is one person who spoils it for everyone. I have spoken to YO's but it is a business to them and as long as she is paying shes staying. She smokes everywhere, stables, barn, feedroom...
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    Weaning. Does this sound OK?

    Im already starting to worry about winter and weaning and so here is my plan. Does this sound do-able? I want to start riding my mare again and so was planning to do this at the beginning of October when Dixie will be 5 1/2 months old. I am on a DIY livery yard and so my plan is to turn...
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