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    Bit sitting to one side in mouth?

    Hi Scot123. Apologies for dragging up an old post but just stumbled upon this which sounds identical to my problem! The bit is definitely sitting evenly on the cheek pieces (so it's not the bridle) but one side of the bit is further through from the moment I put it on her (so nothing to do with...
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    Stubbs saddle minder?

    Thank you Shay, that is very helpful! :-)
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    Stubbs saddle minder?

    Does anyone use the Stubbs Saddle Minder or similar (anything that allows your to padlock your saddle to the rack...)? Any thoughts on its value? Any reason why it wouldn't fit certain makes of saddle? Thanks in advance!
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    Update - knee boots advice.....

    Many thanks Fiona!��
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    Kent vet

    Gutted to hear he got off so lightly. He & his dealer girlfriend of the time pretty much ruined my childhood. If I had any sort of proof I'd have been trying to prosecute them as well! Shame it was all too long ago & I was so massively naive back then... Immoral people.
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    Update - knee boots advice.....

    Fiona, I'm really not sure how to navigate this site but could you (try to!) directly me to your original post please? I currently use the Westropps that have been discontinued but the quality is horrendous so would like to find a decent knee boot, ideally machine washable - I would be...
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    Equine portable showers

    OMG, u r still here!!! Big hello TGM!!! :-)
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    Equine portable showers

    Hello fellow HHO’ers! I haven’t been on here for a while (about 10 years, LOL!) but thought I’d venture back now that I’m officially ‘horsey’ again! It all looks very different..! Anyway, my first post is regarding portable showers... Ie so you can bath your horse in warm water, powered by a...
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    Tips for relaxing into the contact???

    If you think the problem is tightness in the neck (as opposed to balance), I would certainly work on inside/outside flexion but not the horrible side to side thing the SJer's do but a few strides each way with straightness inbetween. It may also be worth getting your Physio to ensure there's no...
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    Exercises for a horse that is tense after canter?

    What happens if you go straight back to walk & work in walk until settled? But don't just walk round (will be anticipating upwards transition), but WORK in walk - lots of shapes, lateral work, halt transitions etc. So horse has to focus on the work. Also, when in trot are you concentrating on...
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    where can i find a 6 1/4 or 6 1/2" bit?

    What on earth do you need it for? An elephant??
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    Horse jumps twice actual fence height.

    Does this win? LOL!
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    Rearing horse

    I didn't notice the bit about strapping him down but also agree that's not a great thing to do - if a horse wants to rear it WILL & it's balance comes from it's neck - if it goes up without the balance, you've got more chance of it falling over... Personally, I'd stick to the neck strap so YOU...
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    Rearing horse

    I have to ask the same question - how does she know if you're doing flat or jumping? Sounds a bit odd? Assuming there's no pain, fear etc & it's just a form of napping, I'd take the pressure right off. As soon as she plants, I'd make her stand rather than pressuring her to go forwards. Make her...
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    Huge bouncy trot

    Just a case of getting used to it really! You will though, don't let it put you off. It will help to have some lessons with someone who can help give you pointers on absorbing the movement (for example, try to drop your heel by flexing at the ankle when you rise so that some of the movement goes...
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    Riding lessons in the south east?

    Hiya. Callum Park in Lower Halstow in nice - good facilities (2 outdoor schools, 1 indoor, no mud!), very friendly & nice variety of horses. You're not going to get a great dressage schoolmaster or anything advanced, but at a more basic level, I can't really fault them.
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    Help horse falling asleep!

    Sorry, but u need to give the vet a call. Presume yr planning on competing tomm (plaits) - amy sign of recurrence tomm & I would def not compete/ride but call vet - he can advise if shld come out tomm or wait til weekday. Is the horse very old? Could b falling asleep ie narcopsy, could b...
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    Simple change???

    LOL!
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    Simple change???

    Thank-you everyone! Thanks Kerilli, makes perfect sense!
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    Simple change???

    Hi Guys. I thought the BD definition of a simple change is canter, walk, canter (with a trot on the downward transition if necessary as can be progressive). My instructor thinks it can be progressive up & down & uses the term to indicate canter, trot, canter. I've looked on the...
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    Trekna saddle

    Haven't used one but do know them. Look amazingly like leather & do seem to fit horses pretty easily. They're called Tekna.
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    Back stabbing HHOers

    Only me - the forum is 'supposed to be fun' amongst other things. It's also a community & people get to know each other. People seem to forget that whilst on a forum you are also STILL participating in real life - if this had happened in person you wouldn't question it would you? Having...
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    UPDATE: FLOODING in the area of the Sunshine tour: Cadiz, Spain.

    My parents live near Malaga up a mountain - they are currently 'rained in' by washed away track, fallen trees & land slides. Fortunately they have plenty of food as it doesn't look likely to resolve itself very soon. Hope you guys in Spain are all ok...
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    how far do/should you push your horse when it is having an off day?

    I've always said that sometimes we just have a headache, tummy ache, feel a bit dizzy, achey or whatever. Why can't animals have days like this? I think you were absolutely correct.
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    Evasion tactic

    I wonder if it's a balance issue then? Maybe the area is too small so she doesn't think she can do it - especially if she thinks paces go from trot to gallop!! Can you school on your gallops at all? Ideally a really big circle gradually getting smaller (not small though...). Even if the gallop...
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    Making a good new start! Schooling advice please?

    Guess it's about having a plan & sticking to it, bar unexpected problems... So decide how many times you should school a week, how long those sessions should generally be & what you're working on/wanting to achieve. Endless circles don't really achieve much, so just think about making...
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    Advice on equipment?

    To be fair, you're right that the pessoa encourages rather than forces, however lunging on a circle in any sort of outline is going to tire her very very quickly if she's not used to it - think of a couch potato going to a gym class... I would say it's something to bare in mind though, once...
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    Advice on equipment?

    Personally, I wouldn't use 'equipment' at this stage - you're risking making her uncomfortable, sore & potentially teaching her further evasion tactics. You'd be better slowly introducing work which allows her to soften for progressively longer, always within the confines of her fitness...
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    Evasion tactic

    What's she like on the lunge? It could be that she doesn't 'realise' she can do it? Do you have an opinion whether she's feeling excited or stressed? Have you tried taking a forward seat (as you would on the gallops) & giving the contact whilst sending her forward with your voice? Try to...
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    Dressage trainers in Kent?

    Er, she's certainly not the quiet patient sort. She DOES make a horse look very smart, can't deny that, but she is very firm & tends to 'crack' horses in the first 5 minutes, and sometimes the rider too! I can understand why she suits some riders (especially competitive pony clubbers) but I...
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