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    Getting a young horse more forward

    Any tips, I have a 4 y/o that has been broken about 8 weeks now, all going well then suddenly started getting really stuffy (it's a mare if that helps at all!) teeth, saddle and back all checked, we have been doing mainly hacking so I don't see any reason for her to have got sour in the school...
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    String test/Cannon Test

    Has anyone else found these tests to not be accurate? I have a 3 yr old WB out of 2 big parents and not convinced she has finished growing, but according to both the cannon test (middle of knee to coronet band) and string test (elbow to ergot then up) she's about done! Presumably conformation...
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    Teaching the horse Travers/Quarters in and onto Half Pass

    Hi all, I wondered if anyone had any suggestions. I am riding a gelding at the moment that is at a stage where I want to start asking something a little different and a bit more demanding of him, he is established in his walk, trot and canter - Good leg yields, off the leg correctly, soft and...
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    How big will she make?

    I have a filly that turns 3 in April, she is Hanoverian and her sire is 16.2hh and her dam is 16.3hh. She is only currently standing about 15.2hh - I was hoping for 16.2 but not so sure I am going to get that now. Any thoughts? I know warmbloods do take a while to mature and she is still...
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    New site!

    www.equinehub.co.uk NEW WEBSITE BRAND NEW equine website dedicated to all things equine. We are currently looking for experienced horse people to help us moderate the site, preferably people that compete, train or teach in some discipline. Please PM if interested. Join us - Completely FREE...
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    Hollowing in trot?

    Hi, My ex racer mare seems to hollow badly in trot and I wondered if anybody had any suggestions to overcome this? She is up to date with teeth, back, saddle etc (I will be getting back person out again soon for another routine treatment/check up). I have only had her a few months and in...
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    Stiff/not tracking up on one rein?

    Hello, I recently acquired an ex racehorse 7 year old mare and I have started reschooling her over the last couple of months. The plan was to do ROR competitions and particularly dressage with her in the future. As time has gone on she has started to show that she is much happier on her...
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    Those of you that work with horses

    I know this is quite a vague question, but I'm hoping those of you that work with horses (particularly as grooms) could give me a bit of insight into what your day to day job is like? I'd like to hear the pros and cons and get as realistic an idea as possible as to what working with horses is...
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    Recommended farrier, Maidstone?

    Have just become a horse owner and she was due when she came to me (well, we expected her to have a *little* longer to go as not quite 5 weeks since last shod) but she has lost a front and the others look loose. Can anyone recommend me a farrier in / near to Maidstone, Kent and PM me numbers if...
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    Am I an OK size for my horse?

    OK, I know there are lots of these, but just wanted to check. My feeling is that I am fine but just wanted your opinions! The horse I am looking at right now is a 16hh thoroughbred X mare. She is 16 years old but looks and works as though she is much younger - she is in excellent condition...
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    Feed costs advice

    Hi, Was wondering if you could all offer me some advice. I may soon have the chance of taking on a lovely horse on full loan. I have a choice of two yards. The horse has lived out for the past few years and the owner would prefer a live out arrangement, as it seems to suit the horse...
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    Napping, any tips?

    I have just started loaning a 7 y/o Welsh Sec D Gelding. He has very good ground manners, and WHEN he is working well, he is a very good, responsive ride. He is forward going and not at all ploddy. Anyway, there is one thing I'm having real issues with, napping. If he doesn't want to go a...
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    Can someone tell me what this is?

    Hi - I'm Matt and I used to ride as a kid, just getting back into it now and also now share a Welsh Sec D Gelding. I was just wondering if you could help me with something. He is led with something I am not familiar with rather than a normal head collar and lead rope. I was told the name (ch...
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