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    I wouldn't worry about this. With a horse that is young or green or just doesn't understand contact, it will not be consistent. Sometimes you will need to ask for a bit more than what is 'perfect' remember training is not always pretty!
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    Admitting defeat... sensibly!

    Euthanasia might be the kindest option. Poor thing being passed around from pillar to post. Could you not at least investigate his issues further so that you know what you are dealing with?!
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    Is nothing selling? wrong time of year?

    I think they are selling pretty well at the minute. As soon as winter comes people will struggle. Also very few horses for loan in my area (a friend was looking for something). But, what do you have, what has s/he done, and what price are you asking? Ask yourself if you are being reasonable.
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    Things to know before getting a foal?

    It's an exciting experience if you are prepared to put in the hard work, tears, sweat and blood and if you are very patient! I pretty much mimic what everyone else has said, but I'd like to add into the mix, bare in mind it may not turn out to be what you want! Even if you know family history...
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    I think from your question you are a bit confused about the purpose of flexion, what it can be used for and whether it is necessary. Well certainly it is necessary and essential when schooling a horse properly. Not sure who or where you have found results suggesting that it results in over...
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    Horse bucking into canter - help needed

    My mare was exactly the same (and still on occasion is, although it's improving greatly). Had everything ruled out. I went back to basics for a bit, forward impulsion and lots of walk/trot transitions demanding a lot of respect and an instant reaction o my leg = forwards. I then got brave...
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    Schooling green pony

    Impossible to say - totally depends on the horse/pony. Your best bet is to have someone competent school but then also have lessons with him so you can get the best out of him and increase your confidence.
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    your opinions please on instructor's charge

    Cheap. Does it really matter how he wants to word it?
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    Why do horses need shoes? Thoughts.

    Why do horses need shoes - I thought this question has been answered long ago; they don't. My main concern with shoes is that they take away the shock absorption ability of the hoof, particularly when on hard surfaces such as tarmac. This surely must have an adverse affect on joints...
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    Livery yard dilemma - opinions please!

    That's not the point though is it? If you pay for full livery for a week and are expecting the horse to come in, then that's what should happen. I would want to be completely clear that there is no chance the other livery is mistaken before anything though.
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    Why would a horse be reluctant to walk downhill?

    Quite often a sign of sacroiliac trouble.
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    First time backing a horse?

    Sounds like you have plenty of experience and are well prepared! I think the key is patience and taking your time and trusting your gut feeling for when the horse is ready for the next stage, never feeling pressured or feeling like you have to do x by x time, you only get once chance to get it...
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    Getting a young horse more forward

    So you don't use a lunge whip when lunging then? What's the difference exactly....? Or maybe you are into some strange natural horsemanship theory where you telepathically communicate to the horse and send it healing vibes for all the abuse it probably has never suffered. Goodness
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    Getting a young horse more forward

    How on earth am I bullying her? The whip is not making contact for goodness is a driving aid, as others have said it could well be a sudden confusion of the aids so surely helping her to understand that leg means forward and being black and white about it isn't bullying??? How else on...
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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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    Backward, spooky horse. WWYD ?

    Continue to work on getting him more forward thinking, respectful of the aids and off your leg. A spooky horse is quite often an intelligent one and they usually need to be kept busy in the brain department. This will help reduce 'distractions'.
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    Moving yards

    Move, you're not happy, it sounds far from ideal. Wasn't a lot of this noticed before you moved i.e. the poor state of fencing / barb wire? I'd just put it down to experience and remember in future never to move somewhere unless it is right from the start....words are cheap.
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    To buy a baby...?

    Buying a baby and watching him/her grow and moulding him to be everything you want is a lovely and wonderful experience BUT beware sometimes it doesn't work out that way and s/he just doesn't turn out to be what you wanted - it's impossible to tell even with a good knowledge of pedigrees and a...
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    Oh my!! Fabulous 3 year old gelding>>>>>

    Perfection in terms of conformation is a very hard thing to get in any horse, I have seen far worse and would say this has fair conformation and at 3 is going to change quite considerably yet. Carl Hester's Nip Tuck hardly has perfect conformation.
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    Oh my!! Fabulous 3 year old gelding>>>>>

    What exactly is wrong with the conformation - it is a 3 year old?
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    What to look for in an ex racer?

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    What to look for in an ex racer?

    Price is indeed what you are willing to pay, but I have never paid more than £800 for a horse straight out of racing and I've had some crackers - and these are horses no older than 7 with fabulous thoroughbred breeding. If she is going to see it then the price must seem reasonable to her, and...
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    What to look for in an ex racer?

    The asking price is steep for what it is. They can make lovely horses and often have wonderful ground manners. Obviously you need to be patient and willing to put the work in to retrain, as they clearly need to relearn pretty much everything ridden wise, from mounting (usually) to contact and so...
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    String test/Cannon Test

    My older boy must have short legs - doesn't strike me as having overly short legs but as I said, elbow to ergot and then swivel up, his withers are higher by about 3" or so than where the string finishes!
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    String test/Cannon Test

    That's reassuring. She really doesn't look done and as i say going from her lineage she should get bigger and her full siblings have finished at a bigger height. Now that I've string tested my older boy and he has come out too tall (!) I am slightly reasured that it isn't accurate all of the...
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    String test/Cannon Test

    Well I did the string test on my 16 year old ID X TB and he is at least 3" bigger than he should be!
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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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    Who feeds all year round?

    Shocked so many people feed through summer - mine get nothing in the summer, plenty of grass and all fat!
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    Anyone know of any large youngster for sale under saddle ?

    I think finding something like this is probably harder because if they've started it and it's going well, why sell on? Would you not be tempted to get a ready to back and send away or back yourself?
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    Teaching a youngster to wear a rug.

    My youngster was really not happy about this and it did take a while (longer than a week, more like several months!) but she was very scared, we started with numnahs and smaller things on the back, slowly getting her used to a gentle throwing action, then proceeded to the rug scrunched up and...