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    Laminitis question

    I agree, sometimes it isn’t possible. And it’s a wise and caring owner who recognises this, and puts an end to the misery. Condolences to your friend.
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    I need healing vibes for Beans please

    Oh he is putting you through the wringer. Glad he is in the mend, and good that you caught it so quickly (again).
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    Survey for masters dissertation

    Normally such a survey would contain information such as which institution. Has your supervisor seen your survey? Also, I do understand that not everyone has a perfect grasp of grammar and spelling, but if you do find this difficult, please always get someone to proof read for you. It makes...
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    Beware old riding hats

    Just aaaarrrrrgggghhhjjjjj!
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    I need healing vibes for Beans please

    Yay, have been quietly following this thread hoping for this good news.
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    Slightly ‘off’ on hind

    Agree with everyone else. Get your vet to examine and stop work in the meantime. (I don’t agree that she is in heavy work. To me, she is in light work.)
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    Yard boot/footwear reccommendations!

    In summer when I don’t need to go wading I use Bates 5” tactical boots. Supportive, comfortable, breathable, tough. Just not stirrup safe.
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    Pony share at stables

    Just cancel the direct debit at your end online. Then tell them he is not attending. What has been happening is pure exploitation. I hope somebody more local to you can suggest a better riding school - it needs to be fun and not drudgery for him.
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    Yard boot/footwear reccommendations!

    Grubbs Frostline - mine are now 6 years old. OK, I don’t wear them every day but they have done four winters of worn all day both days at weekend. Mud, water, fields, mucking out, teaching.
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    Website/Book Recommendations

    Sounds like you got so much more out of this lesson. Glad you enjoyed yourself - after all this is why we do it.
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    Having a horse put down - Injection or Gun ?

    This. With bells on. I’ve been with all of our animals at the end. I’m a sobbing wreck afterwards, but am utterly calm and reassuring until they are gone. I’m also one of those that will be there for those who can’t lead the horse out to the place. It’s a privilege to ensure that i can make...
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    Maiden mare

    Fingers crossed that all goes well today.
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    Goodbye Keaton

    So sorry, he was a handsome lad.
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    A boring but quick request

    I now feel very annoyed with myself for ignoring the red flags of the missing information. OP, YOU should have told us that it was not your survey. Wrong on multiple levels. And this is feedback intended for you.
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    A boring but quick request

    odd. Just shows why I stick to pen and ink :-)
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    A boring but quick request

    it was quite happy to let me complete the form without signing into an account, and for name I just typed “not needed”.
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    Maiden mare

    How is she doing? She looks gorgeous.
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    Jumping issues

    You can do as much and as little schooling on a hack as you want. Sometimes it was a concentrated 40 minutes after he had warmed up, other days it was 10 minutes work, 30 minutes relaxing march, 5 minutes work, 20 minutes fun etc. it’s brilliant in that you can end the schooling session on a...
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    Waxed Nubuck Riding Boots ??

    My Tuffa Norfolks are coming up for 9 years old. No staining, and I’m not the best at cleaning them regularly, but when I do I use the recommended Nikwax products. Still waterproof, still comfortable, still looking good. They don’t get as much use as they used to following my second fracture of...
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    Jumping issues

    You don’t need an arena to school. While hacking you can make sure he‘s ridden into a contact and working through, transitions, shoulder fore, shoulder in, leg yield around manhole covers and parked cars etc, turn on the forehand to open gates. On and back in all paces, Rein back when...
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    Feeding good doer for energy

    Is he actually fit enough for the level of spark that you want?
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    Farewell my lovely Jonna

    What a wonderful tribute. Your heartache and your love for her shine through. I also seem to have something in my eye reading this. It hurts so much, but she had a long and happy life with you. In time, you will be able to treasure tha happy memories. So sorry for your loss.
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    2 sides to every story

    Oh I am so glad I was not plastered all over the internet for one of my lessons. Honestly, Mum wanted the girl to ride, girl was terrified. She was passed through three instructors in the riding school before landing with me. Fortunately, the school owner was a very wise old lady and was...
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    Maiden mare

    Chin up, she can't hold on to it forever. Fingers crossed for you that it's tonight.
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    3rd lesson

    Breathing comes before smiling :-) You’ve had some excellent advice here, to which I will add don’t overthink things and don’t get disheartened if things Feel more difficult from one lesson to another. Progress is not linear upwards - trust me.
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    3rd lesson

    Relax and enjoy. Let the instructor know you are below par so that they can work appropriately with you. it’s all about enjoying the experience.
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    First FEI 3-day survival tips?

    Excellent write up, and we’ll done for achieving more than most of us can dream of.
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    Polo helmets!

    My glasses have reactions lenses in them, so if the UV is there, they are dark - no control over that. It's never caused me any trouble when riding, and these lenses go darker than that permitted in my sunglasses for driving. Fallen off many, many times while wearing glasses and never had a...
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    what have i done !!!!

    Aw gorgeous.
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    10 glorious years!

    10 years already? May you have many more years with this special boy.
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