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  1. FrecklesTheCat

    Christmas Funnies

    This morning we were innocently opening our presents. One present, then the next present, then the next present, round the circle of family in an orderly fashion (disorderly comes later in our house ;)) My daughter got a toy stable, with horse and tack, which she was really happy with. So...
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    Riding after hip replacement.

    Obviously I'll be guided my my physiotherapist and consultant but . . . For those who have had a hip replacement: How long did it take to get back into the saddle? What do you think helped or hindered your recovery? Mine is getting done next month and I'm presently nervous - but looking...
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    Horse riding and ASD

    A study has shown a positive benefit from horse riding for children with ASD and that the benefit continued beyond the end of the riding course...
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    Cold weather jackets

    I'm trying to decide on a cold (& probably wet!) weather jacket for the winter. I'm presently looking at either Musto training, arena or canter jackets but totally confused as to their differences and how warm they'll be! At present its mostly for stable work (stables in barn) and...
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    Feeling Depressed . . .

    Tried having a riding lesson at the riding school my kids go to rather than the RDA I volunteer at. It was a no go as my hips are too tight for the width of the horse they have that can carry my weight :( Not sure if I'm more peeved at being 2.5 st over my ideal weight, having life long...
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    Learning: - One horse or Many?

    I've been involved in a couple of discussions recently about whether to learn to ride on one horse or learn to ride on a variety of horses. One runs a riding school, which doesn't guarantee the horse to be used in the lesson and argues that it is good for a rider to get a feel for different...
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    Child's jodhpur boots, leather or synthetic?

    My wee one (7) needs new jodhpur boots. In the past he has had blisters from his present ones. He had trouble getting them on, so its possible that they were too loose so that he could get his foot in. I'm thinking of getting him some ones with zips this time to ease that problem. I need...
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    Daughter discovers the side door!

    My daughter discovered the side door for the first time during her lesson yesterday! The pony she was riding was fresh and had already had a broncing fit which she'd sat well. To be fair to the pony, although he was being a git and refusing to move initially, if she'd given me the kick she...
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    Riding Schools vs Part Share. Have things changed?

    When I was growing up, a fair few moons ago, those of us that were horse mad without horsey parents just went to riding stables. In fact some of us pretty much lived at riding stables and must have made a right nuisance of ourselves! But I can't think of anyone who got a formal share or loan of...
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    For those who took a long break from riding or started late. .

    I've just started riding again after over twenty years - all I've done in between were a couple of holiday treks! But . . . I seize up terribly & need to be way, way more flexible! Does anyone have any exercises etc. that help? I live in dread that someone will video my cowboy walk when I...
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