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    aggressive behaviour in youngster . help!!

    As well as other youngsters to play with, he needs to be out constantly with a real lead mare who will keep him in line. If you can't provide both, then find a stud yard to keep him at.
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    how to gain weight on your horse?

    Ad lib good quality forage, get teeth done, worming, & make sure he's kept warm & stress free. Then add hard feed as a top up. I'd try Baileys outshine, unlike veteran mix its not sugary & burnt off as quick as it goes in.
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    Need some advice on loan pony

    She could just be very protective over food because of her history. But combined with the spooking & snorting it might be worth getting a vet to check her eyesight. Also what are you feeding her? I'd cut any hard feed out for a few weeks & see if its perhaps too high in energy.
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    Ugh - what do they teach kids at riding schools these days!!!

    I have seen awful riding by the pupils of one local rs, its dire. But, its hardly the fault of the pupils. And tbh if you're unfeeling enough to slag her on a forum, then heaven knows how you make her feel in person. Sounds to me like you just wanted a mug all winter & now any excuse will do.
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    What am I doing wrong?

    I'm on my phone & can't see where you are, & no idea what you're looking for but a member on here called tabithakat was looking to loan, iirc it is herts area, might be worth having a look?
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    questions for parents with gutsy young kids.

    Have a look at little local shows too, lots have a novice working hunter pony with small rustic fences, & there's one at a rs not far from me that does lr & fr whp round a tiny xc course. Keep an eye out for any little family run shows/comps as well as pc ran ones.
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    questions for parents with gutsy young kids.

    Don't see why not, mines done mini stuff from being little, & does unaffiliated sj on mine & hers, mini hunter trials etc. And last summer at 7 decided to forgo fr classes to do wh on my 14.2. Mine thinks she's invincible, so whilst I let her do stuff, as her mum I only draw the line if its...
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    Why do people want to own cobs?

    Long tails full of dreadlocks & tangles with random twigs stuck in aren't usually attractive, but they fit in with the general image of a cob.
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    Pony has become a one person pony

    Mines a connie x tb & very much 'mine'. Anyone can do anything with her, she just goes that extra mile for me, & expresses affection that she doesn't for other humans. I have had her 22yrs though. Daughters pony is undeniably 'hers' though. I believe because I bought her as a fear aggressive...
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    The most unusual, deranged or downright odd thing you' want to do with a horse...

    I've played lotr, as well as tig & Simon says regularly, I have a child as an excuse if anyone sees me. And jockeys, which involves jockey length stirrups in a gp & racing madly about. Riding whilst facing backwards is funny too. More embarrassing I have played power rangers, cowboys, & cops &...
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    The most unusual, deranged or downright odd thing you' want to do with a horse...

    I think adult mounted games should become a national movement. With silly games like not spilling your beer, eating chips, lighting a cig at trot with a wind machine on etc.
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    Are my horses suitable for rehoming

    Have you tried ringing riding schools & even trekking centres to see if they would loan any? If I had the money for a third right now I'd have the 13.2 on loan. Which area are you in? I'm on my phone at the moment, but if you're anywhere near by I can certainly ask around for you.
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    The most unusual, deranged or downright odd thing you' want to do with a horse...

    I've asked my 8yr old. She wants to take her pony to an indoor play area near by, one of those ones with ball pools, slides etc, the swimming baths, bowling, & in her classroom. And just let her run loose round the supermarket. Worrying thing is the pony happily would go along with them all too...
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    how would you assess if a rider is too heavy for their horse?

    I would have thought its completely obvious we are being silly, & that nobody is actually planning on cracking jokes about pies etc. And besides being too heavy can apply to anyone fat or thin.
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    How much do you love your horse?

    I'd do anything for mine provided it didn't harm my daughter, I love her to bits. I don't think you can measure it in what you'd spend though, someone could make major sacrifices to have £300 of treatment on a horse they adore, someone very well off might spend £ks on a horse that emotionally...
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    The most unusual, deranged or downright odd thing you' want to do with a horse...

    I want to decorate my grey as a boy racer car for fancy dress, with fluffy dice & stuff like turbo written on her in paint. And cardboard alloys on boots. And do a fun dressage to music using gangnam style. I want to ride daughters pony desperately, she looks mega fun, but even if I was 5...
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    how would you assess if a rider is too heavy for their horse?

    Yes, a secret equestrian code is the way forward. How about 'looked in a mirror recently?' Or 'was planning permission approved before you moved your backside into the saddle?'. Or 'with a figure like that you need something that can gallop with you on board incase you meet men with harpoons out...
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    how would you assess if a rider is too heavy for their horse?

    Lol. Maybe harry enfield could do an ad campaign 'OY, FATTY, NO!'. I think 'I'm ever so sorry to bring up such a sensitive issue, please don't take this personally, I would hate to hurt your feelings or dent your confidence. But do you mind me saying, unless you plan to hibernate or live in...
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    Rude/thoughtless things people say . . .

    Highlands are smelly! (I really fancy Apple crumble & custard now, & I'm just debating whether I cba to core an apple & fill it with syrup & wait for it to cook, or do I just eat doritos?)
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    Making hay last longer overnight?

    I feed mine late cut hay, this year farmer only got one cut & so when I bought in, I got some of last years. Means mine gets pretty much ad lib, despite the fact she can eat for England.
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    Rude/thoughtless things people say . . .

    Seriously, daughter thinks sec a's are 'too wide' & has already told me when she's big enough for a tb she wants a flat racer type not a chunky tb like the ones mummy likes. < toddles off to look for Apple crumble to go with the custard>
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    Rude/thoughtless things people say . . .

    It's sometimes an easy mistake to make though. Friend was telling me about a coloured cob for sale on her yard, would make a lovely allrounder but green & therefore cheap & I should buy it as daughters next pony as it would be ideal. My response 'theres no way she's having a coloured cob next'...
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    how would you assess if a rider is too heavy for their horse?

    I like the rule 'never ride anything with narrower hips than your own'. Not just for horses either! Really I think any adult weighing 6 stone or more is a huge greedy fatty, & should stick to hw hunters. Chubby people of 5stone can get away with 15hh maxi cobs. And 14.2 & under should only be...
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    Ponies for very small children - any advice appreciated!

    I don't like bps on tinies personally. Firstly because I would grab them before they hit the deck so its needlessly restrictive. And secondly because its easier to learn to fall & roll without, which I think is a more important skill. At 8 mine rarely wears one, even though she's been galloping...
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    Rude/thoughtless things people say . . .

    We used to get them about daughters pony, who as a youngster did have (understandable) issues, now she's just a young, lively opinionated mare & perfect for my daughter. Had comments about 'no way would I want my child on that' as a result of watching pony bronc, spin, rear & generally race...
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    Smelly bed!

    My mare is very wet (drinks loads) & on straw but I've never had an issue. I do a nice thick bed & leave it up to dry each day. Midweek I empty a water bucket over the area she wee's & wkend hose the front out, even though we're on concrete. If your rubber mats aren't properly laid it will...
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    Ponies for very small children - any advice appreciated!

    Other thing is try to find a 'mini' version of anything you use regularly. My mare had ligament damage when daughter was a toddler, & as a result daughter wanted to bandage & walk shettie in hand in boots. So she used some ancient travel boots (the ones that would cover just the canon bone on a...
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    if you could no longer care for your horse..

    Mines 24 but a very full up 14.2, healthy & a perfect schoolmistress, I could loan her within a few miles or even from our yard without too much effort, I've been asked often enough. Really though as she's cheap to keep I'd find a sharer & charge a higher amount to cover all her cost & include...
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    Ponies for very small children - any advice appreciated!

    Daughter had use of an aged shettie pretty much from birth, once she got to about 2 hats were fine to find, previously I used foam padding in one to establish the habit. I also found a headcollar that can be unclipped under the chin rather than unbuckled over the head is easier for tinies to do...
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    PTS - sedation and captive bolt shooting versus sedation and injection. Any advice?

    I prefer the bullet, but hunt or knackerman, vets don't have the experience usually of anything but injection. I have seen one go by captive bolt in my teens, & it was quick & not traumatic from the horses pov, although it wasn't nice to watch, especially the pith. But I don't know if that...