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    Riding club Wales/Cheshire area...?

    Want to start getting my rising five year old out a bit more to clinics etc next year, and thought riding club would be the best bet. Any opinions on the best one around N. Wales/Cheshire area? Friendly, lots of events etc? Thanks
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    Long reining/driving help please!

    We're currently breaking my pony to drive, so am long lining. She's very good, nice and relaxed, walking into the contact, nice and soft. Trots lovely too, apart from a bucking fit when the line got stuck under her tail, she clamped it down, it remained stuck (surprise surprise...) and she...
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    Driving: Does it affect riding career?

    Hi all, I have a 14.2hh homebred mare who's one of the family now, I've broken and brought her on and she's honestly a little superstar. Only thing is, I'm off to Uni next September (hopefully!) and mum doesn't want her doing nothing. So, she had the idea of breaking her to drive and doing...
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    Loose or fixed bit

    Had an experiment with my youngster to see if she preferred a fixed ring snaffle to her loose ring one. She went exactly the same, no heavier or lighter. She goes sweetly in both, comes back during fast work etc. So if you had the choice, which would you have her in? Someone said fixed may make...
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    Age of horse for BD?

    I'm wanting to affiliate my youngster this winter but am unsure of the wording of the rule. It says age is taken from 1st January in the year they were born. Does this mean that my mare, born in May, would be considered a 4 year old as she turned 4 within this year? Or because she was 3 on...
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    Exercises to even up the rider?

    It's becoming more and more prominent to me that I'm drastically weaker in my left arm than my right, and thus compensate by using more left leg, meaning that my right leg is weaker than my left. I think this all stems from my left hand weakness, my mare always escapes through her left shoulder...
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    Horse stopped eating on Cushings tablets

    Hi all, A friends of mine's horse was tested for Cushings 3 months ago as he weed and drank a lot and his coat was thicker. He was just under the normal range. The weeing and drinking has escalated, he wees about 3 times per ride and has up to 4 an hour, so was retested two weeks ago. He was...
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    Best Overreach Boots?

    Also in NL. Which overreach boots are considered the most robust? Shredding rubber ones at the moment which is not good! Thanks :)
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    Most Robust Overreach Boots?

    Which overreach boots are the most robust? Youngster unshod behind, shredded 3 rubber pairs in 2 weeks! She only overreaches when excited and being a plonker, or when mistakenly thinking I'm asking for extension. Rode her tonight without them and she has two overreaches on the bulb of her...
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    Can this arrangement exist?

    Hi all :) I'm off to Uni next year and so only have one more year left bringing on my youngster before I go off. Hence I was thinking of putting out an advert or the like to find a jockey for my youngster when I go away, as mother wants to keep her on but is unable to ride. How likely is...
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    Opinions please...

    Horse had full lameness check up and vet saw nothing on lunge soft ground, trot up on hard and soft, only saw shuffling during lunge on hard ground. Put down to concussion in feet (but didn't react at all to hoof testers), farrier called etc. Said horse never been lame in its life and has an...
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    How young is too young...

    For a mare to have a foal? Opinions please :)
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    Youngster jumping opinions please - baby or let be?

    Do you prefer to baby your youngsters, or let them make their own mistakes? I'm having 2 very conflicting advice from 2 instructors. One had us popping round a 1"6 course with a water tray, double and many scary fillers, with a few baby mistakes whereas the other is very much getting...
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    Oh no...

    I haven't been able to get down the yard for a week so put pony on full livery. Unfortunatly this co-incides with YO going away and a new groom left in charge. Now Ruby is an escape artists, and managed to wiggle from her lami-paddock and into the other side of the field with the very very...
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    Digital pulse - what is it and how to take

    As title. Pony is a little overweight (tried muzzle but she kicked self in eye trying to get it off) is now being strip grazed and exercised religiously. Weight slowly falling off. I however am worried about lami like lots of other owners. Her feet continue to be very cool to the touch - how...
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    Best field salt licks

    My mare's just gone out 24/7 with her lami prone friend and is being strip grazed, currently not getting any feeds but would like her to have access to salt if she feels she needs it. Can anyone reccommend a good field salt block? We have two trees which we can tie them round but they'd have...
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    Horse going hysterical by herself, advise please!

    Our livery yard have just turned all the horses out onto the summer paddocks, which are about half a mile away down a grass track, screened by trees. Now, they've gone out onto lush grass and none of them come in at any point until September, bar farrier work, and those who are ridden. My mare...
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    Help keeping young horse fit with no extra riding - ideas please?

    Hi all, well my pony's going out on summer grass soon, will be strip grazed. Atm she's the ideal weight and size for her shape. However when she hits the grass despite being strip grazed I know she's going to balloon! So she'll be in at night with soaked hay. So I'm looking for ways to help...
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    Building confidence out hacking

    I don't know if any of you remember my previous post about a planting pony on hacks, someone mentioned whether it was confidence and I think they may have hit the nail on the head! Said pony hacks beautifully in company but there's limited company on the yard. Venturing out by ourselves is...
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    Suitable length hack for a youngster

    What would you say is the maximum length/distance hack for a youngster? Unfortunatly it's all roadwork but there are grass verges for most of it. She's barefoot, 14.3hh and I'm 9.5 stone if that makes any odds...
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    Starting lateral work

    At what age would you say starting lateral work with a horse is acceptable? I'm not talking piaffe, more baby leg yielding, maybe some shoulder in etc. I thought I'd still be battling with balance or correct canter leads but this pony is really something else!
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    Planting pony on hack

    Is there any way to get past this? My youngster is an independent type but has recently started a new trick of planting, and then if pushed running backwards or rearing up. I have to admit that last time she went up she got a whack on the poll and she hasn't been up since so hopefully that's...
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    Best grazing muzzle?

    Mare's going out to summer grazing soon and although will be strip grazed it's quite lush. Really don't want more weight going on her so she'll be out at day strip grazed and in at night. I was thinking a muzzle would be a good idea for the first few weeks whilst it's really long - she'll...
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    Stallion suggestions please...

    For my mare.. She's 14.2hh Connemara X IDxTB. She's out of a 13.2 dun Connie mare (Finchampstead Curtain Call x Middleton Northern Annabelle) and Ballybane Shamrock (Chairlift x Ballybane Grace) Ideally I want something bigger to event (15hh+) that has a little bit of a look-at-me! but not...
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    Spurs on a youngster and XC queries...

    I'm taking my 4 y.o XC schooling on Sunday and although said mare is very bold and responsive she can pretend to be a little dead to leg in the middle of a field. Is it a crime to pop some roller ball spurs on her? I'll have a helper on the ground to whip them off if anything goes pear shaped...
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    Haylage sending pony loopy - anyone else?

    Recently moved to new yard for a few reasons. However price is more than double the last livery and mum's feeling it! Thankfully forage is included in the livery otherwise we couldn't do it! As it is we've had to make some adjustments. Pony is a total hoover when it comes to food, eats...
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    Peter Pan you bugger!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWd_r2sOPhs just a little pick me up if you ever need a laugh or feel like a crap rider. Remember it's supposed to be FUN :D
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    Things to add to barefoot pony's diet?

    I have a 4 y.o who's now in work and has never had a day off lame. She's currently on haylage (the bloody thing won't eat the hay we have, soaked or unsoaked! grrr), a handful of pony nuts morning and evening to stop her complaining and then is out on a very sparse paddock. Currently would say...
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    Mounting woes!

    How do you persuade a 4 y.o that getting on is very important BEFORE we set off?! I can get off in the middle of a session and scramble on with reins like washing lines and pony stands stock still, watching amusedly so it's not a pain thing. It's more a 'I have tack on let's go!' sort of...
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    Youngsters first party!

    Today was the day of my rising 4 y.o's first party - unaffiliated Prelim! She's only been 'in work' a couple of months (in work being 10 minute sit on a week... oops) but is an incredibly intelligent little pony that picks up and remembers everything so quickly it's astounding! Unfortunatly this...
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