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    Rugs - weights & temp

    One in sheet and medium (200g) stable with neck in stable and a heavy combo when out (350g I think), he's fully clipped and we are windy. Mare has sheet and medium (200g) stable with heavy (300g) neck in stable, but on colder nights has a medium (200g) duvet as well as she is in rather than out...
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    Cleaning tack

    Hot water. With mild detergent if really bad (but rinse off obviously). Then a good conditioner. I clean with a leather cream from rapide which cleans and conditions. I also have their leather cream for serious reconditioning and their leather oil. It's amazing stuff. Glycerine isn't good and...
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    Have i been doing it wrong all this time?!

    Mine also get a day off after excellent work. Especially the baby ones or the ones that are building muscle. Any difficult work like bounces or cavaletti are followed by a day off or a short slow hack. Mental stimulation is just as tiring for babies as hard work. And definitely get regular...
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    Have i been doing it wrong all this time?!

    Funny you should say that. My 4 year old has been coming on leaps and bounds but last few days we have had leaning on the right rein. Takes 15 minutes to sort and then back to being a dream! She is due teeth though so a small excuse. And she decided to be extra off the leg to evade the whole...
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    Wool exercise sheets

    Where are they?! Everything seems to be fleece or just nylon/synthetic stuff. Mouse got my nice wool one last year, but wouldn't have fit new horse anyway. Any ideas? Doesn't have to be the Newmarket stripe but wool is preferred as everyone is full clipped and it's getting chilly now! Unless...
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    Itchy horse

    He was clipped a couple of days ago (3rd time!) and I felt a very bad mum as his left chest/armpit area had sweat scald. I am super thorough with washing off after work and it wasn't even where his girth is. Some flamazine is clearing it up though. It's very odd but you can see where you missed...
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    I'm saving for an ocicat. A blue boy. Last one that came up was at an unfortunate time when the dog started messing with the other cats so not a great time to bring a cute baby one in. Lots of research on breeders and always go have a visit and a chat. Bengals are a bit lively and might not be...
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    Itchy horse

    I'm also going to suggest flamazine over sudocrem. My Welsh thing is having a bad time of it at the minute, massive flakes of dead skin in mane and tail and it itching tail head/bum weirdly. Sits on it a bit and wiggles. Tested clear for pinworm which was my first thought. Flamazine clears up...
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    To All Freelance Riding Instructors... Start Up Questions

    Car related I count the mileage rather than business use as is technically commuting to place of work. Insurance is a must. And you just need to fill out a self assessment tax return, yes to sole trader.
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    Mud rash and hibiscrub

    Hot water and soak, either with a bucket or sponge. Then hibiscrub. It is going to sting so sponging I'd on may be easier to manage. Dry off and then you can cream it I use flamazine but sudocream or udder cream also works well. If you can clip the legs very close allowing as much air...
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    'On the bit' Gone Wrong!

    When a horse has the right muscle and moves forward actively from behind they will move into the contact. However most horses need a bit of help for this, whether that be a bit of enforced flexion to relax the neck or some more impulsion into a half halt. You should, with a blank canvas that is...
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    'On the bit' Gone Wrong!

    It's a fairly common problem. I see it a fair bit. I've always found they have an almost light bulb moment when they realise what you want and move into the contact properly. They'll often have no backend either and are generally weak in the upper thigh so getting to the 'properly' takes time...
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    Have i been doing it wrong all this time?!

    From what you have said he just sounds like an inconsistent and weak young horse. You'll get good days and not so good days. On the not so good days reduce your expectations - work on getting him to bend round your leg on a circle in walk for eg and when he does end the session. That sort of...
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    Dressage Tomorrow - First Time

    Free walk is not buckle end, it is a longer contact. Don't worry too much about dress, especially if unaff. Plait however you like, plaiting isn't required and you can plait in whatever way you please. Good luck and enjoy!
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    Exasperated sigh

    I share a yard. The ones that get in a state and get brought in aren't on my yard and are very expensive horses prone to being idiots and injuring themselves so if a couple of hours is all they can manage that's all they can manage. Horse has got stuck in rug twice. First time got fixed about 5...
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    Exasperated sigh

    I agree generally with the idea of herd turnout. And try to do groups as much as possible but this boy in particular is tricky. He is clingy for people and is a big fan of everything. He was eating in the field but not a lot, he wasn't stress standing just relaxed and looking at the view. He has...
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    Exasperated sigh

    He's on individual purely to manage his clinging tendency and he's quite a chilled submissive boy and I think he's liable to get picked on and very attached. He's happy in his little field next to others. I did try him in the big field with my mare and he freaked out and insisted on going back...
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    Straw on top of shavings

    I've done both mixed and not mixed. Don't like straw to start with :p and both have their merits. I've not deep littered either method though. But full muck outs daily. The non mixed was on a stud yard in massive boxes and drove me potty as took at least 25 minutes a box!
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    Exasperated sigh

    He shouts for everything. Riding or stable or field. He's a very shouty boy. He's much better than when he first arrived but whenever a horse walks past he says hello and then goodbye. It's a bit of a nightmare in warmups and when next door run camps as he says hi to every horse in the group...
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    Exasperated sigh

    He's on individual turnout but next to other fields with horses in (he gets clingy and liable to get separation anxiety if not turned out on his own). He is settled, he's just not happy about the rain or the fact he isn't in his stable like he has been for the last few days apart from his few...
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    Exasperated sigh

    Haha yup, he did stay out. They only come in if they start charging about and trashing the field or themselves! He's pretty good and just stands looking all pathetic and shouting to high heaven. He did eat a bit every now and then when I snuck a look but has spent most of the time just standing...
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    Straw on top of shavings

    Hard to keep from mixing but if you don't mind it mixing it can be good. If mixing is a definite no then use a shavings fork to muck the straw out and stick it up one bank. Then muck she shavings out. Lay the shavings town and then unbank the straw back on top. Or semi deep litter and skip out...
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    Exasperated sigh

    Poor pony had a bit of an accident earlier in the week. Obviously rolled and got his leg stuck in a rug strap (done it before and usually just hops and eats until it gets fixed) but got himself into a bit of a state and someone trashed his turnout rug. Ripped on both sides, one belly strap and...
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    Pro event riders near Reading

    Anyone know of any pro event riders near Reading/around Reading? I only kw of a couple of dressage riders as that's been my focus the last few years but bit out of date!
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    Soaked hay

    If it's just to get rid of dust then rinsed is better than soaked as it doesn't leach the nutrients out. You shouldn't really soak hay for too long as it can start to ferment. One of mine gets rinsed hay to get rid of dust and it takes about 5 minutes but his is tubbed and not in a net. Much...
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    Rare clinic report

    Glad you enjoyed it. Pammy is amazing. So lucky to get to watch a bunch of lessons as well as ride them! It's always such an amazing feeling when everything clicks together in that moment and everything feels perfect and easy and adjustable. I had one on Wednesday on a hill work and canter hack...
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    Spinoff: Liveries- your worst 'where's my stuff?' experiences?

    I occasionally borrow things (generally when new horses turn up and I have nothing that fits!) but I always ask and always give back ASAP. I'm a very good borrower as I constantly update on things - so bought the mare from next door and borrowed rugs until mine arrived. Had some postal issues...
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    New Bit!

    Could try a wilkie? Or similar. Depends if it's the mouthpiece or the cheek piece that needs changing. A waterford might also help, but depends what the does when you say 'strong'.
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    Full Livery - Unrealistic Expectations?

    Outside tie ups are more a diy thing I think. Boots etc probably over thinking as the pro rider will boot appropriately to what they think. For example I put overreach boots on everything as I work hard on engagement and overtrack and can't be dealing with the hassle of OR injuries. Some also...
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    Eventing, problems with boots for XC.

    I've recently bought some lemieux airmesh brushing boots. Soft everywhere bar the strike pads and elasticated straps. Could work better. Not sure how their tendon boots compare as I know some people prefer those at higher levels.