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    Is it just me counting the days & hours till this heatwave is supposed to end??

    Unbearable, we are tinder dry in Suffolk, not a blade of grass to be seen and there was a field/hedge fire locally, I think a couple of weeks ago. Anyone who follows me on FB knows I had to put up tarps and blankets over the front of the house for the 40C days because it's so badly designed...
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    Exercises to Develop and Improve the Thoracic Sling

    Celeste's master class is delivered in a FB group, we have discussed it very recently on here if you search :). There is no free content, if you'd like to get a feel for her search for podcasts she's been on. To me she's the ultimate - the course is not a "do this, do that", it's broken down...
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    Should I get back on this horse?

    There are other choices to either walking in hand or jumping on and riding - step it up and do some in hand Le Trec, Horse Agility, fun stuff on the ground....or, do proper groundwork to lift his thoracic sling so that you HELP him carry you, and then once he's in a better position to carry a...
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    Wintec replacement girth straps. Synthetic or leather?

    Leather, harder wearing, but remember to condition (not oil) them.
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    Scraping when hosing - not outdated after all?

    Evaporation, not even keeping the water running over them, is a really rapid way to cool them, far better than scraping. The water does get hot, but it's evaporating cooling the skin underneath.
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    Harrow or poo pick?

    I would harrow if you can rest, but if you have the space compost and then spread the manure. Not putting organic material back on grazing will deplete the soil, and it's what we've done for the last 30 years.
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    Reviews of Wow Free Space girth?

    This particular saddle ended up half way up this Luso's neck, the rider sitting on the back, and because a physio then got involved too it was up on 2 thick layers of prolite, despite the fact it was fitted with a shimmed Mattes pad. He was SO much happier when I moved the saddle back and put...
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    Reviews of Wow Free Space girth?

    Tightening nosebands, putting girths on different straps...these things have big effects and imo shouldn't be done by a trainer unless it CLEARLY fixes a very real problem. I've said it before Manolo Mendez once put one of my saddles on 2 and 3 straps instead of 1 and 3 as he hates point...
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    Safety irons for endurance and small feet

    The 90 degree bit is really important to me when advising customers, there are tons of options that don't have it. It makes no sense to me, it saves cost but some of these are eye wateringly expensive for things that aren't so necessary.
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    Safety irons for endurance and small feet

    Great thanks, I had non-hinged MDCs back in the day but they were heavy, they look great (though still searching for the holy grail of a true safety stirrup!)
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    How do we get planning approved

    https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2015/596/schedule/2/part/3/crossheading/class-q-agricultural-buildings-to-dwellinghouses/made, can't see anything specifically about a recent change but this stuff (q and e) isn't easy to Google for!
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    How do we get planning approved

    By definition Class Q conversions, which is what you're speaking of, have limitations as do all permitted development rights. You have to retain the original skin/frame, you won't be able to extend and yes, will likely have limitations on windows etc etc. The barn also has to have been used...
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    Reviews of Wow Free Space girth?

    They should be asking about it, there is no reason to think it would be unsafe especially if it's clearly made by Wow and not some random company. Just telling someone they don't like it and to crank it up is less than helpful.
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    Safety irons for endurance and small feet

    Thank you, I'd forgotten about those, not quite safety ones but they should help with leg stability, she has hinged stirrups which by definition don't help with stability as they throw our proprioception completely!
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    Safety irons for endurance and small feet

    Thank you, they don't have the 90 degree slot though which I think is important for leg position/relaxation :)
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    Safety irons for endurance and small feet

    She may or may not go for cages but it's finding something with the narrower size that's the challenge, I think she'd rather not have cages.
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    Safety irons for endurance and small feet

    Any recommendations? The Safestyle steel ones are too heavy and the lightweights don't come in the smaller size. I would say slightly wide tread, 90 degree stirrup loop at the top. Any ideas? Thanks!
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    Reviews of Wow Free Space girth?

    Precisely why they should butt out, that's even worse than a regular trainer. Overstepping.
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    Just when you thought your show was expensive...article from USA re: Pony Finals

    Any physics dictate that most of what constitutes a defensive position causes the horse to run more because you can't get it balanced properly sitting like that. Get off the cantle, get over your feet on the flat, and you might have more control - relying on jamming feet forwards is never going...
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    Rider Reboot Monthly Programme

    Excellent! Where in the country are you out of interest?
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    Reviews of Wow Free Space girth?

    This drives me nuts. I've had PC instructors especially say a jump saddle isn't suitable for a long legged kid, that elasticated girths are bad, that asymmetric girthing is bad, that you can't have a half pad...you name it. And trainers that takes saddles off point straps and others that start...
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    Hard ground and riding

    Yes I've just shared a FB post pleading people not to canter on stubble in dry areas for that reason.
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    Democratisation of knowledge

    It's groundwork. She's a rider, trainer, bodyworker for both horse and rider, but this is groundwork, a course she developed when she realised that bodywork on its own wasn't enough, that adjustments don't hold if you don't change how horses move. Her background is structural integration...
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    Recommendations for cavaletti purchase…

    Yeah that makes sense!
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    Recommendations for cavaletti purchase…

    If you like that style then get a carpenter to knock some up for you, they're dead easy to make. They're all we had up to the nineties!
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    Democratisation of knowledge

    I think in many ways TPO you will have some of what she offers under your belt, I'm not here to flog her course, but for people who've done no groundwork, people who've done some but struggled with it, who lack connection in contact in ridden work, who have NQR horses....it's the best course...
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    Democratisation of knowledge

    Three lifetimes needed for horses!
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    Ideas please! Mild but persistent lameness

    If you can get pics from both sides, full confo shots, one of his chest and front legs, one along his back and one of his back legs with tail knotted, then we could all have a stab, and they're great to take every month or three, to look at progress.
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    Democratisation of knowledge

    Every horse will need something different, it's a long way from a checklist kind of programme, though I'd say it's a WAY better investment than two physio sessions. Doing BTMM should mean you need the physio much less, but also avoid all sorts of issues with horses, physical and behavioural...
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    Sacro iliac / mild arthritis

    Broken back angles in the back feet are SO common and a big contributor to postural issues. Glad you've made such great progress.
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