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    Why did you leave your last yard/s?

    In a lifetime of having horses: house moves, lack of grazing, dodgy goings on (non-horse related).
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    Is 'we have no grass' an acceptable excuse for a thin horse?

    I simply asked a question, without naming forum/post etc. If someone else wants to go on a hunt, thinks they have found what I'm talking about, and responds based on that - well they have too much time on their hands! The internet is a huge place. I could be talking about a forum based...
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    Is 'we have no grass' an acceptable excuse for a thin horse?

    On another forum, it seems acceptable to state that your horse is thin (as in, thin enough I wouldn't be riding) because of lack of grazing. I have been around horses all my life, and we have always put out hay/haylage ad-lib in the winter if there's not enough grass. If that's not enough to...
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    Sunburnt nose dilemma!

    Boots do an all day factor 50 sunscreen.
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    Can anyone recommend a good book for in-hand dressage training?

    I'm unable to ride until the autumn, yet need to keep my horse busy with something to think about for the next five months or so. She has a sharer twice a week, so I just need to lunge/do groundwork three times to keep her ticking over. My horse is at Elementary level atm, will be aiming for...
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    Help pony trashed muzzle within 1 day!!

    Roma muzzles have such thin rubber on the bottom, that all the ponies at my yard can happily destroy them in an afternoon! Apparently the Shires ones have changed recently (something about rubbing and a new design?), but I've used the KM Elite ones for a few years and they're amazing. I do sew...
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    If your horse takes a 6ft3 rug, how tall is he/she?

    Thanks all, was for interest not accurate height prediction!! I have a 15hh of only slightly lighter build who takes a 6ft, so we were guessing 15.2hh-ish! Will do the string test - had forgotten about that!
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    If your horse takes a 6ft3 rug, how tall is he/she?

    Just wondering! It's in relation to a youngster of unknown breeding. We're wondering what sort of height he'll make!
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    H&H Training academy

    I got £999!
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    The importance of a body protector at all times

    I'm not convinced either way. I have had straightforward falls made worse by wearing one (couldn't roll properly on one occasion, and on the other the back of it caused severe bruising where I landed on it). I would feel more comfortable galloping through woodland with one on, and have always...
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    help with dissertation!!!

    Too vague for me, sorry!
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    Ongoing laminitis - no change for 5 weeks, wtd?

    Second the getting her tested for cushings. Tips from past experience with lami... - Soak hay for 12/24 hours in fresh water each time. If using haylage, get the blue (or if poss purple as it's even better) horsehage. - Check ALL feed for molasses, and alfalfa (some horses are affected by...
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    rstor or neck strap?

    In an emergency, I never remember the neck strap is there. I have been taught to SIT UP if things go wrong, knees in knee rolls, heels down. If all else fails, grab some mane, but if you're that far forward, unless the horse will stop when you lose your balance, you're probably coming off anyway.
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    People with experience in breaking...

    Not everyone backs with a saddle on. Some people lean over and sit up bareback, before introducing the saddle. I've never seen the saddle cause a problem and have seen it introduced after light backing bareback, or just as itself after learning to lunge, no roller first. I've never seen it...
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    Libra hackabout - ok for youngster while changing shape?

    Have found good reviews online, just wanted to see if anyone on here had tried it. I'm looking at this for a youngster who's growing like a weed and likely to change significantly in the next year. It would be for hacking and schooling, no jumping.
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    A novice rider should buy a horse they can 'grow into' ???

    A novice rider does need a horse they can grow into, but not a speedy horse that's too much for them. There are horses (I know two at least), who will adapt to their rider - being slow and steady for a novice, then gradually upping the game as their rider becomes more confident. For an...
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    Vaccinations

    It's not safe to leave the tetanus. If your horse never comes into contact with other horses, then the flu probably doesn't matter, but tetanus is fatal and can infect any deep cut.
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    I really don't like bits, but I love dressage!

    Crossunder bitless bridles give similar 'brakes' to a snaffle. Hackamores are similar to a pelham etc as have a curb and poll pressure, so I don't think they should be allowed. I can ride Prelim-Medium movements in a bitless just as well as with a bit. You'd never tell in a video unless you...
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    'wet' (soaked) feeds vs dry feeds - quantities question!

    I'm hoping someone knows the answer to this! 'Wet' feeds that you have to soak, all double in size. So, bearing in mind the size of a horse's stomach, you can feed half the amount at any one time, than you could with a dry feed. Does this make wet feeds more inefficient to feed? Or are they...
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    What jobs can you do with an NVQ level 3 in horse care?

    She's not sure what she wants to do - that's the problem really.
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    What jobs can you do with an NVQ level 3 in horse care?

    Just wondering - my friend's daughter is keen on doing this after her GCSEs. I've never known anyone who's in horses to recommend it as a career, so: what can you do with this in horses and would it help with any jobs outside them? Degree level afterwards is unlikely to be an option.
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    Where in Bedfordshire is good re finding field/small yard?

    I'd love to move further out of London, but will need somewhere for 3-4 horses. We currently rent a small yard and would prefer that or a field with a field shelter, rather than to be on a Livery yard again. Can anyone recommend a part of Beds that's good for horsey things and is likely to...
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    Keeping horses near Leighton Buzzard - what's it like?

    What are the options livery-wise? Is it easy to find fields to rent? Is grass livery available? Considering moving that way, and wondering how our horse costs would change and what's available. Our preference is to find a field/small yard to rent, but would do grass livery or at a push, DIY.
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    Seat aids - how far does your knowledge of them go?

    Just curious as to how widely the full range is known/taught by instructors. So - what seat aids do you know? I know the seat aids for: stop, half halt, go up a gait, go faster within one, the specific aid for canter, collection, extension, turn, circle, shoulder-in, go sideways (would be...
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    Do any of the natural horsemanship things do competitions?

    Just wondering! I don't do any of the 'specific' NH stuff, but potter around bareback a fair bit when we're not schooling properly, and a lot of the kids at the yard like to do so also to improve seat, play games etc. My horse will ride from just a rope around her neck, and whilst it's...
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    how much would this cost and will it be covered?

    Investigation for unusual, likely pain related behaviour that comes in cycles. Internal to look at ovaries plus poss back xrays to check for kissing spines. Thanks
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    Looking at potential D pony - what would be reasonable price?

    The teen we're looking for has decided she wants something with the basics, to bring on herself. She has another year or so on current loan pony if she doesn't grow too fast, so could run the two alongside. Have heard of one that seems to fit the bill through word of mouth and just wondering...
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    If you were buying a dressage pony for an older child/teen, what would you look for?

    Competing at before buying :). In this area, unaffil goes up to Medium at the BD venues. Many people don't bother affiliating as a result, esp if it's not their main discipline.
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    If you were buying a dressage pony for an older child/teen, what would you look for?

    As title really - what would you want to see, what qualities would you be looking for? If the pony was to be competing at Medium level? Would you discount ones that had only competed unaffil (at recognised venues that do BD also) or see that as an asset as no points so can go in any class...
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    Better to sell as project or do the work in today's market?

    Nope lol. Friend asked me to do the work for her on one of hers as she's having to reduce numbers due to pregnancy/baby. I'm wondering whether it's worth it though, as it's not about the money, it's about her not having time for the horse - she just wants to find it a decent home. It will be...
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