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    New Pony biting my horse -advice needed

    We finally found a lovely first pony for my five year old daughter. He has been with us for about 3 weeks now. He is as go9d as gold for my daughter but has a definite twinkle in his eye. I cannot fault him except for one problem - he keeps biting my horse and my horse simply puts up with it...
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    Groundwork resources

    Cluelessblonde - I have since found straightness training by Marijke de Jong which is pretty comprehensive. But still keen for any tried and tested recommendations! 😀
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    Groundwork resources

    I'm wanting to start some basic groundwork with my horse and just wondered if anyone could recommend any good books, websites, DVDs or YouTube channels etc that might be a good starting point?
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    Classical dressage trainers in the north??

    Just wondering if anyone knows of any CLassical dressage trainers based in the north. My usual classical trainer is unfortunately not available as often as she used to be so I'm just looking for an alternative. I'm based in North Yorkshire so the nearer the base the better! :)
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    Saddles for babies (human not horse!!)

    Hello! I haven't been on here for a very long time as I've had a baby 9 months ago and have been rather side-tracked! But it just occurred to me the other day that there may be such a thing as a saddle cradle or something similar so I could take little one with me (me on my horse and baby...
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    Comfiest seat saver??

    Oh brill thanks for the HM suggestion!!
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    Comfiest seat saver??

    Brill - thanks guys will follow those up!!
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    Comfiest seat saver??

    Am gearing up for my first ride out hopefully in the next two weeks after baby arrived last week and for reasons I won't go into (TMI) :eek: I think a good padded seat saver will be of huge benefit!! :o I've seen a Nuumed and Prolite one which knowing those brands will be very good but at...
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    Passport Name Suggestions

    Just Jake?? I have a Just Sam in my field who is now 36. He was my legend when we used to compete etc and he was always as safe as they come, we've been together for over 20 years and he's still going strong - hard as nails!!! ;)
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    Do long boots help your leg/lower leg position?

    I think there's 2 sides to this. With a pair of boots your leg can look to an observer like it is in a better position than it is I think. However, with soft chaps and boots or similar you can't "hide a multitude of sins" like you can with boots but I personally feel like I can get my heel...
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    Getting back into competing after having a baby...

    Thanks NeverSayNever - great intel!! My horse physio is actually a human osteo too so I think I might get her to do me and pony at the same time so we're both ready to go!!! :D
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    Getting back into competing after having a baby...

    Of course - we didn't do too much better in Yorkshire though things always being more extreme up with you we couldn't really complain!! I really think I might have picked a good year to be off games! Though I saw Hutton ran the other weekend which is a turn up for the books in it's own right...
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    Getting back into competing after having a baby...

    Congratulions fatpony! Am so impressed to hear that you and others managed to get back on within 2 weeks and with stitches. Big fingers crossed I can do the same. Also thanks for your point about other people thinking you should do nothing other than baby from now on... this is a problem I...
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    Getting back into competing after having a baby...

    Aww thanks DHB - not long to go now at all - hope you've had a really good summer competing?
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    Getting back into competing after having a baby...

    Oh you guys are all fab!! It's so good to hear so many positive thoughts and stories. I wonder if it's just that horsey people are much more "get on and do it" in their attitude and the rest of the world is worrying that old ladies in the street will frown upon them having a baby outdoors...
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    Getting back into competing after having a baby...

    I'm quite lucky for livery option etc as my hubby is taking first 2 weeks off after new arrival comes (we run our own business so it's flexible when he can stop work etc) and will help or probably take charge of horses for first 2 weeks which will be great. I was wondering about actually...
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    Getting back into competing after having a baby...

    Thanks Chaos - I agree that is a really good tip about competing. I am thinking that I will try to take a slightly more "enjoyment-focussed" view of competing after baby comes along as I think I will almost appreciate it a bit more so I actually might try not to put as much pressure on myself...
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    Getting back into competing after having a baby...

    Thanks to you too Chaos!!! Just seen your post - we must have crossed over. Oh I so hope I have a similar story too. You get so much negativity from other Mums sometimes and it's such an "unknown" situation/future that you just don't know what will be possible or feasible so your tales are...
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    Getting back into competing after having a baby...

    Thanks so much for your positive messages Freshy and Cazzah and Congrats on your new arrivals too!! :D I had always envisaged wrapping up the bundle and sitting it in a warm pram while I fed and mucked out of a morning but was beginning to question whether it could work or not after so many...
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    What would you do with this horse?

    As usual there are 2 starting routes here. 1) she is in pain which could be solvable or not solvable OR 2) she is screwed up in the head/scared/underconfident/being tricky which could be solvable or not solvable. For 1) you either try to find out the source and remove the problem or if it's...
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    Getting back into competing after having a baby...

    So it's been the longest 9 months ever having not been able to ride for pretty much all of it but now I have only 2 weeks to go until due date I'm daring to think about being able to ride again and am almost as excited about that as the new arrival!!! In fact I think I might actually cry when I...
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    BE Hutton (2) report BE100

    Well done - last pic is awesome!!
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    What would you do with this horse?

    How long is it since you bought her? Is it several months or more measurable in weeks? 6 is still quite young in some horses who mature much slower than others and are more like 3 or 4 at 6 when others are more like 9 at 6. Have you any idea when/how and by whom she was broken in or how...
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    Is my OH too heavy to ride my horse??

    Thanks again for added comments and v good point about getting hubby on the scales first!! ;) I guess we'll have a go and see what happens!!! :o
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    Is my OH too heavy to ride my horse??

    Thanks for input so far. More worried about dOing some damage more than anything else. But quite frankly he could do with some hard work!! Sadly I don't have any surface at home otherwise I'd lunge him.
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    Is my OH too heavy to ride my horse??

    I'm 6 months pregnant and not riding at moment. My horse is getting a but porky and rather bored so my husband suggested he could take him out for a potter. Hubby is not really a rider but I'm mostly worried he'll be too big and heavy for horse. Horse is 16.1hh WB, 13yo and prob ob the...
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    Feeding advice for WB eventer having the summer off

    For the first time ever my WB eventer is out of work as I'm expecting a baby. He came to me as a very skinny poor doer but now after 4 years he's quite at the other end of the spectrum!!! He is 16.1hh WB currently stabled overnight with a thin rug on and being fed 1 Stubbs scoop D&H...
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    Dressage instructor in North Yorkshire

    Margot Tiffany at Northallerton EC could be a good option for you. She's lovely and is very good with ex racers and Starting from scratch and i believe is the only BE list 1 judge in the area.
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    Good instuctor in Surrey

    Jonathan Cook is fab - based around Cobham area I think and pretty sure he travels!?
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    Using Sedalin on a very old horse.

    My 34 year old gelding needs his sheath cleaning and he is rather grumpy and kicks a lot when I try to get near it. The vet has done it in the past (under sedation) but I wonder if using Sedalin and trying myself would be worth a try. Just wondering if anyone has used it on very old horses...
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