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    What should I do?

    Has he done this before? Has anything changed? So much depends on the circumstances
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    Can anyone afford to keep a horse anymore?

    Same here, I've had a raise but it seems to be swallowed up by the tax/national insurance monster and the insane price of just about everything. It's going to be a tough winter for many people I think
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    Can anyone afford to keep a horse anymore?

    Ratface, when you say you're cutting down on food I hope you're getting more than fruit and bread! Sorry if I misunderstood the post but there's no need to go hungry. Please look into food banks if necessary. If I've misunderstood just tell me to shut up :) Some others have mentioned that not...
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    Should there be a weight limit for people at shows (and if so, what and how?!)

    Riding horses is therapeutic but we can't put our own mental health above the physical health and comfort of horses. We have other options available to us whereas horses have no options at all.
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    Should there be a weight limit for people at shows (and if so, what and how?!)

    How awful, but well done to you for doing the right thing by that horse.
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    Should there be a weight limit for people at shows (and if so, what and how?!)

    My old riding school had a blanket weight limit of 12 stone. Bearing in mind the horses had to carry a lot of unbalanced beginners, I think that was fair. I remember weighing myself once and being shocked to find I had crept up to just over 11 stone and thinking 'crikey, I'd better try and lose...
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    A Horse Career....

    I enjoyed reading that, thanks!
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    Male Issues

    Great, nobody cares. Now, do one creep
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    Male Issues

    Ponynutz, take it from an old nag, it's better not to encourage him
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    I need to break the news

    How awful when not everyone is on-board! From what you've said this is absolutely the right decision and you've organised it in such a way as to be humane to everyone involved - horse and human. I don't have any wise words for your OH as it's something they will have to deal with for themselves...
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    Male Issues

    The OP has sent private messages to several women on this thread with pictures of ladies knickers. Now, call me cynical if you like (I am!) but this is a red flag for me as I would fairly guarantee there are men who get off on causing women to talk about their imaginary huge tackle. OP, if...
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    Please please sign

    It's just crazy that someone could move to the country and start harrassing people on horseback! She sounds like a selfish 'mine, all mine' type of person who hates to share even an inch of fresh air. Bonkers. I hope you have a good resolution to this OP, she sounds awful.
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    Where do you feels safest?

    Off for me. Once when my old horse started spooking in a lane with traffic slowing behind us I got off and led her to the side of the road. She obviously wasn't confident and seemed to relax with someone beside her. It could be that my own increased confidence being on terra firma gave her...
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    At what point does bad riding cross into cruelty?

    I wouldn't film it and put it online - what good does that do to the horse? Nothing. It can also cause a lot of damage to the child. I'd say something there and then. Try to nip it in the bud.
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    At what point does bad riding cross into cruelty?

    Just speak up as you see it. Good people who can see cruelty in action shouldn't be afraid to stand up and be confident to call it out. No need to make it a drama, just be firm and adult about things. If you're not sure whether it's cruelty or ignorance then you can pose a question: 'Did you...
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    Historic Inn bans Hunt meets.

    Slightly off topic but I stayed there once in search of the Beast of Bodmin. Didn't find anything though! Regarding the hunt, I think it's a shame that the tradition has ended but I can see the pub's point of view. It must have been more hassle than than it was worth, especially if they weren't...
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    Who on here used to work professionally with horses?

    If I do my hgv through the yard I am tied into a 2 year contract to stay. I can't afford to do it on my own. The trouble with the younger staff is they think they know everything already and are amazing so don't listen to a word anyone says to help them. It doesn't help that they are brought up...
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    Who on here used to work professionally with horses?

    I've worked in various riding schools as a mucker outer/groom/general dogsbody. It was flippin' hard work and miserable in winter! I couldn't do it nowadays although I do miss those special moments with the horses and I treasure my memories of them. I'm a blue badge tour guide now
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    Knowall novices

    Being 'insert nationality' is so complicated! You can't generalise like that Cortez, you really can't. People are people all over the world.
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    What happens to our horses if there is a WW3?

    Yes, it's human nature to fight over territory. We're a tribal species and we don't always get along with the neighbours. Most of us realise that we need a strong legal framework to keep ourselves and each other in check. (Like NATO). Putin sees himself as above all that. He doesn't feel the...
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    What happens to our horses if there is a WW3?

    He's decided to abuse it. What kind of man causes so much suffering, even to his own citizens? There is something very wrong with him.
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    What happens to our horses if there is a WW3?

    Ah, that's fab! I've always wanted to do it but my plans seem to be speeding up a bit now. We only get one life don't we!
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    Cantering on the road

    It's an interesting thought isn't it? I've always felt that canter was more gentle than trot. I wonder if we're taught to abstain on the roads for safety?
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    Cantering on the road

    I was always taught that this was a big no no. We walked and trotted but never cantered (at least not intentionally!) Today I saw two women in a buggy trotting at speed downhill on a main road followed by a young girl on horseback who was doing a very nice controlled canter after them. It...
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    Please help - I am obsessed with my horse...

    I know this is an old thread but it's the purest thing I've read in days :) I hope the OP is still enjoying her horse. It's wonderful to hear people talk about how passionate they are. A much needed ray of light in this crazy world.
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    Pictures Penny update - growing up and settling down

    Very pretty! She looks lovely
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    Started jumping on instinct alone, is that going to bite me as I progress?

    It sounds as if you're doing fine OP! I don't do jumping anymore but my technique used to be 'point the horse at the jump and let them get on with it!' I wish I could get my head around the theory behind counting strides etc but it seems to complicated for me. :eek:
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    What happens to our horses if there is a WW3?

    Oh god, I feel weird/guilty because my employer offered me an interesting role today and I turned it down due to internal politics. I think I've realised I want more time to eat cheese and drink wine. I'm seriously thinking of getting a narrow boat and living on the waters in my old age
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    What happens to our horses if there is a WW3?

    I honestly think if there was a twenty minute warning it would be hard to think straight. It's optimistic to think you'll phone your livery yard and ask them to feed your horse some hay, as one person said, and that yard owner may well be busy saying their prayers or sorting out their own...
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    Mark Todd - what would you have done?

    It's perfectly possible to train horses without being all slappy hands. You seem very hard.
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