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    Riding abroad is it safe ? Sister being difficult!

    I've ridden abroad a few times, including in Spain. Unless I was confident that the riding centre was able to supply a decent hat I've taken my own (as carry on). Generally everything has been fine and the riding has been great. I have had one bad experience - one centre took rides to a public...
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    Selling a Horsebox - Any advice?

    Thanks for all the advice - sorry for the delay in replying (I've been offline for a few days). I'm going to ring Central England Horseboxes to see how they would handle the sale and how much they charge. If that doesn't work out then I think I'll give FB a try.
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    Selling a Horsebox - Any advice?

    Thanks for sharing - I think I need to investigate them options and then weigh up the pros & cons. Does anyone have any advice on how to ask for payment - I’m worried (possibly irrationally!) about being scammed and ending up with no horse box and no money! Is bank transfer safest for large sums?
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    Selling a Horsebox - Any advice?

    I'm planning on selling my 7.5t horsebox and downsizing. I bought it when I was driving and needed to transport carriage but now I am just riding I really don't need so much space. This is the first time I've sold a box and I'm not really sure where to start. It's a nice box built by a popular...
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    Would you ride with this injury?

    That sounds very similar - tbh I fully expected to be told it was a soft tissue injury as it really wasn't that painful. The L2 fracture came as a complete surprise - if I hadn't been worried about my neck then I wouldn't have presented at A&E & it would have wouldn't have been found. It does...
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    Would you ride with this injury?

    Falling off a horse (no surprises there). We were coming down some steps on a xc course when he made a mistake a lost his footing. He managed to recover but I was pretty much catapulted straight into the ground & landed badly. It didn't feel or look like a particularly hard fall and initially I...
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    Would you ride with this injury?

    I'm currently recovering from a neck fracture (C1) and I have been told to avoid riding (along with running, contact sports, yoga... it's quite a long list!). I'm also in a hard collar 24/7. I would err on the side of caution and avoid riding until you have confirmation that your neck is not...
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    Goals for next year? Please share!

    Complete a BE80. Completing a ODE has been a goal for ages (decades!) however there a been a few detours on the way....
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    Vet bills😳

    My old equine practice (sadly now closed down) gave 10% discount for settlement by the 1oth of the month and charged interest on late payments.
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    Developed 'The Fear'

    I had a major loss of confidence a few years ago after a couple of rather nasty falls. I'd echo what others have said - take the pressure off and take your time. Cantering is not mandatory (I suspect your horse could not care less about cantering). Riding within my comfort zone most of the time...
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    Riding and the Menopause

    I got HRT from my GP surgery on the NHS but it has been a battle. Initially my symptoms/concerns were dismissed as trivial and my GPs' lack of knowledge around (peri)menopause and the risks/benefits of HRT was quite shocking. Eventually, I went in for a consultation "armed" with copies of the...
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    Riding and the Menopause

    (Not sure if I'm doing this quote thing right...) LOL - not quite that old although to be fair I don't plan on stopping hrt in the foreseeable. Aside from the anxiety and brain fog it has also really helped with the physical symptoms, especially joint pain which was quite debilitating. HRT...
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    Riding and the Menopause

    Anxiety was an issue for me during perimenopause - initially I had no idea there was a link. I eventually started hrt for other symptoms and it really helped with the anxiety. I took a break from hrt last year (young GP wanted to see if I could be "weaned off it") and the anxiety returned with a...
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    Men’s jods/breeches - any recommendations please?

    My husband likes the Mark Todd breeches too. I also managed to get him into a pair of chunky paddock boots (that look pretty much like his work boots) and leather gaiters )he was won over by the grippiness). tbh there's not a great deal out there for men.
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    Kissing Spine non surgical treatment

    My boy is 2.5 years post KS surgery. We opted for injections after his diagnosis and achieved some improvements initially but his condition deteriorated after about 6 months so we went for surgery. Rehab was slow and hard work - I was/am pretty clueless but I have really good pro rider and...
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    Getting your partner interested in horses... any success stories?

    Yes - OH had never had anything to do with horses. He started off back-stepping for me on the carriage - which he found terrifying (don't blame him - I wasn't the best driver). When I started riding more than driving he decided to have some lessons at a local RS. He was starting to get a bit...
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    Discectomy L5/S1 - riding/activity post op stories please

    I had L4/L5 discectomy + laminectomy 1994 and L5/S1 discectomy 1999. Surgery removed pain (which was agonising) and restored function in my legs although I was left with some nerve damage (due to pre-op nerve compression). Rehab then was a bit patchy & I was basically advised to be careful and...
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    Do horses actually view sheep as companions?

    My Welsh mare views them as woolly devils intent on stealing her grass, so they are kept separately!
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    Ground poles 😠

    I am so sorry that you and your horse are going through this - you obviously care a great deal for him so i realise how tough this must be. My horse had KS surgery Feb-2019 and both hocks medicated subsequent to that. I'm pretty novicey so there was no way i could have managed the rehab on my...
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    Rider Confidence Clinic - The Centre of Horseback Combat

    I've read his book and been to one of his talks and found both excellent. I'm seriously considering doing the course. (I'm miles away, so it will take some planning). if you do go, could you share a report? i'd love to hear how it went
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    Kissing spines treatment and rehab

    Obviously every case is different and what works in one scenario may not work in another. That being said my horse was diagnosed with KS c 18 months ago. We initially tried injections and then proceeded for DSP surgery (bone shaving) almost a year ago. He was a good candidate for surgery and we...
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    Go easy on me...

    I came back to horses in 2012 after a break of 20+ years and having never owned before (due to lack of funds as a child and young adult). After lots of lessons & volunteering for RDA I started loaning from a lovely owner, who was very supportive and extremely generous with her time and...
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    Uncontrollable fear

    I had some confidence issues and I found Karl Greenwood (book and talk) and a great instructor worked for me. However, I appreciate that what works for one person may not for another, so you may need to try a few of the great suggestions on the thread before you find what helps you. Keep going...
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    Sciatica and riding

    Sorry you are suffering with sciatica - it's awful! I've had several bouts - two of which resulted in disc surgery back in the 90's as they were caused by badly herniated discs. Subsequent to the second surgery I was very "careful" with my back (stopped riding, skating, skiing etc) but still...
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    Exercises for weak left leg, me not the horse!

    Another vote for a physio assessment to identify where the weakness is and then put together a targeted exercise program. if you can find one who performs rider assessment or who rides then that would be even better. I have had all sorts of issues (since having back surgery when i was young) and...
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    Should I sell my horse?

    Have you asked your instructor or the person who has schooled you for him what they think? Obviously it's your decision but they may be able to help you to decide whether these are just "teething" difficulties or whether he is not a good match for you. I was in a similar situation a few years...
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    Schooling without Stirrups - good or bad

    I've really struggled with wonkiness and would highly recommend working on it off horse - Pilates (with a physio who rides), yoga and physio have helped me (esp. a session on a mechanical horse with a physio who specialises in treating riders).
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    Scary tunnel lanes

    When I first moved to Devon I found the banks & narrow, steep lanes nerve wracking to say the least. A few years on I've got used to them. It helps that my horse is a saint to hack - we both keep an ear open for traffic (he usually hears it first) and we can squeeze through the narrowest space!
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    how to have a deep seat?

    My seat is still very much a work in progress, however lots of lessons without stirrups have made a huge difference.