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  1. mandwhy

    Bog spavin and lameness experiences?

    Hi everyone! Long time no log in :-) My haffy has developed some bog spavin squishy swellings, mostly on the outer sides of her hocks. I thought I would rest her and see how they go before calling the vet a she has just been turned out this winter due to daylight. It initially appeared on...
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    HELLLO MIDGES, Are the zebra rugs worth it!

    Ooh I'm thinking about getting one too, can't do any harm eh. I always think fly rugs are crap colours!
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    Buying my first horse/pony!

    I'd go for 14.2 ish too as it's a useful size. Practise getting on from the ground on a gate, it's all in the technique not necessarily fitness. I also put the stirrup down like 5 holes and put it back up when on. I avoid it too as my mare has issues with it and has become awkward to mount, but...
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    Feeding before work - speedibeet vs chaff

    I would feed alfalfa definitely, Dengie healthy tummy is excellent for this very purpose. My haflinger is a pretty good doer but ulcer prone in my opinion so I always give her a fibre feed before riding And HT has various other digestion friendly herbs etc. I also like topchop alfalfa as it is...
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    What was your first dressage test like?

    Aww, well done on your tests! I haven't done our first one yet but hoping to soon, I'm comforted by this thread that it doesn't have to be perfect :-D I did a beginners ridden show recently and that was ok so figured we can give it a go! I'll be avoiding cantering though unless tanking bucking...
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    Naughty new loan pony troubles..

    Classic naughty pony! Get her to learn to bridge her reins, or have some sort of safety strap so he can't pull her hands down and buck(my mare has a handy long mane for this), but I would agree not to do much canter right now and really work on trot, maybe with some small canters when feeling...
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    Showing experts - advice please!

    Aww I would love a little rider for my little Welsh, she's not backed yet though, must get that done this summer!
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    I wouldn't take them quite so soon no, after two or three weeks you'd have a bit more confidence to say they're probably ok now, but it could recur after a week's work easily. Some things will flare up after a bit of work even though I agree that 7miles isn't very far at all.
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    Young Horse Bucking into Canter?

    I'd just try straight lines out hacking and only do canter in two point until the horse is more comfortable and balanced, it can be really difficult for some horses, mine is nearly 8 and can only just canter a circle albeit mainly through lack of work, but she obviously Has more strength to do...
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    How much does your horse cost you a month?

    Mine live out on a farm at £50 a head, and insurance about 22 quid, I may spend up to 50 per month on feed in the deepest darkest winter months Inc hay as I don't use much, one gets her feet trimmed every now and then, the other one literally never needs it when the farrier comes, so I spend a...
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    Treeless Saddles?

    Haha Mijods the saddles do stretch ones hip flexors pretty chronically for a while but they are so good if you want to improve your position. I say this with burning legs reclining on the sofa!
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    Treeless Saddles?

    I had a heather moffett flexee and now have a fhoenix that is a better model, I bought both of them second hand on the EE Facebook page and sold the flexee on there too. I think for high withers I would go with the flexee as it has gullet plates (the flexee is being discontinued and the new...
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    strong horse jogging all the way home

    I find really mixing it up and regularly going past home helps, so that they never really know when home time is! I have no problems with turning back for home as long as it is not in response to something scary - when I've done that (because I couldn't be bothered to deal with it that day and...
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    Whip alternative

    I have a neckrope that I use as a sort of lasso to make a whirly whooshing noise, it works really well when lunging as creates a good drive in the corner of their eye, you might have to use a shorter one for riding!
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    Canter aid - inside or outside leg?

    Definitely from the hip ideally but with a lot of horses I think the inside leg back makes it all a bit more obvious for them to start with, and helps with correct leads.
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    bucking and ulcers!

    Have you tried feeding him a nice big fibre feed before riding him? That's what I do for my mare, something alfalfa based and non molassed like Dengie healthy tummy is ideal.
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    Could You Have A Horse And Deal With Not Riding It?

    I have been through phases of not riding my horse for long periods because of my nerves, she doesn't care, she's the type of horse that you can just get back on a couple of months later like nothing has happened. She's not expensive to keep and I have a little Welsh who is unridden (although...
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    The joy of a new saddle!!!!

    Haha I put up with my brown stirrup leathers never matching anything even brown saddles til I found this brown and tan saddle, it was fate I tell you!
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    The joy of a new saddle!!!!

    Haha I share your joy, I got the worst GP fitted by a master saddler that made me feel like one false move and I was out the door, then a lovely flexible treed close contact one that rectified all my fears, now using a jumping saddle as more secure for the fast work with good knee support and...
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    Swelling on jaw line..any ideas? (PICS)

    Just grass glands, they can get quite a lot of lumps under there when they're up because of the grass.
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    Out 24/7 advice

    My haffy and Welsh are out with no rugs but what you are doing sounds about right for your type of horse and conditions. I would probabky delay putting the heavy on for a while, I always think the weather is so much worse after Christmas and I often wonder why I bothered rugging bar the...
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    round bales in the field

    Does anybody have any good recommendations for round bale nets or have you used them? I have my haflinger and Welsh in a big but likely to become boggy field, and I need to start feeding hay for the haffy but the last bale we put in made the Welsh bloated as it was a bit early really, there's...
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    hot meals in the winter: yes or no?

    I will be lucky if I have access to water, let alone hot water, and I don't think I'd really feel the need to bring it from the house as I'm fairly convinced it would go cold anyway, maybe Christmas day I'll give it a try!
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    Tell me about your hafflingers!!!

    My haffy mare has been fairly exceptionally awkward even for a haflinger :-D I do love her, but she can be so stroppy, so strong, sooo opinionated and so very lazy, bless her! She's 7, so has actually improved a lot this year, I would recommend either very young or over 8/9, you should be clear...
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    Has anyone transformed from a nervous to a confident rider?

    Your fears are perfectly reasonable. It all takes time. I had a silly fall where I smashed the tendons in my elbow, it hurt so much and didn't heal for a year, my arm still won't fully straighten two years on but I am pretty confident now. I can canter and gallop in straight lines happily (tight...
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    Time for a new girth, neoprene or leather, which is best?

    Professionals choice girth with non slip neoprene, amazing! Slippage is an issue for my cylindrical pony :-)
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    What would cause these injuries

    My mare is always covered in bite marks since she's been living with a gelding, he chews her mane off too of course, sigh. The marks are all sorts of sizes, sometimes it's like he's been eating her neck like a corn on the cob. She seems to like it though the little weirdo.
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    any good websites explaining what draw reins actually do??? has good explanations of how gadgets work, obviously it portrays them mostly in a negative light because draw reins have no place in dressage or really very many places at all! Your instructor sounds like the opposite of what I would want in an instructor and horse to...
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    poo picking work

    My horses are surrounded by weeds, it's excellent for them, also known as meadow herbs. No ragwort. I'd never fertilise it, they're good doers. Hence I have a Welsh Sec A roaming free with the others and not getting lami. We have given up on poo picking for now as it's too big due to them...
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    why have a horse if you have it on full livery?

    Seriously I don't do a lot of bonding with my horses when I'm picking up their endless poo, or fixing the fence every god damn day, or dragging water buckets, or lifting hay, I barely see them during these critical tasks! Just in case anyone on full livery thinks they are missing out, after all...