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    Failed vetting again

    There is more info in this thread which clarifies things a bit, I would walk away from this horse because you want to event, he is not yet proven and he sounds like a very smart type that should be expensive so not worth the risk of losing the money as you will not be covered by insurance if...
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    Hunter or riding horse

    At local level there are very few, if any, hack classes so RH makes sense, the turnout for the horse is much the same for both although the rider in RH usually wears tweed whereas hacks are shown in navy jackets, if she could squeeze under 158cm she could be a useful small RH but at local level...
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    Livery - Somerset

    I might know of somewhere very near SM if you want to send a pm with a bit of info about the horses and their requirements I will let you know more.
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    Stamping and kicking when tied up and in lorry

    It depends on the horse and why it is kicking, many are stressed and getting cross will be counter productive so other solutions need looking into, a few are just impatient and it is best to load and move off they usually learn to settle and become less impatient, I think the main thing is to...
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    Would you hack 4 miles road work to a jumping or flatwork lesson?

    I don't think it is too much for a fit horse to do about an 1/12 hours hacking plus a lesson in one day, one of my liveries will often hack for an hour or so and have a lesson the same day and we think nothing of it.
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    RI Small Hunters-day ticket question

    A day ticket will not allow you to enter a RI qualifier, unless my reading of the rules is incorrect, for normal classes on a ticket you do not need a height cert.
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    WWYD? - Three trusted professionals with three different opinions

    I would look at the options for MRI, there are several practices with them in the SW that may have a gap and getting the referral should not be an issue, costs vary as well so it can be worth shopping around even if the insurance is paying. My vets sent me to a practice for MRI which was not the...
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    Eventing question - number of horses per rider in section

    At normal ODE's I don't think riders are limited to entries other than by what they can realistically ride in a day, they can have numerous entries in one class and that may mean several in one section to fit in with the times, Badminton/ Burghley and other big events will have limits for...
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    Help or advice

    It is still rushed from his point of view, he 'went nuts' because he was not ready to fully accept a roller while moving, he was fine for 10 mins and work should have stopped after just a couple of minutes before he couldn't cope and flipped, it is not an uncommon reaction but these days most...
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    Help or advice

    3 months is not long if he was a true rescue, cracking on is maybe going too fast for him and he is getting upset and over reacting, he needs to go back a step or two to well within his comfort zone before he really loses his confidence in you, your own confidence will take a dive but his is...
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    Hunter or riding horse

    She is similar in type to my old pba who I showed as both a RH and hack but really didn't quite fit into either, although he did win a lot of classes he was not quite right to go to the top levels.
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    Problems introducing new pony

    Two geldings and one mare doesn't always work well as the mare will be the centre of attention, getting the two boys together may help as may putting them into the new ones field rather than him into theirs initially as they will be less territorial , you will have to take it step by step and...
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    What do you wear with navy tweed?

    You should wear a coloured stock or shirt and tie with a tweed jacket, most will avoid white gloves because they stand out, a darker brown pair would be better. At unaff level you will be fine wearing what you have if you prefer.
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    Losing control (both of me and the horse!)

    She sounds confused as much as anything, different riders, different expectations, she is not young but is green and sensitive. I would suspect there may well be a pain issue somewhere but my gut instinct from reading your posts would be to get her eyes checked before anything else, you say she...
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    Opinions?

    It sounds as if the vet is following the text book rather than looking at the horse in front of him, not many 20 year olds would pass flexion tests and like the posters above I cannot see what good medicating a joint will be if it is just being done because it can be, many older horses would...
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    Hunter or riding horse

    As a young horse he can get away with both classes, he is a correct type so will appeal to judges and placings will depend to an extent on the quality of the others in the classes, to me he looks as if he will mature into a hunter more than a RH but until he goes under saddle there is no harm in...
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    Farrier issues...

    I have kept horses in at night in summer and usually find during this time they require shoeing more frequently anyway whether they were in or out than in winter and manage that perfectly well by arranging to have the farrier every 4-5 weeks instead of 5-6 weeks, to my mind it has more to do...
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    Farrier issues...

    What about horses that are out 24/7 in the summer, mine eat, rest, mooch around they are not constantly eating and it is obvious that they do lie down overnight, looked out earlier 3 were stood resting thinking about having another lie down. I would rather they went out overnight in summer, if...
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    Feeling deflated

    So do I, I would also add that if not physical it will probably be lack of any real education and possibly a lack of confidence in the mix as well, most can go up a gear or two given the right work, getting the fitness levels up and finding something that they really enjoy doing so life is fun...
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    Therapy Centre

    It sounds interesting and just what I wanted when rehabbing one of mine with a SI injury but I am not sure I would have used it because of the cost and commitment involved to use it enough to be of any real benefit unless the horse was also at livery for a while, mine did something twice a day...
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    ROR showing individual ridden show ideas?

    Don't try to include anything 'different' keep your show simple, if trot is better than canter or the other way around then do a show with a little more of the best pace and get the transitions as crisp as possible, aim for a short polished show that shows your horse to his best and work on...
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    Assumptions...

    Licking and chewing is interesting, last week I went to a client to get her mare loading, during the hour it took she at times licked, chewed and showed she was genuinely stressed by what we wanted, luckily her owner also saw it as a sign of a stressed worried horse, she was surprised to learn...
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    Assumptions...

    I want a horse to work with me, on the ground as well as ridden, most of the groundwork we see in the demos/ videos is more based on complete subservience and in some going as far as learned helplessness rather than the horse doing something because it wants to, has self confidence and genuine...
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    Have I bought the wrong saddle!?

    Unless I am interpreting your post wrongly the horse is still on his 2 week break to give the sore area a chance to recover so at this stage there is no reason to panic about the new saddle being wrong, the old one will have started the issue and it is likely that the saddle fitting session...
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    Suspected Strangles

    I have no idea how accurate the tests are views seem to differ on the results, the only time I had strangles on my yard, many years ago before testing was available, it presented in the first horse as a flu like virus with a high temp, snotty nose and cough with no real swelling of the glands...
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    Purchasing Grazing Land

    I think it will depend on the area, in many parts of the uk farmers will not sell land for almost any price so I would not rely on a purchase going through even if they seem willing to consider it. I would not search for equestrian properties as they tend to have more than just the land and you...
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    Feeling Inadequate

    It sounds as if you are expecting her to fall into line, accept a new routine, put up with having sore feet and get nothing in return as a reward, mares are sensitive, they usually take time to settle in and tend to work with you better with praise and rewards than constant corrections, listen...
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    Summer loan?

    I agree with LW the person that could or would do a good job with your pony will not be the one that turns up, most capable riders will have their own horses/ yard and even with you paying the outgoings will be unlikely to take him on for the fun of it unless you are extremely lucky. I would...
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    Pony with suspected EMS... any advice/tips?

    Apart from the helpful advice already given my thoughts are that I would a) be getting extremely fed up waiting so long for the vet to attend what is an ongoing issue and if he did not come out the next time within a couple of days I would be changing vets, I know they can be very busy but he...
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    Too much haylage?

    I have fed haylage to mine for years and never had any issues with their kidneys, or anything else, the dunking could be due to the move, placing the water containers in a different position that makes it any easy option rather than new behaviour as such, you will be far more aware of what they...
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