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  1. Keith_Beef

    A horse's anticipation and fear of pain, and getting him to work through it by reassurance.

    For the lesson this Sunday just gone, I was a given my usual horse, a tallish gelding (seventeen hands or so) with very high withers. I've noticed before that he is reluctant to let me put the saddle on him, but he takes the bit into his mouth really easily, he almost puts the bridle on for...
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    Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning: how to name a cat

    Enough over-hyped buzzwords in the thread title? I didn't include Neural Network, because it's in the title of the article. https://aiweirdness.com/post/185339301987/once-again-a-neural-net-tries-to-name-cats
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    Got a bitch on Monday night...

    I went out onto the street to make sure the bin was in a place where the bin men would be able to get to it (i.e. not blocked by some inconsiderate twat parking his car over the dropped kerb), and I saw a greyish whitish husky type dog walking towards me. So I crouched down, clapped gently and...
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    Short notice of an organized event, and a funny flyer about it...

    This morning, I saw an email sent out at 22h36 yesterday about an event being organized at the Ch√Ęteau de Chambord, in the Loire valley. This is one of the best known and best preserved of the cream-pie "castles" of the French renaissance, and to celebrate its 500th year, the FFE wants to get...
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    Yellow lead?

    Just saw this on a relative's FaceAche page: I'd no idea that this was a well-known signal (like white stick for blind people, white wtick with red bands for deaf and blind people). I've seen a few of these, and thought that they were just high-visibility leads. How long has "YELLOW LEAD...
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    Unplanned pregnancy...

    My daughter has a friend who has two miniature horses, a mare and a gelding; when she and her father go away on holiday, the two horses go back to the farm where they were bred, and are kept together in a field. Unfortunately, on their last trip to the farm a stallion in a neighbouring field...
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    Chomping the bit

    On Sunday morning, I rode a particular horse for the first time. This gelding has been at the yard for a while, maybe six months, but for some reason or another he's never been allocated to me for a lesson. I went into his stable to tack him up: well mannered, stood still for brushing, lifted...
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    Head shapes and helmets, is this a stupid question?

    So, I've been meaning to get myself a better helmet than the one I bought from Decathlon back in about 2012. I've read on here that there are basically two head shapes, when it comes to helmets: round and oval. But what does "oval" mean?
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    EQUIRANDO!!

    w00t! I got an email last week, a woman I know is getting together a group to attend Equirando, a big meet-up organized every two years. She's getting together a group of eight people, plus herself, to take a three day ride before the meet-up where there will be a variety of activities (working...
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    First lesson of the year, first falls of the year...

    I was at my regular lesson on Sunday, for the first time in a couple of months. For a variety of reasons, including Christmas break, when the centre shuts down for two weeks I've not been able to get to lessons. The only time I've been on a horse since early November was an hour riding through...
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    Master Saddler in Sheffield

    I've been back in Sheffield since 10 November. One night, having a bit of a wander around my old stomping ground, I noticed a saddler's shop on Middlewood Road, a little bit further on than the bowling greens in Hillsborough Park, so I made a point of going back a few days later, in the daytime...
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    Listening to the radio: Grenoside Equestrian Centre on Radio Sheffield

    I didn't know of this place before; the presenter, Rob House, is talking to the woman who took it over after working there for a number of years, when the previous owners retired. You should be able to get it on catch-up on the station's corner of the BBC web site.
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    Equine Law introduction

    While looking around the intarwebs, I stumbled upon an interesting document that'a a kind of a summary of English Law relating to all things Equine. It deals with contracts (selling and buying horses), grazing and field upkeep, liability, rights of way, businesses (local authorities, taxes...
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    Question about leather-soled boots

    I have two pairs of leather-soled boots; a pair by Soubirac, I think the Vienne model. More recently I got a pair of bucket-top boots. I don't wear the Soubirac boots very often, because although I can pull them on by myself, I have a great deal of trouble taking them off again. When...
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    Advice sought turning a bit of my garage into a mini tack room

    As in the title, I've been using a bit of the garage to store various bits of riding kit for a while, and need to get it more organised. I've got three Elfa Wallbands securely screwed to the CMU (commonly known as breezeblock or cinderblock) wall. Two of these have shelf brackets, on which...
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    The Mysterious Absence of Stables at Roman Cavalry Forts

    This is something at English Heritage that I stumbled across today. Well worth a read. The Mysterious Absence of Stables at Roman Cavalry Forts
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    How can you keep white jodhpurs white?

    Everything is in the title, really. I have a pair that I bought white, and they stayed white for a full twelve seconds after I put them on. I don't compete, yet, so it's not really a problem that they are a bit grubby here and there; I weat them when the sun is really strong, because they are...
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    Hunt sandwich case design considerations

    So, continuing on from a thread I started quite a while ago, I'm thinking more about the design of this case. My idea is to make it in such a way that it can be attached either off-side or near-side, either in front or behind the rider, and also be used when walking, either attached to a...
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    2018 Maisons-Lafftte Bicentenary

    In 1818 Jacques Laffitte bought, for the sum of , the property of Maisons-sur-Seine. He split the land into plots and had roads laid out, and this became the half of the town now known as "The Park" ("le Parc"). The town was officially renamed Maisons-Lafftitte in his honour in 1882. To mark...
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    Appleby Horse Fare: any opinions?

    I went up to Appleby for the Horse Fare in, I think, 1988, and wondered what it's like these days, 2016, 2017. Anybody care to give an opinion on what it's like, either as just a day out or as a place to buy a horse, or to meet up with breeders with a view to future purchases?
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    Hunt sandwich cases: how do you attach these?

    I've got another leatherworking project idea, a sandwich case. Looking at these things on web shops, I get the impression that they must be in left-hand and right-hand versions, that they attach to a D on the saddle and then the loop goes around the billets, is that right? I've been...
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    That wonderful moment...

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    Hump day Good Morning

    Good Morning, all It started snowing over here, yesterday, at about 10h00; just a few tiny little flakes at first, then they became more numerous and a bit bigger. The snowfall continued through the day and overnight, so now there's a nice blanket of the white stuff, at a guess about two...
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    Best helmet cam in Q1 2018

    I've been looking at getting a helmet cam, and found this old thread from 2015. A couple of years later, new products on the market, can anybody recommend something small, good resolution, frame rate and field of vision, that accepts a high-capacity SDXC card and is weatherproof (I'm not...
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    What kind of bridle is this?

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    Carrying a saddle around...

    While posting a reply in this thread about making a halter, I thought about how I will carry my saddle when I start using it regularly. My house is within easy walking distance of the riding centre, and I don't like the idea of leaving my own tack up there, so I have been thinking of how to...
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    Headcollar, halter, names and patterns

    I grew up calling this thing a "halter" rather than a "headcollar"; dictionaries tell me that "halter" is more an American term, though I've come across the term "Yorkshire halter", too, so maybe "halter" is originally the Yorkshire term for it that travelled across the pond.... Well, I've...
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    Tool for clearing low branches or brush when trail riding

    Here are a three instances of when going out on a trail ride has met with an overgrown trail and the horse or rider not being willing or able to push through. First was on a two hour trail ride about three years ago, with the senior instructor (who I suspect retired in 2017; I've not seen her...
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    Thoughts about horses who won't lift hoof for cleaning [LONG]

    I have a theory, and wonder if there is anything in it. Or maybe I've misunderstood the behaviour of a some of the horses I've ridden these last four years. The problem is with getting a horse to lift its hoof for cleaning. I've noticed this with a few, but I'll take two particular horses...
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