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  1. Starting afresh - what a wonderful opportunity! ...

    Starting afresh - what a wonderful opportunity! Best wishes to all three :)
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    A friend convinced me to go to a 3-day beginners...

    A friend convinced me to go to a 3-day beginners western clinic to keep her company. She had a young 16hh of mixed breed, and I had my 14.3 arabian gelding 13yo.
    So we do the first session, and...
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    I have a short-backed horse which was very...

    I have a short-backed horse which was very difficult to fit until I found a saddle with a tree that flared in front to allow free movement of the shoulders. It’s an ‘arabian tree.
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    I would be most concerned for the rider’s safety....

    I would be most concerned for the rider’s safety. Sending the horse off for someone else to fix, may not work for her.

    Recently we had a rather stunning paint 16.2 and full of himself, and his...
  5. If you are still sitting on your horse securely...

    If you are still sitting on your horse securely without stirrups perhaps your saddle doesn’t fit YOU? It may be too small for you. We all worry so much about the horse being comfortable, but don’t...
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    Why don’t you buy a decent quality weatherproof...

    Why don’t you buy a decent quality weatherproof rug? I have had Shires 2000dn 300gm lined for 6 years. They are still waterproof, but the padding is wearing thin, lol.

    You can’t make a light...
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    You haven’t mentioned diet, which is usually the...

    You haven’t mentioned diet, which is usually the precipitating cause of laminitis.
    What is his BCS? Is he overweight? Has he got a hard cresty neck? Is he getting enough movement during the 24...
  8. My arab mare is distant but polite with others. ...

    My arab mare is distant but polite with others. She always knows exactly where I am, and is very oriented to my voice. She is very expressive with her eyes and ears.

    She likes her dentist (no...
  9. I personally believe that you’ll know your new...

    I personally believe that you’ll know your new horse better if you hack out for a few weeks as others have suggested. You can do a lot of training riding along a straight line, with the occasional...
  10. OP could get alarms which are triggered by...

    OP could get alarms which are triggered by movement but they can be triggered by other animals.
    I think motion activated lights would be more effective - you can have them at ground level and at...
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    I've got arabs, and they quite often do this. I...

    I've got arabs, and they quite often do this. I simply let them stand and stare and assess the situation. I wait until I sense the relaxation - might be as subtle as a slight twitch of the ear, or...
  12. Or, you could take a look at the dozens of hoof...

    Or, you could take a look at the dozens of hoof trimming videos on youtube, and learn to do a basic trim yourself - at the very least you will be able to look at a hoof with a critical eye.
    Another...
  13. Get a Masterson Method treatment. A good...

    Get a Masterson Method treatment. A good practitioner will identify trouble spots, release remembered tension, and relax the horse's mind.
    Some things are not necessarily physical -
  14. When I came back to horse riding after 40 years I...

    When I came back to horse riding after 40 years I went to a parelli intro clinic to get back into the groove. I found it was pretty much what I had always done and had no problems with it. At...
  15. " . . . In a serious freak out, a horse will...

    " . . . In a serious freak out, a horse will rip out of my hands faster than it will unseat me. "

    See, I have a problem right there. I hear that you have not established ground work/manners...
  16. What a great project, lots of lovely land and a...

    What a great project, lots of lovely land and a small house that won't use too much of it. My dream.

    Best wishes and congratulations. Do keep us up to date with progress :)
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    Check for micro shocks - make sure that the...

    Check for micro shocks - make sure that the trailer is earthed.
  18. Western saddles can be tricky. If you try one,...

    Western saddles can be tricky. If you try one, make sure it is shaped for the female pelvis, as the men's ones are wide in the twist and can be quite uncomfortable for women.
    If you like the...
  19. http://horsetalk.co.nz/2014/06/24/endurance-contro...

    http://horsetalk.co.nz/2014/06/24/endurance-controversy-breakneck-speed/

    The horse you mention was eliminated by lameness after the first loop of the ride. It completed the 160k Quilty Cup in...
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    Be sure to get out often, don't let this one ride...

    Be sure to get out often, don't let this one ride become a landmark in your riding career!
    The more you do it, the more enjoyment you'll have, you and your horse will become a team as you become...
  21. Have you read this? ...

    Have you read this?

    http://horsetalk.co.nz/2014/06/24/endurance-controversy-breakneck-speed/

    Depressing.

    But hey! there's a job going at FEI:
    ...
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    you can get Endomondo for your phone. Uses gps. ...

    you can get Endomondo for your phone. Uses gps. It's handy for measuring distance/time when out on your rides. The free version gives you a voice update on your distance and speed every mile, so...
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    Poor unsocialised horses! If you're going to...

    Poor unsocialised horses! If you're going to turn them out, at least have enough room for them to get away from the bossy ones - at least 5 acres for
    5. I have found that they sort out the...
  24. reubenT: those people don't ENJOY winning. ...

    reubenT:
    those people don't ENJOY winning. They WIN. Any way they can.

    I was at a ride which had gates. A rider rang in to say she couldn't open a gate, which she had seen a rider go through...
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    Appetites increase at the change of seasons, so...

    Appetites increase at the change of seasons, so give green forage and/or hay, as much as they will eat. It takes about a week to fill the hind gut, and I feed out free hay (they're on grass as well)...
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