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    Cross post from Sport Horse Breeding Olympic...

    Cross post from Sport Horse Breeding

    Olympic Games Breeding break-down
    I have just finished an analysis of the breeding of the horses entered for Rio - you can find it here...
  2. You have a job, ride, presumably, for pleasure...

    You have a job, ride, presumably, for pleasure and employ so-called professionals to look after the horse. Doesn't sound like fun to me and the unprofessional mess doesn't sound like anything you...
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    Here in the UK a 'bib' martingale is often used...

    Here in the UK a 'bib' martingale is often used on young horses. Similar in function to a traditional running martingale, but with a solid central piece between the straps of the running martingale,...
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    This is a genuine question, not a snarky comment:...

    This is a genuine question, not a snarky comment: did you maintain the same rhythm and speed through the coffin (upright, ditch, upright) as I cannot tell by counting when watching it.
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    Possibly the first time I have ever been...

    Possibly the first time I have ever been attracted to Las Vegas! Obviously time for dinner.
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    add info

    There are direct flights from Dublin to Birmingham (and probably from other cities in Ireland but I haven't used them) and it takes about 1 - 1.5 hours by road from Birmingham to Burghley. Hire cars...
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    In the UK, sale of horses is covered under the...

    In the UK, sale of horses is covered under the usual consumer protection laws to prevent mis-selling, fraud, deception etc. Horses are simply 'goods' like any other goods sold. That is why the...
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    When people ask me why I don't have my own horse,...

    When people ask me why I don't have my own horse, I always reply "Out there are tens of thousands of horses waiting for me to ride them". So I will be hacking out on Friday to help a nervous rider...
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    As one official commented at a briefing "We can...

    As one official commented at a briefing "We can always get competitors; volunteers are far harder to find!" Wise man, that one.

    I have been a FJ for decades, from the lowest level up to the...
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    The stud where Freestyle was bred ...

    The stud where Freestyle was bred http://www.mountstjohnequestrian.co.uk/
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    I recently saw myself from behind riding in a...

    I recently saw myself from behind riding in a video and noticed that I do the same thing. I think it is the result of a weak/painful hip, for which I see a chiropractor regularly. The advice I was...
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    Well, so much of riding is in the mind. If you...

    Well, so much of riding is in the mind. If you are happy and confident, so is the horse... It sounds like your new trainer is right to say you are overthinking. It sounds like you are right to feel...
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    The breeder has lots of info...

    The breeder has lots of info http://www.woodlanderstud.com/stallions/

    and have an enjoyable time looking at the other horses too!
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    It might indicate a deeper problem with the saddle, or saddle fit, and the stirrup bar is too import to your own safety to ignore it.
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    And more than the testing course and the balance...

    And more than the testing course and the balance and stamina it requires, the horses have a long walk across the downs from the paddock to the start and that can be an additional test of temperament.
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    I think that whips are really personal things. I...

    I think that whips are really personal things. I always try a whip before I buy one, for what ever use, as the balance varies so much, even in the same style and size. However, I have really small...
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    Had a little welsh out on loan and he was sent...

    Had a little welsh out on loan and he was sent back after three months as 'unsuitable'. He stepped out of the trailer, went straight into his old stable and lay down and slept for hours! He was just...
  18. Oh yeah, don't forget that rhythm and suppleness...

    Oh yeah, don't forget that rhythm and suppleness come before contact on the scales of training.
  19. you don't say how old the horse is but most...

    you don't say how old the horse is but most benefit from spiraling in and out on a circle. Circles are hard work and so a young horse will find larger circles easier.
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    BE launches online platform

    British Eventing (BE) has just launched a brand new online platform, BETV www.britisheventing.com/tv which seems like a good idea...
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    Don't forget that the horse was cheap as he...

    Don't forget that the horse was cheap as he failed his stallion grading and was only licenced as a result of his performance.
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    . Sadly, we in the UK have far too many studbooks...

    . Sadly, we in the UK have far too many studbooks but the AES is one of the more successful in recruiting good animals, particularly showjumpers.
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    Interesting question. The Snell Foundation 2016...

    Interesting question. The Snell Foundation 2016 STANDARD FOR PROTECTIVE HEADGEAR (link below) gives specific details of safety tests applied to helmets. The manufacturers size their helmets according...
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    To the east of London is Epping Forrest (so...

    To the east of London is Epping Forrest (so considered Essex) which is a magical place to ride, accessible by tube and train. ...
  25. Iceland is a very expensive country!

    Iceland is a very expensive country!
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