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    Yes, carry a whip, or a stick. When the...

    Yes, carry a whip, or a stick. When the intruding horse comes up, fix your gaze on him, and then Raise your arm, holding the stick, upright. This will make you ‘bigger’ than him. Take a step...
  2. Brave decision. It’s the last decision we can...

    Brave decision. It’s the last decision we can make for our horses - to put them out of their misery.
    Well done, you!
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    Be very careful in your choice of stable if you...

    Be very careful in your choice of stable if you are an endurance rider, or ride as a ‘jockey’ for an endurance stable.
    I expect that there are good and bad trainers/stables in the dressage/jumping...
  4. Goodness - only 16 posts on what is arguably one...

    Goodness - only 16 posts on what is arguably one of the biggest animal welfare scandals in recent memory.
    The races in Group 7 which cause the most injuries are the CEN, which are run under National...
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    This may be the first step leading towards the...

    This may be the first step leading towards the FEI requiring CEN events being run under FEI rules, and that National federations shape up.
    Of course, the Bad Boys of Group 7 will simply run their...
  6. Ride in your regular saddle if it fits the horse....

    Ride in your regular saddle if it fits the horse. The horse will probably appreciate carrying a lighter weight!
    Western saddles come in as many variations as english, especially as to ‘rider’ fit....
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    I found the Masterson Method excellent. Got the...

    I found the Masterson Method excellent. Got the book and the video and highly recommend the techniques for relaxing horses and building trust between you.

    I have not had the opportunity to do a...
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    An old trick I was taught and always found to be...

    An old trick I was taught and always found to be very effective is to lead the horse on a 12ft lead with my hand about 3ft from the halter, and hold the remainder of the lead in the other hand. You...
  9. Years ago when I was a girl, ‘orange’ was the...

    Years ago when I was a girl, ‘orange’ was the colour of saddles.
    Back then that would have been called ‘Light Tan’ and anything darker was ‘Dark Tan”. Black didn’t exist in riding tack.
    You could...
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    I’m 78 and ride 14.1hh arab mare and her 14.2 hh...

    I’m 78 and ride 14.1hh arab mare and her 14.2 hh brother. She is enormous fun - we don’t compete in shows, but do competitive endurance and multiday trail rides which we both enjoy immensely.
    Only...
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    If you want to get involved with the local...

    If you want to get involved with the local eventers, how about building a cross country course?
    If you’ve got a few acres, you could easily construct some fences for the locals to use, and possibly...
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    LOL! My arabian gelding, the sanest, quietest...

    LOL! My arabian gelding, the sanest, quietest horse I’ve ever had, had hysterics when he saw his first donkey - and when it called out, shook all over, eyes on sticks, ran into the trailer for...
  13. I fold mine up against the fence in the paddock -...

    I fold mine up against the fence in the paddock - have done for years. Horses seem to be able to avoid it. :)
  14. Wow! What an interesting thread! I live in a...

    Wow! What an interesting thread!
    I live in a country where ALL guns are licensed, no-one can carry small arms in any form, hunting is licensed, seasons for some species are limited, and you’d...
  15. A good learning curve is to go for a ride in the...

    A good learning curve is to go for a ride in the trailer yourself. You are not allowed to hold on to anything for stability. You must balance on your legs, or lean against the sides.
    You will...
  16. Sounds like the ideal solution, and if there is...

    Sounds like the ideal solution, and if there is a 3rd horse for Idiot to see when Non-Idiot goes out, that might work too!
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    If you scrape soap under your nails before you go...

    If you scrape soap under your nails before you go out, it will stop dirt getting under them, and you won’t have to look for the soap when you want to wash your hands.

    Old gardeners trick, lol.
    ...
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    Best troughs are made of concrete with...

    Best troughs are made of concrete with underground plumbing.
    I also liberated a set of concrete washing tubs from a house demolition, and they were perfect! I set one tub on each side of the fence...
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    I’m impressed with the fortitude you guys have to...

    I’m impressed with the fortitude you guys have to summon up in order to keep your horses!
    Let me tell you about winter where I live: free draining volcanic plateau, 20 acres divided into 3 paddocks...
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    Lol, mares! I have a little mare who loves to...

    Lol, mares! I have a little mare who loves to lead. She also wants to catch up with any horse she sees in front.
    She’s competitive! I prefer to ride an endurance event alone.
    She will veer...
  21. 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...
  25. 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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