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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...
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    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. :)
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  11. 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...
  15. 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...
  18. 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...
  19. 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...
  20. 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...
  22. 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...
  23. 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 -
  24. 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...
  25. " . . . 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...
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