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  1. I have very basic piles, and the local gardeners...

    I have very basic piles, and the local gardeners now know to come and help themselves. They watch and wait, lol.
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    For curiosity’s sake you could look at the...

    For curiosity’s sake you could look at the Pandora endurance saddles. They are pretty cool -

    Pandora Performance Saddles | Facebook - lots of chat and pictures.
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    Remove divider. Get trailer checked for micro...

    Remove divider. Get trailer checked for micro shocks.
    Camera is a good idea.
    Get in trailer and rock the horse so that it has to move its HQ to balance, and spread its stance. Sometimes you have...
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    Hey Ginger - I’m lucky that I have good health...

    Hey Ginger - I’m lucky that I have good health and a mare that looks after me!
    Sure you and your pony will be tired at the end, but you'll be ok in a day or two. :)
    Do a few 15 milers and then...
  5. One thing you could do is get ourself a deep seat...

    One thing you could do is get ourself a deep seat saddle, so that when your horse scoots off you stay sitting down.
    Then you won’t react so much, will stay calm, and this will help him too. ...
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    Ginger - go for it! I did my first competitive...

    Ginger - go for it! I did my first competitive ride (25miles) at 69 on my young arab. As long as you take your time and finish within the allowed time and the vet says ok, you’re fine.
    I only...
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    If it’s anxiety separation ( and who would know?)...

    If it’s anxiety separation ( and who would know?) tie your horse where it can see you most of the time, or hear your voice when you are, say, changing inside the truck.
    Hitting and hobbles sound...
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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...
  9. 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...
  11. 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...
  13. 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...
  16. 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...
  20. 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. :)
  21. 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...
  22. 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...
  23. 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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