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  • woah i only found this thread too xD
    Since my parents have always owned horses i've grown up around them,
    I used to always be out riding and doing various competitions..
    used to have my own Appaloosa mare called May, sadly i lost interest and she was sold.
    Would love to get back into it again though

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    • i use to ride horses >< when i was younger before my grandparents sold up the farm . damn i miss it .


      and my old job rocked delivering animal feeds to horsie people etc . alot of the chicks + older wommen are hot hot hot lol

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      • Originally posted by SilentSpring View Post
        I'd say lots of walking to begin with Hacking, if you can-- you can add in short intervals of trot, and then increase the length of your trotting over time to help get her back into shape. When she's ready, introduce intervals of canter.

        I say this because I'd assume she's fairly out of shape after a year in the field, especially with a bit of added summer weight. I guess it all depends how fit she is! Obviously, take it slower if she's very out of shape, and you can go a bit faster if she's always been fit and athletic.

        I'm also not sure how difficult she is when you say 'hard to ride'...so of course this could play a part in what you're able to do with her

        Good luck!
        Thankyou
        I need need NEED to practice slowly, I end up rushing into things which I shouldn't do. What I meant by she is incredibly hard to ride is she is hard to control and keep at a steady pace, basically she does what she wants.

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        • If she is really forward and strong, I recommend alot of lateral work in walk, which would also be useful if she's not as fit as she was.
          I know you'll know this, and I don't mean to sound patronising or anything, but with forward horses, it's really good to always ask for bend and ask them to do lots so they listen and keep them occupied so they don't just run out.
          And there's always half haults.
          Also, does she go more forward when you pull on the reins? If so give her a bit more rein (obviously not too much) and sit deep when she goes off on one.
          Sorry again if you've tried all of that, but I just thought I'd say
          How tall is she?

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          • Aw all your horses are gorgeous! i want one :-[ only i dont have the right terrain to own one (N)

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            • Originally posted by milney View Post
              If she is really forward and strong, I recommend alot of lateral work in walk, which would also be useful if she's not as fit as she was.
              I know you'll know this, and I don't mean to sound patronising or anything, but with forward horses, it's really good to always ask for bend and ask them to do lots so they listen and keep them occupied so they don't just run out.
              And there's always half haults.
              Also, does she go more forward when you pull on the reins? If so give her a bit more rein (obviously not too much) and sit deep when she goes off on one.
              Sorry again if you've tried all of that, but I just thought I'd say
              How tall is she?
              Thanks Milney, I have tried a lot of that but it's just persevering which is the hard part hehe, she's 14.2 ish

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              • Originally posted by Neurocancer View Post
                Thanks Milney, I have tried a lot of that but it's just persevering which is the hard part hehe, she's 14.2 ish
                No probs, I understand how frustrating it is. 14.2 is a lovely size. If I lived near you, I'd ask for a shot!
                Good luck with her though, all the hard work will pay off I'm sure.

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                • I want a horsey!

                  I used to ride but after moving to Bristol for uni it proved too expensive since my earnt money was going on actual real stuff rather than just me...boo...Should be able to start again when I'm earning again and have finished uni. I used to do dressage rather than jumping or cross country...my proudest moment is standing on my head on the back of a horse. My favourite horses to ride are probably cobs, they're so big that they force my leg muscles into being more springy etc but because I'm so tall and large built I can still control them quite well and they're quite docile normally but have a lot of power behind them. When I start up again I probably want to do cross country.

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                  • I used to be phobic of horses but overcome my fear when my best friend got a horse.

                    She was loaning a gorrrgeous dark bay welsh cob who was about 14.3hh and I fell in love with him! Plucked up the courage to ride, was led for a while but finally walked alone, he was very fresh one day and had a little bronc around so I lost a lot of confidence. I managed to get back on him and trot a little bit whilst on a lunge line.
                    He went back to his owner sadly, but I did ride again! A little grey gelding who was an angry old man.

                    I'd ride again. Maybe....

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                    • I finally got on a horse yesterday (two years after my accident), and I'm going to start competing dressage

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                      • Originally posted by imanindividual-justlikeu View Post
                        yeah mucking out is a nightmare in the winter...my last 2 stayed indoors all year round but winter still seemed worse!
                        At the yard i worked at at one point we had 22 stabled horses and had me and one other girl to do the stable work-it was exhausting! I never even got paid to do it!!! The things we do when we are 12 eh?!
                        Sadly also the things I do when I'm 24...lol.

                        Well I run my own horse sitting business, I have one regular client who I do daily, the rest I do when they're away on holiday.

                        Currently I muck out about 10 horses a day. 6 of those are absolutely stunning dressage horses and I love them to bits. The same woman actually owns 13 altogether but thank god some of them live out all year round!

                        I also own a lovely Welsh Sec D called Tegoz Marianos, Major to his friends. He's pure bred and 18 yrs old now. I've had him since 2002. He came from a riding school I worked at where he'd been sent as a part exchange for another horse. He was in the school for 3 years and was trouble personified. He'd tank off when being led, hated being caught, bucked and cat leaped people off nearly daily and was generally dangerous.

                        I could see he just wasn't happy there and so when I heard he was going to the meat man on the next lorry I bought him.

                        Everyone said he'd always be too dangerous to ride outside, I'd never be able to handle him etc etc.

                        Now 7 years on we compete regularly, have done XC, endurance, showjumping and dressage and have won (at local level) in all of them.

                        Sorry for the essay, I'm just very proud of my baby





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                        • I run barrels pretty competively.

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                          • I event on my horse. Plus a bit of SJ and Dressage

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                            • Originally posted by Tegoz_Marianos View Post
                              This photo is hilarious! Horses have such mental teeth

                              I don't ride or anything (would if I had the time and could afford it) although I'm currently doing a bit of work experience at stables just had to tell you your horse is ace

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                              • Originally posted by IckleNatStar View Post
                                This photo is hilarious! Horses have such mental teeth

                                I don't ride or anything (would if I had the time and could afford it) although I'm currently doing a bit of work experience at stables just had to tell you your horse is ace
                                LOL thanks, I was actually trying to get one of him drinking because he does this cute thing where his ears wiggle everytime he swallows but just as I turned on the camera he did that enormous yawn and I somehow caught him!

                                He's a very lovely boy nowadays, was a bit of a thug for a long time but he's wised up in his teens!

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