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1. Aciclovir for treating sarcoids
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..."managed" them using initially Thuja cream and then with some success, Crest Toothpaste. They didn't grow but at the same time they didn't shrink too much. Since starting treatment with...
Thursday, 17 November 2011

2. Negative Re-inforcement
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...losed whilst asking for a change of direction is negative re-inforcement. Smacking the horse because it didn't do as you asked is punishment. Please be aware of the difference between negative r...
Sunday, 14 November 2010

3. Back to Basics
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... We carried on and was passing a field where the gate was open. He then took it into his head that he didn't want to carry on but definately wanted to get into the field. It didn't matter that his m...
Sunday, 25 April 2010

4. Pony Power Rocks!
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...f snow this morning. I had to deliver something up to a neighbour in the village about 2 miles away but didn't think it would be too safe in the car. So I tacked up Polly, including Rhythm Beads...
Sunday, 20 December 2009

5. Partner in the Arena
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...cus on the direction I want to go in. She actually put one hind foot into a ditch on the last ride (she didn't go the whole way-thank goodness!) I have made tried to make her uncomfortable for g...
Saturday, 03 October 2009

6. Bute v Herbal Substitute
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...al box so I gave her a dose of that before putting her out for the night. She seemed OK with that and I didn't give her anymore on this occasion. She went down again with what appeared to be la...
Saturday, 08 August 2009

7. Fun with a Western Saddle
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...latigo, not leather so that may have been the problem The Cinch-Em Up was much easier to use and didn't appear to be cutting into Polly. This little gadget makes it easy to adjust the cinch whi...
Tuesday, 17 March 2009

8. Inconsiderate Motorists
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...ming up behind us at speed. As Magpie was being a little unpredictable, and the car coming up behind us didn't seem to be slowing, I decided to move out into the centre of the road. More so he could s...
Saturday, 28 February 2009

9. Solo Around the Block
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...o take Polly and Magpie out for a hack today but thought we would take Harley out beforehand so that he didn't get himself all wound up calling for mum while we were out. They all had a lovely ...
Saturday, 21 February 2009

10. Magpie Laid Down
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Today was freezing so I didn't spend too much time outside with the horses. Late this afternoon I decided I would go out to play with them for half an hour. Magpie was lying down when I went into the
Sunday, 01 February 2009

11. If a Horse Leads, It Will Load
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...be parked up off the road just in case it took some time to load Dennis and his mum, Chrissy. We didn't want to block the road to any passing traffic and be under pressure to load them quickly....
Sunday, 30 November 2008

12. Harley the Brave
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...to take baby steps!  All this time, Polly was bringing up the rear appx 50 yards but Harley didn't even seem to notice her. Last Saturday, my young friend, Annalice, and I took Harl...
Sunday, 23 November 2008

13. Baby's Story
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...dnt see the horses I had come to know over the winter being shot for no apparent reason other than they didnt do well wintering out on very wet land and failing to get in foal. I started sendin...
Wednesday, 19 November 2008

14. Competition Horses
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...ld my neighbour that this was a load of rubbish. Why does a horse have to be 'agressive' to compete? He didn't know but the comment obviously bothered him or he wouldn't have mentioned it. I texted a...
Tuesday, 19 August 2008

15. Ready to Ride Results
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...ite. Once she had confidence in me as a handler I managed the through a white rope all over her and she didn't flinch one bit. I wrapped it around her legs , threw it over her back, no problem whatsoe...
Sunday, 03 August 2008

16. Make The Right Thing Easy
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...e were going home. That wasn't the plan. We wanted to go further down the road, so another episode. We didn't turn the corner to go home but as we approached we done a lovley side step manouver aroun...
Sunday, 27 July 2008

17. Polly the Plough Horse
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...itless and tied a heavy pallet to the roller bar. She was obviously concerned by what we were doing but didn't walk off or anything. Annalice asked her to walk on and she did although initially...
Thursday, 24 July 2008

18. Right Brain Left Brain
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...e because when he was younger if we left him he would  jump the fence or the gate to follow us. I didn't want him to hurt himself so I would put him in his stable for his own safety. I even had ...
Wednesday, 23 July 2008

19. Equine Open Day
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... this horrible wet climate we live in given the needs of a thoroughbred horse. The other chap, I didn't think was too bad. He was a nine month old, chunky bay horse. Joe explained that he was p...
Wednesday, 23 July 2008

20. Walking Harley
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... his mum's Bitless bridle on instead of his rope halter this morning. Only because I was being lazy and didn't want to walk all the way back to the house to get his halter. Harley is always so eage...
Thursday, 26 June 2008

21. Practising Bareback
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...fferent than doing it with a saddle on. It certainly was. Polly was so much more responsive and I didn't feel that I had to pull her around in the circle. On the backing I just took a soft hold ...
Thursday, 26 June 2008

22. Eventful Day Out
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... would freak me out and I would have thought before now it would have also freaked my horses out but it didn't. I think because I am an oldie and had the two younger girls with me my protective instin...
Monday, 23 June 2008

23. Its not about the Trailer
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... a field without ditches the next day.  We went off on holiday for 2 weeks on 26th May so I didn't see them for a couple of weeks. Whilst we were away on holiday my neighbour had to bring...
Monday, 23 June 2008

24. Polly knows the Games
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...nywhere. I only discovered this last week when I wanted to bring her into the yard from the arena and I didn't have a rope with me. I unconciously placed my hand on her mane and started to walk and sh...
Monday, 23 June 2008

25. Squeeze Game - Harley
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...). Harley is always first at the gate and this morning was no different. We left the field and he didn't seem at all worried even though Magpie and Polly were kicking up a fuss. He didn't look o...
Sunday, 22 June 2008

26. Magpie in Bare boots
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...ike a dressage horse!! She was so light on her feet and was lifting her front feet beautifully. I didn't experience the same difficulty putting the boots on Magpie that I seemed to experience pu...
Sunday, 13 April 2008

27. Parelli 2008 UK
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... responses asked for with a pinch of salt you will really enjoy the weekend. We wouldn't be there is we didn't love horses so I don't think all this 'raise your hand' kind of responses is all that nec...
Wednesday, 02 April 2008

28. Polly is Home
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... to buy. Well it all came to a head last Saturday. I asked if I could buy Polly back as the lady didn't have time to ride her. She said yes but it would cost 3,000 EURO!!! I made it clear that ...
Wednesday, 26 March 2008

29. Torsion Endurance Saddle
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... have only been riding since 2000. Wonderful comfortable saddle for me and the horse but it just didn't suit me or the way I ride. I am now using my old Wintec GP on Magpie and a Bates s...
Friday, 25 January 2008

30. About Me
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... went back to the people who sold him to me in March 2008. He frightened me when we were out riding, I didn't feel we were getting any further ahead and I had no confidence when out riding him. I bo...
Monday, 21 January 2008

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