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post #2071 of 3149 Old 09-16-2012, 11:04 PM
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Hi all, just got back from Melbourne and have thoroughly made up my mind about moving down there. Would have loved a few more days with the bf but sadly wasn't possible. Have people coming to see Brock this week, should be interesting. I've tried as best I could to give them fair warning about his quirks lol.

Have you moved into your house yet, Saskia? Or still shifting stuff? (I'm so glad I have practically nothing to pack for moving down, although I will need to freight my bookshelf and books because I just can't live without them.)

That LG bridle sounds awesome, Saranda! Would love to try one out on Star. I'd think having the soft/harsh options both available would be nice - I wouldn't use a straight hackamore if I was looking for contact though. Does she lean on your hands or pull? If she leans it might be a balance issue - there's heaps of threads in the Training section on how to remedy that (mainly in relation to OTTBs but the principles still apply).
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post #2072 of 3149 Old 09-17-2012, 12:06 AM
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Seems everyone is moving lately! :) long distance relationships are very hard doom I bet you can't wait to move! :) and good luck with Brock too this weekend!

Im moving in to my parents farm November! Can't wait!!!!

I went and saw the horse rescue group at lunchtime and am so excited to start voluteering, plus ill be taking on a few horses for her as ill have 100 acres to use. ALSO I didnt realise thus but she was the lady we gave my gelding too, so he was still there looking beautiful and going strong. Incase I never told any one, I had a few spot appy called kurts and when my parents moved away I had to behind him as I couldnt afford him on my own. I gave him away for free but only to the right home with the money to spend, as he was very prone to founder and had atheritis. So that's where he went and Im so excited to be seeing him again! :)
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post #2073 of 3149 Old 09-17-2012, 12:33 AM
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So,I've found a part-time job that hopefully will work out! It's with a landscaping/yard maintenance company,so involves doing things that I have experience with and like doing,and it is the hours and days that work well for me,with my other work.The biggest issue will be whether my heart can handle the physical work. I've worked one day and didn't feel good at all by the end,but I'm hoping it will get better once I get used to it. Oh,to be healthy again..
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post #2074 of 3149 Old 09-17-2012, 01:01 AM
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post #2075 of 3149 Old 09-17-2012, 01:05 AM
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Wow nyx that's a crazy coincidence! So glad he's still doing well! Has your boyfriend accepted your decision to move?

Yeah, long distance is so hard, it will be so good to finally spend time together. We spent Saturday looking for houses, which was pretty exciting!

Great news about the job, countryryder. I have heart problems and was ill for about a year, it was so hard to get anything done. Best thing I can suggest is cutting out all alcohol and caffeine, eat plenty of fish and vegetables and drink lots of water. Also try to build up your efforts rather than going full steam from day one if possible. We don't really appreciate our health til we lose it - I remember how excited I was to be able to walk back from the bus stop without having to stop every few metres.
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post #2076 of 3149 Old 09-17-2012, 03:47 AM
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Wow everyone is moving!

The farm is up near Port Macquarie, isn't it Nyx?

Melbourne... that is a huge move. Is it permanent?

I've moved mostly everything. I'm happy to be out of there. But I didn't have a bed but my grandparents had an old one in their shed so they said I could have it. Bought it home, sanded it back, painted it, moved it, put it together, my mother sat on it and it half collapsed...so guess who is sleeping on the floor?

But new place is good
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Thanks for the input, Evil! He has a tendency to lean against pressure and keep his neck rather stiff. We're working on his balance and flexing, of course, and lots of hill work and cavaletti to encourage him to use his hind legs more, but it seemed that the way a sidepull gives pressure, it was actually encouraging him to keep his head high and neck stiff. Let's see how it goes with the LG, it might help me give him clearer cues.

Speaking of hackamores, I found this fantastic tack site yesterday and am thinking of purchasing one of their hackamores - the Academic one or the Center hackamore, which is just like an LG, just without the shanks - Markus Holst Tack Shop - Riding equipment - Bitless

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post #2078 of 3149 Old 09-17-2012, 04:37 AM
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Yeh the boyfriend is all for it! Plus it has a pool! >:] oh and nope this one is here in orange where nyx is currently kept. :)

Haha! That's funny about your bed after all that effort. But at the same time it really sucks! I hope you find something soon, at least ya got your matress. :)

Saranda what do you think the pros and cons are of riding bitless?
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Yeah, the story about the bed made me giggle. :)

My pros for riding bitless are using a pressure for riding that is mentally more acceptable for me than using a bit, easy maintenance and also my horse prefers bitless, and many horses I know are more calmer and respond as lightly as bitted horses. Cons - it seems that some things take longer to teach without a bit, for example, flexing at poll or maintaining a steady, soft contact, but I might be wrong and generally I think that these things can be taught without mechanical pressure at all. Also, many people misuse bitless bridles horribly, just because they think those are oh-so-softer and kinder to the horse. Well, they're not, if used with hard hands... Oh, and bitless bridles are good for novices to start riding in, because there is no chance to lean on a horses' mouth.

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Im thinking about riding nyx in a bitless/hackamore. But also break her to the bridle aswell, not totally sure yet! She is almost used to having a bit in her mouth now.
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