Recent content by alex2

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    Livery near Bideford, North Devon?

    Hi, moving to Bideford, can anyone recommend a livery yard nearby? I need stables and turnout for 2 horses, must be sensible driving distance.
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    running out of hay

    I am running out of hay, does anyone know of hay or haylage for sale within sensible distance of Uckfield, East Sussex?
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    Youngster walking at 2beat gait? Any ideas?

    Well I have a TB x Shire that paced as a youngster, he is also a shiverer. He is now 19 years old, he has hunted, RC evented, competed at level 3 TREC. He still paces occasionally, tending to roll downhill. However I keep him fit and he loves working. So don't worry too much, I am sure you...
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    Hickstead - taking a lorry but no horse

    There is some parking the other side of the main car parks for lorries and trailers. I've parked there in the past, however to get in there I think you would need to arrive really early and drive in the car entrance. As someone has already said you definitely can't get into the horsebox park...
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    TREC , great to see TREC in horse & hound magazine

    I agree, TREC needs all the support it can get at the moment as it moves from BHS to TREC GB. The article gives a good description and hopefully will encourage riders to have a go. I combine TREC and hunting which works perfectly as the hunting season is starting when TREC is finishing!
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    Riding a newly backed youngster alone

    There is so much you can do without having to ride. Leading the horse can be equally as rewarding. My 3 year was seeing the mounting block as a very scary place so every time she comes in I line her up and brush her from the mounting block so now it is no longer scary. Try a bit of in-hand work...
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    Rope Halters - fitting?!

    You slide the fittings to ensure that when you pull on the lead rope it is tightening and loosening under the jaw. It have often seen rope halters adjusted to tighten over the head, this would be incorrect. PM me if you want more help as I use them all the time, really useful as no buckles to do...
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    Badminton 1st timers - top tips & helpful hints needed

    Every day the starting list for the day is available at the secretaries tent, i.e. dressage start times, xc start times, sj start times. Very useful to keep up with who is going when.
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    Defender/Ifor or 3.5t

    The Land Rover Defender is the best tow car there is, it tows my IW 510 with a 17:3hh hunter, I don't know it is towing. However I reckon it is also the most uncormfortable car there is. They are noisy, cold in winter, shake you to bits driving however I've had a defender now for about 10 years...
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    Saddle bag recommendations (JFTD - might be useful to you too)

    Raddery Equine sell a good pommel bag, holds bottle on one side, big pocket on the other, plastic cover over the wither that can hold notes like pace counts etc, all of this sits on a specially shaped poly pad so comfy for horse.
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    Deep litter beds (again...sorry!)

    I have a very wet horse, found wood pellets eventually became like a peat bog! I have recently switched to Miscanthus (Easypack) and with deep litter this is working and staying reasonably dry over a week, so one bale a week once started.
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    Saddlers in east sussex

    Dragonfly Saddlery, Burgess Hill have been very helpful to me in the past. They will visit and bring saddles for you to try. There is also Sian Saddlery, near Uckfield where they have a big selection of saddles, and Penfolds near Haywards Heath. All are reputable.
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    I find wellies last me on average 3 months irrespective of make as I wear them roughly 3 to 4 hours a day. Now I buy Dunlop wellies for £10 and super thick trainer insoles for £5, this gives you warm feet at a very reasonable cost. Once they start leaking throw them away and buy another £10...
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    Not all Pellets are the same! Wet comparison (pics)

    Please PM the premium pellet bed you are using, thanks,
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    Hunting jacket *wanted* size 36 & 38

    My Moss Bross hunt jacket is now on ebay, put in id 150921380777.