Recent content by lucy_108

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    Unsustainable, elitist sport... how have we made it here?

    In our area, UA are either the same price give or take (as they are usually run at BE venues) or the ground/course isn't ideal as it doesn't have the same maintenance as a BE course (understandably). I certainly enter UA where I can!
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    Unsustainable, elitist sport... how have we made it here?

    I'm in no way shape or form underplaying the fact that I am in a very privileged position - people are very quick to jump on the ''be grateful for what you have'' bandwagon - I absolutely am. I'm actually referring to our sport becoming EVEN MORE elitist than it was before, to the point where it...
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    Unsustainable, elitist sport... how have we made it here?

    I was reading the latest statements from local BE centres and from BE themselves about the situation with abandonment insurance, and it got me thinking. I'm studying at uni whilst trying to hold down a job to pay for my horses, something I don't at all resent as it is a choice and I love it...
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    Have you ever disliked a horse based purely on 'vibes' when it wasn't doing anything actually wrong (or not worse than a horse you do like)?

    I don't think it's dissimilar to people...there are some people I meet who can be pleasant and do absolutely nothing to offend or give me any reason to dislike them but I just don't get a good vibe (maybe that's just me haha!). I have the same with horses. I remember getting a little mare on...
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    Lister star clippers?

    Wouldn't buy them again. I don't clip professionally as such, but I do a lot of clipping for friends and I really don't like them. They get hot, even with the finest and cleanest of coats and they are VERY loud. I have also clipped with the cordless version (Liberty) and they are a pathetic...
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    Controlling canter without pulling

    Personally, I'd find an instructor and book a whole heap of lessons, not because it sounds like you're incapable of dealing with this, but because it makes THE WORLD of difference having someone on the ground and you'd be amazed at how some tiny adjustments can really transform the horses way of...
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    Experience with front leg lameness caused by shoulder/back problems?

    Oh wow, bless you. That is a tough one and really surprising they haven't found anything on any of those. Maybe 6 months field rest might answer the question? It's a cheaper, albeit longer, way to determine if it's something that's going to get progressively worse on it's own, something that's...
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    PTS or keep going

    Firstly, huge hug to you. I know this feeling first hand and it's soul destroying. There are a lot of people whose sympathy will lay soley with the horse, but mine is split between you both. Ultimately, when you reach the point of considering PTS, you're almost there. There are far, far, far...
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    Winter hoof maintenance

    Thank you - I have seen Artimud, he does have a couple of chipped bits from old nailholes cracking, would that be any good to pack in there?
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    First time horse buyer - questions to ask at viewing and important things to check?

    Having sat on both sides of this fence numerous times (as a buyer and seller), here is my practical advice: - Ask all your questions on the phone, you'll save yourself a wasted journey. You can always confirm the answers to those questions if you go and see the horse. - Do your research BEFORE...
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    Trailer recommendations please?

    I have had all IW (506, 510). They are OK, but I feel the build quality is diminishing and the price is increasing. For that reason, I looked into other brands and the one that came out on top for me was Cheval Liberte. I ended up opting for a 3.5t because I was sick of the car costing a fortune...
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    2 lessons in one day?

    Personally, I wouldn't. If you have a good dressage lesson you and your horse will have had a proper workout and I'm not sure why you'd want to ask more from them or yourself? In terms of people having 2 lessons a day at camps - this is factored into the lesson usually and you're splitting it...
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    Experience with front leg lameness caused by shoulder/back problems?

    Vets should be looking at horses as a ball of connected tissue with bones placed in the middle to hold them up. Lameness can be caused by pain anywhere in the body (just about) and pretty much EVERYTHING is connected e.g. if a horse is tight in it's hamstrings, that creates tension across the...
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    Showing Rookie… help!

    He is a 17hh Portuguese Sport Horse :)
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    Winter hoof maintenance

    I've got a TB who came to me with shocking feet simply due to a lack of care and nutrition (super skinny also - and not just racing lean!). We've really worked on his feet from the inside out - changed his diet, added a quality supplement and have the cats pyjamas of farriers. His feet are...