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    Towing up steep drive

    The limiting factor isn't the towing strength of the car, but the available torque - usually just a matter of being in the right gear. In fact, too much power is a disadvantage as it will cause you to wheelspin. I manage fine with an old Skoda Octavia (Front wheel drive, manual) and a trailer...
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    Those of you with the older horse

    Manage their health, not their age. Little Dartmoor we lost a few years ago was still having the odd canter with his little people right up to the end (found dead in field). He was in his mid 30s. One, at 23 does only occasional hacking because of hock problems. He seems OK so long as he gets...
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    Disused riding school

    Beach volleyball?
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    When riding, where do you put your phone?

    Saddle bag, but then my pony doen't f*** off if we are parted.
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    So who goes bloodhounding ?

    I have been out with the SDB a few times now. Fantastic fun.
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    Tack storage ifor 510?

    Some trailers used to have a tack locker over the A frame at the front - maybe take a look and make something up.
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    Fascinating film from 1902

    Interesting seeing driven livestock calmly moving through the traffic. One loose cow causes chaos now. Also, the extent to which the driven horses are conditioned to such busy conditions. I guess 'well-driven' meant a bit more than it does now. What this film doesn't show is the noise - all...
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    Risk of 'ergotism' in horses?

    I read 'risk or egotism in horses'. i was about to say that one of mine is really quite up himself sometimes...
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    Insurance - liability if at a livery yard!

    Most liability insurances only pays out in the case of provable negligence. In practice this means that 'moral debts' such as where your horse spooks into a car and scratches it are not covered, since it falls under normal horse behaviour. It isn't the same as car insurance. Even when ther is...
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    Driving ponies.

    I was advised (by the lovely and much missed Dennis Walmsley) when I started to go out with an experienced driver first, to get an idea whether I enjoyed it. It's a big commitment in terms of equipment, and many riders find they don't like it. As regards size, our mini shetland will take 2...
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    PTS issues

    I can only imagine how upsetting this must have been, and I am full of admiration for your handling it calmly. I'm sure it's very unusual, but there are enough stories like this to make me choose the knacker every time. We lost one last year, and the pony went down instantly and completely...
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    Horsebox towing

    A 505 weighs nearer 900k than 1000, so you should be OK for legal weight, so long as your assessment of the horse is anywhere close. If the car is rated to that weight it shouldn't have a problem doing the job. Whether it is stable or not depends much more on the height of towbar, trailer...
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    Best ride ever

    Just a simple hack with friends, at a good pace, with access to the recently cut stubble, and in glorious late afternoon sunshine. What made it really special, as we popped through the last hedge and down onto the road was the presence of an ice cream van. Needless to say we had to. I don't...
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    Sorry-tow car question

    I have come to the conclusion that I drive more often than I tow, so would rather struggle getting out of a field occasionally than put up with 4x4 running costs. For that reason I'll be towing with a family estate for the forseeable. Currently just about getting away with an elderly Octavia...
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    Sewing Machines for saddle pads

    Spares for 99k are readily available. My daughter has one. Bombproof, as is my 15k. 45k is (I think - correct me if I'm wrong Oz) a more specialised machine for leatherwork.