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    Whoops!

    Big foot in mouth moment today :oops: Went out to a BD competition, did the first test then had a short break before hopping back on for the second one. There was a lovely brick mounting block just outside the indoor arena, but just as I was about to head over to it a car drove up and parked...
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    What a nice driver!

    Today I was leading my horse up the road from the field to the yard. A young man in an open topped BMW roared up behind us, but saw us in plenty of time, slowed down well behind and crawled along with his hazard warning lights on until we turned off. He could have overtaken us a couple of times...
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    Mats moving in lorry

    Dear HHOers I need your collective wisdom to tell me if I've missed a solution and which will work best. I've got a new lorry and took my horse out in it for the second time today. Last time we went out with a bigger horse so he travelled on the right and mine travelled on the left. She has got...
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    Fenceline experts

    I think I saw a thread on here calling them that. People who can't do something themselves but will happily lean on the fence criticising those who do. Luckily our yard is very good. We don't have know-it-alls. It's a livery yard and a riding school, so anybody who tried it would be taken down...
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    EHV1

    Crofton Manor have sadly announced that they have EHV1 and are recommending anybody who has been there in the last couple of weeks to monitor their horses carefully. Their vets have also offered advice on FB. Apparently some of the horses are showing the neurological symptoms so it sounds like...
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    Hope Valley Saddlery

    Just wanted to post about some good customer service from Hope Valley Saddlery, as we get so many posts about bad service nowadays. And no, I have no connection with the company! I ordered a rug a few days ago as it was in the sale. It arrived today with a pair of socks I hadn't ordered, and...
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    My horse really really needs this!

    https://m.facebook.com/fluffs.tack.supplier/#!/fluffs.tack.supplier/photos/pcb.552825508649498/552825388649510/?type=3&source=49&_ft_=mf_story_key.552825508649498%3Atop_level_post_id.552825508649498%3Atl_objid.552825508649498%3Acontent_owner_id_new.222716908327028%3Athrowback_story_fbid.552825508...
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    Anybody's horse gone off turmeric?

    My horse has had turmeric in her feed for several years, in an effort to stave off the progression of arthritis. She's 16 now and still acting like a 4-year old so I have no specific concerns, but when she had x-rays about 6 years ago the vet said she had slight arthritic changes in the base of...
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    Alpha Gold - any experience?

    I see a lot of advertisements on Facebook for Alpha Gold. I feed my horse turmeric and linseed oil, so in theory I could feed Alpha Gold and ditch the separate ingredients. Does anybody use it? If so, does it work as well as/better than the separate supplements? Thanks all.
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    The ups and downs of competing

    Went to a BD competition yesterday. We sometimes get placed, but all I was hoping for was an AF qualifying score at Prelim and 60+ at Novice. We've done both before several times, so was fairly confident.......... We got 59.8% in both. I was gutted. Made worse by the fact that everybody else got...
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    Communication issues

    Does anybody else have this problem? I spoke to my mother on the phone earlier and have just been catching up with my sister on messenger. I really really wanted to say that I had a brilliant lesson today doing lots of lateral work. Pony has finally worked out that she's supposed to move away...
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    Area Festivals

    Has anybody received their e-mail confirming qualification for area festivals? I rang BD a couple of weeks ago and they said they were about to start sending them out. I've still received nothing and I want to go to Wellington, where the closing date for entries is this Thursday. I know they say...
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    Shires bridle number kit - spare fixings

    OK I need some shopping help from you lovely people! I have a Shires bridle number kit, which is fixed to the bridle with some short elastic things, with a bit of metal at each end. Once you put the metal bit through the hole in the number holder you pull half the metal piece away from the...
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    Stunning service from Equinox

    Just thought I'd share as we see so many threads about poor service from on-line retailers. I ordered a big tub of supplement from Equinox yesterday lunchtime. It's just been delivered - before 10am! Super happy with this service. And no, I have no connection with them.:)
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    So, it seems I lied....

    Last week I posted in the C&T thread on weekend plans that I was off on holiday, planned to eat and drink a lot, and do nothing equine related whatsoever. So....the next day I flew to Rome with the family. We did the usual sightseeing stuff, then started noticing the advertisements on the...
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    First BD affiliated competition

    Did our first affiliated competition at the weekend. Felt very out of place in the warm-up on my little coloured pony, amongst all the bay warmbloods! She didn't perform her best, but we haven't competed away from home since February, and we didn't disgrace ourselves :). Got two 4th places, so...
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    Product recall -Spring

    Further to our recent correspondence regarding this year's Spring product and the water content thereof, it has recently come to our attention that in reducing the water content as requested, our production team have now slightly overdone the sun element. We do apologise for this error...
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    Sunshine Tour - happy post!

    Went to the Sunshine Tour yesterday for the dressage. I went two years ago and it was pretty chaotic, but I'd heard it was much better last year. It was beautifully run this time - much better for having dressage on its own on Thursday. There was a proper arena for the warm-up, just across the...
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    Question about medium paces

    I have a question for you experienced dressage people. My horse and I are competing at Prelim and Novice. We can get a decent medium trot when she is in the mood (which isn't usually in the arena, sadly) but I think our medium canter in a test is OK. However, in our last Novice test we got...
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    Fabulous 50+ Club - need some support/advice

    So......I'm now (whisper!) 55 (but don't tell anyone!). I've owned my pony for 4.5 years and I bought her as an allrounder. She loves jumping and I enjoy it at a low level, but prefer dressage. We compete at both, although we do more dressage than jumping and more jumping than xc. We've had some...
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    Advice to new members......or how not to appear to be a troll

    OK, it's school holidays and we all know what is going to happen. Some bored teenager will join the forum, post something controversial, respond to advice with something rude and then sit back to watch the row. Somebody will accuse them off being a troll, they will deny it, and so the row...
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    Competition report

    We did a dressage competition yesterday with 60mph winds and heavy rain. Luckily it was where my mare is on livery, so we didn't have to travel. It went something like this: Warm up in the indoor school, trying to keep control while the wind sounds as if it is taking the roof off, and there...
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    Best cordless clippers?

    I'm getting some clippers for Christmas and need some advice on the best ones to get. I'm looking at Heiniger Xplorer and they seem to have good reviews. Has anybody got some, or can you recommend any others I should look at? I only need to clip one 14.2 pony. She has a thick but fairly fine...
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    Is sportsmanship dead?

    I was doing some showing today, local level and because it was tipping down this morning the numbers were very disappointing. We entered our first class and there were a couple of horses I was pretty sure would beat us (that's not to say my horse is brilliant, because we often get beaten :D, but...
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    Dressage centre line

    One of the comments I often get from dressage judges is that I wasn't on the centre line when coming down the middle of the arena, or when turning onto it from a half circle. No matter how hard I try, I seem to get it wrong. It doesn't help that the A and C markers are not quite straight in...
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    Free to good......well actually ........any home!

    Two teenage boys. 1 x 18 year old going on 14. 1 x 16 year old goth, has just discovered alcohol and swearing. Problems compounded by 2 weeks out of work on school holidays and laptop currently residing at PC World for repairs. Experienced home only. Must be gone tomorrow.
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    Fabulous 50+ Club - dressage league

    Hi all 50+people! This may be long so bear with me.... Since starting the idea of the Fabulous 50+ club I've been trying to think of the best way of using it. I'd vaguely thought that we could use the title to ask questions specifically related to the older rider, but that seemed a bit tame...
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    You know you've really got a problem when ...

    ...the vet's receptionist recognises your voice AND remembers your address! :( When I said she had a good memory she said she didn't but I was such a regular customer.......:(:(:( OK the pony's been broken for over a year now, but that was a bit of a shock. I think it's time I started...
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    Why are people so flipping rude?

    Sorry, rant alert here! I've been stewarding at shows a lot this year as the pony is injured so I can't compete. Today I was on the arena party all day - started at 9am and finished at 4pm, no break, just ate lunch on the hoof so to speak. I helped put the jumps up when they were knocked over...
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    Tiny children competing

    Just musing really, over the summer I've stewarded at lots of competitions - showjumping, cross-country and showing - and I've seen a lot of really young/small children in the mini classes. A lot of them aren't big or strong enough to control their ponies themselves, so are on the lead rein...
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