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    Do people really collect that much saddle pads

    That's the one
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    Do people really collect that much saddle pads

    I have a teenage daughter who watches these videos and all the others on endless loop. Some are better than others but they all seem to have the same irritating twang to their voices. I did ban her from watching one of them in my vicinity - the one with the well known "dark" jumping cob who...
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    Yesterdays racing

    Even though with lockdown we've watched a lot more of the flat season than we would ordinarily it's still lovely to see those well loved campaigners coming out every winter. Love Might Bite and loved seeing Frodon leading from the front last week.
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    Show me your dressage ponies!

    This is my NF pony in both of our younger days. He's now thirty and retired in a field so looks more like a hairy yak than a smart dressage pony. He competed successfully up to Elementary but was another who tolerated the dressage and much preferred to jump - he had an amazing pop in him. My...
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    Reilee at Kelsall Hill BE100, pics and vid

    Lovely horse - although your cameraperson is making me feel a bit nauseous! We were FJ at the ski jump so the back of my head makes a brief appearance on the vid :D
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    Best plastic mounting block

    The problem with those stools with legs is they are not enormously stable if you have 16.3 of horse pratting around while you are hopping around with your foot in the stirrup.
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    Best plastic mounting block

    The Stubbs 3 step block transformed my relationship with my (now ex) loan horse. Clearly his very tall teenage owner had let him walk off from the mounting block as she got on. Being old and stiff that was no good for me and we had a couple of potentially nasty incidents where he walked off...
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    Riding skills

    I used to steward at a big just below county level show. I remember one kid - clearly only just off lead rein - sitting in the line up sobbing its eyes out whilst the parents stood within clear sight and earshot and cajoled it to get on with things. After about half an hour of this I couldn't...
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    Midget round up....

    Mine also brave as a lion (was once the only one on a 6 horse hack who didn't explode at some chickens running on the side of the road. You could practically hear him saying "it's just chickens you idiots!" as he marched past) everywhere but that place.
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    Midget round up....

    I saw the photos of the hard NO - that was some impressive moves. If it's any consolation my pony always HATED that arena. When they first started running shows there it took me a whole season to get him to settle in there. At the end of the season he did his best elementary test ever there...
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    Big yard / medium yard or private yard which one do you prefer

    Over the past 20 years I've actually only been on 3 yards. I much preferred the two big yards. I liked the anonymity of being able to slope down, do your horse, ride and sod off home again without the YO watching your every move. Plus on the small yard the YO started to act as if she was the...
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    I just wanted to say something about Frankie and how much I admire his horsemanship. It's something I've noted before and it's not when he's riding the big race winners. It's when he is on the losers. It happened in the Moet and Chandon race today. He was on the favourite. He asked it to go...
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    Beach Rides - Formby? *Pic*

    I think it'd be the one at Thurstaston. I don't think you'd want to ride near Wekka sailing club. It's way too boggy.
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    Beach Rides - Formby? *Pic*

    It's years since I've been but what about Ainsdale? Can you still park on the beach there?
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    Beach Rides - Formby? *Pic*

    Hoylake prom isn't like Blackpool prom though! It's very very quiet (the only issue you're likely to have with traffic is it's where we all go for our first lesson as learner drivers because it is so quiet and straight) and you can park very close to where you get on the beach. You could park...
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    The Oaks & The Derby

    We had a lovely afternoon watching itv racing. Love was so impressive and just beating Enable's time (though she did it in shocking conditions). I heard some mutterings about it being a boring Derby. I thought it was fabulous. The race was won at the 3f post but we were screaming at the telly...
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    Adults on ponies

    I'm 5'7 and quite a bit heavier than you. I have a 14.2 new forest that I retired sound at age 27 who was only ever lame from Cushing induced laminitis. He competed with great success in every discipline going. Now he's a field ornament and I will be looking for something very similar as his...
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    Is it wrong to get off a scared horse?

    I once saw it explained as if you stay on when your horse is scared you're basically saying to him "you're going to have to go past this scary thing first" whereas if you get off and lead you're saying " it's ok, I've got this. I'm not scared to go past it so you don't need to be scared either"
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    Clap for the NHS and animals

    I thought the clapping was for ALL key workers now, not just the NHS. That's who I personally am clapping for. I like it. It's generating a really lovely community feel on our road. Once a week you go out and see your neighbours and wave at them from a suitable distance.
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    How much for retirement livery?

    I pay £163.50 per month which includes hay in winter and feet trimming. The owner comes down regularly but I visit every day anyway to give him his meds. It's a lovely quiet set up with no more than 3 horses per massive field. YO really looks after the land too so even this winter the only...
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    Will Tiger Roll win again??

    Do you think the virtual starter will manage to get them off first time?🤣 I'd have gone for Kimberlite Candy in the real thing so I'll go for him in this too even if he only just squeaked in.
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    God I properly had something in my eye when he got up and walked back with his groom in floods of tears.
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    Spot on - I said to OH the fence before the fall that BG needs to remember he's on a novice chaser here and help it out a bit more. Obviously it's a split second decision but why on earth you'd leave a novice horse that's made a couple of errors and is starting to get a bit tired to guess at a...
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    Another reason to boycott Baileys...

    Leahurst did that our local show this season.
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    Messy Stable - Human not the horse!

    That brings to mind one of the bits of BHS training that still sticks in my mind years later "First strip your stable" ie remove all nets and feed buckets before you start. I'm not sure how you actually could muck out with feed buckets in situ!
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    Musto Jackets - any good?

    I've no idea what they are like these days but I still have a Musto coat that I bought from Derby House when they were still in their little shop in Parbold - so it must easily be 15 or more years old. It could do with reproofing but it's still a good coat and comes out every winter.
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    Favourite old pony stories, finding a story & nostalgia :)

    I remember Pony in the Luggage! It came to me in a boxed set of horsey books from a neighbour who I was tremendously jealous of as a child because she went riding and I didn't! The box set also included Horse in the House which is still on my book shelf plus the Nipper by Catherine Cookson...
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    Post laminitis

    Obviously it's with your vets advice but I think a general rule of thumb is once sound don't ride for the same amount of time they were lame - so in your case you're probably looking at another month off. My boy was 19 when he first got lami, came sound and then had another bout a year later -...
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    Stolen horse

    They know who they gave the pony to originally but it has been passed on several times since and it is the last link in the chain who is claiming they don't remember where it went.