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    Tips for in hand show?

    I’m planning on taking my young horse to a local show to have a look round and do an in hand class, to start getting him used to outings. He’s 7 but very low mileage, hadn’t done anything before I got him last year. He’s approx 16hh, standardbred cross, Brown with white socks and minimal white...
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    How many bales of hay per day for 2 horses?

    Both out 24/7 on little grazing. One 15hh one 16hh. Both good doers. How many of the small £3/£4 bales of hay per day? Just a pondering 😁
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    Winter turnout pen - ideas?

    Hi all Currently have 2 horses living out on a 1 acre paddock for the winter. I have a smaller pen area around their shelter where I was putting them at night to make poo picking more manageable however this became too muddy. So I’ve had to shut them away from their shelter while it’s wet...
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    Rug question! No fill with liners vs. Various weight rugs

    In anticipation of purchasing some new rugs in Black Friday sales, it has got me thinking what will actually be most useful! Does anyone only use a rainsheet on the outside and add liners to increase weight? I already have 100, 200 and 350g PE liners but have only used them under med weight rug...
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    Help! Horse suddenly losing mane

    Has anyone seen anything like this before? Over the last couple of days my horses mane has all been coming out underneath. He doesn't have history of sweetitch etc and always has a very thick mane which doesn't get rubbed by rugs. He's been in a rain sheet with no neck when needed or otherwise...
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    How to manage one horse on 2 acres?

    Hi all, I'm after a bit of advice again! I started renting a 2.2 acre paddock a few weeks ago, I currently only have one horse although there's potential to add another in future, and I'm wondering how I'm best to split / manage the paddock. I've fenced off a bit for parking and I've got a...
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    Horse living out - different rug at night or same?

    Due to moving onto my newly rented paddock before managing to finish building my stables, my horse is living out for the moment. This is new to me as he's been in at night for the past few years, however he is happy as he has grass to eat which is a novelty for him! In this situation would you...
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    Condition score my horse?

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    WWYD?? Re. best stable / shelter setup for 1 or 2 horses

    Following on from my post regarding renting my own land, I really can’t decide what setup will be best in terms of stable / field shelter. Horse currently has to come in at night year round however I’m hoping to allow free access to a shelter / field when possible, rather than shutting him in...
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    Help for headshy horse

    I visited a friend at the weekend and her horse is very headshy. He has a scar on his left ear and he doesn't like you going near this ear in particular, think he's probably had a nasty ear twitching experience in the past. He doesn't like you brushing the top of his neck and face and is...
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    Tips needed - Renting paddock for sole use

    There is a possibility I may be moving my horse from current livery yard to a paddock which I'll be renting by myself. It's 2.2 acres and I currently only have 1 horse but I'd be able to put another on there if wanted. I'd like to hear from anyone who has this type of set up, do you have any...
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    Sores behind elbow - girth recommendations?

    Hi all Over the past few weeks my horse has developed sores right behind his elbow. They are a good 2 inches in front of where the girth lies when he is stood up, but this is all I can put it down to. On both sides but much worse on one side where he is white and pink skinned. The hair is...
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    Anyone been to the BEDE SJ at derby college?

    As title.. Is it any good? Was wondering what the (b) class is like? Says it has skinnies and 'interesting lines', is it much different from normal SJ or more like arena xc / wh? Thanks!
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    Feed for cob type in medium work / competition ?

    (Also posted in horse / feeding) :) Looking for feed suggestions for my horse please! He is 11 years old, 15hh lightish cob type. He is worked on average 6 times per week, with a mixture of jumping, schooling, fast hacking and canter work. Schooling usually 30-45 mins as he finds it mentally...
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    Feed for cob type in medium work / competition ?

    May also post this in tack room.. :) Looking for feed suggestions for my horse please! He is 11 years old, 15hh lightish cob type. He is worked on average 6 times per week, with a mixture of jumping, schooling, fast hacking and canter work. Schooling usually 30-45 mins as he finds it...
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    Pics of our first hunter trial

    These are the pics from our first hunter trial, we did the novice 80cm at Eland Lodge on the 2nd June. These pics were taken by Bill Parrott, and I bought the disk with them on and have express permission to 'put these on any site you want'. Hope they work as I've never posted pics before! :)
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    Eland Lodge novice (80cm) xc compared to a BE80?

    Just wondered what people think to the Eland Lodge novice 80cm ODE in comparison to a BE80? Possibly Solihull or any others within the midlands? Are BE80s generally a lot harder or not too much? Looking online at course pics it seems a few of the novice fences at Eland are in the BE90. Just...
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    Our first comp report and first hunter trial!

    Headed off to the lovely Eland Lodge in the sun today for our first hunter trial, and first competitive outing since 2011! We were entered in the novice which is 80cm. Having been xc schooling 4 times in the past 3 months, plus clear round sj etc, where he has been jumping well, I thought it was...
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    Bill Parrot email address? (Eland Lodge photographer)

    Does anyone have it? It seems I need to email him if I want to view pictures from today's hunter trial :) Thanks
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    Best xc / brushing boots for shortish, chunky cannon bones?

    I'm either after some cross country boots or decent brushing boots for my horse. Trouble is, he's only 14.3 / 15hh and doesn't have the longest legs! However he is also fairly chunky. Bought some today but I think they are a bit long for him, seem to come down too far over the inside of his...
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    Do you wear a stock for cross country?

    Was grooming at an ODE yesterday and it got me pondering! Some riders just seem to wear a collared rugby shirt / polo neck tshirt with BP over the top. Some wear the stretchy 'base layer' type of tops with BP over the top. Both with no stock. Some wear the base layer type but also had a stock...
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    Anyone had a lesson with Steve Pryde?

    I've seen a clinic advertised with Steve Pryde and wondered if anyone had any experience of his teaching as I'd not heard of him?? It's a cross country clinic, in groups of up to 4, and I thought it would be a nice alternative to normal xc schooling, as the course isn't open for schooling yet...
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    Anyone had a lesson with Steve Pryde?

    I've seen a clinic advertised with Steve Pryde and wondered if anyone had any experience of his teaching as I'd not heard of him?? It's a cross country clinic, in groups of up to 4, and I thought it would be a nice alternative to normal xc schooling, as the course isn't open for schooling yet...
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    Pros & Cons - Trailer test or 3.5 ton lorry? (also in CR)

    Currently trying to weigh up some pros and cons! Any opinions gratefully received! :) I own a trailer but rely on my dad towing it whenever I want to go anywhere. I hate having to rely on people and it's just not practical so for a while I have been saving up so I can transport myself...
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    Pros & Cons - Trailer test or 3.5 ton lorry? (also in TR)

    Currently trying to weigh up some pros and cons! Any opinions gratefully received! :) I own a trailer but rely on my dad towing it whenever I want to go anywhere. I hate having to rely on people and it's just not practical so for a while I have been saving up so I can transport myself...
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    Products for healthy hooves?

    Hi, Can anyone recommend any products I can use on my thoroughbred to strengthen his hooves and stop them splitting, and encourage healthy hoof growth? Which is best? Cornucrescine Hoof Ointment, Cornucrescine Hoof Moisturiser, or any of the NAF products such as Hoof Moist, Hoof Rub, or the...
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