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    Bates or Albion dressage saddle?

    What do you think of the Bates Caprilli and Albion Style dressage saddles? Both fit my TB well and feel comfortable but I can't make my mind up!
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    Your ideal horse? And what's the reality?

    Wanted a 15hh, 8 ish Fjord to do every thing on. Got a 14hh 12yo Fjord that's proving more of a project than I wanted but going to stick with it and hope we get there soon!
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    How much did you pay for your horses?

    £2800 4yo New forest.... Very much ripped off and he was swiftly returned! £1200 Tb. Again, over priced for what he was on paper but he's my horse of a life time. £2000 fjord.
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    Wocket Woy and Mattie Bach

    I've been following them for a while. Love the videos!
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    What do you feed your natives?

    Nothing at the moment! The grass is really good and he gets soaked hay at night. He'll start having a balancer once a day but he's quite overweight and fizzy so definitely won't be getting much more than that!
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    Christmas Livery

    I work on a full livery yard and the horses stay in. No muck out but feed and hay as usual. They get extra bedding Christmas Eve then a thorough muck out on Boxing Day.
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    New horse bucking

    I bought an 11yo cob from from the field last month. He'd been out of work for a year but previously been in a riding school and then owned privately as a riding club horse. I was told he went sour as a riding school horse and can Buck when he's excited. Lovely temperament, saw videos of him...
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    Hack up supplements - are they worth the money?

    I've had my horse on a bespoke joint and hoof supplement for nearly a month now but haven't noticed a difference. I'm going to keep on with it for now (I know I won't see hoof changes for long while) and hope it starts proving effective, especially for his joints.
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    Tracing old horse!

    Have sent you a message.
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    Hardy healthy breeds

    I've just bought what I've always wanted... A Norwegian Fjord. They don't get any more hardy than that. Very kind and willing to please. Surprisingly agile too!
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    Top Spec Balancers.....

    I was thinking about starting my boy on the Lite balancer over winter. He's a really good doer so will just have grass and hay. I believed it was cheaper than baileys Lo-cal?
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    Are Mickleham multi bridles all they are cracked up to be?

    I'd struggled with my ex racer for over 2 years. Tried so many different bits, nosebands, lessons, every thing checked etc. A friend lent me a Micklem bridle one day and WOW. It was like magic. Consistent contact, happy, forwards. It was a different horse! Ok so definitely no dressage superstar...
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    Two horses on different yards

    Sounds similar to my situation. Think I need to give it a bit more thought but it sounds possible :)
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    Two horses on different yards

    have a TB who is kept at the livery yard where I work (Yard A). The set up is great, all his bills are included in my wage and he's very happy there. However it's limited turnout throughout the winter months so the days he's in I'll be mucking out twice and exercising once I've finished work...
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    Anxious horse - how can I teach him to relax?

    Thank you everyone, some great advice. I felt very confident this time so was able to relax and didn't get the feeling he was going to do anything stupid. I was just concerned about how he coped. Dripping in sweat after 10 mins was a little worrying. I plan to get him out more and more (trailer...
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    Anxious horse - how can I teach him to relax?

    I took my horse to a sponsored ride yesterday. He had an instant calmer in his feed that morning which I think took the edge off a little bit. He came off the lorry calmly and stood happily. However, once other horses and jumps in sight he starts jogging and sweating. He jogged nearly the entire...
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    Why do horses have rugs on when owners are in t-shirts?

    Mine is out in a medium at night and naked in the day. The temperature is dropping 8/9 degrees at night here, it's freezing when I get to the yard first thing.
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    Instant calmers, which one?

    Thank you, going to try the global herb sachet.
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    Instant calmers, which one?

    Taking my TB out on Sunday to a fun ride. I'm thinking of giving him an instant calmer just to take the edge off as he can get quite excitable. I've been recommended the Magic instant syringe or Global Herb sachet. Interested to know what people think of these? Which is more effective? Or any...
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    What do you use for tack cleaning?

    I've been using one step but find that it doesn't actually clean. The leather looks lovely immediately after but an hour later it doesn't look like its been cleaned. Always had good results from belvoir.
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    Equine Dentist - why???!

    Glad to see the EDT I use is on that list - Hadn't thought to check previously but had gone on recommendations.
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    Anyone keep horses and live/ work in Oxford?

    I'm a student at Brookes but always lived in Oxford and keep my horse on a yard locally. I'm familiar with a lot of the surrounding yards so happy to give you a few names, and who to avoid! Not many that offer purely grass livery but a few DIY yards that offer all year turnout.
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    A second horse. Should I?

    Thanks for the replies. Money isn't an issue luckily, its just the time. Well, time wise I could cope with 2 now, I'm just thinking ahead to the winter when I'm out on the yard working- I'm not sure I'll have the energy to ride and muck out 2 after a long, cold day. However, that'll be 4 days a...
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    Stirrups! Compositi reflex or Sprenger bow balance?

    The sprenger bow balance stirrups have made such a difference to my ankles.
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    A second horse. Should I?

    By the looks of things summer is over now and I'm dreading winter already! Last year I had 2 horses. My TB and a warmblood on loan who has since gone home due to lameness, and I've been enjoying spending more time with my TB. I hadn't planned on another horse until next spring but a lovely...
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    bitless riders- advice needed please

    Following...! I ride my TB bitless and bitted. He's happier bitless but works better in a bit. I'd love to do the bitless dressage championships but schooled yesterday and couldn't get him round. It's something I'm working on!
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    How many times did it take you to pass trailer test?

    My first attempt is booked for start of October. I have one and a half day's training before the test. This thread has filled me with dread now as I was confident and thinking it would be fairly straight forward. Doesn't sound like that's the case now!
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    Another towing thread.....!

    Looking at getting a single horse trailer as I will only ever be towing one. My question is, if I tow the HB403 (unladen weight 767kg) carrying my TB (560kg), total of 1327kg. Am I still required to get my B+E licence?
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    Retrained Thoroughbreds Needed for Dissertation

    Try posting on the ROR Facebook group. I'm sure there will be a few people happy to help out :)
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    Hacking bitless?

    Yes I hack bitless most of the time. I have an ex racer and will quite happily canter him through fields and be confident I have brakes in a sidepull. I've tried various bits but he takes a hold and has bolted on several occasions bitted. He schools lovely in a straight bar but for a nice...