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  1. Chippers1

    Unbranded saddle

    I'm getting a new saddle soon (the order has just gone in 🙆🏼‍♀️) and I'm looking to sell on my current saddle but I have no idea what brand it is or even if it has a brand - are unbranded makes a thing with saddles? I can't find any identifying marks on it at all, is there any where else I can...
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    Does your horse have any endearing or odd habits?

    Buzz likes to wave his tail like a flag when he goes to the toilet...both things! My instructor noticed it on Friday and thought it was a cute little habit :) i forget he does it until someone points it out but it is cute! He also prefers to wee on concrete or in the horse box rather than a...
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    Pictures How are his feet looking?

    Shoes have now been off for 3 months. He's doing well walking over most surfaces, stones can still be an issue, particularly after he's had the farrier but I wear boots for all the stony bits when I know I'm going over them! All other flat surfaces he's nice and springy over. How are they...
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    Barefoot and saddle fit

    Buzz has had his shoes off for only a short time (4 weeks to be precise!) and seems to be coping fine so far, he is still a bit uncomfortable over ground with big stones but will walk over small stones happily. I haven't ridden him much due to the rock hard ground and the stony paths but in an...
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    Family resemblence

    I received a lovely message yesterday from someone on facebook who had recently taken on Buzz's mum :) It turned out to be a sad case as she had been abandoned by her previous owner and left in a barn for a year :(. She sent me some photos and straight away I could see so much of Buzz in her...
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    Pictures The ever changing Buzz

    I'm bored and just put this photo together for a post on Facebook...interesting to see the changes! Does anyone else have any dramatic changes? Top right is before I had him (I guess he's about 5ish) Top left is the day I bought him (9 years old) Bottom left is 2018 (10 years) Bottom right is...
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    Pictures I think it's time to go barefoot...what do you think of these feet?

    We all love hoof photos, right?! I have been toying with the idea of Buzz going barefoot for a while and thought there's no time like the present! I've been reading a lot of other threads about it but didn't want to jump on them all so thought I would start my own. This one is mainly to get some...
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    Awkward rug problem

    Buzz gets mild sweet itch and this year I've bought him a new Shires sweet itch rug which I've just put on as the flies are coming out. He has a little bit of a problem though...he wees in the belly flap! I've tried tightening it as safe as possible, didn't help, I've tried loosening it as far...
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    BE events cancelled

    Just had an email from BE, all events are cancelled for the foreseeable future. Sensible decision but can't say I'm not a bit disappointed! I was hoping to compete in May but we shall see. Helpfully I bought my rider day pass and horse pass today so I was prepared 😅
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    I need some shopping help!

    I've got a bit of spare cash so thought I would get ahead of myself and buy Buzz a sweet itch rug for this year. I'm after the Shires Highlander Sweet itch combo rug in 5'9" but it seems to be sold out everywhere! Does anyone know any hidden corner of the internet I may be able to find one? I'd...
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    What to do...

    Hi everyone, just contemplating life at the moment and wondering if anyone had any insights or advice. I'm still really struggling with a big dip in confidence and mental wellbeing overall. Going up to ride is a bit of a struggle and I can't always bring myself to do it (although I do go down...
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    Pictures Colour questions

    Just looking at Buzz today and realised he's suddenly gone very flea bitten! I was wondering what the basis of flea bitten grey is and whether its usual for the flea bitten patterns to appear as they get older rather than always being there. They just seem so sudden! Here's a photo - the top is...
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    Almost at my wits end

    This is me pretty much admitting defeat and asking where to go... I'm having such difficulty with Buzz at the moment, for the past week and a half he had just been so incredibly wired and on edge it's been really difficult to do anything with him. Getting him out of the field is a battle as he's...
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    I have a really stupid question...

    Apologies in advance this is a really stupid question but it's annoying me 😅 On jump wings such as the jump for joy plastic wings, where you have the height written on the side, if you wanted a 70cm jump do you put the cup where there's the 70cm line with the pole then sitting above the line...
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    Weekend plans 😊

    What's everyone up to? I have hired showjumps on sat and a local show (groan, I know) on sun. Only going to the show because I won entry to two classes so just going for a jump round. Also my first solo trip out as OH(/groom) is busy, argh. Unless anyone is around the notts/derby area on sun...
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    Bank holiday weekend plans

    I haven't seen a weekend plans thread yet so here goes.. I have an unaffiliated ODE on Saturday (at Vale View on their fancy new all weather xc...) and am absolutely bricking it :( I always get like this when I haven't been out in a while and I don't know why. I know I can do it, I know he can...
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    Pollen allergies

    Does anyone's horse have a pollen allergy and what are the symptoms that your horse had? I think Buzz may have developed one (his field and the yard are basically surrounded by rape seed at the minute) :( I thought it was a reaction to the flies as there are a lot of them too but there's a few...
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    Possible damage from shoe?

    Yesterday Buzz's shoe had come away a little at the heel so contacted the farrier who was coming on weds anyway so slotted him in. Today I went to check him over and the shoe had moved so the front of the shoe (the name of which has completely escaped me!) was wedged in his white line 😱 I...
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    Anyone for Eland? Weekend plans :)

    As I haven't seen a thread yet... Me and I think half of HHO are off to the hunter trials at Eland on Sunday. I'm only doing the 70 but I know the sticky jumps so I'm going to really ride at them. I'm really really hoping to go clear. Not bothered about placing, just want clear!! If anyone...
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    Weekend plans, the sun is out!

    Just a jumping lesson for me this weekend, will hopefully start to look at the stopping issue (it's me not him!) Enjoy the nice weather everyone :)
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    Video Feeling brave (or stupid...)...jumping critique please :)

    As I've posted a few of the videos previously I thought I would ask for some critique on them now. A moment of madness :eek:! I'm starting up lessons again so whilst they are the most helpful, a set of experienced eyes looking over is always useful and there are a lot on here! So brief...
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    Happy two years!

    Just realised after posting on the thread about buying a horse that I got Buzz two years yesterday! We've come so far in that time, I can hardly believe it. I wrote a long post about it before so I won't bore you again but i'm so proud of how we've both done and I couldn't ask for a better boy...
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    Exercises for topline

    After posting my thread about his weight the other day i'm now convinced he has some terrible muscle wasting disease (or cushings? or ulcers?) or (the slightly more plausible scenario..) i'm not riding him correctly so his topline is lacking a lot. Does anyone have any simple but effective...
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    Weight advice?

    Just reading through another thread and a comment about hollow flanks made me think...Buzz has some hollowing to his flanks and his hips are a bit pointy however you can't feel his ribs! Is there any way to balance this weight out...his neck is looking a little weedy too (as much as I try to...
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    Dressage Prelim 7 question

    I'm finally getting round to doing a dressage comp, I don't enjoy dressage but if I want to do a BE80 I need to get started and see where we need to improve! I'm looking at entering Prelim 7 (did think about intro but I've done quite a few prelims and a novice in the past so hopefully will be...
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    Best place to sell horsebox?

    Selling my older 3.5t (not an advert!) It's currently on a load of Facebook groups but it seems to be full of day dreamers and people who want the latest Bloomfield for a very small budget! Or people who just ignore you 🤨 I have an advert on gum tree but no hits from that either. It's not the...
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    Video Disunited jumping

    I posted this video of our second 80cm course on Sunday but I just wondered about the disuniting in canter around the course. If you look closely there's three separate occasions where he goes disunited and I'm not sure what to do to fix it! Is it a balance issue? Is it because I'm more nervous...
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    Video How to tell how straight your approach to a jump is..

    Get a go pro! To be fair this is his good rein, the right rein would be a different story!
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    Can i ask your opinion on saddle fit?

    I have had my old pony's very lovely Ideal WH saddle sitting in a cupboard at home since he passed so thought I'd dig it out and see if it would fit Buzz for use in WH comps. I thought that if it vaguely had a chance of fitting I'd take it to the saddler to get properly fitted but just as a...
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    Small successes

    Just thought I'd start a thread to celebrate the little successes we all have but maybe don't want to start a while thread about it! (And my boyfriend doesn't want to hear any more 😅) I'll start...today for the first time I did a transition from trot to halt using only my seat! That probably...
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