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    Working student video?

    Hi everyone just looking for a bit of advice. I've been applying as a working student to yards for the summer and had a few yards come back asking for a video of me riding. Just wondering what I need to put in the video? I presume keep it basic and simple, wtc, jump a short course of 80-90...
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    Differences in other countries

    I think there is also a difference in what people perceive as hunting for young horses. I live in Ireland and have worked on a breaking yard. Many of the mature 3 year olds spent 5-10 days hunting during their time at the yard. However what we would have called hunting was more like observing...
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    Does falling off make you a better rider?

    I bloody hope it makes me better! I've just done the maths and I average 1.5 hospitals trips a year (for the last 9 years at least) and countless other falls as well. I only have my self to blame tho as I will take a ride on anything I am offered but it's the only way I can get the rides on...
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    What is your "thing"?

    Love tack cleaning, just the transformation for cardboard old mess to clean and supple. I found an old double bridle in my friends tack room yesterday and had great fun stripping it apart. 😊 As a little kid I was obsessed with picking out feet, dont know why exactly but even now I'm...
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    Stirrups w/ a rotating base??

    Exactly like that!! Thank you I couldn't for the life of me find them lol. 😁
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    Stirrups w/ a rotating base??

    Hi guys hoping ye can help me. I'm looking for a specific stirrup but can't find it any where. I rode in them on someone's horse but forgot to ask where they got them 😵 they look exactly like normal iron stirrups but the base rotates slightly. They took the pressure off my(V. weak and...
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    Tips for first visit to Goresbridge!

    Beware of good riders making a tricky horse look rideable. Look out for the same rider/s riding lots of hot looking horses. Sometimes it's just that they happen to be available on the day to ride but often certain riders are better at selling the horse than others. 😉 Don't take it for...
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    Ulcer symptoms? Or something else?

    Thanks guys, everything is very helpful.
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    Ulcer symptoms? Or something else?

    Ok thanks guys 😊 yes dentist has been twice in the last 3 months and nothing of concern has been found in the mouth. Is there any tests for hay fever? Or is it just a case of keep trying nets and stuff untill we find something that works? And any tests for neurological problems?
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    Ulcer symptoms? Or something else?

    I'm currently riding a cob at the moment for someone and need a little advice at the moment. He is displaying some symptoms that seem to point me, the owner and vet towards ulcers but we were wondering if anybody had any experiences that might help us pin point the issue. We are working with a...
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    Spend my money please!

    Thanks Shetland pony 😊 Nato- aw I was hoping for a few deals lol! Thanks for the tips that's great 😄
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    Spend my money please!

    Lol, I'm heading to the Dublin horse show tomorrow and can't wait for the shopping! I've been working all summer so have a reasonable budget (for once-normally everything is bought 2nd hand or in the sales) and have been dreaming of everything I could buy. So please give me ideas! (I also have...
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    Equestrian Sports and Dress Codes

    I don't see the expense side of the outfit we have to wear? Ok yes you do have to pay some money for it, but my white (good) breeches cost me 10€, in a sale (not even second hand!) and they have lasted me 4/5 years of competing so far. I ride in a borrowed jacket that I have as long as I want...
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    Buying Sight Unseen from Ireland

    Sound like a very good idea 😊 how would you go about vetting the breeders and making sure their stock is as advertised though? I'm sure Teagasc and Horse Sport Ireland would be interested, I know Teagasc in particular does a lot of work with breeders, running the young breeders...
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    Working students...

    Thanks everyone you all have given me lots to think about. 😊
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    Working students...

    Thanks for the reply wkiwi 😃 I have done work experience at a number of vet clinics during transition year in school (I don't know if England has anything like it, it's basically an optional year between the two exam cycles where we do loads of work experience, charity work, trips and...
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    Working students...

    Hi guys, this might be a longish post but ill try not to ramble on too much... I have two years before I finish my leaving cert (like A levels for most of ye I think?) and head on to college. A gap year before the 5 years of college (I want to be a vet) doesn't seem likely due to younger...
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    Kids and harsh bits?

    Big bits in any hands that are rough annoy me - adult or child. I have seen 10yr olds handle a double bridle better than many adults and I have seen 10yr olds that should be on a lunge line. You can't tar them all with the same brush just as you can't say every adult with BHS exams (example)...
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    First test on new horse.....mixed results

    No need to be so harsh you asked for advice she gave some.... The reason that this type of problem can be hard to discuss over a forum is because we have no way of knowing how the horse in question moves. Does he flop straight on his forehand and poke his nose, does he still work correctly...
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    Your methods of backing and breaking.

    I've never broken one on my own but spent last summer working (getting in the way and asking lots of questions) and learning in a breaking/schooling yard and while it was adapted for each horse it generally went something like this: (some horses went home after a few weeks others stayed on for...
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    horsehunting in Ireland, tips and tricks ?

    Age you are looking for? Start with donedeal, loads of rubbish on there but if you have a decent eye you can find a few gems. If you are looking for younger stock look up ID stallions and the studs that stand ones you like. If you have an idea of what part of Ireland you are headed, I'm sure...
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    Fitness?

    Thanks for the reply, yes that was sort of the timescale I had thought. 😊
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    Fitness?

    Just a quick query, how quickly would you expect a horse to go from combined training fitness (comfortably fit around 1m level but has slight grass belly) to ode fitness at the same level? I'm not expecting miracles or anything but it would be nice to fit in 1/2 events on a certain pony I'm...
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    Considering a move to Ireland - advice needed

    I didn't mean to cause any offence or anything, I know these sports are pretty big here, but if you are coming from England, which has multiple 3+4*s etc, it is a smaller scene. 😊 I know we are a small country which is the reason for this, but coming from England it could be a culture...
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    Considering a move to Ireland - advice needed

    What type of riding are you into op? That may influence you as places like limerick and Kerry have quite good hunting or cork and Kilkenny are very into their sj (I'm generalising here!) Or if racehorses are your thing I could recommend South Tipp (fethard area) As already stated, no bridleways...
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    Harness Racing Training 2015 - Week 1

    I love your updates! Really interesting and informative so thank you :) I completely understand your 'stubbornness' as I am often taxed with the same. I think I am stubborn so I can prove to myself that it doesn't frighten me anymore and I can win!
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    Not the norm to take responsibility of your own horse?

    At least yours stopped! While eventing (she always knew when there was 3 phases, and that x country was after sj the cheeky ******!) I would gallop out of the sj ring and jump off trying to keep a hold of her reins. Thank fully everyone knew our 'routine' and she always stopped when she lost her...
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    Not the norm to take responsibility of your own horse?

    You literally could have been writing about my old pony. If I warmed up over jumps, she knew that she was going jumping and could not stand still. I often reversed up to the ring, turned a beautiful pirouette and galloped in!
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    watching badminton?

    Is there any way I can watch it here in Ireland? I have no fei tv or sky box and the BBC site isn't even giving me an option to stream it. 😭😭
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    horse on loan - where do I stand?

    I wouldn't send a letter. Bring one with you stating simply why you took the horse back and how, if she wants him back not to cash cheque and pay you the 1500. Definitely take heavies for backup and if you think she may get aggressive you could warn the police what you are doing so if needed...
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