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  1. Lyle

    Body Protector recommendations

    I'm searching for a new, comfy, flexible body protector to wear every day (alllll day) while riding breakers/working youngstock. So it needs to be comfortable, ideally light, and flexible. It must been eventing standards level 3 so I can also use it XC, but will do my own research into the...
  2. Lyle

    rugging- to neck, or not to neck

    Hello from down under! The question that I have is... who turns their horses out or has them living out full time, without a neck cover, when clipped? Background here is: I have Welsh D's, and have been buying them at 6mo and will be breeding them in the future. I don't rug them until they are...
  3. Lyle

    Welsh cob owners..

    Looking for advice/ideas from owners and riders of Welsh Cobs. I have a super, just turned 4yo section D who I bought last year as a 3yo. He has always been sharp, reactive, snorty and with a high flight (I.e run away!) reflex. I bought him from his breeder, and it definitely took 6 months for...
  4. Lyle

    Opinions on keeping youngstock

    Just after a few opinions on paddocking youngstock (weanlings) I recently purchased two welsh cob weanlings. Well, I purchased one and my OH set me a challenge to find him a friend, so naturally, within a week we had two :D I currently have them paddocked with my retired eventer, who is unshod...
  5. Lyle

    Can I please introduce....

    Just wanted to share a few snaps of my latest addition; Ridley! Riddles is a 3.5yo Welsh Section D gelding. I've had him 3 months, and boy, he's a spunk with tonnes of attitude! I've started to do groundwork with him, and he's been super quick to learn. I'll be attempting to back him myself...
  6. Lyle

    Backing young horses- book recommendations

    Hello everyone! I'm looking for good literature to read about backing young horses. I've got some idea of the process, I would just like some solid reading :) If anyone has any recommendaitions, I'd appreciate the suggestions!
  7. Lyle

    Talk to me about Ifor Williams trailers...

    Hello all! I'm from Aus and am interested in purchasing an Ifor Williams HB506 from a distributor in Australia. I'm just wanting to find out what I can about them, as I may need to make the purchase sight unseen! Firstly, what do they tow like? Do they sit stable on the road, has anyone had...
  8. Lyle

    Shopping help! Where to buy BR bridles...or other nice doubles

    I need a little help finding online stores that sell the BR bridles. Looking to purchase a double bridle within a reasonable budget. Happy to take other suggestions too!
  9. Lyle

    Winter free-schooling, one way to warm up!

    So it's been bitterly cold this winter (for us, anyway!) and the school has been under water. At least we are improving our butterfly and breaststroke! Anywho, a few nice days meant the school dried up, so I took the opportunity to practice with my (er, Dad's) camera :D Just wanted to share :)...
  10. Lyle

    A mid-winter report (plus video!)

    Seeing as it's a miserable day, I thought I'd write a report about our outing last weekend :) Tali had the month of May loitering in the paddock, and when I started to bring him back into work, the yard owner decided to rip out the arena fence and put a new one in. While this was a very noble...
  11. Lyle

    PHOTO OVERLOAD: Sunshine, saddlecloths, and a great photographer

    **These photos were taken my my best friends' generous boyfriend** He offered to take photos of us girls poncing around in matching gear, and we weren't going to decline! (Yup, he's keeper ;) ) All colour adjustment/editing has been done me :) It's amazing how a good the photos can be when you...
  12. Lyle

    Terrific Tali does a weekend of Sand Dancing

    Well! Back from a long, boiling hot weekend of dressage, and I had an absolute ball thanks to Tali! With the forecast for the weekend being 34C+ both days, I loaded up the esky with ice, sparkling wine, juice and cheese, and headed off as the sun was rising on Saturday morning. I arrived at...
  13. Lyle

    Bit of sand dancing in the sun! introducing...

    Hi all! Just wanted to share a few photos my lovely friend took! She brought her clever camera when she came to meet my new(ish) ponio. He's never been formally introduced to HHO, so introducing... Italics! 15.3hh, 5yo Warmblood by AEA Metallic, out of a Falkland Victory mare. I've had...
  14. Lyle

    Barefoot riders, a little advice please

    Hi all, I have a lovely 5yo Warmblood who has never been shod. This is my first barefoot horse, so please excuse me if I sound like a total nuff! I purchased him three months ago, and have kept him barefoot. His feet were very long when I purchased him, although they were still a nice and...
  15. Lyle

    Arena Schooling in the dark...

    who has or would school a horse in the evenings/very early mornings on an arena without lights? I'm moving yards to somewhere without lights on the arena and there may be the odd night per week that I might find myself needing to school after dusk. I would make these sessions more...
  16. Lyle

    my whinge for the week!

    Before I start, I'd like to apologise. I feel like a whiner, but I think the heat is finally making me crack :eek: The weather seems to be the main protagonist to many complaints, so not to break the trend, here's my whine! Melbourne is about to experience it's third of four days with the...
  17. Lyle

    My Petrie top boots are peeling!

    I'm hoping the power of HHO will be able to give me a little confidence boost! I purchased a pair of second hand Petrie boots, and I had my first ride in the today and I've worn a hole on the inside calf! It looks like there is an outer layer that has delaminated from the thicker leather...
  18. Lyle

    Double dressage report- the eventer infiltrates...

    Well I'm back from a big weekend away with the grey child, so thought I might update those interested. :D Needless to say, it was a long, tiring weekend, although I'm pleased with our results, it just didn't quite go to plan.. As I'm not eventing this season, I'd entered myself and Cruze into...
  19. Lyle

    + Video: Clever Cruze does Dressage!

    Recently, I've been in the throes of self doubt about my skill as a jumping rider. The beast and my self had a fright while schooling about 6 weeks back, and since then have just been pottering over grids to try and re-build my shattered confidence! So where should my competitive desires turn...
  20. Lyle

    My season wrap-up! (from down under)

    Ahoy! I'm home sick today, so this seems like an entertaining way to keep me occupied :p Well, apart from this coming weekend, my eventing for this season has come to an end. I didn't get to a few EA events this month due to missing out on entries, so I've had to scramble to find an HRCAV...
  21. Lyle

    Summer update and showjumping report, warts and all!

    Ahoy! I've been absent from the forum for a while, been very busy with Christmas/New year/boogie boarding/sailing, all those summer things ;) The pony front has also been quite busy! I moved to a new agistment property early December, and although it was a severe shock to my bank balance...
  22. Lyle

    Can I please have a brag? Eventing reports!

    So my little Cruzy bod has had three eventing starts now, and there is a been a rather exponential increase in performance! Ahhhhhh I'm so happy! His first competition was a very good weekend overall, just not on paper :p Two weekends ago was his second start, and first time camping...
  23. Lyle

    First horse trials with the TB, proud moment report!

    So Mr Cruzy and I embarked on his first ever horse trials this weekend, competing in the official Introductory. I'm incredibly stoked with how he performed all weekend, although on paper it wasn't particularly outstanding :p he did behave beautifully. Dressage was bright and early at 8.07...
  24. Lyle

    Finally got out XC schooling!

    Little update, as I am so pleased with how the TB is coming along! Our first HT is looming up this weekend, and although he's only going for a pop around the Ev80, I was feeling a bit concerned as he's only really been out on XC twice :o Cue panic mode and desperately trying to find somewhere...
  25. Lyle

    Busy weekend report- XC schooling plus show

    Feeling pretty chuffed with my spunky grey boy, he just keeps exceeding my expectations! :o It's been bucketing so much this winter, it basically hasn't let up for 3 or 4 months and it's getting a little frustrating, bring back the drought I say! It's getting difficult to school XC any where...
  26. Lyle

    Browand help ploise! Patent browbands

    Hi :) I'm looking for a patent browband, but don't seem to be having much luck :o Just wondering if anyone knows of some lovely online stores that might stock such an item. Just after a straight style browband, not V, U or loopy as the horse in question has a small head :p Thanks :D
  27. Lyle

    Showjumping report from down under...

    Well, this report is just a little late as the competition was actually last weekend, my apologies! I've found myself up on this beautiful Sunday morning, hoping that the forecast rain will eventually come this year and thought I might have a little type. I had entered the Cruzy boy into...
  28. Lyle

    Competition name ideas, please! :)

    So I have a nice little grey TB gelding, who I named Cruzy as a stable name because he is such a relaxed fellow. But I've become a bit stuck on names after the one I wanted (Cruise Control) became unavailable :( Mum came up with 'Platinum Cruise' which I do sort of like, but I'm not...
  29. Lyle

    Show jumping lesson report

    I took my off the track TB to his first proper showjumping lesson :D Cruzy has only been jumping aout 6 weeks, with my meager jumping equipment so it was a day of firsts, first related lines, dazzle board and oxers! Even walked over a tarp/liverpool with no worries :p And as no report is...
  30. Lyle

    Best body brushes for sensitive horse

    :) So I'm on the lookout for a new body brush for my uber sensitive TB. I love grooming, but Cruzy really doesn't seem to enjoy it, he is quite sensitive. I'm thinking I need a really soft body brush, but one that will still get the job done ;) Please post your suggestions! :D
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