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    Excellent Eden Valley!! Finally conquered our demons!

    Many of you know about Java's elimination at the first fence at Eden in 2012 and this is our first season since. So far I have done Northallerton, Warwick Hall and Hutton this year and we have yet to go clear XC and it's so frustrating. Northallerton we had to walk past fence 4 due to dogs...
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    Hutton BE Roll Call !!

    Any other HHO'ers at Hutton this weekend? I'm on Sunday Sec K with the quirky pony. Hoping all our hard work recently will pay off and that we have a good day!! I keep my horse 10 mins from Hutton at Eden Valley Site and the weather is glorious!!! When I set off for work at 5.45pm...
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    Quirky pony back with a bang and introducing my new project!

    Well I haven't been on here for a while as been very busy at my end! Sadly I have made the decision to retire my 6 year old mare Abbie from any jumping. She is super talented and it's such a shame but that's horses I suppose! I want to do the best for her as she doesn't owe me anything. Due...
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    Northallerton BE Roll Call....

    I'm there Saturday Section F with J. His first BE in 2 years after his famous elimination at fence 1 at Eden Valley in 2012. Spent 2 years getting him to this point so very excited as if it goes well all my hard work will have paid off! Plus with Abbie's navicular I was determined to get...
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    Treehouse Hat Silk Sizing? Help Please!!

    I'm ordering the Treehouse Hat Silk, and I'm torn between sizing. I have a Charles Owen Pro II in a size 55cm. The size guide says Medium - 51cm - 55/56cm Large is - 56cm - 58/59cm I'm sick of my current silk flying off! It's the CO one that came with the hat. I want it to be...
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    Quirky pony goes SJ and WH at Greenlands! 2-in-1 Report!

    On the 25th January I took J to do some working hunter, Trailblazers Qualfiers. I really need to get out Xc schooling but due to the weather at the moment working hunter is the next best thing! The course was terrifying and due to this we stuck to smaller classes than we are used to. First...
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    Quirky Pony does dressage and manages a frilly!

    I have just written it and lost it :( Here goes againc. As the BE season is fast approaching and I haven't done a test since July with J I realised I needed to get out and about! He is 16 this year so I need to make the most of the next few years, however he is super low mileage only...
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    Micklem Bridle Sizing and Noseband/Bit Recommendations Please..

    Firstly the micklem - my local tack shop had 20% of Micklems, I had always wanted to give one a go so bought one. Standard horse said 14.3hh large head to 16.3hh fine head. Well my horse is 15.2hh TB x Appaloosa so thought this would be perfect. Tried on and was on top hole of cheeks but...
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    Trailblazers Showjumping Qualifiers Report

    We took Java to the Trailblazers Qualifiers at Greenlands Equestrian Centre to jump the 85cm and 95cm today. Didn't get off to a good start when he decided he didn't want to load! We were rescued by another livery who lent us a lunge line as ours was at home! Eventually hopped on...
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    Trailblazers Working Hunter Qualifier Report

    So I decided to take J to a working hunter qualifier. I really want to have a go at some intermediate workers at county/agricultural shows next year and thought that this would be a good platform to really get going, as he has only done 2 workers. I decided to enter the exceeding 148cm 85cm...
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    Quirky pony Greenlands Showjumping Report with a Frilly!

    I decided as Java's loading is coming along much better than it has been, to make sure we stick to taking him out regularly, so last night I took him to the show jumping at Greenlands Equestrian Centre. When we arrived at the yard in the dark and pouring rain, I wasn't holding out much hope...
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    Showjumping report, Mary King Clinic and positive Abbie update!

    What a busy few weeks! Decided to take J to greenlands for the jumping. Had planned on entering the 85 and 95 however was limited time wise with work afterwards so ended up having to do 75 and 85. Maybe a good thing as the fillers were very spooky and J hasn't been to this venue for over a year...
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    Big Breakthrough at Eden Valley Hunter Trials! We got a frilly!!

    Ahhh can't praise my superstar horsey enough! Java - the horse who got eliminated at fence one of a BE and who 2 weeks ago got eliminated at fence 2, got round the hunter trial only 1 second over the optimum time and just a silly 20 pens as he napped 15 metres ish away from the jump (given...
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    Tips for a horse that won't let the clippers near!

    Tried to clip Java this morning. Did not go well.... Let him stand with a Haynet and to start with just turned the clippers on without putting them near him. He started snorting and prancing. He then seemed to settle but went mental again and was starting to lift his front legs off the...
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    Clipping.....

    J is getting clipped this morning - Does a low chaser clip sound suitable? He is doing a hunter trial this weekend (normal class and pairs) He did one two weeks ago and was v sweaty! He is fit though He will be living out until October 31st then stabled at night we also have a lesson...
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    Anyone have a horse who doesn't like a breastplate?

    I rode Java in a hunting breastplate at the hunter trial last week. For those who read my report, you will know it didn't go well! I haven't showjumped in a while so popped some fences yesterday and he was really lethargic and not using himself in the slightest. Not like him. Mystified, as a...
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    Eden Valley Hunter Trial Report with J! We are getting there!

    Seeing as my other horse is out of action Java was roped into doing a hunter trial! We also odd dressage in Thursday where we gained 4th place but with 60.9 something in P18. Set us up nicely for the HT as he was on my side this week! Seeing as Java is pretty backward XC we entered the 65cm...
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    Need your help horse shopping please - at my wits end!

    Hi Wondering if anyone could help me horse shop i didn't expect to have to be horse shopping so all the more stressful! Unfortunately have mini budget which is pretty impossible to find anything. I have trawled every horse site I know and every one I have rang about has been a no go...
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    FAO Gamebird

    I've popped you a Pm but my iPad is playing up so not sure if it has worked! I can't get in to see if its sent Thanks
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    Tips for increasing confidence and boldness in a horse XC

    I would love to have another go at eventing J. I have done one BE80 and was eliminated at the first XC jump, even though he had schooled over the same course in previous months. Bit of background J didn't start competing until the age of 12 (couldn't really jump until then either) and is now...
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    Showjumping Report, Overdue Abbie Update and Trailer Test Qu.

    So bit of a long report today! Was looking through my photos and found a comp I hadn't reported on with J. Have a question about height of jump in picture also! So usual story with him, we entered 80,90,1m And he was a little star! He seems to have really turned a corner this year...
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    Showjumping and Showing Report with the Quirky Pony!

    This week has been busy with a showjumping show and then showing show. First up was SJ show (part of a summer points series) so keen to get some more points! I had a lesson as well the week before and really improved our jumping. J was being super lazy in the warm up and I was starting...
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    Is a Pelham correct for in-hand/ridden veteran if a hunter type?

    Sorry for yet another question - never shown before apart from m+m ponies 10 years ago The classes I am entering are ridden and in hand veteran along with a WH Horse is 15.2hh small hunter so is it correct to turn out with a Pelham/double? Horse goes fine in hand with one and is...
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    Advice on Hunter Noseband Width Needed

    I am doing a showing and WHP show next weekend and need to buy a flat hunter noseband for J for ridden veteran and in hand veteran. I was thinking he would be best in a 1 1/2" noseband? Too thin and I think it would look awful so help please! He is a 15.2hh Tb x App but of small hunter...
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    In Hand and Ridden Veteran advice please!

    I am doing a working hunter and showing show next weekend and need a little advice on turnout etc. I have only ever done WHP before so bare with me! I have entered novice Intermediate WHP, ridden and in hand veteran So for in hand - I was just going to wear my long...
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    Bit Advice for my horse needed for SJ/XC

    I asked In my SJ report but didnt get any responses so here goes! I currently compete my 15.2hh TBxApp in a neue Schulz trans -angled lozenge full cheek Whilst he is not strong during flatwork in this (not as soft as could be) jumping is a different story!! He tends to only compete SJ...
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    SJ from me and the quirky pony (pics + advice needed!)

    So I jumped J in the 3rd round of the points series - there isn't a table so I have no idea where I am lying! After having world championship trials bikes at yard last for 4 days I had missed a few schooling days so pony rather fresh! As usual jumped him in the 80,90 and 1m. Course didnt...
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    XC, Dressage, and SJ report from me and the quirky pony!

    Had a busy few weeks with J! After Eden Valley BE was on I took him on the schooling day the day after with a few others. After his famous elimination at fence 1 last year I thought it was time I tried again! He was great over the collecting ring fences but again stopped at fence 1 :eek...
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    Extremely Urgent Help Re Happy Mouth Bits!

    I have just changed my youngsters bit to a happy mouth with a roller and she is totally settled in this compared to any other bit. I had been using my other horses gag version on the snaffle rein as she is totally a snaffle mouth and the change is amazing. I have an intro test tomorrow...
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    SJ report with the quirky horse - new hat is obviously lucky!

    J and I did some show jumping on thursday in an attempt to prep him for our aim of doing an unaffiliated 1.10 this summer (hopefully in next few weeks) Now as J is rather quirky I always do a smaller class before my 2 main ones, otherwise sometimes he can stop at the fillers the first time...
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