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    Do I buy...

    Thank you - I will give that a whirl; I loved it and felt a right twit for shrinking it to pony size!!
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    So, what do I need?

    Congratulations! For steady energy and weight maintenance nuts are great as well (chocolate covered is optional!) . Tinned rice pudding, tinned fruit and custard, plenty of pasta lol. As well as a microwave a slow cooker is cheap and can be incredibly useful; you bung everything in and leave it...
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    Golden retriever/golden doodle pups

    @Bernster - Goldies are lovely dogs :) Irish terriers don't shed though...I don't think it would be quick to find one however if you were considering the breed as waiting lists are long and the breed association shut their puppy finding service at the height of the pandemic. I had to wait over...
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    Golden retriever/golden doodle pups

    They are fabulous fun @Bernster; born clowns! I am certain an Irish pup would settle very nicely with a cat for anyone who was thinking of that. :)
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    Golden retriever/golden doodle pups

    My Irish chap is very well behaved with chooks, sheep, cattle and other dogs. I wouldn't hesitate to ask him to be polite to cats :) I know of several that happily live with cats too. I too agree that the list of dogs able to live with cats should be far longer - my sight and scent hounds...
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    Barefoot Trimming

    I trimmed my own (5 horses at that time) for nearly a decade. Depending on what you have got, what issues there are etc it may not really be rocket science and as others have said farriers and trimmers can make things worse in fact! I had a brilliant trimmer help my horse and me deal with lots...
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    May bank holiday weekend plans

    She is stunning and will only get more beautiful. What a very lovely head she has and how nice that you are so enjoying her!! :)
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    Can I have a quick opinion please?

    Endurance vets sometimes say that every hour of travelling is equal to 10miles work (at endurance pace). I am sure that travelling on a lorry is easier on a horse than in a trailer so there are lots of things to consider; not least how your horses travel, how fit they are and what their work...
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    Thought I'd heard it all with crossbreeds but .........

    I don't know much about breeding but words fail me...:( :(
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    Golden retriever/golden doodle pups

    If you want a fun, non-shedding dog that will be endlessly cheerful, affectionate and entertaining get an Irish Terrier!! I am joking slightly as you are clearly more headed towards the gun dogs type but truly, my wiry ginger Irish is the dog of a lifetime. :):) Here is a good article about...
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    May bank holiday weekend plans

    Lesson this morning; both Alw and I were somehow all over the place (and not together). I was not feeling the best having drunk 2 glasses of wine last night (very unusual for me lol) and Alw came in like a small angry bear for no apparant reason this morning! Nevertheless it was very positive...
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    May bank holiday weekend plans

    What a fantastic gift! :)
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    Competition Long Riding Boot Recommendations

    Second Tredstep - they are well made and blissfully comfy! Ariats are good but always seem to crack over my toes - Tredsteps just don't seem to do that. :)
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    Do I buy...

    Am I the only one to say 'no' to the VIP pad? They seem to have a brilliant write up but my horse loathed his. I sold it easily though! So yes, buy one and try it, then sell it if need be!!
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    Do I buy...

    Yes buy one if you are certain that you won't shrink it in the wash like I did...They are lovely but higher maintenance.
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    Where are all the smaller horses?!

    Yes, it is really sad; a decent anglo arab is a truly wonderful horse. OH and I often reflect on how lovely it would be to breed them or to stand a decent TB stallion to promote this kind of breeding for the leisure market. We, in the equestrian world, have become sadly aspirational in some...
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    Where are all the smaller horses?!

    I think it is very sad that the 'fashion' or prevailing wind/whatever has led many, many leisure riders away from the traditional but somewhat smaller 'all rounder' types and breeds to be honest. I really don't want to offend or upset anyone in relation to horse breeds/types but the...
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    Where are all the smaller horses?!

    No, I imagine that would represent significant loss.
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    Where are all the smaller horses?!

    My 'smaller' horse is 15.3/16hh and is pure Welsh D. To me, even with a 16.3 hh horse here, she doesn't seem particularly small and happily carries anyone in the family. I think fashion has a lot to do with breeders breeding larger horses, as well as riders getting bigger. Anyone and everyone...
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    Ratcatcher meet hip flask

    Tweed! Usually ratcatcher (which means the outfit of tweed with brown boots and either a tie or coloured stock) signals a more informal meet. It is basically never wrong to wear but is particularly correct for Autumn Hunting and late in the season. Ratcatcher can also signify non-subscribers...
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    Horse and rider with extreme issues...

    Yes, the horse has been on a Vit e trial (natural variety at 10,000 per day); no result :(. Hind gut ulcers could really be a problem in my view though I would hope and imagine that all of the veterinary involvement to date would have considered this and/or discarded that? The horse is on a...
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    Backing 3/4yr olds

    They are expensive but incredibly useful to have in the tack room, re-sell really easily if you wanted to and are bizarrely secure to ride in! I really can't say enough good things about the Christ bareback pads. All of our horses are very happy to be ridden in them and just so, blissfully...
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    Backing 3/4yr olds

    Ah, I completely understand and have been there! When we were really struggling for a saddle last year I used a Christ bareback pad (without stirrups) on saddle fitters recommendation. It was bliss!! It helped Alw get over some minor saddle related soreness and kept her faith in ridden work...
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    Backing 3/4yr olds

    Happy Birthday Maesmynach Alw!! :) :) On her arrival:- She was very, very calm, having loaded without hesitation and travelled very well but took ages to unload from the stud's lorry because she hadn't seen chickens previously and was convinced that they were most definately NOT OK!! And...
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    Backing 3/4yr olds

    We are out of time!! It is Alw's 5th birthday tomorrow :) :) It seems unbelievable that I chose her as a (late) 2 year old but I have had such a lovely time over the last couple of years and feel hugely priveleged to have shared this early time with her. I very much hope she has a long, happy...
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    Essentials for riding young horses

    The very best advice I have ever been given for a young horse, which you cannot buy, is to 'never put fear in the saddle'. Youngsters need our bravest, most confident and hand holding hearts so if at any time you cannot provide that, either do something different which you do feel happy and...
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    Building horse fitness after time off

    I was always told when bringing horse back into work to walk until you can't bear to walk any more, then walk until you are so sick of it that you simply cannot go on. Then walk some more...!! I 'try' to do 6 weeks walk work with anything that has been off either lame/unwell or hasn't worked...
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    Tall riders - show me on your smaller horses please

    You look like a great match - super horse!! :)
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    Where are all the smaller horses?!

    One of the very best crosses :) Just beautiful.
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    What muzzle is this?

    I have found the flexible filly muzzle ok for my mare ; the headcollar (a fieldsafe one) has rubbed her so her head is now encased in sheepskin/wool/fluff. She tolerates the muzzle really well and wears it for about 18 hours a day at the moment :( I did enlarge the hole but she is still well...
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