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    Are equestrian events allowed under the new rules?

    Thank you for this. I think our little, local thing should be fine. We will be on a large field with plenty of space. All entries are pre-event by post to the club secretary (to avoid people gathering to pay on the day) and we are really pushing the social distancing message to everyone. Let’s...
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    Are equestrian events allowed under the new rules?

    A small club event, with maybe 25 riders. A mix of showing classes and low level jumping.
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    Are equestrian events allowed under the new rules?

    As title really. Am the only one who’s a bit confused?
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    Getting the dog into the car!! .... steps of a ramp??

    Hello all .... we have just acquired a LR Discovery. The back opens via a lift up door (top) and a drop down door (bottom). The resulting jump up and down for doggy is pretty high, so we are looking to get either some steps or a ramp to help. Anyone got such a thing they can recommend? Thanks all.
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    Is it time I gave up?

    No, we don't. I've been there 2 years now and never been in the owners house! But the point is, I forgot to go. Never crossed my mind .... I'm really mad with myself.
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    Is it time I gave up?

    I agree, but the yard in on a farm where the owners are shielding for health reasons (YM leases the stables/turn out etc from them) and they are making the rules at the moment. The farm house is immediately adjacent to the barn so they're being quite fussy about it. Hopefully, the situation will...
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    Is it time I gave up?

    My yard has been on lock down like many others, and my time there has been limited to specific (short) hours on specific days, to enable everyone there to get some horse time. I have just enough time to go, have a short ride (30-45 mins) and leave. As such, I've barely ridden since the end of...
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    Why are people like this?

    I take disposable gloves and disinfectant spray with me shopping these days. Put on gloves, walk to trolley pick up, spray handle before touching it to try to avoid passing bugs from handle to goods. Keep gloves on while I shop, pay and load stuff into car. Remove gloves before driving home...
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    5 THINGS CORONA HAS TAUGHT ME

    1) I worry too much about inconsequential things. 2) I have great friends. 3) My husband is actually a pretty decent human being and I married him for very good reasons. 4) I can manage very well only shopping every 10 days or so. 5) There is a lot right about my life, and I should focus more on...
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    (With apologies!) ...Another "dog walking during lock down" thread

    :):) ... Thanks for that clarification. Think I might bookmark that one and re-read it when I get in from walking the dog twice, popping to the yard to see my horse and nipping out for some milk ...... oh ... hang on ..... o_Oo_O:oops: .........
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    (With apologies!) ...Another "dog walking during lock down" thread

    Quite a few it would seem! I heard this morning that our local police are asking people NOT to report infringements, as they are inundated and have better things to do than chase up the odd solitary "twice a day" dog walker. As someone has said, it's more about large gatherings etc. However, I...
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    (With apologies!) ...Another "dog walking during lock down" thread

    Flippin' 'eck .... hadn't seen this. I'm stuffed!!!! Just can't see a way of combining doggy walking with pony visits ARGH!!!
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    (With apologies!) ...Another "dog walking during lock down" thread

    Yes, I have a bit of a grass verge area outside my house too, so could possibly just walk him up and down there in the mornings for "toilet" purposes, then go for a proper walk in the afternoons, which I prefer. As for reporting my neighbour, well, I have absolutely no intention of doing...
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    (With apologies!) ...Another "dog walking during lock down" thread

    Yes, I'm with you on that. Although we live in a quiet rural community (thank goodness) I do still meet the occasional person as I walk the 3 hundred yards or so to the nearest entrance of the heathland area. The other day, I got shouted at by a neighbour, as I met another woman walking towards...
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    (With apologies!) ...Another "dog walking during lock down" thread

    I was sure someone would come along and say just that. I agree with you actually, although I did go out twice yesterday and know/have met many people on a two walk per day strategy. Think I might have to alter my routine to go once, later in the day and try to make that into a morning and...
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    (With apologies!) ...Another "dog walking during lock down" thread

    Hello everyone. I hope you're all staying well, and apologies if this has been done already. We are a couple living with a very active dog who normally goes out twice daily. The lockdown plan was for Mr Expo to walk him in the morning and me to walk him later on in the day. All went well for a...
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    Livery yards being closed, banned from seeing our horses

    Yes, thank you. I thought as much. My boy is on full livery and the YM is taking good care of him, but she has put in place slots to give us all a bit of pony time. With regards to going out, yes, I'm walking doggy once a day from home and we are very lucky to have some open access heathland and...
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    Livery yards being closed, banned from seeing our horses

    Not read the whole thread, but like many others we are one hour time slots to visit, working round YM and staff who go first thing and then pm to bring in etc. All ours are full or part livery: no DIYs so easier to manage. Could someone please clarify whether a one hour visit to yard counts as...
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    Livery yards being closed, banned from seeing our horses

    We are on rostered time slots to prevent too many people being there at once. My times are one hour, three days per week so not enough time to ride. Not sure how this fits with my other issues around dog walking (needed twice daily) and the requirement to only go out once per day for exercise!
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    How long a walk?

    Just read on the BBC web site that exercise should be for a "normal" amount of time. So if you normally walk for an hour, then walk for an hour. Don't suddenly start walking for 2-3 hours to make up for lost time. It's a tough one. Many of us on here live very rurally so rarely see other people...
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    Sorry! Another CV thread - Cancelled events?

    I don't think it's strictly correct today the UK isn't testing anyone. It is my understanding that we are testing people with clear/severe symptoms, in a hospital setting, rather than people with vague/mild symptoms. (I may be wrong though ....... i'm sure if I am, someone will be along shortly...
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    Sorry! Another CV thread - Cancelled events?

    Yes, this is a small local thing. Maybe 30-35 competitors in total with their fiends coming along to help out, but not huge crowds by any means.
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    Sorry! Another CV thread - Cancelled events?

    Has anyone cancelled, or had a cancellation, of an equestrian event because of CV? Due to go to a small club dressage thing next weekend and was really looking forward to the outing after all the rotten weather we've had. At the moment, it's going ahead, but that may change. We are in a fairly...
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    Most ridiculous/amusing thing your horse has spooked at?

    A fish!! We were hacking past a small fishing lake when a very large fish (no idea what kind ...!) suddenly jumped for a fly. The sight of the thing emerging from the water and then splashing back sent him on his way very speedily indeed .... crazy old nag that he is.
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    Dressage entry fees

    THanks for all the replies everyone. The venue fees have gone up £40.00 so are now £150.00 per event. Again, I have no idea if that’s reasonable for the facilities: we’d hate to have to move to be honest. Quite a lot of the resident liveries at the venue like to enter the events so...
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    Dressage entry fees

    Sorry - this a bit boring but would appreciate some input. The small, local club I’m involved with runs a number of popular Dressage competitions every year. They are held at a local EC where tests are ridden on a good surface and warm up is in a large indoor. Plenty of parking, good...
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    Polo shirts/ tops for up the yard?

    Depending on your size, I buy Tesco boys school polo shirts. Last lot I bought were 2 for £6.50 I think. They wash and wear a treat and come in a variety of plain colours. I buy the boys ones as they’re a bit longer in the body and they do them up to early teens so plenty big enough...
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    Riding club show needs an overhaul

    I help out with events organised by a small, local riding club. This year, they have put on several Dressage events, a couple of Showing plus dressage things - Showing first, then Dressage afterwards and a couple of Showing plus Show jumping events. We’re now approaching the end of the summer...
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    Trainee physio wants to do case study

    A girl I know is training in horse physio/sports massage. She’s a highly competent person and I’ve know her for several years. She’s now asked if she can use my lad as a case study as part of her final year before qualifying. I’ll need to tell my vet and can’t think of any reason why not, but...
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    Is this cheeky or should I be grateful?

    AGH!! Good point!! Thanks for pointing that out. I'm pretty certain friend's saddle wouldn't anywhere near fit my horse. He's a cobby, flat backed type, her's is a warm blood/TB cross with quite prominent withers and narrower than mine. (Brave pants located at the bottom of the knicker drawer...
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