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    Best rat traps?

    I've never seen terriers in action, but have heard about how efficient they are when it comes to a rat massacre. We forget dogs used to be bred for specific jobs! They're good at their job and they love it. I have to say, whenever I see decking on a house I think "RATS".
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    Jockeys & masks

    I wonder if they'd slipped down and the jockey didn't want to take a hand off the reins to try and push it back up. They do look awfully hot and impractical (for sport), but I'm sure they'll put up with it for the sake of a partial return to normality. Looking forward to the Guineas this weekend.
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    Odd horse names

    If I ever become a millionaire I would breed racehorses and give them the rudest names I could get past Weatherbys. My non-horsey partner is being trained up, but insists if I'm allowed a horse (which will most likely be of the hairy cob/native persuasion, it be named...…Groovejet….
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    What exercise do you do to stay riding fit?

    I am really missing going swimming (at my workplace) 3 times a week. I do a ballet workout DVD which is good for overall suppleness, balance and core strength; apparently some top footballers rate ballet highly for fitness. You certainly don't see any lardy ballerinas or gymnasts.
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    Alternatives to a Dales Pony

    Can I just say that this should be the title of your memoirs.
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    Covid redundancy

    In the UK they are currently advertising for adult social care workers. I would have thought your professional skills with children could transfer well to another care context. Someone who has the patience to work with kids and all the associated responsibility should be very employable...
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    Daily yard attire

    This! I only go to a yard for RDA volunteering, but I wear charity shop trousers and my oldest jumper. I'm always puzzled by people wearing decent stuff, especially the kind of fabric that hay clings to. Surely horses can tell it's new/nice and make a point of dribbling on/or rubbing their...
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    Anyone just can’t/hasn’t achieved their horsey dreams...

    i was a pony-mad-but-pony-less kid, avidly devouring all the books about the girl with the cheap pony beating the poshos at the local show; having a pony that lived in the field next to your house that came when you called its name; a horse that only you could ride because you had such a special...
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    Tell me about the Percheron breed

    Apparently the French government are really pro-active in supporting their rare breeds with grants/subsidies etc. Percherons are probably the best known, but I think there are other French and Belgian heavy breeds that are a bit more compact and are surprisingly versatile.
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    Updated BHS advice on Covid 19

    We have to find the balance between reducing transmission risk and keeping small businesses afloat. There's no precedent for this, so there will be a sense of muddling along at first. I'm acutely aware how lucky I am to still be employed; and during lockdown I've actually saved significant...
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    Sold my horse and new owner is a nightmare

    OP, I hope you've blocked both numbers from your phone now. They're either a pair of idiot individuals, or it was a combined scam attempt. There were other interested buyers so the horse is clearly saleable and has a future if the YO has to sell him on. Always worth checking if your home...
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    Too scared to ride my horse

    This "advice" clearly hasn't worked, so you can politely disregard it and start seeking professional opinions. This is an issue to be solved by a methodical review of all possible causes (tack, diet, health eg ulcers) and lots of patience and back to basics.
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    Horse behaving oddly....

    Worth getting his vision checked if he's become jumpy with routine tasks?
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    Do i pay or not pay?

    Yes I would pay, but I would politely suggest to the Yard Owner that this be included in monthly livery fees going forward, with a clear costs breakdown so there are no disgruntled feelings in future.
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    Why are people like this?

    No washing stations or sanitiser for trolleys/baskets at my local supermarket yesterday. I take my own hand gel. I don't drive so have to go weekly as I can only physically carry a week's worth of supplies. People were mostly being sensible with distancing. Fans of the local football team have a...
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    Why are people like this?

    I work at a university, ie the building is allegedly full of educated/intelligent people. I've been sat in the ladies, heard someone urinate in the next cubicle, and then walk straight out without using the (noisy) sink and dryer. I genuinely didn't think it was possible to not wash your hands...
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    Survey on livery yard restrictions during the UK lockdown

    We have to remember we're in an unprecedented situation; a national emergency. The last time the country had to face deprivation like this was probably the strikes of the 70s, which of course had a political edge. The only people who remember living through WW2 (compulsory ID cards, curfews...
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    Talk to me about highlands

    Height is out of people's control, but weight certainly isn't (except in a tiny minority of cases involving medication side effects and hormonal disorders). According to 2012 stats on Wikipedia, the average height of an English female is 162cm/5 ft 3ish so that's plenty of horsey women who'd be...
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    Talk to me about highlands

    Well one alternative could be a proper drive towards a slimmer, healthier society instead of changing breed specs to suit our lardiness. Looking at my school photos from the 80s there were hardly any fat kids. The current UK child obesity stats are shameful (and the figures on young children...
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    End of my horse owning days

    That is a shame, but reassuring to know your horse is in good hands. If your health allows, you could consider helping your local RDA. Even if you're not up to tacking up or leading, an experienced horsey person can be really useful in all sorts of ways. And you usually meet nice people...
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    Burghley 2020 Help

    What do people feel about equestrian sport going ahead without spectators? I fear events with large crowds are going to be right at the end of the list of any phased return to normality. Not ideal of course, but TV rights could be a bit of much-needed income and it's better than nothing.
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    Gelding names!

    I too think Old Bloke names are good for horses; Trevor, Derek and Brian would also work. I'm amused by the idea of scruffy dobbin ponies called Stardust, Dawnweave, Ravenwing etc and posh TB crosses named Jeff and Geezer.
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    Pictures Update on my little palomino

    Which book did she choose?
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    Livery yards being closed, banned from seeing our horses

    Yes, completely different social set-up between the state and the individual in China. Remember we don't have ID cards in the UK, we have policing by consent and our police are not armed. What we really need is some good old reliable rubbish British weather to keep the idiots indoors.
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    Livery yards being closed, banned from seeing our horses

    Charles is heir to the throne. If you have a Royal Family they are treated differently, that's the whole point. I'm not a monarchist (far from it).
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    Any Foreign Breeds Fans?

    My local riding school had a Norwegian fjord. This was pretty exotic back around 1990. I remember her being strong, but biddable and great fun. I now have a Norwegian friend with two; lots of words for different shades of dun in Norwegian apparently. I also fell in love with Icelandics after...
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    Really shocked by this picture in horse and hound this week. Is it just me!?

    Might be specific to Thoroughbreds, but I recall reading that a racehorse in peak condition should have a rib or two showing. Does this not apply to other breeds?
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    Proper lockdown

    It's not a competition. We're all in this together, with different sets of worries, and should be able to vent without censure.
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    Any hairdressers?

    A mate has used clippers to give his kids mohicans, seeing as they won't be at school for ages. If ever you wanted to experiment with hair dye now would be the time!
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    Really struggling on my own

    Definitely not pathetic to wear correct gear and ask for help when you need it! Far too many idiots around doing the exact opposite. I think handling small, bossy ponies is a specialism in itself.