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    Lecture demo's...

    I've never been to a lecture demo before but have seen loads advertised and I'd like to go to a good one!! Either dressage or eventing :) Anyyone you would reccommend/wouldn't reccommend (PM if you like!)? What should I be expecting for my money? Prices seem to be a little all over the place...
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    France - competing, Eventing specifically

    Hi, I don't compete eventing or showjumping, but Am1 eventing is Novice/Intermediate in the UK I think. I have a friend who is competing at Am1 and is doing CIC*. But I don't know 100% the rules, The second link is specific to eventing, and page 26 is about the heights...
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    Young horses in France

    Hi, There isn't anything in hand, but for dressage there is "France Dressage" which is for foals, 2yr olds and 3yr olds. They are run loose (or under saddle for the 3yr olds), then judged. I'm not 100% sure how it works for SJ and Eventing but for dressage it's : 4, 5 and 6yr olds can...
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    Most you've achieved in a year

    Not a year, but 10 days...I had only ever ridden through a prelim test and within 10 days my trainer had me running through an Advanced 100 :) Very much due to an amazing horse who knows his stuff, and being told to get on with it - this works with me!! I hadn't really run through any of the...
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    Opinions on Equipe saddles

    I have 2 dressage saddles...wouldn't ride in anything unless the Equipe didn't fit my horse!
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    hello from France

    Hi, another one in France here! Actually you are only about 1h from me! Just to answer your question I'm with Hipcover through Gras Savoye, I was reccommended them by my vet as they have a good reputation!
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    This years 4yo's. What are you doing with them?

    I backed mine last summer, but he's very mature, and he has been hacked out ever since then. With the odd week off here and there! He walks, trots and canters out hacking and also hacks out alone and is happier in front out hacking! He'll go past anything and is more sensible that my 20yr old...
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    Vettings? Worth it or not?

    I didn't get my first horse vetted, I've had him 9 years and never a lame day or any other problems! My 2nd horse was vetted and passed with no problems...I had to have him PTS as a 5yr old due to juvenil arthritis in his pelvis. This would not have been picked up on a normal x-ray and we only...
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    Competition Goals for 2015 & a Blair Horse Trials Question :)

    I don't normally make goals as over the past few years nothing has gone to plan! But here goes : I'd like to qualify my 4yr old for the 4yr old amateur champs in Saumur (France) in 2015...That's if the judges like him!! If he doesn't qualify I'll be concentrating on training, training and more...
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    Young puppy crate training advice

    Just sharing my experience with our new puppy. She was just 8 weeks when we got her and I said form the start that over night she would be sleeping in her cage as I meant to start the way I would go on. (Our old dog slept on my bed as would destroy metal cages to get out of them...) The first...
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    What would you do?

    Thank you for your replies. We went back to vet today and she has said there is alot of improvement. Doesn't think she has been poisoned as she re-did the tests from Monday and they were alot better and no signs of being poisoned at all. The naughty dog escaped from the house today so to me...
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    What would you do?

    I'm in tears writing this so I'll try and make sense! My 11yr old dog went down hill very rapidly, she was still coming out hacking with us up until last Friday. She is now very lathargic, has lost 2.5kg in 10days, can't walk too far and is obviously not very well. We took her to the vets...
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    How can I find out if my pony has competition records in France?

    If you have her full passport name you can find her details on and then print it off. Everytime they compete it will be recorded on that. If you can't find her on there then contact them and get them to right something stating that they have no record of her competing.
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    A wwyd question... Sell?

    Could you not stay put and keep your job where you are now and not have the worries of selling/moving the horses? Do you need to move with the family if it is for such a short period of time? I don't think I would sell just because for 3 months you wouldn't be able to afford competing/training...
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    Horse insurance in France

    I use Gras Savoye Hipcover. I wanted to insure my lad for castration and after trying a few others who had quoted me 300€+ JUST for a 30 day cover for death after his castration I asked my vet and she said to contact them. I contacted them, I had to take out an insurance for a year (it was...
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    Foal watch!! Still waiting...

    We are waiting for our last one to foal, but it's going to be at least a week away, so no foal watch just yet! We had a mare that had her breakfast at 7.30, no signs of contractions, nothing, at 8am there was a foal trying to get up and she had finished her breakfast!!
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    Letting youngster see horse when PTS plus aftercare dilemma

    We had our old mare PTS at the end of september last year. And my now 3yr old tried to break the gate to get to her. The vet said to let him into the yard and let him see her. It was heartbraking for me as he kept trying to get her up. kept nuzzling her and then galloped away, and back to her...
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    Pictures and Videos. Breaking in the Baby, a Progress Report.

    She looks like she is taking everything in her stride! Looking forward to your updates in 2014 :)
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    2014 plans?

    My 2013 didn't go to plan at all so I haven't really thought about 2014! The only thing i would really like to do is, once he is broken in, I'd like to qualify my 3yr old lad for the French 3yr old National Championships. But if we don't go then it's not a big problem! I've had a hard 2013...
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    Need help unscrambling the maze of Haras Nationaux (France)

    Right ok, yes I understand now, sorry ! As far as I know you have to register them on the "liste de chevaux de sport" to be able to compete them. If they are on this list they can compete at any level I believe. Sorry, I am used to dealing with them, but our foals are registered with their...
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    Need help unscrambling the maze of Haras Nationaux (France)

    If the horses were born in France they should allready be french they have full french passports ? If they don't then you won't be able to compete above club level. I dont understand why you are needing to register your horses ? Sorry ! I deal alot with the haras...
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    Need help unscrambling the maze of Haras Nationaux (France)

    If you are importing them and you want to compete I believe you have to register them on the "Sport" list, otherwise you will not be able to compete them. I could be wrong but for imported horses it is either "loisirs" (no competing) or "sport/reproduction" (ables you to compete). What are you...
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    What do you think of this horse?

    I like the PRE !! I'm not competing anywhere near that level but having had the dumblood (ok bad experience and he has now been pts) but my little compact PRE x dumblood makes me smile everyday ! He has so much more character and is just a joy to own. The dumblood didn't make me smile, he...
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    Horse off his food...but he's a fussy eater

    Thank you :) I forgot to mention I am in France so it's not easy to source feed :/ I'm thinking that maybe I shouldn't worry too much until I have tried the feed I have ordered but won't arrive until after Weds... He has had it before and loved it, I just didn't feel he needed it, and for a few...
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    Horse off his food...but he's a fussy eater

    Since wednesday my horse hasn't wanted to eat his hard feed, he will quite happily eat grass (out 24/7), apples, carrots, mints, bread..etc but will not eat his hard feed, I have changed nothing since Christmas. I have ordered a bag of Havens feed that is supposed to help with appetite, but...
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    Mark Todd Breeches

    I'm a size 12 and I wear a size 28". I have a few different styles and each on is a size 28" :) By the way I love mine, live in them and they look really good, even after beeing washed regularly. have had them a year and they are still going strong. Which ones are you ordering ? Hope this...
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    Body Protector BETA labels

    I can't answer the question about the BETA 2000 / 2009, but I have had my KAN for almost 4years and it is showing no wear and tear, still fits perfectly (I had to get it re-fitted as I lost 3 stone - and will need to get it done again as have lost another stone and I'm still losing weight!!)...
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    Why is French so hard?

    I know I moved over and was able to go to school so was immersed into it completely. But that really is the key to learning, don't be afraid to make a fool of yourself with hand signals and anything that helps cmmunicate with people, and don't hide away. Make an effort and talk to anyone that...
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    Think I'm going to try and drag my OH for the weekend this year. Bordeaux would be closer for me as well, and probably worth going to one year, I'm just off in the other direction next weekend so no way I could make it :p
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    Is the shopping good ?! I can't as I'm off to Paris for the weekend, but I go every year to the Salon du Cheval in Paris...2012 was better than the last few years I have to say :) However you don't get the bargains you would get in the UK!! Want to go to Equita'Lyon this year...but travel costs...