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  1. nikicb

    Second weekend in August plans.....

    Had a look, can't see a thread, so I will start one..... We had our monthly clinic with Tom Graham today. I always find it's useful to get different perspectives on how things are going, so long as those different perspectives are not completely at odds with each other. That said we followed...
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    Advanced warning for horse owners/riders: A group of 10 Puma military helicopters will be flying the following route tomorrow.....

    I don't think this has been posted here yet..... https://www.facebook.com/horseandhound/photos/a.93084860527/10159059194240528 Advanced warning for horse owners/riders: A group of 10 Puma military helicopters will be flying the following route tomorrow (Wednesday 7 July, 2021) to mark the RAF...
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    Pictures Eight months with Maddie.....

    I can't believe Maddie has been mine for just over eight months, although for four of those we were in lockdown, so it's been a bit of a strange time all round. Backstory to this thread if you haven't already seen it...
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    Brook Farm (Essex)

    Just wondering what Brook Farm is like as I am considering going there for the Area Festival in July. It's a bit of a schlep round the M25 from West Berkshire, but I am struggling to fit stuff in around family commitments. Currently I am sulking at being my husband's side of the family's...
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    Pictures To all of those we have lost in 2020.....

    2020 has really been the year that has just kept on giving, but not in a good way. I lost two of my four in the space of less than seven weeks - the youngest (from lymphoma) and the eldest (pretty much to old age, but the melanomas probably contributed). But I thought it would be good to have...
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    Meet..... Marvellous Maddie!

    Thank you to all those who commented on my previous thread. I thought Maddie deserved a thread of her own - new start and all that - so here it is..... Her advert popped up on my trainer and good friend's FB newsfeed, the day after I lost Cassie, purely by chance. She was advertised on a...
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    A bittersweet update.....

    I have been around for a while, but don't post that often, so not sure who on here remembers me. I lost my beautiful Cassie a few weeks ago. It came completely out of the blue and she was just 13. She suddenly became very unwell and within 48 hours she was diagnosed with lymphoma, with no...
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    Dressage BD National Convention

    I had a fab weekend at Addington attending the BD National Convention. It was great to spend some time with lovely friends out of the wind and rain, watching some super combinations, and I have picked up loads of ideas of exercises we can incorporate into our training. The three...
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    Burton in Kendal - urgent help required - broken down horsebox

    Just saw this on FB: www.http/facebook.com/lauren.wiggins.5036/posts/725742414528514 Lauren Wiggins 10 mins · ❗️HELP NEEDED PLEASE ❗️ We’re on route to Blair castle and broken down in the Burton in Kendal services with 3 horses, we’ve been here since 2pm and recovery won’t be...
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    Pictures Before and after.....

    I know these threads are always popular, so here are a couple of before and after photos of Cassie..... Nov 2015 (two weeks after she came home) - it's weird because her girth is now several holes higher than in this photo so although she looks really weedy in this picture, she was rather...
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    PTS - it's good to talk (to your vet)

    As some may have read in another post of mine from a little while back, my 13.2 pony has been diagnosed with a tumour on his tongue. It is localised and currently not affecting his eating, general health, etc., but obviously will reach a point when I will need to make a decision. My four had...
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    Weekend plans.....

    Unless my eyes are deceiving me, there doesn't seem to be a thread started yet, so..... I'm off to Wellington with Cassie for a DTM clinic with Gaynor Colbourn - we did one a year ago which I loved, but with one thing and another didn't finalise our music. Cassie is currently acting as though...
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    Marble sized lump on tongue

    Let me just say before I write any more that I'm taking this pony to the vets tomorrow morning to have this checked out..... Yesterday in a routine EDT appointment, it was discovered that my 26 year old, fully active, 13.2 pony has a marble sized, quite firm lump on his tongue. It is in front...
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    Gloves, which are properly waterproof.....

    As above. I suffer from Reynaud's so struggle when my hands get wet in the winter, to the point it hurts so much I have to go inside to warm them up. And I've had two children, so, yes, it really does hurt!! But I want gloves that are all of the following: waterproof warm or at least...
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    Pictures My year with Cassie.....

    Sorry it's been a while since I have been on here. We've been busy, but I guess the main reason I haven't been around much is that my sister died very suddenly in the Spring, and whilst parts of my life carried on as usual, other parts didn't. One thing I have managed to do is focus my energy...
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    Central Dressage camp at Wellington

    Next weekend (15/16/17) - anyone else going? I went last year and really enjoyed it. Looking forward to going again next week. :)
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    I wonder what he's dreaming about.....

    Judging by the upturned hay hutch and bucket, it must have been quite a party. 💤💤💤
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    Time between tests

    What's a reasonable minimum time between two tests in different arenas? This is a regular BD show. I have 11 minutes between start times for my two tests on Thursday. I think that's pretty tight. Thoughts?
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    Royal Windsor Horse Show

    I'm looking forward to my first visit to Windsor on Thursday and Friday. I was wondering if anyone knows whether the list of dressage competitors is available somewhere - I believe Carl and Charlotte are riding, but haven't managed to track down a full list. Also, if anyone has any...
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    My birthday girls!

    I tried to take a photo of the three girls to celebrate their birthdays, but this was way cuter than any picture I got. Happy 8th birthday for yesterday to Nia (black lab), happy 1st birthday to Luna (spaniel) for today, and happy 11th birthday to Cassie for Monday! Link to video - not sure...
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    She's utterly bonkers! Caption this.....

    Luna has now been with us a few months and is coming up to a year old. Nia is trying to find the battery compartment so she can switch the bonkers thing off. ;) This was at 11pm last night. She had been for a run with OH earlier in the day, plus been to training class in the evening. I...
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    They voted with their feet.....

    Despite the fact that I have four on 2 acres (and wasn't expecting old Bigfoot Cam home this Winter), with careful management, we do still have some grass. They are all out for about 6-8 hours a day. This time last year they were out 24/7, but needs must and all that. That said, it is pretty...
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    Here's a horse who knows their job!!

    This popped up on my FB news feed - clever horse!! https://www.facebook.com/paulo.castro.77715869/videos/1951887581743066/
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    New dog - agility/gun dog training equipment

    As the 4 equines, 3 cats and black lab are all largely mine, my husband thought it was about time he had a four legged friend in his life. Meet Luna!! She will be joining the mad house on Friday - the breeder held back two bitches to see which one they wanted to show, and although...
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    Favourite pictures you have taken, but not of your horse.....

    As thread title, I think this is mine. Michael Jung on his way to victory at Blair 2015.
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    Winter training - what are your plans and goals?

    As per title really..... Ours are to continue on our training, but with slightly less emphasis on competing (dressage) and trying a few new things. We've got some horse agility planned, which could be interesting - Madam isn't spooky, but she isn't called Sassy Cassie for nothing, more...
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    Rather bizarre picture promoting the GB modern pentathlon team

    Eek! :o https://www.facebook.com/TeamGB/photos/a.140615927599.110340.8833217599/10153884893247600/?type=3&theater
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    A big ask - can anyone help?

    Some of you will remember my posts about my friend and her family. She has four children, both boys have a diagnosis of high functioning autism. Her youngest daughter has a very rare genetic condition that means she is life limited. In December her husband died of cancer aged 53. Her 17 year...
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    Totally shocked at this.....

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTg9Un4KsNU Does anyone know any more about this case? I am in tears watching this poor pony walking, or at least trying to. :( x
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