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    Riding in the pentlandite - parking options Covid update

    Hi Looking for any advice or experience of taking horses to ride in the Pentlands recently (ie with the Covid restrictions being slowly lifted). Arranging to meet up with friends (so two cars with trailers, and trying to work out where best to park). Coming from the east. I’ve never been before...
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    Ayr8 Plus fit

    I need to replace my oldest trusty Ayr8 (I have an everyday one and a comp one - comp one is new). It’s one of the few hats that fit me (oval head). Does anyone know if the Ayr8 plus fits the same as the original? Thinking that the removable liner would be good for everyday. Nowhere near me...
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    Help - how do I find my horses UELN?

    I'm trying to register my welsh cob with BD - and they need a UELN. I didn't need this when I last registered a horse, and have searched his passport (it is a WPCS one) and can't find anything labelled as such. There is a passport number, microchip number and he has a short number after his...
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    Any experience of Ariat Capriole boots

    I’m looking to replace my much loved and worn out bromonts. The Ariat footbed seems to suit me, I have high arches so lots of makes really don’t fit me. I’ve tried Ariat contour boots but there is something weird about the ankle and it was way too narrow for me (just at the ankle, rest...
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    Rug storage ideas

    Any ideas for a way to hang up rugs in my allocated storage area? Can’t attach to walls so needs to be free standing. I’ve found a Stubbs rug master, but at just shy of £500, I think not. I’ve currently got them hooked over my husbands kayak in the corner of my garage (he’s not noticed...
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    Ariat Boots Question

    Hi I'm a huge fan of Ariat boots, having glaciers, grassmere and bromonts - all several years old and so comfortable to wear. My challenge is that my much loved brown Bromonts are no longer show worthy (they get a lot of wear and the suede is shiny, and one lace has finally worn away). I...
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    Entering BD area festivals - daft questions

    Apologies for the stupid questions but this is all new to me. I’m about to enter the PetPlan area festival, but have a couple of questions and can’t find info on the BD website. 1. I’ve definitely qualified, and I have upgraded my membership to full (it was club while I got my scores at...
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    Recommendations for Trailer service: Lothian area -

    Hi Looking for some recommendations please. I need to get my trailer serviced (EquiTrek showtrekka, about 10 yo). I'd like it to get a thorough service, and ideally some improvements (e.g. replacing rusty fittings etc), as I really like it and want to keep it good. any recommendations...
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    How thick is the sheepskin on a Mattes saddlepad?

    Hi, thinking of getting a Mattes saddlepad - looking at the half-lined version. Does anyone know how think these are? Saddle fits well so I've been told by saddler to use lighter-weight versions (e.g. The light weight Lemieux). Looking at Mattes due to choice in colour and their excellent...
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    Why do you need a noseband for dressage?

    This is probably a daft question, but I'm wondering why you need to have a noseband to compete in dressage? Is it for presentation or is there another reason? To me (as someone relatively new to competing, although I have ridden for years) it seems odd that you can have really strong/tight...
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    Travel boot recommendations

    Hi - looking for some recommendations for travel boots. Looking for some for my cob mare - she is only 14hh (on her tip toes) and her legs are clipped out. Her travel rug is brown, so my inner matchy matchy would prefer brown boots (chocolate brown) - but safety and function have to take...
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    Daft question about bit ring size

    I'm replacing my mare's looks ring snaffle and wondered if I could use the 55mm ring size (which is meant to be used as part of a double) rather then the 70mm size. She is a cob, but has a neat head, and I find the current bit rings rub her noseband unless I fit the noseband a bit higher than...
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    What Trailers would you recommend?

    I have a 14hh cob and, now that we have some basics established, I am keen to take her out and about. I am looking to buy a trailer. I have a licence with full B+E and a LandRover Defender 90, so from what I can work out from reading the very useful towing thread, I can pretty much buy any...
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    Cooler recommendations

    Looking for some recommendations for cooler rugs please. My mare is getting a thicker coat, and the plan is to clip her, but as she has had a bad experience, taking this slowly and building her confidence in the sound/feel of clippers first. This will take a few weeks (she's young, so want to...
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    Boots or bandanges for online dressage on a cob

    Wonder if anyone can help. I have been doing online dressage with my cob, working towards going out to compete. Up to now, we have been competing in casual gear, but now I want to wear show kit to practice that (treating the whole experience like a show). If I do this online, and wear a...
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