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    Best (least worst) tasty feed to get vits and mins in

    Another one for beetroot powder here. It also contributes a few useful extra phytonutrients to the diet (and stains everything a fetching shade of pink 😁)
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    We got CHICKENS 😁😍

    They look adorable! I started with 4 very pretty purebreds a few years ago and now have 20 all-sorts - I think I should really stop there but it's so hard when there are so many lovely breeds to choose from, not to mention coloured egg layers :oops:
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    Tokyo Pentathlon SJ

    It has been pointed out on SM that the pictures supplied by the UIPM to reassure people that poor Saint Boy still has all his legs, etc., were taken in the winter (no leaves on the deciduous trees...). Hmmm... isn't it summer in Japan about now? Plus he doesn't exactly look in his summer coat...
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    Cazolime

    Your PMs are full! :)
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    Experiences of sharing

    Thank you everyone :) Great responses! I'm out this afternoon but will PM people later.
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    Experiences of sharing

    Thank you :) Cazolime, I've PMd you.
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    Experiences of sharing

    Hello all :) I'm writing a short article promoting sharing and would love to hear your experiences, both owners and sharers. In particular, has sharing had a positive impact for you in terms of, eg, support from like-minded people, friendship, benefits for the horses and humans involved and so...
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    Head shaking and snatching - Allergic to pollen?

    With mine it seems to be mostly midges bumping into him - so it's seasonal but doesn't seem to be directly related to pollen. Presumably a hypersensitivity thing. He will do it occasionally with winter gnats too. Full face mask best, sometimes with a nose net underneath (I use Le Mieux comfort...
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    What's your top speed?

    Years ago, 41mph, according to the car alongside, on my friend's mostly TB endurance horse, Golden Horseshoe fit at the time.
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    Regrowing hair on bald patch?

    Could be alopecia?
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    Indicators don’t work around horses?? Amused confusion

    http://weknowmemes.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/did-you-know-your-car-has-a-secret-device-called-an-indicator.jpg
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    Indicators don’t work around horses?? Amused confusion

    I think I've spend every hack since I got back on board in February ranting about this very thing. Don't they think we might find it useful to know where they're going?! It just confirms to me that they don't see riders as road users. Never had the pointing though - that boggles the mind...
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    how long for bruising to go down? (rider not horse!)

    I've got one of those too :D
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    UAE Endurance Cheating Again..

    Action at last: http://fei.org/news/fei-suspends-uae-national-federation Post-Haya, maybe the FEI will remember that *it's* the governing body...
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    Fake FEI Event

    http://fei.org/news/fei-suspends-uae-national-federation UAE NF is finally suspended...
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    Fake FEI Event

    Sounds like there've been two (if not more, according to someone I know who was out there over the winter)... http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/horseracing/11455916/Further-questions-raised-over-legitimacy-of-endurance-races.html If it weren't for the fact that unqualified horses are thus...
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    Why dont instructors like giving lunge lessons?

    When I was having lunge lessons (from someone who trained in Portugal - wish he hadn't moved away!) I wasn't allowed to contemplate a canter trans until I was sitting in such a way that meant I could ask correctly and get it at the first time of asking. No need to run before you can walk. All I...
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    anyone else's cat

    One of mum's 'carport cats' (they moved from over the road as their previous owner was deemed not up to the job ;) ) brings her enormous dead leaves from a shrub in a nearby garden. She leaves them outside the door until they're noticed and she is congratulated, and then she tucks them under the...
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    Norfolk dressage peeps

    I know several people who swear by her and have seen her teach them; she also taught me for ten minutes when a friend who was having a lesson with her insisted I get on. Personally, she's not for me, nor a very experienced friend of mine.
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    Shocked at Musto using real fur on equestrian jackets

    Didn't know about wool pillows and duvets - Googled and found this http://www.baavet.co.uk/shop/index.php?route=common/home - thanks :)
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    Releasing tension in hips/ankles?

    Lunge lessons with a suitable sympathetic(!) instructor would be best, if you can manage them. Releasing tension is often quite hard to do psychologically and you do need to be able to work on it without worrying about proximal goals such as steering, stop and go. Simply being able to sit...
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    How messy is your car?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYaXw8TZEvs at 4 mins...
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    How messy is your car?

    Since my mum's spent the last 8 weeks driving me to the yard and helping me poo pick while my hand heals she's been constantly complaining that her car was turning into mine. I can't imagine what she was on about... at least her garage valets it when she has it serviced - mine just complains...
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    Strangest thing found?

    Found a couple of home grown baby plum tomatoes down the side of the seat the other day. Had been taking them home from mum's (where the greenhouse lives) and they had rolled away and hidden. Must have been there since September but amazingly were still edible. Makes me wonder what weird...
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    Do they like wet hay?

    Soak some and find out. Make sure you rinse the soaking water off before you feed it though. I would always soak dusty hay or, preferably, source some cleaner stuff.
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    Help! Need to remove shoe! - I can't do it (feeling feeble)

    I'd rasp the clenches down if I couldn't lift them with a buffer. Do you have nail pullers? You can take the nails out individually with this, which makes things easier.
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    Meeting cycling clubs out hacking

    When you put it like that it sounds incredibly unsafe. I cycle for fitness, so it doesn't matter to me if I have to stop for horses or any other road user, but the element of competition or even just 'training' does seem to make the red mist descend. I do find it slightly odd that any sport can...
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    Pilates to improve riding...???

    Echo what others have said here, but would say try to find a good instructor and small classes or even 1-2-1 when you're starting so you get into good habits from the start.
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