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  1. Bernster

    Yard distance misery

    Working in and around London, and now that lockdown is over and people are back in their offices, that could be pretty common sadly. I always google map it as it will sometimes take me a different route to avoid traffic. The m25 was carnage the other night and a 35 mins journey took me 1hr...
  2. Bernster

    Weekend plans? Last weekend in September

    A honey show??
  3. Bernster

    Weekend plans? Last weekend in September

    It’s getting darker and colder now 😱 the lights in our school aren’t working so had a moonlit lesson last night. Finn is white so he was all shiny so ins could still see us, but I was able to get up to all manner of wonkiness as she couldn’t see me. Finn kept grassing on me however as she could...
  4. Bernster

    Hacking in the dark?

    Lit up like a Xmas tree is the way to go ! I don’t as we have road work. We got caught out last year and came home with it darker than I’d like, we had masses of hi vis on and it was the final stretch of road but I didn’t feel safe. One driver stopped to comment that it was too dark to ride...
  5. Bernster

    New horse anxiety

    Ooh I like that IIC! I can see that really working. I have had a few wobbles with my new boy and have taken it very slowly. Best to plan and focus on what you can control, and have lots of support if you can to help through the early days. Stick to your comfort zone for a while, whatever that...
  6. Bernster

    Pictures New owner/rider check in

    Ooh floofball he’s gorgeous. And scrubs up well!
  7. Bernster

    Pictures New owner/rider check in

    And it’s easier to think about what’s not right than what is. I’m terrible for focussing on that. It keeps me motivated but it’s annoying at the same time as I don’t always remember what has improved! So there’s that element of it too.
  8. Bernster

    Pictures New owner/rider check in

    Aye, I think doing lots of the things they are good at and which you both enjoy, really helps in the early stages. On the flatwork, are you able to get someone to help train and school him and have lessons? I did a weekly flatwork boot camp (ins schoolEd x1, lesson x1 a week where i could)...
  9. Bernster

    Pictures New owner/rider check in

    I know not directed at me, but I did buy the online version - it was a bit too scientific for my brain!
  10. Bernster

    Pictures New owner/rider check in

    Similar here in that I can be very confident on finnegan, who I’ve had 6/7 years, but it doesn’t translate to other horses. There’s no substitute for time and experience together to gain trust but, when you unpack that, that must mean ups and downs and dealing with problems. I have kind of...
  11. Bernster

    Pictures New owner/rider check in

    Can’t ‘like’ that post FF. Sorry to hear that.
  12. Bernster

    Blenheim Horse Trials

    Jus watching today’s xc on hc tv now. Camera work and audio are a bit shonky! Commentary good though.
  13. Bernster

    Mid sept Weekend Plans

    CC - Urgh, horses! Hope it heals up ok. Our arena hire yesterday was just what I needed, low key, relaxed, no big expectations just get out and practice a bit of flatwork. Had company so Bertie was more settled (he was nappy last week) although he didn’t even like the other horse being tied...
  14. Bernster

    Backing done

    He looks like a really nice type. You look good together. Any tips for weight loss?!
  15. Bernster

    Best XC boots

    Following as I am struggling myself with finding boots that fit new boy Bertie, who has quite wee legs. Didn’t like the arma xc ones as they are quite stiff, came up too long and have a really big velcro area on them. Just tried the mark todd xc boots but I didn’t like the fit on the front...
  16. Bernster

    Pictures New owner/rider check in

    That mane peglo 🥰 but is it a bugger to keep it tidy?! FF your horse looks seriously smart! I also feel like bertie should have his own kit. He’s still in partly borrowed kit but he‘s starting to get his own stuff. Had a good day today, did exactly what I wanted and had a low key outing to...
  17. Bernster

    Mid sept Weekend Plans

    I always get lorry stuff done at the wrong time, just when I’m wanting to out more rather than during quieter times. I’ve had to move this date a few times so it feels a bit outdated now but I’ve got dressage arena hire for Bertie. It was due to be our first low key session and to practice...
  18. Bernster

    Low BE entries - what’s up with that?

    I was wondering that, do they even have the power to do that?
  19. Bernster

    Expecting an exciting delivery...

    😔
  20. Bernster

    That's Hazel on pen rest

    Urgh, fingers crossed!
  21. Bernster

    Competition venues in N.Surrey and S.Bucks - recommendations for volunteering

    Only done munstead xc as fence judge but would def recommend. Gave you the kit, instructions, were nice and friendly, provided lunch snacks and drinks, and gave out a xc schooling voucher.
  22. Bernster

    Not sure what to think.....

    AA my comment about colour was my friends experience, not about the aura in your case. The aura would in my mind veer more towards that latter thing I was saying. People who can identify what colour water bucket a horse likes would go into my ‘crackpot’ category 🤪
  23. Bernster

    The new boy, video

    He looks like he has a very nice floaty trot!
  24. Bernster

    Low BE entries - what’s up with that?

    Ah SF, that takes us to another element then I suppose. I’m in the not competitive, have a go and have fun bracket. I don’t want to only spend my time at lessons and clinics though, and I do like to have an ‘event’ to aim for. But I think there’s space enough for riders to have a go and not...
  25. Bernster

    Low BE entries - what’s up with that?

    Yesterday was a have a go non competitive event. Rosette for turning up. As you’d expect there was a wide range of horses and riders, but it was well attended, well run, and great practice for a comp. A nice mid way betweenlessons and comps, although no training elements at that one. I assume...
  26. Bernster

    Is this pot hunting??

    Yes, it was entirely within the rules and they posted an faq saying pros could compete.
  27. Bernster

    Not sure what to think.....

    Hmm, I’m a sceptic. My friend believes in it but I’m not sure why a horse would tell you what colour halter or water bucket it likes. Seems oddly specific. Maybe some folks are especially good at interpreting a horse‘s body language, demeanour or non verbal communication - that I can understand.
  28. Bernster

    Pictures Mimosa and those that ride seasonally with canines

    I like your alternative descriptions. And the lavender face is very comic!
  29. Bernster

    Pictures New owner/rider check in

    Hah I love that he’s a doh Homer, so he’s not one for deep philosophy?! He sounds well started for what I know of Irish 4 YOs!
  30. Bernster

    Weekend plans

    Have read the thread about napping in the warm up with extra interest now! But Bertie is 12 and has done lots of comps on his own and solo, so it’s not about him being green or inexperienced. It may be partly due to him and me still being a bit new together. I’ll chat to his previous owner, but...
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