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  1. Bernster

    Low BE entries - what’s up with that?

    Similar to an earlier thread discussing unaff v what does BE offer. Bishop Burton and Dauntsey cancelled due to low entries. Low entries so far for Weston Lawns. And I saw post about an unaff at Cirencester also being low on numbers. Is this unusual - is it due to COVID and people not being...
  2. Bernster

    Pictures New owner/rider check in

    I know a few on here have acquired new horses - joining in with the general lockdown/COVID craziness and bonkers horse market! I thought it would be nice to do a thread for everyone to check in and update on how it’s going, and share pics ofc as no new horse thread is complete without them 😀...
  3. Bernster

    Horse purchase - payment method and receipt?

    Exciting times ahead as new horse has passed his vetting. It’s been a few years since I bought a horse and things have changed in terms of payment methods. Idiot question - what’s the best way to make payment and what form of receipt do I ask for? I‘ll be collecting on Saturday and it’s a 3.5...
  4. Bernster

    Where are all the smaller horses?!

    There’s been some discussion on some other threads but I’m intrigued (and maybe it’s a dumb question?). Where are all the 15.2-16h type horses? And why aren’t there more of them? I’m seeing lots at 16.2h upwards who are closer to my criteria (the usual grassroots safe all rounder unicorn) but...
  5. Bernster

    Golden retriever/golden doodle pups

    Early days but, if our house purchase goes through, the new house def needs a dog! Having done some research, I think a golden retriever would suit us (we haven’t owned dogs for a long time, we have a cat, want something that’s friendly and trainable etc etc). I’ve read up on the breed...
  6. Bernster

    Virtual horse viewings

    Prob only relevant until March 29 when I assume normal viewings can start again, but I’m intrigued by the idea of virtual viewings for horses for sale. Anyone done one, anyone bought or sold from one, has it worked out?? I suppose buying unseen was a bit similar but I feel like virtual...
  7. Bernster

    Oi, where’s the weekend plans thread?

    Or is this it?! 😁
  8. Bernster

    Really silly question - Thuja tablets

    Google has failed me so I’m turning to the awesome knowledge of HHO. Really random question but neither me nor the yard staff can work out how to open this container of thuja tablets from viovet! Anyone used these and had the sense to work out how to get the tablets out! I’ve twisted, pulled...
  9. Bernster

    Saddle fitting !

    This could be a bit of a rant so I’ll try to put this in a more constructive way! Is saddle fitting a very subjective process? Are some saddlers better able to fit certain makes of saddle than other makes? Do I need to go on a saddle fitting course?! Don’t want to have a bash at saddle...
  10. Bernster

    Recommended safety stirrups (for jumping)

    Don’t shoot me, I have searched on here and read past threads, honest! But still undecided and wanted a bit more info please on recommended safety stirrups for jumping. I have the Sprenger normal ones but don’t think they’re classed as safety for jumping. Tried the new Tech ones but didn’t...
  11. Bernster

    Update on gait analysis/investigations

    Thought I’d stop by here and give a quick update on the below thread, and say thx for all those who commented. Disappointingly, no clear answers from the day trip to the RVC, not helped by my boy being so needle phobic they couldn’t do any more nerve blocks after the first (which didn’t show...
  12. Bernster

    Horse is booked in for gait analysis tomorrow

    🥺 No particular point to this post but just wanted to share/update, and will report back afterwards. Having said that I wouldn’t worry or fret, as it’s really not helpful, now that the appointment is tomorrow I am feeling down. Finnegan is off to the RVC tmrw morning for gait analysis and then...
  13. Bernster

    Husband says he wants to get a horse

    And I respond with nervous laughter. Ok, so maybe not the most supportive approach, so let me turn to the wisdom and experience of HHO members for a more constructive response! He obv understands what’s involved in upkeep and care as he spends time with me and my horse. He’s got the money for...
  14. Bernster

    Saddle fitting - for the rider

    Thought I’d start a new thread rather than post on someone else’s post (which got me thinking). How do you work out what kind of saddle you/the rider needs and what would suit you/them? i know the basics for horse saddle fitting but never really thought much about how to fit a saddle to a...
  15. Bernster

    Buying/trying saddles - plus Nick Dolman and serge panels

    I’m on the merry go round of needing a new saddle for finnegan. I’m pondering a few things so am posting for input and experiences. How soon would you expect your horse to ‘show’ if the saddle fits/doesn’t, and how big an improvement would you expect? How do you go about trying saddles when...
  16. Bernster

    Flexion test during physio

    This is one where I know I should wait and get more info, chat to the vet etc etc., but I’m kind of unpleasantly surprised, so wanted to gauge the great mass of HHO knowledge and experience! A new vet physio treated F yesterday. I wasn’t there but I left some notes with the yard. She picked...
  17. Bernster

    Hartbury and other survey COVID 19 and horse care

    In case people haven’t seen this and want to take part. Out of interest, (especially those on part/full livery) is your yard on total lock down i.e. owners can’t visit at all? Obv understand that DIY ones will be open. Not asking about the rights/wrongs, just wanting to gauge how common this...
  18. Bernster

    Stay safe, be kind

    Shared from Facebook. Really hit home to me. Hope it’s ok to share (have credited it). Somewhere right now is an eventer, gutted that their season is over before it’s begun. There is a full livery who doesn’t know when they’ll next be able to see their horse due to lockdown. There is a DIY...
  19. Bernster

    Yes or No - stable mats?

    Am moving yard in a few weeks and am wondering whether to put my stable mats in the new stable - what do you think? New stable has a concrete floor. Bedding will be some form of shavings (could be a straw/shavings mix, a woodchip or standard shavings - tbc). I have rubber matting at the...
  20. Bernster

    Recommendations - wireless mic/headset for lessons

    Had a quick google and don’t think I’m even putting in the right search terms for this! Any recommendations for a good quality mic and headset thingy - for an instructor to use in a lesson? Obv needs to be mobile, not too bulky, portable and have enough charge so it lasts through the day...
  21. Bernster

    First outing of the year - Staff College drag hunt

    These really are the nicest bunch of people. Well organised, friendly, really look after the field and a very tasty hunt tea afterwards. Not manic at all but lots of galloping and optional jumps. We did our first hedge - yay. Two amazing moments of watching the hounds steaming off into the...
  22. Bernster

    Wet n windy, world champ camp!

    Apologies if the pics come out big on the screen, can’t quite get the hang of posting pics although I have worked out how to resize them to post on here. Result! Having finally dried out after last weekend’s camp, I thought I’d do a quick report. When you get training from the likes of...
  23. Bernster

    Unrealistic pricing - horses for sale

    A thread on here about the 6k horse not being worth it, got me thinking about other ads I’ve seen where the prices seem wildly odd. I do cruise horsequest generally looking at the competition types and have noticed: - older horses that have done well but are 13/14 years or older with...
  24. Bernster

    Jump saddles that don’t sit on the shoulder?

    Slightly random post but had saddle check yesterday. Looking for recommendations of forward cut/jump saddles that sit off the horses shoulder. I didn’t realise there were any! Tried a Fairfax with a ‘performance panel’ which means it sits off the shoulder but is still forward cut. I...
  25. Bernster

    Sourcing low level/grassroots type eventer

    I was talking to a friend about that unicorn of a horse that is a safe, straightforward grassroots eventing schoolmaster. Haha, Hahaha I hear you say. Where are these paragons of virtue to be found/sourced (other than in your dreams!) and what price tag do they fetch? I’m not talking about...
  26. Bernster

    Pictures Avoiding the pony club kick

    This may be one of those where it’s not possible to help via a forum but I thought I’d ask in case anyone has overcome this, or teaches folks who do the same, and can share their experiences or tips! I give you exhibit A below (hopefully the pic uploads)...a particularly striking example of...
  27. Bernster

    Equine flu calculator

    Sorry for posting yet another equine flu thread, but I found this site and thought it might be useful for anyone starting a flu vaccine course. It calculates the time periods for the 3 injections. Obv unless you’re racing the final calc isn’t relevant. Most horsey bodies seem to allow...
  28. Bernster

    Recommendations - adding straw to haynets

    Hiya, I don’t venture onto this section very often but am looking for views please for adding straw to haynets to help bulk out overnight forage. I’m after something really low calorie for my good doer so that he has enough to eat overnight without adding calories. In a haynet ideally. If...
  29. Bernster

    Dressage Tell me about My Quest/Team Quest

    I’m thinking of signing up for this as part of a new team that’s being put together. I’ve only ever done unaff stuff so I’d welcome thoughts, tips, experiences from those who’ve done this or have helpful info on it. I’ve read the BD rules but they’re pretty dry so I was hoping...
  30. Bernster

    Feeding trolls and Christmas cheer

    Whilst this isn’t strictly C&T, it is a response to the tension thread that is busily spiralling out of control on here, and which has made me think about forums, social media and debate generally. I keep imagining what it would be like in real life 🤔. I and a few others would have...
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