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    What breed is your dog?

    Yes, they make excellent pets: they sleep about 23 hours out of 24 and just love a run around the field in the morning. Spence, Maisie and Bertie like to go round twice, but Finlay only once so he lies down by the gate and waits for us! They are SO affectionate and loving, but also very self...
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    steve irwin killed

    [ QUOTE ] Oh my god! Steve was a legend! I really enjoyed watching his programmes, thoughts go to the family. RIP [/ QUOTE ] Totally agree, I felt really upset when I heard, even though obviously I don't know him. But OH does a really good impression of him, which just won't be funny...
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    What breed is your dog?

    Finlay Ferguson on left and Mad Maisie (both greyhounds) Spencer (lab X) And Bertie Wooster (greyhound: wearing his swimming gear - he is building up his previously broken leg, but he's already won his 100 metre badge!)
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    My boy is blind in one eye......

    So sorry to hear this about Ty, because from your posts you clearly love hiim to bits. I hope you can take heart from the positive replies about how well other horses have coped. <<virtual hugs and all that>>
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    Bl**dy Horses!

    Just had a similar experience in the school and feeling very much the same! Milly is either Ratbag from Hell or Mild Mannered Janitor. I expect it was the wind and I just get cross and tense which makes everything 10 times worse, so I end up cross with Milly when really I'm just mad with myself...
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    PetPlan are brilliant!

    I've been with them for 7 years with the dogs and one year with Milly. In that time the dogs have, between them, costs me literally thousands for skin allergies, 2 broken legs, cancer ops and follow up treatment and a emergency splenectomy. PetPlan have always paid me very promptly and have...
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    Interesting choice of photo for Ad

    She looks a bit like Victoria Beckham (before she lost the weight). Or maybe it was taken early in the morning when she'd nipped out to do the feeds in her nightie. She's not wearing wellies though....
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    OMG have my first ever show next Saturday!!

    I'm 36 and I have my first ever show on 2 September!! It's at Eccleshall, Staffs (all support welcome) and Milly and I are entering the Novice Rider Working Hunter! Fences only 1'6" and Milly is a 16.3 ex eventer. so hopefully SHE will be alright! I'm bloody terrifird and have NO idea what I'm...
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    Somebody please remind me why I took this up again?

    Yes, but that's the point - I went on some dreadful American confidence building course once entitled "Feel the Fear and Throw Up Anyway" or some such, (work sent me, they were sick of me whining "oh but I can't!!!!) and they tattoed on our hands a saying which actually makes a lot of sense -...
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    Somebody please remind me why I took this up again?

    I feel your pain and confusion a hundred-fold! You are way more experienced than me and I'm sure things will come right with Ty. You've only been together for a short while - I think it's only in the last few weeks that Mill and I have really gelled, after a year. You'll be fine, but keep...
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    Burghley - who's going?

    I'm going on the Friday. I go most years (brought up near Stamford and Mum and Dad still live there) but always xc day, so thought I'd be different this year. And also love the shopping.
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    First Lesson Today

    That's great news Vic; it's lovely watching them ridden isn't it? I bet you felt very proud!
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    Riding out on our own tonight

    Yay, that's splendid news! Great to hear that you and Ty are making such good progress. Can't wait to hear more and see some newer photos.
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    Does anybody have any of these bits.....

    I've got a hanging cheek lozenge link happy mouth snaffle you could borrow, bit I think it's 13.5mm which might be 5 1/4 inches (I don't do metric very well!) PM me if it would be any use....
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    SWUO & the 'Magic Bit'!

    [ QUOTE ] Eagerly awaiting the next installment with fingers crossed! [/ QUOTE ] Ditto! Well done JAK, keep up the good work!
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    Grrrr.... need to vent some frustration!!

    [ QUOTE ] Why did I have to pick a mare?!! If she's not in season, she's just generally being a moo-cow. Then she tricks me into thinking we've turned a corner by going beautifully for a few days and then the next day wham! no sense what-so-ever!! Oh well, just shows I really do know how to...
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    bailer twine reminder

    That's a very scary story, laniep, I hope you and your horse recover soon. Milly is big on running back when spooked, so I use a velcro quick release strap that I got from Robinsons for £1.75. I was a bit worried that once she had twigged that she could get away (it will give to pressure), she...
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    Horse Ball

    [ QUOTE ] I used to play it and it was great fun, its more like rugby/basketball on horse back. I did it when it was first introduced to england (a long time ago) and I hope its changed since then, as I used to get told of for laughing too much! I stopped playing when 'they' decided that woman...
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    Horse Ball

    [ QUOTE ] as already said, best for smaller bomb proof horses, and a rider with nerves of steel! it looks great fun, I'd love to try it! [/ QUOTE ] Oh dear, I'm afraid Milly and I might fail on both counts - I'm as spooky as she is!!
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    Horse Ball

    One of my vets is getting up a horseball team and one of the nurses asked me this evening if I'd like to join. I'm going to have a proper look on the internet, but from the way she was talking, it sounded extremely dangerous! "Like rugby or Quidditch (something to do with Harry Potter?) on...
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    Regumate

    I've used Regumate recently on Milly. Her seasons have always turned her into a nightmare and seemed to give her a lot of pain, so much so that when I did up the girth of her dressage saddle, she ran back, broke her tether and scarpered. Since being on the Regumate she is much calmer and not in...
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    Who wears a hat?

    [ QUOTE ] Sorry didn't mean you personally; I just mean't that there have been millions of these threads on here and the bashings that go on are always towards those who don't wear hats, not those who do. [/ QUOTE ] Oh, OK, no problem.
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    Snobbery over Ready Made Horses

    [ QUOTE ] There is no substitute for natural talent .... [/ QUOTE ] Oh b*gger.. (slinks off to cry in corner) lol
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    Dog-sitter help urgently needed!

    He'd be welcome here (although would have to clear it with OH first), if he is ok with other dogs, but I don't suppose it would be any easier getting him to Shropshire than to Devon! Does he not cope in kennels? I assume you're on hols for that week?
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    Dangerous Driving - what do you do?

    [ BTW, I always wear my Hi-viz vest (even though it ruins my trendy outfits lol) and also ride positively, actively asking people to slow or stop and doing my best to get out of the way/not hold people up etc. [/ QUOTE ] Blimey, I sound like a right revolting goody two shoes teacher's pet!
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    Dangerous Driving - what do you do?

    [ QUOTE ] I always make a point of going past slowly and as someone said before giving the I am horsey too smile. Regulary I get no anckowledgment not even a nod of the head. MUPPETS. Feel like beeping my horn and getting them to sit to that movement. [/ QUOTE ] FOMCL!! I get cheesed off...
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    Who wears a hat?

    [ QUOTE ] Horses for courses as they say and I would take issue with your comments about the "no-hat brigade" on here......from what I have seen on here, it is the hat-wearers who attack the non-hat wearers!! Constantly! [/ QUOTE ] What comments?
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    Dangerous Driving - what do you do?

    [ QUOTE ] .. people who don't I'll smile at them to make them feel guilty... [/ QUOTE ] So you were brought up with the same philosophy? Oh well perhaps it isn't as outdated as I thought...
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    Dangerous Driving - what do you do?

    [ QUOTE ] I acknoledge drivers how ever they drive but if they are prats it is more in a sarcastic way really-like if i hold a door open for someone and they dont say thank you-i say thank-you in a loud voice hopinbg to embarress them!! [/ QUOTE ] Ha ha ha, I'm exactly the same!
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    Dangerous Driving - what do you do?

    Encouraged by the response to my earlier poll about hats, I thought I'd ask another question posed by recent events (but without trying to be funny...). I was taught from an early age to always acknowledge with a nod or wave all other road users as they passed me. This included people who...
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