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    Best supplement for arthritis

    Just thinking ahead for when GrayMo starts coming in overnight. What is the best supplement for arthritis? He has a touch in a hind fetlock due to an old injury now and I thought I would go down the supplement route first before medicating.
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    Shetland Showing At A Welsh Show

    Today we toddled off down the road to the old Lanark Racecourse for the Scottish Welsh Pony Show. It was supposed to be Gerry's ridden debut (at the grand age of 12 πŸ˜‚) but he got in a fist fight with the yearling the other week, got a black eye and hasn't been quite right under saddle since. So...
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    A Day In The Life Of A Work Rider - The Horses Are Coming Back In!

    The horses have started to come back in from their holidays and they all look great! I love seeing them all ridiculously fat and well with themselves. It makes it all the more satisfying when they hit the track stripped fit and ready to go. They come in it batches a week or two apart and come in...
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    Tuesday Showing!

    Most events happen at the weekends but that is 2 shows I have been to now this year and both on a weekday! Today was the Scottish Horse Show and we took Dum Dum and his mother Pippa along. This would be Dum Dum's second outing and coincidently to the same venue. Coming out of the trailer he...
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    What's Wrong With This Picture?

    Any guesses!?!?
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    A Very Sad Day In The Life Of A Work Rider 😭

    Today is a day I never thought would come. The most resilient, tough, reliable horse I have ever had the pleasure of working with was put down this morning 😭 Out on his holidays in the field 😭 Big Bad Boris - here's to you x Right from the very first time I tried to clip you I knew you were...
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    What A Drama Queen!

    It started off as quite a nice day here this morning so Gray went out as usual without a rug on. As the day has gone on its got worse - wind and rain have come in and when Gray saw me he came belting over the field shivering. "I'll go grab you a rug" I said to him and duly went to fetch one...
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    Hope Valley Saddlrey

    Has anyone else had issues with returns and refunds? I bought a pair of boots back in November, they didn't fit so sent them back at the start of January to avoid the xmas rush and requested a different size. As yet I have neither received the new boots or a refund. I have emailed, spoken to...
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    Dum Dum Has Grown A Little

    Dum Dum is now officially a yearling and he is an utter pain in the ass πŸ˜‚ twice a day, every day he knocks his water bucket over and it doesn't matter what I do to it I can't stop him spilling it all everywhere! Hence he ends up minging everyday I gave up trying to brush him underneath every day...
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    A Day In The Life Of A Work Rider - Everything Is Trying To Kill Me Today

    The day dawns bright and sunny but it is still a cold crisp air floating about. I go to feed my lot and Pip's is in season so she is being a total vile biatch to poor Freebs so he had to have his breakfast at least 30m away from her otherwise he wouldn't have got any. They normally eat out of...
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    Scottish Grand National

    Will we see a Scottish Winner? There are 9 Scottish trained horses in the race. 2 from us - Big River & Mighty Thunder. Harriet Graham has had a great season with Aye Right and he so deserves to win a big one! 15mins and we will know ...
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    How A Horse With A Rare Broken Leg Returned To Winning Ways

    If you hop over to the Lucind Russell Racing Facebook page there's a post just gone up about the injury, recovery and success of Well Above Par. He fractured his leg in a very rare way - horizontally. Normally this would mean pts but because the fracture wasn't complete - by mere MM! - he was...
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    A Day In The Life Of A Work Rider - Fresh Monday's!

    Monday mornings at this time of year are always entertaining! And today was no exception! Nothing eventful happened with my first lot so we will skip him. One of the lasses came back in on Rambo laughing though. Rambo is usually quite a lazy horse who doesn't really have any way of going he...
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    The Cheltenham Festival

    You can forget the rest of the Festival now! Watching Tiger Roll Bob round the Cross Country chase leaving them all in his wake will be the best sight of the week! What a cracking little horse he is! 5 Festival wins going right back to a 4yo winning the Triumph Hurdle. A National Hunt Chase...
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    A Day In The Life Of A Work Rider - The Hat Silk Saga!

    I will warn you now there aren't many horses involved in this one and there is a bit of childish insubordination... or a lot ... or well deserved cheek .. take your pick at the end! Every Christmas I put on some form of Bah Humbug hat on top of my skully dome as I am not a fan of Christmas. A...
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    A Day In The Life Of A Work Rider - Well That Was A Bit Of A πŸ“ Up!

    There has been lot's going on in the world of racing this last week and I will touch on that at the end but for now we shall focus on my own inabilities as a work rider πŸ˜‚ The weather has been quite kind to us since the snow and it's days where the sun is shining, it's a bit warmer and spring is...
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    Snow Joke! A Thread For All The Snowy Pics!

    I thought I'd make a thread for snow pics! Gray loves the snow!
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    Honeysuckle & Rachael Blackmore

    Honeysuckle remains unbeaten having just won the Irish Champion Hurdle for the 2nd time! She is now short priced for the Cheltenham Champion Hurdle in March and deservedly so! Ridden sweetly from the word go, sent on before the turn for home she has run them off their feet in the final half...
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    1A Day In The Life Of A Work Rider - Another Pishy Wet Day With A Ping!

    It get's tedious when you wake up in the morning to nothing but rain battering the skylights for what feels like the eleventy millionth day in a row. At least it isn't snow! And when it is snowing it isn't laying as the ground is too wet. Thankfully my waterproof jackets are holding out well at...
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    A Day In The Life Of A Work Rider - Well That Didn't Go To Plan!

    You know when you wake up and things don't go to plan right from the word go? Yeah well today was one of those days! First up - the Chicken! I have a slightly unwell chicken. She isn't sick she has just been bullied off of the food too much so needs some time on her own to eat by herself. So...
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    First Splat Of The Year

    As I was racing on New Years Day I didn't sit on a horse until the 2nd. The first horse I sat on I got splatted from! It wasn't his fault! We were trotting up the road (head lad said he had salted it and it was fine ...) I saw a bit that didn't look great so went to pull up. Too late. The horses...
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    A Day In The Life Of A Work Rider - Fresh Ones!

    It's still so incredibly mild for the time of year! It doesn't really feel like we have had a winter yet. Yes it's been wet but it hasn't been cold. I can count on one hand how many times I have had to scrape ice off of my car this season. I would honestly prefer a cold, hard winter than this...
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    Watching Old Video's

    I just flicked up YouTube and was watching some old videos back. Then started laughing when I realised I was squeezing with my thighs, calfs and nudging with my heels - and I wasn't even on the pony πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚ I haven't sat on this pony in 4 or 5 years but still well remember how much leg he takes πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚...
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    A Day In The Life Of A Work Rider - The Good, The Bad, The Ugly & The Family

    A few random moments thrown together from the last week or so. Friday - I was woken up just after 4am by a rather loud boom, the flat rattled and then a bright light illuminated the sky. Thundersnow! I do love a good thunder storm! It was over 15mins later but I couldn't get back to sleep. I...
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    Ariat Alora Boots

    Does anyone have these? Are they comfortable and are they true to size? I am contemplating getting a pair but I have never bought a pair of Ariat boots on my life as I am too stingy to buy them for work πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚
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    Swish Rugs - GrayMo Finally Got His On

    I bought GrayMo a nice shiney new rug last month and then realised he couldn't wear it for a while as it was far too warm for a 400g rug πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚ but as I stepped outside this morning I got hit by an icy wind and my first thought - score! Gray can finally wear his new rug! So I merrily tootle along...
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    One For Arthur Is Retired

    2017 Grand National hero One For Arthur has been retired. It has been an absolute privilege to work with this lad since he was a youngster and an absolute joy to watch win one of the biggest jumps races on the planet! On the plus side I don't have to clip him again! No more spending twice as...
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    A Day In The Life Of A Work Rider - Well That Didn't Go To Plan!

    The day started off as usual - far too early in the morning! Went and got my lot done then headed to work. Mucking out is the usual affair - some of us busting a gut others slacking off because they know others will pick up the pieces. My first lot was Thistle who was going out to play on the...
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    I Just Want A Plain Coloured Rug!

    I am trying to find GrayMo a new heavyweight +300g turnout rug for winter and I don't want stupid colours or patterns and I don't want to spend a months rent on one! Why does no one make them in black, blue, dark green or burgundy any more without stupid coloured piping or stripes or patterns...
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    A Day In The Life Of A Work Rider - Thing's Got A Bit Hairy

    It's been dark when I have woken up for the last few weeks which is never fun. Soon it will be dark when I go to work and dark when I get home too, even less fun! But it wasn't as cold as I expected it to be so I took Gray's rug off even though the fog was descending. He's tough, he'll cope...
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