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    2 lessons in one day?

    Would you do it on your horse? I’ve managed to double book myself next weekend and organise 2 dressage lessons on the same day. One is at home, but the other is a 15min drive away. Oh and we are meant to be going 10mins down the road for a SJ comp on Sunday! Horse is very fit, but don’t want...
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    Hackamore fitting

    Does this look right? Or should it sit higher? It’s only to use a couple of times a week for hacking, but I’ve not really used one before so not sure how it should sit…
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    Finally (hopefully!) found a bit that works for us 🥳

    Bit of a pointless post but just wanted to share. I’ve still got a bit fitting consult on Saturday to make sure there’s nothing we need to change and it’s the right size/cheek etc. BUT I’ve finally found a bit that looks promising for Pepsi. Managed to find a second hand Trust Flexi-Soft...
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    Do some horses just prefer grackles?

    As per title really. I’ve always been firmly in the “you shouldn’t need to strap a horses mouth shut” camp. But Pepsi currently seems to go better in a grackle than a cavesson. It’s not strapping his mouth shut by any means, it’s fairly loose. And it’s not because he can’t open his mouth to...
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    Pictures Camp Report!

    So camp was amazing. Ended up on a high, jumping the biggest fence I’ve ever done. Not officially measured but worked out it must have been 1.15-1.20ish. Not going to lie, looking at it before jumping it made me feel a bit sick, and I almost weed myself, but we did it! Considering I’ve not...
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    Pepsi’s First “Event” Report!

    Today we toodled over to Epworth for a non-competitive 80cm ODE. Don’t think he’s ever seen a dressage arena before, and after last weeks air jacket fiasco here it was all about experience and confidence. Dressage was… a car crash. Not helped by the arena being smack between the SJ and the XC...
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    Canter/flatwork help

    Pepsi’s flatwork has come on in leaps and bounds since I got him, but the one thing we are still really struggling with is the trot AFTER we’ve cantered because he gets himself so wound up. Yes the downwards transition needs a bit of work but the main issue is that once you’ve cantered on him...
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    For sale videos - what do you want to see?

    Hoping to get some up to date bits of video for big mans advert this weekend. What kind of things would you like to see as a buyer that I might not have thought of? Anything that puts you off? Or anything that makes you particularly interested? Ideally things that can be filmed solo, as don’t...
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    Showjumping people - BSJA vs Unaffiliated?

    Seeing as I now have a horse that actually enjoys SJ, I’m toying with the idea of a 6 month BSJA membership over the winter before I can try to get him started eventing wise. Is it worth it? What are the advantages compared to unaffiliated? I’d only be doing up to 85-90cm at the moment, but...
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    Tips for working on separation anxiety?

    Long story short, new boy seems to be very insecure and have some degree of separation anxiety, which is obviously something I want to work on. He’s absolutely fine being taken from the field, and ok (if a bit fidgety) stood tied in the yard by himself. Also fine to work in the arena next to...
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    Pepsi Progress!

    I’ve had Pepsi for a month now, seems like yesterday I picked him up! He’s only been worked for 2.5 weeks because I was away on holiday, but think it did him good to have a bit of time to be a horse. He’s been great, I feel very lucky to have him in my life! It’s hard trying to teach him a...
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    Bits for Fussy Horse?

    Before I start this, the dentist is coming out in 2 weeks, it's already booked. I've had a quick feel in his mouth with a gag in myself, and while teeth definitely need doing they're not horrendous and can't feel anything blindingly obvious. But since he's going to need a new bit anyway, may...
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    Belated camp report!

    Delayed by the fact we didn’t get photos until today (and what use is a report without photos?!) So having only had Pepsi 9 days I rather threw him in at the deep end and decided to take him to a full on weekend eventing camp 🙈 To be fair, it was rearranged from last October and the plan was...
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    Fly rugs that don’t rub?

    What would you recommend? Ideally something with a belly flap too. Flies aren’t normally too bad at the yard, Henry hasn’t worn a fly rug and never got more than the odd bite. But poor Peps is being eaten alive and is now covered in bites, some quite nasty looking. He’s got sensitive skin...
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    Help me come up with a passport name!

    I’m pants at thinking of name inspiration, so turning to the powers of HHO. Having acquired his passport today, turns out the poor boy doesn’t have any official name at all! Passport will need to be sent off for change of ownership anyway so for £30 I can name him at the same time. He’s got no...
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    Favourite schooling exercises for sensitive horses?

    I’ve tended to have horses who turn into recalcitrant slugs in the school, so I could give you a hundred exercises for lazy horses, but this is a whole different ball game! So those of you who’ve had sensitive/forward horses, share your wisdom! More details below :) Had my first proper...
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    Welcome home Pepsi ❤️

    So after 6 viewings, 2 failed vettings and a lot of driving round the country, I brought my new pony home today after he flew through his vetting yesterday! It’s been a bit of a whirlwind, he arrived from Ireland on Wednesday, I tried him Thursday, he was vetted yesterday and I brought him home...
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    Feel like just giving up

    Trying to find a horse to buy at the moment and having an absolute nightmare. I’ve found two which seemed perfect, but both failed their vettings. This mornings one has a clean vetting from just over a month ago, so was really hopeful :( I work full time, including one weekend a month, so...
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    Would this be completely mad?

    buying the first horse you view after one viewing?? Having just started to look at horses, and fully expecting it to take ages to find the right thing, I tried the first one yesterday and she seems great. I won’t give too many details as don’t want to jinx it. But basically she ticks all my...
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    Negotiating prices...

    How do people go about doing this? Is it an acceptable thing to do? I’ve never negotiated on the horses I’ve bought before, but it would help me very much this time around if I could. I’ve seen a lovely horse for sale who sounds exactly the type I’m looking for. She’s advertised for £15,000...
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    Does anyone want to help me horse hunt?!

    So I’m on the hunt for a new four legged partner. Henry will be for sale once he’s sound and back in work, but I’ve worked it out so I can still look for something new in the meantime, and can cope with a little bit of overlap with two. My criteria are relatively flexible, if the horse is nice...
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    Lameness update

    An update for anyone who replied to my last thread :) we spent the whole day at Oakham yesterday trying to work out what’s been going on with Henry. The phrase “vets should never own horses, they’re never straightforward to work up” about sums it up. 5 sets of nerve blocks, a clean set of...
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    Lameness

    Just venting because I’m so frustrated/upset/worried. Henry has been lame for nearly 2 weeks now, and we still have very little idea what’s caus it. We’re now pretty much back at square one (maybe slight improvement but very minimal) having got much lamer early last week. Foot x-rays taken last...
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    Does this look like bruising?

    Latest instalment in the lameness saga. This looks like bruising coming out (finally) to me. But just checking it’s not wishful thinking?! Farrier found a pocket of blood a bit further down on the same side today. I suppose it could just be pigment but I’m 80% sure it’s not normally there...
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    Ruddy horses 😭

    Sometimes I wonder why we have them when they just seem to be sent to try us! Was all prepared to put Henry’s ad up this weekend, and tentatively start looking for my new one. sad but exciting Not to be. The idiot has gone lame. I could cry. Hind leg, only really noticeable in trot, worse on...
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    How honest would you be in an advert?

    As above really. I'm getting to the point where I think it would be best for both of us to find Henry a new home, where he can do what he excels at, and won't be forced to try and be an eventer/SJer. I'd love to loan him, and have him back eventually, but realistically, at the moment, I need...
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    Event Report

    We went eventing! After talking to my instructor we decided to go ahead this weekend, with no expectations of him. 80cm so not huge, but big for us. It was unaffiliated but over a BE course. Slightly distracted but nice Dr for 34.5. Need him to be steadier in my hands and more consistent in the...
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    Who’s been keeping the secret...

    About leather headcollars?! I’d always used the nylon type ones for everyday and kept leather for smart, but bought a (relatively) cheap leather one last year. Why have I never done this before? Said headcollar has been left outside by the field in all weathers for the last year, has never been...
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    XC Woes

    Feeling slightly disheartened and frustrated at the moment. We’ve made a lot of progress on the SJ front (to be tested on Sunday...) but went XC schooling today and feel like we’re never going to get anywhere. His jump/technique are so much better, my confidence is still not great but heading in...
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    Would you box out twice in a weekend?

    As the title says really. Weekends are really the only days I can do anything hacking/competing wise. I’d be thinking boxing out for a hack (1-2hrs) on Saturday (or Friday afternoon) and then competing (nothing huge, just 1-2 rounds of unaff stuff up to 80cm) on the Sunday. I want to take...
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