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    Selling a 'quirky' horse - advice please!

    So she is green. Moves well and has a natural easy jump. Does she enjoy her jumping and is she easy to a fence? Has she competed at all? Does she hack? Concentrate on her positives but suggest would suit quiet experienced rider. You want to encourage people to call you for a chat, you can talk...
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    Questions for if you've ever bought a "ready made" horse...

    I think the term ready-made is sometimes confused with push-button and to be honest horses don't tend to come pre-programmed in that way. Yes of course you can buy something well schooled and obedient, but you do need to know how to press the buttons and with a level of feel. A lot of horses...
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    Selling a 'quirky' horse - advice please!

    Can you define why you refer to her as quirky? I think it is an overused term and it puts people off - you might be doing her a disservice by using it. How old is she, what has she done and is she talented? all these things make a big difference along with how easy she is to do. Sometimes it is...
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    Update: deep breath, pulling socks up and continuing to sparkle.

    I too was sorry to hear about CS - a hard but brave decision to make for him. Goofy looks like he is going to give you a lot of fun :)
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    Any tips for PetPlans?!

    Well done Nannon! Lovely photo :)
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    Any tips for PetPlans?!

    Cool thanks! Will give them a call. If no joy I'll message you on FB :)
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    Any tips for PetPlans?!

    There didn't seem to be any plaques at Houghton :( Do you know if I can get one from BD MM?
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    Any tips for PetPlans?!

    If this is a new venue for you, or your horse is likely to be spooky or a bit looky, then I would do the arena walk. The arena will be probably be dressed with drapes, there will most likely be flower arrangements and two judges tables with banners and tablecloths so you are at an advantage if...
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    Event horse

    Definitely widen your search area - you are discounting super horses that will fit the bill by being unwilling to travel. You can gather lots of information, check records and watch videos to minimise the risks of wasting your time but sometimes you just have to invest the time. I travelled over...
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    Tired horses XC

    The more technical the courses the more questions we are asking of the horses. In the old days perhaps it was just fitness and bravery that got horses round but now they are being asked more so surely this must create a mental tiredness too?
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    Tired horses XC

    This seems to be a topic much discussed recently and I was wondering what people's views were on the reasons we seem to have seen more tired horses recently. In the days of long format I don't recall there being horses looking so tired towards the end of the course, but of course we didn't...
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    A very happy conclusion to Buzz's story

    Wonderful news. An amazing journey!
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    BD Members - I'm running for Marketing Director

    Another who finds the slow results very frustrating. Most BE results are up the same day and if they take a couple of days they are deemed 'slow'. My last BD results took 7 weeks to go online! When I have chased BD in the past they have blamed the show centres for not sending the results in...
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    Nick Gauntlett

    Real shame for Nick :( Agree, interesting move.....
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    Dirty stopper, any experience s?

    So the vet has passed her for low level schooling and jumping and you are putting her at 1.10 fences. Not very fair is it?
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    Letting nature take its course?

    This is so so sad and I really feel for you. It's a terrible choice between giving him every chance, and knowing when the time is right to let him go. I agree with Gamebird when she says "better a week too soon than a day too late", but only you can make that decision. Big hugs at a difficult time X
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    Successfully challenging insurance exclusions

    Yes I have - twice, and was successful both times :)
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    Help! Exercises for stiff, heavy, lazy horse.

    If she is tricky in the mouth have you considered a hackamore? You might find she stops leaning on you which will be the key to you getting her more adjustable......
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    A wee update... 2013 nearly broke me, but 2014 WILL be better!

    Sad times :( You deserve some luck and happiness in 2014 that's for sure!
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    Dentist recommendations please - Norfolk

    Thank you everyone for your suggestions - very helpful :)
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    Houghton Hall EC

    Just reporting back, if anyone is interested! Had a lovely day there yesterday. BD was efficiently run and everyone was friendly. There is certainly a lot of work going on and it will be very impressive indeed when complete. Not sure if i'st new people there, but a chap came to ask me what I...
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    Houghton Hall EC

    I think I know the big one you mean :) always been a bit tricky but are really efficient on show days which is why I am missing it ;) agree about the small goodwill gestures paying dividends - some places don't seem to care whether their customers return or not!
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    Houghton Hall EC

    So it might be chaos on Sat then ? ;)
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    Houghton Hall EC

    Thanks Comet - that's really helpful :)
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    Houghton Hall EC

    I best get learning them then! How rude though, no excuse for that. Oh well, this weekend might be my first visit, and also my last ;)
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    Houghton Hall EC

    Incredible! A lot of these big centres seem to come up for sale and change hands a lot - and I know the financial pressures they are under - however, good responsive customer service costs nothing and will help grow your business!! Let's see how I get on this weekend shall we? ;)
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    Houghton Hall EC

    Thanks everyone. I am always amazed at some businesses approach to customer service!! However - Comet - you are a genius! I have now entered online via Equine Affairs which I didn't even think of - so I guess they can't ignore me or my money now!!!
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    Houghton Hall EC

    Does anyone compete there? I have heard how nice it is, and they are running BD this weekend. However I have emailed them, text them on the advertised mobile number and tried calling the office several times and no one ever answers :( BD site says they take late entries but how the hell do...
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    Pictures and Videos. Breaking in the Baby, a Progress Report.

    Nice to see a baby getting such a nice relaxed start :)
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    Dentist recommendations please - Norfolk

    Lovely, thank you.
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