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  1. BethanT

    Clipping with Fine Blades...

    Is there a knack to clipping with Fine Blades as opposed to Mediums? I bought some fine blades for my thin coated TB, and I used them on Wednesday for the first time as it was probably the worst clip I have done in a long time in terms of tram lines! Am I missing something? Do they need to be...
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    What to look for when buying a foal?

    So by completely by accident, I am going to look at some foals/yearlings this weekend! My plan was always going to be, that the next horse I buy would be a foal/yearling, as I would really like to get up the levels in dressage, but the only way I will ever be able to afford a horse that is able...
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    IFor Williams Eventa Trailer

    Anyone on here have an ifor Williams Eventa trailer? If so, what do you use to tow it? We are looking to change from lorry to trailer (much to my dismay), but the compromise being that I still would like a living area. Not a fan of the Equitreks as I don't think the build quality is all that...
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    Can you change a horse's jump technique?

    As title really, is it really possible to alter the technique of a horse for jumping? My lad isn't the most careful of jumpers, and he has a tendency to get the height by jumping higher not snapping up his legs - his half brother and few other horses by the same sire have the same technique...
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    Horses' value for insurance purposes, anyone able to advise?

    So my boy is FINALLY getting out and doing BE as well as competing BD. His work is constantly improving and he gets better and better. But, this has made me think that I need to up his insurance value. He was only insured for £2,000. I upped it a few months ago to £4,000. But since he has...
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    Huish Horseboxes, or any other builder in SW?

    Has anyone ever bought a horsebox from Huish Horseboxes in Exeter? I have heard that they can be pricey when quoted to do work, but no idea how the prices of the vehicles for sale compare. Also, does anyone know of any other horsebox builder for 7.5 that are in Devon/Cornwall? Can't seem to...
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    Are we over reacting or is this not fair?!

    I love my livery Yard. The people on it are great, non bitchy, rarely get the Yard politics, good facilities in terms of the school jump paddock and XC jumps as well as great hacking. The rules are really relaxed. Too relaxed in my eyes, but that is a different matter. But the grass...
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    What is a good unlaiden weight for a lorry?

    Looking at a potential new horsebox (new for me, not new new), but the majority of 7.5 tons seem to have payloads around the 1,400kg mark. I was hoping to get something more around 2,000kg payload, but I don't know if that is far too high? OH wants to get a MAN, so I know these are heavier...
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    Quarter Marks....

    I am currently experimenting with various quarter marks on my horses. I love turning them out to high standard, and the fact that so few people use quarter marks around me, means that when I do they stand out. Not to mention my boy's coat goes a very metallic copper colour in the sun, so they...
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    Another Saddle fit woe post :(

    So I have been using the same saddle fitter for about 2 years now, after a disaster with the one before it took me a while to find someone I liked the sound of and was recommended by people I trust and do similar things with their horses. I thoroughly agree with their methods, more remedial...
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    The gearbox was changed in the lorry

    A while ago I posted about the speed of which my lorry was going, and that it couldn't get over 45mph on the flat. Well it has been looked over by a mechanic and he said that the gear box has previously been changed, which means that it is running in low gears! I am yet to speak to the...
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    Realistic costs of doing up a horsebox

    I have a Ford Iveco box, 2002 so not old in the grand scheme of things, but it definitely needs tidying up both inside and out. Clearly I need to save for this as I know that it won't be cheap, but in the real world, roughly what would it cost to do the following; Ramp - Currently is...
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    Various Items for sale

    BOOTS 1- Le Mieux Pro Sport Wraps, medium grey. Used. £20 2 - Le Mieux Pro Sport Wraps, medium white. BNWT. £30 3 - Le Mieux Leather overreach boots, large white. BNWT. £20 4 - Le Mieux leather overreach boots, medium brown. Used. £12 5 - Dalmar Event boots (hinds I think) medium. Used...
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    What event boots?

    What event boots are people using at the moment? I am on the search for a new set of cross country boots to use for schooling after coming to the conclusion that my Premier Equines rub my horse if they are on him for any longer than 40mins - mainly after getting wet. That said, the PE's...
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    PE Over reach boots

    Does anyone else find the Premier Equine Over reach boots rub their horse? (I have the Kevlar No Turn ones) If he just has them on for warm up and a round, they don't seem to rub him, but if I wear them schooling - so 1.5 hours - 2 hours total -, he comes back with rub marks. I am...
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    Is there a market for......

    While on a looooong car journey with OH who is a developer, we were discussing a possible App to be able to log and track your upcoming competitions and events. The idea came about as I planned out my whole season for this year using a spreadsheet, and because I compete in both BD and ODE's...
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    Dealing with a horse who "switches off"

    Took my boy XC schooling, and despite finishing off last season strong, being quite happy over ditches, down banks etc, last weekend he decided he was not playing ball. The instructor of the clinic (who I have used a number of times) came to the conclusion I cannot hassle this horse when he...
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    First BE - which venue SW?

    I am hoping to do my first BE with my horse this season, only an 80. But I want to have a good round, so want to chose a XC course that would be a good introduction! I am under no illusion we will be in with placings, but to have a good confidence building round would be amazing. We are...
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    Rev Limiter on Ford Iveco 7.5

    So I have my 7.5ton Ford Iveco 2002 horsebox. I love it. My first lorry, and means I get out an about. My ONLY gripe is the Rev limiter.......... I have no intentions of speeding, especially not with my precious horses on board, but 40/43mph on a motorway is painful! I'm planning a...
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    Physiotherapy - what made you try it for your horse?

    My horses both have sports massages from a very well trained therapist (who coincidentally is a good friend of mine). Shes pretty good at spotting an issue before it actually surfaces - like with my gelding two years ago she picked up soreness over his SI and when we push the vet to...
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    Feel like giving up...

    Now don't get me wrong, I love my horses to bits. I don't think I could every bring my self to sell either, and certainly not my little mare. But I am starting to loose the will to live with my boy. Last summer we had a good start to our eventing aims, got out to a few little...
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    What breastplate/breastgirth?

    I am after a nice looking, black leather/partial leather breast girth for my boy that I can also wear during dressage if needed. Ideally something with a strap over the neck to hold onto when needed across country! I bought a CK Equine/Freedom one second hand (supposedly full size) but...
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    So how do you know if you horse has a balanced diet?

    A friend has a horse who is has been a struggle to keep weight on. She has just moved him to the same yard as me so he can get better grazing and eventually more work into him to muscle up. As we have been discussing his current feed regime, it got me thinking. How do we know if what we are...
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    Ulcer and travelling, what do you do?

    Thinking back as to what could be causing what looks like another flare up of ulcers with my lad, I was trying to pin point the main catalyst for change. I am pretty sure that a combination of reduced turnout due to the weather, and increased travelling has played a part. Now I had...
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    It was just going too well, is this another block in the road?

    Need a place to vent, and if anyone has any advise or experiences with anything like this would be greatly appreciated. So back in 2015/16 my gelding went lame big time (I think I probably posted about it then). He had an SI ligament injury, along with signs of OCD lesions, poor foot...
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    Lorry issues :(

    First time lorry owner here, and so far its been great! Bough the lorry off someone I knew, and I have had zero issues with it since I bought it 9 months ago. 2002 Ford Iveco 7.5t However, Monday I went to go and move a horse for a friend. Started up the engine, made sure the pressure on...
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    Horse new to hunting, would you or wouldn't you?

    I have a horse who I would like to take hunting, but the only thing holding me back is that he can get a bit excited when going through open fields when with other lit up horses. He doesn't do anything nasty, and as yet to have me off (touch wood, though he might now!), he typically just bunny...
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    Do I put my horse out on share? Unbiased opinions wanted!

    A little background is needed for this one, so apologies in advance for the long post. I have been toying with the idea of putting my 16hh 8 year old gelding on share to a girl at the same livery yard as me. She currently rides him for me when I am away or if I am busy with work, and shes...
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    What's cheaper - lorry or trailer & 4x4?!

    So I am desperate to get my own transport sorted out and so looking at my options, but having no experience with either, I have no clue on the costs involved and which would work out cheaper monthly and long term. I am 23, I have passed my HGV licence but not my trailer - so would need to...
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    Working hunter classes

    I have a welsh X tb mare who I would like to do some workers with. Each time I've taken her showing the judges love her and always place her well (only local level). She's got a very pretty head despite not having much white on her, lovely technique over a fence, and does move well...
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