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  1. nicolenlolly

    saddles - such a minefield and I need some advice please

    you have been great thank you. Frank at Acorn does also have a small selection of second hand saddles, I have tried a couple of them but they aren't even close with a re-flock but I wasn't in a position to buy new before! I have had Millie at the little tack room keeping on top of the reflocking...
  2. nicolenlolly

    saddles - such a minefield and I need some advice please

    sbloom I have been a lurker for a while and really hoped you would have time to answer me as you make so much sense! A good fitter is something I need to find you are right and the trouble is for everyone I know of down here, I hear good and bad about them all, its so difficult as I don't ride...
  3. nicolenlolly

    saddles - such a minefield and I need some advice please

    I need some assistance please wise people inside my computer. Previously with the childrens' ponies I used a saddler that I was happy with but during their last visit I was really unimpressed, then looked them up on here and seemingly, I wasn't the only one and I found out a few things that I...
  4. nicolenlolly

    Recommendations for reading/homework

    My daughter’s Connie mare has a strained suspensory and needs some time off. The decision was made to put her in foal. She has just backed and produced her first horse, a lovely 5 year old ish and they are having some lovely success together. We have a great team of instructors and health...
  5. nicolenlolly

    Cheval Liberté trailers - any horror stories or are they mostly reliable?

    Thank you for your replies so far :) I am hoping jsprince that you are right and it is just a lemon as it does tow beautifully, the horses travel so well in it and even a couple of friend's horses that are "non loaders" went up straight away first time asking. The side openings are just a...
  6. nicolenlolly

    Look at these plaits

    I'm feeling rather cr@p at plaiting now! wow, they are definitely incredible, I wish I had the first clue as to what I would need to do...off to watch a tutorial before I tidy up the mane of the youngster just in case there is enough there!
  7. nicolenlolly

    Towing 3/4 horse trailers???

    I have the top one, I tow it with a pick up truck no bother. It tows like a dream BUT and this really is a massive BUT I would avoid this make like the plague, I have literally just posted a thread about mine and I have had nothing but bother with it since we bought it. It is not fit for...
  8. nicolenlolly

    Cheval Liberté trailers - any horror stories or are they mostly reliable?

    I bought a minimax which is the three horse because on the face of it, I loved the idea that the side opens up for when the horses are stood around at shows as it gives them more room. I also loved the idea of the separate tack area so it would save my car from being swamped with horse stuff...
  9. nicolenlolly

    Has anyone ever had a 3 horse trailer?

    We have just taken delivery of the Cheval Liberte Minimax and omg I love it. What a fab trailer. We have always had ifors and then when the number of ponies increased, we went up to the HB610 which I think is actually stalled for 4 or 5 ponies but it had an argument with a tree when hubby was...
  10. nicolenlolly

    Saddle question

    Think I know the answer but would just like your opinions please... Bought a new pony for my daughter (beautiful full up 14.2 Connie mare) and the saddle we tried her in is not the one she came with when hubby went to pick her up :( lesson learnt - she was a friend of a friend and I thought I...
  11. nicolenlolly

    Good alternative please?

    Wow TPO thank you for a really interesting and thoughtful answer, I must admit I read the ingredients and my relatively limited knowledge thought it read more like rabbit food!😂 I’ve heard of the pink mash feed before and think I looked at it when we were at badminton. Just wonder whether...
  12. nicolenlolly

    Good alternative please?

    New pony arrives this evening and I’ve been given a list of feed that she is currently on. The speedibeet and gut balancer I can manage but she is on falcon fibre care-I can’t find anyone who stocks falcon feeds and when I’ve checked their stockists there isn’t one in Devon :( so please...
  13. nicolenlolly

    What age do you let them go hacking alone?

    Thank you all for your advice, honestly expected to be told I was being daft for considering it! I would trust the pony with my life he is literally perfect other than enjoying using his poop as a pillow!😂 right I will give her 15 minutes unsupervised before she has to phone and let me know...
  14. nicolenlolly

    What age do you let them go hacking alone?

    ONW great point! My parents aren’t horsey and although I rode at a riding school for a couple of years I know just what I’m learning now! Hubby rides so all this is his fault!! But he would let the 6 year old child out hacking too if he had his way, fwiw his nickname is calamity 😂
  15. nicolenlolly

    What age do you let them go hacking alone?

    Thanks fabbydo so many of the children from school make their own way home via bike or scooter so it’s just another means of transport just one you can talk to and cuddle 😉 I think it’s ok but then I’m only horsey because of the children so only been doing this for 9 years and...
  16. nicolenlolly

    What age do you let them go hacking alone?

    A couple of times I have let her go up the killer hill and I waited at the end of the driveway but then can hear them anyway or I just let her on the driveway but not the road alone. Not even sure what the law would be? She has insurance via pony club and also countryside alliance but would need...
  17. nicolenlolly

    What age do you let them go hacking alone?

    I know there are so many variables...location, pony, child’s maturity levels but just wondering what age you let them go it alone? I live in north Devon now, pretty much the middle of no where so a couple of dozen cars go past maybe in a day. Pony we have owned for 5 years and is a 19 year...
  18. nicolenlolly

    Is she good enough

    Thank you The Mule for your reply, my daughter wouldn't be riding her long term, all I mean is that she is mannerly and sweet enough, we took her over to a friend to school in her arena, my daughter wouldn't take over the ride until she is at least 15 and strong enough mentally as well as...
  19. nicolenlolly

    Is she good enough

    That's great thank you, I will look into them now xx
  20. nicolenlolly

    Is she good enough

    I will keep this as brief as possible..I have bought a 7 year old mare with an AES passport. She is as absolute darling, moves and jumps nicely and hubby was planning to start low level eventing however a very serious car crash and badly broken femur later he won't be riding any time soon. So we...
  21. nicolenlolly

    Sand for arena Devon-HELP

    stardusts do you mind me asking who you used in the end please? We have just bought the potential to house our dreams and are just planning the yard bit..many thanks
  22. nicolenlolly

    Feeding your horse bread?

    I used to feed my old cob a marmite sandwich every day to help him with his sweet itch, my daughter's current pony has sweet itch but I just use brewer yeast as a supplement now as there is no way she needs the fat/sugar/carbs - welsh pony who needs more fresh air than anything! My husband's...
  23. nicolenlolly

    All of a sudden he wants to kill her :(

    ah ok thank you, I will wait. The stable is literally outside my front door so when he kicks off, I am there within seconds to stop it all. Hate seeing them so stressed and unhappy :( CMcC thank you. I asked because I feel out of my depth and I love this forum as there is always someone who has...
  24. nicolenlolly

    All of a sudden he wants to kill her :(

    It's awful OldNag as he is such a poppet normally and I adore the bones of him. I don't expect them to be best mates but I just want to be able to travel them together! But more than that, if there is something wrong with my boy, after all he did for my oldest daughter in restoring her...
  25. nicolenlolly

    All of a sudden he wants to kill her :(

    Thanks Spike123 this is what I had been thinking and the canine has only appeared in the last 2 weeks. The only thing is, I wouldn't have said that she is a dominant mare really, in fact other than doing that revolting pulsating of her bits at boys which she does, everything else about her is...
  26. nicolenlolly

    All of a sudden he wants to kill her :(

    Thank you Old Nag, I will be the first to admit, I don't know that much, I am trying to learn all the time but marrying a horsey man I have had to learn fast to keep up. I had just read the very basic list of symptoms online and he fits the bill but then is it like trying to be a google doctor...
  27. nicolenlolly

    All of a sudden he wants to kill her :(

    windand rain thank you :) I have just called the vet and she is going to come on Monday morning and test him for me. I stupidly just assumed he is older and maybe a little jealous that my daughter who he loves now rides the bigger pony - I know I shouldn't anthropomorphise. Sometimes I think we...
  28. nicolenlolly

    All of a sudden he wants to kill her :(

    suestowford, he was checked last year and amazingly came through clear although I was expecting a positive result but I could get him checked again, he is very wet and drinks a lot plus he is always late to blow his coat which I understand to be possible symptoms. CMcC he is a little arthritic...
  29. nicolenlolly

    All of a sudden he wants to kill her :(

    I am completely at a loss as to what to do with my daughters' ponies. We have a 13.1, 9 year old sec c mare and a 19 year old irish 12.2 mixed breed gelding (the one in my pic). He has always been nicknamed eeyore as he always seems a little morose however he is literally worth his weight in...
  30. nicolenlolly

    stirrup question, moving up from child to adult

    I know that these sorts of questions are a little tedious and I am sorry but I need some advice please. Currently, DD1 rides in free jump children's stirrups but due to her spending her time on the muck heap, she seems to have grown into a veritable giant and will shortly outgrow them, she is...
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