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  1. Tinsel Trouble

    Advice please! Malvern Horse Sales 25th May

    Afternoon Everyone! I am considering heading over to the Brightwells Sales at the end of May and was wondering if anyone has any tips, or if the advice is to avoid it? Brightwells has a reputation as being a safe auction with minimal horses being dumped through there due to them being...
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    Nervous lorry driving!

    OMG!! I DID IT!! So my dad drove up from home (2 hours away!) to sit with me and i drove the box with my Ozzy in it through town, up and down steep hills, round roundabouts and overtook a very wide tractor towing a combine header! The day before I was struggling to get it refueld, there...
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    Nervous lorry driving!

    Is this the bit where I admit my other half is a horse transporter... He would be very useful to have in the other seat except for 1) I would recreate Mastermax's experience and add some 2) he would offer 'helpful' suggestions... 3) he's dropping horses off in Belgium or Holland and...
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    Nervous lorry driving!

    Thank you all so much! I'm going to try and get the garage to drop it off then I'll sneak out at a quiet time and practise... I'm not a nervous driver normally, I'm just very intimidated by the size of the thing!
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    Nervous lorry driving!

    Thank you! It's ridiculous, I've now started driving round petrol station forecourts to see how scary the HGV route is!! Actually bricking it!!
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    Nervous lorry driving!

    I need some help! I passed my lorry test about a month ago, I've just had my lorry mot'd and the first time I'll have driven it will be when I go pick it up. I have regionals on Sunday. I am terrified of driving it. I wasn't confident driving the lorry I learned in, somehow managed to...
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    Racehorse rehoming charities - recommendations please

    the facebook page Ex Racehorses For Sale is a great page where you can be open and honest about what you have for sale and why. Its run by a couple of people who retrain as well. a photo and a brief description would be enough for people to snap your arm off!
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    Help !! im kinda nervous

    I would speak to a Rural Surveyor. Ring the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers and they'll point you to a firm local to you.
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    Which fertiliser is best?

    you shouldn't have to plough and reseed, but you can buy acre bags of grazing grass seed from most CWG/ mole valley/ farm-equine emporiums and walk over the field with a hand pushed seed machine (from B&Q/ Homebase). It's a cheaper way of reseeding it!
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    Any advice on tail trimming please.

    He's chestnut but his mane is almost 'blonde' and his tail is silver underneath a thin layer of chestnut tail hair. It's difficult to describe but his tail looks to go from chestnut at the top to silver at the bottom. I used to plait him ( :o) so the underneath silver hair was on top of the...
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    Any advice on tail trimming please.

    My Welsh D looked best with a just below hock height tail. bit radical, but it really lifted his back end! this was mostly out of necessity though, the dreadlocks and filth in a silver tail were most unsightly!
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    have you tried the British Racing School in Newmarket, or the Northern Racing School in Doncaster. Personally contacts are the best bet- who does the person you ride out for know. Can they help? Xx
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    your thoughts on grass mats??

    we used them in our field gateway! someone who used to have an electric car on these grass mats got fed up of lifting them out of the grass and gave them to us! We had previously put down a lot of hardcore that had eventually sunk and been covered in mud and it has made a good base for the...
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    A horse is being fraudulently advertised as vice free

    Yes "vices" legally need to be disclosed, this is a really short list of weaving, wind sucking... not rearing bucking or napping! But one important phrase: Caveat Emptor. In a private sale anything over and above that does not have to be disclosed UNLESS the buyer states that are purchasing the...
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    Calling riders with low confidence! WWYD

    you really needed to get back on the horse, I would have told the OH to get out of the way because he was going to jump. It's great your confidence is growing, but you need to push yourself to affirm (confirm...?) your new found ability!
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    Rearing and spinning whilst out!!

    Don't even start me on the 'cracking an egg' baloney! Who rides with an egg in their hand! I would get someone behind you with a bucket of water and splash it up her bottom when she starts to threaten. That'll send her forwards quickly enough, if you can't find a person on foot then another...
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    List of things your horse DIDN'T spook at?

    on the way out we passed a tractor with sprayer unit, so close we could touch it, not a problem. On the way back said tractor with sprayer unit working in the field and repeatedly going behind a rise on the land and out of view- Terrifying!! It defies all logic! Just remembered when my...
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    Does anyone take their dog hacking with them?

    the polo rider I used to groom for used to take her big lab with us hacking. On the road he'd be clipped onto a leadrope (verge side) and then when we got to a track/ canter field he'd put his paws on the horse's shoulder, get unclipped and run along side us, then on command at the other end...
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    what to wear under a body protecter during summer?

    I shall hold my hands up and admit to hacking, schooling and one memorable time XC schooling, in just a bikini top. I love the sun! IMO the BP would be like putting a jumper on! Skin dries far quicker than fabric! Strip off and be free!! Xx
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    HGV Class C Training

    Peterborough is very good by all accounts.
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    Expecting a refusal - how to get over it?

    Defs recommend some lessons, but try imagining yourself going over the jump, think yourself through it when you walk the course and on the approach stand infront of the fence, imagine the approach and picture the jump over it, when you're riding it and about 3 strides out you should be thinking...
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    what to wear under a body protecter during summer?

    If it's under a bp and you don't mind having your arms exposed, what about just a sports bra? no one can see anything any way, and even if you are well endowed on the chest front, the bp will support you too! Xx
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    What do you wear at the yard in this sunshine?

    shorts, sports bra, trainers for yard work. swap shorts and trainers for jogging bottoms and riding boots + a hat for riding. Simples!! Love the sun!!
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    That was NOT fun !!!

    My horse does this at certain times of the year, it might be a bit windy, or the grass has come through, or the sheep weren't in the same spots as last time or he's just feeling really, really well! I push him on until he can barely move and is begging to stop, no pulling, no tugging, he learns...
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    Calming down an overexcited canter!

    I have just conquered something very similar by mainly not cantering in the school for almost a year but I nailed it by using turn on the forehand first and then canter within 3 strides. the turn on the forehand gets the inside hind under the horse and strengthens the outside rein then it's...
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    Spasmodic Colic (caused by grass)

    Global Herbs have a supplement for this very occasion, can't think what it's called though! might be worth a look-see? Xx
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    I can't help, and I hope someone on here can, but this has caused a massive revelation! Horses have a belly button!! I think I know how my evening will be spent!
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    Glove recommendations... Can't find what I want!

    I had some Toggi ones where the grip looked like crocodile skin. They were amazing, except after a full spring/summer of riding 6 to 8 a day they wore through!
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    Leading advice. Stumped.

    If you can I would get his back looked at. My pony used to wander into the middle of the road, it was down to his sacroiliac not being quite right. What's he like to groom and handle on the left hand side? Does he let you there at all? I would start with two or three steps on that side, maybe...
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    Name suggestions please...

    What's the breeding?