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    Valuing horses?

    So I play the "how much is it advertised for" game with my children quite a lot. They read out an ad from H&H and I have to guess what price the horse is advertised at. I am pretty good at it, if I say so myself, when the horse has a track record. However, I am completely stumped when there...
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    XC boots for cobby legs?

    I've been eventing my Welsh D hunting pony this summer. As I have only hunted for the past 15 years I barely own any boots, and haven't bought any xc boots since those fluffy blue Clarendon boots were the in thing about 25 years ago! But I think it's about time I got him some leg protection...
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    Anyone stay away for competitions without a lorry?

    The short people and their ponies are rather enjoying mounted games and tetrathlons at the moment, both of which entail full weekends of competition, and we are starting to be a bit limited by sticking to competitions that we can travel to easily both days (I am also having fantasies about...
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    BE97 dressage test - technical question

    So the last movement in BE97 goes: AKX working trot G Halt What should I be doing between X and G? I know all transitions can be progressive, but could I walk?
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    Christmas present for PC polo playing 13 yr old godson??

    Just wondering if any polo players out there can tell me what I should get my godson for christmas? I have two girls quite a bit younger, I have no idea what 13 yr old boys like, and I don't know anything about polo! Any suggestions?! Thanks!
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    Do I buy this pony now, just before the winter, or not??

    Daughter no. 2 (who is 7, nearly 8) needs a pony upgrade. I was planning to do it next spring/summer - so as to eke out another 6 months on her shettie that she knows well and who is great for going hunting on, although she is ready to go on and do a bit more at pony club, and her current pony...
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    Talk to me about your eventing Welsh Cobs?

    So, I've got a lovely Welsh Cob. Bought him to hunt, but he is so easy and keen that I've had a go at a few BE80s. He does a lovely dressage test! He's been terribly spooky at the SJ and XC as he's never done it before but I'm doing lots of schooling and it's getting better. But it does seem...
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    In front of the leg and behind the leg - explanation?

    Can anyone describe to me what they understand by these phrases? They are used a lot by coaches and whilst I think I understand what they are trying to ask riders to do, they don't actually give me a clear visual or feeling that help me do the right thing. Or is it as simple as a horse in...
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    Does anyone use an app to track their horse's fitness work?

    I've started running and cycling this year and done a triathlon or two and I'm loving Strava telling me exactly how far and fast I've gone, and the fact I have a record of all my training. I've tried searching for a similar app tailored for horses but no luck. I guess I could use Strava, but...
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    Do any of you compete at the same time as your children?

    By that I mean - do you take yourself and your under 16 children off to a competition or event by yourselves, and all of you ride? My children are just getting to the stage where they need less hands on attention from me, and I am itching to do a bit more with my lovely Welsh cob. Eg, there is...
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    Parents - ideas, advice, moral support?

    I've got two daughters, aged 7 & 8. When they were born, I promised I wouldn't get ponies until they were at least 7 and could appreciate it a bit. But whaddya know, a friend offered us a Shetland when the older child was 2, and it's been a slippery slope ever since! They've now got two...
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    Horse and Hound magazine - where's it gone??

    For about three weeks now I haven't been able to find H&H very easily. Usually I will pick it up when I'm out and about on Thursday or Friday, so I would normally pop in to the farm shop, the co-op in the next village, the garage or the small Tesco in the nearest town. Just recently it hasn't...
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    Pony Club horse and pony care comp/achievement badges

    Just wondering if anyone here is involved in organising stable management rallies/training for the horse and pony care competition and achievement badges. I have been organising mini badge rallies for a while (I'm a parent, not an instructor), and just started doing some rallies with the aim of...
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    Best brands for skinny fitting children's jods?

    My children are completely different shapes, older daughter is very wide, younger daughter very skinny, so none of the older one's jods can be passed on to the younger one as they drown her. She has tried on lots in tack shops, and they are all too wide. I've managed to find one pair on ebay...
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    Do you go on holiday?

    Just wondering, because I often feel like a bit of a freak! Everyone starts talking in the spring about "where they're going on holiday this year" and it's not something that even registers in my head. I don't really like going away, because I just miss my ponies and it's a hassle getting them...
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    Your favourite bits for keeping tank-y ponies under control?

    I have a couple of lovely sweet kind ponies for my daughters (aged 6 and 7) but both can be a bit tanky at times. I hacked out the bigger pony the other day for the first time and at one point I had to put both hands on one rein to stop her carting me out of a gate onto a road - daughter...
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    OMG cost of PC beginners ODE!

    I've got 6 and 7 year old daughters who are loving their ponies and going really well at the moment. They are keen to compete, and we all had a great weekend at Badminton together. So today I found a schedule for neighbouring PC's beginner's ODE which would be a perfect outing for them - a...
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    Three tickets for Badminton SJ available

    I've just posted this in The Tack Room - wondered if anyone wanted to buy three tickets for SJ from me which I can't use? Or if anyone knows if it's fairly easy to sell them at Badders? Unfortunately they don't do refunds. They are West Block B, Row M6-8. Could meet someone on Saturday...
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    I have three tickets for Badminton SJ which I can't use

    This may be against the rules, I'm not sure! I can't use my three tickets for the SJ on Sunday, very sadly. Badders doesn't do refunds. Does anyone know if I'd have much chance of selling them on the day if I loitered around the secretary for a bit waiting for someone to ask if they had any...
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    Need to "make an offer" for this pony - how much?

    I've got a pony on trial for my oldest daughter. Absolutely love it to bits and want to buy. The owners are very laid back about it, said I can have it on trial for as long as I need, and they don't have a clue how much she is worth, just said make an offer! (they are very wealthy, which...
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    Planning consent for manage - permitted development?

    Getting fed up of trawling local council website and Planning Portal so wondered if someone can give me a shortcut! I have been told by all and sundry that I definitely need planning permission to build a manege. However, I cannot find anywhere the policy that tells me that I do. I'm a...
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    If you built an arena for personal use, has it been worth it?

    So a few things are coming together which mean that I might just be able to consider the possibility of building an arena. But it would be a huge decision financially and, whilst I am pretty sure I would have made very good use of it in the past year, I am worrying about whether I might end up...
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    Experience of claiming on BHS Gold member 3rd party liability?

    Hello. I was wondering if anyone has had a claim made against their third party liability insurance cover which is provided by the BHS gold membership? Or if there are any insurance or equine lawyers round here? My horse kicked another causing damage which incurred £200 of vets bills. I...
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    Avoiding rash all over tummy after washing?

    I have a new horse this season, an ex-racehorse TB, and he is a sensitive little soul, not really designed for hunting! (Although he loves it). I've only ever experienced a bumpy flaky rash all over a horse's tummy when I have left the mud on to dry for brushing off later. However, despite the...
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    How can I safely contain my lurcher when I have to leave him?

    I have a lovely nearly 18 month old greyhound x collie lurcher who I have had since he was 5 months, from a rescue. He is perfect in every way, he is just the dog I wanted, and he has a pretty perfect life for him I think. I very rarely go anywhere very far from home, so he is with me all the...
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    Anyone bought ladies made to measure hunting breeches?

    I just want a nice solid pair of breeches for hunting which aren't stretchy and skin tight. I have a pair of Toggis which are shaped quite well so that they don't cling, but they are quite thin fabric. I don't necessarily want the full "elephants ears" style, but just a little more room around...
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    Rider/producer recommendations South Cheshire area?

    I'm mulling over finding a producer/rider to take on a lovely 7 yr old ex-racehorse mare. She has done nothing but I think she might have potential, so I am thinking of sending her to someone who can find out whether she has potential and if so, bring her on to event. Can anyone recommend...
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    Ex-racehorse - when to take a contact? Experiences please!

    Hello. Is there a retraining your racehorse chat thread somewhere around here? I certainly could do with one! I've just started on my 6 yr old ex flat horse in the last few weeks - been lunging him, got a saddle, tried a few bits. Teeth and back have not been checked yet but will be in the...
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    How to fizz up laminitic ponies without giving them laminitis!

    I have a couple of small Welsh ponies who have both been very laminitic in the past (not when I've had them I hasten to add). Both have Cushings and are on pergolide. The children are getting really into games right now and they kick like mad bless 'em but the ponies don't have a huge amount...
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    Calculating feed rations using straights

    I am thinking of switching to feeding straights soon. Firstly for reasons of cost, secondly because I now have 5 equines to feed and I think it will give me more flexibility. I am going to spend some time doing some proper research and calculations first. Is anyone able to recommend a good...
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