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    Badminton XC thread

    Well, the rider can't complete the xc course on his own and nor can the horse (trotting back to the lorry park doesn't count). Horses might get to the finish in racing when they're with the rest of the field but I don't recall seeing a horse finish a xc course alone. In that respect, horse and...
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    Badminton XC thread

    Is this to me? So we could have a riderless Badminton? Perhaps this could be facilitated by introducing bumblebee DNA to future breeding programmes for the sport. In this way horses could communicate by means of a small scale dance/wiggle, directions precise enough to keep horses on the xc...
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    Badminton XC thread

    I think the reason xc day is packed to the gunnels is because it's the ultimate skill test for both horse and rider in that they are both totally/equally dependent on each other to get home safe and sound. With the right preparation and a decent jockey they can cruise round the track, ears...
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    What happens to our horses if there is a WW3?

    I think Ant Middleton's at a loose end. Let's see how good Putin is at falling out of a helicopter backwards with his arms folded. Frankly the Russians should be more worried that Priti Patel is getting closer!
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    I’m not sure what to think….

    Well, I had hoped that Sir Mark would say it wasn't him because he was at Woolloomooloo Pizza Express with Clinton Anderson. But he fessed up and I'm sure his apology to the horse was heartfelt and sincere. At his peak the man was poetry in motion in the saddle and you don't get that way without...
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    Trigeminal Nerve pain

    I wondered how you got on, so sorry it isn't better news. Once they start mentioning trigeminal nerve involvement it's really tough. It seems they still know so little about it. But she's got you to look after her and hopefully some happy years ahead.
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    The sacked horse hitting ex teacher is going to court

    Do you mean The Echo? A more recent quote printed in The Daily Echo from Cllr Edward Heron; Leader of New Forest District Council: "It's sad that Chris Packham sometimes appears unwilling to allow facts and the opinion of genuine experts get in the way of his own sensationalist self-promotion...
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    The sacked horse hitting ex teacher is going to court

    The story went viral because they were desperate to link it to hunting (legal trail hunting at that). Ricky Gervais retweeted the video to his 14 million followers and Chris Packham in his role as vice president of the RSPCA ordered them to act on it.
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    Hunting is in a spot of bother

    Concern for animals Fred? oh well I'm up for a flaming too:-) No matter how careful breeders are with gene pools and health screening nature still throws up some surprises. You can look at your expensive pooches and not realise that they are the result of repeated outcrossing and backcrossing...
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    Hunting is in a spot of bother

    To answer you without reposting lots of text: You clearly have a point of contact with the hunt so perhaps you can start a dialogue and I'm sure your concerns can be addressed. As to hunts contacting everyone, it's unlikely that could happen, firstly due to logistics and secondly due to those...
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    Hunting is in a spot of bother

    sorry FW that quote hasn't worked well. there are 2 sides to it. Firstly whilst it is your right to legally trail hunt it is also the right of animal owners to keep their animals in their fields. It is up to the hunt to make sure they are not disrupting these animal owners with their activities...
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    Hunting is in a spot of bother

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    Hunting is in a spot of bother

    Sabs have done this before and they've been hurt before. This isn't Tiananmen Square, this is basic horsemanship and on page one of how not to get killed by a horse is don't stand directly in front a horse, for one thing they can't see you.
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    Hunting is in a spot of bother

    Don't put words in my mouth, I asked where they were, I hoped you'd know Read my post again for the second answer. Yes of course, the hounds stray and sometimes it's because of hunt sabbing tactics. They don't always need to be there as has been shown over the years.
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    Hunting is in a spot of bother

    It wouldn't be the first time. Hunts were always very happy to inform all of their whereabouts. The sabs have stopped all that being possible because of their constant and dangerous interference. As to your last point there is only one way to find out. Many of the anti 'names' on these threads...
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    Hunting is in a spot of bother

    Hunt behaviour has changed since the ban because they're engaged in a battle for survival. If we consider that this type of propaganda is a real 'result' for hunt saboteurs but an absolute PR disaster for hunting then who has the most to gain from it all? Suffolk/Essex sabs are quite proud of...
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    Trigeminal Nerve pain

    I tried everything available at the time, hopefully they've made some progress now.
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    Trigeminal Nerve pain

    https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/ws/portalfiles/portal/185830125/Roberts_VMRR.pdf This is an interesting article. I lost my gelding 8 years ago, he became unrideable and after 18 mths of retirement he was 'twitching' in his field. I had to let him go.
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    Advice for a nervous rider with a nervous horse?

    Napping near gates is very common in RS ponies because they get bored and he's probably been punished in that spot for napping towards the gate. You need to get his attention back onto you otherwise you'll both be anticipating the gate. Start with half-halts to get him listening, or leg yields...
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    Controversy after Wilton Hunt hires Salisbury Guildhall for event

    The Russians are after The Wilton?!! We'd better hope it starts snowing.
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    Dunne v Frost

    Don't you dare tell me to stop. Your opinions are so ill-informed you don't know who's male and who's female when you're trying to insult the jockeys. You're a joke.
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    Dunne v Frost

    Oh it's justice you're after is it? Because most of you seem to want his head on a plate. Now that's disgusting!
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    Dunne v Frost

    Completely agree, Blackmore's faultless performance in the National was amazing. It is extremely patronising to portray female jockeys as Stepford wives. They just want to get on with their jobs away from this negative media circus. This was a show trial, brought about by a very media savvy...
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    Dunne v Frost

    I don't doubt that this is a case of the 'princess' versus the MCP but she has had a ban for careless riding and I think this is one of his grievances. A lot of bickering could be cleared up by an outright disqualification for interference. Jockeys get a ban and lose a few days pay but the win...
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    Hunting is in a spot of bother

    I have a real problem with laws and decisions that are made as a result of bullying and coercion. Even the NT admitted that they were very concerned about their reputation having quickly realised that AR will stop at nothing to wreck a reputation. Time and time again companies have had to bow to...
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    The breeding and selling of banned breeds

    Skinnydipper, I was trying to say that we have a responsibility to be able to contain all that drive if we fancy that type of dog. They're untrained dogs but they're not necessarily bad dogs. That's all.
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    The breeding and selling of banned breeds

    I'm very much in the 'deed not breed' camp. As we know, decent horses are frequently ruined by nervous handling and the same is true of dogs. I was at a clinic where an owner was struggling with a completely 'out of control' /'dangerous' horse. The owner reeled off a series of things the horse...
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    Horse being hit around the head

    Attitude? The Cottesmore are clearly hunting within the law and those who seek to disrupt are reduced to lurking about behind lorries filming unrelated matters. So I congratulated the hunt for complying with the law in difficult circumstances. If they have information to release I'm sure this...
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    Horse being hit around the head

    I'll say it again, the correction was totally disproportionate. A bit like this witch-hunt.
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