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    Buying A 30 Year Old Bedford 3.5 ton?

    OH and me are looking at a 32 year old 3.5 ton Bedford horse box tomorrow and people at my yard think I'm bonkers. Has no power steering and a heavy rear ramp but has done hardly any miless (<50k), has had numerous new mechanical parts including timing belt and exhaust system and is very...
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    V-Bandz Hi-Viz and Excruciatingly Slow Delivery Times

    I've been waiting for nearly 3 weeks for a hi-viz harness from V-Bandz without a single reply to any email that I have sent. Really unimpressed with the service from there. Has anyone else experienced such slow delivery times? I refuse to buy products from Equisafety after the Polite Notice...
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    Talk To Me About Treeless Saddles (Especially Barefoot Ones)

    As I am at my wits end with my horses ever changing shape and the fact that her treed saddle just can't keep up with this and it's starting to cost me a small fortune. I have only owned my girl since August last year and she has seen the saddle fitter no less than 8 times in this period and has...
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    Showing and Micklem Bridles

    To keep things short, my horse hates conventional bridles; she won't settle into contact and headshakes furiously. I've had her teeth, back, neck and poll checked and there are no underlying issues. She's quite a sensitive soul an is very fussy in the mouth (Will only accept bits with a port or...
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    Part Livery to Friends Field. Would You Do It?

    Thoughts on a postcard: Friend has mentioned about me moving my mare to her field behind her house to live with her horses and 2 others friends. I'm currently at a lovely part livery yard with amazing staff, great hacking and a lovely school. My friends yard is no further from home and all of...
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    Head Shaking and Dressage

    It's that awful time of year again and my poor cob is plagued by the pain that is head shaking. It's helped with a full face mask but obviously you can't wear that in a dressage test! Does anyone have any experience with how much head shaking may affect dressage scores? She schools beautifully...
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    Horse Leaning Back When Picking Its Feet Up

    A friends horse did this on several occasions last night very uncharacteristically - my friend picked near off fore leg up to pick her foot out and she leant back on her hind legs, almost in a rearing position and pulled back, breaking the twine she was tied up to. She then tied her back up to...
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    KES (Kensington) Saddles? Anyone Have Any Experience?

    A friend is selling her KES dressage saddle for a very good price and I'm interested in it for my girl. Her horse is a chunky ISH and mine is an Irish cob, both of whom take a wide saddle (I currently use a Thorowgood T8 Cob). KES is not a brand that I've heard of before so was wondering if...
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    Ariat Bromont Calf Sizes

    I'm buying my Mum a pair of non insulated Bromonts for Mothers day (Between my brothers and me - I'm not that flushed!) and her calves are 14' wide however the regular fit is at 14' so I'm not sure whether to size up to a the full fitting which fits a 15' as idk whether the 15' would be too big...
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    Contact Information For Courtlands Livery Yard, Banstead, Surrey

    I'm looking for contact details for Courtlands livery yard in Banstead, Surrey. There is a phone number if the name of the place if Googled but no one ever picks up! Please PM or comment if anyone has any contact info for the owner or yard mananger.
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    How Fit For a 32km Ride?

    I'm looking to do a bit of endurance this year with my 15hh cob. She loves hacking and we've done a few fun rides since I've had her and she loves it, much happier out and about in the countryside than in a school so I'd like to up my game a bit and give this a go. I've registered for a 16km fun...
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    Do Bigger Shavings Beds Generally Stay Cleaner?

    I'm unsure whether to bite the bullet and make my grotty horses bed of woodchips a bit bigger in a desperate attempt to keep her cleaner. She is quite foul and rather wet so I have been keeping her with quite a small bed but I've heard numerous people saying that their dirty horses stay cleaner...
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    CHAPS: Can Someone Please Explain This To Me?

    I'm feeling very thick here this morning but I'm really not understanding the whole CHAPS registration process. I have a 15hh coloured (Piebald) cob who I want to do in hand and eventually (Aiming for 2017) ridden show/traditional classes with (She's hogged and trimmed) and I need to register...
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    Best Packs For Beginners - SURREY

    I'm thinking about taking my cob out to her first hunt (I've been out a few times before when I was much younger) and was wondering if anyone has any recommendations about which hunt might be best? She's very sensible however I don't jump due to a previous pelvis injury so ALL jumps MUST be...
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    Reproofing Rugs In A Washing Machine?

    I have brought a couple of rugs from a lady who recently had her horse PTS. They are great rugs, both Weatherbeeta however they are FILTHY - covered in mud and are very dusty from being in storage. I'd ideally like to freshen them up and given them a reproof before putting them on my girl and...
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    Who Has Rubber Matting And Is It Worth It?

    I'm debating whether to buy some rubber matting for my horses stable.She is currently bedded on woodchip and I muck her out daily. She's not particularly dirty (I take out one wheelbarrow and a level tub-trug each day) but does not seem to lay down at all (She's piebald and never as poo...
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    Intro B - A Dressage Success.

    I'm not sure why I'm writing this (I think it's just because I'm incredibly proud haha) but my cob and me had a very successful first dressage test yesterday - we came 5th in a big, very competitive class of 20 people (Albeit only a walk trot test) with a percentage of 65.87%. What makes this...
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    How To Improve A Horses Walk?

    I have a 15hh cob who I have recently brought (Had her for around 6 weeks now) who is proving to be a real star and is really starting to enjoy schooling. She hadn't done much of it before I got her so is consequently still green but has the most wonderful, willing attitude which always makes...
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    Neue Schule Bits - Sizing

    I'm looking to buy a Neue Schule starter bit for my cob. She can be a little reluctant to take the contact and this sounds like it might be helpful (She's currently ridden in a loose ring french link snaffle). She wears a 5 1/4 bit usually but I've heard that NS bits come up small. Would anyone...
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    Wrong To Get Off?

    I'm interested to see whether I'm in the minority here as I was shot down a bit last night by another livery after I got off my new horse after she had a strop over not wanting to walk past some rustling bushes (It was rather windy!) and a gigantic puddle last night on a hack around some...
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    Help! What To Feed Cob With Increasing Workload?!

    I recently brought a 14.2 cob who was slightly overweight when she first arrived. Since I got her, she has been on a strict diet with minimal treats (The odd carrot here and there when she has been particularly good so nothing too sugary), no hard feed whatsoever and 2 medium sized small hole...
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    Passports? The Irish Piebald & Skewbald Association?

    I recently brought a horse who is passported by the aformentioned society and have been unable to contact them by phone to pay for my name to be changed to her owner. I've tried on multiple occasions and the phone has rang and rang every single time. Does anyone else have a horse who is...
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    Animal Friends Insurance - Cheap For A Reason Or...?

    I've just obtained a suspiciously cheap insurance quote with animal friends as my Mums new horse arrives soon and I said i'd sort this out for her. It's £11 a month cheaper than the next insurer that I've gotten a quote with. Has anyone had any experiences with them? She isn't going to insure...
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    Recommend Me Some Trimmers.

    Budget of about £120. Must have a decent battery life, and be capable of trimming legs (Cob legs which are already trimmed, these would just be to maintain them) without the baldes going blunt too easily. Must also have replacement blades easily available as there is nothing worse than having to...
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    Trimmers Or Clippers To Hog Mane And Trim Legs?

    This is for a cob. What would you recommend? This wouldn't be a start from scratch job either, would just be for general maintenance :) it seems daft buying a set of clippers when all they would be used for would be hogging and trimming legs and maybe the occasional bib clip but Ii'm not sure...
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    Would You Vet A Horse That Cost Less Than £1000?

    This is following on from a discussion I had at the yard yesterday following on from what a new livery said. Her new horse, a 19 year old Welsh Section D was not vetted prior to her purchasing it as she only wanted him for hacking and generally fussing over. Other liveries where horrified by...
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    Market For Buying Horses In The Winter?

    I was speaking to my Mum today who is thinking about buying a horse come December/January time as is getting a payout from an ISA/savings account, along with saving up a little bit too. What is the horse market usually like around this time? She has had a break from riding since her last horse...
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    Anyone Had A Lesson With Scott Brash?

    So, my birthday is in June and I'm notoriously useless at deciding on what I'd like gift-wise. My OH, the crafty devil, has taken matters into his own hands and has contacted Scott Brash (!!!!!!!!!!) about me having a lesson with him. He had to come clean as I only share my pony (Sadly!)...
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    No pockets on a hack - where do you carry your mobile phone?

    As the title says! With the weather warming up now, we won't all necessarily have pockets to carry a phone, hoof pick, keys etc etc out with us. So what do you do and where do you put them? :)
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    Coloured Shirts For Dressage?

    For unaffiliated dressage, I'd like to wear my pastel blue shirt with my green tweed jacket (I usually use this combination for showing) however I think my jacket actually looks a lot better with this than a white shirt and tie! Would I be shot down or told that my outfit was incorrect at all...
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