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  1. Saucisson

    Very poorly mare, neurological

    Hi, I'd be interested to know if anybody else has experienced this. Just to say before she is staying at the vets under veterinary supervision so this obviously isn't asking for a diagnosis, more of a what could it be? Basically, my friend's nine year old mare suddenly started staggering...
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    Cheer me up, what's to look forward to in the UK?

    So I'm returning to the UK next week with horse. The problem is that he's been at the transporter's yard since Saturday :( with all his papers :eek: So after a hugely stressful day or so I've now calmed down after the transporter has contacted me. I now just have a large, horse shaped hole...
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    Transporters to/from Europe and East Midlands?

    hi Not been on here for a while! Can anybody recommend a company to transport a horse from Belgium to the UK (east midlands)? Obviously for a reasonable price and not involving a huge European tour. I'm really interested in one's with a good reputation. (Or not ;-)) Thanks in...
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    Coughing at the end of winter

    Has anybody got any bright ideas on why and what I can do to help him? This also happened 2 years ago at a different yard. Basically, he just starts coughing as we're coming to the end of winter. It's a nasty cough and he can't really be ridden other than in walk. He coughs in his box but...
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    east mids- grantham area?

    Just posted in comp riders too so sorry for the repetition. a very tentative question about the cost of full/competition livery in the region? preference is is boxed and turned out every day but he's open to options :) Sorry if i can't reply straight away but i only have phone signal...
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    east mids - grantham area?

    Just a VERY tentative question. How much for full, possibly competition livery in the region? I'm talking all disciplines. Can be field or stabled or mixed (mixed is preferable). I don't have a regular internet signal so won't be able to reply straight away - sorry!
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    Let's have a naming thread!

    There's plenty of threads asking about naming a horse and plenty of folks who'd love to name a horse so let's get together :D Ignoring parent names etc, I'd love to have horses named as follows:- - Vlad the Lad (hey-ho Vladimir Putin ;)) - Pas moi! - Enfant Terrible - Well-Jel...
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    First lesson in ages with new instructor - not a disaster!

    So, without going into too much history, me and ma hoss F have been at a new yard since November after spending most of the last 2 years hacking out together (he's been competing successfuly but not with me :D). I’ve spent the last 2 months just getting used to “school” riding again, we both...
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    Ssssshhhh - don't tell anyone but...........

    I'm after some advice for working my horse............. Due to the big freeze here for the last week or so he has been primarily stuck in his box for a week (some walking in hand (rolling/broncking) in the frozen inside school). After the big un-freeze (woooop! :D) I lunged him yesterday...
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    You know it's COLD when............

    ..........the inside school is frozen?!?!?!?!?! :eek: Just been up to ride my oversized labrador and found the inside school all lumpy and hard...........well...........frozen. Even Mr Pro "Nobody's gonna call me Fluffy" Showjumper at the yard hasn't done anything with his horses so it's...
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    Please help, what are these called? (lunge equipment)

    Hi, I'm looking to buy on the internet in the UK. Unfortunately, I don't know the proper name :o. It 2 reins that attach to the bottom ring on the roller (ie the ring under the belly), they go up through the bit rings and then clip onto the side rings on the roller. They allow the horse to...
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    Feeling Christmassy? Want to while away 52 mins on your life watching horses?

    Well help yourself to a glass of mulled wine and let the Cardre Noir of Saumur entertain you. http://www.equidiawatch.fr/content/video/1494359 We watched this last night and I have to say, I really enjoyed it. For non-francophones (I include myself there :D), there's a bit of talking...
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    Tigers_Eye's XC Clinic (part 2 - no feline intervention)

    Soooooooo, we rocked up a bit late due to an accident on the motorway but horses were still happy and riders still enthusiastic, instructor very nice about it all! We were treated to a quick look-see at the 4* machine that is William (my horse, I believe was a touch jealous :D). We warmed up...
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    Tigers_Eye's XC Clinic

    Ok, so T-E came down a LONG way down from her 4* level to give her sage advice to those of us just starting out in XC. There were 3 of us in our session including my friend's 9-year old daughter on her ex-UK riding school pony (16 yrs old). I'm on my little half-arab (the biggest horse there...
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    Kings Troop horse dies during gun salute

    Poor horse. I have been lucky enough to ride the horses of the Kings Troop and they are superb and beautifully looked after. This made me really sad. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1393629/Tragedy-Queens-salute-Horse-run-gun-carriage.html My condolences to the Kings Troop and...
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    A little report from The Young, The Stupid and The Old

    So started at 5am Sunday :( Me groom, OH jockey. 3 horses in a local one day event. One Young horse's first comp (60cm :D), my horse's first XC of the year (80cm) and OH's horse's first XC since July last year due to injury (1m). Truck started first time :) and off we went. Baby...
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    If anyone is in need of a confidence boost, check this out....

    Our yard had a competition at the weekend, not a major affair but I'm not a major equestrian either. Did the dressage on OH's mare (she's just back into comps after an injury last year). Let's be clear here, she's a sporty 10 yr old who generally knows what she's doing. I did the basic test...
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    Dodgy backs and dressage positions?

    My spine is very curved at the bottom (curved to the front). It's something I have my Mother to thank for due to her un-dressage rider like conformation. I saw a video of me massacring a dressage test this weekend and realised how silly I look. I just look like I'm sticking my boobs out one...
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    You know when someone's a hardcore, pro rider when.......

    ........they're wearing horse bandages wrapped around their lower leg instead of half-chaps :D OH helps train a couple of horses for this lady who rides 6 horses every day, competes at a good level, has groomed around Europe for top pros, grooms her horses, cleans the boxes, buys & sells etc...
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    Sheath Cleaning - excellent instructions!

    So, the time has come to clean my horse's bit n pieces. I have never done this before and have been scouring the internet for advice. I found excellant page and felt the need to share it. Not only for the graphic instructions but also for making laugh out loud at the comments on the...
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    Killer cock!

    .........and he's been dishing out some justice :D http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-12393125 Shame they didn't strap a bazooka and a machine gun to his legs so he could have taken a few more down at the same time :D
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    What is the UK system?

    Ok, so here I am approaching middle-age in the depths of Southern Belgium. I intend (hope :D?) to start competing this year in very small regional 80cm jumping and regional 60cm XC (maybe 80cm XC at the end of the season :cool:). Apparently, I need to have a licence...
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    Is this really a horse issue that needs a big money campaign?

    I know, I know, I shouldn't be reading the Daily Silly (I did like Katy Perry's dress though ;)). http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1344614/Lea-Michele-joins-forces-PETA-campaign-New-Yorks-horse-drawn-carriages.html Are there not bigger equine welfare issues in the world than...
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    Carriage drivers - you rock!!!

    Were went to Mechelen/Malin yesterday (for the national not international jumping :D) I have to say, I was absolutely blown away by the carriage drivers!!!! There were about 4 or 5 carriages (each with 4 horses) in the warm-up arena. They were charging around and doing super-tight turns...
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    Aachen - All Nations Cup for Arabian Horses (Also in NL)

    Does anybody know about this competition? My horse's breeder has suggested that we take him in the dressage comp. Does anone know what the levels are? Also, are there jumping comps or other tests? In addition, do any arab folk know about "Arabissimo"? Is it just on the continent...
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    Aachen - All Nations Cup for Arabian Horses

    Does anybody know about this competition? My horse's breeder has suggested that we take him in the dressage comp. Does anone know what the levels are? Also, are there jumping comps or other tests? In addition, do any arab folk know about "Arabissimo"? Is it just on the continent...
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    Wikileaks - What do you think?

    Crikey, I bet there's a few red faces around the world today! I can't make my mind up whether this level of "leaking" really benfits anyone though? It's isnt as though this guy's revealing a massive, illegal conspiracy or cover-up. Some secret's should probably stay that way, I'm sure a...
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    Temporary stables at competitions

    Would anybody be so kind as to give the names of some of the larger companies that hire out temporary boxes for comps in the UK? Thanks in advance :)
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    A Small Horse's first 80cm ODE

    Well, after being placed every time in his three 60cm ODEs (including one overall win) we felt it was high time SH went on to an 80cm ODE. Especially as he had ZERO respect for 60cm showjumping and generally treated them as he would cavaletti. He has learnt some valuable lessons on the 60cm XC...
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    ISH Breeders/Enthusiasts

    Ok, I haven’t been on here much (at all) but I have (I think ) an interesting proposition and debate. OH has a beautiful mare. She is the half-sister of WFP’s Seacookie (second at Burghley this year) via the German TB stallion Helikon. She is an honest and amazing girl but she had a bit of an...
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