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    Kauto Star at Olympia last night

    Well I don't often comment on here but feel for the horse..and for Laura! Possibly she over did the calmers/sedalin or whatever on a big night when it mattered to go well but it was a very sorry sight. He did not look happy. Hope he can find a happy future, i'm sure he would rather go hunting...
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    Planning permission - hardcore track from field gate to stables

    Thank you everyone, a lot of interesting & helpful replies. There is already a gateway and in the first instance we were just going to put hardcore down on the grass so there was a track to the stables but I think it might be worth having a word with the council by the sounds of things, we want...
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    Planning permission - hardcore track from field gate to stables

    Will do...thank you for your advice :)
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    Planning permission - hardcore track from field gate to stables

    Thank you HoHum, very helpful advice :)
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    Chatsworth- staying over, including horse! Recommedations please

    PM me, an eventing friend just up the road in Curbar has stabling she put a post of fb the other day, might be worth a try!
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    Planning permission - hardcore track from field gate to stables

    As the above... we are moving to a property which has stables but which are accessible from the field gate (which is on a quiet lane) and want to put down a track to access them/park the horsebox on. Not sure if we need pp, nobody else overlooks the field but would appreciate any advice. Thanks!
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    Vale View BS report from today :) two double clears!

    Well done, lovely rounds & even better to go home with a ribbon :)
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    Show jump warm up fences

    Have got to agree with you there Madali, people often warm up over far bigger fences than the actual class, even more annoying their entourage put it up a hole each time as soon as their rider has jumped, ignoring everyone else who needs to jump and you have to shout 'can you leave it please'...
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    Horse has died *need hugs*

    Very sorry to hear, he had a short but happy retirement, not fair for people to be saying you should have called the vet, my thoughts are with you x
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    Weekend plans.

    Field House sunday...looking forward to it as was working last weekend. Hoping the weather forecast is wrong as it is going to be a bit windy but hopefully not too windy to risk driving there!
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    Solihull Elite Show Report

    Lovely flowing rounds & great jump-off, well done :)
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    FAO people that compete at vale view

    I'm not a Vale View regular as it is a bit further to travel for me from more local arenas but have been there a couple of times recently when they have had qualifiers on. Parking - plenty of space on a big flat yard, warm-up is big arena too, café with viewing down one side of it (and café is...
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    2 horses and working full time... Stupid?

    Perfectly do-able if you want to! I have two, although one is 23 & retired, I sj the other one at weekends. I work full-time & keep them both at a small farm up the road, it is not a yard as such, no arena etc, I just rent the field & stables, it is totally DIY with no involvement from the...
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    3.5t Horse Lorry, Needle in a hay stack!?

    Be very careful!! Some of the older 3.5tonnes have little more than plywood separating you from the horse, also, whilst the paintwork etc might look ok on the outside the underneath might be rusted & cost you more than the actual box is worth just to get through mot... definitely worth checking...
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    Forward cut saddles: are some horses impossible to fit?

    My mare is connie x ID & has big shoulders too, I previousy had an Albion K2 jump, whilst it is a lovely saddle her shape pushed it back & she had become quite sore, I now have a Black Country Solare jump saddle which is so much better for her shape, she feels a lot better in it. It is lovely...
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    What Height Would You Start a Novice Youngster at SJ?

    Definitely do the 75... you just want an enjoyable round for your horses' first outing! Will make it easy for him, it isn't the height that matters, he will get used to jumping a course & hopefully will think it's fun & easy & then you can move him up next time. I was trotting round 65 cm 2yrs...
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    A little BS outing to Vale View with Socks :)

    Thank you! 1.05's here we both come then :biggrin3:
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    A little BS outing to Vale View with Socks :)

    Well done Mandy Moo! I saw your round in the Blue Chip you both looked to be going fab, I was miles earlier in the class so in the warm up arena at different times or would have said hello! We came 6th in the 95 A4 speed, she was raring to go! Then we did the blue chip disco, last time at vale...
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    Who travels to competitions alone?

    I have always travelled alone, when I learned to tow all those years ago, my Dad just let me get on with it & my OH has no interest in showjumping, in some respects it's great as you can do your own thing & go off to shows whenever you want and are beholdent to no-one, I usually take our 2 dogs...
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    Connemara cross

    Both my home-bred oldies are Connemara x TB (Java Tiger) although both retired now, were both the best, I have a Connemara x ID now, (she is my avatar pic) she is a bit more chunky but has tonnes of scope as well as being thoroughly nice little horse with a lovely friendly temperament, she came...
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    Affiliated or unaffiliated

    True at times!! But generally - aff:- horses only, no kids charging about in mixed classes, courses well built, qualifers to aim for & BS record of your winnings, some prize money as well as a rosette, also there are professionals there you can watch & learn. unaff:- classes not until...
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    To all the showjumpers

    I hope they don't change nc/fox to age classes, what about amateurs that cannot produce a horse that quickly? Mine only started sj at the age of 10, and as said earlier in this thread, nc/fox classes would be lower on entries, not good for the show centres!! I am a weekend/one horse owner...
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    Vale View SJ Report: Socks was a mad man

    Yes, all being well planning to go on the 1st for blue chip discovery - i'll be on a little grey kicking & flapping when we get to the cloud fence lol!! See you there! :)
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    Vale View SJ Report: Socks was a mad man

    I was there too! We came 2nd in the warm up, high hopes for blue chip qual but we came round the corner to the cloud fence & she slammed on the anchors, managed to jump in 3rd time, wish I had known it had been causing trouble but hopefully she won't spook at one of those again!! Well done you...
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    Suspensory ligament desmitis- experiences?

    My home-bred mare was diagnosed with this several years ago...after a couple of trips to Newmarket (she was insured) still not sound (a year later & insurance wouldn't cover any further treatment) I just turned her away for a year, she came back sound, at the time she was 14. I had hunted &...
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    Permanant loans - what do you expect?

    You still own the horse and the loanee would be able to return the horse to you at any time, as with a lot of things in the horsey world, livery etc, written contracts are rarely given. I would be very wary of loaning out to some random person who is answering an ad, you hear all sorts of...
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    How Many Classes Do You Do?

    I usually do just two but things are usually run two-phase these days so I wouldn't have a problem with doing 3 classes, if your horse is still feeling ready, I compete at the lower levels BS & normally do 95/1m. If you think of what they would jump in a days hunting etc, 3 classes is nothing :)
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    How much is livery in England nowadays in the south ?

    Glad I live near Chesterfield...£15pw here for stable & 5 acre field to myself!! :)
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    Are horses getting sharper or are riding standards dropping?

    I would say definitely that most horses just do not get the work that their owners feed them for, I keep mine on a small yard, the other 3 are happy hackers, one does actually hack but the other two ride their horses @once a week at a walk for half an hour yet feed them twice a day hard feed...