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    Stubbs saddle minder?

    Does anyone use the Stubbs Saddle Minder or similar (anything that allows your to padlock your saddle to the rack...)? Any thoughts on its value? Any reason why it wouldn't fit certain makes of saddle? Thanks in advance!
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    Equine portable showers

    Hello fellow HHO’ers! I haven’t been on here for a while (about 10 years, LOL!) but thought I’d venture back now that I’m officially ‘horsey’ again! It all looks very different..! Anyway, my first post is regarding portable showers... Ie so you can bath your horse in warm water, powered by a...
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    Simple change???

    Hi Guys. I thought the BD definition of a simple change is canter, walk, canter (with a trot on the downward transition if necessary as can be progressive). My instructor thinks it can be progressive up & down & uses the term to indicate canter, trot, canter. I've looked on the...
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    Selling a decent horse on Horsemart??

    I've got an advert running on Horsemart for a really decent dressage/jumping/allrounder horse at a fairly high price (£9k) - he's been on there several days now & I've not had any enquiries. Do you think I'm wasting my time advertising a high value horse on Horsemart, do I need to bite the...
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    Re Kerilli's 'little quiz' (Waterford bit)

    Yeah, I understand the theory & guessed that would be the answer as I've heard it before, but same as I argued the last time I heard it, I think the theory is a bit anal in my opinion. People should know to get a Waterford a size up than usual (1/4" is sufficient), just so it sits properly...
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    What's the difference between...

    A PURE salt lick & an IODISED salt lick? I presume Iodised is somehow 'improved', but not really sure how! The iodised ones are usually orange which I thought were minerals - is it that minerals have been added maybe? Thanks!
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    Equine Passports - is it the law to...?

    ... change the registered owner? I have the full Anglo European Studbook passport for my mare but it is still in the name of a previous (not last) owner. There is a page which seems to be for handwritting new ownership ('details of ownership & endorsement of acceptance by owners') but the...
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    Anyone ever had a lesson with Markus Bauer?

    Going to a clinic tomorrow, got a 45 min private session with him but don't know him at all. Just wondering if anyone knew of him or what he is like. I'm pretty unfit at the mo - bit worried I'm not going to make the distance!
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    Badminton virtually cancelled???

    Just heard from someone fairly 'in the know' at Badders, that an emergency riders' meeting has been called re ground conditions - apparently prior to the meeting it was looking like less than 10 riders would be going XC. They're laying top soil at the moment but it's so shallow the grass is...
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    You know those not very good insurers..? (mentioning no names)

    Please don't anyone mention the name of the renowned 'not very good insurers', as I don't want to get anyone in trouble... BUT, although I wouldn't touch them with a barge pole for my horse (too many variables), they do seem to offer pretty competitive trailer insurance. Obviously it's a bit...
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    Can anyone recommend anyone for trailer insurance please?

    Hubby is currently insured to tow the trailer under his normal car insurance, but his insurer won't do specific trailer insurance (i.e. to cover theft). Do any companies do separate trailer insurance? His car policy doesn't expire until Jan so can't move the car policy for a while...
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    I've taken the plunge! Bought a trailer...

    I'm so excited I've been procrasting for ages now (years probably!) about getting a trailer, constantly looking around for a decent 2nd hand one. Well, took the plunge yesterday & bought a brand new one (rather an impulse buy for which my savings account is now really suffering..) BUT...
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    Question - use for this bit..?

    I can see that this is quite a versatile bit, although I was surprised to hear that it's popularity is growing in the showing world - surely this isn't in ridden classes? I (clearly) don't know much about showing, but I thought most ridden showing is done in a double bridle, I'm sure this bit...
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    Are 'wanted' ads allowed? Can't remember... A trailer for example...

    Can't remember if we're allowed to do 'wanted' ads or not - guess I'll find out if this post gets deleted..! For now though (!), I'm on the look out for a trailer - wanting what everyone wants of course, super condition, fab price... Would prefer to buy on recommendation, so if anyone knows of...
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    Can an idiot buy a trailer???

    OK 'idiot' may be a bit harsh, but would I need to get a 2nd-hand trailer checked over by a professional? I'm planning on purchasing an Ifor Williams (Ifor for re-sale value) probably for around £2k (I have seen some advertised for less but don't know what condition they're in). When viewing...
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    Political correctness gone mad? Shilpa - Big Brother

    I see there is now an email doing the rounds - click the link & sign the 'STOP SHILPA BEING A VICTIM OF RACISM'. I despair. The girls are being bitches, YES. The girls are bullying her, YES. I went to an all girls school & got emotionally (never physically) bullied for 5 years &amp...
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    Following on from simple Novice movement post...

    Thanks to everyone who replied on my last post but now it's got me really over-analysing it! The exact terminology says: 'change rein and over X change of leg through trot' Now, I have always made the trot transition AT X, cantering again a few strides after X. HOWEVER, having read it &amp...
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    How to perform simple Novice dressage movement?

    I thought I'd try my new Equitest dressage test cd thinggy today as I have to learn 2 Novice tests for next weekend. In Novice 25, you canter across the diagonal & change the leg over X through trot. Previously, I've always changed the leg very quickly, i.e. just a stride or two of trot...
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    Southern England Unaff Dressage Championship 23/24th June 2007

    I seem to have managed to qualify for something again (DOH!) - I can't see my pals letting me whimp out from going a 2nd year running! I'm a bit confused though as the form is different from last year & it's chopped off the bit at the bottom which says where to send the form back to (could...
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    POLL: frequency of dentistry

    It seems the majority of people get their horse's teeth done every 6 or 12 months. My EDT recommends every 6 months but historically I'd have them done every 12 months. So, assuming your horse is adult but not old & has no problems current or previous (but teeth are not done under sedation...
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    How many of you give your horse(s) a holiday?

    Just wondering really. Not talking about horses in hard work (racers, 'proper' eventers etc), but just average horses. Assuming it hasn't had an enforced break during the year...
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    Pairs dressage test!

    Anyone ever done one before? Doing one shortly & don't really understand how 2 people can do symmetrical 10 metre circles in a 20m arena! Either you both have to do a 9 metre or one has to be a bit behind/ahead of the other! Thanks!
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    Types of bit?

    I consider myself to be quite a bit guru, understanding the mechanisms of most types - however, there are a few that I've come across that you see fairly often but I don't know much about them - can anyone enlighten me? I'd just like to increase my knowledge repertoire! 1st one is a twisted...
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    SUSAN_W - are you in charge?! G. Fletcher/Cobham - S. East people..

    Susan_W - are you finding out if we can pay on the day? (hope we can!). Have you got an idea of times yet? I think people are keen to know what time to meet up, I'm not sure if it's an all day thing... Let me know if you want me to call them. I've posted on here rather than PM so we can keep...
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    Does anyone know... (arena mirrors)

    The recommended size of arena mirrors. I've found a chap who has some perspec mirrors which he can cut to size for me to use around the outdoor arena. I have no idea how to mount them, where to place them or what size I need (preferably a size that will go in a 4x4!). Can anyone offer any...
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    Whilst on the subject of stocks (tied vs untied)

    Do you think a silk one would be better for getting a stock pin through (I have MURDERS getting my stock pin through...)? What about the Morgan Equine mock silk ones - are they thinner than cotton & therefore easier on the pins? Do the untied ones come with instructions - I really do not...
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    Fhoenix Saddle (from Enlightened Equitation) - anyone tried?

    I'm not looking for a new saddle at the moment, but just wondered if anyone had seen or tried one of these, or indeed own one! They look very interesting, but I've never seen one 'in the flesh'. Just wondering...
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    Rpt on 'Equisimulator' lesson & an invitation for a wkend drssg course

    I had my first lesson on the mechanical horse tonight - it was fab! It was only 30 mins & it went a bit too quickly, but I feel confident that I would really benefit from some more sessions. They run weekend courses (in East Sussex), where you take your own horse, have one mechanical horse...
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    POLL: show sheen for clipping? (Bossonova/Parsley!)

    An interesting thread re clipping has me wondering... I would have thought that using show sheen was not a good idea as preparation for clipping (I wonder what it does to the blades?), but I happened to stumble upon an article in a current horsey mag that I wouldn't normally read (can't remember...
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    Arena mirrors?

    Can anyone recommend a company for external arena mirrors? I've had a quick google & couldn't find anything - will go off & try again but thought I'd ask in case anyone had any recommendations... Do you think it's the sort of thing that comes up 2nd hand from time to time? (if anyone...
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