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  1. gadetra

    Need a show/passport name for my Thoroughbred!

    Abhainn Dearg is the Irish for Red Rover - pronounced Aow-an Jar-ig. Rua is another name for Red in Irish, You could stick an 'An' in front of it to make him The Red River - An Abhainn Dearg. If he's a big lad he can take a "the' for presence!
  2. gadetra

    St. Nicholas Abbey

    Sorry to hear the horse is dead but not surprised. Should have been done a long time ago. He is at peace now R.I.P.
  3. gadetra

    St. Nicholas Abbey

    This was my concern from the very beginning. He is walking out well though in the vid so there is hope, but sadly I remain doubtful. Great to see an update though. It will be amazing if he comes out of it, I sincerely hopes he does.
  4. gadetra

    Help choosing a stallion to breed an eventing type from an ISH

    Still TB from me, one with good elevation like Watewrmill Swatch. She is a good straight mover alright.
  5. gadetra

    Help choosing a stallion to breed an eventing type from an ISH

    TB without a shadow of a doubt. I can only recommend Irish TB's that I have met over here, so not much use, but I love Riyalan and Pointiliste, and a tidy young TB called Robin Des La Maison...
  6. gadetra

    Condolences to Janet George

    Sorry to hear this, ((((((((((((((((((hug)))))))))))))))))))))
  7. gadetra

    A different type of fun ride!

    Were we watching the same video? There was plenty of comfortable jumping on show! They are not hammering into these things, over stretching at speed. They are carefully approaching the ditches at a safe, slow speed. You will notice the horses very quickly sorting themselves out, using their...
  8. gadetra

    A different type of fun ride!

    ^^^^ What LEC said. They're not being hammered on hard ground or doing endless small circles in an arena which is harder on a young horse's bones and ligaments etc. IMHO. But to each their own.
  9. gadetra

    A different type of fun ride!

    Love it!
  10. gadetra

    Irish juniors

    Woo Hoo! Had a waving arms in the air/celebratory tea when I read that earlier! Fair play to all three-the way of the future! Now to just try and keep the horse power IN the country...:rolleyes3: :wink3:
  11. gadetra

    To buy or to breed? Dilemma..

    Buy the foal. You know what you're getting, and with breeding you could end up with something completely unsuitable and be stuck with it. Breeding is hard, expensive and quite often disheartening. Save yourself the time, money, drama, tears, fear and frustration and buy the foal. He ticks all...
  12. gadetra

    Ideas on what breed?

    I see a good dose of welsh and cob. Definitely no Connie, Connie's are not chunky, especially not anymore! I think he looks very Welsh x who knows! I know nothing about Highlands so I can't comment on that similarity, but I have met a lot of Connies and I don't see any in him. Nice lad...
  13. gadetra

    St. Nicholas Abbey

    Hmm I much prefer the old fashioned type! Much more my style. I hate the greyhound look, but ultimately it comes down to what crosses the line first and makes the most money (more importantly!) and the downhill, flashy, light boned and framed animal has a tendency to do that a lot now! I am with...
  14. gadetra

    stallion out with another stallion....

    As other posters have said, stallions can live quite happily together, as long as an in season mare doesn't get between them! It does come down to personality as well, and where/why (as in AlexArt's example). Cavalier Royale was killed in a fight when his neighbour (also a stallion) got into...
  15. gadetra

    Best. Natured. Youngster. Ever. Rant.

    oh no you poor thing. I have no advice to offer but I will send you a hug (((((((((hug))))))))) and vibes for your saintly youngster (((((((((vibes))))))))) X
  16. gadetra

    St. Nicholas Abbey

    Yep completely agree. I really can't find a marketable solution though. Breeders are extra cautious mow with the whole recession thing (those that survived it) so are going for what's going to give them the biggest returns at the sales, fast maturing, flashy fine flat types ND line animals. ND...
  17. gadetra

    2 horses to choose from - which one?!

    Argh that should be gut not git in my last post. I really need to get some sleep!
  18. gadetra

    2 horses to choose from - which one?!

    The mare. You will probably build a great relationship with her when she gets going. She's probably just green, not seen the world etc. Not that she is timid in personality. You can build her the way you want to if you know what i mean? I am also a warmblood-ist, they don't do it for me in...
  19. gadetra

    Are some breeds/types sounder than others, or is it management..

    Fair enough, but I will add that a mare I bred represented Ireland st the home international at 80k after 18 months of training, and sound as a bell this year! There are actually papers out there on the nitrogen thing, another poster had them on another thread-I was never so glad of my horses...
  20. gadetra

    St. Nicholas Abbey

    ^^^^^^^So very true. It all comes back to business and money. And setting up a proper, rigorous scientific program to test the soundness of ND lines is too expensive, and hampered by significantly wealthy vested interests to happen. The level of inbreeding will reach a tipping point, I believe...
  21. gadetra

    Are some breeds/types sounder than others, or is it management..

    I think a lot of it is down to management in the early years, from birth to 3 yo. As in, how can you expect an animal who has been reared on nice, flat, perfect paddock to cope with changeable ground conditions underfoot? And undulations, hills, rocks etc.? There is a paper out there somewhere...
  22. gadetra

    plan for mare, had to take it on the chin - reassurance needed.

    I don't think there's any harm in that senario, I think it's quite sensible actually. The mare gets brought on confidently until she's more sure of herself/confident/secure in her jumping until op's confidence catches up, and op still rides her most days. Eminently sensible in my opinion, and...
  23. gadetra

    Most ridiculous horse names you've come across....??

    Hammer! The young lad who had him must have named him! ETA I have given some homebreds hideous names. I am not allowed on naming duty any more :redface3: :redface3:
  24. gadetra

    How to gate price of cardento foal please!!

    You do the crime... I think it is very low to insult someone's stock on a public forum, wrongly, get caught out lying, and not bother to stand up and apologise/face the music. It is the decent and right thing to do. Not to do so is low and cowardly in my opinion.
  25. gadetra

    Big Horses...

    The only top top international sjer i can think of at that height is Itot du Chateau (sp?). At that level it is the exception rather than the rule. Horses are getting bigger, if you look at the ID for example, some are massive now in comparison to what they used to be and i think it follows...
  26. gadetra

    How to gate price of cardento foal please!!

    Lol :lol: . I would be steaming if someone did what Jalisco did to me. You have the patience of a saint! ETA oh and embarassed or not Jalisco owes Ritchie an apology. If you do wrong you stand up and apologise if your any sort of a person at all.
  27. gadetra

    St. Nicholas Abbey

    Very informative and interesting. I am not a TB head, this gives much food for thought. Ps I agree re Danzig. The few I have seen have nothing to recommend themselves with. He appears in a couple of sporthorse TB sires I avoid like the plague. I suppose the ultimate problem is the obsession...
  28. gadetra

    Update on New Boy!!!!

    Ah lovely. It makes me so sad I am too big for a Marley. I want one! *stomps feet and goes off in a huff* :biggrin3:
  29. gadetra

    Titchy - the prophesy fulfilled...!

    Cuteness! They are a heart meltingly adorable pair. I see a lot of heartattacks in FW's future, and a lot of fun in mini FW's...:biggrin3:
  30. gadetra

    How to gate price of cardento foal please!!

    The mare is the biggest part of the breeding equation. By some distance. The end! That they are not as valued in the equation as much as the stallion, certainly in terms of their own performance never ceases to amaze me. A foal out of a mare of this calibre with a PROVEN INTERNATIONAL RECORD has...