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  1. C1airey

    Share your tiny happinesses

    OH is making me a cup of tea.
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    Reassure me...

    I did consider it, but the grass is too long and she’s very sensitive about having things around/touching her muzzle.
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    Reassure me...

    Thank you. I’m done in. Mare in foul mood. We just have to make it to Saturday. Then I can worry about her getting colic from the stress of the move 🙄
  4. C1airey

    Reassure me...

    A frustrating situation at my yard now means that I have no grazing for one of my horses. She’s a tubby native pony. I can (and do) graze her in-hand and can get her out for a leg-stretch at each end of the day but she’s a good candidate for laminitis and she had an impaction colic about 5mths...
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    Am hopefully going to view a 3.5t in about 10 days’ time. It has a semi-automatic gearbox. I’ve never driven anything semi-auto before. Does anyone on here have one? What are they like and what should I expect?
  6. C1airey

    suggestions on bits?

    If you’re happy riding with two reins, try something with a curb. No need to change the mouthpiece if the horse is happy in it, but a curb might give you something more in those ‘oh ****’ moments.
  7. C1airey

    Boots for stumpy legs

    I know. I am tottering about on some serious heel risers...!
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    Boots for stumpy legs

    Nope. I decided that I really should try to get on with the Ariats that have been sitting in a cupboard for a year. Consequently, I can tell you not to bother with the short height Heritage Contours 🙄
  9. C1airey

    Has it begun?

    My FB feed is awash with horses for loan and owners looking for sharers. It doesn’t seem so long ago that every other post was someone looking for loans/shares to ride. Is this the start of the horse-price-downturn that we’ve all been predicting?
  10. C1airey

    Bit advice wanted.

    From what you describe, I’d say the skinnier the bit, the better. What size is he? The NS pony bits go up to a 5”. Otherwise, I second what others have suggested: a ported bar. A cheap and cheerful magic snaffle would be a good starting point.
  11. C1airey

    When you play with Millie lurcher.......

    Every terrier has an inner Scrappy Doo. It escapes at least four times a day...
  12. C1airey

    Double bridle reins - how do you hold yours

    Snaffle in the usual place, curb above. I broke my little finger on my left hand playing rugby and as was traditional, went to the pub afterwards rather than to A&E. There’s absolutely no strength now in that finger and it’s agony to have a rein around the outside of it.
  13. C1airey

    Yard owners - what would you do in this situation?

    Can you corral the gateway? It at least takes away the stress of potentially having horses charging the gate/getting loose. Would it work to let bolshy horse into corral with horse that was intended to come in, put bolshy horse back into field, close corral, take intended horse out of field?
  14. C1airey

    Rug recommendations

    As a quick postscript to this thread, an Amigo Hero fits her nicely. So if anyone is interested in a Maxima Equestrian rain sheet in 6’3”, let me know... 🙄
  15. C1airey

    Drawing tongue back

    I have a mare who will try to ‘lift’ the bit and fiddle with it when she gets anxious. Never puts her tongue over, but she’s definitely drawing it up. A ported Mullen with fixed cheeks (we actually use a bog-standard kimblewick with the reins on the snaffle) has helped immensely.
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    DIY south east of Leighton Buzzard

    Thats where I started but there are yards on both those sites that have been closed for at least a year...!
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    who has clipped already?

    I thought tonight that the little mare was looking hairy. The big lad will have an easy winter so he can hold on to his fluff.
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    DIY south east of Leighton Buzzard

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    Have horses gotten very expensive in the last few months.

    £30 for a trim with my farrier too.
  20. C1airey

    DIY south east of Leighton Buzzard

    Just wondering if any local peeps have any ideas for DIY livery to the south east of Leighton Buzzard? I’ll be commuting LB to Enfield, so something along the way to the M1 would be ideal. Hacking essential. School optional. Not after 24/7 turnout but not somewhere that closes the fields for a...
  21. C1airey

    Wacky hat silks

    Have a look at the Equetech ones. The dinosaur is quite cute.
  22. C1airey

    Games to tire out a 9 week old puppy.....

    We used to wear ours out teaching him the sit command. Tired brain + belly with some treats in = snoring puppy.
  23. C1airey

    Rug recommendations

    My big horse only has combos, but he has a pulled mane. She has a full mane and I think she’ll get too hot with a neck. Ordinarily, I’m the first to fire up the clippers and hog them, but not a Dales. I just couldn’t.
  24. C1airey

    Rug recommendations

    I thought I’d pop a quick update on here as rug arrived this morning and the heavens opened this afternoon. It’s... okay. Fine depth-wise, it doesn’t look like a nightie, but I’m not wild about the neck which gapes. I’ve just been out to check her and she’s wet back to her shoulder where the...
  25. C1airey

    Rug recommendations

    JNB, the one I’ve ordered doesn’t look *too* psychedelic. I’m sure by the end of winter it will be brown, like all the others 😂
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    Rug recommendations

    Did wonder about WB but they vary so much between their ranges I sort of discounted them as too much hassle! I had two for my old cob: one was such a bad fit his shoulders popped out the neck hole when he walked, the other could have been made for him. Interesting about the Saxons - there are...
  27. C1airey

    Rug recommendations

    Have ordered a LW from Maxima - for the price, and for a 1200D, it’s worth a punt. I have both Shires and DH for my other horse and both fit him well, but he’s over two hands taller, and only one rug size up from the pony so they’ll both come up too deep for her. Bridleway will be the same...
  28. C1airey

    Apparently it’s a hard life being Colin

    Our JRX boy is rough coated and we found the ‘willy tuft’ to be an indispensable guide as to whether he’d peed or not. When we got his younger sister two years later, we were totally stumped. Gosh, they’re cute when they’re tiny, aren’t they? OH has vetoed a third but I always get...
  29. C1airey

    Rug recommendations

    What am I going to put on my wee Dales mare this winter? She isn’t going to need more than a rain sheet, so am happy to spend as I won’t be buying zillions in different weights, just two (so I can have one at the cleaners and one on her). She’s as stacked as you’d expect for her breed, so high...
  30. C1airey

    Is there just a thing as 'footsore'?

    We had an abscess earlier this year. Tiny, but wicked: horse originally looked off, then ‘footsore’, then finally on three legs. X-rays showed nothing but a tiny shadow which the vet decided to dig for and the tiniest splat of bad blood dribbled out. Horse sound. Vet thinks was initially a...