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    What is Everyone Paying for big Bale Haylage

    Used to pay £37.50 for 4ft bales. Delivery for two bales would be free if on a certain day. Hampshire/ Berkshire border. Only do not buy it now as it's included in livery at current yard.
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    Good riding schools in Reading area

    There is Rycroft or Hall Place although I do not know about prices or how good they are - just know they are localish. Wellington is expensive but I have had lessons there and found them very good.
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    Weekend plans... :D

    Well, dressage sort of went to plan! I stayed on and I remembered the test, that's good right? Surprisingly I'm not too disheartened (although Findus may have been muttered when M decided to take ages to load for home) and am working on an action plan for a better result next time.
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    Weekend plans... :D

    Taking M to dressage tomorrow morning, then riding A and H in the afternoon. No plans yet for Sunday, probably mooching around the school. Might get some poles out depending on the weather
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    preferring mares?

    I've had more mares than geldings over the years, although not by design, just the way things have worked out. 7 mares to 3 geldings, 2 of the mares I really did not click with. In my own experience, I've found my mares have been more likely to say 'why?' or 'nope' when asked to do something...
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    New Years Eve Weekend Plans :D

    Fairly quiet one for me. Going to do some polework/ tiny jumps on Matti and in hand walking with Amber. Working New Years Eve, probably get home at 3am then up early to do horses New Years day. Will be starting Amber's rehab so that is rather exciting. Might also squeeze in a ride or two on...
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    One Breed You Love But Have Never Ridden

    Suffolk Punch Icelandic Iberian
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    Right then! Weekend plans!

    Busy one for me for a change. Took Matti to clinics on both Thursday and today. He was fab, worked really hard and kept his sensible head on! He is one of those horses who really enjoys his work and the more he does the better he is.
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    Weekend plans :D

    Polework clinic for Matti on Sunday. He's not been to a party since February so it might be rather interesting!
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    Hey, just realised it's Thursday! Weekend Plans!!!

    Mare has decided she enjoyed her break from work so wants to extend it by not being quite right under saddle so I'm getting that investigated. Meanwhile gelding is now being prepped for a pole work clinic next week, I have the feeling I'm going to get launched over poles in his excitement!
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    small humans- what size is your horse?

    I'm around 5'3" and have a 14hh Welsh D, 15.1 TB and 15.3 TB x ID. I feel and look fine on all of them, but it feels a very long way down from the 15.3! Only thing with my Welsh is that she is like sitting on a pogo stick in comparison to my other two as she is rather short coupled!
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    Weekend plans

    Jumping clinic on Sunday - we haven't done much recently so will be having a pop over a few tomorrow in preparation.
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    Weekend plans

    Good luck to all competing. Quiet one for me again, but then get quite busy for the next few weekends. Will be doing a mixture of lunging, flatwork, polework and jumping.
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    Grand National - yay or nay?

    The Grand National is probably one of the most watched races, so any deaths are going to be seen and reported by more people. Horses die in other races/ competitions/ on the road/ in the field but most people are not aware of them because it's not reported. I am probably wrong, but I am not...
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    Winners Winners Chicken Dinners!

    Well done and she looks like a lovely mare too :)
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    Skylla's Sidestepping Start!

    Aw well done to you both, she is such a lovely horse :) If it makes you feel any better, at my mares first (and only) dressage test she had a 'moment' and reversed out of the arena!
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    Weekend plans

    Fingers crossed for you Jenni and good luck to everyone competing. Bernster hope you have a good day too. If I can convince my OH to film me, I'll be doing a couple of dressage tests for Dressage Anywhere. Other than that it will mainly working as have a big trade show on next week.
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    Anyone else a sucker for a good name?

    Yes I'm a sucker for a cute name too. I fell in love a pony because it was called Colin! Still wish I could have got him. I really want a Brian, Jethro or Horatio! On the other hand names like Goldie, Spot etc are a bit boring for me (no offence to anyone with pets with those names). I think...
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    What made you decide on your horse

    Amber - She was pretty and in foal and having been away from horses for several years I was desperate for one. It took a long time to bond, we have both been through the ringer and some days I don't like her very much but I would not be here if not for her. Should I have got her in hind sight...
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    It's hard to find the right words - Poppy update

    I am so sorry for your loss. Sleep well Poppy.
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    What is a 'Private' yard?

    A private yard to my mind is one either owned or rented for sole use, or perhaps by two or more friends - private in that they would not advertise for 'outsiders' to be on the yard with them. A livery yard is one that rents out spaces to anybody.
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    Too late to clip?

    I was going to ask the same question as my boy is like a yak and is getting very hot when being worked. I clipped him the past two years, but didn't this winter as he wasn't doing much work. I forgot how hot he gets some I am hoping to get him done in the next week or so. We only do dressage...
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    Horse washing

    Proper baths only once or twice a year if that. They are chestnut and bay, so do not really show the muck. In the summer washed down with water after being ridden. No rinse shampoo used if especially sweaty.
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    Weekend plans?

    Dressage on Sunday. In a moment of insanity I decided to take both and will be doing Intro and Prelim on Amber, plus Prelim and Novice on Matti. Hopefully I can bribe someone to call for me as I'm not sure I'll remember 3 tests - it seemed like such a good idea at the time...
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    A very, very hard post to write.

    I am so sorry for your loss. You did everything you could for your boy. Take care of your self and cherish the memories.
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    Is it so bad not riding because it's cold ??

    I have to admit that I've not ridden as much lately due to the weather. I have been giving some motivation though as have to do some rehab with my mare for the next couple of weeks so will have to ride every day. What I really hate is not matter how carefully I layer up, I often end up sweating...
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    whats your must have?

    Right now, anything to keep me warm and dry! Muck Boot Co Colt Riders - so much warmer than wellies and can ride in them. Musto Snug jods for the cold and wet or Decathlon Kipwarm jods for when it's raining but not cold Rambo fleece lined chaps and Requisite padded over trousers for extra cold...
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    Weekend Plans?

    Currently flapping as I'm meant to be going to a pole/ grid clinic on Sunday and have just been let down with transport, so it might end up being a quiet one for me. Amber had the physio out today, she loved it, but I don't think she'll love the amount of work she's about to start to help build...
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    Full Livery near Basingstoke

    What side of Basingstoke will you be looking at? There's Pentire Sport Horses (small more private yard), or Wellington Riding, both on the A33 going towards Reading. There's one in Oakley on the other side of Basingstoke (going towards Newbury) but can't remember the name of it, I think they...