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    BHS Stages/Instructor Training

    I'm currently having to essentially take a semester out of college/do an extra semester due to health reasons and have been wondering about doing my instructor training for a while. I have my 6 progressive riding tests rather than Stage 1, but I don't know if I'll have to then do Stage 1 as well...
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    Sasquatch Has A New Friend

    So, I know what many may think - Sasquatch, you're going into your final year of college, why have you bought a new horse? Well, the simple answer is I haven't been well, and have a condition called POTS. I've put a lot of weight on, and I'm struggling some days with going to the gym. Part of...
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    Pictures A Very Happy Barney

    So, we did it. After I had my few doubts about if I was doing the right thing, I know it definitely is. Barney has now moved to an absolutely beautiful new retirement home, where he can hopefully live out the rest of his years. I am currently 40 minutes away from him, and it's a beautiful drive...
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    Thoughts On Riding Clubs

    So i am now rideable-horseless since B has been retired, and not in a position to buy another. I want to be out competing, my riding has really improved and I got to do a bit of showing and a bit more dressage over summer with my loan horse. I also got to compete in Colours and got on to one of...
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    B Has A Big Move - Reassure Me Please

    So I am now booking transport and now beginning to wonder if I am doing the right thing. B needs to move from where he is now, I am at uni 2 hours away from him and mum is moving house to 40 minutes away. He has to leave anyway. I've found a lovely retirement home for him. Bit more...
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    Retirement Livery Belfast/Dublin

    I originally had arranged and was told that B was fine to stay where he was, this has now changed. I urgently need to find somewhere affordable for retirement livery. The current set up is that he's out with 3 other horses and they're checked on whenever they need water or an owner goes up...
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    Showing Checklist - Help Needed!

    I feel like I've made this post about 4 times, so apologies. I'm now at the point of having to gather things together as the show is on the 22nd. It's only a local show, but I think the mare could do quite well so we are trying to get it as right as possible. I have a black plain CO peaked...
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    First Dressage Test!

    So on sunday I did my first dressage test (or two) with the new loan horse :) I was very pleased with her, we didn't score as highly as I was hoping, but she was consistent across both tests and the comments imo were very fair and are things that I know need work, and that I have been working...
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    Showing Questions!

    I'm doing showing in a month but need a bit of time to get everything together, lol. I've done in-hand showing before, but never done actual showing. Aiming to do a coloured class, newcomers and possibly a riding horse class. I know I'll need a tweed jacket, which I'm going to see if I...
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    Showing - Which Classes

    I am a relative showing newbie, and have a few small local shows I can enter over summer. I have a new horse I'm able to try a bit of showing on, however I'm not sure as to what classes to enter her in. The show I'm aiming at in July has newcomers which I am going to do, as well as a coloured...
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    A Horses Update

    So, as B is now fully retired and enjoying his life. Here are a few photos of him with his girlfriend enjoying the sun the other day. I do feel sorry for his OH having to put up with him, he likes to use her as shade to sleep in lol. I did get a bit worried about his weight with him living out...
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    Taking Horse On Loan - Advice

    So I am taking a horse on full loan for 3 months over summer, and need some advice. I've messaged her owner today to say I'd be able to start either tomorrow or monday, whichever suits her best as I have to finish moving out from uni over the weekend. I have part loaned and owned, but never...
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    Baminton SJ

    Just started on the live stream with Ben Hobday! https://www.badminton-horse.co.uk/livestream/second-horse-inspection/ sadly, Ben and Mr Mulry didn't have a great showjumping round. I have to pop out for 15 minutes so will miss the next few horses, but especially the top 20 will be very...
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    Need Showname Ideas

    Not your usual showname needed post, hehe. I am planning to write a horsey novel (or two) and need some ideas for horses show names. I have most main characters horses, most horses are eventers/showjumpers but also need a few names that sound a bit more... current to play around with. So far...
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    Loaning Horse As A Companion

    I do have somewhere I can retire B too, if I can't find someone to take him on as a companion so that's not an issue atm! Put up an ad for B yesterday as a companion, I know it's hard to find a good home but he's an ideal type as he's low maintenance, gets on with mares and geldings, will...
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    Good Vibes Needed Please!

    B had his last round of shockwave treatment about 3 weeks ago, and vet had said earliest he could start to be brought back into work was April 1st, and even then very very light work of 5-10mins walking back. Vet is coming out friday to basically give him a lameness assessment and me some...
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    Update On MRI Horse

    So B had his first round of treatment yesterday. He was on box rest today, and tomorrow he can go out to turnout as long as he behaves and does nothing more than mooch around, otherwise we're looking at 6 weeks box rest. His second round of shockwave therapy is in 2 weeks, he stood very...
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    Prix Caprili?

    So have managed to get into one of the teams for Colours and found out today, however I'll be doing Prix Caprili. I have never heard of this before, I've looked over the test briefly but have no idea as to how it is marked and what they look for. An American friend of mine said it's like a...
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    MRI Results :(

    Posted with more detail in Vet & Hoof Care, but I've had the report sent to me and vet has rung to speak about the results - there is treatment we can try. I'm just concerned as I'm 2 hours away at uni (although would be able to come back Thursday evenings/friday mornings as I'm not in fridays...
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    MRI Results - What To Do Next

    Have just had B's MRI results through I don't understand what they mean but from my perspective they don't look good. I haven't rung my vet yet as the report has only just been emailed to us both, so will most likely ring later today if they don't phone either me or mum. Just looking for some...
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    Horse Going For MRI - What To Bring?

    B is going for his MRI on Thursday, it'll be about a 3 hour journey each way. He's being taken down by a horse transporter - the one I am using uses a box rather than a lorry and I've heard lots of good reports so hope I've made the right choice. B has travelled in a box twice in the 7...
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    The Christmas Downer :(

    So I am not really a christmas person at all, I find it can all feel a bit fake sometimes and I don't really get that excited about it anyway. I realise I never gave an update on B - vet was out and he is sound behind 100%, vet wasn't concerned at all. In front, vet thought he's not really...
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    They Know How To Stress You Out :(

    So to give a bit of background, I am at uni 2 hours away from B. He was out in the field for recovery until the weather got bad and he had to come in and as he's being a bit possessive and one of the mares and bullying the others a bit he's had to go back into his stable on full livery for now...
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    Advice Needed

    So, long time no see. I went to uni, have exams coming up and just under 2 weeks left of this semester. I am just over 2 hours away from B, so haven't seen him much. He's been in the field since August. When the horses all came in from the field due to weather he had to go back to his stable...
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    Fixing Broken Bridle Straps?

    Managed to pick up a free Prestige grackle bridle yesterday, to cut a long story short someone was having a tack clearout and left tack they hadn't used/no longer needed sitting in a box for anyone to take anything they wanted and clean it up. Bridle is, overall, in pretty decent shape...
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    Horses & Uni - Need Advice

    To cut a long story short, I am 20, will be 21 in August. I am currently restting A Levels. I only finished school last year, I've had several health problems that have meant I've had to redo GCSE year at school, and now A Level year. I am meant to be going to uni in September. I have an...
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    Rambling Update on Sore Horse

    okay, so B was diagnosed with arthritis in his coffin joint in his left front 5 weeks ago. was given steroids that seemed to work for about 2 weeks, went lame when back in close enough to full work on saturday. he seems happy enough/sound enough in the field and on a straight line and after...
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    Do Horses Get Stiff Like People?

    Okay, may seem a weird question and I am well aware horses do get stiff. B has been doing much better, is much sounder and when I had a lesson on tuesday my instructor/boss said he looked 100% on a straight line, looked fine on his right rein and on his left on tighter/sharper turns he looked...
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    Need Vibes Please :(

    B is meant to be coming back into work slowly, this is week 2 so trotting in small amounts should be okay. I rode him today and in trot he was as lame as he was before injections - absolutely no improvement at all. I am absolutely heartbroken. His summer coat is coming through and he looks so...
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    Coffin Joint Arthritis - Am I Being Realistic

    B was diagnosed just under two weeks ago with arthritic changes in his coffin joint on his front left, has been given the steroid injection to see if it helps and is slowly being brought back into work atm. He is 16, has always been very sound and wasn't showing any signs of slowing down...
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