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  1. mavandkaz

    What is this headgear, please?

    But the liquid titanium thing is just the registered trademark. At no point in their info do they state it contains liquid titanium, as even with my basic science knowledge I know that's not possible. It is however a smart material that works as a FIR material. There are plenty of other...
  2. mavandkaz

    What is this headgear, please?

    There are places that will hire them out. A bit hire bank near me hires them, so may be worth having a little look online to see if there is similar near you
  3. mavandkaz

    An early "Next weekend" thread - a hot one!

    She would be more then happy to oblige - Bear might find her a bit slow 🤣
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    An early "Next weekend" thread - a hot one!

    A very productive one here. Xc lesson with coblet yesterday. I have bitten the bullet, and entered for my very first ever ODE in mid July. I've never been one for riding over fixed fences but coblet enjoys it and has given me the confidence to 'give it a go'. So off to new venue for us to...
  5. mavandkaz

    Eventing on Hard Ground

    Think it depends where you are. We've had some rain recently but the ground around the local hacking routes is back to being like concrete and cracking on top. We are due a week of warmth, with some high temps. I'm back to just walking out on hacks after being able to canter mid week. It's not...
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    Pollen allergy?

    Very similar to my boy. When I bought I was told he was reactive to flies, after he moved to me it very quickly escalated and became apparent it was a pollen allergy. He is worst spring and autumn, and it appears to be more tree pollen that sets him off. When I first tried him in a fly veil and...
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    Jubilee Bank Holiday Weekend Plans

    Not a huge amount happening here, have had the whole week off, and after camp made the conscious decision to actually have a break as I have been really close to burning out. So mainly just hacking - lovely 3hr one on Thursday, with some nice canters, and timed it perfectly to reach the top of...
  8. mavandkaz

    BD Associated Champs

    I did the TB one a few years ago. It was a 4hr drive for me to get to VV. Nice set up, and very friendly. They had warm ups in the outdoor schools, with the tests indoors. Good cafe. I stayed overnight in the back of my horsebox, my guy was in their permanent stabling, but I know the do use...
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    Is Everyone Staying at Home

    Three days of riding club camp - have only just recovered! A great, laid back, social weekend. They really are a friendly bunch, and I love the fact you get to see the same faces (and some newbies) and properly catch up and help each other progress. I took coblet, as there is quite a lot of...
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    Posh girth recommendation

    Just had a lecture with a master saddler, and saddle fitter. She recommended the scharf, and uses it on her own horse. She questioned how such a thin strap could be strong enough, and was told it's made of Kevlar and more then up to the job. Out of my price range but does look interesting, and...
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    Is Everyone Staying at Home

    I am off to camp! Really looking forward to it, think belle will find it a bit of shock to the system, but entry of variety and with a lovely bunch of people.
  12. mavandkaz

    LeMieux Nose net

    The le mieux ones are in a pack of two. I think the equilibrium ones are a pack of three? Not sure as never bought them. I borrowed my friends equilibrium, and found it too light/soft. It just flapped around as he moved his head. The le mieux are pretty tough, and are shaped and keep their...
  13. mavandkaz

    LeMieux Nose net

    They are fairly roomy. My 16hh tb (cob bridle) is in the medium
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    Weekend plans 1st full weekend in May

    A much needed quiet one here. Lesson on Shambles yesterday, practicing our walk pirris, and playing about with the changes to come up with a plan of action for RC evening dressage on Tuesday. Then spent the rest of the day at a friend's watching badminton xc, and drinking Pimm's. Quiet hack...
  15. mavandkaz

    Bank Holiday Weekend Thread

    Going to sneak this in before the next weekend thread starts up - it's been so busy it's the first chance I've really had to sit down and write about it. Saturday saw Belle heading out for some xc schooling at Tweseldown (probably the only place around here where the ground isn't rock hard)...
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    4th weekend in April plans?

    A busy and fun weekend here. Shambles had a bit of a change of character back in January and has been rather explosive with plenty of bucking, which is fairly uncharacteristic. Vet was happy and said he was just feeling well, but I was still unsure and with my confidence slipping away was ready...
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    Last weekend in March plans

    Little turbo cob is now back with me, after her loaners handed in their notice. I don't have time for two, but am making the most of being able to ride her again. So I hired a local venue to do some arena cross-country. Neither of us have jumped since the beginning of December, and prior to...
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    Nose net

    Just to be different - I use the le mieux ones. The mesh is much stiffer and so doesn't move about when they throw their head around. At the end of the day, fine particles will still get through so neither stop everything. If it's just for home use, there is also the shakeaze(?) which is a...
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    Floor/bedding mobile field shelter

    My main one has nothing, just the earth floor. Ponies rarely do anything in there and will only pee in there if we have prolonged heavy rain - it dries out within a day. The other one has some ballast/shingle in there, more because we had some left over. It is at the bottom of the hill, so a bit...
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    Just had a narrow escape - Amazon undelivered/reschedule delivery

    It does make me laugh, as I can always tell what the OH has been searching for/looking at on his iPad, as I start getting adverts for it on Facebook. He insists that his iPad and the wifi are secure, and it shouldn't happen, but it still does.
  21. mavandkaz

    Feeling a bit stuck/having a crisis

    Sorry to hijack thread - but I have a compact on my cob, and love it. It's so comfy and we use it for everything. She came in the cob model which did not fit her at all. I've also previously had a compact on another cob type horse. The way it was described to me, by two different saddlers, is...
  22. mavandkaz

    Dressage Peeps - Help with rhythm/tempo

    I was thinking about this, and although not necessarily a pro Vs amateur thing, the riders outlook will have a huge impact and so often comes down to amateur/pro. As a pro, riding multiple horses alot of it will be muscle memory - they will be used to constantly making corrections without...
  23. mavandkaz

    Going rates for DIY/part/full livery?

    Not quite your area, as I'm north Hampshire but sounds like a lovely set up. Round here DIY can be anything from £200-280 depending on including hay/bedding Part livery £500-600 depending on facilities etc. As above, make sure you are able to give yourself a break. Maybe 5 day part livery...
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    Dressage Peeps - Help with rhythm/tempo

    Maybe you need to look at ways to increase her independence, so to speak. Ideally you want her to maintain rhythm without your help. My boy is very sensitive to the aids, which of course is great but I got into the habit of micro managing his tempo, and this caused huge issues when jumping. A...
  25. mavandkaz

    Rein Sleeves

    I think I got the 5/8 ones, but not sure. I have rubber reins and like in the picture they fit over both the rubber section, and the thinner leather section. Because of the way the velcro overlaps there is a far bit of wiggle room
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    Rein Sleeves

    I used the fleece/wool ones but found them quite heavy and bulky. So switched to the ones from Bossy Bibs. Very light weight, you can barely see them on the reins.
  27. mavandkaz

    People who use hoofboots...

    I used vipers, and would hear the clonk nearly every stride as my boy has a big over track. I presumed he was striking the base of the boot more then anything, never lost one. Didn't use over reach boots but presume you could. Although if she's catching the heel captivator it wouldn't pull the...
  28. mavandkaz

    Last weekend in Feb plans

    Have completely lost all motivation to ride recently, thanks to work being manic and the rubbish weather, but mainly because Shambles has turned into a bit of monster - hes spooky and just generally full of it. My confidence has taken a huge knock, and I make excuses to not ride him ☹️ So I am...
  29. mavandkaz

    Dressage Trainer near Newbury

    I'm very local to you I use Rob trobridge - he has had a big impact on mine and my horses way of going. He comes out to me at the yard I'm at just outside of Whitchurch after I finish work. Or you can go to his yard in hook. Other ones I know of in the area: Jane Randall - will travel Lyndsey...
  30. mavandkaz

    Fence destroyers

    Feel your pain. Went out before work to hay the ponies yesterday, only to find one of them in the very well fenced off section that keeps them away from the bee hives! Thank god its cold and the bees are all asleep. At this point the fence was intact - god knows how he got in there. But we had...