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  1. J_sarahd

    Third Time Lucky

    I am so excited to introduce this little lady. This is Nova, she’s a 15.2 3 year old Thoroughbred. She is quite honestly the calmest mare I have ever met in my life. I tried her on Monday and instantly fell in love with how calm she is, especially for a 3 year old TB. I know she will...
  2. J_sarahd

    Is this a red flag in a youngster?

    I have found another mare that I like the look of. Tried her on Sunday and she was great. She’s very weak and green, as she is a big growing 4 year old thoroughbred. Never raced, but she has trained. So I have arranged a vetting but the seller got the physio out for her today for a bit of an...
  3. J_sarahd

    Buying a new horse is heartbreaking

    I have been looking for a new horse for a few months now and everything has either been unsound, unsuitable or sold quickly. I found one I really liked - she was so lovely and laidback, sweet to ride, a generally lovely mare. Booked to have her vetted today and the vet rang me to say that she...
  4. J_sarahd

    Selling a “heart horse”

    I have made the decision to put my pony up for sale in the next few days/weeks. I think he would really excel as a BSJA pony and I want to event. It was always going to happen as I would never push him higher than 85cm (as I’m nearing the most he can comfortably carry) but he has the scope to go...
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    Pink Mash Replacement

    I have been feeding my boy 2 x mug of pink mash a day but I have recently ran out and not managed to get to the feed shop, so he’s gone without. He seems to be going fine. I would like a mash, especially for warmer days and post cross country, as he doesn’t really drink away from home. I have...
  6. J_sarahd

    Feeling a bit stuck/having a crisis

    As you may or may not know, I own a 13.2hh pony. Whilst I am pushing too tall for him, he has never seemed to show any signs that I am too big - he will be still pulling like a train to the last cross country fence. I got a second opinion on my saddle as it was slipping forward, causing him to...
  7. J_sarahd

    Wet Food Recommendations

    So, Sonny had to have an operation yesterday to remove crystals in his bladder. Vet says they’re most likely caused by his diet - he’s on raw turkey mince and a salmon & rice kibble that was recommended by his breeder. Vet has suggested changing the raw food for a wet food but the market is so...
  8. J_sarahd

    Age old question - trailer or 3.5t?

    Long story short, I am planning on getting some transport this year. Preferably before May. I thought I had a while left on my car so was looking at buying a 3.5t van conversion - nothing special, just something to get us from a to b. I got a letter today and it may be that I can change my car...
  9. J_sarahd

    Piggy March Clinic Report

    Now that I’ve finally sat down, I thought I would do a clinic report. I feel very lucky to have got a space with Piggy March in the 70-80cm group. I was going to do the 80-90cm but with a recent confidence knock, I’m very glad I chose the smaller class. I brought Badger in at 10.30 even though...
  10. J_sarahd

    Best supplements for gastric problems

    So pony has started showing a few symptoms of gastric issues (pulling faces in trot-canter trans with some bucking, girthiness, general grumpiness) and with the spring grass coming through months too early due to the mild and wet weather, I’m putting two and two together and coming to “the rich...
  11. J_sarahd

    Anyone else’s horses turned into complete sass pots recently?

    Pony has turned into the sassiest pony recently. We’ve had cantering down the yard, rearing and broncing on the lunge and today we had our first jumping lesson in a while and the little beast turned into a bsja pony, bouncing and leaping around. He did settle after a while but jesus!!
  12. J_sarahd

    Good show jumping coaches/any advice?

    If you’ve not seen it in the weekend plans threads over the last few weeks, I’m having a few issues with pony. 9/10 he is jumping great and isn’t really bothered about fillers or cross country jumps anymore. But I’ve fallen off 3 times in the last 4 weeks because he’s just slammed the brakes...
  13. J_sarahd

    Help! Puppy is growling at other dogs

    So we took our boy out today and he met a few other dogs. He is always so interested in other dogs and doesn’t show behaviours such as lunging or snarling but when the other dogs came to say hello, he was growling. We were told by the breeder that he’s fine with other dogs and we want to make...
  14. J_sarahd

    Winter feeding regime

    Pony is currently on one stubbs scoop of fibre balance and half a mug of pink mash twice a day and is looking great on it. He’s always been slightly overweight but the last time he was weighed, the woman said he was looking great and in great condition. That’s all well and good for now, but as...
  15. J_sarahd

    Can horses just have an “off day”?

    So pony has been going wonderfully recently - skipping round an 85-95 course with no problems the other weekend. Today I jumped him at home - I very rarely jump at home to be fair, maybe 3 times in the last few months - and we started off with cross poles and he was going quite well. Then we put...
  16. J_sarahd

    Aston ODE pre pre intro

    I’ve entered the ode at aston in a couple of weeks but can’t find any photos or videos of any of the cross country. it’s only 70cm so i shouldn’t be worried but it just helps calm my nerves a bit. has anyone seen the pre pre intro fences? are they nice/inviting and are there any ditches...
  17. J_sarahd

    How often do you event?

    I am hoping to get a couple of DCs at 70 under my belt for the remainder of this season (I know it’s very late to start) before a winter of training before hopefully progressing to 80 sometime next year. So I am trying to get as many runs as I can before the season ends. But finding 70cm odes...
  18. J_sarahd

    Scabby Tail - Help?

    So a few days ago, my boy came in with a rubbed tail so I treated it as a fly bite that he’s just rubbed on the fence. However, that seems to have slightly healed but his whole tail is scabby. It is dry and not oozing, doesnt seem to be painful and nobody’s seen him itching/rubbing it at all...
  19. J_sarahd

    How soon before an event do you xc school?

    Long story short, I was meant to have a cross country lesson tomorrow but due to the heat it is likely to be moved to next Thursday. We are eventing next Saturday. Do people think its fine to go cross country that close to an event? My thoughts is probably but would like more experienced...
  20. J_sarahd

    Lunging help

    my pony has never been good to lunge and it took us months to get him to do it on the right rein without spinning round. but we got there. however, the last two times ive tried, he will spin whenever i ask for canter on the right rein. if i keep the lunge whip behind him so he cant, then he...
  21. J_sarahd

    Calming cookies - experiences?

    After a pretty rubbish show jumping outing the other week, my instructor suggested trying calming cookies as my boy tends to seemingly lose his head a bit when at busy competitions. He will happily skip round an 80/90cm course in training but we have trouble when we are out and the busier it is...
  22. J_sarahd

    How do you get your confidence back?

    Bit of background: I've always been quite nervous when it comes to hacking as I've never really had access to a horse that's good at hacking. I've had some very scary scenarios, including a horse rearing and cantering sideways on the road. ANYWAY! My current boy was always quite good at...
  23. J_sarahd

    Ulcer help!

    My boy was diagnosed with ulcers in February. 4 weeks of sucralfate and cytotec tablets and he was back to his usual self & scoped clear. Came off medication and on to acid ease - girthiness presented itself again so I had a bit of the sucralfate left so he went back on that and he was great...
  24. J_sarahd

    How do you get your motivation back?

    As the title says really. I am really struggling to find the motivation to do anything with my boy. He will always be looked after as a top priority. I’ve thought about selling him a lot over the last few days. I just feel that if I do flatwork in the school, it’ll go badly. I had a confidence...
  25. J_sarahd

    Wall-eye query - anyone know what this is?

    My boy has this black half-moon on his blue eye. It was spotted by the vet who did his vetting a few years ago and marked it on his vetting, but didn’t seem overly concerned about it and it hasn’t changed shape or size but I was just wondering if anyone knew what it was? It doesn’t seem to...
  26. J_sarahd

    Anyone else just not feeling like competing

    Last year I really wanted to compete. I only ended up going to about 3 shows due to not having my own transport but was jealous of anybody out competing. Now that lockdown is lifting again, I just don’t feel that same desire. I want to go schooling and have lessons but really couldn’t care...
  27. J_sarahd

    Can acid ease cause negative reaction?

    pony has been scoped, put on sucralfate and then scoped clear a week ago. Since then he’s been on acid ease as per vet recommendation. But he seems to have gone backwards. He’s gone back to being difficult to get on and can be difficult to “catch” in his stable with just a bridle. I just feel...
  28. J_sarahd

    Hogging help

    My pony has been hogged for over a year now. I don’t do him as often as I should as I don’t have my own clippers so I get someone to do him whenever it gets to the stage where it’s irritating me (or we have a show but that’s irrelevant atm). He has never been great once you get to just behind...
  29. J_sarahd

    Moving day!

    Not sure if this is the right board. A lot of people, especially in The Club House, will know of my livery yard dilemma. Well, today was moving day and as soon as I stepped onto the new yard it felt like a weight has been lifted from my shoulders. Pony settled in straight away, which I think...
  30. J_sarahd

    Which feed would you choose?

    Now that I'm moving off full livery where basic feed was included and on to assisted DIY, I've decided to look into switching up my pony's feed. He's currently on 1 cup Baileys lo cal balancer and handful of chaff twice a day. It's fine, it works. But I've recently read a few things saying...
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