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    No mares

    My yard has some fields for mares and some for geldings. Its cheap and cheerful but we do have to do some things ourselves. My ad would be geldings only as i dont want to be in the fields with most of the mares owners. :D
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    So what has British Eventing done wrong?

    Rackham's unaffiliated at the beginning of July has gone. Only unaffiliated being run there this year too.
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    So what has British Eventing done wrong?

    I've heard the type of rider/competitor i am being ungenerously referred to as 'the middle aged cash cow' for trainers. I like to train. I like to improve. I love to learn. I have zero competitive ambitions other than to have a good ride and to be better than the last time I went out. Training...
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    Are you cutting back on competing/training due to the cost of living?

    Ive seen a lot of venues around my way putting calls out for entries, especially on fb, which really never used to happen. Asking for pre-entries so running is viable etc. For me im just not prepared to travel any great distance atm due to fuel prices, but I am very lucky with the availability...
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    Rehab

    For me the biggest issue i have with many people offering their services for these things is you get the ideal world version. My horses are happy, but i am sure there are things that i could be doing better within the constraints i have (time, livery yard, cost being the main 3) but without...
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    Would you stay or would you go!?

    In your shoes Id hold out where you are for the nice summer months and pray your stables survive one more winter. Then in the depths of winter go tour the local yards and check out their fields/turn out situation/yard atmposphere etc. Having had a look at a fair few yards I dont believe what I...
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    Happy gentle falling off stories please!

    I have photo evidence of mine...the day I forgot a girth going XC schooling and attempted steps down...i just kept going. :D The other very, very funny one was when I was getting off, got cramp in my right leg when i was swinging it over, got caught on the cantle and hit the floor like a sack...
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    Am I too old to start riding (44)

    We have a sharer who gave up for 30 years and came back at gone 50 and had a weekely lesson for 6 months to get back in the swing of things. Glad you've gone for it! Have an amazing time.
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    Just a happy hacker??

    I have an older super happy hacking horse (who also does a bit of everything else) and he has had a few sharers over the years he has taught a lot too. There is a difference between sitting on a horse and 'riding' and that doesnt mean you have to perfect, but imo to be safe hacking you need a...
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    New livery yard what questions

    All the above and storage options. It very, very expensive if you can only have 2 small bales of hay at a time. Its a total pain if the tack room isnt secure/no space/not provided and you end up having to cart tack/rugs etc back and forth. Or no space for feed etc. Shared equipment or does...
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    ‘Rigid’ schooling whip recommendations

    Get a carbon fibre one. I was gifted one for xmas and its lovely!
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    Debate for the rights and wrongs of racing

    I am torn on this one, there are some things I really dont like about it, but that is true for me of all horse sports. However, bottom line is I'd probably not have my horse at all if it werent for racing. The huge amount some of these horses are worth has led to some massive increases in how...
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    Yard for rent....advise please

    And me!! On the berks/hants border seriously looked into renting 4 boxes, 7 acres and a floodlit school with good parking for nearly 1k. Would have taken it had they not decided any rodents would only be there due to the horses so would have had to be responsible for dealing with them via...
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    Yard Logistics Help…please?!

    Thats a tricky one! At our field with only one gateway we sectioned off a bit by the gateway (safer as well) and have the hay needed delivered monthly onto pallets inside here. Its then tarped and delivered to the horses in barrows by hand. However, we dont have stables so dont need to worry...
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    Where do you feels safest?

    With my horse depends on the situation. He can have a bit of a nap at nothing. Always on for those. Decreased to basically just needing a growl if he thinks about it these days, involved a fair amount of hacking backwards at one point. However, if he is genuinely afraid he has a wicked spin...
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    First weekend in April plans

    I was supposed to be doing dressage Sunday, but i feel awful and my partners covid test was positive today. Am thinking after all these years of avoiding it my luck has well and truely run out so I suspect I will be doing nothing. Good luck to all those out and about and good wishes to all...
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    Video Getting more *ping* jumping (or am I worrying unnecessarily?)

    My horse is like this too, though he is always very, very careful and I almost never have poles, he only jumps whats in front of him, no more, no less. And his canter is 'laid back' unless its something he thinks he needs more canter for. Sadly for him i am no jumper so he doesnt get to play...
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    Rare space at grass livery

    There is a cracking 14/14.2hh ish 6/7 year old Dales for sale for 6k on my yard. He is sweet, safe and hunted all winter. I adore him but am 5'9. :( Reckon he really would walk through fire for you. Proper yard favorite, but no rider as his sharer's given him up. Might be too short for you as...
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    Badminton XC coverage is not live via the BBC red button this year

    Thank you for the heads up. My sister hosts a party every year with a hog roast and drinks and depending on the weather the tv and sofa goes outside! Would have been a let down with no live xc!!!
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    Sucess stories for anxious horse out competiting?

    If my horse has a break from going out he turns into a horrible, extremely loud, backwards, tight, stiff tense monster! Its just how he is. Going out 2-3 times a month = 68% tests, going out once a month, 65%, break for any reason = 60% and deafened for the first one out. I use unaffiliated for...
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    How late can I leave it?

    We celebrated someones 80th at out yard last summer. Still has 2 horses and goes flying around the countryside at least 3 times a week. She says it keeps her healthy!
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    Pictures Saddle suggestions please?

    I bought an extra wide and had it stretched on my local saddlers machine. You can get another full width doing that and if its under 10 years old Ideal will guarantee the tree...least thats what my saddler said. Mine was fine so never tested that!! Edit : my sisters huge proper cob is in a...
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    Pictures Saddle suggestions please?

    I was about to suggest an ideal too. Buy second hand, keep it nice and sell it for what you paid for it if he gets bigger! I cant find a single handy pic of my boy just standing, but he is also compact with a big old shoulder. I had an old aldion on him before, but the Ideal has made both of us...
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    Fuel prices & transport, are you re-thinking?

    I can provide an insight into this having done all of the above! 3.5t lorry. Loved driving it. Budget 1500 a year to keep on the road on newish base. However, its now a rotting storage unit after the engines blown up and the horse wee rotted the base. I think very unlucky, but it was well...
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    Low payload 3.5ton horsebox

    That is insanely low! Most are about 900kg. Add in another 200kg for driver, passenger and bits and its a single pony lorry! However, parents with a child and a pony wouldnt be the worst target audience for a nice box! 3.9 still doesnt get you much more than 2 ponies so if i was selling id...
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    If a horse is for sale, does it magically become 15.2hh?

    I actually have a measuring stick with a spirit level in the bit at the top and whilst I am in no way qualified to measure I also dont do it when they have grown to 18hh due to something spooky or when they are lying on the floor asleep so its not going yo be far off for an 'at home' job...
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    anybody else actually given up riding this week wheather wise

    Rode in the field monday, short safe hack tuesday, schooled last night and will probably do a short hack tonight as well. However, I anticipate doing nothing on friday and cancelled my dressage lesson saturday already as the wind amd rain still isnt looking very nice then either. I am glad I...
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    Hay in the field

    Didnt earlier, snapped one tonight for you. The last few days of wet have not been kind! Until it started raining again could walk in the field in a pair of trainers!
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    Hay in the field

    Ive done: 1, posts with rings and nets (no fun with 6 horses!) 2, floor (massively wastefull and many £££) 3, crates made out of pallets (broke and pulled out) I now have a ring cattle feeder, split into 2 halves with plywood on the back facing the prevailing wind staked into the floor to stop...
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    What month was your horse born in?

    31st august for mine!
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