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    Thorneyside and Fronarth Welshies

    Sounds beautiful. However could you elaborate on the 'not the faint hearted' ? 🙃
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    First time competing

    I'd honestly take someone who already knows the drill. It can be tricky juggling getting ready, checking in, arena etiquette, working out who's before you, keeping an eye on when they go in. Basically being where you should be, when you should be. As the previous competitor is halfway...
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    Thorneyside and Fronarth Welshies

    Could you all please tell me about your Thorneyside Welshies please. In particular horses by Thorneyside Flyers Magic and Thorneyside Flyer. Also what are your Fronarth Welshies like?
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    Letting someone use your arena

    Mine did too
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    Our Yorkshire Farm- Amanda and Clive split

    I love their show and adore the family, but it was clear to see on the show that something wasn't quite right. Amanda really changed and you didn't see Amanda and Clive together much. I'm not surprised by the news but still saddened all the same. (I did read they split some time ago but have...
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    Long boots

    I found the worst for this is Mountain Horse Sovereign. I had two pairs and sold them both on ebay as they dropped so badly that they looked dreadful. I had them properly fitted by a rep on the MH stand at Badminton a few years ago so I know they fitted correctly (they were pretty snug)...
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    Bramham horse trials accident

    A good friend who is an ex international eventer (he's in his 60s now and was at the top of his game in the 70s and 80s) has said to me once that there appears to me more accidents as people/horses are no longer gaining experience on the hunting field anymore, and also people are in too much of...
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    How often do you compete?

    Not a showjumper myself but my best friend was a sjer and I had a horse on a yard with a top sjer. What I was surprised to learn was just how little the horses were jumped at home. They barely jumped, and just had a tune up a couple of days before a show. So maybe for a few months you could...
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    What inspires you. Or who?

    I don't admire top riders. I do admire people who do it on a shoe string with limited facilities and funds, working full time not in the horse industry, on horses not bred for the job etc etc. Someone I know used to get terribly frustrated at 'only' getting upper 50%'s at PSG who fitted the...
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    Waxed Nubuck Riding Boots ??

    Can anyone else advise?
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    Waxed Nubuck Riding Boots ??

    Tbh I'm a loyal celeris customer. Just never had waxed nubuck so keen to hear how the leather stands up to wet weather and if it actually stains. I know a lot of country boots are made from nubuck so hopefully it fairs well in wet weather.
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    Waxed Nubuck Riding Boots ??

    I'm looking at getting some bespoke riding boots for winter. My current tan boots stain in the rain so I'm considering a waxed nubuck pair. Does anyone know if they will stain in the rain or (as I would assume) would the rain just roll off as they are 'waxed' ? What are your experiences of...
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    Vet doesnt know

    I would scope. If your horse has had them before, they don't just clear up and go away. More often than not, they return over and over again, especially if the root cause hasn't been established. Speaking from experience, I would scope and take it from there. (But I also agree with the SI...
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    Are Bates saddles really all that bad?

    Comment deleted as its an old post
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    Sparsholt College riding assessment

    Don't worry. You're going there to learn, so they aren't expecting you to ride like CDJ. Don't try too hard, just relax and be yourself. They will just need to know where you are currently at so that they can put you in the right group. I bet you have an awesome day, meet some lovely...
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    First Timer at Badminton

    I always go on dressage days as xc day is absolute chaos! I love to watch the dressage in the comfort of the undercover seating whilst eating lunch, and have a mooch round the shops. Shopping on xc day is nigh on impossible. You'll see more of the xc at home on the telly.
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    Online dressage

    I was terribly disappointed with Dressage Anywhere. They are incredibly mean with allocating rosettes and they are strictly allocated according to number of class entries. I know that is recommended by BD but I really think it's encouraging to receive a frilly for your efforts. I know...
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    Riding Tights Recommendations

    I'm a new convert to flexars. Can't fault them. Do be aware that you might need to size down though. The instructions on them states that they should be a little tight to pull up.
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    Livery price advice

    I would never include haylage. Some people give their horses mountains of it, and it ends up on the muck heap.
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    Ideas for building a basic yard from scratch

    I was caught out by the council with field shelters on skids. Unless they are moved a fair distance regularly, you will need PP.
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    Give up? Carry on?

    I'd be searching avidly for another yard. Not all yards advertise so you'll need to do lots of enquiring. I think with more people around you and better hacking, you'll get your mojo back.
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    Dressage turnout

    I'm pear shaped, pushing 50, and look beyond hideous in white with short jackets. I have to be very careful what I wear, and feel I look smarter in beige breeches with a longer length traditional cut navy show jacket. Competing at medium and I don't feel out of place in beige (though I'd love...
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    Attending Badminton XC

    I do this! Saturday is far too chaotic for me so we go on the dressage days and watch xc on the telly.
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    Building a stables

    At my yard whete there are 12 horses, the rug room is full of rugs. The YO does limit how many rugs we can keep there but we all still have about 2 turnout rugs and then 3 or 4 other rugs per horse. And it's horrible when they are all hanging up drying (and they take ages to dry) and the room...
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    Building a stables

    I would at least double the size of that tack room. Also you'll need a separate area for the drying and storage of rugs. Do you have an area for crosstying for grooming and tacking up? Do you specifically need two 12x12 wash bays?
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    For those of you who have taken a break - how did you cope?

    I had a 3 month break between horses a few years ago and loved it! Loved the lie ins and being warm and dry and having clean fingernails.
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    Offering outline

    Best place to start is by forgetting 'outline' completely. It's 'engagement' you're aiming for, and this cannot be explained or learned from a forum. Lessons, lessons, lessons are the best way forward. Or if not possible, watching lots of videos online by reputable trainers. But really...
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    Badminton horse trials tips

    Go, but just don't drink. I'm local and go every year, and having a drink has never been on the radar at all. There's so much to see and do that having a drink wouldn't even occur to me. Its a 'comfy shoes and bottle of water' type of event (ie a heck of a lot of walking) Also, the traffic...
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    Where do you feels safest?

    Off for sure. Can't fall off when I'm already on the ground. There's nothing more dangerous than a panicked bolting horse. Often by getting off it calms the situation down and you can then remount.
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    Would you be upset ?

    Well then I wouldn't worry. As mentioned above I'm sure they saw your messages. These things do happen but they would have just been too busy to respond OR each of them thought the other had replied to you. No harm done either way.
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