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    Shopping help: riding trainers?

    I'm looking for advice on riding trainers! I am going on a trekking holiday later this year, and I don't want to take my long boots, so I will be going with short boots with chaps. My last pair of short boots gave up the ghost a while ago, so I'll need to buy something new and I think riding...
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    Livery suggestions near Stamford, Lincs?

    I'm moving to Stamford later this summer and I don't know the area at all, or even anyone that lives near there, so I would be very grateful for livery suggestions/recommendations! My high maintenance mare needs as much turnout as possible to help with her arthritis - ideally 24/7/365, if...
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    "I shouldn't be riding but ..."

    i'm currently recovering from a fractured spine and am absolutely not allowed to ride (or do much else :D) Beautiful day today, though, and I miss riding horribly - if I had something reliable I'd be tempted to be getting back on board already. Last week I watched a lesson where the rider had...
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    Why are horses so cheap?

    Just a musing, based on another thread, where the OP has posted three videos of young horses for sale, at £4k, £5.5k and £6.5k. The consensus on the thread is that they aren't world beaters and some are overpriced. Given that it costs, what, £4-5k to breed a foal and keep it to age four (H&H...
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    Standard girth on dressage saddle? Or ...?

    Apologies for the essay! Saddle fitter came today to try out dressage (and GP) saddles on the noble steed. It quickly became apparent that he's very unhappy with a dressage girth on the point straps - short choppy strides, and with one saddle / girth combo we could hear a loud clicky noise...
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    Gelding mounting other geldings

    Mr 10-year-old TBx gelding is out in a herd with the other boys, and has (apparently) started mounting a few of them. I've never seen him do this, but the YO has. He did something similar last summer. He's always had a tendency to "enjoy himself" - gets an erection after riding, at feed...
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    London people - picking your brains!

    Hoping some Londoners might be able to help me out! I'm applying for a job in London - I haven't even got to interview stage yet, but I'm trying to work out if it's feasible moving myself and the neddy to London so I don't waste my time or theirs. Not only do I need recommendations for yards...
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    Shopping help - lycra under rugs!

    I'm still on the search for something light I can use as an under rug so that I can easily wash them and keep the inside of the rug clean. I've tried the snuggy hoods petticoat but it was far too tight around the neck, so I think lycra is looking like the best option - but the snuggy hoods one...
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    Shedding again!!!!

    My horse has always been late to start shedding, takes ages to do it, and starts pulling his winter woolies on again as soon as we get into July. If I'm lucky I seem to get about three hair-free weeks around the longest day. We haven't even reached the longest day yet and suddenly there are...
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    Horse has gone off Codlivine - alternatives?

    I've been feeding Codlivine as a general purposes supplement for a few months now and my horse is looking great on it - the best I've seen him. Unfortunately he's started turning his nose up at it so I'm looking for recommendations for an alternative. I definitely want a powder rather than a...
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    I take my hat off to those of you ...

    Dealing with long term injuries. Mine came in lame on Monday with heat and swelling in one front leg. After obsessive cold hosing and bandaging he was back to normal by Thursday morning, and the cold hosing has now been supplemented by in-hand grazing, short walks, and today all the stress of...
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    Is anyone else ...

    ... being boring and staying in tonight because getting out to play with the horse on New Year's Day is just so much better than having a hangover? I'm planning a lovely hack (early, to avoid the bad weather later!) at Castle Howard with a friend. Does anyone else do anything nice with...
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    Using summer sheets as liners?

    Does anyone do this, and how do you find it? Pros? Cons? Mine doesn't really need the extra warmth of most liners (and I've already got the rugs in the weights we need) but I'd like to be able to keep a clean(er) layer on him, so I was wondering about a summer sheet that can be washed at...
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    All round supplement (not balancer) plus calmer?

    Sorry, I know there are hundreds of threads on supplements and balancers but the search inevitably brings up millions of threads! I'm going to switch my horse away from TopSpec cool balancer - he's been a tiny bit too well covered all summer and could still do with a fraction coming off, with...
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    Where to put grease on a trailer?

    Probably a silly question but I don't have the handbook and google isn't much help! I get my trailer serviced every year, and it does short journeys a couple of times a month. I'm going to do a tidy up today and check air pressure and put some grease on, but I'm not sure of all the bits I...
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    Who's clipping now?

    I had one very damp neddy today after only about half an hour of not very strenuous work, and with the temperature I think I'll be clipping tomorrow. Anyone else done their first clip yet?
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    Kincade bridle and breastplate - sizing?

    I'm in need of a brown bridle, and a breastplate after too long feeling ashamed of my scruffy neckstrap when we're out and about :rolleyes:, but can't spend a fortune at the moment so I'm looking at the Kincade - are these pretty good for sizing, or do they come up big? Small? I've currently...
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    Micronised linseed - stockists near York?

    As title, really - does anyone know anywhere near York that stocks micronised linseed? It needs to be fairly near or the cost of diesel will outweigh the postage! Tried Rideaway with no luck, and have a couple of other places to try, but if anyone knows anywhere that would be really handy!
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    Favourite school exercises for focus and relaxation?

    As title - my horse suffers ridiculously from attention deficit disorder, and also gets himself a bit wound up sometimes and needs help to relax. The first problem can be solved by throwing lots of different things at him very quickly, and the second by lots of repetitions of something very...
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    Another RC question - junior members?

    I'm looking for thoughts from riding club members on having junior members (under 16) as part of the riding club. I'm doing some research, so I'd really appreciate any thoughts! In particular, I'm interested in finding out: Does your club have junior members? If not, why not? How does...
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    Moving up from Prelim

    I'm deliberately posting this in NL rather than CR, because I suspect a few people at this level might not be brave enough to post in CR! I'm working at Prelim (local level, unaffiliated) with my horse, with the aim of moving up to Novice as soon as we can reliably start scoring decent...
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    Rough value of a second hand IW 510?

    I'm wondering what people would think is a reasonable value for an Ifor Williams 510 in fairly good condition (needs a bit of non-vital rubber replacing here and there), approx eight years old, aluminium floor? I'm looking at a couple of trailers and I don't want to either insult people or...
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    Fly rugs - how much warmth do they add?

    My horse always has several fly bites and they tend to scab. I've tried several repellants - we're using the Tri-Tec one every week at the moment, which helped for a week or so but doesn't seem to be as effective as it was to begin with. He's also always covered in various lumps and bumps...
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    Horsey facebook groups in Yorkshire?

    I'm trying to find horsey facebook groups covering Yorkshire - I've only found two little groups so far; can anyone recommend any bigger ones that are good for buying and stuff? I'm on the hunt for a trailer. I apologise if I'm being a bit cheeky asking about other online things on here - I...
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    Too hot! :p

    My TB x Connie is out chaser clipped and nekkid. Came in today at 4pm, and he was sweaty :eek: It isn't even the middle of March! How's everyone else coping with the change of temperature? It takes him forever to shed, so looks like clipping is on the cards if it's going to be a warm...
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    Yorkshire people - requirement to clear poo off roads?

    I've recently moved to York, and I've been told that there is local legislation in place requiring horse riders to clear up their horse's poo on public roads. I haven't been able to find any mention of this online (City of York authority area) - does anyone know one way or the other if this...
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