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  1. becca1305

    How far do you travel to compete, and what do you consider local

    For training I consider under 30 minutes local. That said I have a few venues 20 mins or less away that are fab so I don't really need to go further afield. For eventing we are very lucky and have 13 venues that are under 1hr 30 away and 20 venues which are no further than 1hr 45 away. I...
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    Avacello gel bit guards

    I have mine on a universal bit currently and have also got them onto other bits such as an American gag. They are fab :). Soak them in warm water for a couple of mins before you try and put them on, will make it much easier. :).
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    Contender breeding- anybody had event horses from contender ...

    I'm currently looking for a youngster with potential to do Int in the future, to hopefully eventually be my big mare's successor. My trainer who is very good at selecting and producing young event horses said very similar regarding the xc phase. If you want to send one to a pro to produce then...
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    Sprenger bow balance stirrups

    Totally worth the £££. Stay on your foot well, lovely wide treads and no more painful dodgy ankle/knee that even used to carry on hurting hours after finishing riding. Really notice the difference on landing from jumps and if horse jinks/spooks quickly and your weight gets thrown down one leg...
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    Challenging Chatsworth CIC***

    What a fab result! I walked the World Cup course as well as the Novice which I was supposed to be doing :(, and saw most of the courses in between. I'm struggling to imagine ever wanting to ride at a lot of the jumps/combinations the WC course contained! To have such a solid confident xc round...
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    List of things your horse DIDN'T spook at?

    Big baby ginge didn't spook at...having her buddies roaming round in the field next to the arena for the first time whilst she was ridden, but did spook at her OWN FART! :D :D
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    Recommend me some electrolytes please

    Mine are on Dodson & Horrell ones, just a scoop a day (a scoop & 1/2 if evented) to help replace lost salts from sweating. The D&H are very good value for money, have fed to 4 different horses at various times and all have eaten it in feed with no bother.
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    Point 2 Pro Air

    I remember being given a percentage off discount flyer thing on Point 2 at Solihull, will see if I can locate it though may have binned it as I already have jacket and enough canisters to be getting on with!
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    Mares vs geldings. Can't believe I'm converted

    I used to have geldings as was taught when younger that geldings were 'simpler' and 'easier' to have/ ride. However once older and with more experience I discarded this notion and by chance ended up with a mare. I now have 3 mares and all are fabulous! All have different personalities, and I...
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    Chatsworth- staying over, including horse! Recommedations please

    Oh thats a shame :(. Where did you find ballot list please? Its not coming up for me on bdwp.
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    Chatsworth- staying over, including horse! Recommedations please

    How do you know? I keep refreshing but ballot lists don't seem to be up yet :(
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    Belated Burnham Market Novice Report

    Thanks LJR. Mil1212 thats exactly what I consoled myself with :). Sounds like despite using a super ballot sticker we may not make the Chatsworth ballot so we shall see! But yes ganging up sounds like a plan! :D
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    Belated Burnham Market Novice Report

    Thanks all, can't seem to get the SJ vid to work, have asked friend to email it me :). Tarrsteps you are right, in hindsight I should have collared someone to ask them to lower it. Joyous, I will be the one looking a beautiful shade of green! Armchair rider you would make your millions! Can I be...
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    Belated Burnham Market Novice Report

    Burnham was my first ever outing at a BE Novice and taught me several things. Firstly, don't expect to be able to communicate with the outside world whilst in Norfolk. Secondly - never try and sleep with puppies in the lorry. Thirdly, there is seemingly no limit to the number of pringles one can...
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    What are the top 5 items you take to competitions?

    Asides from the basics (horse & regular tack/ rider kit) 1 would have to be an FMBs Activomed combi pro rug. Its invaluable for warming up my horses muscles prior to competing and relaxing them when cooling down after. Its used when we arrive whilst studding up, and when I finish, as well as...
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    Suggestions for 1st Novice

    I did my first Novice at the UA at ALW just gone, I felt it was a very nice course. I have no personal experience of it but have been told that the Novice in July is also a nice one, perfect for those who have started the season at 100 and are now ready to step up.
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    Cross country colours - suggestions please

    Orange? :) would look lovely with a grey.
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    Toilet/showers in horseboxes, how much do you use yours??

    I use the toilet quite a bit as I often rush to get ready then realise I need a wee! (or think I do, turns out its just nerves ;) ). We don't have to empty it very regularly as only use the toilet for emergency wees! Its not a particularly gross job due to clever design of the container (the...
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    To those with American-style barns, either at home or at livery

    I think bars are a personal preference - for people and horses! I have a mixture which was forced by converting a very old red brick barn, however it works really well tbh. I only have (narrow) bars between 2 stables, then each of those stables has a solid brick wall the other end. This gives...
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    free standing multi saddle rack

    Some tack shops have freestanding ones for saddle displays. If you have one near you could you ask where they got them from? :). Otherwise I'd imagine your best bet is to have one made.
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    Filly has really scurfy coat - recommendations

    My 5yo went through a scurfy stage at this time of year when she was 2 & 3yo. I bathed her in gentle baby shampoo more regularly than normal (when warm enough) which helped and popped some oil in her feed but tbh I think it was just a case of growing up & coat change as it hasn't come back since :).
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    Sweet itch rug ..... going mad ....cant decide

    Snuggy hoods do a 'solid' material version thats a good rug. Has belly flap as standard and a good tail cover, and you can even add an udder cover and half legs if necessary. Only downside is its slightly warmer in the middle of summer than regular fly sheets I found, but haven't compared it to...
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    Has anyone ordered from...

    I have twice I believe. No issues, if I remember rightly I had to wait a little for one delivery as one item wasn't in stock but they emailed me to this effect to let me choose whether to cancel that item and refund or wait, and the other time parcel arrived fairly swiftly. I'd order from them...
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    British Eventing (I'm a show jumper- sorry!)

    Field farm XC wymeswold has a good selection of jumps but is laid out as more of a schooling set up over a couple of fields than a course like Aylesford, I find it handier if being taught by someone on foot as Aylesford is very spread out. I think it would be quite a nice one to go to :).
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    How much would you pay for...

    Something like him to me would be worth about £6-8k if he is schooling fairly sweetly on the flat has a nice straightforward easy jump and you can get references/confirmation to the claim that he has been hunting well with the Quorn. He is a youngster still so a little green-ness wouldn't worry...
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    Event horse for sale

    Will PM you name & website link, don't want to break the t&cs! Even if theres nothing on the website to suit I'd still give her a buzz as may well have some that haven't made the website yet :)
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    Event horse for sale

    Not sure where you are based, would Leicestershire be an acceptable travelling distance for you? I know a very good producer who I bought both my mares from, both exactly as described, she does a fabulous job producing young horses for eventing (and hunting).
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    Event horse for sale

    In your shoes I'd head to an event horse producer with a good reputation. They will be starting to get horses out and about schooling and competing ready to be sold. What level would you be aiming to compete at in the future?
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    Gatehouse RXC1 wearers?

    I found they fit entirely different, I now have a HS1 but RXC did not fit. However I also remember reading recently that HS1 is no longer PAS rated? I didn't know when I bought (indeed I don't think the fitter did either as I said I'd prefer PAS BSEN & SNELL) but tbh it wouldn't change my choice...
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    Acavallo Seat Saver, Gel in or Gel out for lower back ache!!

    Haven't tried acavallo but did try a Le Mieux gel one for lower back ache - inflamed joints and sciatica, it may have helped a little bit but no real noticeable improvement. I chose the le mieux one as it doesn't attach under the panels - I ride with just a thin cotton numnah & had concerns over...
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