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    New Pony biting my horse -advice needed

    We finally found a lovely first pony for my five year old daughter. He has been with us for about 3 weeks now. He is as go9d as gold for my daughter but has a definite twinkle in his eye. I cannot fault him except for one problem - he keeps biting my horse and my horse simply puts up with it...
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    Groundwork resources

    I'm wanting to start some basic groundwork with my horse and just wondered if anyone could recommend any good books, websites, DVDs or YouTube channels etc that might be a good starting point?
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    Classical dressage trainers in the north??

    Just wondering if anyone knows of any CLassical dressage trainers based in the north. My usual classical trainer is unfortunately not available as often as she used to be so I'm just looking for an alternative. I'm based in North Yorkshire so the nearer the base the better! :)
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    Saddles for babies (human not horse!!)

    Hello! I haven't been on here for a very long time as I've had a baby 9 months ago and have been rather side-tracked! But it just occurred to me the other day that there may be such a thing as a saddle cradle or something similar so I could take little one with me (me on my horse and baby...
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    Comfiest seat saver??

    Am gearing up for my first ride out hopefully in the next two weeks after baby arrived last week and for reasons I won't go into (TMI) :eek: I think a good padded seat saver will be of huge benefit!! :o I've seen a Nuumed and Prolite one which knowing those brands will be very good but at...
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    Getting back into competing after having a baby...

    So it's been the longest 9 months ever having not been able to ride for pretty much all of it but now I have only 2 weeks to go until due date I'm daring to think about being able to ride again and am almost as excited about that as the new arrival!!! In fact I think I might actually cry when I...
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    Is my OH too heavy to ride my horse??

    I'm 6 months pregnant and not riding at moment. My horse is getting a but porky and rather bored so my husband suggested he could take him out for a potter. Hubby is not really a rider but I'm mostly worried he'll be too big and heavy for horse. Horse is 16.1hh WB, 13yo and prob ob the...
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    Feeding advice for WB eventer having the summer off

    For the first time ever my WB eventer is out of work as I'm expecting a baby. He came to me as a very skinny poor doer but now after 4 years he's quite at the other end of the spectrum!!! He is 16.1hh WB currently stabled overnight with a thin rug on and being fed 1 Stubbs scoop D&H...
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    Using Sedalin on a very old horse.

    My 34 year old gelding needs his sheath cleaning and he is rather grumpy and kicks a lot when I try to get near it. The vet has done it in the past (under sedation) but I wonder if using Sedalin and trying myself would be worth a try. Just wondering if anyone has used it on very old horses...
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    Yorkshire folk -best hacking routes???

    Further to the thread about hacking being boring (or not depending on your perspective!) I am hoping to get my trailer test soon so thought it would be nice every week or two to take horse off on an adventure hack to brighten our winter up a bit! We have very few bridleways in my area so...
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    Home made rug hangers!??

    I am fed up of having to bundle my rugs up in bags in a corner of my tack room, so have decided to try and install a rug hanger. Ideally I would probably need 10 hangers and I have looked online and they just cost a bomb for my usual pittance budget, so I am thinking about trying to make one...
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    Sprenger bow balance stirrups vs other brands and pricing?

    I have some fairly rotten knee problems at mo (like so many others!!) and in a bid to avoid surgery if possible I am doing what I can physio-wise etc and am considering getting some of the sprenger bow balance stirrup irons as I've heard they are pretty good for joint issues. Problem is they...
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    Aske Ground/novice course-anyone been today??

    Just wondering what people think/thought of the course??? Walked the novice ahead of tomorrow and parts of the ground seemed good, others very cut up but not too soft. Also just wondering how the novice track rode! ESP the water - big jump into space for a horse that doesn't brush!! :o ;)
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    Horses with "X factor" but no love for the job (dressage)??

    Am really struggling to inspire my horse at the moment when it comes to dressage. He was originally a showjumper from some serious SJ lines, and after undoing a few problems we have turned our hand to eventing and now at Novice level. He is usually over-enthusiastic about his SJ, he loves loves...
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    Dog confiscated from family for no good reason...

    I have also posted this in AAD but I know how many horse owners have dogs and so may be interested in this. I also know the folk on this forum are rather good at coming to the aid of an animal in need... Not sure if this has already been posted on here but Lennox is an american bull dog cross...
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    Dog confiscated from family for no good reason...

    Not sure if this has already been posted on here but Lennox is a lab cross who was taken from his family for looking too much like a banned breed. He's been kept in awful conditions for about a year and is likely to be destroyed soon... Leaving a very heartbroken family with young children...
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    Feeding conundrum... help!

    Also in NL and CR.. This year Remy has switched from being a poor doer to a good doer and is just a little more porky than I would like (show horse rather than event horse) he has also been having a little bit of heat in his hooves (though showing absolutely no lameness) so I am a bit...
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    Feeding conundrum... help!

    Also in CR and SY... This year Remy has switched from being a poor doer to a good doer and is just a little more porky than I would like (show horse rather than event horse) he has also been having a little bit of heat in his hooves (though showing absolutely no lameness) so I am a bit...
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    Feeding conundrum... eventer... help!!

    I know this should probably be in stable yard etc but I think I may get a bit more like minded advice on here... This year Remy has switched from being a poor doer to a good doer and is just a little more porky than I would like (show horse rather than event horse) he has also been having a...
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    Interval Training/Gallops for Novice Eventer

    Remy is going nicely at Novice (good rhythm, not struggling with the work etc) but would like to just shave a few TPs off our XC and get our speed a bit more "neat" so have been working on increasing his fitness to help as being a WB he can struggle a little on speed. I got hold of a copy...
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    First time at Blenheim (spectator!) - what to do and see??!!??

    We won "lake view" tickets to Blenheim HT on XC day :cool::cool: via BE Lorry Park and I am already not sleeping as I'm quite excited about it (despite having been an eventing fan since I was a nipper I've never actually attended a proper 3/4* event! :o) so hoping to make the most of our day...
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    D&H competition mix and similar feeds...??

    Having some real trouble with Remy's lack of sparkle again this year and my latest feed I'm trying is D&H Comp Mix which he's currently transitioning to from staypower, so just wondering what others have thought of it? In the past I have tried all of the below in various quantities/combinations...
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    Northerners - XC Schooling with fence in water??

    I think we may have to face our first "in water" fence in our next event and while Rem is pretty good with water it would be nice to have practiced beforehand!! ;) I can't think of anywhere I've been to that has a fence like this, so we may have to cast our net further afield. Does anyone...
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    Guess what I won....!!!...

    ...Free car/picnic pass to Blenhiem via BE Lorry Park comp a few weeks ago!!! :D:D:D:D Sooooo excited and just can't believe it! Anyone else going on the Sunday!!?
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    What do you feed your eventers!!??

    Not sure if this is better in CR or SY but... My guy has been on baileys conditioning cubes, baileys racehorse mix, power and performance and staypower plus oats in the past with and without various balancers, red cell etc but often lacks sparkle. Wondering what others feed to get some new...
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    I despair!! The harder we work, the worse our results get... STRESSAGE RUT!!

    So another BE Novice outing for Remy and the dizzy blonde today (will try to do an event report asap but really wasn't as eventful as the last one). And our personal worst dressage result of 42.5 to accompany it. The worst thing is that we have been working so hard on our dressage and it's...
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    Estimated costs of taking part in Badminton Grassroots Champs??

    I was recently talking to a friend who had been unable to make it to a 1* 3DE due to a health problems and she figured that she might have sunk close to £1000 in costs associated with it, which has got me thinking.... We are basically eventing on a student budget/shoestring etc and find it...
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    Dizzy Blonde's "Almost Fall" in PICTURES!!!!

    The pictures of Sunday's Skipton action have just gone up and he caught our spectacular "almost fall" in glorious technicolour and multiple step by step pictures!!! So for anyone who wants to see the cringe in pictures, they are at:-...
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    Tax/buildings ratings for stud farms?

    Just wondering out of interest really - do stud farms pay the same buildings ratings/tax as agricultural farms or the same as regular businesses??
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    Dizzy Blonde Attempts To Event - Hair-Raising Skipton 2 Novice Report

    WARNING: Prepare for event report of PhD proportions.Sustenance may be required.Report may contain jockey shooting. So. Having been "attempting to attempt" our second Novice for some time, Supergroom/Sacked Cameraman and I headed off to SK2 for another stab! It was stupid (4) o'clock when...
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