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  1. Spilletta

    Shergar Cup

    Anyone looking forward to this today? I will miss seeing the races live as am out, but hope it's a good day - go the girls' team!
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    Coronet band protection for front of hinds: scalping boots

    I’d be really grateful for any information as to whether anywhere in the UK does the same/similar product to one I’ve found in the USA. They’re called scalping boots and look to be exactly what I’m after, but can’t find a UK equivalent. They do international shipping, but it would be handier...
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    Good for Victoria Pendleton

    Nice to read that Victoria has carried on with her riding. Racing Post website has reported a return to riding on the racecourse with a win on Royal Etiquette in a charity race at Newmarket. Bet she's glad she's no longer...
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    AP to ride a dressage horse

    Just read that AP is due to have a go on a dressage horse at Cheltenham on 13 November. Not just any horse, though - a GP horse, organised by Yogi Breisner in conjunction with Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin :)...
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    Using riding boots as normal boots?

    I have a pair of black, leather Mark Todd boots which I don't (currently) use for riding. I need some long boots for "normal" use, but it would save money if I could get away with using the MTs. Given that there are a lot of fashion boots in the style of riding boots, I think I possibly could...
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    AP's last race!

    I was stuck in the office and didn't see this afternoon's race. Just wondering if anyone here did? Bet it was good to watch AP one more time!
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    Hayley Turner Retiring

    I was sorry to read that Hayley Turner is retiring at the end of this season. But wishing her all the best with whatever she chooses to do next.
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    Racing Welfare: The Horse Comes First

    I recall some heated debates about racing on this forum, normally around Grand National time, so when I spotted this today, I thought it worth posting for anyone interested. Leading organisations in British Horseracing are working together to raise awareness of the high levels of equine welfare...
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    Any Tail Guard users around? Need your opinions please!

    I'm looking to buy a tail guard for my horse when she travels, but have no experience of them, and would be really grateful for any recommendations/ones to avoid, etc. Is it a case of getting what you pay for, or are you paying for the name in some cases? These are some I've seen online so...
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    Horsebox Driver Training 3.5T

    Although my licence covers me to drive 3.5 T lorries, I want to have some training before I venture out to hire a lorry and start getting out and about with my horse. I've done a bit of searching online but would be really grateful for any recommendations (or places to avoid/pitfalls). I'm...
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    Rambo Optimo Turnout Rug Sizing

    I'm thinking about buying a Rambo Optimo turnout rug, but understand that Rambo rugs come up big. I have Shires rugs in 6'3" for my TB, who is a shade under 16hh, and they fit really nicely. Do you think I should try 6' for the Rambo? I've seen a few negative reviews of the Optima, but...
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    Lightweight waterproofs recommendations

    Hi, I'm hoping if I buy some lightweight waterproofs then it will stop raining... If anyone has recommendations I'd be grateful. I need the jacket to fit over my Racesafe body protector, and not ride up my back when doing faster work. I've found Breeze Up and TKO (Take Out) - any good...
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    Horsey Telly on Channel 4 TV 3/4/2014

    For anyone interested in some horse-themed telly tomorrow evening... Channel 4 at 10pm - Jockey School The details: Three teenagers with troubled backgrounds each want to make it as jockeys. They're not from the ranks of Champagne-drinking, hat-wearing spectators normally associated...
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    Exercise saddles – advice please!

    I've just about given up looking for a nice second-hand half-tree exercise saddle so I'm looking at other options. Does anyone have an opinion/experience of Zilco saddles? I've found the half-tree exercise saddle for around the £277 mark, but if it costs that much, I was thinking I may as well...
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    Rider Insurance Including Racehorse Exercising

    I’d be really grateful for any advice/recommendations about rider insurance, especially from anyone involved with racehorse exercising. I don’t own my own horse, but started riding about four years ago after a long break. I have got BHS Gold, but as I’ve recently started to ride out on...
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    Long Time Lurkers to November Newcomers

    Hello everyone, I have seen various comments about November Newcomers, and wondering who is genuine. Those of you who read the entire ‘Donations on Facebook…’ thread may recall a few newcomers, me included. I wasn’t quite sure about joining because I go through phases of reading HHO a...