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  1. Ambers Echo

    Strangles blood test

    She’s deffo not a carrier - she’s positive because of previous exposure not chondroids. A yo insisted on another wash despite vet saying no need which was also clear. The studs are more relaxed about it because they can make sense of her numbers whereas a yo might just follow a hard rule. So it...
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    Strangles blood test

    Yes - she had strangles years ago shortly after I bought her. So she was pouch washed 6 weeks after being symptom free which was clear. But she has needed to be tested from time to time again and always brings back positive tests. Vet said some horses just have a higher level of antibodies. They...
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    Strangles blood test

    It varies from horse to horse but my vet reckoned 6 months to drop below ‘positive’ levels. But Amber dropped to 0.6/0.7 and has stayed there for 4 years+ She always tests positive and I’m assuming always will. No vet is bothered though when I have taken her to studs (3 places now) because they...
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    Strangles blood test

    It should have dropped significantly x
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    WHY.....

    All the showjumping was on channel 411 - Eurosport
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    A Year of Lottie (almost!)

    Ah thank-you. Of course I don't mind at all. I feel like my riding is totally crap most of the time so any glimmers of improvements are very welcome!
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    A Year of Lottie (almost!)

    I have tried lots of things and settled on Equine 74 Gastric and Equishure. The Equine 74 was on vet recommendation and really helped till Spring grass caused a flare up. So then I added in Equishure which is one of the few products to stay intact till it gets to the hindgut where it can then...
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    A Year of Lottie (almost!)

    Must be! Lottie comes from Lot53 and an adaption of Lotte as she is half German. As am I! Once the name popped into my head it felt perfect.
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    WHY.....

    that happened in the 80’s!! Towerlands Anglezarke comes to mind. I think it was the rise of pay to view and a gazillion channels meant it was inevitably going to end up on a subscription channel. The coverage is very good though if you do subscribe.
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    A Year of Lottie (almost!)

    That looks more promising!
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    A Year of Lottie (almost!)

    I’ve changed it to public so hopefully it will work now x
  12. Ambers Echo

    The Brigante Cup 2022

    Yes that is the bit that really appeals to me. So exciting! I might just squeeze in this year 🙏🙏 but I’ll try again next year anyway.
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    The Brigante Cup 2022

    I'm so sad/obsessional that I have cross referenced everyone on the start list with last year's table to see how far down people got invited to compete. 102 people qualified. I am currently number 83 with one more event to go. Arghhhhh
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    A Year of Lottie (almost!)

    I can't believe how quickly our anniversary has come around. She arrived while I was on holiday and I met her nearly 3 weeks later on August 20th 2021. She was and remains defensive and easily upset, but despite all the threatening face pulling and the dramatic reactions to raised hands or...
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    Events running today in the heat!

    Commercial transporters may have multiple horses on board and be travelling for very long journeys in varying styles of vehicle. So yes it's a useful guidline, but does not mean it is always unsafe to travel at over 30 degrees under different conditions. Eg a 45 minute journey with one horse on...
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    Events running today in the heat!

    Mine too. Lottie was tied up next to the trailer in shade from the Neighbour’s lorry till the sun was overhead, then it was cooler in the trailer which was in full sun with all doors open for the breeze
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    The Brigante Cup 2022

    Thanks but that’s a shame 😟 Why have a table at all then if those scores are meaningless! Ah well, next year.
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    Events running today in the heat!

    They are more usual than they used to be! It's been very hot on and off all summer. My sister worked in Marysville and was there and lost friends in the fires. So we are sadly familiar with the devastation caused by wildfires and it's really scary to think that this is now an issue for our damp...
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    Events running today in the heat!

    It was an event that ran yesterday. Max temp at the hottest part of the day was 31 degrees according to both the met office and my car thermometer. Low humidity, reasonable breeze.
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    Events running today in the heat!

    That's exactly how it should be - assess the conditions locally and make the call. In my view events should really only cancel if conditions exeed safety limits as set out in risk assessments/ BE or FEI guidelines etc. If conditions are within the evidence based safety limits then it becomes the...
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    The Brigante Cup 2022

    I don't know if I've qualified and the uncertainly is killing me!! I'm trying to work it out but I don't know how they are going to calculate it.... Top 2 in each section of each qualifying event go through automatically - that is currently 64 people. Then they have a points table and they say...
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    Eventing in the heat...

    Thanks that's helpful x
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    FEI Ethics Survey

    Thanks for link - done x
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    Eventing in the heat...

    His comments were accurate re WBGT but it was irresponsible I think to theorise about what WBGTs would be on all courses based on hypothetical data. I was at Eland - very dry, good breeze which all lower WBGT. No idea where the poster making the comment was taking his measurements but that’s the...
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    Eventing in the heat...

    Red-1 thanks, the 'jump from the trailer test' can be my new hard ground assessment!
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    Eventing in the heat...

    I think much of the furore over this weekend was fueled by a FB post by David Marlin. He described the fact that thermal stress (ie impact of hot conditions on the horse) is not just about air temp but about other variables like humidity. Which gives you a measure called the WBGT. Which is...
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    Eventing in the heat...

    Thanks - there was no ring to the ground. If I understand what you mean by that. And yes it felt like carpet not tiles. Well it felt like grass not tiles! But I can't imagine grass not feling like grass so it all seems a bit vague. When I jumped down from tne trailer the ground felt springy. I...
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    Eventing in the heat...

    This might sound like a daft question but how do you assess impact of different kinds of ground? How hard is too hard and how do you even tell? I worry about tendon injuries in mud. Or slipping injuries on wet grass. I prefer it firm and dry. I walked the course the week before and the day...
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    Events running today in the heat!

    Conditions were fine for the event in question. Totally respect people’ choice not to run but the ‘all people who event when it’s hot are horse-abusers’ rhetoric is just nonsense. Run or don’t, depending on your horse and your travel options and let others do the same
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