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    suprising jj beeston update

    Beeston used to be first and third Wednesday of every month when I was younger. However this has changed and there can be up to three in every month now, and other sales such as the Welsh pony sale this Saturday.
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    Share your weekend achievements - large or small!

    My pony pulled a tyre today for the first time, in the school, on the yard and even on the gravel without batting an eyelid. Driving here we come :D
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    Best leather half chaps?

    Another vote for tredsteps! Got mine for a tenner off ebay, best bargain ever! 4 years old, worn daily, and still going strong :)
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    Experience vs a green youngster: what to do?

    I was in exactly the same position apart from I was moving off my overgrown connie gelding onto an experienced 16.3hh Novice eventing mare. I ended up selling her a year and a half later as we never 'clicked'. I miss the littlest things the most - being able to jump on in the field, being...
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    Riding club Wales/Cheshire area...?

    Want to start getting my rising five year old out a bit more to clinics etc next year, and thought riding club would be the best bet. Any opinions on the best one around N. Wales/Cheshire area? Friendly, lots of events etc? Thanks
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    How much do you trust your horse?

    I think I've had one horse I trusted 100%. Utterly. I could leave him with his stable door open and he wouldn't leave until my word, he got barbed wire stuck between his shoe and his foot and didn't panic, stood still until released. I was in a worse state than he was! Poo picking, I used to...
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    Long reining/driving help please!

    Hi, nope, not yet, they're being introduced in our next lesson, do you think we should wait and leave going on the roads until she's got them? (Week on Saturday that would be) Do blinkers focus them to the extent they don't realise where verges are? Sorry, these sound really silly questions...
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    Long reining/driving help please!

    We're currently breaking my pony to drive, so am long lining. She's very good, nice and relaxed, walking into the contact, nice and soft. Trots lovely too, apart from a bucking fit when the line got stuck under her tail, she clamped it down, it remained stuck (surprise surprise...) and she...
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    Riding and Driving reports-C and LC

    Wow fab report and such a cute little driving pony! Stunning horses, well done on all the results :) So nice to see drivers as well, we're currently breaking my pony to drive and it's all very exciting, it's a first for her and us but here's hoping she likes it :)
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    question re horse post clipping?

    Always ride day of a clip, they may be a little 'fresher' than usual and have a tickle in their toes due to feeling the cold a little so do make some allowances. Trot sooner than usual as well to get them warm. But you should be fine!
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    What breed is this horse?

    Definitely another vote for connie. Looks like my Connie x TBxID actually!
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    How much do you pay for livery?

    Cheshire/North Wales border. I get: -Unlimited hay or haylage provided (good quality stuff too!) -Bedding £4 a bale, 1 bale per week -Morning rug change and turnout -Bring in if not down in time -Fed morning and eve at same time to avoid disruption -Biiiig all weather arena, lights...
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    How much do you pay for Turn out/Bring in

    Morning turnout and rug change are included in the livery (they all get turned out in a routine so it avoids any upset). If you want them left in you can write it on the board, YO also chucks a haynet in. Bring in is about 4.30 and if you're not up by then they're brought in, to avoid...
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    If you were a horse, would you be in work?

    Yes I would be. Would be that fat (be an escape artist) fluffy (refuse to let clippers near me) pony at pony club that has it's ears in some poor childs face, views everything as a jump, never stands still, happiest hurtling along out of control or stepping on small childrens feet. Probably...
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    Driving: Does it affect riding career?

    Thanks all! Getting really excited now, here's hoping she'll take to it!
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    Driving: Does it affect riding career?

    Hi all, I have a 14.2hh homebred mare who's one of the family now, I've broken and brought her on and she's honestly a little superstar. Only thing is, I'm off to Uni next September (hopefully!) and mum doesn't want her doing nothing. So, she had the idea of breaking her to drive and doing...
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    What are your 4yo's up to?

    Self carriage and hind leg activity and making her realise she's got a back, she can blimming well stretch over it. Intro tests and hopefully some Prelims, but she needs to get her act together re canter. Panics with it and her head ends up everywhere, but put a jump up and she's fine...
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    How important is hacking alone to you?

    I'm going to go against the grain and say not too important. I love a good hack, but view hacking alone as a bonus rather than a necessity. I look for allrounders, something that'll event, hunt, do some dressage, funrides, beach rides etc. Beach and fun rides mostly done in groups so not too...
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    Feeding, do you handle your horses when they are eating?

    Have never really thought about it to be honest! All horses I've had have never been possessive, I used to feed one mare on the yard (everyone else was out) and often moved her and feed, she wasn't allowed to eat whilst I moved her to another place. She knew she'd get the feed in the end...
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    Who pays for what with a full loan?

    From my experience, loanee pays for everything as if horse were own horse, just not the actual horse purchase price as horse still belongs to owner. Was the case for me anyway!
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    Loose or fixed bit

    Had an experiment with my youngster to see if she preferred a fixed ring snaffle to her loose ring one. She went exactly the same, no heavier or lighter. She goes sweetly in both, comes back during fast work etc. So if you had the choice, which would you have her in? Someone said fixed may make...
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    Age of horse for BD?

    I'm wanting to affiliate my youngster this winter but am unsure of the wording of the rule. It says age is taken from 1st January in the year they were born. Does this mean that my mare, born in May, would be considered a 4 year old as she turned 4 within this year? Or because she was 3 on...
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    best mane & tail spray??

    Robinsons own brand, £5. Awesome stuff :)
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    Exercises to even up the rider?

    It's becoming more and more prominent to me that I'm drastically weaker in my left arm than my right, and thus compensate by using more left leg, meaning that my right leg is weaker than my left. I think this all stems from my left hand weakness, my mare always escapes through her left shoulder...
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    Horse stopped eating on Cushings tablets

    Hi all, A friends of mine's horse was tested for Cushings 3 months ago as he weed and drank a lot and his coat was thicker. He was just under the normal range. The weeing and drinking has escalated, he wees about 3 times per ride and has up to 4 an hour, so was retested two weeks ago. He was...
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    do you think twitching horses is cruel?

    I had a mare that was ticklish between her front legs and would squirm about when clipped there, often flinching into the blades. So instead she was twitched for 2 minutes whilst it was done, then stood stock still for the rest of it. Better that than having to have a easily prevented wound in a...
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    Best Overreach Boots?

    Thanks all :) They're for riding work, to protect the shoe and also as high up the fetlock as possible as she has been known to have little nicks there. Shall look into kentaur then!
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    Best Overreach Boots?

    Also in NL. Which overreach boots are considered the most robust? Shredding rubber ones at the moment which is not good! Thanks :)
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    Most Robust Overreach Boots?

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    Border Terriers

    Brilliant little breed IMO. Tilly is of the firm opinion she's a much larger dog and has disdain for smaller dogs. She has endless patience and has sat for up to an hour having her ears chewed on and tail pulled and being hauled around the yard by small children. Never, ever snapped or shown...