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  1. madmav

    How essential is it to share before buying your first horse?

    I did a fabulous share for 10 years. But they are very hard to find. Right owner, yard, horse etc. Had plenty of wrong ones along the way. Sounds like you have a good set up where you are. I would be guided by them and find that perfect horse, that is just yours! Good luck!
  2. madmav

    Clunky H&H!

    Thank you bradsmum! Glad it’s not just me then with the weird typing and loading thing. But, again, now working fine! Maybe more ads now to pay for site slowing things down? News site I’m on does same thing. Understand they need to make sites financially viable though.
  3. madmav

    Clunky H&H!

    Is anyone else finding the site really slow to upload, browse? Or even to type in? Used to use it regularly. Been away for a while. It’s not my internet connection. Typing this is working fine, ironically! Anyway, good wishes to you all. 😊
  4. madmav

    Eddie Macken and the one and only Boomerang

    Loved Marion and Stroller. They were my icons. Also Eddie and Boomerang.
  5. madmav

    Mucking out gloves

    Nitrile gloves. Bought from Horse & Health for about £6. They are thin enough to do jobs, but just about enough to keep my rubbish fingers warm.
  6. madmav

    how cold is too cold to ride?

    I’m missing riding out on freezing days. Horse having died. Do not miss the stupid raynauds syndrome in my fingers, though. But did get it in Tesco’s the other day! Rubbish without advantage of being with a horse.
  7. madmav


    Just caught up with Olympia. John Whitaker, aged 63, in World Cup qualifier. And his baby brother, Michael. A mere 58. If you’re fit enough, go for it! Worried about that earlier comment about hips though. Haven’t ridden for a year.
  8. madmav

    Gloves, which are properly waterproof.....

    I also have reynauds. Use nytryl gloves while doing jobs. Bought from Horse Health, but sure can get them everywhere. They’re thin enough to be dexterous but keep in warmth. Then swap over to seal skins or ski gloves to ride, depending on how cold it is. People laugh at my many sets of gloves...
  9. madmav

    Working livery - how much work?

    I would be cautious of this. Riding school I used to attend, considered prestigious, uses working liveries for two hours a day. One day off a week. Was £100 a week back then, god knows what it is now. Have also seen horses lying down there with saddles on!
  10. madmav

    WEG showjumping team final on red button NOW!

    Scott Brash and Ben Maher missing, and Now that the old guard, Nick Skelton, Whitakers, etc, are no longer on team, there seems to be a lack of enough good riders, or maybe horses, coming through. UK eventing and dressage are on fire. Lots of talent. Show jumping in UK seems rather lost. Holly...
  11. madmav

    WEG. Cross country course

    Watched lots of it. What an epic performance by team GB. In gold medal position! To watch show jumping which apparently has been postponed til Monday cos of weather, I downloaded bbc sports app. Scroll around to find equestrian sport and it was there. Really enjoyed it. Ian Stark is such a...
  12. madmav

    WEG dressage

    Yay Charlotte and freestyle. I was in tears with her! Love that she has a new fab partner. They will win on the big stage on another day.
  13. madmav

    WEG dressage

    Thanks very much milliepops! Means I can make dinner after all!
  14. madmav

    WEG dressage

    I’ve just found it too! Anyone know what time Charlotte might be on? And yes do like the commentary. Nick Luck has done well in his transition from racing world.
  15. madmav

    Burying horses at home

    Know someone who buried at home for terminally ill horse. They had hole dug day before. Vet did the deed next day by the grave so was easy to manoeuvre. Sad times but a nice way to keep them with you in memory. Hope it goes ok for all that are facing this.
  16. madmav

    Chickens roosting in trees...

    Gosh I’m so envious. I really want some chickens. But surrounded by marauding urban foxes.
  17. madmav


    Thanks millipops. Been looking and you’ve sorted it. How brilliant are you!
  18. madmav

    How to stop "lady bits" getting sore when riding

    I once made the mistake of riding in a thong. Very uncomfortable. Big knickers from Asda for me. Just generally in life. They’re so comfy. Saddlers sell padded knickers that I assume endurance riders like. Also agree, the saddle could be the problem.
  19. madmav

    Sarcoid treatment (videos)

    Interesting stuff, thanks. I had a horse with sarcoids, dangerously near girth. Sort of cured via a cream also used on humans for skin cancer. This guy talks a lot of sense. Back in the day, sarcoids was rarely heard of. Now it seems too common. More research needed.
  20. madmav

    Sharer costs and getting a horse back into work

    Does sound odd for someone to suddenly ask for a share of a barely unridden brood mare who is now 20. She needs TLC. Above advice is great. Hope it works out.
  21. madmav

    Europeans cross country thread

    Watched it all today on red button and then switching to iplayer. Enjoyed it. Nicola Wilson, Tina cook, and the rest of GB team were fabulous. Especially Nic and Tina. Loved the commentary team. Learned a lot from Harry. He taught us through it! Other guy, don't know name, was cute, asking...
  22. madmav

    Working as a groom or rider

    As far as I can tell, there is no money to made through working with horses. Better to find a well paid job and do it as a hobby. Though where that leaves livery yards where you'd like to keep your horse, I don't know.
  23. madmav

    Head size in puppy

    Head size is allegedly a sign of brain size. I say allegedly, as I and my kids have massive heads. Not sure if the theory has been signed off with us!!
  24. madmav

    10 Puppies

    Have only just caught up with this. The editing is a bit obvious. Pup biting annoying toddler. Now it's all sweet. Likewise the retriever and dippy owner. Miraculously sorted. But did love highlands rescue guy with border collie. But as for the woman wanting a large dog to fill her bed....omg
  25. madmav

    Get up and go has got up and gone..!!

    I have opposite of you. Lost my darling share horse of 10 years a while ago. Was offered another who was lovely, but enormous. Could not get on with him at all. I miss the smaller horses. And I'm tall! Maybe we should swap! Giving it all a rest for a bit until I can work out what to do.
  26. madmav

    Neutering puppies (or not)

    Hilarious. No idea what the science is behind that, maybe someone was nicking the gonads of dinosaurs and that's why they got so freakingly big.
  27. madmav

    Happy New Year

    Happy New Year to you all. Dogs, horses, especially. Lost my lovely little dog, aged 15. Wish I could post pix but don't know how to. Three months later, lost horse. Both old and had lovely lives. But don't half miss them.
  28. madmav

    Has it "all changed"?

    It has changed, but I'm I'm talking from my time, the 70s. Rugs were awful, jute at night, New Zealand's that never dried out. And it was all grip with the knees and virtually throw yourself at horse's head pre jump. Remember a major Buckley shouting at me in a lesson: get your arse out of the...
  29. madmav

    ALDI'S buys :) - sorry if someone has already beaten me!

    Fantastic. Thanks for the tip. Socks I bought off them for £1 are far better than pricey pikeur ones. Jods are fab, though a bit slippery. And now riding new spookier horse! But will definitely check it out.
  30. madmav

    Do ants bite horses? what other bitey bugs are about this year?

    Ants are little biting sods.