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  1. Ambers Echo

    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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    Barking dog

    It’s late and I’ve been in bed for about 45 minutes. The window was open and there is a dog in a nearby house who has been barking incessantly the whole time. I’ve given up and shut the windows f am now sweltering! I assume he/she has been left alone. Do you think owners don’t realise? Or...
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    Kelsall ODE

    So I have finally managed to complete an ODE without stuffing something up! Eventing is soooo frustrating as there are 2 athletes, 3 phases and therefore 6 opportunities for something to go wrong. And I’ve experienced ALL of them 🙄😂 If I’m on form, then my horse does something random. If (as is...
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    No silly prices

    Following on from the 5* home thread- does anyone choose to sell for a ‘silly’ price? Those wanted ads put me off immediately. It’s a phrase that really winds me up. I guess it’s meant to mean ‘I know the value of horses so don’t think you can rip me off’ but to me it just reads as passive-...
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    Lottie bareback/bridleless.... really?!

    Sharer went up to at 6am before the heat - to discover all my tack (both saddles/both bridles) were still locked the boot of my car. Oops. But undeterred she just rode without in a rope head collar. And she said Lottie was fab. Super responsive to seat aids, easy to move between gaits, easy to...
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    Lottie! Am I overthinking this?

    So I adore Lottie which is a good thing because she is a high maintenance diva. She is either completely fine with, midly unco-operative about or outraged at the suggestion of.... - Being caught - Being led - Being bridled - Beung groomed - Being plaited - Having fly sptay on - Being clipped -...
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    Is P15 always a long test?

    I;ve entered P15 tomorrow but I can only find long tests online, which I don't want to do. It does not say long test on the entry form though. Does it come in a 20X40 version? TIA
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    Not selling but please help me value Amber

    She’s a business asset since she retired from being my personal riding horse and is now an Equine Assisted Therapy horse and broodmare. I need to assign her a value for my accounts. Realistic current market value. I don’t have a clue! 11 years old in foal to Ebony Duke (class 1 RID) By Beach...
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    How many days training in a row

    Lottie normally gets 1 rest day a week. She always has a recovery hack day too, and sometimes a 2nd complete day off if she's been working hard. However just as a result of the way various things fell, her last full rest day was 8 days ago. On Saturday she just did groundwork in walk which was...
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    Possibly very numpty dressage test question

    The test intruction is: F-K 1/2 20m circle. For a 20m circle from A the apex of the circle is X. But if the 1/2 20m circle starts at F then where is the apex?
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    2 sides to every story

    https://www.staffordshire-live.co.uk/news/burton-news/girl-aged-8-heartbroken-after-7130638 I have no personal knowledge of the family or the stables but I hate this kind of media pile on. If the child really is ‘heart broken’ the family whipping themselves and everyone else into a frenzy over...
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    Friend had a scary morning - gelding broke into her new foal's field.

    Urgh something else to worry about. This big horse broke out of his field and jumped into hers and chased the week old foal who was screaming and terrified. Mare went nuts and defended her foal valiantly. Luckily both owners were there and got them separated quickly, Owner of the gelding is also...
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    Help with Eventing Dressage

    After the heady heights of 67 and 69% in unaff dressage, I had hopes for vaguely respectable dressage scores at events. But that is sadly some way off! She warms up really nicely and then as soon as we leave the warm up area she gets tense and distracted and the test is then a bit of an...
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    Advice on selling an ex racer

    I was wondering if HHO had any advice on selling on a very green ex racehorse. A livery went horse shopping and unfortunately took a well meaning but inexperienced friend with her who advised her badly on what horse would be suitable. The buyer wants a happy hacker, has ridden in the past but is...
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    Odd Behaviour

    Our dog is 10. She is the friendliest dog who loves other dogs and walks. And walks with other dogs are her favourite thing in the world. The w - word, or the arrival of the dog walker sends her beside herself with joy and excitement! She really, really loves walks. But today she would not get...
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    Help me choose a 3.5T box

    Now that I only have 1 horse, I am considering buying a 3.5T box that is stalled for 1 with nice living. So I can have seats that face each other as a mobile office and that turn into a bed. I would need a custon build so I have looked at some websites. I am confused by the options: some say...
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    Lucinda’s book The biography of Be Fair

    Anyone read this? I’m finding the changes from 1970 to now really hard to get my head round! She fell off repeatedly when she first started eventing him: several times a season in competition. She’d get back on and carry on. These days it’s immediate elimination and 2 falls in a row I think...
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    Bank Holiday Weekend Thread

    No thread yet? What is everyone up to? Lottie and I are heading to Eland Lodge. I don't like eventing 2 weekends on the bounce but my RI said she's plenty fit enough and we will have a break after Eland for a few weeks. It's another Brigante Cup qualifier. At least I know the course well so...
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    Ukraine Relief Auction

    A local farrier has set up this auction on behalf of Ukraine Relief - he was part of a 9 horsebox convoy delivering aid to the Ukrainian border and was inspired by what he saw to do more. All prizes have been donated so all money raised goes to the fund. There are some fab prizes so get bidding...
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    Lottie's First ODE: Northallerton 80cm Brigante Cup Qualifier

    Well that was eventful!! I was so well prepared and left loads of spare time so I could walk the course twice and then have time to rehearse it mentally. I have no sense of direction/spatial awareness/visual memory so really need to overlearn the course so I can then talk myself round it – as in...
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    Building/ riding for a jumping canter

    I got a lot of really useful tips from the dressage peeps on a dressage question so looking for more advice - this time on jumping. Lottie has a weak, flat canter. My RI had me doing walk to canter on a 10m circle then immediately tight turn to the jump with no more than 2 straight strides...
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    Travelling a foal?

    A good friend of mine does not want to foal down at home so the horse is going to an equine hospital to do it there. They send the mare and foal back home within 24 hours. I spoke to the vet at the stud about my plans for Amber - trying to decide whether to put her straight back into foal this...
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    Lottie's First Dressage Outing

    I was not planning to do a report but it was my first compettition of any kind since August 2019. And also I am so happy with Lottie and it's been such a fab day that I want to write it up. Lottie was so much calmer and listening so much better than she has been recently at home, which was a...
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    Dressage Peeps - Help with rhythm/tempo

    Lottie is very inconsistent. She speeds up then if you half halt she falls being the leg and so you need to micro manage every step and it just feels go/slow/go/slow. I have been working on her being more responsive to both up and down transitions - and she is - but she still needs to be...
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    The Brigante Cup 2022

    I always need goals to work towards and I want to event Lottie. So I started reading around what events we could do this year, and have looked more closely at the Brigante Cup. It looks really good. I love the idea of a series as it gives the whole season a focus (I enjoyed that last year...
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    Dealing with a horse who has been roughly handled in the past?

    Just wondering about something. The other day I went to take off Lottie's rug and she made to nip me. Possibly because we have been doing carrot stretches so she was getting a bit pushy. I automatically reprimanded her with a sharp 'oi' and blocked her with my hand. My hand made contact with...
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    Position Question

    So I had a XC lesson a while ago which didn’t really go very well I kept being told to sit back/ bring my shoulders back/ bring my body back to try and slow Lottie down. Then I had a jumping lesson at Ingestre. Jumped out of a forward seat, then out of whatever you call a sitting- in- the-saddle...
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    Dreary Early January weekend plans??

    No thread yet as far as I can see. Couldn’t think of an inspiring name for it either. I have re- introduced Lottie to jumping. She was quite calm about jumping in the summer. But I guess she was unfit then because she was WILD. Just so onward bound. She reminds me so much of Amber. So I am...
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    Bewildering choice of reversing cameras!

    Any tips - I just want to be able to see what I am doing to hook up and will need one that works in the dark as we often set off at silly o'clock for eventing. Compatible with a VW Toureg. I assume it uses the charging sockets in the car? I would hook up then unplug to plug in my phone for...
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    Done to death - sorry - but what towing vehicle. My head is going to explode

    Now Dolly has sold I am looking for a towing vehicle. I can't drive anything above 3.5T (excluded medically) so please no suggestions of how cheap larger lorries are. I know!! I need basic living as I stay away regularly. My plan was: Equitrek Show Trekka (1360kg) and VW Tourareg (3.5T towing...
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