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    Wool exercise sheets

    Where are they?! Everything seems to be fleece or just nylon/synthetic stuff. Mouse got my nice wool one last year, but wouldn't have fit new horse anyway. Any ideas? Doesn't have to be the Newmarket stripe but wool is preferred as everyone is full clipped and it's getting chilly now! Unless...
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    Exasperated sigh

    Poor pony had a bit of an accident earlier in the week. Obviously rolled and got his leg stuck in a rug strap (done it before and usually just hops and eats until it gets fixed) but got himself into a bit of a state and someone trashed his turnout rug. Ripped on both sides, one belly strap and...
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    Pro event riders near Reading

    Anyone know of any pro event riders near Reading/around Reading? I only kw of a couple of dressage riders as that's been my focus the last few years but bit out of date!
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    Similar to butet...

    Any makes/models/whatever similar to a butet jump saddle. Sadly I don't have £2k to buy a second hand one or £4k for a brand new one! Horse goes sweetly in neighbour's butet so something similar without price tag would be fab. I'll just sit and drool until the lottery win when I can have as...
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    D&H ultimate balancer

    Thoughts please. Dubious simply because it says 'ultimate'. Lots of balancers around but I quite like D&H and baileys. Horse is a native in medium work so needs more protein than currently getting in his alfa mush. So the baileys stud balancer I use on WB not a good idea! Definitely needs...
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    Short dressage squares

    Found a nifty new saddle, ex demo at second hand prices and fits both pony and horse! (with thin shims for horse) and best of all fits me as is short panel and short flap. Stroke of luck! Problem is my dressage squares all look ridiculous. Full ones for horse make saddle look like lead rein...
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    Cheapest place to get linseed/flax oil?

    So pony came with some supplements one of which was flaxoil. American way of saying linseed oil I assume? Anyway getting to the bottom of the litre squeezy bottle and 2 things. 1. Cheapest place you guys have found for linseed/flaxoil? 2. Is there anyway of refilling these fancy squeeze...
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    Whittaker saddles

    Thoughts? Specifically the quality, how well they fit horse and rider, comfort etc, how well they last! General stuff really. I know someone with a trade account so working out if worth plumping for a new one but don't know anyone with one! Would love a butet though ;) but might...
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    "havana" tack

    An actual tack question in the tack room! Why oh why does havana tack never match. Trying to put together a bridle and none of the havana matches. Also can you get havana dressage saddles? Must I buy bits of bridles in havana and then send back that which doesn't match? Or do I buy a...
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    Nice courses BE80 berks/wilts

    Looking for be or unaff 80cm ode in berks/wilts to take pony to and see how he copes. Would like a nice course and a nice relaxed venue as he is a bit must say hi to absolutely every other horse and easily distracted so relaxed venue would be helpful! So nice training run really, but not up...
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    Timewasters - need a rant!

    I've really rather had it now. I've got a few livery spaces at a lovely yard and have had some interest, I'd like more but nothing I can do about that! However I am utterly utterly fed up of timewasters who enquire, usually vaguely, and then never respond, even with a 'no thanks' or 'thanks for...
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    WHP - not registered M&M

    So planning on taking mother's new purchase out to some WHP classes as he looks smart and has a neat jump on him. He's a welsh D type but is unregistered so I'm at a bit of a loss as to plaiting etiquette and whether I could get away with local M&M ;) or whether to just go into general WHP class...
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    Saddler/saddle fitter Wilts/Berks

    Looking for a new saddler/saddle fitter to take a look at a few horses and the fit of their saddles and suggest brands/tree types for a new dressage saddle for one. SS and harness knowledge a bonus! Prefer to go off of recommendations so any good/bad suggestions appreciated. Yard is...
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    Side Saddle Training

    Had a ss lesson tuesday and loved it, so going to keep it up. Did walk, trot and canter, oddly finding left rein easier than right. Did feel my upper core/rib muscles working but not sore or burning (that being said, it has been many years since I felt my core burn!) and I felt a good bit of...
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    My learn a new sport

    I try to learn a new sport every year. Recent years have done archery (which I counted as been a very long time since I did it last), running (which I gave up quickly due to reoccurring shin splints and the fact that my muscles didn't get tired but my lungs would give out - perhaps the wrong...
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    Have I become spoiled by dressage saddles?

    So new pony turned up Tuesday, rode him yesterday and today. Came with a GP saddle which is not uncomfortable but feel like my leg is not even on the flap (don't think it is) and I'm pretty sure the buckles from the girth were digging into my calves. Now I've been riding in either dressage...
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    Help! Speed buying unseen

    Just need some extra thoughts. Gone properly crazy. Saw a 14hh pony for sale on PC ponies fb page yesterday, looks nice, video shows nice, family sounds nice. Pretty cheap as well considering how much they bought for. Sounds just what I am looking for regarding pony produce and sell on...
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    Dressage ponies

    Being a tiddler I school a lot of ponies. I also do a lot of dressage. I have been thinking lately about combining these and producing a fancy pants dressage pony, ostensibly for junior riders. My question is - what sort of dressage level should it get to? I was thinking adv med, maybe...
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    Small native tack

    I've been thinking a lot lately about this. I have a long term schooling pony in on livery who has all his own tack and is only ever going to be a kids pony. Bridle is fine and saddle 'fits' but I've got a rear riser under it as it's one of those synthetic kids saddles that tend to lack...
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    Section A studs

    I'm looking for a section A. Old type. The ponies I drive with are Aston prefix and they are lovely, but as I wasn't the one that went and got them I don't know the contact details of the stud! So any help there would be great (based in Cheshire). I've also been looking at Forlan who seem to...
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    Vetting vets East Sussex

    As I hate calling people and it seems fewer and fewer vets do vettings, can anyone recommend a good vet, that offers pre-purchase vettings in East Sussex (hickstead/Haywards Heath area) as whilst my vet will travel it does add to the cost! I prefer to go on recommendations and am happy for...
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    Lightweight saddles

    The horse hunt is continuing with some very promising results. So I thought I'd start actively researching saddles that fit within my requirements. Will probably need to be second hand, but may be able to buy new if not expensive (doubtful) Lightweight. I need a dressage saddle that doesn't...
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    Paul Jones saddles

    Thoughts? Tried a horse yesterday in a PJ saddle and was very comfy and not super deep in the seat even though a dressage saddle. I'm looking for a lighterweight dressage saddle (small person!) with shorter flaps and without a seriously huge block that holds your leg completely in place...
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    PRE horses and dressage

    I have liked PREs from afar for a great many years, and in my search for a horse for dressage I have been seeing quite a few pop up that fulfil all my requirements. However, I do not know an awful lot about them, aside from they find collection easy, are generally good tempered and there are a...
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    Slow Ground Feeders

    I'm taking on a pony that isn't laminitic, but is fat and he's coming to me for long term schooling and general management of fatness! I have a small well fenced paddock that he'll be going in for half a day and he'll be stabled the rest - big stable and small pony so plenty of walking about...
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    Devastated

    Woke up this morning to find my gorgeous boy had died in his sleep overnight. He was the first pony I ever bought and reached the grand old age of 27. He's been retired for the last decade and I don't know what I'm going to do without him. I never thought the day would come, I hoped he'd just...
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    Multiple BD horse records

    QUESTION A friend/client of mine is currently buying a horse (schoolmaster) and has asked me to look up her record on BD because she did a bit of affiliated para a couple of years ago. (double checking level and that no points) Weirdly, I found two horses with name of horse (one is simply...
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    Dressage saddles for the short of leg

    As title really. I have teeny weeny legs. I wish to put my leg on horse not leather flap. Any suggestions that aren't custom made saddles, but simply saddles with shorter flaps?
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    Finding horse

    Potential rant warning! Getting frustrated now. Looking for a quick sale, decent budget, but every horse I find an advert for (or is sent to me) is not right in some way. I'm being super flexible on pretty much everything but max budget, conformation, potential and the bloomin walk! Saw a...
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    GP v WH

    Possibly on the look out for new saddle (looking for new horse!) and currently can't afford a dressage and a jumping saddle so going down the GP route. Though depending on horse I may save up for a dressage saddle. So as title really, GPs are standard really (would like brown and please let...
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