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  1. Spilletta

    spanish riding school photos

    How lovely, glad you enjoyed it:) OP, thank you for posting the article. They have such a history and it's interesting to read about it, especially with accompanying photos.
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    Freddy Tylicki

    Really sorry to hear Freddy's outcome is as serious as this. My thoughts are with him and his family and friends, and also his fellow jockeys.
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    Newbie note to self

    :D Enjoy your horsey adventures - I think you'll do well as having a sense of humour always helps!
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    Major brave pants moment!

    Ah, well done Alf! Brave boy indeed :)
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    Would you be a little annoyed too?

    What planet do some people come from? I would put a "speechless/confused" icon here if I knew how...
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    First job interview - at my local tack store

    Nice thread to read :) Well done OP!
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    Would you be a little annoyed too?

    Yes, I would also be annoyed. Actually, I'm annoyed on your behalf! How rude to copy the photos without permission. With regards to the clipping, that sort of business practice is why I'd probably be rubbish at running my own business, as I could never do that to someone who'd taught me how to...
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    Warm riding boots for winter

    I have just bought a pair of Colt Ryder Muck Boots after a couple of people recommended them. Although we've not reached the really cold weather yet, it was quite chilly the other day and someone was complaining their feet were cold, but my feet were fine. The people who recommended them ride...
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    Newmarket Town Plate 1950's

    Having done a quick internet search to remind myself, I can tell you it was John Snaith. Willie Snaith Road is named after his father. Whilst Willie had a successful career as a jockey, John’s racing days were sadly cut short aged 28 by a horrible fall in the 1983 Topham. He didn’t mention...
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    Newmarket Town Plate 1950's

    Very interesting video and subsequent posts :) Sometimes wish I could get hold of those old-fashioned breeches and a yellow jumper to ride out in! Thank you for posting this. Eta: visited the museum last year before the work was finished and am looking forward for a chance to visit...
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    You may appreciate this... *poem*

    Another like :)
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    Year since we met ! (pic heavy!)

    Really nice to read (and see - I especially like the beach photo). Hope you continue to have lots of fun :)
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    Falling off at HOYS

    Thanks for the teamchasing information. It was the Bicester team chase, but not that particular incident that I saw. It was one of the early teams in the Novice. I’m now doubting myself because whilst I thought the shoulders did hit the ground, now that I know the rules, it seems like...
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    Falling off at HOYS

    Slightly off-topic as this isn't connected to HOYS, but it was something I was pondering over yesterday when I was watching at a team chase... Someone fell off their horse, but it was all very slow motion and she was clearly fine. She got back on and the team went on their way so I guessed if...
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    Help? Best way to get hairs off a numnah

    For the future, I would definitely recommend one of the orange washbags (Moorland Rider Horsewear washbag). Even if you get most of the hair off, there's still usually some left, and putting it in the bag will help the machine. I use mine all the time.
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    Real proper racing starts today!

    Ah, I like the flat racing as well as the jumps so I can't say one's more "proper" than the other :D It's really nice to see that Hereford is back on the jumping calendar. I'm supposed to be busy with work, but may have to put At The Races on in the background this afternoon...
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    BHS REACT to colic campaign - stroppy owners required?

    Love this one! I have now got images of Roman army officers marching around Lanarkshire :) (Maybe she did mean it, though - do you have many re-enactment groups in your area...?! :D)
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    A Filly Win The Arc - Again!

    Interesting post, but this bit made me sad. Surely the lower abilities can to be catered for without derision? Where would the line be drawn as to what constitutes a ‘truly awful’ TB? If this imaginary line were drawn, and owners of horses below it were no longer allowed to pay to have...
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    Good luck! Hope you have lots of fun (in between the nerves!) Look forward to reading all about it when you get the chance to update us :)
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    I bought a horse - photo overload, sorry!!

    Congratulations, very pleased for you and hope you have a lot more fun together now it's official! And yes, I believe the "what have I done?" feeling is normal. It was for me, anyway :D
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    unicorn wings for sale

    Excellent idea! I'm sure it will be fine as long as you don't fly past the Master... :D Puts a new meaning to flying across country!
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    unicorn wings for sale

    If this is the advert you mean, it also caught my eye yesterday!
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    Recommend me a lightweight Hi-Viz Jacket

    I tried my £16.99 pink Aldi cycling jacket this morning (from Specialbuys starting 29/9/16) and am very happy with it. Kept the early autumn chill at bay - although I always have an extra layer because of the Racesafe. I also wore my new base layer and then popped back into Aldi's this morning...
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    Ugh. These things are made to test us

    Horses! Always know how to disrupt a plan! Good luck tomorrow, sure it will be fine - at least, assume it will be but know you'll deal with it if it's not :)
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    Recommend me a lightweight Hi-Viz Jacket

    Just bought a pink cycling jacket from Aldi tonight as they've just got their cycling Specialbuys in. Bought a large as hoping it will fit over my Racesafe. Will try it in the morning. (Also bought some Merino wool base and mid layers.)
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    Why is it when you are broke you need lots of things?

    And normally coincides with the car needing its service, MOT and tax! Somehow, I've accidentally acquired a second horse. Just coming into winter - hmmm. (Wasn't planned, but the best ones never are, I don't think :D)
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    Ted the Terrorist!

    Ted is such a cool dude! Love the videos :)
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    Moving video ... what riding a horse really means.

    Oh blimey - I'm in tears! What wonderful people and wonderful horses. Smell can be so evocative and bring back really strong memories so I imagine having that hay to smell will stay with the lady. A good reminder to enjoy every moment you can.
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    Cyclists & Carriage Driving

    Possibly (although wouldn't like to tar everyone with the same brush) - today we had several go by. The ones I would consider serious cyclists all called out and slowed down, whereas the non-serious did a stealth pass and then look surprised at three horses spooking at them! I used to be in a...
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    No horse, feeling sad, hugs please

    If we can find a positive from this... Could you put this recent experience to good use and ride for someone else in any spare time you have? It would be easier if not connected to your job. There are (in my experience) always people crying out for riders and you end up getting more offers to...