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    Am I overreacting... someone fed my horse and I don't know what.

    Currently trying to calm down as upset... I visited my horse on part livery this morning. I see her every day and feed her. The staff do not, and have never fed her and are aware to leave her bucket in her box where I take, clean and refill usually on an evening. Today I found a strange...
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    Totally insignificant horsey pet hate

    What's your biggest (but also most insignificant) horsey petc hate? Basically the thing you wouldn't loose sleep over and no one else would even notice probably but still... niggle... like... mad...! New reins for me. Stiff and uncomfortable. Chafe hands and miscommunicate with the horse. Get...
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    Do people not realise riding is a partnership anymore?

    OK this might sound a bit ranty but I am seeing this more and more on my Facebook, Twitter and free horse ad pages. Main offenders are teens aged 15-19 though I am sure older people do it too.. they're good riders from what I can see but not exceptional. They want to compete. They advertise for...
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    Any model horse fans? Need your help!

    Maybe a long shot but I used to be very involved in the model horse hobby- memberships etc. Even showed! I had a horrible accident where my artists resins shelf collapsed and all my horses were broken. I'm now hoping to sell some models to get my favourites repaired but don't know where to...
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    Does your livery stable limit who you can get lessons from?

    I'm trying to make sense of this one so bear with me. I part livery at a riding school facility. Last year we had a couple of visiting instructors- quite advanced- I took lessons with. This year no one has visited but when a fellow livery booked a (different) instructor to visit she was advised...
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    Don Cossack retires- gold cup winners 2015 & 2016 now out

    Don Cossack out as well. Happy retirement to him! https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jan/11/cheltenham-gold-cup-winner-don-cossack-retired-injury-setback-horse-racing Coneygree already out due to injury...
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    Goodbye Kempton Park

    Absolutely devastated to hear this... Kempton is one of my favourite jumps tracks and to hear they are letting it go to build houses is dreadful news. https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jan/10/kempton-park-set-to-be-bulldozed-housing-jockey-club-plans
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    Maintaining horse fitness in winter?

    Simple question really how do you keep your horese reasonably fit in winter? Just feeling fed up as I've been ill for a few days so she's been off, now that I'm better I've had to get myself back to my full time job and to top things off school frozen yesterday and is expected to freeze again...
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    Do horses learn to bang their stable door?

    My horse was always the most well behaved animal in her stable, but at her new place she's in a big American barn where she can see quite a lot of her neighbours. She happens to be next to two geldings who both bang their doors.. much to my horror, I came up the other morning to discover her...
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    Two shows in three days... would you?

    As in title really... horse competed last Sunday but not much on for a bit... looks like could end up at two shows in 3 days not next week, week after.. Both jumping 1st quite serious with prize money n over half an hour away Second nearby prizes in kind 15 mins from home Max height 1st...
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    REVIEW YOUR YEAR: How was your 2016 in horses?

    Thinking back I've had quite a year full of changes relating to horses! It's been fantastic though. This year I: Finally bought my own little horsebox Got my horse over her loading issues (so far so good, she's been wonderful!) Moved yards with trepidation and fear, soon to turn to...
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    The Survivors Guide to Classified Horse Adverts *not serious*

    Kept this on my old and probably obselete blog. I find them sooo amusing. Please add if you have any! FOR SALE DUE TO LACK OF TIME- Rider cannot afford to spend any more time in hospital IDEAL STUD PROSPECT- Can’t afford to geld it BROODMARE PROSPECT- Crippled RETIRED FROM COMPETITION-...
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    E-Dressage Ltd is no more- anyone waiting for a diary?

    Just in case anyone doesn't regularly check their Emails etc. I have received one today stating that it has ceased trading as of November 29th. I had pre-ordered a success diary (loved mine from last year) and obviously now will not be receiving one. The Email advises to go to Paypal and...
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    Very random refusing? How to address...

    My mare has a habit that's very annoying. She refuses at random and it's driving us crazy. To try and explain... took her to a friendly low key show the other day. Had some time off so just building confidence. She jumped a double clear 75cm. Encouraged we entered her 95 cm. She jumped a...
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    Little shetland killled and mutilated

    Horror story from my area this week. Going to go hug my horse. :( http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/investigation-launched-after-shetland-pony-12127487
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    How old is too old to sell?

    Just a wondering really. Is there a cut off age where you wouldn't sell a horse on or is it totally dependent on the horse's health and condition? Prompted cos I've just seen a lovely horse for sale on the internet at the age of 22. Wonderful looking for his age but it got me thinking...
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    If livery yard loses your stuff- what to do? Adviice please!

    Hi all, some of you know I am on part livery and love my yard. I had a minor niggle- well most people would find it minor- that my feed buckets constantly vanished, mainly based on a pet peeve- my horse having once been almost poisoned by someone using cleaning fluid in one of my buckets...
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    If your horse feels 'flat' what do you do?

    As title really! Horse has felt a bit lacking in lesson/show last 2 weeks. Still doing the job perfectly but without zest. Still mainly out not come in overnight for winter yet. Ridden daily. Have upped hard feed bit anything else to try. ...? X
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    In your experience- which discipline has the worst riders?

    Title has been tricky to do with allotted space. Let me try to explain. I don't go to high level shows so I am generally talking about more grass roots and local showing; that sort of thing. I always took my horse to dressage and we never did well but I always enjoyed myself. She's doing...
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    Spinoff: Liveries- your worst 'where's my stuff?' experiences?

    So a sort of 'this is why I hate my stuff moving' account... Last yard I shared storage with a really nice girl, but she was really young and a bit careless, as you are when you're that age... and my stuff just kept disappearing! I would turn up to ride and find my saddle stripped bare of...
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    To affiliate BSJA or not affiliate BSJA- that is the question!

    So next year we are considering affiliating my horse BSJA, but I'm wondering if it's worth it? Can anyone give me an honest opinion? I've been on the website but found things a bit confusing, maybe it's cos I've never wanted to show jump or planned to show jump, but the horse loves it and...
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    Full/part livery people- does your stuff vanish?

    Horse is now on full livery through the week and I do her at weekends. Absolutely love the yard, the staff, the people, the turn out, facilities, it's great. Only one minor annoyance, my things keep vanishing! I've not seen her everyday headcollar since I arrived... her feed buckets and water...
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    Holidays and days off for your horse? How long etc...

    Do you give your horse any holidays/regular days off? If so when and for how long? When my horse was younger, as a slow maturing breed, she had long holidays in the winter, often about 2-3 months. Since she was 5 it's just been a fortnight in summer when I go away and a fortnight near...
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    Horsey question! Horsebox, Commercial vehicle definitions?

    OK guys need your help. When I moved my horse I was told I could not park my 3.5 ton box at the new place- very annoying. However I decided I would try it at home instead. The reason I decided this is that it is, after all, just a van effectively, and there are already multiple vans on the...
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    Your horse's herd position?

    Do you know your horse's place in the herd pecking order? How often do they manage to achieve it if the herd changes or they move? Or is it just forced on them as a subordinate? My horse has been the boss at times in previous herds, but the longer I have her, the more I realise her favourite...
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    Run over by a horse- how to handle from now on?

    So last night as I got my horse out of the field her field mate, a 15.2hh+ black and white cob started trotting towards us and literally came straight through the electric fencing gate and over the top of me without pausing, despite my spotting that she wasn't slowing down and growling at her as...
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    Overly strong horsey attachments and how to cope :(

    My horse has started pacing and sweating in her box according to the grooms**, because she can't see the mare she is in a field with. A red flag is going as she has actually gone through fences in the past (slashing her chest wide open on one memorable occasion and jumping an electric fence on...
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    Bad sportsmanship or just how you play the game?

    I'm not particularly competitive, but I've been around horse shows a lot, mainly watching others compete. I've seen some things going on that I felt were not very sporting, but hey, like I say I'm not competing, maybe it's just me. I thought it might be interesting to discuss what is and...
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    Sour grapes and bad sportsmanship this year?

    I know there were a few examples floating about but just had to share this as it has been interpreted by at least a few people as being an unfair comment... full article is here: http://www.chronofhorse.com/article/skelton-scores-olympic-gold-six-horse-jump TBH I breezed through the...
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    Today 2pm Individual Showjumping. Come on Ben and Nick!

    Do we think we can do it? Maybe we can just squeak a medal. Tic Tac seems to be jumping better and better and Big Star is such a machine... just not quite all fallen into place for him.
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