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  1. nikicb

    Weekend plans.....

    Unless my eyes are deceiving me, there doesn't seem to be a thread started yet, so..... I'm off to Wellington with Cassie for a DTM clinic with Gaynor Colbourn - we did one a year ago which I loved, but with one thing and another didn't finalise our music. Cassie is currently acting as though...
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    Marble sized lump on tongue

    Let me just say before I write any more that I'm taking this pony to the vets tomorrow morning to have this checked out..... Yesterday in a routine EDT appointment, it was discovered that my 26 year old, fully active, 13.2 pony has a marble sized, quite firm lump on his tongue. It is in front...
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    Gloves, which are properly waterproof.....

    As above. I suffer from Reynaud's so struggle when my hands get wet in the winter, to the point it hurts so much I have to go inside to warm them up. And I've had two children, so, yes, it really does hurt!! But I want gloves that are all of the following: waterproof warm or at least...
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    Pictures My year with Cassie.....

    Sorry it's been a while since I have been on here. We've been busy, but I guess the main reason I haven't been around much is that my sister died very suddenly in the Spring, and whilst parts of my life carried on as usual, other parts didn't. One thing I have managed to do is focus my energy...
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    Central Dressage camp at Wellington

    Next weekend (15/16/17) - anyone else going? I went last year and really enjoyed it. Looking forward to going again next week. :)
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    I wonder what he's dreaming about.....

    Judging by the upturned hay hutch and bucket, it must have been quite a party. 💤💤💤
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    Time between tests

    What's a reasonable minimum time between two tests in different arenas? This is a regular BD show. I have 11 minutes between start times for my two tests on Thursday. I think that's pretty tight. Thoughts?
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    Royal Windsor Horse Show

    I'm looking forward to my first visit to Windsor on Thursday and Friday. I was wondering if anyone knows whether the list of dressage competitors is available somewhere - I believe Carl and Charlotte are riding, but haven't managed to track down a full list. Also, if anyone has any...
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    My birthday girls!

    I tried to take a photo of the three girls to celebrate their birthdays, but this was way cuter than any picture I got. Happy 8th birthday for yesterday to Nia (black lab), happy 1st birthday to Luna (spaniel) for today, and happy 11th birthday to Cassie for Monday! Link to video - not sure...
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    She's utterly bonkers! Caption this.....

    Luna has now been with us a few months and is coming up to a year old. Nia is trying to find the battery compartment so she can switch the bonkers thing off. ;) This was at 11pm last night. She had been for a run with OH earlier in the day, plus been to training class in the evening. I...
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    They voted with their feet.....

    Despite the fact that I have four on 2 acres (and wasn't expecting old Bigfoot Cam home this Winter), with careful management, we do still have some grass. They are all out for about 6-8 hours a day. This time last year they were out 24/7, but needs must and all that. That said, it is pretty...
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    Here's a horse who knows their job!!

    This popped up on my FB news feed - clever horse!! https://www.facebook.com/paulo.castro.77715869/videos/1951887581743066/
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    New dog - agility/gun dog training equipment

    As the 4 equines, 3 cats and black lab are all largely mine, my husband thought it was about time he had a four legged friend in his life. Meet Luna!! She will be joining the mad house on Friday - the breeder held back two bitches to see which one they wanted to show, and although...
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    Favourite pictures you have taken, but not of your horse.....

    As thread title, I think this is mine. Michael Jung on his way to victory at Blair 2015.
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    Winter training - what are your plans and goals?

    As per title really..... Ours are to continue on our training, but with slightly less emphasis on competing (dressage) and trying a few new things. We've got some horse agility planned, which could be interesting - Madam isn't spooky, but she isn't called Sassy Cassie for nothing, more...
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    Rather bizarre picture promoting the GB modern pentathlon team

    Eek! :o https://www.facebook.com/TeamGB/photos/a.140615927599.110340.8833217599/10153884893247600/?type=3&theater
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    A big ask - can anyone help?

    Some of you will remember my posts about my friend and her family. She has four children, both boys have a diagnosis of high functioning autism. Her youngest daughter has a very rare genetic condition that means she is life limited. In December her husband died of cancer aged 53. Her 17 year...
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    Totally shocked at this.....

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTg9Un4KsNU Does anyone know any more about this case? I am in tears watching this poor pony walking, or at least trying to. :( x
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    Happy Cassie update

    I can't believe it has been nearly four months since Cassie arrived in my life, although with Christmas and foot issues, we lost nearly two months. Hopefully we are now back on track. We are getting to know each other pretty well and each time I ride, she seems to get better. A few pictures...
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    Pointless passport rant!

    Pointless because I am not sure I can do anything about it. Grrrr. Trying to transfer Cassie's passport into my name. It's an Arab Horse Society one (she is 25% Arab). I just have the passport. Having contacted the AHS, I need a Registration Certificate and a transfer of ownership form...
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    Front shoes with side clips.....

    Just looking for reasons why a farrier might put these on a horse. My horse, but before I owned her. Not my farrier. Will ask my farrier when I see him next, but he has been a saint recently with questions and coming out, and also would like a broader spectrum of views. I don't really want...
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    There is always one in every herd.....

    ..... and it's very often one of the older ones..... the 'Winder Upper'!! I went outside to get my lot in earlier and the two smaller ponies, both in their mid 20s, were haring up and down accompanied by Arab and Welsh snorting. My two younger horses (both rising 9) were stood rock solid...
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    Oh, how I love having my horses at home.....

    I know I am lucky, but it's wonderful. Sometimes I change their rugs when they come in, sometimes I don't. Sometimes I groom them, sometimes I don't. Sometimes I ride them, sometimes I don't. Sometimes I am absolutely anal about sweeping up after myself and them, sometimes I don't...
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    Products to deter fence chewing?

    What products are around to deter fence chewing? My yard is beginning to look as though it is inhabited by a small colony of beavers. I don't even like to leave them tied up for that long, but there are times when I have to and I am getting fed up with growling at them. Two of mine are fine...
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    Why is it so hard sometimes?

    Owning horses that is. Sometimes one of them just wheedles their way into your heart and sticks there. Currently getting my mind around sending Cam away for a while just to be a horse. I know he won't look back a second time and will be off and happy with his new friends, but I am tearing up...
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    Help me spend my Christmas money.....

    It's burning a hole in my pocket! Thinking of matchy matchy for my new girl. I got this gorgeous Equiture browband for Christmas, so I'm thinking that a nice lilac would be good, but open to persuasion: http://www.equiture.biz/tanzanite-and-clear-megabling-curve-browband/ We have orange...
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    Arab crosses

    Are anyone else's arabs/arab crosses particularly warm beasts? I now have two - one crossed with NF, the other with Welsh and Appy. They are both sweaty ponies. Even though their coats feel quite fine and silky, they are obviously fairly well insulated. Are they really still forming the...
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    Our 2015 - not what I had planned.....

    ..... but there have been lots of good things along the way! Please note, all pictures taken by myself or friends if I am in the picture! Looking back on this year there have been so many times when I have been ready just to give up completely, but here I am, still at it, and with new hopes...
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    One month ago today.....

    ..... Cassie came to live with me. I have to say that ever since the day she arrived she has been an absolute pleasure. I finally managed to remember to set the video camera up, albeit in a rather useless position and it struggled with the dull conditions, but it does mean I have a few low...
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    3 weeks in - Cassie update

    All going well. She is an absolute sweetheart and other than the odd camel impression is doing really well. Feels like she has been here months already. Managed to borrow a saddle from a friend so rode her 3 days in to being at home. She couldn't care less about the weather we are having...
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