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  1. OldFogie

    Road rage against riders.

    Fortunately, I'm a bloke and for most of my riding life, I stood well over 6ft (shrunk a bit now) and have always followed a physical lifestyle ( I think Bear Grills is a pussycat!) - I've done considerably more than thrown pea gravel at inconsiderate drivers! Once upon at time, after an...
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    Road rage against riders.

    It was bad enough when I last rode out twenty years ago - there were plenty of obnoxious ignorant barstewards out there (and some were even barstewardesses!) back then - but now... OMG!!! I wouldn't do any roadwork unless it was absolutely unavoidable and only then if could find a safety car to...
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    Business name suggestions

    Thrills from Spills ( rather jocular ) Equine Re-connection ( bit more upmarket ) Riding High Again! That's three for you - try to avoid anything to do with Trotters Trading.........
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    Shocking ifor williams customer service

    This completely. You are covered against this kind of fault by the firm you bought from NOT the manufacturer - fine if the manufacturer re-emburses his franchisee but this is NOT your concern - persue the retailer. While saying that, I am all for Spreading the Love - if someone has done me a...
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    The gearbox was changed in the lorry

    One thing I'd ask is - has your lorry always behaved like this or is the 45mph a new thing? With the lorry out of gear and standing still - what revs will the engine do? (Don't over do it!) All Fords have an electronic engine management limiter designed to prevent you inadvertantly damaging the...
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    Yard opening hours

    My experience is now twenty odd years old and more and spans top notch full livery to fairly basic DIY. At the "International School of E" I could come and go as I pleased without much ado - the whole yard was run by students and working pupils to fairly rigid hours with the place practically...
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    Mosquito nest in stable?!

    I agree with all posters who've said that Mossies aren't limited to the tropics - but my thinking was - if the O.P. was in them it makes it far more probable. The Malaria carrying Mossie was rife all over Europe at one time and I believe some were captured in Havant and Hayling Island quite...
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    Mosquito nest in stable?!

    Unless you live in the tropics - your bugs aren't Mossies. Their breeding cycle - i.e. their "nests" are in stagnant water, the females alight on the water's surface tension and lay their eggs which quickly hatch to larvae that often wiggle - these need to breathe air and so will return to the...
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    Insurance query re instructors

    My advice ( and I'm only long in the tooth rather than an expert!) is be very wary about ANYTHING to do with insurance which is not written in letters of stone! The barstewards will try every trick in the book to wriggle out of a claim - and that's the only time you'll ever know if you were...
  10. OldFogie

    The things you find in the bed.

    Well it's been a while since I last mucked out or set a bed but over the years I've found most of the things above - dead hedgehogs, rats both alive and dead, lumps of assorted metal - a baler will merrily chew most of them up and pack them in a bale without turning a hair. One thing I would...
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    eBay irritation!

    I'm a regulare eBayer for both buying and selling. It's a good platform but not without it's problems. As with all purchases - Caveat Emptor - Buyer Beware! Make sure it's what you want and don't get carried away with a presumed bargain. When selling make sure your advert is idiot proof and...
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    loose box definition

    Your tale is a fine example of Jumped Up Little Hitlerism - it's rife in all government departments large and small - particularly, the small = their H.R. people have defined it as requiste! Every one of them are true Blackwhiters (1984) they not only tell you black is white - but KNOW that...
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    Anyone built stabling without planning permission?

    It was a great laugh and I think one appreciated across the species because Wondermare seemed quite intrigued by all the attention - especially the form "signing" with her offfore steered by several human helpers. Not sure about the age thing but if you delve deep enough there usually is an...
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    Anyone built stabling without planning permission?

    When an "incidental vacancy" occurred on the yard Parish Council, I checked out the criteria - over 21; sound mind & body; lived in the village for at least 4 years and interested in local affairs. I obtained an application form and the whole yard helped my mare fill it in - signed with a large...
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    For those who took a long break from riding or started late. .

    I learned to ride when the cowman wasn't looking so no saddle or bridle at about ten years old, worked my way up to ponies and anything I could beg or borrow as even the 3/6 an hour was out of my price range back then! Left off in my midteens and restarted when No.1 daughter began on ponies -...
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    Anyone built stabling without planning permission?

    Never a truer word(s). The same thing applies to whether you find a little hitler or a gemlike public servant - in my experience - plenty of the first and the last as rare as rockinghorse poo. To wit, at the bottom of my garden here at OldFogie Villas, there's always been a shed, in the past...
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    Anyone built stabling without planning permission?

    Firstly, this business of buildings "within the curtilage" - it applies to things like sheds and gazebos in your garden for the "enhancement and enjoyments thereof" - it's not a range of stables. Most councils planning departments are full of jumped up little hitlers with even greater ambitions...
  18. OldFogie

    Trailer - wheels all siezed!

    Many types of trailer have a habit of siezing up and the easiest way of freeing them is to jerk them in reverse with the towing vehicle. Not always possible if you've left it parked up against a wall! The next best is to make up a strong bar that can be fixed across each wheel, one at a time...
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    Public Right of Way Help Please

    I had similar problems at the DIY yard where I was the general factotum as well as a livery for years - we had a footpath running through our winter turnout field but would often find members of the public randomly walking about everywhere. I tried everything, pleasant chats, pleading and then...
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    Mud rash Flamazine v Aqueous cream

    I don't have any experience of this Flamazine - despite its snazzy name - always had Denobrium(sp) the lack of which is lamented elsewhere but I'll add that Mud Fever - is a many splendoured thing! My two (sadly departed) were once harbouring little mites in their skin which were the major cause...
  21. OldFogie

    Do you own a dressage saddle?

    We're all dying to see the horse that it fits!
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    No girth fits my new English saddle on my 15'2 QH

    Go Packers! I can remember days before Bret Farve! Been NFL fan since the daysof leather helments but a Brit. My old girl ( that's my mare not her indoors ) was 84" around her middle and was wormed on the basis of being 1500lbs - she had an English dressage saddle by Turf & Travel which all...
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    O.K. your nominations for:they ride like farmers but still win!

    A spin off thread from the Ace Riders theme - who do you think rides like a cossack but still manages to get their horse to co-operate by winning stuff! My first choice would be old Harvey Smith ( and I know what he'd think of my nominating him! haha) he must have ridden at 14st or more but...
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    PSSM possibility?

    I'll add my thanks for that link too - I've now embibed so much academic YouTube that my head hurts - interesting to see immediately that while this problem has a sassy modern name - it's said in the same breath as tying up and stringhalts - old as Noah's boat. I assisted ( well, in the end...
  25. OldFogie

    Leucofeligen

    Thanks for that Cecile - I've sent them a couple of questions to help understand things better.
  26. OldFogie

    ?Dominant arm/hand? when riding-what can I do about it?

    Yep exercise doesn't have to be tremendously physical just lots of small reps - however; I thoroughly reccommend my new "pilates" twelve hour shift singlehanded plastering course! haha. I once worked out that I must have ridden my mare ( I rode others too) for at least 17,000 hours while...
  27. OldFogie

    Which pro riders have the best seat/position?

    I'm a bit behind the times but - Laura Tomlinson - especially when she rode "Alf" - Adelinde Cornelissen most of the time, and from my personal experience of watching her work ride many times Jook Hall (but you'll need a good memory for her!) I saw many top International riders work riding and...
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    PSSM possibility?

    There are basically two types of Vet - the very traditional and the guys that go to sleep with a copy of "10,000 Animal Diseases You Never Knew Existed" on their pillows. Never the twain shall meet. The first lot poo-poo any new idea - particularly when it has the word "poly" in it or "myopathy"...
  29. OldFogie

    Horse passed vetting but has arthritis

    What, and be an Owner? Great time of my life but I wouldn't wanna write down what horses and private schools cost me - or ballet lessons ( not for me before any comedienes spot that one!) Well, I've just researched PSSM on Wrongipedia and feel I'm an expert so ask away. And mine. It's a...
  30. OldFogie

    ?Dominant arm/hand? when riding-what can I do about it?

    Playing devil's advocate here, I'm going to jump in on this highfallutin' dressage chat to say - surely it depends which rein one is on? Righthand rein - righthand leg is inside and right hand controls direction, outside impulsion - vice versa - the opposite. Taking up the contact is a...
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