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  1. EKW

    What is it with kids thinking it’s cool to jump high?!

    That actually sounds likr good fun!
  2. EKW

    What is it with kids thinking it’s cool to jump high?!

    The biggest difference between now and then - evidence! Back then you have your memories but no photos or videos or snapchats etc. No technology! Kids have been pissing about with ponies forever and if anything less so nowadays with elf and safety everywhere you turn! What kids do is nothing...
  3. EKW

    What is it with kids thinking it’s cool to jump high?!

    90's kid here and we bombed about, jumped whatever and generally rallied our ponies about willy nilly! Until the end if the 90's when I went solely flat showing. Even now I dont jump much - as has been detailed a few times in my random A Day In The Life Of A Work Rider posts! It's hugely...
  4. EKW

    Following on from 'dying breed' - are we all competing less?

    I cant remember the last time I had a riding lesson! Probably 1996/7-ish when I was riding for someone else age 8/9. I have backed, schooled and shown my own ponies as well as reschooled racehorses for showing and I have always done very well so I guess I'm doing everything right enough! I know...
  5. EKW

    Which classes?

    I would stick to ring 1!
  6. EKW

    Rugging Mares and Foals

    I wouldn't rug a mare with foal at foot in a million years! Its just not safe! If the foal really needed a rug dog rugs wuth velco work best when theybare very young. They fit snug so not really any chance of getting legs stuck. Saying that we breed shetlands so wouldnt need a rug 😂
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    Following on from 'dying breed' - are we all competing less?

    Ive only been out once so far this year. The judges just arent coming up for me. Plus I have 2 rounds of probationing to do, I am doing one under a judge I would normally show under and its because I respect them and value their opinion that I am forsaking showing for a valuable learning...
  8. EKW

    Are we a dying breed

    For Shetlands, Welsh and Dartmoors you go to an assessment day. If you get through that you spend 2 years probationing and do 2 shows each year as a probationer. If your reports come back good you go onto an intermediate panel for a few years so you can judge anything but Hoys classes and Royal...
  9. EKW

    The Camera Does Funny Things To My Horses Legs!

    He's far from normal 😂😂😂 but thats just in his head 😂😂😂
  10. EKW

    Are we a dying breed

    I wont tollerate badly behaved ponies. High spirits fine but not bad behaviour. They get the chance to stand at the end of the line by themselves. If they still don't behave then I have no qualms about sending them out -especially stallions! Imo stallions should be the best behaved of the bunch...
  11. EKW

    The pony quest continues - short tail eaten by a foal?! Hair Extenions?

    Yeah no additions to M&M's - they should be left natural 😂😂😂 except for the Welsh, Connies and New Forests who get pulled, plucked and preened to within an inch of their lives 😂😂😂
  12. EKW

    The pony quest continues - short tail eaten by a foal?! Hair Extenions?

    That are completely against all showing and breed societies rules - except for at HOYS where they have their own rules ;) Your false tail can fall out in the ring and the steward parade around with it on their heads for all they care ;)
  13. EKW

    Are we a dying breed

    A lot of judges don't mind being asked after the class out of the ring but you might need to prompt them as to what horse you had! They will have seen many that day! I only offer feedback if I feel the person is likely to be receptive of it. Otherwise a simple "Well Done" is all you are getting...
  14. EKW

    Are we a dying breed

    They did a Clapometer class - I can't remember whether it was BSPS or PUK - that went down like a lead baloon! The favourites didn't win because half the people got decked when a sudden mass of cheering and screaming started! The horse/pony with the highest decible count that stayed intact won...
  15. EKW

    The pony quest continues - short tail eaten by a foal?! Hair Extenions?

    Yeah that looks chewed. It will grow back. If I wanted to show now I would neaten the edges. It looks plenty thick enough so feathering it like a Welsh D's - but not taking any length off - would probably be the way to go. Keep on top of it for the rest of summer - neaten but not shorten - and...
  16. EKW

    Are we a dying breed

    If everyone in the ring asked for the judges opinion/advice/feedback you would never leave the ring! Dressage takes 2 seconds to write on a piece of paper. Most judges don't mind being asked but many wont offer feedback because they are afraid the person will go off their rocker and call them...
  17. EKW

    Are we a dying breed

    But you know what you need to work on and come back out bigger and better next time! There is nothing nicer than sitting on a well schooled horse when you least expect it!
  18. EKW

    Are we a dying breed

    Nah they just bankrupt themselves for decades buying a 3.5t on finance that they probably don't realise is completely overweight before they even get themselves or fuel in the thing!
  19. EKW

    Are we a dying breed

    See I tend to find that a breed judge judging mixed classes will be harsher on their own breed than the others! I had the Wee Coloured Job at Blair the other year under a dartmoor breeder/judge. 9 Shetlands, 2 Welsh (A & B) and 2 Dartmoors. The Dartmoors were last and 2nd last and to be honest...
  20. EKW

    Hi just wondering here

    I have been in the show ring since before I can remember! 4? 5? Shown all my life with various animals from shetlands to ex--racehorses and back down again! I don't tend to jump, I've never been taught properly - I am more of a point, aim and hope for the best kind of person! I have far too many...
  21. EKW

    The Camera Does Funny Things To My Horses Legs!

    This time 4 years ago Jeff did his tendon for the 2nd time. Jeff being Jeff couldn't do anything like a normal horse! Oh no! He didn't do his SDFT on his front leg! That would be easy! That would be simple! Nope! He put a hole in his hind SDFT where it goes into the fetlock joint! Only a 20%...
  22. EKW

    What have I let myself in for? (Showing people)

    I genuinely enjoy stewarding! It's great fun when it's not raining and your not soaked through to your pants! I'm glad you had a good day. Being in the middle of the ring gives you a whole new insight into showing!
  23. EKW

    Are we a dying breed

    HOYS is too expensive. Its a producers game and you know who is going to win as soon as the judges are released. Yes people will do their local one because they can but not as many travel now. You have to be a member of something (breed society, tsr, nps, bsps etc) along with the £11.50 (last...
  24. EKW

    Are we a dying breed

    PV if you were ever in a class I was stewarding I would probably have chatted away to you as I tend to with people that are obvious newbies! It makes them feel welcome and wanted and keen to give it another go!
  25. EKW

    Are we a dying breed

    Thats the thing everone is turning to natives because there is no age restriction on the rider - they dont have to move up a height because they are out of the class. Natives are easier and cheaper to look after, easier to turn out for showing etc. So it's not wonder the plaited ranks are giving...
  26. EKW

    Are we a dying breed

    The cosr of everything has also gone up. What used to be £5 a class to enter is now £10-15 a class. I have only been to 1 show this year because the judges at the others didn't suit and I am not paying upwards of £15 + first aid, before fuel, food etc and the day off of work to stand last in a...
  27. EKW

    Scars

    How big is the scar on the shoulder? Unless he has half an ear missing you will probably be fine with that one. If the pony is good enough it will do well enough scar or no scar. I know showing is about being perfect but to be honest I would always rather put up the good example of its breed...
  28. EKW

    Cheeky/ridiculous posts you see on Facebook.

    One has just appeared on almost every fb site up here: wanted cob broken or unbroken max 400
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