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  1. DabDab

    Fly rug recommendations for the stumpier equine

    Little connemara knickers is really struggling with the flies atm - lots of running about at times and itching her tail and neck. I would like to get her a little fly rug just to keep her a bit more comfortable, but I'm not sure what brand/model would fit her, so am hoping that you lovely people...
  2. DabDab thoughts appreciated

    I'm currently scratching my head over the issue of wanting a new saddle for Arty. She is currently in an ideal Jessica, which fits her well enough, but I'm getting to the point where I can't bear to ride in it anymore - the seat is just too flat and wide in the twist for me 😔. And actually I...
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    Favourite schooling exercises for the Hot to Trot

    One of my young mares (Arty) is rather forwardly inclined, so as a distraction from the darkness and general drudgery of Jan/Feb, I thought I'd ask the HHO collective what your favourite school or hacking exercises are for the hot horse? I'm thinking of green horses who are generally responsive...
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    Is everyone in Wales OK?

    Hope nobody is badly affected by the floods. This storm has seemed never ending, how are things now?
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    Anybody else's horses gone crackers?

    Young figgety midgetty mare is out naked tonight because when I went to put their rugs on tonight she spent a good 70% of the time on two legs. So having got a rug on the big lad I decided that I cba with her (she will be very cross about this in the morning). I got five steps away and heard...
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    Indicators - they are really handy

    .....for communicating you're intended direction of travel to anyone on the road who isn't telepathic :rolleyes: Horse and I are not stood in the driveway to the golf club (prior to the very narrow, downhill stretch of road), like a pair of morkins because we are absorbed by the sight of...
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    Spragg Saddles?

    Does anyone have a saddle from this saddler? Particularly if you have it on a fairly broad, mutton withered native. Would appreciate thoughts/experiences TIA
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    Thunderbolts and lightning

    Woke up a 2am to thunder clattering all around and a disco lights effect outside from the lightning.... Thoughts jumped straight to the horses and thought "no, I'm sure they'll be fine, don't be a woos" Flipped out of bed and looked out of the window to see the paddocks lit up by a lightning...
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    When is a circle actually a volte?

    This is a question that I have been dying to ask since I was about 15, but have never been brave enough for fear that it was a really stupid obvious answer. Originally I was told that a volte was a small circle that was a specific number of strides, starting and ending at the same point. I...
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    Horsing around

    You guys just stay in there for 15 mins while I sort this roof issue funny business... Yeah right :rolleyes3:
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    How many steps do you do on your horse?

    Does anyone else have a step counting device that they put in their pocket when riding? I have a watch that I put in my pocket and it registers somewhere between 4 and 6 thousand steps during my morning hack (3/4 to 1 hour). I always wonder how much that would vary between horses/type of...
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    Emigration destinations

    Bear with me... It is c&t related :p So, in light of this winter's weather ruining most of our plans, what emigration destinations do you covet for less play stopping weather, a good equine competition scene, and good hacking?
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    Mothers day weekend plans?

    A bit early I know, but this is turning into a long week so thought this thread might see me through... I'm not up to much, but do have a lesson with someone new so excited about that :biggrin3: Then the other say I am working, followed by boxing out for a hack with a friend I haven't seen...
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    Why to use shoes H&H article Really?! I think the only points I agree with are referring to laminitis and those with seriously compromised hooves. My favourite 'fact' is "The weight of horse has a dramatic impact on the degree of wear. Obviously a...
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    Snow pictures

    I know snow is a bit of a pain when you're trying to get out and about, but it is pretty, so I thought a snow pictures thread would make up a little bit for those with outings cancelled this weekend :D So here's mine: Fluffy Teddy bear Blink to keep the snowflakes out Snowy trio Arty on...
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    Hey, just realised it's Thursday! Weekend Plans!!!

    Hello hello hello I've just realised that it's Thursday so to get us in the mood for the weekend we absolutely need this thread. So what is everyone up to? Not much for me - business as usual. I have got a new saddle for Dabs though :D so will continue enjoying breaking that in. He's a...
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    Weekend plans!!!

    Since I missed the boat with last week's I decided it was time for this weekend now. I have nothing much going on other than some hacking and lending my school to a friend for some pre match practice :) So what you all up to then?
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    The end of horse-related collective marks in dressage? Thoughts? All collective marks dropped...
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    Eat my dust MP! Weekend plans :D

    That time of the week again and the factory is on shutdown so I'm enjoying being at home from now until Monday. Going to do a bit more with the midget as she's starting to act very grown up and is finally starting to bust out of some rugs :D Two days of hacking for the big man and then...
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    Finding a good instructor

    This advice pops up so often in response to posts about schooling issues, as if it is as simple as popping up the road and picking one out. But it's not that simple. We all know it isn't. So the question is, how do you go about finding a 'good' instructor? Do you look for someone with...
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    Weekend Plans!!!

    I'm taking the big lad to a showjumping competition on Sunday <laughs manically> Pray for my dignity... So what are you all up to?
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    Weekend Plans

    So, sun and showers this weekend - what are you all up to? (I appreciate may be hard to beat last week's successes) I'm off out to play dressage again :D
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    H Bradshaws - Coligone

    Just wondered if anyone has any recent experiences of ordering from them directly? I ordered from their website 2 months ago, money was taken, no goods arrived. 3 weeks later I sent an email enquiring when it would be dispatched. Received a response the same day apologising for the delay...
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    I'm really just curious what people's thoughts/experiences/motivations are with using earplugs on horses for competition, hacking, or just general schooling? I've never used them, it's never even really occurred to me if I'm honest - I know that they are used fairly extensively in showing...
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    Weekend Plans

    I know I don't usually comment on these threads, but I do enjoy reading everybody else's adventures.... So come on you lovely lot, what are you all up to? I'm going for a decent hack on Saturday and popping a saddle on the little one again as she seems to have stopped growing for a second...
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    What colour will she be?

    So, I've never owned a colour changing horse before that wasn't just a straight forward grey. This is my micro mare (if I've managed to make the pictures work anyway), who breeding wise is Knabstrupper x TB, and a couple of months ago was very dark bay with just a few flecks of white through her...
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    Creaky joints and stirrups

    This post is a cry for help really.... So, on my left leg I have an arthritic knee and also something wrong with my ankle. I've never ridden in anything other than standard heavy old fashioned irons, so I have no idea what technological marvels there might be available to alleviate some of the...
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    DIY livery around cleobury mortimer or highley

    Desperately in need of new livery yard, the stables keep flooding where I am (sodden bed this morning) and I can't go through another winter like the last one. Horse is a 16.2hh gelding, good with others and very amenable. I'm just after a dry stable, turnout, electric, hacking, somewhere to...
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    What would you call your horse?

    OK, so a lot of people own horses that they didn't name, including myself currently. So just for fun, knowing your horse as you do, what would you have named them? For mine: Show/registered Name - 'The Face Licker' Stable Name - 'Moose'
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    What's this all about then?

    I've seen a few children recently who, in their effort to get their ponies to go 'on the bit' are using the reins to 'saw' at the pony's mouth. I don't mean jiggling the reins a bit - I mean moving their hands alternately backwards and forwards by about 5 inches. I was just wondering if anyone...