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    Jul. 27, 2016, 10:30 AM
    Willesdon replied to a thread Barbour in Hunting
    Very water proof but not breathable so I always wear a gillet under the coat if I am riding in it to absorb moisture. Very hard wearing and durable,...
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    Jul. 26, 2016, 12:14 PM
    Willesdon replied to a thread WOW saddles? Opinions? in Dressage
    They are flexible, well made and I find them comfortable. The usual criticisms are they are heavy and some find that the saddle positions them above...
    5 replies | 332 view(s)
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    Jul. 21, 2016, 03:36 PM
    Willesdon replied to a thread TBs at the Olympics in Racing
    Cross post from Sport Horse Breeding Olympic Games Breeding break-down I have just finished an analysis of the breeding of the horses entered for...
    3 replies | 306 view(s)
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    Jul. 19, 2016, 05:50 PM
    You have a job, ride, presumably, for pleasure and employ so-called professionals to look after the horse. Doesn't sound like fun to me and the...
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    Jul. 19, 2016, 05:22 PM
    Here in the UK a 'bib' martingale is often used on young horses. Similar in function to a traditional running martingale, but with a solid central...
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    Jul. 19, 2016, 04:59 PM
    This is a genuine question, not a snarky comment: did you maintain the same rhythm and speed through the coffin (upright, ditch, upright) as I...
    10 replies | 396 view(s)
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    Jul. 17, 2016, 08:14 PM
    Possibly the first time I have ever been attracted to Las Vegas! Obviously time for dinner.
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    Jul. 14, 2016, 04:18 PM
    There are direct flights from Dublin to Birmingham (and probably from other cities in Ireland but I haven't used them) and it takes about 1 - 1.5...
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    Jul. 12, 2016, 06:36 PM
    In the UK, sale of horses is covered under the usual consumer protection laws to prevent mis-selling, fraud, deception etc. Horses are simply 'goods'...
    16 replies | 1214 view(s)
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    Jul. 12, 2016, 06:26 PM
    When people ask me why I don't have my own horse, I always reply "Out there are tens of thousands of horses waiting for me to ride them". So I will...
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    Jul. 12, 2016, 05:28 PM
    Willesdon replied to a thread Eventing Pet Peeves? in Eventing
    As one official commented at a briefing "We can always get competitors; volunteers are far harder to find!" Wise man, that one. I have been a FJ...
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    Jul. 12, 2016, 08:31 AM
    The stud where Freestyle was bred
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    Jul. 12, 2016, 08:22 AM
    I recently saw myself from behind riding in a video and noticed that I do the same thing. I think it is the result of a weak/painful hip, for which I...
    3 replies | 211 view(s)
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    Jul. 2, 2016, 05:59 PM
    Willesdon replied to a thread The mental aspect in Dressage
    Well, so much of riding is in the mind. If you are happy and confident, so is the horse... It sounds like your new trainer is right to say you are...
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    Jul. 1, 2016, 11:42 AM
    The breeder has lots of info and have an enjoyable time looking at the other horses too!
    14 replies | 1097 view(s)
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Wish I knew, but the journey is interesting
Ridden on five continents but don't like to jump. Love watching others go XC. Follow hounds all winter, jump judge all summer.


"Good young horses are bred, but good advanced horses are trained" Sam Griffiths


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