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    SBrentnall, thanks for the notes. Really useful...

    SBrentnall, thanks for the notes. Really useful points
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    Lots of running and bib martingales but not...

    Lots of running and bib martingales but not standing ones. Alternative view about safety of such on this side of the pond.
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    Probably because in that part of the hunt country...

    Probably because in that part of the hunt country every field would be bounded by a similar double bank. If they didn't cross there it would be just as bad somewhere else. All part of the craic.
  4. In the UK the etiquette for turn out will vary....

    In the UK the etiquette for turn out will vary. Hunts today run on much tighter budgets than in the past and the followers are ordinary people. Post 2004 and the Hunting Act, many hunts no longer...
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    Well, one can see where the great temperament and...

    Well, one can see where the great temperament and legendary 'fifth leg' of the Irish horse comes from! Probably half the horses in the video are aged 4 or 5 and will be for sale.
  6. If you are going to be travelling around, this...

    If you are going to be travelling around, this website https://www.horseeventsuk.com/ may be a useful starting point.

    There are horse-related things all over the country, from racing every day...
  7. Where? When? How long? Which discipline? There is...

    Where? When? How long? Which discipline? There is a lot of opportunity! Need more info to be a help to you
  8. Oliver Brown will make you some baggy hunting...

    Oliver Brown will make you some baggy hunting ones https://www.oliverbrown.org.uk/ladies/shop-by-collection/hunting-collection.html
  9. To put this statement into context, during the...

    To put this statement into context, during the entire 2013 American competition season, four horses were lost, three on course and one from an aneurysm suffered after completing the cross-country.
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  10. There was no horse killed at Blenheim. There was...

    There was no horse killed at Blenheim. There was one injury of a Belgium where the connections were debating taking it home or treating in the UK.

    Fifty-five of the 74 cross-country starters...
  11. All of which is true and it is those riders that...

    All of which is true and it is those riders that can judge pace, the ground, the condition of the horse under them that can make the time XC. Lesser riders are not so skilled and therefore score...
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    Why event him at all? There are other activities...

    Why event him at all? There are other activities that both you and your horse would enjoy without the fear and unhappiness. Sometimes a horse just doesn't like the job we ask him to do and then we...
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    Zero should be the target. Over the last 15...

    Zero should be the target.

    Over the last 15 years, the equine fatality rate in British Racing has fallen by one-third (from 0.3% to 0.2% of runners). In recent years the average number of runners...
  14. Thread: Blenheim

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    Won by Francis Whittington. YAY!!! A lovely rider...

    Won by Francis Whittington. YAY!!! A lovely rider and horseman who puts a huge amount back into the sport. A very well deserved success.
  15. That went away because speed can kill. Watches...

    That went away because speed can kill. Watches are not permitted in the lower levels of British Eventing to prevent people riding too fast to be safe.

    So this year Badminton was seeking to make...
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    You have reason to be very proud of him. I recall...

    You have reason to be very proud of him. I recall seeing him running last year and he impressed me. A lot of people had run outs at the corners (0.19 into clip) and he made a good job of them. The...
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    The problem of multiple registries and stud...

    The problem of multiple registries and stud books. Everyone can claim him.

    Ah well, actually, in eventing I think that handsome is as handsome does and Chilli is a superstar! I have always loved...
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    Just to join the nerdy conversation, Chilli...

    Just to join the nerdy conversation, Chilli Morning is a TB/Trakehner cross, but with the TB stallion Deadly Nightshade in the 4th generation on the dam side, he is 56.25% TB. He was bred to be an...
  19. Different discipline, but in a recent Horse &...

    Different discipline, but in a recent Horse & Hound article about training for cross country, Francis Whittington (4* rider) made the point that you don't learn to jump by doing lots and lots and...
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    Spain is a real horse country, will horses deep...

    Spain is a real horse country, will horses deep in the Spanish soul. However, its equestrian strengths do not lie in eventing. For a couple of months, maybe consider some of the classical riding that...
  21. Good manners and a sense of self-preservation....

    Good manners and a sense of self-preservation. Fortunately, some horses have them built in.
  22. Painting kennels this weekend. Harvest coming...

    Painting kennels this weekend. Harvest coming in...
  23. Does make me wonder if spurs should be banned!...

    Does make me wonder if spurs should be banned! The horses get spurred at any point between shoulder and saddle cloth.
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    Make certain that you have your own balance...

    Make certain that you have your own balance sorted out, that the horse can jump any which way and you can stay in balance with them. That might mean work without stirrups, dropping reins over grids...
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    I think the best riders automatically install the...

    I think the best riders automatically install the sound basics on a young horse: they always ride forward, straight, balanced and know when to push a young horse and when to give them time to build...
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