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1. TREC comes West
    I enjoy my leisure time hacking out and around the lanes locally. I am not into hunting or show jumping but always felt there was a sport out there that I could get involved in t
Tuesday, 23 September 2014

2. Fertilizer Poisioning
...een anywhere near an inch of rain by this time. Anyway I returned from UK 5 days later to find that Magpie was very poorly and could hardly move. She seemed to have seized up and look like she w...
Tuesday, 29 June 2010

3. Partner in the Arena
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I used my horse Magpie as recent RFT clinic and made a lot of progress with her. She is a 11 year old, Alpha mare.She is very agreeable in the arena with only a small amount of resistance to
Saturday, 03 October 2009

4. Positive Pony Power
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Polly, Magpie and me went along to the Positive Pony Power course at the weekend just gone with Vanessa Bee. The venue was the ISPCA, NAC (National Animal Centre), Keenagh, Co Longford.
Tuesday, 05 May 2009

5. Fun with a Western Saddle
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...e horse doesn't sweat in the saddle area so much which can only be a good thing. We will be trying Magpie in a western saddle next week when the 15 inch saddle arrives. Good fun!! ...
Tuesday, 17 March 2009

6. Inconsiderate Motorists
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...r seriously injured someone and/or himself, or everyone concerned. Today we were out on a hack and Magpie (my horse) was a bit edgy. She had already had a bit of a spook earlier at a coupl...
Saturday, 28 February 2009

7. Side Pass Practice Magpie
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...s or lines. We started practising last week. Still have a way to go but we are making progress. These are Magpie's 3 clips ...
Saturday, 28 February 2009

8. Solo Around the Block
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...round the block today to see how he coped. It was another lovely today. We intended to take Polly and Magpie out for a hack today but thought we would take Harley out beforehand so that he didn't ...
Saturday, 21 February 2009

9. Magpie Laid Down
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...outside with the horses. Late this afternoon I decided I would go out to play with them for half an hour. Magpie was lying down when I went into the arena. I expected her to get up as I went in but sh...
Sunday, 01 February 2009

10. Know When to Stop
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Today I decided to try practise the figure eight pattern around two barrels with Polly, Magpie and Harley. I started with Harley and it was slow going but we were making progress. Harle
Saturday, 06 December 2008

11. Harley the Brave
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...k around the block. The block would take us quite away from the house out of site of the arena and Magpie (but not out of earshot), Harley's mum. We decided to bring along Aunty Polly wh...
Sunday, 23 November 2008

12. Feeding Whole Oats
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...ould Baby benefit from this change of diet but my fat ponies should see some benefits. It may help Magpie with her moods over the last couple of months. I know she is intolerant to Alfalfa and ...
Sunday, 09 November 2008

13. Pedestal
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...our new toy. Here are a couple of pictures of us all trying it out. This is Harley having a go with Magpie & Polly checking it out.   The pedestal needs to be modif...
Saturday, 25 October 2008

14. Ready to Ride Results
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...d the Psychology of Training' We had six horses to work with during the course including my three Polly, Magpie and Harley. We had two young horses to start on this two day course: Ozzie, a fouryear...
Sunday, 03 August 2008

15. Make The Right Thing Easy
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.... 45 minutes is how long it took us to get to the meeting place the last time we met up. This week I rode Magpie and Annalice rode Polly. About a mile out Magpie had other ideas. She stopped dead and...
Sunday, 27 July 2008

16. Who Luvs Ya baby
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Magpie and me sharing a moment  Use some breath fresheners mum!!! 
Sunday, 27 July 2008

17. Playing on Saturday
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... Would you guess I have polo mints? Chilling out And here is Magpie with Harley trying to get in on the act Get off my mum!! ...
Sunday, 27 July 2008

18. Polly the Plough Horse
... out a bit. It was Annalice's idea! I wasn't too sure as Polly had never pulled anything in her lifetime. Magpie on the other hand had been used in a gig for a short time but she would be too fast. ...
Thursday, 24 July 2008

19. Right Brain Left Brain
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Yesterday morning we went out for a quick bareback ride on Magpie and Polly. Annalice (my young friend) is helping me out this week so we decided to take the horses out for a short hack before she and
Wednesday, 23 July 2008

20. Walking Harley
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After putting Magpie back in the field this morning I decided to take Harley out for his walk. I put his mum's Bitless bridle on instead of his rope halter this morning. Only because I was being lazy
Thursday, 26 June 2008

21. Practising Bareback
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...nce a week bareback. I really enjoy it and the horses seem to as well. I took Polly out last Thursday and Magpie this morning just with their Dr Cookes bitless bridles. It was really enjoyable (for al...
Thursday, 26 June 2008

22. Eventful Day Out
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... is still fresh in my memory. Every Saturday, weather permitting, three of us go for a hack. Me on Magpie or Polly and Annalice again on Polly or Magpie (We swap and change weekly) and Charlott...
Monday, 23 June 2008

23. Squeeze Game - Harley
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...tle RB behaviour when he is on his own On Tuesday last week we went for our first walk away from mum (Magpie) and aunty (Polly). Harley is always first at the gate and this morning was no differen...
Sunday, 22 June 2008

24. Magpie in Bare boots
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We took Magpie and Polly out for a short hack yesterday for about an hour. Magpie was wearing the Bare Boots and she was fantastic. She was like a dressage horse!! She was so light on her feet and w
Sunday, 13 April 2008

25. EasyBoot Bare Boots
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Have just started (October 2007) trialing these out with Tommy (I had used the Old Mac to transition Magpie.)  They are a not as easy to get on as the Old Macs but once on he seems quite comfor
Tuesday, 29 January 2008

26. Torsion Endurance Saddle
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I love riding bareback on Magpie but she gets a bit uncomfortable if we go on out on a long hack so I thought I would get a Torsion Endurance Saddle for those long hacks. Some of our hacks could be
Friday, 25 January 2008

27. About Me
...he horse can jump!!   For more information you can Contact Us using the online form. Magpie 13.3 hands. Small but with the biggest heart. Born sometime in 2000. Bought from a...
Monday, 21 January 2008

28. Old Macs Hoof Boots
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These are the boots we used to transition Magpie in 2002. She has not worn a boot since 2004. These worked well for us but she couldn't wear them every day as she did get a bit rubbed. Origin
Monday, 07 January 2008

29. Bitless Bridle
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I ride Magpie in this bridle sometimes. Have tried many, many different bits but if it is too severe she ALWAYS puts her tongue over the bit and spends more time concentrating on how to avoid the bi
Friday, 04 January 2008

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