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Tip of the Day – Do not plug your stud holes if not in use!

At Aldon I was cursing my efficiency  I had put cotton plugs in my studs over a week before and I could not get them out. Mud followed by a layer of cotton wadding was a nightmare to get out. I did eventually manage it but my back and my horse did not thank me. It is much easier to leave the stud holes empty and just let them fill up with mud and tiny stones as they are easier to remove with many of the tips mentioned on this site!

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An amateur rider who produces all her own horses. I have competed at novice level and sadly never got further due to bad luck with horses but I am still ambitious to achieve a lot more. I have a riding qualification in UKCC2 and a diploma in NLP. Sports science and particularly the mental game fascinates me. For a day job I work for a large multinational brand.


  • Hi, don’t agree with this. What you need is WD40 – spray the holes and the plug or cotton wool. Comes out easily even a couple of weeks later.

  • Cigarette filter tips are a great alternative to cotton wool, they have a outer coating which means they don’t get as stuck. You can get around 200 for less than £1.50.

  • I’m with Lucy on this one. Have tried cigarette filters and they seem to fall out and cotton wool is a nightmare to remove! Mud and stones are much easier! Though I do this the night before and put allan-key keepers in them to travel to the event.

  • Not plugging them works until you get a stone just the size of the hole in it, sounds unlikely but it has happened to us, so if you do this – DON’T leave your studs until you get to the event to do… Get them all nice and clear the night before..