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    Young TB, just out of racing, stabled for AGES...BOOM!

    He's a livery, not mine so I won't be the one dealing with him getting spicier when he's not so poor! I feed ad lib forage to fill the ribs out, rather than lots of hard feed, so hopefully he won't go off his rocker on my watch
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    Young TB, just out of racing, stabled for AGES...BOOM!

    He's SO good! All he really wants to do is eat, which is useful, as he's very skinny!
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    Young TB, just out of racing, stabled for AGES...BOOM!

    Except that there was no BOOM. He arrived a week ago, and has been in isolation, stabled 24/7 with 5x daily hand walks/grazing. Prior to being here, he was stabled 24/7 for two weeks, and only came out for viewings. Although he is an absolute sweetheart, I was expecting him to have a bit of a...
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    You've bought the horse, but somehow "forgotten" to mention it to your significant other ...

    Not my partner, but my parents! As far as they know, Ivan is still a Blue Cross foster, and doesn't cost me a penny. I haven't actually lied to them, but I have withheld the truth. I'm not quite sure why they still worry about my finances so much - I am 49 years old and have managed to keep...
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    Do we over clip our horses

    I am slightly nervous about him having weird patches if I clip patches first, but I suppose I could do it, photograph it, then whip the rest off! He has a bargain Bucas arriving soon, so I will attack him as soon as it arrives!
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    Do we over clip our horses

    Alf, who grows a very dense winter coat, is a sweaty thing. If I clipped his sweaty bits, it would be girth, between front and hind legs, a couple of swipes up each shoulder blade, a saddle pad shaped bit on his back, an upside down icecream cone over each stifle, a rectangle up each bum cheek...
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    Turning away mid winter for a month

    Turning fit clipped stabled horses into feral field beasts is my specialist area, and I can say with my hand on my heart that yours will be absolutely fine! I would recommend getting them out overnight a week or so before you fly, so that you know they are fine, and can enjoy your holiday...
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    Do we over clip our horses

    My minds eye picture is FAR more complicated than that!
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    Do we over clip our horses

    I've always thought it would be quite fun to clip a horse only where it sweats, just to see how bizarre a genuine welfare/convenience clip would look. Always seemed a bit weird to clip the bits that don't get sweaty, and are the most exposed bits when rugged, and leave hair on the bits that are...
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    Do we over clip our horses

    I call this the "f**kit" clip! Alf gets it most years, as he is a devil for twitching while I clip lines! Paying customers get the clip they want, but my own horse gets what he deserves!
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    Is it neurological? Is something broken?

    It's just my preference - quicker when it's pouring with rain and I have 14 horses all needing rugs on, and I really don't like undoing leg straps that are covered in poo, or wee'd on!
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    Is it neurological? Is something broken?

    Just to clarify - this was a light hearted post! The horse is on full livery, and I live in leafy Berkshire, not on the side of a mountain, so I swap leg straps for fillet strings wherever possible, so that I don't hobble them every time I take the rugs off! I actually swapped back to leg straps...
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    Is it neurological? Is something broken?

    If it was a huge issue, of course I'd do as I was told, but I'm pretty confident that because the rug came with leg straps, the owner believes that that's the only way to use it. I do intend to have a chat when I next see her, so we're both in agreement about how the back of the rug is secured!
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    Is it neurological? Is something broken?

    I think it's partly my fault, as we've been waging fillet string v leg strap war for some time. I take the leg straps off and turn one into a fillet string, which works just fine until the owner visits, when the leg straps are back on (I find this out when I take the rug off - you all know the...
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    Is it neurological? Is something broken?

    Bit of a panic earlier, when an elderly inmate circled repeatedly, then walked sideways down the field like a crab, with me and two others in hot pursuit, fearing the worst. On inspection, we realised that the owner had effectively hog tied the poor creature with a fillet string unclipped...
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