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    What is it with kids thinking it’s cool to jump high?!

    LOL, when I was a kid I used to quite literally throw myself at the fences, sometimes the pony came with me :) My ankles would be crossing behind the saddle half the time (Paul Darragh was my hero!) but the pony knew his job luckily and as long as I didn't fiddle with his head or try and count...
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    GSD being protective- advice!

    I have a very reactive 'guardy' large breed rescue. When he first came home he was convinced that the world was out to get me (and him) TBH he was lethal and always on edge, he really thought that he had to keep everybody away from me. I demoted him from duty by training him to go behind me if...
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    Honest advice needed

    Where I used to keep my old boys there were quite a few retired TBs. They did really well :) Out 24/7 on good, regularly changed grazing. The only difference between them and the natives is that they were rugged in winter. How old is he? There's a big difference between 14 and 24 years old...
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    Happy hacker horses

    The thing is, a decent happy hacker is not an easy find or necessarily cheap - a horses that will go out alone, in traffic, pass various scaries, stay sound, be reasonable to handle is a rare beast and will be many peoples holy grail. Yes, there are cheap horses out there - they are usually...
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    Disillusioned with the Horse World

    Your location explains a lot. Dublin is a big city but a very small town. And yes, there is very little land left that isn't built on. I grew up in South County Dublin when there were literally farms on the doorstep and really don't recognise it now. Keeping horses there is just like trying to...
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    Keep insuring - or not!?

    Actually I wouldn't be terribly surprised if it took £5k - when MRIs and CT scans run to £2.5 - £3k each - most people don't go straight to them so a few consultations at your local vets, xrays, meds will be £2 - £500 at least, then a referral to a specialist £200 just to walk in the door. It...
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    Keep insuring - or not!?

    I would have been the same as you until a few years ago and tbh it does very much depend on your breeds. But one rottie who cost over 12k in extra (ie not routine) health care in his 8.5 years taught me the hard way! My 3 JRTs over their combined 46 years probably cost less than £1k in total but...
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    Need a new job!

    I've completely changed career twice in the last 2 years. After many, many years in one sector I took redundancy, had some time off and decided that I wasn't commuting into the city anymore. It wasn't easy coming from a niche sector that really isn't understood by those outside it and the best...
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    Silkifying/conditioning manes&tails

    I'm cheap :) I used to use pig oil in winter, lots of it and leave, then comb. In fairness bth of mine could afford to lose a fair bit so never worried about hair coming out... In summer, it was pig oil and sulphur for the sweetitch one, he'd still rub a bit not not so badly that he'd damage the...
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    Finances - living together

    We have a joint 'house' account for bills that we put equal amounts in. The rest stays in our own accounts. Generally he earns more than me - he's older, more established in his career, does a lot of overtime. I'm younger, have career changed twice in the last few years and I'm not interested in...
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    Feeling fed up, crap start to 2019

    Ah yes, silly welshies - it's the full on drama about everything that gets me. Nothing is ever 'oh let me have a think about that', it's OMG WE'RE DOOMED I TELL YOU, DOOMED...and with my boy that was about a daffodil, a single daffodil or a squirrel or a rock or a car that wasn't quite the right...
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    Dog walking and personal security

    I walk a 55kg dog who is ridiculously over protective. Despite excellent recall he cannot go off lead anywhere that I don't have a clear line of sight and definitely not in the dark. If someone appears out of nowhere (around a bend, from behind a bush) he immediately squares up and I have no...
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    Are we making it too difficult for the sake of it?

    Maybe it's just my perception and because I can't keep horses the way I prefer - out 24/7 - due to lack of land. This is comparing expensive South East England to suburban Dublin that still had lots of farms on the doorstep which of course isn't comparing apples with apples :) Childhood livery...
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    Are we making it too difficult for the sake of it?

    It's a bit of both really - the blissful ignorance that I certainly had as a kid in the 70s about health issues existed - I'd never heard of kissing spines or ulcers for our furry natives. Laminitis yes but tbh that was generally a death warrant. Saddle fit was checked at pony club and you rode...
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    Tips for dealing with other horses when bringing in

    I used to have to do this in a field of 20 plus horses on 50 acres. New horses had to learn pdq that a led horse was to be left alone. We all carried a schooling whip when catching in and anything that was harassing a led horse got chased off with a wallop across the chest if necessary. Some...
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