Recent content by gnubee

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    Prices just went up another level

    My suspicion is you’re looking at Autumn 22/ Spring 23 at the earliest for prices to go down again. Lockdown has given a lot of people more free time at home (with furlough or no commutes) and fewer leisure activities they can fill time with. The first winter back to normal people will probably...
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    Leading by the noseband

    A riding school I used to have lessons at back in the day has just posted their instructions for parents on how to lead ponies for beginners during C-19 when regular staff are not allowed to lead. The entire instructional video shows them with fingers looped through the back of the noseband...
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    Pictures Too big for riding school pony

    I’m not sure which bit of the country you are in, but round here £35 For a group lesson would be the best riding school in about an hours radius, so I’d hope you can find some other good options locally. Even without the obvious issues with the instruction and set up at your current school I’d...
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    Seller said it’s an old one. It is cold to touch and we’ll away from the knee - not very far up from the fetlock though if that could also be a problem?
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    I’ve found a 10 y o horse who is perfect in every way, except for a large splint on the inside foreleg. It seems healed and he’s sound in current work, but seems to only be ridden lightly so not sure how well tested it’s been. Does anyone have any experience of whether this is likely to cause...
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    Dealer recommendations?

    Can anyone recommend a reputable dealer for ponies (13-14.2 range) in the Scottish Borders area?
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    Dealer recommendations

    Can anyone recommend a reputable dealer for ponies (13-14.2 range) in the Scottish Borders area?
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    Need advice about daughter

    I recently saw my partner fall off my youngster (on the flat) and land on his head. I’ve seen many, many worse falls from both jumping and random spooks where riders walked away. I’ve had worse falls and walked away. He was disoriented and minutes later unconscious on the ground and not...
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    Cheapest way to keep sheep out of fields

    They are getting in through the field next door, but straying into there from somewhere up the road so I can’t figure out where they are actually supposed to live. Been passed round in a quite concerning loop between council, trading standatds and DEFRA, and they definitely were on my fields...
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    Cheapest way to keep sheep out of fields

    Summary: Does anyone have any suggestions for cheap, horse safe sheep proof fencing? There is a herd of approx 50 sheep which I believe belong to a local farmer which are regularly breaking into my fields. I’ve left it a year in hopes that I can find out who they belong to or their owners...
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    broken or unbroken ?

    I decided with my mare that I’d always previously ridden horses that had a lot of other people in them and I wanted to see what a horse just backed by me without external influence looked like. Since then I’ve also backed my loan mare and started on my 3 yo. It’s been a really interesting...
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    Vegan tack?

    I’m vegetarian and won’t buy leather tack if it’s realistically avoidable. There are a lot of good synthetic saddles out there these days, but options in the rest of the tack market are often low quality and either very stiff, fall apart easily, or is webbing so not suitable for showing...
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    Refused Insurance Cover

    I had one of my 3 still insured through NFU at her owners request until this year. My others have been self insured (the c.£3000 per year I would spend to insure 3 young healthy cats and 3 relatively young and healthy horses to adequate level goes into a bank account for emergencies only)...
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    Impact of previous vet claims for another horse when taking out insurance

    NFU wanted extreme levels of detail about another horse I own who was not insured that I had treated for sarcoids a couple of years ago. Given that it can’t factor into my claims history etc and is a completely different horse I have no idea what the relevance of it would be!
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    Which clippers?

    One of my mares has some rain scald which doesn’t seem to be clearing up fast enough on its own. My plan is therefore to clip the affected area (most of her back) for easier treatment with hibiscrub etc. I therefore need to buy some clippers which: - are as cheap as possible- my herd live out...