Recent content by Izzwall

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    Who on here used to work professionally with horses?

    I started helping a private yard up the road from me when I was 17 whilst doing my A levels to fund my own horses at the time. Realised I really enjoyed it so started advertising freelance groom services when I was 19 after finishing/failing my A levels. Worked at local pubs whilst setting up...
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    How practical is it to have two horse at different yards?

    I had 3 horses at 2 different yards for the last 2 years. It was doable as I worked at the yard my mare was at and I rent 3 acres on a farm a 10 min drive away for my other two who live out. It took 2 and a half hours to sort all their basic needs not including riding. I'm currently off work...
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    Having a horse and a horsey career?

    As someone who's been a groom for the last 10 years I really recommend not going down the horsey career road. Don't get me wrong I've adored every second, love working outdoors, I plan my own day and even better my own horses were never a chore despite looking after everyone else's. I've met...
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    Monthly cost of a horse?

    I have 3 horses, 2 ridden and keep mine very cheaply but I'm so lucky that my yard rent is so cheap, they live out too and rent includes water, lights, stone barn they can access from the field and hay storage. All are barefoot and get minimal feed, thank god the thoroughbred is a good doer 🤣...
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    Best stirrups for foot injuries

    Barefoot shoes look interesting, maybe further down the rehab journey! Currently there is no bend in foot and tip toes for example is impossible due to pain/mechanically won't go in that position. So maybe something bendy like the flexons won't help? Wider foot bed sounds like it might work...
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    Best stirrups for foot injuries

    I've never been interested in the freejumps due to mixed reviews and breakages. Would be even more dodgy trying to bring back into work 2 fresh horses and a having a dodgy foot and now leg as I've lost so much muscle in my calf and thigh!
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    Best stirrups for foot injuries

    I'm hoping to have the all clear to ride again this week 🤞 after fracturing my midfoot with a lisfranc ligament tear. My current stirrups are 10 years old which I picked up second hand, just normal bog standard ones. I'm thinking I'm probably going to need some more supportive ones, especially...
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    Red Rufus? Anyone else not received their order?

    As title really, put an order through them for some agrobs feed back on 6th September and I still haven't received it! Horses are out of feed now and don't want to buy something else and then it turn up. Plus I spent a lot of money with them and with me off injured currently I've got to be very...
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    Are ex-racers as high maintenance as its claimed?

    I got my chap straight from the trainer as a 3 year old, wasn't really looking and only went with the OH for a yard tour as he was thinking of having a share in a horse there. Ex flat, great breeding but a terrible race horse. Far too much effort even if he had the speed. One race track he tried...
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    Advice on 3 year old thoroughbred

    I bought my lad straight from the trainer as a 3 year old. Agree with others saying keep him in light work and gradually turn him away. I rode my chap lightly out hacking for 6 weeks then turned him away. He wasn't used to turnout and by the time I stopped riding him he could then manage 9 hours...
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    Would you use a poo picking service?

    I provide this service as a freelancer. I charge £15 for the first hour and then £10 after. I'm normally pretty busy, especially in summer with poo picking. I do get the pleasure of riding quid bikes and tractors at some yards which make the task a lot more easier physically! I poo picked 21...
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    If you have/had an equine career, what is it?

    I'm a freelance groom and been doing it for almost 10 years now. I started with one yard then word of mouth traveled and got another. Got layed off my job so thought I'd start advertising and got a few more yards. It's a lifestyle and not a 'job'. I've worked for some cracking people but do come...
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    Can you imagine life without horses?

    I literally couldn't imagine life without horses, I've had a minimum of 3 for over 15 years and I've worked in the equine world for the last 10 years. I do sometimes wonder where I would be in life if I didn't have them, I'd probably have my own house by now and maybe even a child. I am however...
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    Season problems, can it make them lame?

    Just to update thread, vet came today and xrayed hocks and stifle. Clean as a whistle with no issues which is fab news, in fact vet was surprised how good they were. However its looking like it could be sacroiliac issues which isn't good news. Vet still thinks ovaries could be playing a role so...
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    Season problems, can it make them lame?

    Such an interesting article! My girl lists so many symptoms! Right hind looks like the problem as well. She didn't look great at all yesterday, really tight and wouldn't flex much at the hock so swung her right hind outward lots and dragged both hinds (you could see the scuffs in the school...