Recent content by kez81

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    Clear name of Bertram Allen

    Absolutely not. The rule is there to protect horses, whether injury caused is accidental or not and regardless of who caused it. If we start letting riders off the rules will be very open to abuse. The decision must stand for the credibility of the sport.
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    What do you get your farrier for Christmas

    I have kbown my farrier for donkeys years now and we have become good friends, drink in the pub, attend barbeques etc so he gets me a gift and i get him one and of course his apprentice who has patiently put up with our "banter" over the last year and borne being the butt of many a joke with a...
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    Manege not menage

    Lol, I have been known to take a red pen and correct the spelling when viewing property brochures with a friend. The estate agent raised an eyebrow and I had to red-facedly explain that as a teacher, I just couldn't stand not to correct it.
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    Beaters and shooters practically trying to kill us?!

    As someone who both rides and shoots for the pot, I can say it is utter tosh that a beater cannot stop the shoot. ANY member of the shoot can raise an alarm to halt the guns. If OP asked what was going on then that person should have said that it was a shoot not just laughed it off. Its poor...
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    Wocket Woy and Mattie Bach

    I can't watch them ... My bladder just can't hold up to vigorous laughter that I simply can't hold back!
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    Trying endurance with a cob?

    Go for it! There are plenty of natives out competing in endurance and doing pretty darn well at it too! I used to compete with my arab (before he retired from endurance at 24!) and we were often accompanied by a whole range of ponies, cobs and other non-arabs. My big heavy cob is going to start...
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    Livery urgently needed in the Plymouth/totnes area

    Her her I had to ban myself from going to redpost for sake of my bank balance lol! Oo it might be worth emailing them to ask if they have anything on their notice board or could put one up for you?
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    Livery urgently needed in the Plymouth/totnes area

    If you are on Facebook have a look at west Devon riding club page. There are a couple spaces advertised on there including a little yard available for two horses in crapstone which is really lovely if you could get someone to share with you?
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    At my wits end...story follow on.....

    Sorry but sack your vet. All the behaviour and ridden issues you describe absolutely scream pain to me and are classic symptoms of hind gut ulcers if not kissing spines. If I were you I would get a new vet to do a proper gut and lameness work up and contact a feed specialist to advise you of...
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    My old boy died this morning - feeling rather low

    Sorry for your loss. We all understand your pain here and we are here if you need us. Give yourself some time to heal, and chocolate, lots of chocolate xx
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    Grippy but soft girth?

    I second neoprene banana girths as a good option. Grippy but comfortable and not too expensive either (got mine from Equine Whispers). incidentally if your saddle is slipping then either it or you are not balanced. Might be worth getting it checked ;)
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    No Breaks!

    Do you tend to canter in the same places? I would personally not canter for a little while but instead be working on getting a good walk-stop and trot-walk transitions. Only once these are re-established, then I would start reintroducing short canters. If he tanks, its back to walk and trot...
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    Does anyone know yet why sycamore seeds are suddenly so toxic?

    I certainly don't agree with all Dave's points, but he does have some valid ones. Maybe he hasn't worded them very well but I didn't get the impression he was trying to wind anyone up, just stating an opinion (however well informed or not) on an open forum as we all are. I understand that for...
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    Does anyone know yet why sycamore seeds are suddenly so toxic?

    Well may be sycamores causing AM wasn't previously known but them being potentially harmful certainly was. I knew because I was told by a farmer, he knew because he was told by his father. My vet has been saying for donkeys years not to graze under sycamores or oaks (he is also very against...
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    Does anyone know yet why sycamore seeds are suddenly so toxic?

    Well I am not blaming the owners of dead horses and I don't think anyone else is either, but there does seem to be a bit of a panic about sycamores. All we can do is minimise the risk as best we can without over reacting IMHO