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    Advice on a trailer

    Had one identical (almost) to that on the farm here. It got banned from horse haulage a few years ago due to floor condition and was replaced on that task by a newer trailer. Long story short the old Rice died a death yesterday when without warning the axle sheared from the chassis whilst...
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    Help please! Vet needed

    Have a chat to Tower Equine in Grimsthorpe. They may say its too far but they do vetting for Nottingham racecourse so worth a try....
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    Recommendations: Moving to Melton Mowbray

    Nicola at Buckaroo Saddlery (based near Loughborough now NO LONGER at Vale View equestrian) but travels around - can be hard to get hold of but very through. Vets fairly sure you are in the catchment of Tower Vets at Grimsthorpe although may depend what side of Melton Mowbray you are so check...
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    Soil/grass/hay testing companies

    I would debate Bob not a cobs comment above, should have made it clear it's soil sampling I have been involved with for five years or so now,. To take a sample as per the instructions and protocol, you take 4-5 'mini samples' from the landscape and combine them for your lab sample. The testing...
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    Soil/grass/hay testing companies

    Done quite a few over the years, definitely seen some weird and wacky results coming out of the tests, some one which backed up what I had been suspecting with those particular locations. Correcting certain elements makes a big difference, esp lime/acidity ratio, manganese, magnesium, calcium...
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    Best budget tow car

    Virtually any 4x4 (which in all honestly is all I would want to use to tow a horse trailer), will be thirsty on diesel and expensive to insure. My old Shogun was both (22mpg on a good day and circa £800 a year to insure with full NCB). Bargain basement 4x4's are generally knackered through rust...
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    Male riding clothing

    As a male rider - unless competing that day I must say I don't give a stuff! Never cared much (or had the budget for) big brand names - best breeches I have are some Shires ones bought cheap in a discount sale. Everyday ones have often come from Aldi or the various clearances 'warehouses' on...
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    Swapping Compact Tractor for Quad (mainly mowing) - good idea??

    Having read through the various posts on here, I can offer some suggestions as I use compact tractors extensively in my grounds maintenance works and on the farm. Firstly, some chinese manufactured tractors really are generally vile, horrible, awkward and very backwards to use things in terms...
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    Stabling/Livery around Whaplode, Spalding

    welcome to the area - did you find somewhere (i realise the post is a month old but i have been off the forum for a while)
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    Moving to Bourne - recommendations please!

    You have PM.....
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    For ROG-towing with a van?

    I'll add in that any 'well loaded' Vivaro's and their Renault and Nissan counterparts are well known in the motor trade for problems with clutches and gearboxes, which get worse if you tow with them.... Occasionally wouldn't be an issue but not something I would be wanting to do on a regular...
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    Moving to Sleaford - Livery??

    Have sent you a PM - close to my area - may be able to suggest some places.
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    Trailer tyres

    From my tyre trade background - 165 R13C tyres should not be at all difficult to source, they are still a common and current size fitted to thousands of small plant trailers etc. A quick phone call to my local tyre dealer just gave me two 'off the shelf options', both in group stock and could...
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    Mens riding boots?

    Having tried new long boots, I found them too 'restrictive' around my ankles for my liking - maybe they would soften with use (and I don't doubt they would), short boots are also significantly cheaper...
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    Mens riding boots?

    Personally I have Toggi short boots and various pairs of half chaps - I am not a fan of long boots of any description myself. Personal preference really.