Recent content by PoniesRock

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    Leather or Synthetic saddle - pros and cons please?

    I’ve got two horses, one in a synthetic and one in a leather saddle. I prefer riding in the leather Bates saddle. But The synthetic fits absolutely fine, so no need to change it, and it’s comfortable enough for fun rides/popping the odd fence etc.
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    best brushes

    I’ve got cheap and cheerful for everyday brushing off. But I do have some HAAS brushes for hunting mornings/days out. Which I love! I find the shimmel (not sure if that’s how it’s spelt) is great for lifting stable stains or any grim!
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    Has anyone tried 'naturally' weaning foals?

    We have weaned at 6 months, providing the foal is ready to leave its mother. In all fairness, we’ve generally found that by 6 months the mare has had enough and in one situation the foal had been such a greedy guts he had really taken his toll on the mare despite her being given all the correct...
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    Best hoof products?

    Lard. Cheap, cheerful and works really well.
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    Cantering on the road

    I still find it very bizarre - I’ve groomed for hunt kennels in jumping country and the horses were there season after season.
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    Cantering on the road

    Three seasons 😳 what do they do to them?! Mines just finished her fourth season and she’s done 30 days this season. We aren’t a jumping pack but she’s done the miles. As for cantering on the roads, I would never intentionally canter the roads out exercising as I think it’s slippy and it would...
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    Are single dogs happy?

    Cassie very much thinks I am her human. So I totally agree with you on the not sharing humans well front! She’s trained me well…. she shares my lunchbox with me everyday, to the extent that I now have to take something in the lunchbox specifically for her to have. I can’t imagine her tolerating...
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    Are single dogs happy?

    I have a Jack Russell who firmly believes she is a princess. She is more than happy to be sociable out and about on walks, and she comes to work with me everyday where there is lots of dogs, some of which she totally ignores, others she enjoys playing with. However, at home she would be...
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    Advice on the warmest hunt coats

    Absolutely worth splashing out and buying new. I never bothered before thinking it didn’t make much difference, but it really does. And like someone mentioned above, buy a size too big to allow for the extra layers of thermals/waistcoat ect.
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    Advice on the warmest hunt coats

    I have a shires one, can’t remember which model it is, but it’s new to me this season. Have to say after spending the last however many seasons in a very second hand jacket, I’m really noticing the difference this season with my new jacket. It’s sooo nice that the ‘waterproof’ outer actually...
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    Do you feed chaff with your pre mix feed?

    I’ve got one horse I feed chaff purely to give something to chew so she doesn’t scoff her nuts and choke on them. My other won’t eat chaff, so she has a mash instead. Like you say, if they have access to forage they can fill up on that, I don’t think you need to fill the bucket to fill their...
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    No turnout

    Our turnout gets very wet, as in standing water on it. This winter we have been lucky and they have been turned out till just before Christmas. But in all honesty mine haven’t wanted to go out since about November, I’ve been dragging them to the field in the mornings telling them it’s good for...
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    Sudden problem with clipping.

    Agreed. I do a lot of clipping and I do think clipping is a good tell tell sign of when they aren’t happy and/or are sore.
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    Billets or Buckles?

    I’m having a wild New Years 😆 and am shopping for new Pelham roundings. I’ve always had billets, purely as that’s what I’ve always had. No real rhyme or reason. But seems that it’s really difficult to find English leather roundings with billets. What’s your preference? Buckles or billets?!
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    Have you bought anything really nice lately?

    I was spoilt for Christmas and my other half bought me these Ariat county boots. I love them! Sooo comfortable and nice to have some none horsey going out footwear!