Recent content by SOS

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    Check ligament rehab experience?

    Mine went 9/10ths lame and his whole leg blew up last year after hunting. The next day I couldn’t even get him out of the stable. Turns out he had whacked himself overreaching (bruising came out in a few days). It then rapidly went down and within 10 days was able to be scanned and was sound...
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    Eventing Keysoe ceasing to run BE

    I am genuinely gutted by this. Was my favourite BE venue by a mile and not too far away. The ground was always reliable, something that can’t be said for some of the East Mids all grass events, so we favoured Keysoe over most others. Loved showjumping in the main arena too. The BE calendar is...
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    Keysoe no longer doing BE

    Ah Thankyou! I did check before posting but typically missed it :rolleyes:
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    Keysoe no longer doing BE

    Gutted at the announcement that Keysoe will no longer be running BE. A loss of another great venue in the East Midlands. Was always a great one to run at with dressage all on a surface now, showjumping in the main arena and XC course always well maintained. Was hoping to get there last year and...
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    Omg cjd Pumpkin has been sold

    Reading between the lines of the post it was an offer she couldn’t refuse in order to keep progressing in the sport and was definitely a lesser evil than selling to another nation/competitor that may then lead to Pumpkin appearing at the Olympics! Sad as they were so ‘almost’ perfect at the...
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    WWYD Dressage test. Wrong score!

    I didn’t mean to offend you, your OP said you hadn’t ridden a test in seven years so wrongly assumed you didn’t have much test experience. :)
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    WWYD Dressage test. Wrong score!

    Are you sure you’ve taken into account the collectives and double marks when working out the percentage? If it was me, I’d get a friend experienced with dressage sheets to double check - I’m sure someone on here can for you. And then I’d tell the venue. Less to get a placing but more just a...
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    Do we over clip our horses

    When I had more than one horse in varying levels of work I still swayed towards fully clipping, as: - I find it easier to rug them accordingly as a fully clipped rather than partially clipped horse - I like clean horses so bath quite often, even in winter so they need to be able to dry quickly...
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    Kissing spine ‘lig-snip’

    All good points above but I’d also be concerned about if the horse was ridden slightly differently, had a slightly different routine, slightly different terrain (hill or flat), slightly different physio and exercises ec. That all these slightlys add up to the back muscle not being maintained the...
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    Feeling downhearted.

    If he’s a boy it’s much easier to tell if they are neutered and if he’s not it’s a very straight forward op. CPL are normally very good but normally run solely on volunteers. I’ve found them better over the phone than via email etc. They have been very sensible and my family and myself have had...
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    PTS a feral pony - best way?

    Slightly out the box idea but can you get him onto a lorry if he leads in a chifney? Lorry partitions work great as a temporary crush (where he could have IM sedation and then IV sedation once more down), led off and the deed done. I would speak to your vets, I’m sure they could come up with...
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    Competition home only??

    I don’t think it’s the owner doesn’t want the horse to be wasted, perhaps the horse needs an active, varied life with trips out to be kept sane to ride or that the horse has only ever been treated like a competition horse and they are unsure how it would be scaling down. Not all horses suit the...
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    Help me make a rational decision!

    If he was mine I’m afraid I would PTS, as the likelihood of finding something treatable for you to enjoy him as a riding horse is minimal. I second what people have said about he may well be in pain in the field and just doesn’t show it. Horses are hard wired to not show pain (else they’d get...
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    Exercising in winter

    Normally arthritis is better with movement. I would definitely forget the lunging for a horse with those issues, and 15 mins a few times a week won’t get her fit anyway. I would hack out on the road, don’t pound her, go on the verges and use tracks when you can. Straight lines and hills are good...
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    Locking patella/slipping stifles for us oldies!

    I have a big horse that has a locking stifle. Never causes him an issue provided he is turned out regularly/in the day (summer out 24/7), in a large stable so he’s not spinning, kept fit if in and correctly muscled. He may of outgrown it now but you used to occasionally go to move him and it...