Recent content by suestowford

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    Getting up like a camel..

    I've got one that will do what vhf's horse does, even though he is perfectly capable of rolling right over and doing the other side. The other one will roll, going over several times, then sit up and rub his belly on the ground before getting up. When I first saw him do it I thought he might be...
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    Fat horses

    I'm sure I read somewhere that a fat broodmare is less likely to get in foal than a slim one.
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    Fat horses

    The only time I would listen to anyone telling me 'don't let him lose any more' is if it came from the vet or the farrier. And that's only happened twice in many years! They are both good doers so it's easy for them to gain weight, and it can happen very fast if I don't watch out. I am happy...
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    Fat horses

    I did once let a pony get too fat and he got laminitis. It was a hard lesson - for me - and I've kept him slim ever since. I was ashamed that I'd let that happen. He weightapes in at 200kg these days and looks like a mini-racehorse. When he was at his biggest he measured in at 283kg, so he has...
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    Fat horses

    I was at a show on Sunday and the judge was giving feedback to a class I was watching. As the lady who was at the bottom end of the line came out she said, 'he's too fat, that's why he was last'. Pony who was first was nice & slim. That's the kind of judging I'd like to see more of.
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    Horse treats low sugar … treats brands

    I get NAF Hedgy treats for mine. I spent 20 mins or so reading all the ingredients lists on the packets in the shop one day, and this was the only one with no added sugar. So that's how I choose horse treats.
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    Hedgerow foraging

    Mine do have hedges to pick over but they tend to clear out their favourites rather quickly. We have just in the past few days got our first new beech leaves - I never have to trim the beech in the hedge thanks to the ponies :)
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    RIP Caroline Silver

    I too love 'Summer with Tommy'. This is sad news.
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    Hedgerow foraging

    Do you do this? Collect plants from hedges to feed your horse? Sometimes my ponies will do this for themselves. They particularly like gorse, also a dried nettle. I have one who will go out of his way for a fresh juicy thistle. Cleavers too. The one thing I don't pick is cow parsley as I am a...
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    Nettles management

    I just leave them in the sun for a day or so and dole them out a few at a time.
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    Nettles management

    I can't help you with a recommendation but I have got rid of a nettle patch that was in my field (don't worry, there are plenty more, this one was just in an awkward place). Pulled up all the growth first, then dug over the patch to get the roots out. I did have to go over it again the next year...
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    High vis tabard for picky person

    I have done the L-plate thing. I made some with some red letters stuck to white paper, laminated them and punched holes in the tops. I tied one to a plait in his tail, and hung the other from a neckstrap. I feel sure it made a difference in how motorists approached us, in a positive way that is!
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    490kgs on weight tape

    I've got one here who used to be that shape (albeit a few hands shorter). Yours looks to have a fat pad just around the tail head and also a cresty neck. Mine had those too and despite a strict diet, the fat pads around the tail & neck just would not shift, even though the rest of the pony was...
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    How to eradicate mite infestation?

    I've had a selenium-based shampoo from the vet before now, but she said only to bathe affected areas, so I didn't have to take out a 2nd mortgage to buy enough! That would get the mites under control and after that I'd apply pig oil & sulphur once a week, which stopped them coming back.
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    Can you dye Sheepskin?

    It depends what sort of dye you use. Wool doesn't take dyes the same as cloth does. If you want a good strong colour then I would suggest you get an acid dye. However, you might find that with the amount of dye you'd need, it might be cheaper just to buy a purple one! I have tried many different...