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    How to put weight on without fizzing up?

    Has he had a recent dental check? Impaired dentition is a common cause of weightloss as they can't chew hay so effectively. If he is not usually a poor doer and is on ad lib hay, he would explain the sudden change.
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    How long until you cantered your youngsters?

    When we backed our current youngster he did two weeks in walk and trot at the end of his third summer then was turned away for the winter. The following spring my daughter rebacked him and pretty much introduced canter in the school straightaway. But he naturally has a very balanced canter...
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    Has anyones youngster not grown big enough?

    I wouldn't panic too much - our warmblood youngster was only about 15hh when we bought him at 2 and a bit and he is probably 16.1 or 16.2 now at 5 years old.
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    Turn out woes😔

    I agree with you to some extent. Obviously fields do require some management, but I was once on a yard where turnout was restricted in the winter 'to make sure we have grass in the summer' then in summer the turnout was restricted because 'the grass is too rich'! Thankfully we have our own...
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    Cheap rugs for Cobs anyone tried Saxon?

    Have a look on the Maxima Equestrian website- they have an end of season offer on combo turnouts. MW 200g combo turnout is £49 with free delivery. 1200 denier outer, fully adjustable front fastenings and a good fit on cobs.
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    Recommended veteran feed for retired Tb with no muscle

    Agree with the above, if she is not being ridden then she will lose topline anyway, especially if she has physical issues. Changing her feed isn't likely to make her gain muscle, although it might increase her fat deposits.
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    Hunting and Equine flu

    The trouble is, where do you draw the line? There is ALWAYS a risk of infection when you take horses out and about. I am involved with a local hunt and they took veterinary advice on whether they should cancel this weekend's meet and the advice they were given by a top vet was that there was...
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    Hunting and Equine flu

    Apparently there isn't a case in Kent, this appeared on FB this morning: "There are NO confirmed cases of Equine Flu in Kent. We have double checked with Bell Equine due to the confusion of an old screenshot being shared. For the latest updates please see Animal Health Trust website latest...
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    Rambo and Amigo Bravo rugs, same cut?

    Two rugs can measure true to 6'3 (when measured from the front of the rug to the back) and still have different cuts. For example, Amigos are generally not very deep, IME, so it is possible that the Rambos are cut much deeper, so would appear to come up bigger even if the measurement from front...
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    Lots of good advice above. Another thing to consider is what sort of sponsorship you are looking for? A discount on products? Free products? Monetary contribution towards competition costs and entry fees? Obviously the first and second are more likely to be forthcoming than the third. But...
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    Needing feeding advice

    Does she actually need a chaff? Could you just increase her Speedibeet and add some micronised linseed for extra calories? You could swap from Alfa A to a grass chaff but most grass chaffs do contain a fair amount of natural sugar.
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    The best way of handling a rearer?

    So is this a box-rested horse being walked out in hand as part of rehab from injury?
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    No place for live-and-let-live in an intolerant world; will hunting survive?

    In the cases where bloodhound or drag packs have been targeted it seems to have been by mistake, at least in our area. They did target the local drag pack a couple of years ago, but think that was just mistaken identity - hasn't happened since. I suspect someone saw a van of foxhounds...
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    Adopting a ckc with heart murmur

    What about how he is with other dogs - that seems the obvious omission from the list above? Regardless of the heart murmur, I'd want a bit more information about why he was given up by the family. Sometimes it can be because of factors that are not linked to the dog at all, such as owners...
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    Overweight Horses on the BBC News

    A lot of the problem is that people just don't recognise that their animals are overweight. Because fat equines have now become the norm, often those with healthy but slightly lean animals are accused of cruelty and abuse by those who feed their own animals to obesity.