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    Can anyone name this racehorse?

    I'm out with my family at the minute and we are trying to think of the name of a particular racehorse. He was famously huge and had lung problems (roarer? tie back?) he would have been successful in the 90s I think. Thanks in advance :)
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    I lost my best friend - now what?

    Two weeks ago today I had my beautiful mare put to sleep. She was twenty four and suffering from cushings and arthritis. The vet suggested retiring her when she got very lame very quickly, but I realised that much as I would have loved to put her in a beautiful field, she was still cushings and...
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    My pony is going to bankrupt me :(

    I have a 14hh Welsh pony who you might think would be an easy keeper. However, her cost has just gone over £700 a month!!! I got home from holiday last night to a letter from the livery yard that my rate is going up from £100 to £120 a week. This is five day which OH insists on as I have been...
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    Tell me I am doing the right thing...

    I am giving notice this weekend from the farm I have kept my pony at for the last two and a half years, and moving her to full livery at a 'posh' yard nearby. I think it has to be done because I keep getting ill and taking time off work which maybe wouldn't happen if I wasn't so tired (mostly...
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    Full Livery near Southend

    I am going mad with work at the minute and getting more and more run down, keep getting these stupid infections and am off sick again today. Soon my employer is going to have had enough of me. So something has to give and the only thing I can think of is to put my pony on full livery, at least...
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    Selling saddles

    Where are good places to list your saddles for sale online? I have two, an Albion and a western. The Albion did a week on eBay with watchers but no biters and is currently on preloved but no calls or emails. It is old but nice if you know what I mean. Martin wilkinson valued it at £350 last year...
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    Clare Equestrian Pleasure Ride in Essex next weekend

    Has anyone been before? I am wondering what the ground is like - tracks, stony, grassy or what as I need to decide whether or not to boot my b/f pony. I have tried ringing the organiser but no answer - I guess she is out enjoying the bank holiday. Thanks in advance.
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    The Mystery of the Missing Headcollars

    Please help or I am actually going to lose my mind. On Sunday night I hung up my leather headcollar outside my stable as usual. YO turned out for me at about 9pm, by which time the headcollar was no longer there. This is a new headcollar which was bought to replace the previous one which...
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    The (very) Alternative Burghley Report

    So, safe in the knowledge that I am NEVER going to ride around Burghley (unless of course they open in up as one of the south's premier hacking destinations; that would be great) I decided to go round it on foot instead. The event was called Rat Race Dirty Weekend if you have heard of it -...
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    Transport for Bluebell Ride this Sunday - I'm desperate!

    So I had a self drive box booked up this weekend to go to the Bluebell ride in Bishops Stortford but unfortunately it has had an accident so the lady can't rent it to me. Then YO said she could take me and found out her trailer had a flat (hasn't had it out of the barn in a year so her partner...
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    One of the many crazies...

    Can anyone remember what the guy is called who dresses in leather and thinks it is cruel to ride his horses? He used to ride but only bitless with a neck rope and play with his horses at liberty. I think there were videos of him on youtube in an indoor school or round pen. He is in a country...
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    Shopland Hall Essex

    Does anyone have any thoughts on Shopland Hall? I am thinking of putting my pony on assisted livery there. PM if you want. Thanks
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    How to feed my COPD laminitic

    So, as of yesterday, my pony now has COPD or whatever it is called these days, RAO I think. She gets horribly sweated up in her stable and wheezes and coughs and it is very unpleasant to watch. The vet has seen her and prescribed ventopulmin and I have to change her bed from straw to rubber mats...
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    Condition on Cushings Pony

    I know one of the symptoms of cushings is muscle wastage. So if my pony's cushings is controlled (as shown by recent blood test), then should it be possible to get some muscle on her? She is 23. She has just had a while off with suspected abscess/something much worse judging by her dramatic...
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    I think my pony is having an affair with the vet...

    We had the vet out AGAIN today, for the "I've lost count"th time this year. Pony said she was in so much terrible pain her leg was about to fall off when she had to trot, although she can walk on it fine. Trotting she looks like she is going to fall over. She has a digital pulse and is a bit...
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    Pony Portraits

    I really want to get YO's stallion's portrait done for her as a Christmas present. Has anyone got any recommendations of where to go/where to avoid? I have borrowed a simply stunning photo of his head just after he won his class at Ponies UK last summer which was her dream come true. Since then...
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    Worming an Oldie (and the rest of the yard)

    So I have been trying to convert my yard to intelligent worming, and we are getting there. We have two fields, one of YO's two mares and another gelding, and one of my mare and another mare who arrived in August. I have been worm testing my mare for the last year and she has always had zero egg...
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    Riaflex and Barefoot

    My Welsh D has been barefoot since January and I have been struggling to get her 'rock-crunching' as they say, despite probably doing at least most things right. She is out most of the time on a very bare track with a friend, ridden most days, sound on tarmac, booted for stony tracks. She has...
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    Bit of a Scare Today

    I tied my pony up with her feed this morning, speedi-beet and micronised linseed. I always make the feeds up the night before and even though it's been so cold this week it's been fine and they haven't frozen - there was water sloshing around in the one I gave her this morning. Well, I turned...
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    EDT in Essex

    Does anyone know a good, properly qualified and reputable equine dentist in south Essex? My mare is funny about the dentist at the best of times and had a horrid experience with the last one so I really need someone competent and sympathetic please. Thanks
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    Lucy Priory Barefoot Trimmer

    Does anyone know Lucy Priory? Is she good? I have been googling barefoot trimmers as I am umming and ahhing about whether to take pony's shoes off. Instructor thinks it's an excellent idea, vet said backs would be alright but not fronts as she's had laminitis, farrier said I could try the backs...
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    I went out today in my POLITE hi viz...

    I was riding down a fairly busy road covered in polite hi-viz on a 14hh pony and passed a three car pile up. No one was hurt but the drivers, passengers and goodness knows who else were all standing by the side of it yelling at each other about whose fault it was. Then one of the women broke off...
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    Does Ingatestone sharpen clipper blades?

    Does anyone know if Ingatestone sharpen clipper blades? Somehow I seem to have blunted four sets of blades clipping one horse (well she has had two clips already if that makes it any better, which it doesn't, really). If they don't, do you know where in south-ish Essex does sharpen blades? I...
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    Horses helping disadvantaged children

    Does anyone have any information on programmes which use horses to help deprived or disadvantaged children? I am thinking particularly of children who need help with behavioural or emotional difficulties/control. For example my friend used to work for RDA and she heard about a (non-RDA)...
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    Who knows about passport rules?

    So, my YO has decided to get strict with us and check our passports after hearing that DEFRA showed up at her friend's yard and spent 5 HOURS there checking all the horses' passports against their markings etc. She doesn't keep our passports (in case she loses them or they get stolen and we...
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    Livery near Basildon, Essex

    Hi, I just found out I will be moving to Essex for my new job in Basildon in September and I will be taking the pony with me. Has anyone got any suggestions for nice yards? We are looking for DIY/assisted DIY and would ideally like: - good hacking - turnout - would need to be able to...
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    Horse Transport in South Herts

    Does anyone know anyone who does horse transport in the south Herts/Barnet area? I am trying to find someone to take two of my friends to the Bluebell Ride on Sunday with their lovely Welsh type beasties. They don't want to do self-drive (not confident moving from small car to large truck with...
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    RAF Halton

    We're supposed to be going to the sponsored ride tomorrow and I am very excited. It's our first time. Any tips for us newbies, and who else is going?
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    CC my pony?

    Just wondering what you think of my pony in this video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMQMPPyxVLU In the first bit she is just playing in the school but the second bit is of us riding, our first time in the school in a while. She is 20 and we mostly do hacking at the moment. So what...
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