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    Do Anatomical bridles really work?

    I think Fairfax did some research on bridles before designing theirs. What I do remember is they did a study on nosebands and Grackles came out top followed by Drops. Cranks were slightly better than traditional cavessons and then flashes at the bottom. My old tb hated a cavesson noseband...
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    Electrolytes

    If you look at the ingredients of a lot the commercial electrolytes they contain Sodium Chloride which is salt. They also contain Potassium Chloride (lo salt). The other ingredients are usually magnesium, calcium and flavourings.
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    Electrolytes

    I use 2 parts ordinary salt to 1 part lo salt which my fussy one will eat. In the summer I add a tiny bit of salt to his feeds so he is used to the taste if I need to feed higher levels when I want to feed an electrolyte. ETA I've tasted some of the electrolytes and regardless of what flavour...
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    Bridleways vs footpaths..

    Have you checked the definitive map for the area, even OS maps have errors on them sometimes.
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    Worming

    The one that always came back clear, I only did the saliva test once a year. I focused on the one that had a positive result. It's good for identifying if any of your horses are susceptible too.
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    Worming

    Yes, it seems in my area at least, there is some tapeworm resistance to Praziquantel. My other one always had a negative test for tapeworm (and everything else) so only got encysted redworm. once a year
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    Worming

    You're right that by the time you've done the tapeworm test, you could just buy the wormer. However one of my horses repeatedly came back with a positive test and I found that Praziquantel - the active ingredient in Pramox for Tapeworm - wasn't having any effect but a double dose of Pyrantel did...
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    Best non-alfalfa, non-soy feed options for a sporthorse?

    The sort of work mine does hardly qualifies him as a sportshorse but he's a barefoot tb that does better on a higher protein level and I always notice when my hay is lower in protein. I feed Copra, Linseed, Straight Oats and Agrobs Musli, the latter because he likes a bit of something chewy...
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    Travel boots/bandages - do you/don't you?

    I did for a while when mine went through a phase of issues when loading/unloading, managed to injure himself when I tried without to see if boots were making the issue worse. Now we've got over that phase, he usually travels with bare legs but occasionally if I'm going jumping, he'll travel to...
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    Forage analysis... shit. What now?

    Where did you get the fomulae to calculate how much to allow for antagonists? e.g how much copper and zinc to feed given the levels of magnesium and ron.
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    Forage analysis... shit. What now?

    When I did them via forageplus there were instuctions. Walk a W shape, pick more than you need , cut down and mix in a plastic bag to get a good random sample, cut a certain distance from the root, concentrate on the areas your horses graze. However I think it if was bare, then you would...
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    Ruptured acl to knee

    I carried on rding while waiting for the op. I had just had my horses back medicated and had a window to work and build up muscle. I was NHS but the surgeon was a top sports injury specialist who did a day a week for the NHS. He also knew about horse riding and riders as his wife rode. We...
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    Ruptured acl to knee

    I tore my acl and medial meniscus a few years ago. I needed an op for the meniscus as I wasn't able to bend my knee without removing the damaged tissue. We discussed an acl replacement but I decided not to go ahead as it would have meant a minimum of 9 months rehab and not riding. By the...
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    Introducing Lindeza (lin-day-za)

    Can't believe you won't get her a nice tassly bridle but you're making her wear this.
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    Drying my own herbs for horses

    There's plenty of companies that will sell you dried Cleavers and would think as long as it is dried and stored carefully it will retain some goodness. They are not available all the year round fresh. There was a post that popped up on my timeline from Devon Haylage about drying herbs...
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    Do owners look like their horses?

    I wish, Tigger is a tb, beautiful, elegant, slim - me I'm more of a cob.
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    Tightness in hips causing problems riding youngster, any tips?

    I would normally agree with doing a class to get basics but exercises classes in person are a long way off. The one I belong to have all sorts of beginners stuff and how to guides just focusing on one posture to get the basics so look for something similar.
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    Tightness in hips causing problems riding youngster, any tips?

    I do various forms of yoga/pilates/yogalates. The place I go has now developed an online range of classes. I find some of the slower classes very good for gently stretching hips, anything that has yin or restore in the description.
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    Little hack before or after lesson?

    Also if you're having a 30 min lesson and someone is having a lesson right before or after, then you can't go in before to warm up or after to cool off.
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    Gazebo for shelter?

    Maybe that thick canvas like material they make awnings out of. Even better if it rolls out so you could roll it back so they're not tempted to stand under it in muddy conditions.
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    Ideal event saddles

    They are GP and while being slightly more forward cut than a GP, they are not as forward cut as a jump saddle. Nice and comfy and fine for a bit of everything. I have one which doesn't fit my current horse and also have event styles in other brands as my only saddle. If I had a dressage...
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    Vitamins and Minerals

    There is nothing to stop you making one yourself now up to the spec of your favourite off the peg even without an analysis and see how much you save. I did get together with friends at one yard to buy 25kg high purity low iron magox from Taycrest, I wouldn't by buying more than one sack, you...
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    Vitamins and Minerals

    But at a basic level that's what I care about. If I buy a product I want to know how much it delivers in the recommended daily dose and the effective cost per day. You have some filler to take it up to an even scoop. That's why I did the spreadsheet though it's out of date now. So assuming...
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    Vitamins and Minerals

    I'm going to put lots of disclaimers in as it's a few years old. PE now make pro balance plus which is slightly different and have adjusted their dosage to 75g so the amount in the daily dose is higher. Forageplus ones seem similar though. The prices are old maybe can assume they have all gone...
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    Vitamins and Minerals

    Not sure where you get that from, their basic winter balancer provides Each 100 grams contains: 28.89 grams of micronised linseed 10 grams lysine 5 grams phosphorous (mono-sodium phosphate) 12 grams magnesium (magnesium oxide) 400 mg copper (bioplex) 1200mg zinc (bioplex) 2mg iodine (calcium...
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    Little hack before or after lesson?

    One place I was at had little loop that finished across a field and I used to do this before a jumping lesson as my warm up having a nice gallop across the field to get him forward. Other times I have hacked up the road on a loose rein to cool off, especially if there is another lesson right...
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    Introducing Lindeza (lin-day-za)

    Just wanted to make sure you knew the term to google when you're ready to buy one.
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    Introducing Lindeza (lin-day-za)

    The 'stake' is a garrocha. Still think you need one of those hats.
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    Newmarket Joint Supplement- superior?

    It's not the same. Njs is pure glucosamine, aviform is a blend of components that are believed to be helpful with joints of which glucosamine is one.
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    Introducing Lindeza (lin-day-za)

    And YCBM to get her spanish boots and hat.
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