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    Looking for some help/advice

    Riding schools often do 'own your pony for a day' during school holidays which is a good introduction to husbandry side of things. Other than that a more specific location would be useful as facilities will vary from area to area. Edited to add I learned a lot of the theory from books before I...
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    Think its time

    Thinking of you PL. Tough times ☹️
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    Switching to in during the day in the summer?

    Mine go out around 11pm and are back in at 9ish. They snooze until lunchtime then get a net of soaked hay. Neither are in work at the moment. My Arab is spot on weight wise and the fat pony who lives on fresh air is only slightly plumper than I'd like
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    How much for muck heap removal?

    Two big tubs of sweeties once or twice a year (or a couple of big boxes of biscuits) I never ask for it to be removed but the muck heap fairies arrive when it suits them and sometimes it just disappears when I'm out 😂 I make sure that the thank you arrives promptly!
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    Bathing your I the only one that doesn't?

    I'll see your never bathing your dog and raise you never having bathed or groomed mine, in fact I don't even own a brush 🤣 It's bonus of owning a very short haired Dalmatian which sheds gently but continuously year round, the downside is Dali 'glitter' which gets everywhere and seems to get...
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    How much weight to lose before I can ride

    Just highlighting this research shared by ozpoz so it doesn't get lost. Well worth a read and with very clear results. Likewise I'm not wishing to shame anyone especially not the OP who has done fantastically well in losing so much weight and is clearly aware of potential issues and looking for...
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    Fat to fit transformation (horse)

    Great job! Bet she feels 100 times better. As the owner of a small greedy native pony I know how much hard work goes into getting them to a reasonable weight and keeping them there!
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    Laminitis and subsequent complications

    I'm sorry you're going through this. You know your horse and clearly have their best interest at heart. From your post it is clear that you will be making your decision based on what you feel is best for them and you should feel supported in that. I think some younger vets seem to have been...
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    Hoof soft tissue injuries

    Yes horse coming back from 4 months off due to broken splint and suspensory damage from a kick. Didn't come sound blocks showed that injury fine and pain blocked to navicular area. X-rays showed nothing. Didn't MRI as it wasn't going to change the treatment plan. Shoes were off for x-ray delay...
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    Heavy native fitness training suggestions

    Basically exactly what Red said, though I would also add I find native/heavy/colder blood types also take much longer to gain speed and endurance fitness. So I wouldn't necessarily expect them to be able to keep up with a fitness program designed for eventers which would normally have a higher...
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    Nothing ventured !

    Some excellent replies already. As someone who worked professionally from their late 20s to mid 30s riding and caring from horses I can tell you it's very physically demanding, often for low pay. Grooming professionally is not like looking after horses as a hobby. You've standards to meet, a...
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    Chipping to hoof wall

    What Gloi said. I'd be more concerned over the event lines than the chips.
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    Oh Lord what would you do?

    I'm so sorry to hear what a dreadful time you're having. I lost an arthritic oldie to an abscess too. It seems such a silly thing to lose them over but looking back I know I made the right decision and I'm sure you will too. Doesn't make it any less hard losing them though. I hope life turns a...
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    Advice please

    Having had a beloved oldie put to sleep I know tomorrow will be hard for you. I look back now and know I did the kindest act and I'm sure you will feel the same in time. Wishing you both peace for tomorrow.
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    Laminitis with no improvement

    I'm so very sorry. Thinking of you
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    Laminitis with no improvement

    PSD I completely understand your anger, it's a hard enough decision to come to without the professional making it harder. Up to a point it's great that they're so invested in the outcome and clearly care a lot, however, as you and others have said previously you see her every day, you know her...
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    Laminitis with no improvement

    Thank you. He is currently (for want of a better way of putting it) in remission and happy in the field. But I still have the fear when I check him twice a day. If it returns again for a fourth time I've already told the vet I won't be treating it and he can live with it until he is no longer...
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    Laminitis with no improvement

    Just caught up with this PSD, I'm sorry you and your sweet mare are still struggling with this horrible disease. As someone who is also fighting a long term issue in a beloved horse without much hope of success I really feel for how emotionally and physically exhausted you must be. Riding the...
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    Laminitis with no improvement

    I can't bring myself to 'like' your post but completely agree with everything you say. You have been completely dedicated to her welfare, at the end of the day quality of life is much more important than quantity especially for animals which have no concept of tomorrow and only know the here and...
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    Laminitis with no improvement

    I'm sorry but I can only echo what others have said, she needs to be released from her pain now. I know you have tried so hard and invested so much both emotionally and financially but sometimes the kindest thing is also the hardest. I'm sorry the outcome wasn't better for you both.
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    Extreme team chasing?

    Not one rider patted their horse at the finish ☹️ To be fair I've only watched until the horse which fell on landing through fatigue at the water and then was remounted and faced at another fence tried it's heart out and fell on landing again too exhausted to get up. Just couldn't watch any...
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    Age old ! Strip grazing advice

    I strip graze as the configuration of my fields don't really allow for a track (long and thin strip of land amounting to 2 acres). In summer I leave them a couple of small paddocks to graze and feed a small amount of hay alongside. I leave about 2/3 of the total all summer and it does become...
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    Akhal teke as a first horse?

    There is nothing in the description of temperament "very sensitive, spirited, stubborn" that would suggest the breed would make a good first horse for someone who does not have LOTS of experienced help on hand at all times. Everyone makes mistakes in handling, riding and looking after their...
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    Anyone seen any Swallows yet??

    Yay! Just back in from evening stables and there is a solitary swallow sitting on one of the old nests having a well earned snooze. 3 days earlier than their usual 18th and about 7 days earlier than last year 😃 Hopefully a mate for my lonely swallow and another 2 or 3 pairs will arrive soon....
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    Laminitis with no improvement

    I'm sorry to hear that the initial improvement has been lost and she is non weight bearing again ☹️ Did you discuss this with your vet? What was their take on it? I hope she is more comfortable today. It's very difficult, such an emotional rollercoaster of improvement and then step backwards.
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    How much for retirement livery?

    I'd have to say it's sounds very reasonable to me. My horse is kept at home and hasnt worked due to an ongoing injury all winter. When I consider the offset outlay of purchasing ground/stables over about 25 years plus maintenance of property £138 would leave me earning about £3 an hour for the...
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    Anyone seen any Swallows yet??

    Oh how sad ☹️
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    Ancient one is shedding his skin

    I took over care of some malnourished and neglected horses with condition score less than 2 and similar sounding skin condition (I'm not suggesting your old boy is neglected, please don't misunderstand me!). Vet prescribed Malaseb shampoo and the results were brilliant, bathing every second day...
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    So glad you're feeling better! I think once you've definitely no symptoms that's you out of isolation 😀
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    Anyone seen any Swallows yet??

    Not here in my part of the Scottish Borders yet, usually return to my shed around the 18th.....