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  1. Melody Grey

    Vet Distance

    My preferred vet from ‘back home’ is now an hour away by road since I relocated but I still continue to use them for lameness work ups etc as I take the horses in. For routine stuff and emergencies, I’m not fussy and will take whoever I can get more locally.
  2. Melody Grey

    Overgrown feet with hoof lines - what are they?

    If you’re considering purchasing, I’d get a vetting but I’d say that about a prospective purchase in any case. I wouldn’t be overly concerned- They are growth rings which look fairly uniform all the way round- I’m told it’s when they widen at the back you need to be worried (due to the laminar...
  3. Melody Grey

    Yard Dilemma

    Do have a look round for a sole-use yard though. Sadly I think there will be a few equestrian businesses closing in the current climate so something might come up?
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    Yard Dilemma

    Cross posted with you hashrouge!
  5. Melody Grey

    Yard Dilemma

    It sounds like your YO has waaaaay too much time on their hands! 🤦‍♀️ it sounds like an active attempt to supplement her income through the ‘non-optional’ Extras. Is the livery particularly inexpensive? Might it be worth paying a small amount more Each month for her to effectively leave you all...
  6. Melody Grey

    At wits end - KS / Feet issue

    I feel your pain with the cost of the remedial shoeing! I have moved away from the remedial farrier to my usual farrier who shoes using normal shoes set back as advised by the remedial farrier (it that makes sense?!) that might be a more economical option. unfortunately I’ve had numerous horses...
  7. Melody Grey

    Neighbour’s stables

    Haven’t read all of the replies but might it be worth reporting your existing/ ongoing ‘antisocial’ behaviour concerns so there is then a history to potentially challenge a planning application with?
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    At wits end - KS / Feet issue

    2 things that occur to me: - one set of remedial shoes might not address this- It might come better with time and progressive shoeings. -scope for ulcers! my horse had SI pain which has been medicated and is being remedially shod on all 4- he had massive rotation and a horrendous case of...
  9. Melody Grey

    Cheapest footwear for ponies?

    Have you tried the Facebook groups- I’d go with anything that vaguely fit and was in a potentially ‘dustbin bound’ condition for Just to and from the field. Might be worth a wanted ad? I have seen people give them away for postage costs when they’re on their last legs.
  10. Melody Grey

    Looking to buy mother/daughter share - advice wanted

    I wonder if a share or loan might be a good call in your situation OP? If you’re coming back into horses, what you want/ need now might be different to in six months time?
  11. Melody Grey


    We used to collect rainwater in IBCs- often the sides would look green but the water inside would be fine. We cleaned ours (infrequently!) with a long handled Car wash brush- the lids are fairly big and you can manoeuvre the brush ok. ETA: a sieve between the guttering and container is a good...
  12. Melody Grey

    Wanted advert, honest opinions...

    Personally, I’d not invite quirks so willingly-you’ll likely get them anyway, but You might be appealing to the upper end of ‘quirky’. Same with ‘the odd buck’- Could be interpreted as you’ll take a nutter?
  13. Melody Grey

    Vetting conundrum - WWYD?

    Niggles I can live with in my bargain basement £1k or less £7k I’d want it to be gold plated (or at very least sound) there are better horses for £7k I think OP.
  14. Melody Grey

    Buying a horse with a historic pastern injury

    I considered an OTTB with a fractured pastern history recently. Unfortunately in this case, it wasn't sound on a circle a couple of years on, so couldn't even consider it for hacking really. In a young horse, I was wary also of what knock on effect it could cause in the horse compensating for...
  15. Melody Grey

    Buying unseen from abroad WWYD?

    I'd be questioning why it hasn't been snapped up by someone in holland. I know of someone here in the uK who does rehab with top competition horses and those that don't return to top level competition are In high demand for big money from para riders and ambitious amateurs. The fact this hasn't...
  16. Melody Grey

    Grazing/ DIY livery wanted Dunton Bassett, South Leics

    WANTED: Grazing preferably or would consider DIY livery for 2 geldings (15hh and 12hh pony) in/ around Dunton Bassett due to re-location. Does anyone have any suggestions of where to search please? Vet, dentist and farrier recommendations also welcomed :-)
  17. Melody Grey

    Horsey Gift Vouchers

    I've been working away for a week and my friend has been looking after my horses. I'm thinking of buying her a gift voucher for a saddlery, probably online. What would everyone suggest?
  18. Melody Grey

    Overpriced or is it me?

    ‘A horse that likes turnout’....I’m reading nightmare in the stable for some Reason? alarm Bells For me here- it’s a no-brainer to get someone on it...why haven’t they?
  19. Melody Grey

    Muddy Matches...tell me your stories!

    I had the same thought as you, and lasted about a week before I gave it up as a bad job! I seemed to attract a lot of tw*ts, just more rural ones instead of the usual type 🙈
  20. Melody Grey

    Half-rubber reins

    I always use half rubber reins and have done for years. I think years ago the cheaper ones used to be quite thick and rigid, but my current ones are of the cheaper variety but lovely.
  21. Melody Grey

    Missold horse...

    I don't envy your farrier or dentistry bills!
  22. Melody Grey

    Buying a horse out of work?

    Lol- yes! One of my project rejects from my recent search is on a 40 horse yard....yet absolutely no-one is available to sit on it 🤣 Thankyou!!
  23. Melody Grey

    EMS/PSSM/Grass affected... What is going on?!

    Pink mash contains protexin (that’s why I feed it because it’s a cheaper way of giving protexin) so you might not need to add it additionally? my current ulcer horse is on GG and Sucralfate, but his ulcers were particularly bad (grade 4 in two places). Other horses I’ve had treated have only...
  24. Melody Grey

    EMS/PSSM/Grass affected... What is going on?!

    Sounds like you need someone like Sue Dyson to look at the ‘whole horse’. Re: the ulcers- very persistent cases can require more than one round of treatment, so unless you’ve scoped with evidence to the contrary, they may still be present. Are you using Sucralfate as well or just Omeprazole?
  25. Melody Grey

    Any ideas?

    I’d go back to real basics, rug as lightly as you can get away with, good hay as weed-free as you can get. I’d also cut out any hard feed- I swear by pink mash but I know people whose horses have not been good on it. Possibly obvious, but deep clean your grooming brushes?
  26. Melody Grey

    EMS/PSSM/Grass affected... What is going on?!

    If your grass is starting to come though, the sugars could be Creating excess acid and irritating an ulcery tummy, so might not be directly the grass causing the issue, rather that the ulcery tummy is irritated by it? I wondered if my big horse was grass sensitive....turns out he has ulcers.
  27. Melody Grey

    EMS/PSSM/Grass affected... What is going on?!

    Sorry, I know nothing of metabolic issues, but the pain across the back you’re describing would want me to go back to a lameness work up and x-raying the back and hocks. Ulcers are usually a result of chronic pain and I think I’d be wanting to rule out skeletal/ ligament issues first given that...
  28. Melody Grey

    Buying a horse out of work?

    I’m currently in the market for a project and have discounted a few that no-one was prepared to even sit on. Even if the horse has been off for some time I’d still expect to be able to sit on it without issue. Anything below this would seriously be in the bargain basement for me price wise.
  29. Melody Grey

    french link snaffles Just googled and found this which explains my understanding of the difference far better than I can!!
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    french link snaffles

    Yes, this was my understanding too, hence thinking it the harsher of the two.