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    Rugs for small wide ponies

    Thank you for this post! I have been having the same trouble with my 12 hh NF mare. She does feel the cold, especially if it's wet, but a 5 ft Gallop does indeed look like a miniskirt. She isn't remotely overweight, either! I will try to find a 2nd hand Weatherbeeta.
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    7.5t non-tilt cab

    I had a non tilt Bedford TK. The radiator went. Luckily o/h at the time was capable of changing a radiator but OMFG it was right on the very edge of being physically impossible. It took **ages** and was the most unbelievable faff. Trying to work blind at arm's length all the time.
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    How Often do you ride ?

    Once to twice a day, every day. I have three in varying degrees of work. Cody has PSSM type 1 & 2, so that's very light pottering in the school, slightly more pottering for Trev 16 yo ex-racer who had ks surgery that didn't really work, then I have a young NF in work. Either we school, or we...
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    How do you know when you've found the right house?

    When you feel that you can't NOT have it & would be absolutely devastated if you didn't get it! We looked at 30 houses over 9 months, all with land, most with stables, some with an arena & this was the only one where we thought, we NEED this house and put an offer in immediately. I just love...
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    Are there any EVA stable mats that don’t stretch,please?

    I laid ark eva mats, the interlocking ones, in my stables two years ago. Laid onto concrete. All mine are barefoot and live out, so stables are kept open all the time and used as a field shelter and for feeding/tacking up. I was initially v pleased with the mats, but they keep...
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    Keeping 4 Horses Altogether

    I have four - two mares (NF & Shetland) & two geldings (ex-racer & QHxTB). They have a very definite pecking order and now it's been established beyond all doubt who is in charge, everything has settled down very nicely. They are no trouble at all. (Famous last words...)
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    Gastric maintenance supplements post ulcers

    AloeRide? My ex-racer had ulcers, scoped, gastro guard etc. He used to get a gassy colic every 2-3 months but on AloeRide he hasn't had any. Whenever we've run out because I've been disorganised, he has had a gassy within about 10-14 days. It is so easy to feed as it's a tasteless powder...
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    Best diet for Rottie with protein losing enteropathy?

    Thank you - I have ordered some things :-)
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    Best diet for Rottie with protein losing enteropathy?

    Yes, she does have nasty diarrhoea :confused: She does the odd almost normal poo, plus everything in between. In herself, she is v chirpy, up for anything & if you couldn't see how desperately thin she is, you wouldn't think there was anything wrong with her. She goes on a little walk every...
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    Any brave souls ridden (outside) today?

    I went in the arena for half an hour with my pony. It was quite windy & a bit drizzly & she had her scatty head on. I don't mind the rain if it starts after I've got on!
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    Vitamin e

    I tried the Equimins oil (my horse has EPSM/PSSM type 1 & 2) but it's like thick golden syrup. I thought I would work out how to use it without getting everything in my tack room sticky, but it got *everywhere* and was infuriating. I was v pleased when it eventually ran out & have moved to...
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    Best diet for Rottie with protein losing enteropathy?

    Good ideas...thank you! 🙂
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    Best diet for Rottie with protein losing enteropathy?

    Oh yes, that would be low fat, high protein. I will have a look for some. I have always been veggie so have pretty much zero idea re meat. I hope I can find something ready-cooked. I am quite conflicted over the whole thing, but the dog probably doesn't have long, so it won't be forever. :-(
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    Best diet for Rottie with protein losing enteropathy?

    Poor Roxy has been diagnosed with PLE & the vets have advised Royal Canin Gastro. She is supposed to eat as much as possible, particularly high protein/low fat as he body can't use protein properly. She isn't desperately keen on the Royal Canin. Is there anything else I could try? She really...
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    Lead time for new wooden stables

    I recently ordered a block of 4 stables with tack room and hay barn. Deposit paid 4 weeks ago; being installed the week after the bank holiday. Hurray...! 😄
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    Van or box?

    I was v v unsure about van conversions until I got one! I have a Renault Master & I totally, totally love it! It's a stallion box, so no breastbar & a solid wall between horse area & the tack area at the back. My 16.1 ex racer fits in there fine. I would only travel one for payload reasons...
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    I@ll be sleeping with one eye open tonight

    Reading this has made me want to have another go! I am 5 ft 1 & weigh 49 kg, so not hugely beyond her carrying capacity. Not sure how I would get a saddle to stay on something which is a perfect sphere, though. Plus I've seen how she can buck!
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    I@ll be sleeping with one eye open tonight

    When I had the mad idea of backing mine, I tried long reining (nearly got cow kicked lungeing for daring to flick the whip in her direction) and first of all she wouldn't move because there was grass to eat, & then she ran off, jumped a huuuuuge ditch, jumped it back again, jumped over, jumped...
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    Synthetic bridles- shopping help needed!

    I have some biothane bridles. I have never put them in the washing machine. I rinse them under the tap, with a bit of soap (normal hand soap) if I need to shift the grease. There is the Collegiate Syntovia, or Wintec does a bridle. I had a Libby's bridle back in the day & really didn't like...
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    WWYD: Difficult decision re: dangerous horse

    My QH has PSSM type 1 and 2. I didn't know, but when the clocks changed last October so I couldn't ride in the week (i.e. decreased workload) & it started getting colder, his behaviour took a dramatic turn for the worse & he was dangerous under saddle having previously been extremely laid back...
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    PSSM horse having a vacant episode?

    Thank you for all the replies. I also did a post on a PSSM FB group, & I now *think* that it WAS pain but maybe muscular rather than colic. I should have rugged him like I said, but the building work has turned everything into utter chaos & I just couldn't motivate myself. It feels like we...
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    PSSM horse having a vacant episode?

    Yes, he was at grass and the grass was wet, but they are on a small area atm due to extensive building work here (new stable block & lots of drainage & hardstanding etc etc) and our grass is poor. They have 2 haynets tied to trees & 2 haynets in the existing stables, & they mostly eat those...
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    PSSM horse having a vacant episode?

    Has anyone's horse had a weird, spaced out episode? My QHxTB Cody is n/p1, n/p4 & px/px. I caught him in to feed this evening and he ignored his dinner & was stretching one front leg out at a time as far as it would go, then scraping his hoof down the wall. Then kept stretching his neck out &...
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    Eva interlocking stable mats.... help!!!

    I have got ark ones but they have somehow expanded by quite a lot, & in total I have probably had to cut off about 6-8 inches since fitting as they have gone all humpy in the middle. They are currently in the process of doing it again. It's really weird... they used to fit & now they're too...
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    Weekend plans for last weekend in July

    Polework clinic with my little companion pony 😄
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    Sand school build

    Arena photos. I so much ❤️ it...! Especially after the last disaster...!
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    Sand school build

    Mine was finished two weeks ago! Hurray! It was cut & fill. The 'cut' side was about 5 ft deep. I used a person who is first & foremost a drainage person so obsessed with ditches & drainage etc & who understands our clay. I will get on my phone & do a photo. This was my last arena...
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    Poured rubber floor...would rats eat it?

    My new stable block will be finished in 2-3 weeks (yay!) and I was thinking of getting a poured rubber floor. I am also dealing with a rat issue. I remember what happened to a friend’s gel out pad...ruined by rats. Would the same thing happen to a poured rubber floor? So far, they have ignored...
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    Getting a Semi-Feral Pony

    I took on a feral New Forest when she was 3. At 4.5 I have backed her, started taking her out n about to lessons & clinics & she had her first proper jump today. :-) She has turned into a very bold little pony, just from kind & consistent handling. I am a lightweight adult rider though, not...
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    PSSM Help!

    Yes, go on the PSSM FB group. The only trouble is (as I've found), that whatever works for one horse seems to have the opposite effect in another horse. Mine has tested positive for type 1 and 2. He is n/p1, n/p4 & px/px. The complication is that the px/px seems to need opposite treatment...
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