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    Do you see an oestopath if you have a fall?

    No. But I book an appointment with my physio straight away. I long ago learnt that it is worth dealing with the problem straight away, one appointment (usually) and the exercises that they recommend. Otherwise it can come back and present problems for years later.
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    Exercises to balance out shoulder/neck inbalance? y

    I seem to have managed to get my 8 year old Haflinger asymetric. He has a build up of muscle on the offside of his neck and shoulder and is feeling very hard on the nearside rein. I have had his teeth checked, the physio has been out and his saddle is being checked next week. In the meantime...
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    Possible tieing up then lumps and bumps - any ideas?

    I have a Hafflinger on loan and have been hunting him all this winter. He came off the lorry on Tuesday very stiff through his hindquarters and sore. He went on ok and was heard bashing about in the lorry about 15 minutes before we got home. He was very uncomfortable and couldnt put his head...
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    Just a couple of odd scabby areas on hind legs.

    Mebbe nothing but these have come from nowhere it seems. Grey horse, hunted hard all winter, now turned away for a couple of weeks chill out. A dry scabby area has developed suddenly at the top inside of his near hind. Scabs can be picked off and skin underneath is pink and dry. Another area...
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    Hunt buttons?

    I very much considered it an honour. I do anything I can to help on the field, I attend and help out at some of the fund raising events - I think they are very important to the running of the hunt and most members should do something towards them. I also get sponsorship for the annual hunt...
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    Hunt buttons?

    When are these awarded to someone in your hunt? I got mine recently (over the moon!) but was very surprised as I have only been hunting for 4 years, albeit enthusiastically - last one home, manage 90% of the meets etc. Interested to hear about other hunts. Trouble is now I've got to sew them...
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    Fat under the skin causing problem

    Has anyone heard of a problem being caused with sensitive skinned horses having fat stored under the skin making saddling/girthing/mounting uncomfortable. My friend's trainer used this theory to explain why her usually placid mare had a bucking fit after saddling and my gelding annually bucks...
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    Beaches - Norfolk coast

    One of my favourites is up the coast at Stiffkey (pronounced Stewkey!!) The only way I know to get to it is via the little lane that leads to the campsite, signposted from the main road. Lots of little dykes and huge areas of sand. That whole coastal area is just wonderful and there is a path...
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    Boots

    I need some more boots for riding/walking around/feeding animals/going to Tescos/everything! I've been a big fan of Hunters - cheap, fit my foot shape, last ages - but my last pair have fallen apart in no time - apparantly they are now made in China and the quality has dropped. I aspire to a...
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    Wound healing

    Thanks for that. What did the Clenderm do? Any other product that does the same thing? It's looking clean and healthy but I really think it is going to take quite some time before I can ride him at anything other than walk. He wouldn't do well on box rest I think so I just have to hope he...
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    Wound healing

    I rarely post on here but I hope that someone can just give me a rough idea of the best thing to do. My horse got kicked in the stifle area (inside upper hind leg, right?) a week ago last Thursday. Wound about 2" long and a little open but quite clean. Vet said no need to stitch. Have kept...
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    shop for bit's

    Very interesting! Just about to post on here asking if anyone had a ny problems. I had a really positive experience of them last year - excellent communication, very quick delivery. This time it is the total opposite. Communication is poor. They have had my money for about 2 weeks now and...
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    Peripheral hunting stuff ..... all questions, questions..

    Dolly bags definitely came up when discussing this subject out hunting (as you do!) not long ago. I think all these proper. 'old fashioned but bloody useful' products are only obtainable through old fashioned hardware shops and chemists. I have another full size bridle for my boy that I use...
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    Peripheral hunting stuff ..... all questions, questions..

    I'llbe looking for a liver chestnut or just something mud coloured next! As for jackets - eeek! Now you're in a realm I don't understand. Melton v Cavalry - can you expand please?
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    Peripheral hunting stuff ..... all questions, questions..

    Ok, so now I think I will do the dandy brush and rainwater thing first and then try the hoover when dry. Good idea. To be honest, I'll try anything as I treated myself to a really nice jacket recently. It came off Ebay and looked pristine and after my first day out it looked a wreck (but then...
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    Peripheral hunting stuff ..... all questions, questions..

    Mine has a single duvet laid over his back, lots showing at the front. Once you put the stable rug on, fold back the duvet, like a big collar and it stays put, no problem. If you have a fidgety/wiggly horse, use a belly strap on the duvet. Works a treat!
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    Peripheral hunting stuff ..... all questions, questions..

    I'm thinking maybe an old duvet could do the same job?! I have dogs and am poor too so am always being offered old duvets for their bedding..... My Ned has a duvet under his stable rug when it's cold. It's just as well we're not proud! It really works well so even if I had bags of cash I'd...
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    Peripheral hunting stuff ..... all questions, questions..

    Also going to put in an order for the CTRES in silver highlight (at the moment Ned is washed with my Tresemme!) OH will think I have lost it if I buy the horse a more expensive shampoo than my own - but what does he know?! Thanks
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    Peripheral hunting stuff ..... all questions, questions..

    Believe me, I intend to!! Going to try the thermatex hot water bottle idea for my plastic jerry can next time - thanks. Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best!
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    Peripheral hunting stuff ..... all questions, questions..

    How do I best get really severe mud stains off my lovely new black hunting coat? Can I sponge it or just brush like my life depends on it? How do I cut down the time to clean muddy tack twice a week? Any tips VERY gratefully received! How do I best get a grey (fleabitten) horse clean? Any...
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    I'm boycotting boxing day

    I'm surprised by some of the comments here about Boxing day hunts. I guess it's very different with different hunts. Luckily I have a very sane, well behaved horse who doesn't much care who is out and how many - he just gets on with it - hunt with a lovely pack who are universally delighted to...
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    Hunt buttons

    But there are others in my hunt who wear them who aren't staff. Maybe ex staff then?
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    Hunt buttons

    Pondering on this one today....when are these awarded, why, by whom and what does it mean to the recipient? Thanks.
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    How much petrol money to pay for lift in lorry??

    Thanks all - warning heeded! Will be paying in 'some other currency' ......! But at least I know the exchange value of that SOC which is really what I needed to know.
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    Is ANYONE in favour of straw?

    With you on it - my boy loves having a roll about, doesn't eat it and doesn't have any allergies. It costs 50p/bale from the field opposite his stable and I can use all the muck from my heap. What's not to love?. I hate to see skinny little shavings beds. A big deep old fashioned straw bed...
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    How much petrol money to pay for lift in lorry??

    Thanks Kanter - I'll work on that.. Spaniel - illegal? What paying money for transport or going hunting??!! I can, I assume, pay her in an equivalent value of our home grown lamb or pork...??
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    Turning out sweaty horse

    Thanks for putting my mind at rest! He might be feeling a bit itchy but at least he will be warm and dry.
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    How much petrol money to pay for lift in lorry??

    Happy to pay half the diesel plus but would like to be able to work it out based on the miles per gallon/litre that the vehicle is likely to do. Some trips are longer than others. Would be fair to pay more for longer journeys than shorter ones. She won't tell me - just says whatever I think...
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    How much petrol money to pay for lift in lorry??

    Get a lift from a friend in a Bedford 3 horse lorry, reasonably old. Can anyone on here give me a ball park figure as to how much these might do the gallon/litre? I want to give her some petrol money each time and would like it to be fair for both of us. Thank you.
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    Turning out sweaty horse

    This might seem like a really stupid question but what harm might my horse come to if, as I have had to do tonight, I have to turn him out after a hard days hunting, without being able to wash him off? He has a trace high clip, got pretty sweaty and came home in a Thermatex so a lot of the...
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