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    Anyone else clipped already?!

    Yes. About a month earlier than usual but pony is so hairy and has to wear sweet itch rug so was sweating in the field. I just hope it doesn't make his itching worse.
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    Recommendations please? :) Best heavy duty 24/7 turnout rugs for winter

    Rambo duo. Not as heavy as PE. Keeps them dry and you can add liners as needed.
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    Colic Surgery - Would you do it?

    No. My pony is insured but he lives out 24/7 and hates being in for more than a few hours so I know wouldn't cope with months of box rest and then very restricted turn out. I think as owners we have to distinguish between what can be done and what should be done. Neither of my other horses would...
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    Horse Buying Quandary -Urgent Advice Needed🐴😁

    I don't think you should expect to fall in love with something at first sight. I took my present one on loan and bought him after a year. Even then I'd say that I really liked him. I don't think I really loved him until about six months after that. It can take time.
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    Feeling bitter and twisted!

    You should have thanked her and then asked, with great concern, if she was sure that her pony was completely sound on the near fore as you thought it had looked a bit off on her last circle.
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    Non ridden equines

    My last horse had to be retired at 12 and had 10 happy years in retirement. I used to get some comments about being 'mad' for paying for livery for her. She was my best friend and I didn't give a .....
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    Saddler Woking Surrey needed

    I think he'll keep an eye for you if you let him know what you want.
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    Saddler Woking Surrey needed

    Guy at Chobham Rider
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    Has anyone successfully complained about a farrier to the farriery council?

    I think a lot of the problems may relate to how farriers are trained. Years ago I was on a yard and several of the liveries had the same farrier. He was quite a 'name', I think was on the Farriers Council -and was allowed to have apprentices. In reality when horses were being shod he was rarely...
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    Dressage What does a £1.5million dressage 4 year old look like? This!

    Someone famous - can't remember who - said that a horse only had so much passage in it so you should be very careful where you used it. It seems an awful lot for a big horse to be doing at four bearing in mind how much of him won't actually be complete yet.
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    Post party work

    Thanks - we went for a wander in hand. Got absolutely soaked.
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    Post party work

    My young sharer took my pony to a little show yesterday. She did a couple of showing classes and a jumping class. I don't do competing so don't know what I should do with him tomorrow. He can have a day off - he's in a bare paddock so can come out and free graze on some better grass while I do...
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    How are y’all coping in this heat?🥵

    What happened?
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    How are y’all coping in this heat?🥵

    I feel your pain as mine's exactly the same - fly and midge magnet. He spends most of his time in the field shelter but it's still baking in there. Last night I put him in his very light weight fly rug - he should be in a sweetitch - went this morning and a fly had got under it and was really...
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    Those with inbetween rug sized horses :) Amigo Fly rug advice

    I did buy a Rambo vamoose sweet itch rug and have to say it didn't seem to make any difference to the number of flies bothering my pony. I always buy the Rambo fly masks with the stiff eye rim to help stop rubbing. Pony got a new mask off and I found it in the field - covered in flies!
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    Those with inbetween rug sized horses :) Amigo Fly rug advice

    I don't know about Amigo rugs but have you thought of Shires? I've just ordered their Highlander Plus Sun Shade Combo and really like it. This is the fifth rug I've ordered as all the others had belly flaps that must have been designed for elephants.
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    Would you expect a YO to be able/willing to remove a shoe?

    I would expect the YO either to be able to remove the shoe or arrange for very fast support from a professional to do the same. I'd also expect to be contacted immediately. Years ago a couple of liveries were turning their horses out and noticed that mine had had half pulled her shoe off ( in...
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    Fly rugs and masks at night?

    Fly rug and mask on 24/7 due to very bad sweet itch unless its pouring with rain and then the mask comes off. A couple of years ago one of the yard workers helpfully took them both off in late September as she thought the flies had gone. In an hour he was covered in fly bites and looked like a...
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    Travelling in hot weather this weekened ?

    I was going to post on here, before I read this, about the predicted heatwave. In the SE we're expected to have temperatures in the 30s - e.g. ' 'feels like' 36- for the next six days, with quite high humidity. Liveries on my yard are posting on the group chat page about traveling to events and...
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    Fat Camp for Cob

    Weigh every bit of hay and soak it if you can. Ask your vet what percentage level of fibre s/he's happy for you to feed at. Feed a straw based chaff to replace/supplement some of the hay. Work every day even if its just walking out in hand. If you have to start rugging in the autumn use the...
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    I don't know if it's your thing but have you thought of a communicator? I moved my pony to a new yard and he really didn't settle. His personality changed and he became very anxious - reluctant to leave the field and calling when out. The yard wasn't going to work for other reasons and I decided...
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    Thoughts re prices of ‘perfect’ ponies for novices or first ridden for kids

    It amazes me that in the horse world buyers complain that prices have and are rising. 30 odd years ago I bought an OK pony for me - nothing spectacular but she was schooled to a basic level and was a safe hack. I paid £1500. People are still expecting to buy at not much more than this now. What...
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    Haylage vs hay

    I think it depends on the haylage you're using. My last horse got put onto small baled haylage at her livery yard and to me it just looked like very nice hay. I always equated haylage with the stuff you buy in sealed packs that looks wet and smells! At the next yard they used big bale haylage...
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    Who is responsible?

    I would have hoped that as soon as my horse jumped into an adjoining paddock the YO would at least have tried to make changes to the fencing. We had this happen at my current yard and the YO eventually put in another line of electric fencing to make the space between the fields wider. It stopped...
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    Ridiculous injuries

    As I'm not young and have a rotten back I use a mounting block to get on and off. Pony is well trained to stand at a stone mounting block when we return from a hack and said good behaviour is rewarded with a treat. I very rarely go in the school but did on this day. Mounting block in there is...
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    Dental caries and fillings

    I think I'd get the vet out for an opinion.
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    Are there things your horse just won't do?

    I have a cattle phobic pony. At my last yard we could just about get past cows in a field. At present yard they roam loose over a very large enclosed area. This isn't at all acceptable. Just to add to this I realised today that there's a small hill on our hacking route that we can't canter up at...
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    Fat to fit transformation (horse)

    Fat little pony last summer came in at 360 kilos on weighbridge. I think hopefully he's now down to about 345- will be confirmed when weighbridge lady returns next month. I weighed every bloody haynet over autumn and winter and soaked his night net. He worked every day unless it was hissing down...
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    Acceptable level of lameness in retirement

    I retired my last horse when she was 12 as she was 'pottery' with even just light hacking as her work. She had a Danilon a day and blossomed with retirement - in the field you wouldn't have known that she had any problems. When I trotted her up for the vet when she had her annual jabs he would...
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    baileys low cal balancer

    My pony is on Topespec Lite balancer and does really well on that.