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    Kennel cough help

    The vet has diagnosed my dog with potential kennel cough.. I noticed the odd cough late last week and stupdly put it down to her having a bit of grass stuck in her throat (she loves to eat wet grass), it was worse on Thursday, barely there on Saturday and worse on Sunday when she also came up...
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    Dog with a broken tail

    My daft lurcher has broken her tail - god knows how or exactly when (at some point on Saturday/Sunday). Just one vertebrae and it's non displaced so she's on metacalm and vet has advised restricted exercise to mimimize excitement. How do you stop the dog with the waggiest tail from...
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    Limping lurcher

    Looking for a bit of advice. My 4 1/2 year old lurcher has been limping for a few months now. It's only when she first gets up after resting and is always a bit worse if she's been lying on the floor vs. on a raised bed. I took her to the vet in early August and there was no sign of the...
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    Housecoat recommendation?

    Can anyone recommend a good house coat - my dog likes to lie in the river during her daily dog walks and despite the best efforts of the dog walker she's still soaking when she's dropped off again and as she dries all of the sand in her coat goes all over the house. Considering whether or not...
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    End of an era

    So tomorrow, after almost 9 years of ownership, I'll be handing my wonderful boy over to his new owner. I've got mixed emotions about it all. Part of me can't believe that I won't own him any more - that I won't see him almost every day, won't ride him again. Another part of me is relieved...
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    Full livery - renfrewshire/inverclyde

    Can anyone recommend any good, reasonably priced yards in this area? I know there are lots of yards but I've yet to find one that fully fits the bill - well there is one actually but it's full. Must have - Good grazing and all year turn out All weather outdoor arena - one that doesn't...
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    Considerations when selling a horse?

    I've never sold a horse before - the one I'm selling is the only horse I have ever owned so this is new territory to me but I have come across my share of muppets when trying to find a sharer so keen to avoid the pitfalls when selling and find the best home I can for my boy. I've already had...
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    Finally posted his for sale ad

    After months on indecision I've finally taken the step and put my amazing horse up for sale. :( For years he was my soul mate, my top priority and I used to practically run out of work every day - rain or shine - just to get to the yard and spend hours riding, grooming and pottering about...
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    Cochno livery Clydebank

    Hi - does anyone have any experience of Cochno livery yard in Clydebank? Looking at possibly moving my horse somewhere with better facilities than where I am but ideally want grass livery or at least a good level of turn out even in the winter in decent fields which is what I have now. Thanks
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    clicker training books?

    Can anyone recommend some decent clicker training books for dogs? Like the look of the Karen prior one but it gets mixed reviews. Thanks!
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    Can’t seem to get my mojo back

    I’ve owned my horse for over 8 years – we’ve had so much fun over the years and I’ve done a lot with him but since starting a family I have really struggled to motivate myself. It’s not that I don’t have time – I can get to the yard 3 or 4 times a week if I want, I just struggle with the...
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    Building up dogs confidence after attack

    My lurcher was attacked by another dog over a week ago resulting in some surgery to stitch up the muscle behind her shoulder. She's always been a bit reactive to other dogs on the lead but she's all bark and is a big softie and usually after having her little growl and bark she's then best...
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    How much exercise is enough?

    I have a 12 year old cob. I have no ambitions to do anything other than hack him these days although he's physically capable of more. I've got a young family and as a result I can no longer get to the yard every day let alone ride as often as I'd like. Realistically I the winter I can...
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    Sharer - would you consider someone under 18?

    I'm probably getting a bit ahead of myself as I've not met the girl yet and she's not met my horse but may as well think about the possible issues/considerations sooner rather than later. I've advertised my horse for share and have a 16 year old coming to see him this weekend. She's a friend...
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    Can't make up my mind - yards

    What is it about the middle of winter that gives me itchy feet? I'm really lucky to keep my horse at a yard with excellent turn out (he lives out 24/7), a fab yard owner and decent hacking. Facilities are pretty much non existent at the moment although due to improve at some point in the...
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    advice please - suddenly aggressive towards other dogs

    Quick bit of background. We have a 3 to 4 year old lurcher cross bitch. Rehomed her 2 years ago. She's always been a bit reactive to other dogs esp on the lead but in general she settles down and suddenly just wants to play with them - she has tonnes of doggy pals of all shapes and sizes and...
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    Recommendations for in hand exercises/book?

    Due to a lack of a decent arena, I can only really do in hand work with my horse during the week. I can just about manage a decent lunging session if the school isn't too wet but I'd like to do some other in hand exercises - even just in walk to help maintain some flexibility as he can get a...
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    Keeping on top of rain scald without bathing?

    Is it possible? Cob is semi turned away over winter - maybe being lunged once a week and hacked for an hour at the weekend. He's living out happily, unclipped and unrugged. We've had a bit of a wet but quite mild period so I didn't rug him and as a result, he's developed rain scald. It's...
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    Leading horses down the road in the dark - couple of questions

    I'm lucking to keep my horse at a yard that offers 24/7 turn out all year round but this does mean that if I ride at night during the week I need to turn back out in the dark and the field is a couple of minutes walk down the road and about to get a bit longer when we move to the winter field...
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    Selling an out of work horse at the start of winter?

    I’ve decided to sell my cob gelding but I’m not sure whether or not to list him now or wait til Spring. I’m not so concerned about the money – a good home is the most important thing but he’s not been in work for a few months and my yard doesn’t have great facilities so it will be really hard...
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    A how much question

    Due to recently starting a family I’m struggling to get any time to spend with my horse. He’s currently turned away on full grass livery so he’s getting looked after but I’m maybe managing to pop up twice a week to give him a check over. He’s happy as larry which is good but I’m not sure I’ll...
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    Dog's gone off raw?

    Our 3 year old lurcher has been fed raw food in the year and a half we've owned her. She also had a similar diet with her previous owner. She'd always had 2 raw chicken wings or some sardines for breakfast and then a packet of Natures menu raw beef or tripe (the only one's she'll eat)...
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    Horses, babies & full loaning - some advice please?

    Firstly a brief bit of background - I have a 13 year old cob who I've owned for 8 years. Late last year I had a baby who is now 8 months old. We also relocated at this time and as a result horse had to move yards - luckily I found a fab yard with full livery which is way cheaper than anywhere...
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    Bringing a horse back into work - advice please?

    My cob hasn't been ridden since early august due to my pregnancy and I'm hoping to bring him back into work now that I've had the baby. I've recently moved to a yard with nice hilly field and actually doesn't look too bad considering and his top line actually looks better than previous...
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    Flatwork instructor - Renfrewshire

    Hi - can anyone recommend a good flatwork instructor that covers the Renfrewshire area? I'm looking for someone that focuses on rider weight aids and balance - my previous instructor was very classically focused and based her training on that of Sylvia loch but I've moved out of her area so need...
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    Lurcher owners - what do you feed?

    We've had our girl for almost 10 months now and she's gone from being a greedy little minx to a fussy ******. We're at least her 4th home in her life - all we know is that she has spent some time in kennels and when we first got her she ate as though she never knew when she'd get her next...
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    Crumbly feet and thrush?

    I'm looking for some help! My cob's feet are pretty crappy at the moment. I'm not sure if it's been the really dry weather but when I pick them out, it seems as though the sole is crumbling. He's also got thrush which bactakill doesn't seem to have shifted. He was shod all round but I...
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    From stabled to living out in winter - things to consider

    I'm moving house in November & due a baby in December. Horse is moving too and I've found a lovely new yard where he can live out all winter in a nice well draining field with hay when the grazing starts to struggle & flowing water. He's a cob, likes being out in all weather as long as there...
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    Yard choices for a pregnant lady!!

    I'm 25 weeks pregnant and due to move house at 35 weeks. New house is 30 miles away so pony has to move too! After searching yards in the area I've found 2 possibilities. Yard 1 - 2 minutes from new house. Large competition yard with 2 indoor arenas, 2 outdoor arenas, horse walker, lunge...
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    Keeping horse fit when you can't ride

    Is it really possible? I'm 25 weeks pregnant and for various reason had to stop riding last weekend. I have a chunky cob who puts weight on at the sight of a blade of grass so I'm a bit concerned about how I can manage this over the next few months. I do have a sharer who rides twice a...
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