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  1. MissSBird

    Dog cornered a rat - advice.

    Hey all, It's late so cutting a long story short - my dog cornered a rat in the bushes at the corner of our garden tonight. He's not a hunting breed and his body language seemed more curious about it than actually trying to kill/catch. Couldn't get to the rat very easily, but I did spot blood...
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    Sudden behavioural change in my dog.

    So this is a bit weird, and maybe (probably?) nothing, but I thought I'd share it anyway to see if you guys might be able to cast some light. My family has a bernese mountain dog called Lui. He's entire, 3 years old now. We've had him since he was a very young puppy. There are 4 adults in the...
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    How old is this foal?

    My dad was recently ski mountaineering in rural Turkey, and he came across this little mare and foal on the side of the road. He was asking me how old I thought it was. I'm no expert but I thought pretty young given the state of the mare, but that may be misleading as it's not clear how often...
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    Palatable low cal feeds?

    Hey Guys Inspired by Oberon's post in whatever New Lounge is called now, I am looking for a little feeding advice. My good doer connie is only in light work/hacking at the moment as University commitments are limiting my time to ride. Ideally, he wouldn't be getting feeds at all as the...
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    Selling ettiquette - two interested parties at one time?

    Hey guys. I'm currently selling my horse lorry. I have someone coming out to see it this weekend, who has had to wait a week because our work schedules couldn't work out before then (I work odd hours). I've now had a second email off someone who is interested in coming to see it. What's...
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    What do do with pony whilst injured?

    Hey guys Beginning to get a little concerned. B has been off work since December. I always give December off as it ends up too hectic to do any sustained work with him. The weather has prevented me riding until now (I got 2 rides in January under the pretense of starting to bring him back...
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    Feeling slightly at wits end re dog not eating

    This could be a long one... We've had our bernie since he was a puppy and, from the word go, have had issues trying to convince him to eat. We've tried all sorts of different diets, food types etc. Either he wouldn't eat them, they'd give him indigestion or they'd run right through him. A...
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    Pony's a bit too keen to his fences - schooling ideas?

    Hi guys Little bit about B. He is a lazy bum on the flat, but always perks up when he's about fences. We don't jump big. I've had quite a few scares with previous horses (dirty stops mainly) so when I first got him I refused to jump. He's gradually brought my confidence back and I do enjoy...
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    Glasgow livery yards - suggestions?

    A rather sudden change in circumstances is suggesting that I might be moving to the west end of Glasgow. Does anyone have any ideas for livery yards in that area? Exactly where isn't set, but i imagine I'll be somewhere near Glasgow Uni, and will have a car.
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    Best websites for lorries?

    Hey Guys I was just wondering if you had recommendations for websites where you'd look for horse lorries? I need to sell mine, and as I bought it word of mouth I don't know where to begin advertising! Thanks!
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    Scottish Peeps - directions to Balcarres please!

    Have looked at a google map, but I don't have the postcode and I'm not sure the details/entrance is correct. Have to go to pick up some jumps tomorrow. Will be going from Glasgow to there and back again. Can anyone give me some directions to the estate and an idea of how long a journey I'm...
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    Horse won't drink at shows...

    Probably done to death, but I can't get my boy to drink away from home and it's beginning to worry me. Today was a scorching day, and we did our best to keep him cool by sponging off regularly and keeping him in the shade where possible. But he still did quite a lot of work, yet refused to...
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    Ok barefoot peeps...advice?

    Hey guys At the end of the summer my personal circumstances are changing, and I need to look at ways of cutting costs for the next three years. I'm hoping to avoid having to sell my boy (though it may come to that :( ). Whilst mulling over what I could do, I wondered if going barefoot...
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    Replacing lorry floor - anyone done it?

    With typically bad timing, it appears I need to get the floor of my horse area replaced. Has anyone ever had this done, and how much did it cost approximately? Thanks guys. Just trying to get a rough idea.
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    Landing on the correct canter lead - how?

    So I am continuing with my adventures into this jumping stuff... B is 6 this year, and we can now tackle courses fairly confidently. Nothing big still, but I no longer feel sick about the prospect and he will pop anything I ask him too generally. Sometimes takes a little look, but always...
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    Stud advice for dummies/newbies

    My darling pony appears to be trying to tell me that he wants to do workers rather than flat classes. 3 years ago, when I purchased him as a baby, I had sworn off jumping for life. Funny how a pony who enjoys it can change your perspective! Yesterday our workers class was on grass, and the...
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    Bright ideas needed! - feeling a bit desperate

    Ok guys I am currently horse sitting in Holland. The water pump to the property has broken as the temperature has suddenly dropped - owners have arranged for a technically minded friend to come by and see if he can work out what has happened to it. If that doesn't work said friend will call a...
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    Mystery knee swelling - ideas?

    Hey guys - Have also put this in veterinary. I'm posting on behalf of a friend. This poor mare is in a very difficult situation at the moment. I can't disclose full details at the moment. Things are underway to try and help her situation, but as things stand she is stuck with owners who are...
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    Mystery knee swelling - ideas?

    Hey guys This isn't my horse, nor is it even in this country. It's a very difficult situation which I'd rather not make too public, though it's nothing to do with me personally. I'm posting on behalf of the person who is trying to help this mare. The horse hasn't seen a vet for this, and...
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    Good wicking rugs

    Hey guys B has taken a violent dislike to his cooler rug, and trashed it in the stable last night. It's not worth trying to save it, and I certainly don't want it anywhere near the washing machine! He is quite a sweaty boy, so I need something that is actually good at wicking away...
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    5 year old being 'difficult' - thoughts?

    Hey guys B is going to be 6 next year and has become quite naughty recently. He's generally just as good under saddle, but in-hand he's become very difficult to work with. This is my first youngster and I was well informed that most horses have a difficult 5 year old stage - and assured...
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    Going rate for horse sitting? (also in CR)

    As the title reads, what is the going rate for horse sitting/what would you expect to pay? By horse sitting I mean living on the site for a week with full and sole responsibilty for 5 horses. Accomodation provided at no cost to sitter (technically house sitting as well). Any ideas much...
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    Going rate for horse sitting?

    Probably not the right place for this, but thought you guys might know. As the title reads, what is the going rate for horse sitting/what would you expect to pay? By horse sitting I mean living on the site for a week with full and sole responsibilty for 5 horses. Accomodation provided at...
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    How often would/do you check on your loan horses?

    Title pretty much says it all. I have a pony who's just gone on loan, and I've never loaned out before. I was just wondering how often people feel is appropriate to check? When becomes the owner interfering too much, and when becomes careless? I do have plan of how often I am going to go...
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    Approaching people/companies for sponsorship - any advice welcomed

    Hi guys I know a few on here have some sponsorship so thought it would be a good place to ask. My younger sister has just been selected for a british team, not in any equestrian sport I hasten to add. Her journey to this level has been rather sudden, going from a uni event to suddenly...
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    Shopping experts, where to get decent competition breeches?

    Having discovered that my current show jods have an interestingly placed hole, I need to get a new pair before dressage a week on Sunday. Looking for a pair of cream/ivory/pale yellow breeches with either a full seat or nothing at all (can't do just knee patches as they're always way too low on...
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    Are there any decent GP saddles?

    Hey guys Looking for a new saddle for B and wondered if anyone had suggestions. He currently has a working hunter saddle, but of course, no one would ever hunt in one of these! I really need to get a leather saddle with a bit more knee roll so I have somewhere to put my knee, rather than mid...
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    Anyone else get a sore back from 2 point position?

    Hey guys Having made the decision that Barnaby should hunt this year, I've been trying to get him fitter. He was already being worked 6 days a week and RC club fit, but wasn't going to last a full on day! Having chatted to the girl on the yard who events I've been doing this by gradually...
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    Can someone help me interpret a test sheet comment please?

    Did a little RC dressage competition with Barnaby yesterday, and quite pleased with his performance :) Per usual for the moment, canter was a bit babyish, but one of the comments I don't quite follow. It was for AKEHC working canter. Movement got a 6 and says 'losing balance, coming onto...
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    How fit for hunting?

    Hey guys My instructor has suggested my 5 year old connie will benefit from hunting, and has kindly arranged that I can join the hunt she rides with for autumn hunting when it starts. I'm a bit terrified, being that I've never done this before. But he can be so backwards sometimes I think...
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