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    Which yard boots again....but slightly different this time.

    I know this comes up regularly but I have a more specific question. My Achilles’ tendon problem has flared up again but much more so than in the past and according to the physio is on the point of rupture. The physio has said that wellies of any sort are a complete no-no so what I’d like...
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    If you are advertising your horse for sale.......

    If you are advertising your horse for sale, by whatever means please do respond to people when they make enquiries. Two examples, one on FB - I’ve messaged privately with asking if the horse is still for sale and then with an explanation of what I’m looking for and a contact number. Another...
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    Long pasterns & their implications?

    Can I have opinions on these pasterns please - to my mind they're a bit on the long side? It's a 5yo ISH which was broken last summer, turned away and is now back in work - I'm looking at it with a view to bringing it on as a hunter. The shoulder is also a little straight, but I don't want...
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    Possible brand?

    My horse has a 3 branded above his left stiflef, nothing else just the number. He has come to me on a white Irish passport with breeding completely unknown. Is this number likely to mean anything or as my friend puts it " was he just the 3rd grey in the row"?!
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    Neue Schule Verbindend Universal

    I have been struggling with finding a suitable bit for my overstrong Irish hunter - he leans heavily despite ongoing schooling and I just don't have the brakes I need out hunting. He came with a Waterford gag which I used once and discarded as he was sore in the crease of his mouth, I then...
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    Chewing through the lead rope - any alternatives?

    My horse loves shovelling as much of the lead rope as possible into his mouth and chewing, eventually he chews right through and several times he's freed himself this way. I tried putting some split hosepipe on but there's always something left for him to chew and he just goes for that bit...
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    Which bit?

    I have recently bought a horse and am struggling to find a bit that suits us both. When I tried him he was in a Waterford Dutch Gag with the rein on the middle ring, and a flash noseband. He was perfectly manageable, obedient and apparently comfortable and it was only on untacking him did I...
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    Differences between warmbloods & thoroughbreds?

    Having had TB's for the last 10 years I'm looking at a German Warmblood as a potential hunter. I have zilch knowledge of anything other than TB's and various ponies so would be grateful if someone could list their pro's/con's and differences. I love my TB's but in reality the fragility of the...
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    Bitting advice needed

    I have an ex racer who I'm struggling to hold if we're doing anything slightly competitive..... Currently we hack in an ordinary snaffle which is fine and I've been hunting him in a french link snaffle with an ordinary noseband, I tried a flash on him but he fussed terribly with it and I think...
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    Team Chasing virgin

    I'm entered to do my first Novice Team Chase on Sunday (at the advanced age of almost 50, but it's on my bucket list and I'm not sure the opportunity will arise again). Gulp.... So, I have the hat (just need a silk) and the body protector - do I need to wear a medical armband, can't find...
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    Loose Jumping

    A bit of history before I ask the question! My horse had the ligament surgery for Kissing Spine 18 months ago and up until about 8 weeks ago has been absolutely fine. He's a hunter and lives for his hunting and jumping. I'd noticed he'd not been jumping as freely nor taking me into jumps as...
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    Working with a nervy rescue pony

    I have taken on a 6 year old Welsh Sec A pony as a companion to my horse. He was rescued from a tip in S Wales as a yearling, gelded and been in a rescue centre since then. By their own admission because he had no serious health issues he has only really had basic handling - he's perfectly...
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    Feeling so sad

    I've just said goodbye to our beloved family pony and am devastated. I can't settle to anything and keep crying so thought I'd put down how much he meant to us all. He was with us for 12 years, through thick and thin, he was my best friend and my "go to" comforter in hard times, he gave much...
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    Another colic nightmare

    My lovely little pony, who was my children's first (and only!) pony, beloved companion to the family and my horse for the last 12 years had another episode of colic yesterday evening - his third in three consecutive months. It was mild and he was put right with Buscopan and Bute, but in my...
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    Exercise after vaccinations

    My horse is due is annual vaccinations on a Friday and I usually hunt on a Saturday. Previously I have given him a minimum of 24 hours after vaccination before any form of exercise, not sure why as I don't remember anyone actually telling me to but just do. If I don't have him done that day it...
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    Rugging dilemma

    Or may be not..... I have a 12.1 Welsh Cross pony of the hairiest sort (aged 20/21/22), he has a really thick dense undercoat with a longer coat on top. He's rarely cold with it, however he has begun to suffer colic (we think due to pedunculated lipomas) and the latest bout coincided with...
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    Books about hunting.....

    I have hunted on and off for most of my life and consider myself pretty well informed, however my OH has just started following on foot and keeps asking me loads and loads of questions, most of which I know the answers to, and some I don't. What I'm after are recommendations for any books which...
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    Soaking hay

    I have been advised to soak my horse's hay as the vet thinks he has low level COPD. I've not need to soak hay before and was wondering if there was a "recommended" time for it. An hour, a couple of hours, shorter, longer....... He's not impressed by it at all, and thinks it's disgusting...
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    Probably numpty question re width between partitions.....

    I have a 7.5 ton lorry, with room for three but am usually travelling one. In the trailer he travelled in previously there was quite a wide space either side of him (16.2 TB). As the partitions are currently set up the space is much narrower, not quite touching his sides. Before we go...
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    Taking your own horse's shoes off in emergencies - who does it?

    My horse semi pulled a shoe off on Saturday, it was a bit loose but in the right position so I sent a text to the farrier and asked him to come either Sun (which is one of his work days) or Mon to take it off and refit. When I went out to check the horse later in the afternoon it was completely...
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    Is it worth trying a fetlock ring?

    My TB has a very close action behind and is prone to knocking and scraping his legs. His main trade is as a hunter and I'm loathe to put full boots on as we are on very heavy and deep soil and I'm nervous of using boots for all the usual reasons. Does anyone think it's worth trying a fetlock...
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    Which hay?

    My horse has had a terrible cough over the last 2.5 months caused by a deep seated bacterial infection which we have finally (fingers crossed) nailed with some monster antibiotics and many ££££'s! The results of the scope identified the infection but also mentioned that "it may be secondary to...
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    Feeding an elderly pony

    Dpony who is around 20 has always been a good doer, his ability to get fat on thin air is unparalleled and I have to monitor his intake all year round. Over the last few weeks, because of dhorse's mud fever dpony has been on the yard with him and being fed hard feed & hay instead of being out at...
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    Equineck

    Anyone had dealings with Equineck recently - they're in Cheshire?
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