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    Surprise arrival

    We went down to the field to check our cows a few days ago and found this fellow happily running about! We bought a couple of old Dexter cows with young calves at foot last year (mostly to keep the grass short for my fat cob). There was a delay in the delivery and it was obviously long enough...
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    Mystery plant taken over the corner of my field

    Hi Can anyone help me identify a mystery plant that's taken over a large area in the corner of my field? Picture below and link to more pictures. https://1drv.ms/f/s!AjY5mtegXzJxgfUPqo9_uIafwnVpjA It looks like grass at first glance but the leaves are quite stiff ("crunchy" to walk on)...
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    Accidentally fertilised fields

    Someone accidentally fertilised our two big fields this weekend. They'd told the contractor "second gate on the right" and contractor took the wrong turning and found the wrong second gate - already finished by the time my neighbour went out to see what the big tractor was doing. Obviously...
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    I am so wet!!

    Just been down to bring my ponies in, in the pouring rain. Total disaster! I forgot that when I got the little rescue pony he didn't like my yellow reflective jacket, he's been fine for over a year now. Unfortunately I ripped it last week and just got a new one, arrived in the field and he...
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    Other grazing animals

    So, I have way too much land and grass (I know, first world problems). We were looking for somewhere with 3-4 acres and ended up with 8! For two good doers. On one side its great, my ROA horse can live out all year and never have hay which has done him the world of good (also good for the...
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    WWYD - Where to put horses in storm

    Hi So Hurricane / Tropical Storm Ophelia is forecast to hit us tomorrow and we have a red weather warning for wind gusts up to 130 km/h. I'm struggling to decide where to put my two for the day, they are both sensible older geldings who live out unrugged and are used to windy conditions - a...
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    Chain harrowed our fields :)

    Sorry, pointless happy post. I chain harrowed my summer fields last weekend. This is exciting for a couple of reasons: They are usually partially under water at this time of year, last year they were completely submerged. Just shows how dry this winter has been here! Its the first...
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    Tell me about toppers

    Help! I'm feeling seriously out of my depth here. So we got about 6 acres of grazing and a MF35 tractor with our house. Sadly the MF was feeling a bit sorry for itself, it started but lacked a few things like brakes and steering. My OH has just finished re-building it and now its time to...
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    Help with plant identification

    Hi Anyone any idea what this might be? This is in two of my fields which spent most of the winter underwater. They're always quite wet in winter, but not usually completely flooded. It finally dried up at the beginning of last month, and was sprayed with Grazon nearly two weeks...
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    Your pony's been escaping on and off all day..

    and earlier he ran in front of the tractor and nearly got hit, he's gone back in the field now but I thought you'd better know. This is what my neighbour just said when he knocked on the door, that's one way to get the pulse raised! As we walked to the field he then said "I really don't...
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    Towing with a Ford Transit

    Has anyone done this? Any issues / problems? I now have my horse at home so would love to have transport to get out and about. Looks like OH is going to be getting a Ford Transit this summer that should theoretically be capable. Horse is a 14.3 cob, perfect traveller, and also possibly...
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    Question for chicken keepers - egg storage problems

    Hi We have three free-range chickens, had them about 3 months now and they are doing very well and giving us a couple of eggs a day. The problem is that the eggs seem to start going mouldy within a couple of days. I've never had this with shop bought eggs and I'm not sure why it is...
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    First clip advice

    Hi All I'm about to clip my horse for the first time (my first time clipping, not his being clipped) and looking for any advice. I have a second-hand pair of liveryman arena's and am planning on buying a second pair of blades before starting. Horse is a woolly yak, but happy hacker only...
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    Irish hunt meet

    I'm usually over in the tack room as I haven't hunted since I went out a handful of times as a teenager, many years ago. Just wanted to share my experience today, I moved to Ireland over a year ago but this is the first time I witnessed one of their hunts. I was over at the local tourist...
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    Chickens - blood in poo

    I have just become a chicken owner for the first time, having bought three at the local poultry market (from an established local breeder) around 3 weeks ago. We got a light sussex, buff sussex and a black rock. They all seem happy and healthy, they have free-range access to around 3/4 acre...
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    Wild iris - any experiences?

    Hi All We have arranged to swap a field with one of our neighbours. They have a field behind our house and we have one next to theirs, both the same size and neither with great access without going down each others drives, so it seemed to make sense! The neighbour had been keeping his...
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    He can just **** well stay there then!!

    Just looked out of the window and the rescue pony is back on the common again! I've caught him 3 times today and twice yesterday and I cannot work out how he is getting out. I've tested the electric fencing and its all working, added a second strand lower down, brand new battery on the high...
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    He told me he couldn't jump!!

    My cob has always been very clear that he was not a jumper, more of a bull-dozer. He will pop a small jump under pressure, but show jumps in particular are not of interest (why jump over if they fall down). Well I'm on to him now.. This morning I go down to check on them to find companion...
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    My horse has tapeworm!

    I've had my cob 6 years and he's always been on a good worming programme. The last three years that has included egg counts which have always been clear. I decided to try the new saliva test for tapeworm this spring as I was a little worried about the rescue pony I have taken on as a companion...
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    Recommendations for pony rug

    Hi everyone I've just taken on a little (11.2hh) rescue pony as a companion to my cob and lead rein for my daughter. Having only had horses before I'm a bit at sea over rugs. He won't be wearing rugs much, but I have bought him an Amigo Pony Turnout Hero 6 Lite for situations when I need to...
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    Grazing decisions

    Help, I need some advice as I keep dithering :( I am now fulfilling a long-held dream and have my two ponies at home, having bought a small-holding with 8 acres. Unfortunately its not quite the dream yet, as the horse-related construction work has to take second place to getting a livable...
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    Flooding and worm control

    I poo pick my field into a pile in the corner of the field, and the field has just been flooded and is now covered in an inch or so of water. Does anyone know what impact this will have as regards worms? Will it spread the worm eggs all over the field? I won't need to use it again till...
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    Poo picking heap - should it be fenced off?

    I've just moved to somewhere where I can keep my two boys (horse and companion pony) at home, so I'm suddenly faced with making decisions about stuff which has always been decided for me before. I've put my muck heap somewhere quite a long distance from the field they are currently in, so...
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    New breast strap

    I have an old canvas rug. Its pretty ancient (came with my first horse twenty years ago and wasn't new then) but it works really well for heavy rain in warmish weather as its unlined but never leaks, I haven't found anything as good with modern rugs. It also fits my current horse very well...
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    Swelling on stomach

    My horse has a swelling on his belly which I am slightly concerned about. I have spoken to the vet, who didn't think it was anything to worry about but suggested I ring back in a week with an update. The current theory is that he has either kicked himself in the belly or has been stung by a...
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    Worming advice - moving to Ireland!

    Hi I am about to embark on a foolhardy / brave (not sure which yet) move to Ireland. My partner and I have sold our boring 2 bed semi and bought a farmhouse and 8 acres in county Mayo (with money left over!). I will be taking my cob with me (wouldn't be surprised if he was returning to his...
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    Moving to Ireland - bagged forage question

    Hi everyone - hoping we have a few Irish residents on here who can give me some pointers! I am moving to ireland in about a months time, co Mayo / Galway border, and we're in the process of buying a small-holding with about 8 acres. My cob will be coming with me, he is a very good doer with...
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    Countrywide Recreation Haylage - anyone used this?

    Hi Has anyone tried this? I've moved and went to my local Countrywide to buy some High Fibre horsehage and they don't stock it. They tried to sell me the above (http://www.countrywidefarmers.co.uk/pws/ProductDetails.ice?ProductID=10413) instead, but couldn't give me any analysis on the...
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    Can't stop!!

    I've had my horse five years, always kept at the same yard. The hacking there was fairly limited, mostly on quiet roads with just a bit of off-road riding, when we (occasionally) cantered off road had to be on the look out for stock, dog walkers etc. He's a HW traditional cob with a low-set...
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    Tooth root abscess

    I have a 12yrs old (approx) cob gelding who gradually developed a lump on the side of his face, probably starting about 4 months ago (he's piebald and his markings covered it up intially). Vet came out 2 months ago and diagnosed a tooth abscess, he went in for x-rays and they could see some...
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