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    Blandford flies

    Another vote for summer fly cream. Also have found sudocream and also baby oil useful. You may find the horse will kick at himself to dislodge flies and his back legs get covered in whatever cream you use. I think the irritation caused by flies leads to swelling. My boy has access to a shelter...
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    Which XXW Saddles do you have on your cobs?

    I use a Balance saddle it is excellent also saddle company saddle .
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    Agressive behaviour from a previously gentle pony.

    Could she be in foal? I expect you have checked that.
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    Thick/fleece numnah

    Wool or sheepskin, possibly cotton Polly pad, beware of synthetic material next to his skin as it can make them very sweaty.
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    Something to keep me busy near Cirencester!

    RDA ,Watershed RDA in Coates. Always need help.PM me for contact details. May be able to suggest other options.
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    Naked or a no fill / 0g rug??

    Naked.
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    Long rant cos I'm properly annoyed!!

    So sorry to hear this. Thinking of you.
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    Belgian draft owners (or any draft)

    I have a shirex cob . I have an xw balance saddle also a saddle company one they both fit him well. He has an extra large bridle . Rugs ,Shires are a good fit also weather beaters, but he is hard on rugs. He tales a 6'9 or a 7' rug . I like 100g gallop as they are cheap . He has ad lib hay lives...
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    Pet Ponies and Realising Potential..

    I understand your concerns. You could make provision for your ponies, if anything happens to you. World Horse Welfare can send you information about making arrangements for them to take your ponies on , look at their website or phone for advice.
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    Meat colts - the true cost of rescuing them (a diary)

    So sorry to hear that Oreo has died. You gave him a good life. He was a lucky pony to have met you.My thoughts are with you. You made a world of difference to Oreo.
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    So very cross..........Buying a horse or not!

    I left a deposit on a horse once. Then had it returned because they decided to sell the horse to a friend!
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    Erm..I got another horse..argh and another...whoops

    How lovely to hear all about your mare. Fantastic photos. Good luck with your new boy.
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    Rug and Girth for standardbred in poor condition

    I use a neoprene girth on my Standard bred.
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    Swiftwood rescue

    People buy horse from Ireland everyday. Perhaps they should buy English bred horse? How far do we take this? I think most people help where they can. We should all do our bit. Some one might rescue a horse from Ireland others from up the road.
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    How much are you paying for hay?

    £3.50 a small bale ,excellent quality Gloucestershire.
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    Yard/feral cats.

    Cats Protection league will help.
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    Riding peoples horses....Favor or a service?

    You need to clarify this before you start. Sometimes people come and hack one of mine out with me. Now if they wanted to go on a hack from a riding centre it would cost them £25.00 to £50.00 . So they could at least offer to muck out and clean tack. If you are being asked to school or train a...
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    Best plan of action to sell unhandled horses.

    Contact WHW or possibly Blue Cross for help and advice.
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    Check ligament injury.

    My horse may have injured his check ligament..Came in from the field with a swollen fetlock and lame. I kept him in as vet due next day for routine visit, tendon area from knee to fetlock was swollen by the next morning. On advice I kept him in for a week, he improved greatly. The vet was going...
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    BBC 1 breakfast PASSING HORSES 24/03/2016

    Just seen it. Pass wide and slow max speed 15 mph. Also showed a rider wearing hi viz.
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    Dilemma - just don't know what to do

    Difficult situation. You can some times get a free Cushing's test done by a vet though you will have to pay for a call out. Call local vet and ask how much it will cost. I would really hope that all rescue centres can actually afford to pay for vets to attend when needed. You sound like a caring...
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    field left to grow all summer by winter would horses need hay?

    I have three horses a cob ,a tb type and a retired polo pony. They have been out from December in Approx ten acres, they have had no hay but get a feed of happy hoof once a day They are rugged and are all on the he fat side. Depends on the grazing and weather as well. Can be done,with care.
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    'Best' areas to keep horses in the UK?

    Are the wild boar in the forest a problem?
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    Scared of traffic

    I would turn your mare out in a field next to a road. Make sure she is with another horse which is traffic proof.
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    Mild winter, fat horses

    Not feeding any as still plenty grass. Polo pony is ideal weight. Cob is naked and fat. Standardbred is fat. All under control though.
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    Favourite old pony stories, finding a story & nostalgia :)

    Primrose Cummings excellent. Moorland Mousie about an Exmoor pony,Black Beauty.
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    HELP PLEASE!!!! Violently rubbing/itching cob

    Lice,mites, just to hot. Could clip him. My cob has aa chaser clip and is out unrigged. Is yours getting to hot in the stable?
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    Unrealistic Livery/Friend

    You need to make it clear it was for one night. She will walk all over you. Be firm. Your kindness is being taken advantage of. You are obviously a lovely kind person.
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    When you poo-pick...

    What about the Dung beetles?
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    Where would you go from here? (Poorly horse)

    Laminitis? It does n't always present as the text books say.
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