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    Grass is growing!

    Yep my 16. 3 warmblood is currently muzzled as the grass flush which normally hits us in October and upsets her gut, is delayed this year and just hit in the last week or so. Plus we have two lami ponies on the yard showing issues
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    Yard choices ?! Feeling depressed

    No way would I cross the A27 at Sompting on a horse and people who say knock on doors, there must be yards etc etc obviously don't know the area. Tough choice, but I'd be more inclined to widen your area and have a longer drive to your horse than have to cross that road. It's becoming ever...
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    Not sure how much more I can take.

    Stop being a doormat to the detriment of your horse. If other horse is in field out of its allotted time, get it in, inform YO its a chargeable service as you work for them and put your horse out. If the other livery kicks off, that's her problem not yours and just ignore her or calmly refer her...
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    Horse loosing his best friend

    I had to let my old girl go this summer, one of my major stresses had been how my other 11 year old mare would cope as she had been with my old girl mostly just the two of them in a field since she was 18 months old. I dreaded her reaction as they were incredibly close and she can be very...
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    Failed vetting - decisions decisions!

    If you are willing to wait, just tell the owner you are still interested as and when the horse is sound again and ready for new vetting. Owners problem as to whether they have their vet and investigations. Your problem is deciding whether to wait and whether to trust the result of a potential...
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    Refund from Farrier

    Personally none of it is a subject for texts, I'd pick the phone up and actually talk to him. I think you are being unreasonable, he's offered a partial refund. Just because he couldn't complete the job was not his fault. I do feel for you as the yard sounds hell, but then hell freezing over...
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    Daf Lorry woes / advice - fuel tank

    Thank you both. Yes please chaps89. I have a few enquiries in to people a bit nearer but am collecting as much info as possible.
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    Daf Lorry woes / advice - fuel tank

    Yep that's what I'm thinking Landcruiser, just want to check all options before most likely sticking out on ebay as a project
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    Daf Lorry woes / advice - fuel tank

    West Sussex near Worthing. Amy recommendations gratefully received. I've had a few from elsewhere which I'm following up.
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    Daf Lorry woes / advice - fuel tank

    Thank you, yes saw article on that earlier. At the moment most likely it will be advertised as is (honestly) for project or scrap, but am just seeing if I can get a 2nd quote to compare first. Even if its slightly less it could be worth doing as the actual body of the vehicle is in good...
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    Daf Lorry woes / advice - fuel tank

    Thank you for reply. I'd expect that amount for the tyres, just not informed enough to know if £5k+ is realistic for all the work or if I can maybe get it done cheaper with a mechanic more used to these old boxes. If it's less it is more worth doing and keeping the box for longer, but...
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    Daf Lorry woes / advice - fuel tank

    Thank you 😊 I am not in any position to do the work myself, complete and utter idiot on that kind of thing, but I would like to know if its worth shopping around for a more open minded mechanic and getting it back up to spec and passed Mot or sell now as a project. Annoyingly was vaguely...
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    Daf Lorry woes / advice - fuel tank

    R reg old DAF 45 lorry been for its pre Mot inspection and monumentally failed 🙈 Garage say upwards of £5k work needed. This does include 3 new tyres and front brake discs, plus adjustments to rear brakes, some other bits and pieces but main one is replacement fuel tank. Garage say no...
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    Almost at my wits end

    Look up Calm Healthy Horses. Adding Graze-ezy to my mares feed which helps with high potassium in grazing has been a god send. The horse I knew was there came back and I've now been through a whole year with no serious 'defcon' moments. Magnesium etc doesn't touch her and can make her...
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    Livery dispute advice

    Jeez you need to have your own place on your own. My niece's new horse went out with my two mares and my sister's boy on arrival. All fine for a month or so till hormones took over. He mounted my old girl and she had a few bites and scratches, but also ended up with a nasty cut from a kick...
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    Livery dispute advice

    So you obviously have a cheaper lower rate insurance cover as your excess is £500......yet you expect someone else to foot the bill! I know what I would have told you and it wouldn't have been polite. Your post and the words you have used smack of bullying to me and as someone else said I...
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    Towing with Kia Sorento

    I had a 2003 with a tow weight of 2.8t. towed beautifully all over the place, all terrains, ie eventing with one large 16.3 warmblood and at times with two large 16.3 warmbloods on board. No issues at all, although I had a lighter bateson Ascot that are amazing to tow rather than the heavier IW.
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    How much bedding do you use a month?

    £20 a month for two horses for unlimited straw 😊
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    Sudden spooks

    The stop, stand, allow adrenaline to lower is the best way forward with my warmblood too. It allows her time to get a grip on her adrenaline rush. Pushing through can work but then she finds it incredibly hard to relax afterwards.
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    Sudden spooks

    Mine is like this in grass.....I now feed Graze-ezy from calm healthy horses and she is rarely out 24/7 and muzzled in summer when out overnight. Has made a huge difference to how she can cope with her very reactive nature. She can quote literally teleport in a nano second and was finding...
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    Br careful going through gates (gory pic only open if you have a strong stomach!)

    I loathe those self closing gates. We have loads of them on the South downs near us. Should be banned in my opinion. They are just too narrow to get a large horse safely through. Rider on our yard ended up hanging upside caught by her boot on the long handle ones and suspended from her horse...
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    "not a micklem horse" on dressage sheet

    Wasn't why I switched. Only bridle that fits my mare off the peg....she has a very long tb face, tiny muzzle and big broad warmblood forehead and massive ears that make headpiece hard to fit. The Micklem fits her perfectly and is a well priced solution. Tried her back in a normal cavesson...
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    Ariat Complaints?

    In my experience Ariat Customer Service is 2nd to none so if you have a valid complaint they will deal with it in a really hassle free prompt way. I have had two pairs of Wellies replaced and recently a pair of Grasemere that were different colours but the appalling Derby House Saddlery...
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    What do I do? :’(

    My old retired mare lives an unrestricted grazing life, she gets fat in the summer and I've said categorically that if she gets laminitis she would be pts. She loathes muzzles, box rest or restriction of any kind nowadays and I don't see the point. She has the right to enjoy her time left...
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    Feeding copper to stop/discourage bleaching

    Wash the sweat off with water containing cider vinegar.....works really well! My mare's coat is so much better this year, no major bleaching at all. I add a little bit of lavender oil or one of the washes you can get that don't need rinsing so that you don't get quite such a 'fish and...
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    Did I do the right thing?

    Never understood the never get off attitude. Completely ridiculous. If the horse needs confidence, it doesn't rrally care where or how that confidence comes from. I'm with the pony and EKW....id need my hand holding over a motorway bridge too !!
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    Idolo ties - they aren't for every horse

    My niece's warmblood eventer worked it out in seconds....not such a dumbblood! My mare also worked it out but is ok if I thread the rope back through.
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    Mares and geldings

    Depends on the individuals. We have one gelding that happily goes out with the two mares permanently or ad hoc for a day if his normal field mate is competing. His field mate though is banned as he has very riggy tendencies and caused chaos when put in all together. My older mare is a...
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    Bateson trailer - Ascot or Deauville?

    I had an Ascot till recently (just switched to lorry). Loved the trailer. After using an ifor too, I believe the Bateson trailers are massively superior in how they tow and the ride they give. Never used the tack box for tack. We used to put the poo bucket in it! Although I did find the top...
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    Bute and older horses

    Haven't read the whole thread, but sounds like you are a thinking, caring owner doing the right thing by your horse. Ignore the negativity. Surely a comfortable horse enjoying his life is most important. Makes me cross when people won't give pain relief to horses.....wonder if they will...
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