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  1. melbiswas

    Help - I rescued a Patterdale!!

    I can empathise with a lot of what you have been going through Pattie. We adopted a GSP in January who had been a stray (probably failed hunting dog) in Cyprus. It became clear immediately that he had an immense prey drive and zero recall. We walked him in a harness on a long line, but this...
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    I know nothing about dogs and training!

    The Dog's Trust have some simple training video guides on their website
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    Cheeky/ridiculous posts you see on Facebook.

    How satisfying! What was going on? I have seen horses loaned to acquaintances and wished I knew the owners to give them more info on the homes! All pre FB days.
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    Healthy chews?

    Thank you everyone, lots of great ideas. Alec, I'm not so sure about your suggestion, tempting as it sounds - the fat content can be quite high in those.....
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    Healthy chews?

    I have just seen a horrible video showing how rawhide dog chews are made. Another forum has been slating PC Dentastix ( I think these may be causing softer poos and anal gland issues ). What do folks recommend as healthy alternatives and are there other products sold widely to avoid?
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    DIY livery near Thame

    I picked up a pony from a very friendly yard in Shabbington this summer. They said they had spaces. It was in Marsh road , will try to remember the name!
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    Selling horse to loaner

    I think you just need to have a very frank chat with her and see where she stands OP. I have been gifted loan horses but they are old with various issues. Your horse sounds a nice sort and is still relatively young. You could sell to your loaner, only to see the horse sold on if she starts a...
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    Am I too heavy for my horse?

    I think you should go for a horse that you can enjoy riding without any niggling doubts that you may be asking too much of it . Owning a new horse brings enough worries at times. It may also hold you back from trying new and exciting things!
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    Thunderbrook Feeds - your thoughts & experiences please

    This was recommended to me when I my elderly gelding lost weight and none of the feeds I was trying made any difference ( turned out to be a hind gut problem). They were very helpful when I asked for advice and the base mix and gut restore did the trick. I haven't seen any of the social media...
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    Saddle use after reflocking

    I learnt to ride over 40 years ago with a lady who had been running a riding school for over 50 years. Everything was done in a very old fashioned way. The saddle cloths used were more like large tea towels than today's numnahs and pads. They were there simply to help keep the saddles clean and...
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    Riding in the New Forest- tips?

    If you are on Facebook there is a New Forest pony people group. They may have some good tips ?
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    Vet recommendations

    We had a terrible experience with Arundel, though hopefully lessons have been learned from the mistakes made.
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    Would you tell her the truth?

    I think you need to send in LadySam!
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    Can anyone please help me word a message?

    We too bought two great older ponies for pony club Mirage. I agree there will always be a market for them. In our case I felt responsible for their latter years and did not sell but loaned them to friends. My husband was then very insistent that in that case we could not buy the next horses for...
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    Can anyone please help me word a message?

    The loaner has gone from owning several horses to owning one and loaning the other? I think this shows she is trying to continue have a horsey life within a restricted budget, keeping her options open to reduce further if her nervous daughter loses interest? I agree with others at how misleading...
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    Can anyone please help me word a message?

    Oops technical error!
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    Saddles...which do you love?

    Another vote for Albions
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    Blenheim 2016

    Oh Lexi, an offer we can't refuse! I would love to go on the Friday ?!
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    What would you do :(

    Having spent the last 10 years with children and ponies I have found it very hard to watch willing, honest ponies being ridden and treated badly by their riders, with parents seemingly oblivious or regarding them as a plaything without limits. I think you are very right to be protective of...
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    Saddles for a high withered horse

    I find Albions fit our high withered TBs well and are comfortable
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    wintec pro stock saddle

    If you live near me you could try sitting in our medium one. The poleys do hold you in and give quite a different feel to a 17 inch GP I find. Ours has swinging fenders so prob a different leg position? I agree that the medium would probably be the best one for your cob
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    Former owner trying to trace pony I had PTS - Wwyd?

    As someone who has tried to track their first ( and naughty) pony, every possible scenario has plagued me over the years. I would be happy to know our pony was loved in his last years, and that would put my mind at rest.
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    Horse killed dog

    This was what we thought encountering the youngster with our dogs. He had chased them previously when we had them off the lead. They are elderly and were doing nothing more exciting than attempting to 'poo pick' as we walked through the field. We decided to keep them on the lead the next time...
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    Horse killed dog

    I think you are lucky the dog walkers were not injured as well. It must have been horrendous for them. Poor dog. A youngster started getting aggressive with dogs on our local footpath. I had to let ours off the lead to escape as it was difficult to protect them as it was barging through us and...
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    Time to put to sleep

    World Horse Welfare describes what to expect with either method on their web site-'Making a Plan' very accurately to what I have experienced. My thoughts are with you. I found it very hard once the decision had been made.
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    I still have her!

    Did you contact Polo Pastures OP? If she is yours you could sign her over to them? It may be she needs some more rest time to come sound, that they could give her. We have an older polox pony on loan who reinjured a check ligament in the field. Her owners had no space and were thinking of...
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    Ex-Irish driving horse .. what do you know about them?

    Oops meant to say you could pm me email- might not want on public forum . Sorry
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    Ex-Irish driving horse .. what do you know about them?

    I have been trying to upload a video and photo of the gelding I rode but I'm failing dismally!! I could email it if you wish?! Looking at the video he could have been 15hh.
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    I still have her!

    Polo Pastures is a charity that helps to rehome retired polo ponies. Perhaps they could help ? They are on Facebook.
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    Ex-Irish driving horse .. what do you know about them?

    I chose to ride instead of travelling in the jaunting cart in Killarney last summer (from the lakes via the gap of Dunloe) as there were too many of us. The pony was an approx 14hh cob gelding who paid absolutely no attention whatsoever to any aids and simply copied the pace of the cart in front...
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