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    Picking out feet

    At the moment when they aren't really in work (weathers too bad and its dark) I only pick them out once or twice a week when I'm checking them over. Mine are barefoot and living out.
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    Facebook footage of welsh stud delivering youngstock to abattoir

    I also don't get the arguments to why this is different from a cow. From reading this thread one of those was "they are only doing it as a hobby", well plenty of people farm cows as a hobby / additional source of income alongside a full-time job around here (including me). Another was "they...
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    Just thinking could squeeze in another

    Thats how we got my daughters new pony, RS selling off all but the core ponies. Prices are high though, she wasn't a crazy price but certainly not cheap.
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    Fresh horses

    Yes, I posted on here the other day that my two (ancient sensible cob and young very sensible cob) were behaving like idiots, for them, when I turned them out - spooking at sheep and trying to take off before I got the headcollars off. Just got back from checking on them and they were charging...
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    Does everybody use full necks on their horses now?

    I don't use them, but I have hairy cobs with huge manes. They also have really short necks for their rug size, the one time I have put on a rug with a non-detachable neck on it was hanging down over his eyes!
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    Farmers lung.

    I use straw pellets, they are pretty low dust (horse has ROA and I have asthma) but do go moldy easily (they compost really quickly on the much heap too). The only completely dust free bedding I've had was the peat which was in when I moved in, which also didn't seem go very mouldy, but I had...
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    Farmers lung.

    Does Red Bed still exist? They had it at Moor Wood Stables when I went on a course there, it was like pink clay pellets and was dust and mould free. I haven't heard of it since though and that was years ago.
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    WWYD -Livery Issues

    Why is no one going to want such a pony?? An unfit coloured cob with poor conformation and bad ground manners about sums up my boy when I got him and he also had a (disclosed) fence wrecking habit when there was little grass, soon resolved with a stint at a yard with some strong mains electric...
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    Best 12v leisure battery energisers

    I got my leisure batteries from Halfords, they're fine and not a bad price. I have a couple of old car batteries too as spares, but the leisure batteries certainly last longer. For the energiser, I love my StockShop Mosquitos (Wolsley BX140). No separate earth stake, easy to store and move...
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    I knew things were going too well 😩

    Agreed. My two are about the sanest, quietest pair of cobs you can imagine. When I turned them out yesterday, the youngster had a proper spook at a sheep and almost refused to walk past it and then my oldie (who I've owned forever and should know better) lost it in the gateway and tried to...
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    Has bullying on yards got worse or better in people’s opinion?

    I've only experienced anything close to bullying once, which was at a RS I went to briefly when between horses (around age 30). The YO / instructor was great, but when she wasn't around there was a gang of teenage girls, liveries I think, that were pretty horrible, based primarily on the fact I...
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    Pet cow 🐄

    I have a small herd of 5 cows (2 cows and their 3 castrated male offspring) primarily to keep the grass short for my good doers. They are Dexters so much smaller than yours would probably be. Also the 2 cows are older (early teens) so pretty calm and know what they are doing when it comes to...
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    Obtaining Refund Fom Riding Stables And Riding Centre

    The link HashRouge posted seems to contradict this, particularly in the case of the deposit, as does my prior experience, but as I said I'm not a lawyer. Not sure why you posted if you had already taken legal advice and didn't want to hear any other viewpoint or suggestion. Obviously not...
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    Barefoot navicular help - boots/advice/books to read etc

    A good farrier can, yes. It was my farrier that took mine barefoot. Unfortunately when I moved I found out how rare good farriers are, and why there is an opening for trimmers. Of course not all trimmers are great either, but I don't think your experience of one poor trimmer and good farrier...
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    Obtaining Refund Fom Riding Stables And Riding Centre

    I'm not a lawyer but I don't think you'll get a non-refundable deposit or pre-paid class booking back either via credit card or small claims. OP would probably be better off trying to "shame" them into a refund by posting on their facebook page or similar stressing the reason they can't attend...
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    Historical tendon injury now in full work

    If you usually insure for vets fees (I don't) you also need to take into account you will need to disclose the history and there will probably be some hefty exclusions.
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    Pin firing

    As I understand it, its not banned in the UK but the BEVA have indicated that if a vet carries it out and then is sued or prosecuted for animal abuse then they are on their own and will get no help defending themselves.
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    Why do so many people think its fine to have fat horses?

    Not everyone can exercise their horse though. Mine is currently out of work. He's in a decent size paddock, with rough grass and steep hills and a young field companion who likes a canter around, and I even bought a small herd of cows last year to eat down the grass who went into the paddock...
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    Do you bring your horses in during bad weather?

    This, almost exactly (including the one with arthritis, being too fat at the moment, and huddling behind the stone walls being a good hint they'd like in). The only difference in my case is no school, but my "in" is in a yard / tiny stony field with a field shelter which has gates on the front...
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    Legal Sale

    There are consequences in theory though very rarely in practice. As others have said the passport is for traceability for the meat trade, like the cattle passport, and since Ireland doesn't have much of an equine meat trade they are rarely properly enforced. In theory if the dealer were...
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    Advice from anyone who has experience with severe navicular syndrome please!

    I would want to query with the vet / farrier if they have any success stories from this route (and not just for 6 months but over the longer term). I know there is the odd horse out there that has been rehabbed sucessfully in bars and wedges, but AFAIK the success % is extremely low...
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    Advice from anyone who has experience with severe navicular syndrome please!

    I understand that your mare's case is quite extreme, but if you do manage to rehab her to the point where she is field sound I'm not sure why you assume she will get worse again and only manage a few years? Its now understood (I thought) that "navicular syndrome" is not degenerative and can...
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    How many of you DON’T vaccinate?

    If they have an injury they can have a tetanus jab at the time to cover it, I've had a new pony that wasn't vaccinated get a puncture injury and the vet did this. I suspect part of it is that the horse can't tell us about a small puncture like a person can, so we might not be aware. I do...
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    Feeding a cob...help!

    Both my cobs are always hungry, even when they are piling on the pounds. The best way to judge if she is actually getting enough fibre is to count the poos for one day, once you know what is normal if it drops significantly then you have actually got a problem. As others have said to increase...
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    Buying Unseen

    I bought unseen during lockdown as my companion pony had to be PTS and my cob wasn't doing well alone. Bought a pony from a riding school which was slimming down, after lots of online stalking of the seller. I had realistic expectations and knew the risk I was taking, riding pony for my...
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    Would you ride horse that had reared?

    I wouldn't, no, but I very much err on the safe side these days. That said one of my previous YO's had a lovely sensible pony who she'd owned a few years. She hacked him out alone and in company, escorting new / nervous liveries, doing all the gates, took him hunting, fun rides, lessons...
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    Colic Surgery - Would you do it?

    It wouldn't be an option for either of my current ones, my cob can't be stabled for more than a couple of hours due to a severe dust allergy and his new companion, who I've only owned a couple of months, just freaked out at her first vet appointment and tried to kill the vet for attempting to...
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    Approaching livery yards.

    I found my yard before buying, no point finding a horse and having no-where to put it. None of the yards I contacted seemed surprised or bothered that I hadn't got a horse yet. When I found a yard I liked I put a deposit down but didn't need to pay livery until I bought, I guess that would...
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    Grazing muzzle what you’re opinion.

    Don't do this, they'll just gorge themselves silly in those two hours and won't lose any weight at all (speaking from sad experience). I can't stable mine (ROA) so when he's muzzled he goes into either a yard or a bare electric fencing pen in the field for his muzzle break. He has to have a...
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    Hi. Thanks in advance for the advice. So, new hay, just off the field, I believe should not be fed to ponies as it can give them colic?

    Well made hay can be fed the next day. Obviously the usual rules apply with gradual diet changes. If you're not sure how well it was made its best to wait a little while, as if it wasn't properly dried (and its above 15% moisture) it will heat up (can even catch fire!) and then you'll know...
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