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    Advice on buying a cob in Ireland please

    Hello all. Long time member but been very inactive lately! I've read all the old threads about this topic but most of the dealer recommendations have websites which are years out of date so I wonder if you good folk can help please? I'm hoping to make a trip to Ireland in a few weeks to see...
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    How to teach my horse to use a muzzle - tips please?

    I've posted before about not being able to get a muzzle to stay on Bilbo as he scrapes it off on the tree. I've just tried my 3rd brand of muzzle on him to see if it makes any difference and it was off within 5 minutes. I have concluded that he can't work out how to eat any grass through the...
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    Every cloud has a silver lining.. share your experiences!

    Well! I have had some amazing revelations over the last week… borne out of what seemed like a set of problems that I really didn't need… Has this happened to anyone else and what did you find out? So last Thursday Bilbo was not quite right in canter when I was at my RI's for a lesson. We...
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    Working Hunter First Timer (at 53!) advice please!

    Hello… at the grand age of 53 I have just entered for my first working hunter class with my lovely cob - I took the plunge because the jump height at 12" to 18" was just my cup of tea! But having never done one before I don't know what the format is likely to be (not much info on the show...
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    New puppy joining household and older dog - hints please?

    As title - we have a 3 year old cockapoo bitch (Pip) and my daughter is getting a labrador bitch puppy in the summer for her 21st birthday. Any tips on keeping the peace in the canine household? We have worked out that we should first introduce them in neutral territory (the boyfriend's...
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    Spooking on hack… what should I do differently?

    My Bilbo is a saint, and has done so much to restore my riding confidence (older, not very supple rider!) but I am still nervous about hacking alone. Today we went for a hack on out own, just walking, as I do this to build up my confidence. (Fine hacking in company). We had a little episode -...
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    Clever ideas for teeny weeny lorry living?

    I've just picked up new lorry - very pleased with it but realise the living is VERY small (sleeps 1, tiny fridge and 1 burner hob). 2 people could sit in it if the bed isn't made but that would be a squeeze! Also I don't have much 'dirty' storage outside the horse area. Anyone got good...
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    Do you think horses get calmer as they get older?

    As title. Just interested, as was discussing this today with my sister whose 20 year old took off with her today on a hack. Made me think of other friends whose 20 - plus year olds are still on their toes and ready to spook at anything. It seems to be an expectation that horses calm down...
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    The best horse charity Christmas cards

    Apologies for the dreaded C word but as for once I have not left my card shopping til the very last minute I thought I would see if I can get some nice horsy charity ones. Any suggestions please? :)
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    Border Terrier Puppies - any recommendations?

    As above - my sister and her husband have decided to have a dog again after a 30 year break and they have worked out they would like to have a border terrier bitch. I volunteered to help look - any suggestions or recommendations for a good reputable source not too far from Suffolk? We are...
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    Any views on equisal tapeworm tests? Do they work?

    Hi - am trying to find a way to make sure my horse does not have tapeworm, without using an ivermectin based wormer as I recently lost my youngster to EGS and there is thought to be a possible link to use of ivermectin :( (It wasn't involved in my case but I would never forgive myself if I used...
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    The Great Hay Soaking Debate - Experts please come forward!

    Dull thread but I have been pondering for many hours as I meddle with hay nets for horizontally-challenged horses. I have seen and heard so many different versions of the routine for soaking hay for fatties, I'd like to see what everyone thinks on here! These are my questions, others may...
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    Dog a lot less active in this hot weather - normal?

    Hi. My Pip 21 month old cockapoo has been much less active and excitable the last few days. Am guessing it's the heat but should I be worried? We are keeping her at home at hottest times but she will lie in the sun every so often. Eating drinking and staling normally as far as I can tell. Should...
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    Anyone else ride with a nagging injury? Advice please

    I am old and fat. I have had a nagging knee injury since 2009 when I ruptured my ACL. It has never been quite right but in January this year i had a cartilage operation to sort out a torn meniscal cartilage. Has been sort of ok since, until I did a bike test for a company medical 2 weeks ago...
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    Retiring in 3 weeks yay!!! Horsy goal ideas please :)

    I posted months ago on club house that i was wondering whether to retire from full time work and had so much encouragement that I have gone ahead and it all happens on 30 June. woo hoo! I will still be working some of the time, adding up to 1 to 2 days a week. So bearing in mind that I am...
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    Knackered (rider!) knee - riding exercise suggestions please?

    hi there I had a cartilage op on my knee in January. The knee has not been very good or strong since I ruptured my cruciate ligament in 2009 and went again in Dec though this time it was just the cartilage. Despite doing physio since February it is quite painful when riding, particularly in...
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    Horse out at night, tired in day?

    About 2 weeks ago I swapped bilbo on to a routine of out at night (muzzled) in during the day. His field companion(not my horse) has to be out at night so it would be difficult to change completely. The problem is thwt bilbo is a bit lethargic in the day time - this happened last summer...
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    Very worried ... youngster in Horspital

    No point in this post really, just feeling useless and lost at the moment - my nearly 4 YO gelding had to go to horspital this morning. He's got a high temp, low white blood cells, tachycardia, and vet has found an intestinal obstruction. She thinks it might be grass sickness. A marvellous...
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    What wouldnt you have done, if you'd asked on here first?! :)

    so…. just musing, a few people post on here about plans to buy their first horse, and usually there are some replies saying don't buy yet or don't buy, loan……. I didn't come on HHO when i bought my first horse 10 years ago, or when i got my 6 month old foal 3 1/2 years ago, but I'm pretty...
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    Do Horses Need Holidays?

    As title. OK so I know that eventers and hunters are roughed-off for a few months each year and then come back in to work. What do people think about a horse that just does RC level stuff? Mine has one or two days off every week and seldom works for more than 2 hours at a stretch. But...
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    Got some serious inspiration today - Poplar Park Horse Trials :)

    Went to watch. Wow serious inspiration! We saw Andrew Nicholson, Mark Todd, Pippa Funnell, Phoebe Buckley and lots and lots of other really great riders and super horses. AN rode at least 4, apparently one after the other, around the OI xc course - Pippa rode 3. Haven't been to anything...
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    Thoughts… contemplating whether to get a second dog

    Hi.. I have a 16 month old cockerpoo (I know, I know) whom I absolutely adore. She is the light of my life. I am wondering about the pros and cons of getting another dog as well; potentially a rescue. Pip loves almost all other dogs, but is quite territorial at home. The main thing that...
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    Little update - youngster who kicked..

    .. thank you all for your advice. Xas is so much happier now, I have got him on grass livery and he is living with 3 other geldings. This is him when he first got there - He has lost some weight since thank goodness! He gets a small feed and a check over every morning, and a check...
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    Suggestions: alternatives to soaking hay?

    Are there any? Health & safety issues might mean we can't soak hay on the yard. My 2 are ok in winter but in the summer I've been giving them soaked hay as they are outrageously good doers. Anyone have any suggestions as to alternatives to soaking hay? If the worst comes to the worst...
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    The Knabstrupper over there >>>

    Just…. YUM!
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    One horse or two?

    Just musing… out of interest... not asking for advice as I am keeping both of mine, but just interested in what others' opinions are on whether it is better to have one horse or two? Assuming you can afford both, (and assuming if you sold one it is going to go to the most fabulous forever...
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    WWYD… 3YO kicked handler

    OK so my very chunky 3 1/2 YO gelding managed to double barrel my friend in the chest yesterday. She has seen Dr and may have cracked ribs but will be ok. Obviously I feel dreadful but this is more about thoughts on how to deal with him going forward. Situation was that friend was helping...
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    Any experience? Frog infection?

    Hi.. Vet has seen Bilbo recently and given him dectomax for feather mites but also treating him with antibiotics and flushing with peroxide for bacterial infection of the foot - his heels were getting a bit sore and his frogs aren't in the best condition. We've been trying to keep his feet...
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    Happy old bird reliving my youth!

    I am an old bird but have had a week where I've gone back to my teens and had some jumping lessons :D building up from poles and cavaletti :D :D :D to what to me might as well be the puissance wall! Very silly and childish but I feel so happy and I love my wonderful horse Bilbo so much! :)...
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    Suggestions please: week off, improving my riding

    I have booked a week off early November. Not likely to be the best weather conditions, but I'd like to use the week to give my riding a boost. I'd really like to practice some cross country but the ground might not be suitable. Need to have the dog with me, so abroad is out. One...
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