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    A sad wwyd :(

    First - YOU! Please please get some good support in place for yourself - see your GP, take what they offer (medication, referral, etc). Phone the Samaritans, they are brilliant listeners and know what to say to get you talking out loud about your feelings in an extremely safe space. Second...
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    Third Party Liability Insurance for towing

    Just get yourself added as a named driver to your dad's policy. Probably make his policy cheaper too. I did that with a friend (she had a company car so was only insured through company for driving that car) for several years, had her added on my policy along with my husband too so that in an...
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    Holkham Hall beach north Norfolk

    To save anyone disappointment and a wasted journey .... Holkham Hall Estate took the decision this summer to restrict horse box parking in AND horse rider access through Queen Anne Drive car park to Holkham Beach. You have to arrive between 6-9am and leave no later than 11am, or arrive...
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    Concussion and getting back onboard...

    Rest, rest, rest. I had a very bad concussion around 2001, was off horses (and cycling and most other activities too) for about 3 months. Slept a lot, was very quiet, headaches and whiplash (tip: a good osteopath or physic may help with the whiplash), very low levels of concentration, very...
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    Horse flies

    yep swatted 3 today (Cambridge fens)
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    Any one else thinking of cutting hay?

    No rain in this part of East Anglia for months. I moved the horses onto 1.5 acres that had been rested for 8 weeks - the grass was sparse and up to 8" long. The 1.5 acres which is now being rested has been rested for 10 days so far and still looks as barren and short as the day I moved them off...
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    Do you feed a scoop of chaff before riding ?

    Mine live out but they always have either hay or their chaff-and-balancer breakfast before riding. Lines their stomach.
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    Scared of my youngster.. help

    Funny story which might cheer you up: when my first youngster (I bought him as a 10 month foal) was about 3.5, I took him to an in-hand tree training clinic at the local riding club field where he'd previously been to two in-hand youngster shows. I was having a bad confidence crisis at the...
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    Scared of my youngster.. help

    Echo Goldenstar, accidents happen. As we get older we tend to dwell more on the what-ifs so which dents our confidence. He's gelded, he's 3 so he doesn't need to do anything right now. You've turned him away. That tops the ante rising, keeps you both comfy around each other. When lockdown ends...
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    replacing an Ifor Williams HB505 ramp panel

    Much much easier to replace a ramp than a side panel!
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    Anyone seen any Swallows yet??

    Mine arrived yesterday.
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    RSPCA trainees

    No different to city stables where there's no turnout. Or Household Cavalry where the horses live in stalls rather than stables. Or training yards where the racehorses live in stables. One difference - no other equine company.
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    Companion needed during lockdown - what are your thoughts?

    One way round might be for the animal charities to accept recommendations from vets/farriers/dog trainers/etc as to people's suitability to rehome pets, with the professional providing an emailed written opinion gleaned from their patient records/knowledge of the person. Not without its...
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    Companion needed during lockdown - what are your thoughts?

    Most of the animal rescue charities are the same - they won't rehome/foster animals to people who haven't been home checked despite their centres possibly being over-run with animals waiting to be re homed plus a dire finance situation with usual level of donations not coming in but...
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    Companion needed during lockdown - what are your thoughts?

    Blue Cross are desperate to find temporary foster homes for ponies. My friend already has one BC pony and is taking on another 3 this month. I reckon many of the temporary foster homes my turn into permanent adoption homes if the fosterer is agreeable too. Also RDA ponies. Our local group's...
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    Life on hold for a year

    I think we will be on lockdown till end of May/mid-June, and then social distancing measures in place for 2-3 months or more after that.
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    Ifor Williams side panel Replacement - Fibreglass?

    The black material is a coating on the actual material that forms the wall. It's a sort of marine-ply composite type material. If you remove the linings on the inside, you'll eventually come to the backside of it. I don't know what it's called but it's strong stuff to withstand hooves...
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    Ifor Williams side panel Replacement - Fibreglass?

    Try a different trailer dealer. The panels are made from a composite marine-ply type of material. I had my side panels and both ramps replaced at Bardwell Trailers in Oundle, Northants, side panels one year, ramps the following year. From memory the side panels were £150 each, and ramps...
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    Horse people with Alexandra Tolstroy

    It was a good insight into another culture. Tonight, same time, 11pm, she is in Andalusia.
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    Field Management

    Rolling gateways with your car works well, low speed, first gear.
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    Trailer Security - hitch lock or wheel lock

    Some years ago I parked at a riding/livery yard (with their permission) to go for a hack with a friend. It was a busy yard, a Saturday morning, plenty of people about (there's also another business run there with customers in and out). i left my trailer with a wheel clamp on a rear wheel and...
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    shows cancelled / general worries re the coronavirus

    I doubt local shows will be able to get event insurance from their usual insurers (BRC or elsewhere) so they will all need to cancel even if they'd rather not. Doing without horse shows for a few months is well worth it for preventing people's deaths from this virus.
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    Forget the toilet roll and hand sanitiser, I just panic bought a horse!

    Mmm he is super. Criollo x TB sounds a wonderful cross. Enjoy and have fun! Much better than panic-buying toilet roll or pasta.
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    Redoing my will - what to do with horse?

    Mine are gifted in my will to a good horsey friend with her agreement (and her husband and daughter are horsey too) together with £2000 (today's value) for their keep/her inconvenience while she works out what to do with them, and their belongings for her to do as she wishes. I trust her to...
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    Nooooo. They've ended Max's loan!

    My friend (Cambridgeshire - Papworth) has just had one of her two oldies euthanised yesterday. That leaves her with one retiree and two riding horses. The retiree can't be left on his own as he frets too much so she's wondering about taking on another retiree to keep him company while she and...
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    Second chance? Hoof care provider.

    will he eat danilon? if so get that instead of bute and sprinkle on his feed.
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    Second chance? Hoof care provider.

    I would treat the pain with boots (or have regular farrier put shoes back on) and then get my regular farrier (the one who used to shoe him) out in about 8 weeks' time to look over his feet (if barefoot). Definitely wouldn't have the trimmer back.
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    Tethered horses

    Tethering can be done well or can be done badly. So can stabling. We shouldn't be blind to the fact that shutting a horse indoors in a 12 x 12 space for 23 hours a day where it is unable to exhibit normal behaviour, can't touch or groom equine neighbours, can't graze at will, no sunshine on its...
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    Not Ellen looming, but Jorge...

    2 weeks ago I didn't think the ground could get any wetter ... I was wrong, it has rained every day since. I am totally, utterly, comprehensively f****d off with the wet and mud. It's been constant since 1 October. I will take a photo tomorrow as I remember in August thinking the ground was so...
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    Feeling seriously fed up with this weathernow!

    I'm usually a MAWIL for my cycle commute each day and keep a pair of old wellies in a carrier bag just inside field gate for doing horses on way to and from work, but this weather has me beat. Mud in the shoe cleats and they won't clip into the pedals, mud all over hands as I pull shoes off to...