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  1. Art Nouveau

    Considering a working cocker spaniel, what other breeds might suit instead?

    My sister is considering a worker cocker spaniel as her next dog but is open to other suggestions if there might be something better suited. The wish list is: 1. Small or small to medium sized, but not toy sized 2. Easily trained and loves being with people and 'working' eg retrieving, scent...
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    Cat's infected paw, hibiscrub?

    10 days ago our cat came home with a hugely swollen paw. She was given an antibiotic injection and sent home with painkillers. We took her back on Monday as there was no improvement and were given a cone collar and hibiscrub. Took her back on Friday after still no improvement and were given...
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    Headshaking after a sinus tumour?

    This is going to be a long and convoluted post as there's a lot of history and I don't want to miss anything important. TL: DR could a sinus tumour (removed) cause headshaking/trigeminal nerve issues that are slightly alleviated with magnesium supplementation, but possibly not enough to remove...
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    Cavesson or sidepull? Why do cavessons have 3 rings?

    As I've been doing more in-hand work with my mare in her cavesson (the leather wrapped around a chain type) but normally ride her in a Transcend bitless bridle (sidepull with a curb strap so it has two reins) it got me pondering the different mechanisms. The cavesson has 3 rings across the nose...
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    Measuring land online accuracy

    I went to look at a field to rent (sole use) today advertised at 2.5 acres. I wasn't convinced when I saw it that it was that big so came home and measured it on Magic.gov.uk. It's a little tricky as the field boundaries are new and not showing on the map, so I'm having to work off what I can...
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    Horse shopping decisions - advice please

    I'm looking for a horse to buy as a project and currently have two options, both of which I could view this weekend. I'd love to pick the brains of HHO's collective wisdom :) My aim is to bring a horse back into work and sell at the end of about a year. Horse A 11 years old, has evented and...
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    What is a 'mother/daughter share?'

    Intrigued as I keep seeing this on adverts and I can't figure out what the underlying assumption is. Is it that the mother just wants a quiet horse to hack on while the daughter competes? Or that the mother is experienced while the daughter is learning? Something else? Would people pay...
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    Grass livery near Hurst, Reading

    or DIY, but with 24/7 turnout available most of the year. Does anyone know of anywhere with spaces? I'm going to trawl the local tack shops tomorrow. It's not urgent, as I'm just doing the sums to see if I can afford a horse as my last share ended in September and I haven't found another...
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    Old ads - when to assume horse is sold?

    A few weeks ago an advert for a horse appeared on my sidebar and it caught my eye. I've spent the last couple of weeks pondering whether I am in a position to buy and keep a horse again, but have just noticed that the advert was put up in September. I know winter can be a slow time to sell a...
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    Canter aid - inside or outside leg?

    I've recently been very fortunate in being offered the opportunity to ride an Elementary schooled dressage horse a few times a week. I've always been taught that the canter aid is inside leg on the girth, outside leg just behind the girth. The horse I'm riding now canters from just using the...
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    RDA near Manchester for multiple sclerosis

    Can anyone advise me on looking for an RDA group southeast-ish of Manchester? I'll be making some phone calls tomorrow but I like having personal recommendations as well :-) I'm assuming it's fairly simply to call a centre, advise them of the situation and take it from there, but just in case...
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    Yes or No - new share

    Long post, sorry! I went to try out a potential new share horse today but I'd appreciate some advice :-) I'll try to lay this out clearly. Horse is a 15.2 TB, 9 year old ex-racer, bay gelding. Ridden in a loose ring, single jointed snaffle with rubber cheek guards, flash (fairly tight) and...
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    Trying a potential new share horse :-)

    I'm trying out a potential new share horse tomorrow. I'm hugely excited as my last share horse was sold at the end of September and I've only ridden a couple of times since then. I'm also a little nervous as the horse I'm trying tomorrow has competed at Elementary dressage and I've only competed...
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    Horsey withdrawal sysmptoms

    I was riding a lovely ISH mare on a share agreement two days a week which ended last Friday as the mare has been sold. I rode her Tuesday afternoons and Friday mornings so this afternoon I've been at a bit of a loose end and missing her loads. Been spending the free time searching for potential...
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    dressage lessons near Reading

    My current horse share has just ended so I'm looking for somewhere to have lessons until I have found a new share horse. Can anyone recommend anywhere? I've been riding my horse share at prelim dressage level and was working on her lateral work. I'm looking for somewhere that has more than the...
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