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    Silly post. Really miss my boys.

    This is a really stupid post, sorry. My ex and I split up not quite a year ago. We had two beautiful, incredible black labs together. He kept them and is doing the most amazing job of looking after them. I still see them (and him, obviously) weekly at least, and either we go for lush long...
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    Leaving My Boys :(

    Sorry to post this, I'm in a mess tonight and I didn't know where else to post that people might understand :( I have two beautiful Labradors who are my absolute pride and joy. One is nearly 3 and one is still under a year. I love them to pieces. We've had three during our relationship and I...
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    Dirty Dogs, Clean House?

    Hi everyone, I would really appreciate some help with this! We have two fantastic, but crazy, black Labradors, in a smallish country cottage. They are almost never allowed upstairs, but they have full run of the downstairs when we are there. Downstairs consists of: the 'dog room', which...
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    She's Gone

    Took my darling Puzzle back to the farm today. I'm absolutely heartbroken but she travelled lovely and settled straight away - she didn't even look up as we left. A couple of the youngsters from the set she came in with are also back, so after her 48 hours isolation she'll be back out with...
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    PTS Logistics?

    Quick question as the deed being done tomorrow morning (late night worries, I guess). Horse being PTS is best friends with another horse on yard. Everyone recommending I allow horse time to sniff body etc. and I agree. Just not sure how to manage it? Do I lead horse to body and allow...
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    Puppy Pooing Blood

    9 week old lab pup started pooing blood yesterday. Bright red, not mixed in with the stool at all, either at the beginning or the end of the stool. Sometimes with a little white or clear mucus. No signs of pain and still completely right as rain in himself - drinking and eating fine, playing and...
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    Lab pup photos

    ...cos I want to show him off, and everyone loves a puppy! Willow came home yesterday at 8.3 days. Toilet training off to a good start, as is 'sit'. Bracken is not over-the-moon impressed with him but they are enjoying each other's company and I am 100% certain he'll mellow - once he...
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    Puppy questions.

    Afternoon all, Have 'ordered' our new puppy who is now 4 weeks and so we've got 4 weeks to sort ourselves out again. Feels like a very long time since we last did this (well, two years almost exactly!). Our current dog is a nearly-2 year old entire lab, he's the soppiest mutt ever but...
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    A possibly stupid question - lab colour

    Hi all, I am wondering if someone could help me understand labrador colour genetics, and more specifically, if there are any specific links to health conditions for different colours? So, if you had a litter, with black and brown labs in (obviously same parents for both), would one...
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    Stupid question but... Gamgee/bandage washing?

    Hope this isn't a totally ridiculous question! Horse has v bad mud fever ATM, vet in attendance and we're obviously treating it - but we're just creating reams and reams of messy fleece bandages and the gamgee-type padding for underneath it. Got a few that need washing but not sure what...
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    Gallops/Fittening Work

    Hi all, As the event season looms and we have a big, young horse to get fit, I was wondering where everyone takes their horses for a good gallop? And also, good XC courses? We're in Gloucestershire but have transport - not too far though!
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    What are you doing with your youngsters this winter?

    Hey :) A quick Puz update and a question about youngsters! Question first: what are you doing with your newly-backed horses this winter? Puzzy has had most of the summer off (lame, then big dental problem, then blew a splint, then needed a new saddle...!) so she's just back in to work now...
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    Where to look for horses at this time of year?

    Hi everyone, I'd really appreciate it if you could help me, I thought this would be a good place to ask! At the end of the season, our eventer was PTS. My OH (who is the rider) is keen to look for a new ride this side of the winter, firstly because he has nothing else to ride, and...
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    Planned Euthanasia

    I'm looking for opinions on which method is best for a planned euthanasia. I have never held a horse before but feel its important for me to hold this one. The facilities allow either and so it really is a personal choice. Horse is not needle nor head shy. Also, opinions/experiences with...
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    Dauntsey BE90 Tomorrow

    What dressage test is it?! Pretty certain its 95 but they've removed it from the website and made space for results instead! Thannksss...
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    A Year Ago Tomorrow...

    Chloe was put to sleep. I won't be able to post tomorrow, I have a very busy and important day at uni, but I wanted to post so there was somewhere to hold my emotions. Someone once said "it's a fearful thing, to love what death can touch". Chloe was my first dog, my best friend, my...
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    Would love some advice!

    Hi everyone, This is the first time I've really posted in here about the horse, as he's only competing BE90...! But we could really use any advice people have for us! A bit of background. Horse is ridden by OH, I know nothing! But I try to be as supportive as possible. We bought pony in...
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    A willy question.

    Bracken (1year 4 months - balls intact) seems to get his willy out when he's relaxed?! He never does it in public but when he's chilling out on the sofa, he puts it right out? It's all the same colour pink and he's not sore with it, it goes away of his own accord - do I need to worry about...
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    Pictures: I've had a really awful day :(

    It's nearly bed time for me after a really long day at the yard. 3 out of the 4 horses we have on the yard seem to be having some sort of allergic reaction to something. I'll put the photos first: This is D, tbx mare. Came in from field yesterday, a few bumps but we assumed fly bites. This...
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    Where do you buy your flair strips?

    Looking for the cheapest (but honest!) place to buy flair strips - in bulk! Any ideas?! x
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    Can anyone help with why I don't have Olympic Channel 8?

    As question... Missing 5 and 8 but got all the others!!!
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    Mudfever :@

    Evening all, Puz has mudfever, currently very mild in on the skin but her heel bulb is very infected and very sore. Bless her. Farrier came out today, we've completely clipped her feet up to her fetlocks, I've shampooed with medicated shampoo, hibiscrubbed and then dried - then sudocremed...
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    Answers on a postcard...?!

    So, this is Puzzle's near hind.... Its the purple bit, right on the heel bulb, you're looking at - the blobs aren't scabby, just colourations of the hoof. The purple bit is warm, squishy, and under the skin - its not scabby (apart from the natural roughness of her hoof). She is...
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    Videos: Lameness? :(

    NB: You will need to click on the 'picture' to get the video. I would really appreciate it if you could have a look at Puzzle and tell me what you think. Any thoughts really appreciated. This is a video from last week (sorry its rubbish): And then a few from today...
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    Bracken.

    Haven't posted on here for ages but was watching the handsome pup today and thought I should :) I also wonder whether he wins the 'dog with the biggest tongue' competition?! He's 1year 2months old now, he's not grown much in the last month or so. He's bigger than Chlo, and far, far more...
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    INFO on FARRIERS: R.Blatchford, A. Guyton.

    Hi guys, Please could you PM me if you have any info (good or bad!) on either Ralph Blatchford, or Adam Guyton? Our lovely perfect farrier is needing a long time off, and I need to switch. Otherwise, any recommendations for farriers in Glos, who are patient with all horses and can...
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    An all-in-one thread (hacking/hi-viz/barefoot/horseflies)

    Hi :) Ok, trying to do it all in one thread so I don't flood the forum with pointlessness! First... Puz and I went hacking today :) ok, so we only went down the road, about 200metres, and my OH walked by her side, BUT it was our first time ever with our feet touching anything but school...
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    Really need a hand RE: field.

    Hi all, We have a field and at the top of the field (not technically in our field) is a spring. We've never had issues with it before but this year, perhaps due to all the rain, our field now has a river running through it-and it's pooling at the bottom, making a lovely bog. At the...
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    Alternatives to haynets?

    Hi all, I am looking for some alternatives to haynets!! A horse on the yard needs to have his head as low down as possible when eating, but eating off the floor is causing a lot of mess and we are a little concerned about him eating straight off the concrete as it can get quite dusty. We...
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    How do you start hacking out a horse?

    Hi :) Sorry, its another Puzzle thread! My instructor and I have decided that now is the time to begin hacking the Puz out. She is walking and trotting successfully in the school, turns and stops etc. She needs to pick up some speed in her walk, but that would be best sorted out, out...
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