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    Sell? PTS?

    If you fel that you may be wrong about him settling further, then why not set yourself a time limit and see how he is after that and then make any decisions? I had a mare that had the most wonderful temperament, but it was only with hindsight that I could see that it took her around a year...
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    Sell? PTS?

    My heart is breaking for your poor horse, in my view pts would be ending his suffering, emotional pain can be as severe as any physical pain and to be constantly stressed and unhappy isn't a good life for him and he is at risk of ending up far worse off with the wrong person and life being even...
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    TB's rescued from stud

    There are some awful stories of neglect by Hillside, and animals that appeals are put out for and are then mysteriously never seen again. There is currently a petition running to ask for a thorough investigatgion of the place from stories of neglect and animals buried on the site. A quick...
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    Leo flipped and smashed a carriage to pieces tonight

    So sorry to hear about your awful experience, funnily enough my dad had exactly the same experience with a cob bought from travellers. He was a well behaved horse until something went 'wrong' when he would completely panic, it was evident that he had been beaten quite badly when something...
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    For those who have given up horses...would you go back?

    I loved having horses and had boundless enthusiasm for even the most mundane jobs; tack cleaning was something I enjoyed and took pride in, a well turned out mount was important and poo picking was my daily meditation. I loved a rhythmic canter through the fields and the clip clop of hooves on...
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    :-( Thor the rescue horse

    I wonder if the link has been removed in case of potential prosecutions being affected. Hopefully any remaining horses will be well looked after; I wish that all 'rescues' had to face regular inspections; far too many supposedly rescue horses end up in a worse predicament when they deserve...
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    Falling out of love with horses

    I think reducing numbers and then see how you feel is the way forwards. I had my mare pts a few years ago and although I miss her, I feel liberated like I never have for years. I've more money in my pocket, I'm not constantly watching every season for too much or too little rain, whether...
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    Fell pony owners out there

    I think Nativelover has summed up the handling with *respectfully* My mare was by Heltondale Black Prince III and had a wonderful temperament, she would really look after her rider and take you anywhere. But if you ever tried to boss her then all hell would break loose! I bought mine as a...
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    Guide pony!

    I think it's a terrible idea, that pony was still a foal and should be learning manners and proper playing with its equine companions, not being dragged round a supermarket. As YCBM has said, it is expected to go against all of its natural instincts and how many times on here do people say...
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    Public Liability

    World horse welfare champion plus cover will provide cover when your horse is riiden by other people or employees, it's £52 per year.
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    Heartbreaking news

    I think sahara is friends with cobsarefab going by her profile, so I suspect it was a genuine mistake. I'm delighted to hear that Rupert has been doing well though, such a cute pony!
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    The most horrific morning. Heartbroken

    I'm sorry, the same thing happened to my mare and it still haunts me. However, I've also witnessed a shooting go wrong, which was far worse. You did your best for your horse and I'm sure she wouldn't have been that aware. I hope you can remember the happier times that you shared with her...
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    Had a really poor dentist - could this be the reason for everyth

    If you can get hold of one then I'd really recommend trying a leather bit, I've seen difficult to bit horses transformed by one and they tend to keep the mouth moist whereas plastic or rubber can be drying which can cause issues.
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    Had a really poor dentist - could this be the reason for everyth

    I really feel for you Wagtail, it can be soul destroying when you know somthings just not right. The good thing is that you do have options, and like others Id be getting a full vet work up done, the stiffness and standing camped out could indicate something like pssm. It would be worth it to...
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    Partner not happy about horse costs

    I had to give up horses for a few years when I first got married. Once we were stable financially I got back into them. Relationships are about compromise and I also think your boyfriend has a valid point, if the roles were reversed and he was spending lots of money on an expensive car hobby...
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    My toddler wants to name his new mini Shetland mare 'Kevin' HELP

    Another here that likes Kevin, although we did have a female guinea pig called Norman and a goat called David courtesy of my children years ago.
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    Road-proofing your horse - response to hacking thread.

    Can I suggest watching Barry Hook vids on youtube? He has some vids of ponies that he is traffic proofing that might be useful for some. I absolutely echo mrs B though, a schoolmaster is invaluable. I know plenty mentioned on the other thread how bombproof gypsy cobs can be in traffic, and...
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    Should we take responsibility for the horses we take hacking?

    It doesnt have to be oncoming traffic though; my mare was totally bombproof in traffic, but on one stretch of A road the road was extremely narrow and we had to pass a pipe bridge which she always looked at. I would always wait for a gap in the traffic as one tiny side step and we would have...
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    Should we take responsibility for the horses we take hacking?

    It is definitely our responsibility to have safe, confident horses, but traffic proofing them in itself needs to be done safely. I knew a rider who had a traffic shy horse that would bolt and she insisted on riding it on busy roads, risking herself, her horse and every other road user. I...
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    Protecting deep central sulcus from sand

    Make sure the sulcus is clean and dry and then pack with sudocrem and cotton wool. It stays put remarkably well and sorted my horse's frog issues out even in muddy fields.
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    The final decision - what do do after all is done?

    Definitely the right thing. I had my mare pts over a year ago, I had a nightmare the other night where I'd sold her to a home that was totally unsuitable, I managed to sneak in to see her and she was miserable with her head on the floor and saddle sores on her back. I shouted of her and she...
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    Better a day too soon...

    I think that many of us have experienced the guilt of having left things too late, me included. That is why I am pretty much pro euthanasia sooner rather than later, even though we get called murderers or the pts brigade etc. I had a dog that was fit healthy and 9 years old, he developed...
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    Trot Diagonals

    Except I do it the other way, you are sat as the inside hind is on the ground allowing the horse to balance better, and it makes the use of your seat as you sit create impulsion from the inside hind. ;)
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    AHAR (Animal Rescue Animal Hell) PETITION A couple of links here. If you do a search on ahar there are loads of...
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    AHAR (Animal Rescue Animal Hell) PETITION

    You can't defend the indefensible, seeing that pic of the poor dying donkey dragged into a sofa and surrounded by chickens for a money raising photo opportunity shows a complete lack of empathy and compassion for the poor animal. Disgusting behaviour towards an animal obviously suffering...
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    AHAR (Animal Rescue Animal Hell) PETITION

    I'm normally prepared to hear people out and listen to explanations and reasons, but as they aren't forthcoming then I can only assume it's because CM wishes to keep things undercover while trying to constantly change the subject. It seems that there must be something to hide is the only...
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    AHAR (Animal Rescue Animal Hell) PETITION

    Or you could argue that the ones in the wrong are those adults who are reluctant to disclose what has happened to Hero and show any willingness towards transparency, then the trolling , as awful as it is, would probably never have happened in the first place. Also disturbing to read on the...
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    AHAR (Animal Rescue Animal Hell) PETITION

    A young persons facebook page being trolled is easily solved by closing the page or blocking individuals and has nothing to do with the accusations against this charity. It is up to those involved to sort out and irrelevant to requests for transparency. How is Hero doing again?
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    AHAR (Animal Rescue Animal Hell) PETITION

    How is Hero doing then?