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    Pony has ouchy feet - not sure what to do....

    So coblet is acting lame for the first since I've had him (nearly 6 years). Rode him over the weekend and he was very reluctant to trot on hard surfaces. hes been off work for a few days and still is nodding on (I think) the front offside. He hasn't had any change of management. Foot doesn't...
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    Moving to Smallholding - land questions

    SO We've finally accepted an offer on our house and it looks like our move to a smallholding in Wales is going full steam. We have a 3.5 acre smallholding lined up in North Pembrokeshire only 10 min drive from the coast. To say I'm excited is the understatement of the year, even the OH is now...
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    Shopping - driving harnesses

    Any recommendations on to where to find a reasonably priced driving harness for a 14hh cob with a broad back and a chunky head? Tried a friend's cob-sized synthetic on him and the saddle gave virtually no wither clearance and was squeezing in behind his shoulders. However all the rest of the...
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    Hacking in Pembrokeshire (North)

    Hi all, If the fates are kind then we will be moving to North Pembs this year. I have a coblet who mostly hacks and will be on the lookout for new routes and people to meet. We will hopefully be based between Newport and Cardigan just off the main A-road If anyone can advise good hacking...
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    Window shoppong - first riding pony

    Now I'm not looking seriously at the moment, not least because of lockdown. But the mini me is very keen on ponies and has been having lessons and so.e rides on my coblet. However he is of the sort to take the Michael if you dont have a back up.to your leg and he is just not a first ridden...
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    What colour is my pony?

    My BC pony Captain has been with me for 5 years now and I'm still not sure what colour he technically is. I usually just say black. .. His passport says blue Roan. But I thought you cannot have roans with big white markings. Any coat experts out there able to make any educated guesses? His...
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    Riding banned in France and other countries in lockdown

    Ok. Yeaterday someone I know posted on FB that she had been told that horse riding had been banned in france and anyone becoming injured as a result of riding faced a fine during lockdown as a waste of ambulance and medical resources. Today I saw this post shared by several others ❗️ATTENTION...
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    Training - Driving Cob

    I've started longlining the coblet who has taken to it like he's been doing it all his life. Happy to go round the village at any pace, could do with a bit more patience standing at junctions but nothing silly. My working theory is he was a gypsy/traveller horse before being dumped in a field...
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    Pony stood on daughters foot

    Took mini one (7yo) down to the yard today for a treat ride. Allowed her to walk pony up to the gate but then the second I took my eyes off them to unbolt it he trod on the side of her foot trying to get his head down. Ride didnt happen as it was getting late and he foot was painful. Got her...
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    If fear I may have made a mistake...

    I just bought my 7yo daughter her first 'proper' riding lesson. She loves playing and riding with C so much I thought it would do her good to have a go on something closer to her size. This may be the next monetary sinkhole in my life if she get's bitten by the bug!
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    Happy hacks

    I don't know whether the sunny weather has improved my mood significantly but I've been finding the pony hilarious on hacks over the last few weeks. Whether its jumping over puddles for no reason or giving the wary eyes and sideways gavottes at blades of grass that have the temerity to blow in...
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    Ouchie - broken hand

    Now I don't usually jump but there were a few cross poles in the school last night so I thought 'Why not'.So pony got quite into it, even cantering up to the jumps which is very unlike him,usually he likes to demolish them. We decided to the last one which was a bit bigger, pony took off...
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    Local stray with kittens - thinking about adopting.

    Long story short - possible dog adoption has been put on hold for the time being. In the meantime a heavily preggers kitty turned up on our cul-de-sac, no body has claimed her and a local lady (experienced) has taken her in to foster her while she had the kittens. Had a video back from her first...
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    All day turnout.

    Ive really enjoyed moving yards as cobley is now only 5 mins walk from home instead of 20 min drive. New yard have offered to start keeping them out full time as the grass is coming on nicely and the clay fields are nicely drained. I would like to do this but have two niggly thoughts. One is...
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    Traditional cob showing

    I did a tiny local show last December just for the hell of it (something I've never done before) and the judge said the bog beast would do quite well in a Trad Cob or Gypsy Vanner Class. Anybody know of some fun shows in the Oxfordshire area? Best pics I could find of him side on - any thoughts...
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    Best breeds for considering for first time dog owning family.

    So the OH has tentatively opened the door on dog ownership in the future year or so. He's not a 'doggie' person but wants our 7yo daughter to have the experience. I've had dogs during my teenage years, but nothing at home in the last 20 years, although I have many years of volunteering at a...
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    Bloody cats

    So we lost our old cat last month to a.liver tumour at only 10 years old. This month this rat bag decided to make us worry. After the big freeze a few weeks ago she came.in with a sore muddy leg. Looked ok but wouldn't let me.check closely. Was sore for a day or two and then seemed to go back...
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    Bug bites (human)

    I have been suffering from bug bites this year which always seem to coincide with a spell of wet weather. .the bites are fairly large and swollen, more like midge bites than flea bites. 90% of them occur in the day and between knee and foot even though I'm wearing leggings and socks which are...
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    Dust free hay for good doer with allergies

    So I've made the decision to.move Cap from my friends yard where he's basically looked after dor.me but is 20 mins drive away to mostly DIY at a yard that literally.5.mins walk from my house. He moves over in 2 weeks One thing I have realised is that working full time is I'm going have to plan...
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    Migrating to wales

    So we're staying with friends in Pembroke over the weekend. Going to be viewing more possible properties with land. I think we're completely mad to be going at this full steam ahead but the more we do it the more I'm into the idea of having the ponies at the end of the garden. Looking...
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    Is it springtime?

    With all the new grass we have had the footiness now we have the silliness. Blue cross captain is in the dog house today after getting over excited on the hack today and dunping me in the middle of a field (first time in years). Then pegging off in search of pastures.new. That was the...
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    speyed kitten - escapologist from wound protection

    Our kitten was speyed on Wednesday and has been pretty groovy about the whole thing. The only thing is she will not keep anything on to stop her getting at the wound. The main problem is she's so damn small. Buster collars last about 10 minutes before they'e off, bandages about half an hour...
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    Dust free hay for good doer pony?

    So we're heading towards spring soon and pony has been doing well with no cough over the winter. he's been on haylage over the winter and done well. In fact only had one cough when we had to give them dry hay in the field (delivery was late) so I'm sure now that it is one of his triggers. Due...
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    Crossed fingers - finally cracked the cough?

    My hairy coblet has had a cough for the best part of 6 months- he's got a dust allergy and we've spent a looong time tweaking his management to get it better. I just realised today that we'd just done a hour hack with no coughing / wheezing at all and the YO has said she hasn't heard him cough...
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    Beginner clipper questions

    A friend has kindly given me a pair of clippers for nothing. They are used and seem to be in good condition. However, I've previously paid a friend to do my boy and I could do with an idiot's guide of what to check on the clippers to make sure they are in good enough nick to use...
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    Kitten (s) - should you have two at once?

    We've taken on a 8 week old kitten - Rosie is getting on great after being with us a week. No problems as yet - knows where all her bowls and tray are, exploring the whole house with confidence and even Bob (our 9 year old cat) is tolerating her. They've been in a room together a couple of times...
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    Racehorse "Rollercoaster"

    Just watched an article on ITV news about this racehorse training machine - never seen anything like it and wondered what people on here might think of it. http://www.itv.com/news/2017-07-11/the-future-of-racing-new-20m-machine-puts-horses-through-their-paces/
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    Livery Yard - stay or go

    I'm unsure whether I want to stay at my current yard, nothing I can really put my finger on apart from lack of 24 turnout in the summer. It has good hacking, run by someone I know who checks horses 2-3 times every 24 hrs and can't fault the care of my pony on 5 day part livery. But I'm still...
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    Management of coughing pony - grass livery?

    I have a bit of a dilemma with C. He's started coughing a bit earlier this year - most likely because it has been so dry. He was diagnosed with a dust allergy last year, we keep him on wood pellets, and he has soaked hay and a bit of Happy Hoof with Airways in to help. The cough is present...
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    Livery Yards - Vale of White Horse/Wantage

    Can anyone recommend a livery yard near Wantage? I'm looking for a part livery arrangement - what is the general price in the area?
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