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    Cross tying in trailer

    I have issue with loading the pony. Normally he is happy to walk into the trailer and stand with me at his head. The moment I go to pop up the rear bar he steps back. I know it is all about ground work etc and on the ground he is perfect, there is something about being in the trailer he...
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    Saddle Pad Shopping

    I am looking for a Navy quilted saddle pad for a GP 17" saddle. Nothing too fancy or too padded, but it must have Velcro girth straps. Its driving me nuts. Half the pics I see on line aren't clear enough to see the girth straps. The other half with Velcro straps are either forward cut for...
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    Hunt ride need more braking.

    In an effort to give pony some thing to interest him, I am taking him for a 'hunt-hack' at the weekend. Normally I ride him in an a frenchlink eggbutt snaffle & cavesson nose band, but I am thinking I might need a few extra brakes as he is not used to being in a large group apart from a show...
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    Tense and worried pony

    I'm sorry this may be long! Pony is 13, I have had him for 12 years. He has always been difficult to move forward, nappy and planting. Over the years we have had some improvement, but once again he is showing more stress when I am asking him to work. To start with, he is slow and nappy...
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    Equestrian Employers Association

    Is it worth joining? We only have 2 employees and run a small stud/riding school. Trying to get all the paperwork sufficient that we get 5 stars on the Council approval licence. Even though the manager has been with us for 34 years we still have to record appraisal & staff training. etc. I...
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    Seat bones

    I have only just got back on board after almost 6 months of little riding. I am particularly noticing my left seat bone. Yes, it is a little sore but it more the fact that I feel like it is bearing more weight than my right. I am much stronger on my RHS, more leg muscle etc and a tendency for...
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    Pony grumpy with his friend

    I have 2 geldings, one is companion pony. Both kept here at home in stables/pens in the corner of the farm yard. They are turned out for the best part of the day and in at night. Number 1 gelding M is a bolshy monster. We have always done ground work and he knows how to behave around me...
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    Shoes are off somewhere!

    I realised a couple of days ago that pony had removed his front shoes. They are somewhere in his muddy field. Not unduly worried as he is not in work because of the wet conditions, BUT they are 'made to measure' spider shoes as he is on remedial farriery for laminitis. Only held on by 2 nails...
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    Trailer Tow Bar Height?

    With a tricky loader, I am trying to address anything/everything that might be an excuse for him not to load. I have removed everything that rattles, given him a nice soft cushion for his bum and am now looking at the tow bar height. I suspect the trailer is not level once it is hitched up, so...
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    Air Jackets. do they help?

    Having been bucked off the pony the other day onto the hard ground in a stubble field, I am wondering if my air jacket actually worked properly. I have a Hit-air which I wear when riding, normally without my BP underneath. I thought as I was flying through the air that it would be ok I have my...
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    Grass Free Turnout pen??

    It looks as though pony has EMS, vet coming to x-ray on monday but his comments on cresty neck and fat pads seem conclusive. I will need to construct some kind of grass free area but don't really know where to start. I have 2 small paddocks which are for my ponies use, ( on farm at home) but...
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    Returning Loan pony

    Just want to use you helpful people as a sounding board. I want to return the cob i have on loan to his Mum. He's been with me for nearly 2 years as a companion/hack, but in those 2 years we have never really got him going as I would have liked, ie fit enough to do a gentle 2 hr hack etc. He...
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    For the pony who has Everything!!

    My mother has suggested she takes me shopping to her local tack shop to buy me &/or pony our birthday/Christmas pressie. but what do we want? We have every thing we need, so please HHO'rs give me your suggestions of what we might find find in a decent tackshop that we didn't know we needed...
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    Bedding for a box Walker

    Loan cobby is a box walker, He has rubber mats over concrete. I have tried shavings, but admittedly I did not lay a full bed, he shouldn't have straw as he coughs, cont leave him out this time of year. So..... should I just carry on with 1 bag shavings which i can stretch to last a week just...
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    Judging coloureds?

    I found myself judging a coloured class at a small show today. What should I have been looking for in reference to the colour? Most were piebald, with varying degrees of white vs black. All were different shapes & sizes. In the end I went for confirmation and soundness over colour, but how...
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    Midnight feast for a cob!!

    So cob pony barged his way out of his pen last night ( someone (me) hadn't done his chain up ). Made his way into the feed room & helped himself to some pony nuts, soaked sugar beet a mouthfull or 2 of crushed barley ( cattle feed), oh and some chook pellets, finished his meal off with a few...
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    Whip issues and stubborn pony

    I hope this wont be controversial, really I am looking for alternative suggestions. Pony is very slow off my leg, not helped by constant nagging which I am now getting better at not doing! However the 'back your leg aid up with the schooling whip' approach does not work. If anything, it...
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    Equitrek owners...

    I know this has been done to death but I wanted to throw out another warning to those of you who drive your horses about in an Equitrek. My neighbour recently travelled her eventer to a competition approx 70 miles away. When she arrived the horse's back leg was covered in blood with a nasty...
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    Music to Ride to..

    Do you play music while you ride, if so, what do you play? What does your horse like? Not thinking about dressage to music but something motivational to get him moving forward. I have recently discovered Spotify and while riding out round the farm today, tried the 'Housework' playlist...
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    Trailer/Lorry Bedding

    Do you use bedding in your trailer or lorry? I have a trailer with rubber mats over an acrylic floor so no rotting issues but like to use bedding as I think it makes a more comfortable ride for the ponies. However, I seem to loose a good deal of it every time we go anywhere as it is...
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    Clipping toenails

    The lurcher is in dire need of a toenail trim. Unfortunately she hates it and everyone involved ends up stressed, scratched and bloody. Ideally I would like to give her something to zone her out for a little while so we can get the job done quickly and quietly. Can we get something effective...
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    Lopsided Rider

    Those of you who have read my posts in the past may remember the problems I have had getting pony more forward. Cutting a long story short, my new instructor has been very helpful and organised a different vet physio & saddle checks for pony, who now after 3 treatments and a new saddle has...
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    Pokey Nosed Pony

    At the risk of some harsh criticism, I am asking for help. Said pony is very slow off the leg, has always been. For various reasons I have not been able to solve the issue. You can see from the photo we do not look a pretty sight, and his saddle looks too far forward. I have real difficulty...
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    Is there a poem?....

    In memory of a dearly loved dog. i hope someone has one or could find me a link. MIL had her elderly cairn PTS yesterday, after a lot of persuasion from family members and the vet. She was a rescue dog of unknown history & was given much love for her last few years with the In Laws. Thanks all.
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    Saturday Good Morning

    Am I the first? Morning everyone. Been up since 2.30 in the lambing shed, one difficult ewe carrying dead lamb so had to get OH up as it was a 2 man job. Just thinking about going back to bed when another started. A muddle of legs & feet of 2 lambs, we have spent an hour not getting very...
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    Dear Horse ( Copied from a face book page)

    Dear Horse, I love you very much, and I truly cherish your presence in my life. I would never wish to criticize you in any way. However, there are a few trivial details regarding our relationship that I think might bear your consideration. First of all, I am already aware that horses can run...
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    Please tell me about air jackets

    After a crashing fall the other day when pony bucked me off at the top of a bank and I landed at the bottom . I am now nursing what qre probably cracked ribs, very painful and have been confined to bed for 2 days so far, I guess a good few more to come too. I am wondering if an air jacket would...
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    Yard first Aid Kits.... Human

    Having had a squished finger yesterday, I found our kit to be somewhat lacking in anything useful. So I was wondering what do you have on the yard. We are actually a farm business but I am sure the injuries would be much the same. Usually crushed or cut fingers or eye problems. Would you...
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    Chain Boots

    My Physio has suggested I make up some chain boots for pony's back legs as part of a regime to encourage him to use himself properly. Has anyone done this? What did you use ? and how did you attach the chains. I am thinking several short lengths threaded onto some velcro around his...
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    NFU Insurance " Loss of Horse"

    Just wondering if anyone has gone through this with the NFU. Thankfully they have paid the vets fees following Carlo's colic surgery & treatment afterwards (including pts). However they could only go to the max on the insurance which was £5K. I am now waiting for them to payup on the loss of...
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