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    cheaper alternatives to haycube for field hay

    Are the horses in the field shod or not? If not, I made a ground slow feeder by adding a zip to a large Harry's Horze slow feeder net.
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    How to tidy up a cob (any videos?)

    I thin using thinning scissors (mane and tail). That way he still looks traditional, but it's a lot easier to manage. Tail is banged about 4 inches below the hock. Thinned from underneath (it still looks full!) and at the top either side. For the mane I brush it all to the wrong side and take...
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    A bit of a WWYD?

    I would buy a gate for the shelter and use it for your own storage/stable, paying your dad off in instalments. As others have pointed out, a 12 x 10 shelter is useless for 6 ponies. My two shelters are this size and my cob (15 hh) and Exmoor (12.1 hh) just about squeeze in one side, but they are...
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    I really need some help

    Agree that saddle sounds like it doesn't fit. Tight around shoulders but lifting at back makes me think too wide, especially if he's had it a few years (has it been reflocked in that time?), as older horses will start to lose muscle in that area (happened to my pony in his 20s). When not...
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    barefoot. New hoof boots

    I have a pair of Galoppers and they do come off at anything above walk for me, but my boy has a stupid amount of feather, so it's hard to get them fastened correctly. They're the reason I went for the Fusion Active - they go over the feather and it takes a lot to get them off (I never lost one...
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    barefoot. New hoof boots

    To be fair, I think you're right to be wary. When they're not a perfect fit, they can cause tripping and stumbling. I don't have a problem with velcro per se, but hate the loops. I find them really fiddly if I have cold fingers. Fortunately my cob very rarely needs boots, now, but if I were...
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    Pictures Is my mare in foal? No one knows...

    Yeah, I'm going to go with pregnant. Her vulva is noticeably slacker on the right hand pic and the teats are starting to point down. Going off PF's pics above, I'd say you've got 3-4 weeks, but I'm not an egg spurt.
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    Sciatica advice/help

    Physios are allowed to work, so do see one. I used to struggle with sciatica for years. What sorted it was cross training. Yoga, swimming (I know you can't do that at the moment!) and running.
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    Rats and Mice 😡

    This isn't true. I have no idea where the idea comes from, but I know of many chicken people who have read it and tried it, with the result that they ended up with fat rats. Perhaps in high doses it is toxic, but dose makes the poison.
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    Normal unbooked access to livery yards when will it return ?

    Absolutely no restrictions on our yard. There never have been. We have a book in place with all the contact details and likes/dislikes relating to each horse in case one of us goes down with it, but thankfully haven't needed it, yet. We are on an old farm, though, so plenty of room.
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    Poor little shetland living all alone:(

    Do you know them well enough to suggest loaning a companion from a charity? I took on a shetland that was living alone for years, but at the time I had the grazing to. I definitely would not print things and put them through the door. Worst course of action in my opinion.
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    Pink nose in summer

    Depends if they have shelter or shade. My cob is pink skinned and I expected to have to sun cream his muzzle, but I've had two summers with him and he really hasn't needed it! I do have shaded areas in the field and a field shelter, though.
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    Would you buy another horse after your current horse is Pts

    Not sure. I'm finding winters really hard these days and my job is permanently temporary (contracts). If I get a permanent job, maybe. If not, probably no, as I find it stressful constantly thinking three years ahead!
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    Frozen carrots?

    I put them in the feeds whole, with the logic that they will thaw them out as they snuffle round them (my cob leaves them until last). I'm trying to use them up before they thaw, as they'll be slimy and disgusting then.
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    Another Turn out rant...

    Sweeping up salt to put down birdseed is nuts. I feed the birds at my yard, but I have hanging feeders and the only thing that goes on the ground is mealworms. No consolation I guess, but mine didn't even move from the shelter for 4 days when the snow hit last week. I'm mucking out twice a day...
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    MUDDY DREADLOCKS

    I trim the tail in the Autumn, to 'show length'. I also thin it out a bit, to make it easier to brush. I do it using thinning scissors and blade. Then it's just a case of making sure it's brushed every time I ride and regular Cowboy Magic conditioner (weekly or so). You could do it cheaper using...
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    Stable / shelter advice please

    Agree that one big shelter is best, with the option to put in a partition in case one needs box rest or for dental work etc. I have a shelter that is divided into two for my two horses and without fail they share one, eating all the haylage in that, before moving into the other for a repeat!
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    Personality change moving yards

    Yes, I moved to a yard many years ago and personality changed with the two I had at the time. One was constantly escaping the field (despite it being ungrazed for months previously) and my ridden pony became a nightmare - went from being a bitless wonder to a fire breathing dragon in a Wilkie...
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    Robin

    Bear in mind that given orally, they're not as effective, as they have to survive first-pass metabolism (removal from circulation by kidneys and liver). Inhaled bronchodilators are much more effective. More of a pain to administer, which is why oral is normally first port of call, but sounds...
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    Can cows spread pneumonia to horses

    Assuming you mean bacterial/viral infection (pneumonia is a symptom, rather than a disease), but yes, they can. They'd have to be in close enough proximity to breathe in the droplets of a cough, though, containing the infectious agent.
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    Robin

    Hi Kamikaze, yes, lungs can be scarred as a result of infection or chronic illness (I'm a research scientist in respiratory disease). Cells in the lung are not fixed in the way they behave. They respond to different things (especially inflammation) by changing into different types of cell...
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    Yard Organisational Porn

    I put shelves up in my store room, to put stored rugs on and feed bags, then more shelves for hoof gear (boots, rasp and so on), first aid kit etc. I have a rug rail (pipe on rope) for dry rugs that are in use, with the excess rope going across the short side of the stable. This bit is used as a...
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    Livery yard woes

    I've done what you've done before and just offered to leave if they turn up. We have to book equipment at work and if the person is 15 minutes late, then they forfeit their booking, as it has a knock on effect.
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    Equi Release gun

    I wouldn't buy the Equi-release simply because it's a human massage gun with equestrian price tag. I have a gun for myself. Have considered using it on large muscle groups on the horse, but I don't think he needs it and I'm already having to let the cat have a go as she goes nuts for the big...
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    Hunting is in a spot of bother

    Quite a few assumptions about me, there. I'll have to disagree strongly that hunting with dogs is functional. Others have already pointed out that the biggest threat to livestock is not foxes. I never said your comparison wasn't clear. Just that it was wildly inappropriate.
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    Hunting is in a spot of bother

    In the case of your analogy between an obligate carnivore killing something due to a prey drive and a pack of dogs trained to kill for sport, perhaps they're just too appalled to put into words what they think? How TF can you even compare those two scenarios?
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    Having horse pts and feel guilty

    I would certainly be ok with having her pts if she was mine. I had an EMS pony for years who became grumpier in the last couple of years (he was always hangry). He was also healthy-ish when pts, nobody else on the yard even knew anything was wrong, once he'd recovered from a bad period of...
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    Saracen Releve

    I fed it to my EMS pony with no issues (and consequently, his girlfriend had it, too). It was fantastic for disguising medication and I don't remember either of them changing behaviour.
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    Mystery pain in pony

    BTW, did the vet take bloods to look at inflammatory profile?
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    Mystery pain in pony

    I'd still go with abdominal pain. Any chance she's eaten something she shouldn't or has access to something - neighbours throwing clippings over or similar? My mare used to struggle with her hind gut a lot on our previous grazing, especially in wet weather. Vet never found anything with her...
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