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  1. HeyMich

    BHS/PC membership options

    Quick question for the wonderful HHO hive mind... I have the BHS Gold membership, have done for years, and am intending to keep it (or a viable alternative) on in the long term. However, my kids are keen riders and are very active members of the local pony club. I know they get some sort of...
  2. HeyMich

    Boot ID ??

    Just a quick question, if the lovely HHO doesn't mind? Does anyone recognise the make of these country boots? I think they're at least 10 yrs old, and for the life of me I can't remember what make/model they are. I have quite awkward feet, so being able to order another pair of these would...
  3. HeyMich

    WWYD - vet or rest?

    Quick question if you don't mind? I took my big idiot of a mare on a fun ride on Sat. It started out brilliantly, really enjoyable for the first hour or so, some nice canters across open moorland, and we were all smiling. About an hour in my horse turned into a complete lunatic. She did an...
  4. HeyMich

    Cushings questions...

    Apologies in advance, it's a long one... We took on a new pony from a local rescue centre for my son in May. She's a fine wee gypsy cob, 14.2hh, 15 yrs old. We know she's had lami in the past, and there were signs of recent hoof abscesses, so I had the possibility of Cushings in the back of my...
  5. HeyMich

    Prascend/Pergolide - where to buy?

    So, my son's lovely cob mare has just had a positive TRH stim test. It's no real surprise to be honest, she was borderline a few months ago, and she's really gone downhill these past few weeks - she's lost a lot of condition, she's really lethargic, she's had another hoof abscess... One PC...
  6. HeyMich

    FEC results

    Hello lovely HHOers. I hope you are all well and surviving the apocalypse? Just a quick question, if you don't mind me picking your brains.... I have a 22 yr old retired companion mare (Welsh cross, 15.2hh) who has repeated high FEC results. When I say high, they range from 500 ish to 1500 epg...
  7. HeyMich

    Jumping

    Nelly, my big idiot of a horse, absolutely loves jumping. She's not graceful or talented in any shape or form (think 16.2hh elephant with feet the size of satellite dishes), but the ears go forwards and she pulls me into the jump like it's about to disappear. She jumps big too, and it almost...
  8. HeyMich

    Travel boots/bandages - do you/don't you?

    As title really. I've had my mare (16.2 IDx, idiot of a horse) for over 3 yrs now and have never travelled her in boots, bandages etc. Similarly, the kids' ponies are both travelled with bare legs. We go out in the trailer for hacking, PC, clinics etc probably once a week on average. As far as...
  9. HeyMich

    What is this? Should I be worried?

    We have recently taken on a wee rescue cob for my son to ride. She's 15y/o, 14.2, has had bouts of lami in the past apparently (according to the rescue charity, but severity unknown), but is now slim and a healthy condition (can feel her ribs easily, no crest, no gutter etc). She's ridden...
  10. HeyMich

    Stable sizes

    What's the smallest stable size you would use for a chunky 12.2 pony? Our wee herd of 3 has become 4! Yeay!! Kids are over the moon, as they no longer have to share and swap half way on hacks. The problem is that we only have 3 stables. It's only a slight problem really, as all of the beasts...
  11. HeyMich

    The kindness of others

    After a brief comment the post last week about shoes and boots, look what arrived on my doorstep yesterday... Penny Less, thank you so much! They fit and shall be well used. The kindness of others really is wonderful sometimes. Thank you HHO xx
  12. HeyMich

    Ideas please?

    Hello lovely HHOers, I wonder if you could throw some ideas for horse names my way please? Something that sounds like or similar to Susie, for a black/grey/white coloured cob. The only thing I can think of is Sooty, which is nice, but maybe not perfect.... Thanks all x
  13. HeyMich

    Little victories .... I think!

    So, the trailer was out and hitched up today (after OH used it to collect some much needed fencing over the weekend) so I thought I'd do some trailer training with the Stompy One. I remember watching a Warwick Schiller program about 'choose where you work, choose where you rest' so I thought it...
  14. HeyMich

    Chickens and eggs...

    Could I pick the all-knowing HHO brain please? We took delivery of 2 new chickens just over a week ago, from a local friend who was downsizing her flock. They look happy and healthy here in their new home - they have plenty of space on grass, fresh water, layers pellets, crushed oyster shells...
  15. HeyMich

    Another 'which bedding' post...

    Sorry to ask a question that has already been asked a gazillion times before. Think of it as a useful distraction to the unfolding zombie apocalypse... I'm running out of bedding (I've always used bog standard shavings) and, as I don't really want to have to go to the local agricultural supply...
  16. HeyMich

    Boxing up to go hacking

    We are lucky enough to have the horses at home, but have no arena or dry fields to ride in. All PC rallies/lessons/activities have been cancelled. During the CV19 shut down, do you think boxing up to go to the forest to hack is ok? We don't generally see anyone at the usual hacking spots...
  17. HeyMich

    Scabby legs. Opinions and help please!

    Hi All. Just wondering if I can pick the communal HHO brain, please? It's another scabby leg question! We have a 15hh cob-x companion horse, who is 22 and only in very light work (like a gentle hack once a month, nothing more). She's out 24/7 in a 2 acre field (hilly with boggy and dry...
  18. HeyMich

    Colebridge Stud

    Just musing and reminiscing with a friend... We had 2 beautiful mares from the Colebridge Stud when I was growing up in the 70s, 80s and early 90s - Colebridge Golden Glory (Penny, palomino PBA) and Colebridge Golden Venus (Nessy, chestnut PBA), both out of Colebridge Morning Star. We bred...
  19. HeyMich

    Black Friday Deals??

    Has anyone seen any Black Friday Deals yet? (Other sales are available...) I'm after a new set of clippers and a 'few' other bits and bobs, of course, so I'm keeping my beady eye out for sales... If you lovely HHO-ers could let us know if you see anything advertised, I'm sure folk would...
  20. HeyMich

    Happy tail

    So, our newly re-homed 2 yr old lab has 'happy tail'. Except it's making us anything but happy! It's been going on about 6-7 weeks now, he initially caught it on something out exploring in the woods. It bleeds daily, the kitchen looks like someone has been massacred! I'm getting fed up of...
  21. HeyMich

    Hoof abscess and turnout

    Horse had an abscess dug out by the vet on Fri. Quite easy to find, and drained well. Wet poultice put on, and a kept in stable overnight. Over the weekend, I've hot tubbed it and reapplied wet poultice each day. I turned her out Sunday afternoon and again this morning with plastic bag gaffer...
  22. HeyMich

    Boots on a kids' pony... would you?

    Hi All, I'd like to pick the communal HHO hoof care brains please... So, we have an awesome wee 12.2 Welsh C for the kids. My 11 yr old son has totally got the pony bug, and is happily w/t/c and doing wee jumps by himself. We've even joined the local pony club. Yeay! The problem is, that when...
  23. HeyMich

    Disappearing mane...

    I'm a bit stumped. We've been away on hols for the past 10 days. Had a couple of friends come and see the horses twice daily, do field checks and top up water etc. No one has mentioned any strange goings-on, and the horses all appear happy and healthy on my return. However, my mare seems to...
  24. HeyMich

    Video This blew my brains just a little bit...

    A friend just posted this on FB. It's absolutely amazing! How do they remember where to go? And how many hours did they spend practicing? Blew my brains just a little bit...
  25. HeyMich

    A few wee niggles...

    I can't shake the feeling that my mare is slightly off. Just a few niggly things really, so if you don't mind I'm going to list them here and see what the collective HHO mind comes up with. I've spoken to the vet about all of this, and she is going to pop out to see us next week. The vet agrees...
  26. HeyMich

    Organising rugs...

    Can anyone give me some top tips please? We've recently moved house and now have land/stables at home, but it means that in the last 3 months I've gone from 1 horse to 3. (My husband says it was inevitable really, and I have to agree! And it may not end at 3... :-) ) However, the rugs are...
  27. HeyMich

    Show bridle recommendations

    Hi All, My IDx mare currently has a Micklem bridle (X-full) and goes really well in it. However, I'm planning on doing some local showing shows (in-hand and ridden classes) and I'm not really sure if a Micklem is acceptable in the show ring. Anyone got any good recommendations for a...
  28. HeyMich

    New home, new pony, new routine... help!

    Hi All, Not sure if you'll remember, but I posted a few weeks ago about us moving house to somewhere with land so that I can have my horse at home with us. Yeay! All very exciting indeed. However, in true style, I am stressing about the most minute of details - I think it is effectively...
  29. HeyMich

    Land management books

    I remember a thread not so long ago that mentioned some good books for general horsey land management, but I've searched and searched to no avail. Could someone please remind me what the book(s) might have been? It's for an xmas pressie for the OH, so that he can take care of our newly bought...
  30. HeyMich

    Pony shopping - aaarrghhh!!

    So, I'm in the process of hunting for a pony. Yeay! or more accurately Aarghh! The internet is a minefield! Who do you trust, and what can you believe? To give you an example, I went to see a gorgeous little hafflinger at the weekend, really sweet and my son enjoyed riding her (in an enclosed...
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