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    Rambo Step Up Stirrups

    Hello, has anyone got any experience of using the Step Up Stirrups from Rambo? I am short and have some relatively minor mobility challenges and my horse is tall and can fidget at the mounting block. These sound like the answer to my problems, but is it a case of marketing hype and too good...
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    My new horse

    I've been sporadically posting about my adventures in trying to buy a horse in the UK over the last few months, it's been an experience. I've met some lovely people and horses and some not so lovely people with some horses who made me feel very sad.... I have been indecisive and changed my mind...
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    The perils of vetting?

    I’ve been searching for a horse ( happy hacking low level riding club stuff) for a few months now, found one I liked and did 5 stage vetting which it failed long story but a few weeks later repeated the 5 stage but with different vet and it was still a fail so I walked away. Saw a few more...
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    Mystery lameness- (seen by vet and farrier) Long, sorry.

    TLDR version: Horse is lame, front left, particularly on a circle, no swelling or heat in the limb, appears not to be related to an abscess or bruise in hoof. Has anyone experienced anything like this with their horse? Long version: Last Friday my horse and I started off on a hack but...
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    Child issue on livery yard

    I've recently moved to a different part of my yard where there are more horses and more people including some young children. It's very nice but I am quite a socially anxious person so having more people around is not always easy for me, even when they're friendly (which thankfully is the case...
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    Expensive (to buy) horses

    I have recently noticed a very smart looking BE horse for sale for £80,000 Now, I am the first to admit that I'm a terrible hick and I don't suppose every horse I know personally added together would be worth even half that so this is a world into which I have absolutely no insight. am not...
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    Is my boy an Irish Draught? (unregistered)

    I know this isn't a very earth shatteringly important question, and the answer is for the purposes of curiosity only! This is my new boy Alex, I have had him since end June after losing my beloved mare Maggie in April. Of course she can never be replaced, but I have been very fortunate to...
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    Horse Valuation for Insurance Purposes- Advise needed please

    I lost my mare to EAM at the end of April. She was in hospital for 24 hours prior to being put to sleep and I am currently processing a claim for the vet fees and death through my insurance company (E&L) They are actually not too bad by the way-it took me 2 months to get my head around even...
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    Equine Dental issue

    My new horse had the dentist yesterday, just a routine procedure, dentist mentioned he'd seen a mild bit of gum disease but nothing of note. My horse had been eating his haynet before the appointment, afterwards he tried to eat it and nearly choked, dentist pulled the haylage out of his mouth...
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    Body Protectors and Seat Savers oh my!

    I've been browsing ebay the last week or so and I am drawn to 2 things that I am not sure I need but i think I may kind of want. At the outset I would like to say that although both these things are "safety" related I have a good horse, I am not afraid to ride him, we have a nice time and this...
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    Horses and Chronic Illnesses

    Sorry, this is long! At the end of April I lost my mare to EAM, this seemed to set off some kind of domino effect in my body and I've felt varying levels of ill since then. Yesterday my GI doctor determined that I have colitis the expectation is that Crohns is the underlying cause-this will...
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    Pros and Cons of hiring out your trailer

    I have an Ifor Williams 510 which for the most part sits around doing nothing, I don't want to sell it because my daughter is riding a new horse and may have opportunity to take him places and I may eventually have another one. I'm going to have some massive vet bills and thought that rather...
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    Insurance issue- opinions welcome

    Back in November my mare was admitted to hospital because it was suspected she had Equine Atypical Myopathy (I think that's how you say it) She was in the intensive care unit for 2.5 days having treatment and tests. Thankfully she got no worse and they decided it couldn't be EAM . In fact...
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    A WWYD question re horse's future

    We are in a situation with our horse where we can't see things clearly any longer. He is a 14yo Tb, raced as a youngster and has advanced arthritis of the hocks, fetlocks, cannon bones. Back in the summer, we didn't realise how bad things were and we had his hocks injected as we had done the...
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    Hoof Boots/Barefoot Mangament Recommendations Please

    In a bid to improve my mare's feet she is going to be barefoot over the winter at least. She has very poor feet, I have tried Formula4Feet for over a year, hoof power plus for about 4 months, I have rubbed cornucrescine in her coronet bands, restricted grazing when grass sugars are high, all...
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    Potentially unsafe lorry- Thornbury/Bristol area

    I feel so bad that I couldn't do anything about this yesterday and it's been playing on my mind since, I have to post something here. Were you/ do you know anyone who would have been driving a P or N Reg dark coloured horse box (maybe an Iveco) through Thornbury toward Bristol yesterday...
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    White Line Disease

    My 18yo mare has been suffering for the last month with bruising of the sole and abscess after abscess on her left front foot. I called the vet again,( she has seen vet and farrier a lot in the last month) , and they've diagnosed white line disease, vet feels with correct management my mare...
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    A yard issue-opinions welcome

    Our gelding shares a long, narrow field with 2 other geldings, one a pony. The pony's owner wanted to build a fat pen for him, which is totally understandable and have no problem with it, but what she has done is basically just run a line from one fence to another through the bottom third of the...
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    Horse clippers- will these do the job?

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00EQ1UVKI/ref=s9_simh_gw_p60_d1_i1?pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=0EGNNVXTKAEBCK27AKWE&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=430153987&pf_rd_i=468294#productDetails I want to buy my own set of clippers but have never really looked in to it before, I came...
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    Do you look good on a horse?

    It's kind of a vain thing to worry about of course, but I really don't look good on a horse. i am torn between wanting to see photos of myself on my lovely girl to see if we look different to when we first started together, we have both lost weigh and got fitter, and I hope maybe I look a bit...
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    Respiratory, Joint, and Hoof Supplements?

    Currently I have my mare on Respimin, Cortaflex HA and Formula4Feet, the one that is fed like a balancer. She's had Cortaflex since I've known her though I have upgraded her to the HA recently, I started her on Respimin about 4 months ago and think it's had a good effect, but she's also...
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    Suddenly Riggy?

    Question for you HHO people, I have a 13yo Tb gelding, owned him for 2 years, never had a problem with him in turnout until recently he has begun to get really aggressive with his field mates, particularly guarding the mares in the fields on either side of his. Recently, the word "riggy" has...
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    Is Fast Fibre liable to heat a horse up?

    Just curious really.
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    Rider Injury-advice

    I'm a bit embarrassed to put the nature of my injury in the title but it would appear that I have pulled a muscle in the top of my thigh/groin. I first noticed it about 2 weeks ago but it was really just a twinge and then last week during a lesson when I was really not even doing much it got...
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    Information request please North Wilts-

    Hello all. My horses are based at a fab yard just outside Swindon on the B4192, I guess it's between Liddington, Aldbourne, Ramsbury, Lambourne, Hinton Parva type area. In the past, hunts have apparently met at Snap and other places around Aldbourne and Liddington (The Ridgeway). Does anyone...
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    My dream horse-does it exist?

    Well, I've managed to find a good home for my TB mare, she leaves on Thursday. I'm kind of worried about moving her in the evening because it might be more unsettling for her and her beloved friend that will be left behind but that is the only time she can get a lift. She is on a 3 month trial...
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    Magnetic Hock Boots/Wraps

    Basil (12yo TB gelding) has a slight touch of arthritis in his hocks and my daughter is thinking of buying magnetic hock wraps or boots for him to compliment the rest of the treatment he is getting, any recommendations, experiences or warnings about them?
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    Lameness question

    Not my horse thankfully! Friend's horse has been slightly off for about a week or so, it's the left fore I think. There's no swelling, puffiness or heat in the leg, it seems to get worse the more she does with him (ie she lunged him lightly this evening and he was more lame at the end)...
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    Loading issues- are they ever really resolved?

    I'd like to preface by saying I am not in any way an expert, it's just a thought that's been germinating away in my messy big head so I thought I would see what others thought about it ... I've known a few horses who are really difficult to load, some are stubborn, some are a bit scared, some...
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    Driving a trailer over a steep hump back bridge

    My daughter wants to go to Elmwood Equestrian Centre in Bampton Oxon at the end of the month. She went there today to check out the jumps but remarked that on the way she encountered 3 very steep hump back bridges. So steep that each bridge was preceded by a traffic sign which shows a lorry...
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