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    Feeling a bit 'boggled and directionless'!

    I have hit a bit of a spot with my young horse and not sure of the best way to move forward. She is a very sweet 5 yo. Nearly 16hh full Welsh D (Maesmynach lines but fairly traditional really). Here she is:- Probably not the most flattering photo but she is well enough made and a good...
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    Neosporia, dogs and walking in the countryside

    Following some discussion on another thread about dog poo, walking in the countryside and an article on the radio this morning where a farmer discussed the problem of neosporia in his herd I thought the following information was really interesting. We regularly discuss the best way to manage...
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    At last - some good news for hunting

    From fb: So it's "good night" to Hunting Leaks. The sabs' attempt to blackmail the Countryside Alliance isn't quite dead yet, but on Friday they quietly slipped out an announcement that from now on they will be only publishing twice a week rather than three times. Activity on their new...
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    Sabinder's Sab News is back!

    For anyone who wants some witty light entertainment and reasonably well behaved interaction between hunting and the antis - Sabinder's Sab news has returned on facebook. Here: https://www.facebook.com/sabindersabsOf particular interest is: In gambling terms this is what is known as "doubling...
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    Horse and rider with extreme issues...

    I am witness to a very unhappy horse and rider partnership atm. Owner has bought a very smart ISH for drag hunting, hacking and general non-competitive riding. Horse was in the 5 figure sum bracket; lovely conformation, well bred etc etc Horse is super smart looking, 9 yo and had a successful 5...
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    Latest hunting leaks - own goal for the antis...

    The latest hunting leaks seem to be a bit of an own goal for the antis. The Hunting Leaks site decided to report on minutes from a This is Hunting UK meeting (from 2018). This is the more forward thinking of the hunting groups and it demonstrates that hunting is not resolutely taking place...
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    Cyber attacks and police advice

    Any one who is involved in hunting should read this:- https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/01/22/hunt-supporters-warned-coordinated-data-breaches/?fbclid=IwAR163FnFd0UUjBpTDuwJ0272wUO4qI2cmY0vL0sLG-7m_G0uHiFhhKxrGG8 Passed on by TiHUK. (This is Hunting UK)
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    Germany and anti-hunt hate speech laws: Interesting article.

    Really interesting article about how Germany has decided to deal with anti-hunt/extremist hate speech. It is from an on-line Conservation organisation who provide this information about themselves:- Mission Encourage ethical, sustainable, and science-based wildlife conservation. Vision A world...
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    New Years Day message from an Anti - posted on This Is Hunting's page

    Hope it's ok to post from This is Hunting but it may be of interest :) New Year's Day Message 2**** In breaking with complete tradition of a Hunting Organisation, This is Hunting UK this afternoon is going to hand over to one of our opponents who has an important observation to make. This is...
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    Len Bigley - Llanarth Stud and Welsh Pony and Cob society maestro

    RIP Len; the world of Welsh Cobs will not be quite the same without you. He was such a gentleman and his passing marks the end of an era. Len Bigley of Llanarth Stud passed away yesterday. From the Welsh Pony and Cob Society:- Len Bigley FRAgS 1948-2020 The showing world lost one of its most...
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    Jim Barrington (former head of LACS) statement from This is Hunting UK.

    From 'This is Hunting Uk' page today:- Jim Barrington, a former head of the League Against Cruel Sports who after much deliberation over the whole hunting issue decided that after many years of campaigning for its abolition that there was much more about the whole issue and subsequently a ban...
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    Terriers are good for your health...:)

    In the interests of balance in any debate I wanted to assert that in fact, terriers are good for your health :) :) I have had an awful few days with my sister (and only remaining member of my birth family) very very unwell in hospital with Covid. It is a horrible, frightening time so I did what...
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    A sad goodbye but a life well lived.

    I had to say goodbye to my very dear old fellhound bitch yesterday. :( She was 14 and a half and had been with us since just before she was two. On Monday she was in great form - insisting on coming for a fair walk with us and eating her tea with relish. She had continued to play wildly and...
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    Slow Welsh D question! Semi-serious question...

    So, my 4 y/o Welsh D mare is lovely - bold, forward thinking, very eager to please and happy to give anything a go. :) She has character and spirit and can be quite sharp - I love her and feel confident the future holds lots of fun things for us. However, she is terribly, terribly slow - I mean...
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    So...have we done the 'transition to raw' now then?

    I decided to move Red IT on to a raw diet - it's been on my mind since day 1 but especially since I have been at home more (so Red is a bit busier) it has become clear that he really struggles to maintain a good weight. He is ok and I don't want a fat dog but actually he really often hovers on...
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    Raw feed companies recommendations or otherwise!

    I am thinking of feeding Red IT raw - it has been on my mind since day 1 but now seems a good time to give it a go. I am planning to make a start with some form of complete meal as that will be easiest and I think I have found a good starter pack. But once we have finished that, if all goes...
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    Yuk! I had to laugh though...

    I was late up this morning. I am usually out of the door around 6 but was more like 7 this morning. When this happens the dogs really don't seem to mind at all but I do know that they like their routine. This morning I could hear Red just starting to woof so although I was desperate for a wee...
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    Bathing your dog...am I the only one that doesn't?

    I don't tend to wash our dogs but today I had to wash Red (only with water in fact) as he rolled in cow-sh*t. It made me think that actually it might not be a bad idea to get him used to a wash (it was a rather wet, scrabbly dog sort of wash) but I am slightly concerned about what to use and...
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    Saddles, pressure and 'The Science'!

    In my quest for saddle heaven I have read all sorts of wild claims, disavowals, recommendations etc etc and then I found this very interesting (though 10 years old) piece of research. It is undoubtedly quite dry but really interesting and thought provoking for anyone who has tussled with the...
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    Saddles Aaaarghhh Treeless or ridiculously spendy for a young Welshie

    So sorry to ask for advice on this but I need help in the form of advice and experience now!! I am at my wits end trying to decide what is best :( I have a super saddle fitter that has always been able to sort out my horses. I have used her for 15 years and have no problems with her or any of...
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    What do I know?!

    Semi-serious post - I really am beginning to wonder what I actually know (about young horses/training)...I am currently on my 5th young horse (starting from scratch) and I am super happy with her. I have ridden, trained and kept horses for a long time. Of course with young horses it is...
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    Pambero Bombachas query! (Riding trousers) Please advise if you can

    I am not massively hopeful that anyone can help me but I want to buy a new pair of Pampero brand bombachas de campo (cotton riding trousers from Argentina). Previously I have bought the womens bombachas but they are lower cut on the waist and for me, whilst fine on the hips, not especially...
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    Equimins and Forage Plus balancers

    Please could someone tell me how to compare the specs of these two balancers (FP Summer hoof health and Equimins advance Complete specifically) as I find them really difficult to compare! I usually use FP but all our horses really struggle to accept the full amount and we also add in zinc and...
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    For Welshie fans...

    It seems to be a bit of a feature, having a Welshie, that one participates in the niche sport of discussing hugely lengthy and convoluted pedigrees with anyone prepared to listen...I never thought I was that sort of person but have just had that conversation with a great friend :):) As most...
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    A year ago today...

    I came home from the other side of the country with this little chap. Never had a terrier type before but had followed my gut feeling that this is what I needed in a year of 'future proofing' my life. Best dog I have ever had, without any loss of love and wonderful memories of the hounds that...
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    Is this 'normal'?? Exercise/energy question

    So Red Irish Terrier is now a year old :) :) He is fabulous in every way and I am confident he is healthy and happy in all the normal ways!! He had SRMA (Meningitis) at 6 months and since then although I haven't changed anything really I also haven't massively increased his 'formal' exercise...
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    Anatomical bridle with simple cavesson noseband?

    I am trying to find the impossible it would seem and to help me not waste more money I wonder if anyone can advise me! My lovely young Welsh D mare has been wearing the most simple bridle imaginable - a synthetic slip head with a brow band. However she is growing out/grown out of this one (it...
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    fun with spots on...

    Having followed Michen's thread and others it puts one to thinking...thankfully this one is going to be a bit too lightweight for me but looks like it might make a super fun prospect :) https://www.facebook.com/Whirlwindhorses-170503079645588/? I am not connected with Whirlwind horses in any...
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    Nearly a year old - unbelievable!

    It is such indoors weather today that I have been looking through some of my photos - it's been quite a big year for me with a new dog and a new young horse in the last 12 months!! I 'believed' that if I was going to be spending more time at home and not riding because of having a pup here then...
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    SRMA - Meningitis

    I have had a traumatic couple of days with my lovely young dog. Last night I had to take him to Bristol University Vet Hospital (Langford) with suspected SRMA (Steroid Resistant Meningitis Arteritis). He was a very, very poorly dog and had to have morphine to help him through the 2 hour...
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