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  1. ElleSkywalker

    Stable hay feeders for shetlands, NOT to slow eating

    Hi all Seems I have two of the rarest creatures in the equine world, the non greedy shetland. Both never eat their full hay ration and spread it round stables and I hate throwing it out as its dirty so looking for feeders to put hay in (around 2kgs worth at a time) I don't like haynets, prefer...
  2. ElleSkywalker

    Shetland rehoming?

    I may be in need of a companion to keep my standard shetland company. The shetland will want for nothing, live on a mini track with shelter in summer and mud free turn out in winter as well as having its own stable. It will be weighed every 3 months by independent nutritionist and see farrier...
  3. ElleSkywalker

    Bum building saddlepad/band combo

    Hi, Can anyone tell me which of the bum/tummy band/saddlecloth combos are the actual researched and effective ones? I was recommend one years ago by Sue Dyson but can't remember which one was the one to use? I've seen lots of different versions with varying prices as well as the home made...
  4. ElleSkywalker

    Are Boett rugs still worth the money?

    I have an itchy pony, not full on sweet itch but enough to need a rug on 24/7. He's historically had a rambo sweetitch rug but it's quite thick and in the heat we have had last few summers hes got very sweaty under it. He also manages to still itch his tail in it so thinking of a boett but they...
  5. ElleSkywalker

    SDD Nag Hotel tonight 6pm

    For anyone who watched the Nag Hotels by Skint Dressage Daddy on YouTube over lockdown, he has done a Christmas special playing tonight frim 6pm on YouTube. πŸ˜πŸŽ„πŸ΄
  6. ElleSkywalker

    Any point resting a field for a few weeks?

    Afternoon Getting highly sick of muddy field already and considering giving it a 4 or so week break for Jan or in Feb. Situation is that have 3 acre field that is a couple of tracks in summer and fully open in winter. I have an area by gate that is mud free with a shelter that I fence off...
  7. ElleSkywalker

    Genius ideas for rug storage?

    Anyone got any? At present unused turnout rugs are in large plastics B&Q tubs stacked on top of each other and although safe from spiders and mice are very hard to get rugs out of so most of the rugs don't even used. I do need to do a drastic rug cull but even with that I'd still like to tidy...
  8. ElleSkywalker

    Skint dressage daddy and Nag Hotel

    *Am in no way connected to SSD or Nag Hotel* So over lockdown SSD (father of a dressage mad young lady who writes amusing things about his daughter and her love of horses, can be a bit sweary but usually spot on) began to make some sweet little films using said daughters model horses. They must...
  9. ElleSkywalker

    Riding Skirts for Papaverfollis

    Got an Eqco riding skirt for my birthday,its lined with their doesitall fabric as I have old creaky knees that need to be kept extra toasty. Wore it today and kept my legs lovely warm but not over warm so loving it 😁 Fairly sure I look super ladylike and exactly like a posh Victorian side...
  10. ElleSkywalker

    Reproofing stables with back pack sprayer?

    Morning, Am very short, and stables need re doing with stablecoat woodstain stuff. On their website it mentions using a back pack sprayer to apply......has anyone tried this rather than using a brush? I'd have to spend a lot of time up a ladder to do it with a brush and sounds so easy just...
  11. ElleSkywalker

    Showjumping height measurements, cup or pole?

    Went to a combined training event today, entred class billed max height 50cms. Walked course and thought these look huge. Measured said jumps with my new BS legal 60cm whip, fences just smaller than whip at top of pole. Spread on fences width of whip so 60cms, one fence over the whips length...
  12. ElleSkywalker

    Is my tortoise lacking something?

    Afternoon, Just been out in the garden with my tortoise Cedric, hes has a bath and been for a jolly scamp around the garden and drive, tormenting cats and ignoring all my carefully cultivated tortoise food (weeds πŸ˜‚) in favour of trying to eat the concrete path, bricks, stones and dog poo 😳...
  13. ElleSkywalker

    Power phazer vs Tritec....discuss

    I currently use power phaser gel which does work but those horrid tiny black bitey flies still seem land on the bits that the gel isn't on. They drive poor delicate cobbler crazy. Wondering if worth trying tritec instead? The power phaser works quite well on horse flies but they are really...
  14. ElleSkywalker

    Bone....

    Afternoon, Just measured my traditional cobs bone, I think it's about 9" maybe slightly less due to floof at back of knee and her not particularly liking me doing it, but I have no idea if this is good or bad and what it means? She's probably just over 14.2 now and 5 years old. I think she...
  15. ElleSkywalker

    Getting mains electric to middle of field?

    Afternoon, *Firstly this is a temporary thing so digging channels or a large frame above ground arent viable options* I want to get mains electric from the outside of field across 10m to get to an inner field that will be it's own small track and turn out pen for lami ponies. I have...
  16. ElleSkywalker

    Who wants to hog my Cob? (Photoshop)

    Its not happening, I love her girly mane and floofy feet even if they are a pain in winter, but bored and shes clean so be interesting to see what she'd look like without mane and feather :) Just had a bath so still wet in these pics. Usually mane and feathers much floofier 😁
  17. ElleSkywalker

    Home made shetland shelter?

    Afternoon, I wanted to get my ponies another ark style shelter that was predominantly for my shetland to have so she can stay out overnight on her own mini track within a bigger track for ponies but carona has obvs ruined that plan so considering a home made one. I have; Lots and lots of...
  18. ElleSkywalker

    Pony Fight Club (introducing new pony)

    So I have 4 ponies I want to go out together on a track round a 3 acre field. Most have been in together at some point but one, who we shall call Stroppy Mare hasn't been out with the only one that earns its keep, who we shall call Cobbler and has been exceptionally jealous of her since I got...
  19. ElleSkywalker

    Stable sheets with bum flap?

    All my ponies love itching their bums, which scruffs up their tails so rather than leaving in fly rugs 24/7 was wondering if anyone knows of any skrim or cotton sheets that have tail flaps? Ps the bum itching is due to high no of midges near us as we are opposite a dairy farm 😏
  20. ElleSkywalker

    Reallly really warm riding trews?

    Suggestions please, I already have decathlon Kipwarm and Kerrets thermal riding tights and even with extra thermal leggings underneath neither are warm enough 😭 Am talking make u sweat they are so warm trousers, or over trousers or personal heaters that can be warn while riding πŸ˜‚ I have...
  21. ElleSkywalker

    Shelters and Midges

    Do field shelters attract or give relief from midges? I've read they do both 😳 What are peoples experiences? Situation being a small track made of mudcontrol slabs with small areas of grazing/various hay points to keep pony moving. This is a mini track in the middle of larger track so has no...
  22. ElleSkywalker

    Selling saddles, where's best?

    Evening, Am fairly disheartened, I have 2 saddles to sell, both used for 6 months only and in great condition, but looking on Ebay it seems there is no market for them! One I'd be happy to get a couple of hundred for but the other I'd have though would have been worth about 1k. What are the...
  23. ElleSkywalker

    Can horses eat hay through Dinky Muzzles?

    Desperately trying to use winter to slim down a fatty or two, but one had to go out with the cobbler (who is sleek and does not need slimming at all) over night (9pm-6am) at present still have plenty of grass but soon will need to put some hay out over night for cobbler and dont want the fatty...
  24. ElleSkywalker

    Solutions Saddles

    Tell me about them please folks, I've accepted that cobbler might need something like this but as a former employee of a saddlery and having done intro to saddle fitting course I do remember being very suspicious of 'treeless' saddles however they seem like they would work well for my wide...
  25. ElleSkywalker

    Alternatives to Top Chop Zero?

    I know I know, probably been done loads before, but any alternatives to top chop zero? Storeing straw is not possible, needs to be a low cal as possible for a bunch as fatties to be fed along side rationed hay (2018 hay not new) so they arent left hungry. They do nibble on the top chop zero but...
  26. ElleSkywalker

    7 day mud away vs pig oil for feathers?

    Evening, I've just coated my cobblers feathers and tail with 7 day mud away as I had some from the try it club but one small spray has nearly all been used up with one application 😏 So am left wondering if it's best to spend the extra on mud away or go for pig oil instead? It's just to keep...
  27. ElleSkywalker

    Horsebox trackers, switch or not?

    Afternoon, Looking at a tracker for my horsebox, have gone with suggestion from the manufacturer for a Phantom tracker but have a choice of two, one sends you a message everytime box is moved, either by the engine or towed, the other has a switch you need to turn off everytime u drive it, then...
  28. ElleSkywalker

    Lorry Satnavs, recommenations?

    Hi all, Anyone got a lorry satnav recommendations? Its only for a 3.5 tonner but am sick of being sent down stupid side roads and narrow tracks to save 1 min on journey times 😏 One I can put dimensions in and that will actually pay attention to them ideally Γ°ΕΈΛœβ€š
  29. ElleSkywalker

    Drying feathers

    How? After 20+ years of trimmed and pulled horses I now have a feathery beast how I've been showing a bit but am struggling to dry her legs. I have some thermalux leg wraps but they only reach to then too of her hooves so she ends up with a tide mark of mucky over her hooves. Are there any...
  30. ElleSkywalker

    Horsebox tie up paint protector thingies

    Ok so I may be a *smidge* precious about tieing ponies up to the side of my horsebox and repeated people (generally ones who have to hold cobbler while I tack her as I refuse to tie her up Γ°ΕΈΛœβ‚¬) have said you can get a pad thingy that magically attaches over the tie rings without damaging paint...
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