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  1. HappyNeds

    Best/cheapest wood pellets bedding? (& discount code)

    It was from a recommenation from a thread here several years ago that I started ordering wood pellets bedding from White Horse Energy - I've always been happy with them. I just ordered a full pallet now (65 x 15Kg Bags) and it was £275 with free delivery. I can't find anywhere cheaper than...
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    MudControl Clip & Ride - surface slabs

    Has anyone bought and used these? What are they like? http://www.mudcontrol.co.uk/ We feed hay in our winter paddock, against a hedge and the last few years it's been so wet and the mud is beyond terrible. I was thinking a square section of these for where the horses stand to eat would...
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    Best place to get grass seed?

    I've got some very large bald areas by the gates in the winter paddocks that will soon be harrowed and rolled, but there's just no grass in these patches at all this year so will need to spread some grass seed around between harrowing and rolling. Any suggestions please as to the best place...
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    Offering DIY livery - what to include in contract / yard rules?

    I know ithis is probably a minefield but we've finally decided to have a couple of DIY-ers to rent stables on our private yard. It will be stables, use of outdoor arena and paddock. We are trying to make sure we've thought of everything up front to include in either the contract or yard...
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    Windows for new stables - anyone used Alfako?

    We are building a new stable block, and have found some windows by a company called Alfako, has anyone used these or heard of them? Here they are: http://www.alfako.de/en/stallausstattung-und-reitzubehoer/stallfenster/ They look good, but a different window we had in a previous stable...
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    Building stables of concrete blocks - need steel reinforcing?

    We've got planning permission to build our stable block out of concrete blocks, and are thinking the hollow style blocks are stronger than the normal 'house' blocks, but do they need steel rods through the holes and be filled with concrete? Our builder things that will be major overkill and...
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    Any ideas on how to sell hay bales? I have far too many!

    We had our field cut for hay this year, have far too many large round hay bales for just our own horses. Some have been saying there's a bit of hay shortage due to most suppliers only getting one cut done, we'd love to sell some of ours on, but don't know how to go about it!! We are new the...
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    New fencing layout - how narrow could a 'funnel' be without creating a 'trap point'?

    Sorry for the long title - but didn't know how else to describe my question! We are currently designing a fencing layout for our field, we have footpaths crossing at funny places to accommodate, and one design we have come up with means one of the large paddocks will have a short 'funnel' in...
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    Arena Leveller - any suggestions?

    Spending far too many hours levelling the arena by hand, so decided we really must buy a leveller. For our surface, we need one like this, with a back grading bar and tines: Does anyone have any recommendations, and does anyone know where I can get this the cheapest? Thank you :):)
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    Can anyone recommend a good instructor in Gloucestershire?

    Unfortunately our instructor has recently moved, and we need to find someone else - and would very much like someone recommended. We are in the Forest of Dean area, we need a good instructor that will come to us, to bring on our general riding skills and help us improve in our riding/jumping...
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    Building a Manege - tape or glue the membrane?

    As the title really, we’ve just had the first membrane laid over the level subsoil and in the drainage channels (not glued, just overlapped about a foot). Assume this is ok as once the stone is on top nothing will move. But the second membrane - the contractor has asked us if we would like...
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    Need Saddle Fitter - in Gloucestershire area

    Any recommendations please for a saddle fitter in Gloucestershire area. We don't want someone that will automatically say our saddles don't fit so they can sell us a new one! Thank you :D
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    Which cordless clippers? - for thick hairy cob feather

    Hi all, I've had my gypsy cobs feather clipped last month by a mobile clipper-lady, she used cordless clippers as no electricity at our yard, and this worked out well and my poor boy was very upset with the clippers and even though he was twitched still dragged my hubby off his feet and around...
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    Millcreek ground-driven muck spreader - anyone got one? Are they any good?

    We are thinking of getting a Millcreek ground-driven muck spreader, as we have very well rotted manure and want to improve the hay paddock this autumn, this area will then be rested for 6 months prior to next years hay harvest. The little one on here is small enough to pull with the quad...
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    Horse wearing Fly Rug can now lean on the electric tape - any suggestions?

    My beautiful black beast always gets attacked by flies more than everyone else, he gets very grumpy (understandably!) and kicks at the flies on his stomach - so he's now in fly rug and fly face mask from early morning until evening, which equals one happy horse. However...he has discovered...
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    Spreading rotted manure back onto fields - how do I spread it?!

    For those of you with your own fields, if you don't have a tractor, how do you do this? We've read a lot about the improvement to hay yield and general pasture by spreading rotted manure back onto the resting parts of the fields in autumn, and we've got a lovely muck heap rotting away ready...
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    Building a new manège - can you recommend a great company?

    Following in from my previous thread (about Maple Arenas)... ...Which company is best to build a new manège? It's a private 20x40 manège, happy to pay reasonable/fair cost, but want something well-built to last, and a good finish to the overall job. Anyone got any suggestions of great...
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    Maple Arenas...has anyone used this company? Are the any good?

    We are trying to do our research for building our menage, and have a quote from Maple Arenas. They are based in Nottinghamshire but work all over the UK (www.maneges.co.uk) Has anyone used them before for anything? What was the workmanship like? Any after-sales issues or feedback...
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    Menage surface...rubber or synthetic fibres or what? Please advise me! :-)

    Please can you help - we are making the costly decision to build a menage, and really need to get it right first time. The big debate is surface. The contractor who is building the menage suggests rubber top to the silica sand. However I have read (on this forum!) that after time the...
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    First hack out today... (after hack ended with an ambulance last month)

    Hello everyone, Following bad hack day at the end of Feb (thread link http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=518381) ending with bashed up hubby and very frightened me, this was 4 weeks ago today, and hubby finally feeling fit enough to jump back on, so first ride out this...
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    Please, I just need a hug ... hack today ended with an ambulance

    No real reason for this post - other than still feeling very shook up and needing to tell someone who would understand. Hubby and I went for a lovely hack today, beautiful sunshine here. We had been for a gentle ride (only in walk) for about an hour, and were on our way home, our boys were...
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    Those with hairy cobs - feather mites: should I clip? *please help*

    Hi all hairy-cob owners, please can you share your feather mite solutions. Should I clip feathers off, will that help? Here is the history... Our wonderful Gypsy cob, bought (from the Gypsies) back in the spring, we had him vetted, and vet said he had clearly had very bad untreated feather...
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    Anyone else feel guilty for not riding much in the winter?

    Now we are into winter we only have the opportunity to ride at the weekends, it's just too dark after work in the week. But there always seems to be something else going on at the weekend also, for example in-laws, nieces & nephews visiting today, so no riding, but hopefully we will hack out...
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    Equest Pramox Wormer - whens the perfect time?

    Hi, just wondering if anyone could give me some guidance on when the perfect time would be to give the 'everything' autumn/winter wormer? I've researched and it looks like Equest Pramox is the only one that does everything. My boys are in their own field, and I poo-pick daily, so my long-term...
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    Poo Picking Scoop - anyone know a good brand that won't break?

    Hi, I am an OCD-daily poo-picker, but my muck scoop is made of a brittle plastic, and has broken again. I would say it's lasted about a year, which doesn't seem long enough to me. At a field I used to be at, someone had a brilliant one made of a black rubber-type plastic, quite thick, and...
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    Rugging an already wet horse...what to do please?

    Hi all, Although I've had my boy (he's my first horse) all through last winter, he wasn't being ridden and grew such a lovely thick coat I didn't need to rug him at all. He's a Welsh D, and he's quite happy out. However, this winter I plan to ride him (weather permitting) throughout, and...
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    Fields with footpaths - do you have liability insurance?

    We have a field with our horses in that (unfortunately!) has 2 footpaths crossing it. We have been advised that we should get liability insurance as someone climbing over the stiles or tripping in the field could sue if they hurt themselves (NFU says this can/does happen). We have phoned...
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    Please help...my first horse through first winter...when & what to rug?!

    I've spent so much time on this forum reading all the great advice, I'm hoping someone will give me the benefit of their experience for my specific situation. After 30 years of dreaming I've finally got my first horse, a beautiful black 15hh Welsh D gelding. My wonderful boy is 5 years...
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    New Stables (& menage) - which company is best??

    Hi all, We are currently in the very lucky position of being about to purchase a new stable block. It will be an L shape with a total of 8 12x12 and 1 corner box of 12x16. We want to make sure we get the best quality for our money, so they last as long as possible, but we don't want to...
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