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  1. HollyWoozle

    Best turnouts for Welsh As these days?

    Our little herd is generally un-rugged these days (live out 24/7 with shelter) but we welcomed a lovely little loan pony, Welsh Sec A, in late March (companion). He is pretty old, late 20s I guess, and came with just a lightweight turnout but feels the cold. Wednesday was 28C and blazing sun and...
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    Hoof abscess disappearing... how often does it really happen?

    Just curious really! Our EMS mini was extremely lame on Monday - it presented just like an abscess but I called the vet first since he is very lami-prone and has been slightly footsore of late, despite strict management and OK weight. Vet found (which I had missed, duh!) a small crack/hole in...
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    Double-Netting Hay

    Does anybody double-net hay with two small-holed nets? Does that work or maybe I should start with a small-holed net inside a normal net? Just pondering really as our dinky ponies have weighed, well-soaked hay in the Shires nets with small holes but I don’t feel it is lasting them long enough...
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    Cavallo Cute Little Boots - so pleased!

    Just reporting in that I bought our mini Domino some Cavallo ‘Cute Little Boots’ from Hoof Bootique and I’m so pleased with them! I measured him for them carefully and they seem a great fit. He was not bothered by them at all and immediately walked more confidently. I’ve bought them for taking...
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    Has clipping your EMS ponies made much difference to their weight?

    We are working really hard on the best management for our little spotted mini who has EMS and things are going in the right direction. His paddock has very minimal grazing and he lives off very well-soaked hay which is weighed into small-holed nets, a light balancer, a tiny bit of Molasses-Free...
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    Best Long-Term Fly Repellent?

    Just thinking ahead to summer really and how to repel the flies from our four horses/ponies. We have a small lake in our field and there are often quite a lot of bugs. I was thinking to use Deosect this year but I think there are more options nowadays and that some of you use something designed...
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    Wood Pellets for Shelter?

    Good evening all! Does anybody use wood pellets for bedding in a field shelter? Or recommends something else? Our mini with EMS has a roomy shelter with just a dirt floor. We just have mud mats in there at the moment and have previously had shavings, but the pony just likes to pee in there (have...
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    Question about alfalfa blocks - is it long or short chop?

    A bit of a random question but for any of you who buy the 1kg ish block of alfafa, is the chop longish or fairly short? I ask because we have a flock of chickens and as many of you will know, chickens are also currently in lockdown due to the avian flu epidemic. I bought ours an alfalfa block to...
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    Optimum diet before tooth extraction?

    What would you feed to ensure maximum health and a strong immune system prior to a tooth extraction? My 18 year old mare is having a tooth removed (at home) on 15th January and I am wondering if I should be adding something to her diet to give the best possible chance of the hole healing well...
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    WWYD - Suggested Tooth Removal

    Last week my 18 year old retired mare had her yearly tooth rasp by the vet. She has had her teeth rasped every year under sedation without issue - this time she required a second bout of sedation as she was chewing the gag, but no drama. One of her incisors (right at the front, upper) has been...
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    Brushing Teeth

    Vet has been to rasp teeth today and suggests brushing the canines of one of our ponies. I naively thought there would be lots of horse toothbrushes and advice online these days but I can't find as much as I hoped. Do any of you brush your horse's teeth and what do you use please? How do you go...
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    Simple Groundwork/Exercises/Fun to Prep for Hacking

    I know it is a crazy time of year to embark on this endeavour, but I finally got on my Mum's horse, Noah, who hadn't been ridden in 4 years and I feel quite pleased with myself. We were given the go-ahead by our vet, teeth rasped (they are done regularly anyway), new fronts on, tack cleaned and...
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    Pau Live Stream on your Horse & Country TV

    I subscribed to H&C TV this morning thinking to watch some of Pau on demand later or perhaps live in my lunchtime, but stupidly didn't check the times and apparently the live stream today was only 8 - 10am and won't be available to watch back for a while. Instead I am thinking to watch some of...
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    Thin Soles - Keratex?

    Has anybody used Keratex spray to harden soles please? Or perhaps had success with something else? Mare is now on a hoof supplement prescribed by vet and has fronts on after farrier assessment - she is retired and has been barefoot for years but has thin soles which bruise easily and has...
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    Does anybody make joint supplements in treat form?

    My retired mare is starting to look a bit stiff behind and I would like to give her glucosamine, chondroitin or similar but it would be so much easier if that was available in an easy-to-feed form like a treat/biscuit. Does anybody make something like that? I can't find it as an option. Mare...
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    Do we really get pigeon fever in the UK?

    Hello! Vet is coming today and I know I should be patient, but you know how your mind starts trying to diagnose things sometimes! Do we really get 'pigeon fever' here in the UK? I can't really find a definitive answer on Google really. It's a long story altogether but shetland pony has been...
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    Stall Guards for Minis?

    Our little mini shetland type is currently on box rest and has been for several weeks (lami). He is in a pretty roomy stable but the door is too high for him to see over at all and I think it would be nicer for him if he could see out as he must be so bored. The problem is that he has...
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    Can I do 'Couch to 5K' or similar with a shetland pony?

    In December my parents bought another pony for my nieces to potter about on. He is undeniably cute (very small and spotty), safe for them to ride and a cheeky but nice character, however he was a terrible purchase. Our farrier recognised him at once and called him a "high maintenance pony"...
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    Simple Dark Green Breeches?

    I have always wanted a simple pair of dark green breeches without silicone/sticky bums. Do they exist? I can find all kinds of bright green or lighter shades (I'd prefer dark as more flattering) or a whole variety with various silicone parts, but can't seem to source just a nice pair of dark...
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    How fast do you pass a pony and trap?

    I am feeling extra sensitive today and I may be in the wrong here, but I am feeling quite mad after passing a pony and trap in the village. I hate feeling that I have done something wrong, despite my efforts, and I thought I'd ask for opinions. I drove through the village this lunchtime and...
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    Favourite Stable Toy/Treat?

    My own horses live out 24/7 but a friend's horse (who I have ridden and love) is currently on box rest due to an injury and will be there for a while. I was thinking about posting him a stable toy/treat since they live abroad and don't have as many options as I do here but what are the...
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    Horseware Ireland Full Leg Fleece Chaps - Sizing

    Morning! I have already started my Christmas shopping (please forgive me but I have the money for it now and don't usually, so want to get it done!) and was thinking of buying someone some of the full-length Horseware fleece-lined chaps but am not sure about the sizing. They go from XS to XXL...
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    Gentlemen (or anyone really!) - padded cycling shorts and other recommendations please?

    Good morning! In a month or so I am taking my partner on our first riding holiday, a four night trip at a western ranch (which I have been to before). He is a beginner, although he has had a handful of lessons to get started and has been on a hack. It's his birthday in a few weeks and I am...
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    Horse unwell today but hard to diagnose?

    My mare, Belle, was seen by a vet today but essentially we and the vet are not sure of the problem so I am just looking to gather any thoughts please. Apologies for the length. 17 yr old ISH mare, retired (as was a bit bonkers) and lives out 24/7 in small family herd. Our grass is very poor...
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    Long-Term Use of Maxitrol for Uveitis

    My mum's Appaloosa was diagnosed with Uveitis in September 2018, firstly in the left eye but has also had a mild case in the right eye since. Originally treated with Maxitrol 3 x a day, steroids in his food and Danilon. We are down to Maxitrol once a day and he wears a UV mask all day, everyday...
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    Did Gallop take over Axiom rugs?

    I used to love Axiom rugs and always wondered why they stopped selling them over here. I can find a site in the USA and one in Australia which seems to list them, so they must still be being made (unless they just have old stock). I read some posts on here some time ago which suggested Gallop...
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    Can anybody find me a PE Buster Fly Mask (Standard) in stock?

    Since our appy has uveitis we have been advised to put his UV fly mask on everyday for the rest of forever. The one we have currently is the PE one with the ears and nose, which is fantastic, but it is not so pleasant for him on soggy days like today as the ears get quite wet, dust sticks to it...
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    Any magic trick to eye drops?

    Our lovely Appy has uveitis. :( Vet has been to treat and we are giving bute and using Maxitrol eye drops until he returns tomorrow. Vet did the maxitrol earlier today whilst horse still slightly sedated and when I tried tonight it was almost impossible. He screwed his eye as tight shut as...
  29. HollyWoozle

    Fly fringes that don't shred?

    I am now searching for a fly fringe for my mare, having kitted our others out with lovely PE fly masks. Mare has a blind spot in one eye and isn't keen on masks but is very settled in a fringe. I am looking for one of the velcro fastening ones that doesn't require a head collar. I currently...
  30. HollyWoozle

    Recommendations for UV/fly mask with nose cover?

    Our Appaloosa is really struggling with the sun in his eyes this year, as well as the flies, and I would like to get him a UV mask which includes a nose cover (as he has a pink nose too). Does anybody have any recommendations for masks which don't easily come off please? He hasn't worn one...
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