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  1. JanetGeorge

    What breed is this?

    lol, Shilasdair - I'm not a great fan of CB - or even CB x - my first horse in England was and he was NOT a very co-operative horse! But he was a comfortable horse to ride when he wasn't on his hind legs, and that ugly one would NOT be! In fact, he's a particularly ugly specimen of his...
  2. JanetGeorge

    What breed is this?

    An ugly one! One none of your friends' ponies would hack out with, that's for sure.
  3. JanetGeorge

    Any info about my horses parents

    My Dolly Diamond has had 8 foals, only one by Superstar. She is by Drumrii, who I have a full sister to (Drumbar Pride) Drumbar Pride I originally bought as a hunt horse for my husband - and she was a VERY good hunter. 16.3, up to weight, a good jumper, and good as a Master's horse as she...
  4. JanetGeorge

    Insurance for Broodmare

    As a breeder of Irish Draughts for 15 years, none of my mares or foals were insured - it's just too expensive and with too many exclusions. Natural cover is the riskiest part of breeding - but excluded from both stallion and mare policies. I don't THINK you can cover a foal in-utero - and...
  5. JanetGeorge

    Show me your fit irish draughts!

    This girl is MUCH older now, but this pic shows her just before starting her first season as hunter for MFH! Not the liveliest ID I've known, but certainly fit enough to do the job! Two seasons of hunting, then'retired' to be a very good brood mare. Now fully retired, at 24.
  6. JanetGeorge

    Recommendations for horse communicator please ?

    I disagree. I have known too many horse owners being pressured into using a 'communicator' - and it has caused a LOT more 'trouble' than was fixed. Communicators too busy 'communicating' with the horse - while pocketing the proceeds - when it is the owner who needs help and encouragement and...
  7. JanetGeorge

    Recommendations for horse communicator please ?

    Exactly! ANY ex[erienced and competent horse-person, communicates well with horses they see - because they know what to look for. Supposed horse communicators who claim to be able to determine problems from a photo are con-artists! They are just guessing - and hope they guess correctly with...
  8. JanetGeorge

    How much does a four year old horse grow?

    Yep - the best you can go on is guess work. I've had pure IDs grow 6" from 4 - even more if they go o Exmoor. ALL my abnormally big 'babies' went to Exmoor at 4 years of less. Gelded young, more chance of growing bigger. I had one pure-bred stallion - 17hh at Grading - and still 17 hh after...
  9. JanetGeorge

    3yr old gelding mounting field buddy.

    I just had a 6yo tested for hormones. He wasn't mounting paddock companions (geldings of similar age) but he was barging through electric fences to 'cuddle' mares. The result was NO hormones - as it should be with a 'proper' gelding. Worth doing - if only so you can consider other causes for...
  10. JanetGeorge

    Cancel my insurance. But who else can you recommend?

    I have Public Liability amd Employer Liability with KBIS:as well as tack room contents (£10,000) and machinery, tractors etc. (£15,000) total cost per year, just under £2,000. As I have 2 full time staff, and 32 horses, I don't insure horses - if I did, I don't dare to think how much THAT...
  11. JanetGeorge

    How would you handle this?

    Absolutely - I couldn't have put it better myself. (And I am currently having trouble with a potty p/b Arab who is 6 years old! I suspect the cause in his case is the fact he IS potty, and he has a calcified ligament in his back (from when he threw himself over backwards when first mounted in...
  12. JanetGeorge

    Pony tucked up, ulcers?

    WelshD: MANY years ago, I worked for one of the top trainers in Australia, mainly 2yo's. Around 70% of the horses had ulcers - treating them and trying to manage to avoid them was drummed into us. They were worked in the morning, and in the afternoon did at least 2 out of walking in hand...
  13. JanetGeorge

    Pony tucked up, ulcers?

    WelshD: MANY years ago, I worked for one of the top trainers in Australia, mainly 2yo's. Around 70% of the horses had ulcers - treating them and trying to manage to avoid them was drummed into us. They were worked in the morning, and in the afternoon did at least 2 out of walking in hand...
  14. JanetGeorge

    I don’t want to ride anymore.

    He IS gorgeous. Out of a lovely mare who I was 'lent' for a season 12 years ago, lol. She stayed! Had 4 fillies in a row by my dear Raj,being 'graded' a Hornby Select mare along the way. Then I decided to go for a bay colt and AI'd her to Avanti Amorous Archie (my favourite 'outside'...
  15. JanetGeorge

    Pony tucked up, ulcers?

    At this stage, I would suspect hind gut ulcers (easy enough for vet to examine faeces for blood.) Although if that was it, I'd expect him to be iffy with the right hind! It might be something as silly as the most recent change in the weather. Have you noticed if he's 'better' or worse on a...
  16. JanetGeorge

    Pony tucked up, ulcers?

    At this stage, I would suspect hind gut ulcers (easy enough for vet to examine faeces for blood.) Although if that was it, I'd expect him to be iffy with the right hind! It might be something as silly as the most recent change in the weather. Have you noticed if he's 'better' or worse on a...
  17. JanetGeorge

    I really wish they could talk to us

    He seems to be talking to you rather well, just horse-spk is a bit different! The fact that he attempted to kick without a rider in the saddle and that he has some good days in-between suggests kissing spines OR an ill fitting saddle (or both) are not his main problem. I would start with...
  18. JanetGeorge

    I don’t want to ride anymore.

    You've certainly had bad luck with your younger mare, but it's hardly your fault! And certainly not a reason to give up something you enjoy! I have JUST started riding - again. My reason for stopping was not lack of a horse (I am a breeder of Irish Draughts) but the first horse I started...
  19. JanetGeorge

    Buying horse with previous ulcers.... now scoped clear

    That is often correct, Goldenstar, but there are other reasons. Starting with the stress of weaning, then castration issues, followed by not enough turnout, not enough hay/haylage and too much concentrates. Then - once backed - ill fitting saddles and being pushed are also very possible...
  20. JanetGeorge

    Harry Meade

    I do hope he makes a quick recovery. I met him when he was about 17 outside BHS headquarters: He rushed up to me in front of Richard and asked if he could shake my hand. (Because of my previous job with Countryside Alliance.) I laughed and said he could hug me and give me a kiss: he was too...
  21. JanetGeorge

    For Facebook Users who are members of Pro-hunting Group Tally Ho!

    The FB Group - Tally Ho! (with the exclamation mark - not the Group without it) has been hijacked by the original 'anti' Admin using a fake profile. Of course, the FB algorithm police take a long time (and a LOT of reports' to wake up to it. The Group is being archived and then set 'live' for...
  22. JanetGeorge

    Other peoples dogs barking at me while out hacking

    It's a very hard one, because all dogs have different temperaments, different training, different lives. IF you're lucky and they have had basic training, it MIGHT help to shout 'SIT!' in your sternest voice - if they take any notice, repeat SIT - and add QUIET! I'd be surprised if a water...
  23. JanetGeorge

    Is there just a thing as 'footsore'?

    I haven't read all the replies (in a bi of a rush) but my first concern would be the shape of the feet: is he low on the heel with thin soles? If so, front shoes ARE essential In theory you can get boots suitabe for only using while working - but most candidates will lose them - or fall over...
  24. JanetGeorge

    Weird little lumps on sheath..

    Could be fly bites - or could be very early sarcoids. I'd bung some Summer Fly Cream on them for now - and get vet to have a look next time he's 'handy'!
  25. JanetGeorge

    Facebook "experts"

    lol, a LOT of mine have Nearco in their pedigree - my ex=stallion has him on his 5th ine (and he's 'pure' Irish Draught.) I confess - the only time he EVER hurries is when there's a wanton woman waiting!
  26. JanetGeorge

    Facebook "experts"

    lol, I took back a home-bred mare from a buyer after TWO YEARS! She had hind gut ulcers. Got her fixed quite quickly and found her a new home - and that stupid woman coniders herself an egg-spurt on ulcers. I try to restrain myself when I see her posts!
  27. JanetGeorge

    "How long do horses live?"

    Yep - I'd agree with that! The oldest pony I have known was with me for only 6 weeks - and was nearly PTS before he went on to Equine Market Watch Sanctuary where he lived in good health for the next 11 years. He was 41 - the state of him when he came to me made THAT a near miracle - skin and...
  28. JanetGeorge

    Reversing trailer with quad bike

    Yep - that's about it - tractors are very similar (you justy do more damage to something when you get it wrong!) And, of course, practice!
  29. JanetGeorge

    How do you pronounce.... .

    lol, depends on where you come from - I say Feeld!
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