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    Horse shopping help??

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    What do you feed your natives?

    If he's OK when the grass is good then I would be tempted to just feed him good grass pellets in the winter:
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    Horse shopping help?? I'll say no more.
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    Anyone tolerant enough to answer a pretty daft question?

    Haven't been on here for years and then come on and find this thread! What's done is done and the OP as a new breeder needs non-judgmental advice now and going forwards. Alec is spot on - OP I would suggest you get a vet out to scan your mare to check that there is just the one if indeed she...
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    Just added up the costs this year!

    I share a rather good eventer and one of her offspring. The other one I own outright. Because I share 2 of them I know exactly down to the last penny what they cost me because I pay all the bills and then bill my 'partner' for her share at the end of every month. I can tell you that it costs...
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    Opinions on this horse please

    I'd love to see photos of all the horses that people on this thread own just to see all the perfect specimens that they wisely invested in and how successful they all have become.....just out of interest. I've bought some really badly put together ponies in the past who have been very good for...
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    Pro competes your horse: what do you do with the winnings?

    I have a pro competing my horse. We split prize money and the horse keeps any prizes in kind - rugs etc.. I pay everything including a rider fee at comps. I get the rosettes and cups. It goes without saying that I would have no chance of getting any of these if I rode my own horse.......and I'd...
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    Problem with Pony Stallion

    He probably has sarcoids. You can get rid of them by cleaning his teeth.
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    Broodmare rug...

    I actually agree with the no rug answer. My 3 are all heavy in TB blood and grow super woolly coats and just don't need rugs. In fact - if you rug a woolly bear with a lightweight rug you may actually make the situation worse as you remove the ability for the piloerector muscles to raise the...
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    AES stallion gradings-can anyone give me the low down please.

    I suspect that Breeders Elite may end up WFBSH accredited and I have great respect for Henk. I would not, however, register, license or grade a young stallion (or mare) with them as they are not yet accredited and my suspicion may well be wrong. Why take the risk if you don't have a personal...
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    Opinions on this horse.

    It's not that hard to see the horse is uneven and unbalanced. Why that is is harder to say. I agree though that it doesn't sound as if you really want this type and the cost of keeping him would be money you could be saving until what you actually want comes along. It's a rotten time of year to...
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    Do you take colour into account when choosing a stallion?

    I breed for eventing and couldn't give two hoots what colour they are! Having said that I am very interested in colour genetics and am sorely tempted to get my bay mares colour tested to see what their colour genotype is - purely for interest. I honestly would say that when choosing stallions...
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    Please tell me these aren't what I think they are - sarcoids :(

    Don't worry if they multiply and get bigger over the next few months even. My 2 yr old looked soooo ugly last year - covered in the blighters for about 3 months. Then they just fell off and were gone within a few weeks. You're right to keep an eye though as sarcoids are best treated aggressively...
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    What do you do with your 2yo's?

    Nope - nothing more. You're doing great and they have years ahead of them so let them be horses. Mixed herd is best education ever. Plenty of time for them to learn everything else.
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    All nice stallions - can we have a pic of your mare......?
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    Gifting a mare to be a recipient

    I've had a couple of mares from Twemlows and they've both been in lovely condition and well looked after. Just as a word of warning to echo Alec, however, when I sent them back at weaning it was particularly noted how well they were and how well they had been looked after whilst with us (they...
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    event horse stallions - opinions please

    Bit of a strange thing to say when wanting to breed an eventer - but if that's where you're coming from then have a look at Lauriston. I have youngsters from both Mill Law ( who I think is possibly a faultless event stallion for the right mare ) and the lovely Lauriston who is an Oldenburg SJ...
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    Don't know what to do anymore :(

    It will all be fine and you will fit it all in - but I would think long and hard about the foaling. It I were you I would send your mare to stud to foal if you are working full time. You will have to be sitting up for a few nights before she foals I expect and then you will need to regulate mare...
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    Back from kennels - lost voice and weight

    We've been away for 10 days and for the first time ever sent our Lakeland Terrier to kennels on his own. He's been before, but always with our other dog in a shared kennel. This is the first time since she was finally pts last year that we've been away and haven't had anyone move in to house...
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    The annoying child - How to deal with this ? Calling all parents

    By the way - that's not how I personally would have dealt with it. I would welcome a helper that I could educate.....assuming that I felt I could educate him/her. Another pair of eyes locally when I am a few miles away from my horses would be extremely useful. I think I would try to get a...
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    The annoying child - How to deal with this ? Calling all parents

    Has OP tried telling the child what to do? For example...... 'Hi - I've been waiting for you to come to do the horses and I'm here to help' 'Thank you - but I don't need your help and would rather you didn't hang around here quite so much. I haven't got time for you today so please go home. Now.'
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    How much ?

    Really, Sidney? So would I! I suppose it depends on whereabouts in the country you are. In Herts I pay £25 a week for DIY grass livery each horse. Access to stable if needed, access to outdoor school with jumps if needed. No other facilities, only me on the yard, small yard owned by a friend. I...
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    Cost of owning and competing

    £8,806.59 for a 4 yr old doing BYEH and BE 4yr old qualifiers. That includes absolutely everything - diesel, insurance, feed, tack, rugs, flyspray even some cribox that I bought to stop her munching a particularly tasty stretch of un-electrified post and rail last winter! She's competed by a pro...
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    When do you stop considering your baby/youngster a baby

    My girl is rising 5 and she's still a baby. She's had a long time in the field over winter and will be back in work next week. Next year she'll only have a few weeks off if all goes well, and so be fit and ready to start eventing at the beginning of March.
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    Update on horse "in pain" bone scan results - help!!

    An Irish showjumper trainer once told me that his brother was a knackerman, and every horse that he collected that had been destroyed as unridable or uncurable seemed to have broken ribs, or ribs that had been broken and mended badly. Now I know that he was probably over exaggerating when he...
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    What your opinion on the breeding crisis in the UK

    You can't just eat any old horse. Eating horse meat won't actually solve the over breeding issue. In countries that eat horse meat the horses are farmed in exactly the same way as cattle, sheep and pigs are farmed here. There are specific breeds of horses that are good to eat and those are the...
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    Are vets still about the care or more about the profit?

    The problem is we're too used to our own healthcare being free. We'd rather pay a plumber to come out to a burst pipe in the middle of the night than a vet to a colic. Come on guys - of course they are running businesses! You wouldn't work for free or discount willy nilly for whatever it is...
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    Tiny tots and ponies- some questions.

    How about this.....?
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    Selling my pony- the saga continues!

    I also bought a horse off Horsequest when I was only's a dangerous place!
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    5 stage vettings - cost of an xray set?

    Hi there - I wondered whether any of you had had a vetting set of Xrays done recently, and if so, roughly how much you paid for them? Many thanks!