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    Shortest ride in history!

    Well, I have broken my own record in managing to hit the ground within approximately 30 seconds of getting on a horse only this time I didn't actually manage to even get on the horse as I fell off the mounting block whilst trying to get on him! Poor Mr Z just stood there looking at me as I...
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    Charges for additional services for those on DIY livery

    What are the going rates for additional services if you are on DIY livery? Specifically: - catch in / turn out - rug change - make feed up and give to horse - give already made up feed to horse - make haynet up and give to horse - give already made up haynet to horse - skip out I've been...
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    Lost Dusty last week

    It has taken me a while to come to terms with it but early last Monday morning I got the call from the horsepital that they would be putting Dusty to sleep. She had gone down in the stable on Sunday morning and they had been unable to get her back to her feet and she was beginning to get...
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    At last

    Bit the bullet and turned the horses out into their summer field. It was still a bit wetter than I would have liked but with rain forecast for the weekend and the grass coming through gang busters it had to be done. Fortunately - as hoped - they were more interested in eating their galloping...
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    Thuja pill dosage ?

    Can anyone give me an idea of the Thuja 30 dosage for a horse of approx 17.3 ? We will be going down the Liverpool Cream route in the autumn - delayed in my vet's advice as the flies will very shortly become a problem. In the meantime I thought I would give the Thuja pills a try, I don't...
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    Rugging - how did the horses of my youth survive ....

    Having been reading the numerous threads on rugging I have to wonder how so many horses survived in the old days when we only had a leaky old canvas New Zealand with a thin blanket lining for the field and a jute rug with a folded blanket for the stable. The answer of course is that they did...
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    2nd clip already

    With this crazy weather we've just spent today giving the horses their SECOND full clip of the season already. Blades being sent off tomorrow for sharpening and it is still only mid October. I don't think we'd even started clipping this time last year.
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    Has anyone managed to ride today?

    I'm in the south east/midlands and it hasn't stopped snowing. Fields are too wet to ride in and the roads too slushy to risk venturing out on. I could go into the school but it is just too darn cold. I cracked and got the horses in at 2 as they were just hanging around the gate. They are...
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    Horse pts - not meeting BEVA guidelines

    Having read the thread which mentioned that a horse was pts and it didn't meet BEVA guidelines .... Well, a few years ago I made the decision to pts my retired horse of a lifetime mare after she came in from the field with a very bad kick to her hock. She did not meet BEVA guidelines but I...
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    Unsod Footy horse - spring grass ?

    Is anyone else finding their unshod horses are a bit footy at the moment? A couple of mine have been 'footy' over the last few days (one is shod, one is unshod). Not sure if it due to the grass starting to grow in this warm weather or due to the fact that the fields have dried out really quickly...
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    Under or over rug - where do you stand?

    I've been reading the threads on 'what rugs is your horse wearing' with interest and surprise. I personally think it is best to slightly under rug than to slightly over rug but not sure if there is any scientific evidence of this. Like some others on this forum I am old enough to remember...
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    Good luck vibes please

    My little ginger horse has been rushed to Newmarket for emergency colic surgery. Sitting here with fingers crossed waiting for call from vets. Especially hard as his brother died after colic surgery a few years ago.
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    Spelling - mild rant

    Is it just me who has OCD over spelling on the forum? My biggest bugbear is haylage spelt as hayledge.
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    Do you remember when ...?

    Having just forked out £173 to have two horses shod I was thinking fondly of the days when it cost £4 a set for my pony. His DIY livery (stable and field was also £4 a week. Given DIY livery around here is about £30 a week I am glad that DIY is no longer the same price as a set of shoes -...
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    A new sensation

    Yay - went out to do the yard this afternoon and I got wet! Actually I got soaked through to my underwear. This is the first rain we have had since the end of May. On two previous days we got a splash of rain that didn't even dampen the dust that are our gateways. The horses all had a...
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    Getting rid of haylage wrap/shavings sacks?

    I have now got three years' worth of large bale haylage wrap and bedding plastic sacks, hi-fi bags etc filling up a stable. My local council (Cherwell) used to take it in the recycling bins but haven't for sometime now. I am loathe to burn it but does any one know of a company that would...
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    Fantastic News

    :) My retired old boy (21) was scanned again today and has been given the all clear to begin walking in hand. Six and a half long months of complete box rest (except from when he escaped one afternoon ...) following a ruptured superficial flexor tendon has been worth it knowing that he will...
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    Vans Fautras/Cheval Liberte/other trailer ?

    As title really. I am replacing my 7.5 ton lorry with a two horse trailer which will be towed by a Range Rover. Horses are both 16.2 hh and middleweight. I have been put off the IW 511 due to the plasticky look and mould problem and Equitrek by the poor customer service. I have...
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    Best place to buy pressure treated rails ??

    As title really. I need to replace some broken fence rails and was looking at using pressure treated rails to try and prevent the horses chewing them. I have got electric standoff wires but the cheeky bighters have learned that they can have a nibble on the lower rails without getting zapped...
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    Use of calmers ??

    Whilst digging out a deep litter bed this morning I had plenty of time to think and I got to wondering about the increased use of calmers. A few years ago we had hardly heard of them but now they are everywhere. I understand the science behind magnesium but are they: - used because too...
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    Oh why did I ... ?

    Send my heavyweight turnout rugs off to be washed last week. Knew I was tempting fate as it is now cold, wet and windy with sleet/snow due later this afternoon. Horses out at night in light medium weight rugs and might have to double rug as it is due to drop to below freezing. I'm back in...
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    Finally fed up

    After 36 years of doing my horses I am now officially fed up with doing them in this flipping weather and thinking of taking up an indoor hobby! Day got off to a bad start when I discovered one of the horses had gone through the electric fencing breaking six of the wooden posts in the process...
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    Anyone used Global Herbs TendonEaze or similar ?

    As title really. Have recently had our old retired boy diagnosed with almost complete rupture of his superficial flexor tendon. My hope is to be able to get him field sound but in the meantime he is facing six months box rest. Adequan injections is a possible way forward but he is not good...
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    Pretty Boy's first show

    Decided to take my potential ruffty-tufty potential event horse (hopefully) four year old to his first competition (dressage at Addington). Beforehand I had taken him to a riding club dressage lesson to get him used to being away from home and twice rented another arena on a busy yard (ours is...
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    Brightwells dressage auction Addington

    Hi Did anyone go to the dressage auction last night? Unfortunately although I had tickets I was unable to go as I was stuck in my sick bed (literally...)
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    Ouch .....

    Out for a quick stroll round the roads yesterday afternoon when a little white terrier suddenly came belting out from the side of a house straight at Gands' front legs and then doubled back to the garden. My boy was fine with that and I was just turning round to see where the flipping dog had...
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    Best place to sell dressage saddles

    I have previously bought a couple of saddles off ebay (but not for over a year). With the retirement of one horse and tragic death of my other horse I now have a number of saddles (Albion, Ideal Jessica, Inch's, Wintec and Keiffer) that I should sell. With the bad reports I have been reading...
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    Horse Whisperer - any recommendations?

    Can anyone recommend (from personal experience) a horse whisperer in the Oxford area? Michael Peace is nearby I know and certainy seems to have a very good reputation. I have an eight year old who seems to have a major panic attack whenever his routine changes slightly eg. if one of his field...
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