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    Girth sores/ girth galls... wonder treatments

    Another vote for Wonder Gel - it does what is says on the label :)
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    Help asking questions about a potential viewing

    All the above plus: Does the horse have any vices? Has the horse been seen to head shake? (got caught out on this one once when buying late autumn but found it out in the following spring) Does the horse have sweetitch? If there are any health/behavioural issues that would be a deal breaker...
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    Dressage instructors in Central Scotland

    another vote for Diana Zajda
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    Insurance help

    loss of use is usually an add-on optional extra - for which you will pay a LOT of money and probably never get a pay out for. Most policies are for loss of horse (ie. death) if it meets BEVA guidelines and you can add on extras like vet cover etc. I am with NFU who do a break down of what...
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    5 stage vetting for 2 Year Old???

    I changed insurers to NFU for my filly when she was two years old having bought her for £7k as a foal. The initially said they needed a 5 stage vetting but my vet agreed that was ridiculous and spoke to them. They accepted a two stage with full disclosure on her previous vet history which was...
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    Feed advice

    Being overweight would certainly lead to a lack of 'oomph'. To get weight off you need to get their heart rate up when being exercised so a sustained period of trotting and/or cantering- just walking doesn't do it. I agree with TPO that what you describe is light work. Back in the day our...
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    Weight of rugs

    It really does depend on the horse. Mine and fully clipped in winter and out during the day and in at night. One of them never seems to need more than 100g whereas another can be in a 300g. Like the others have said, I used a good outer and then have different weight liners to mix and match...
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    Queues at Blenheim

    The only time I remember really bad queues was when they were running the European Championships some years back. Might be busier than usual this year due to the lack of the big spectator events like Badminton and Burghley.
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    Turnout rugs with belly flap

    And I'll look for a Weatherbeeta Taka on ebay, shame they have discontinued it. What size are you looking for?
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    Clippers

    I like Lister
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    Yearling and farrier issues

    I've had a few foals over the years and haven't had behaviour as dramatic as you but even though they had had their feet picked up regularly as foals and saw the farrier every six weeks they would still often either try to fall onto their knees or leap through the person holding the leg up - I...
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    Buying youngster for pro to produce

    If you do go for it get a very good contract in place. I think putting the horse on youngstock livery is a very good suggestion. Do just remember though that excellent breeding does not always - in fact rarely - make a superstar.
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    Poorly horse this evening

    A horse on a yard that I was at years ago was very, very allergic to wasp stings and very nearly died after being stung but fortunately the vet practice was only 5 minutes up the road so they were there very quickly. Hope Merlin continues to receover
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    Turnout rugs with belly flap

    I've got the older Weatherbeeta Taka rugs which have decent sized belly flaps
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    Am I too tall?

    To me you look at little tall but certainly not too heavy on him but then again I am 5'8" and used to ride my daughter's 14:2 all the time as he was so much fun :) I also used to ride my 13:2 when I was this height as a teenager
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    boundary issue

    I don't know of the legality of this situation but when our neighbour planted a new hawthorn hedge right up against our fence the horses did have the odd nibble on it which she complained about. In order to keep the peace I used some electric fence for a couple of years to keep them away from...
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    MRI scan results

    Mine had an MRI at Newmarket Equine Hospital and they rang me with the results the same day.
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    European dressage champs on telly tomorrow!

    Superb riding yet again from Carl - not an easy day in the office today
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    Looming yard closure

    I would wait to hear the outcome of the appeal as there is no guarantee that planning will be granted.
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    How to remove poisonous plants from my field

    either dig them out or spray with weedkiller and keep the horses off the field for minimum 3 weeks so that the dead weed has completely broken down.
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    Double Bridle Reccomendations

    I have the Albion KB both the competition and the super which is a little more fancy and they are lovely Edited to add I've just looked at the price new and they are rather expensive but I pick them up on eBay and they would be well within your budget
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    Winter Riding Tights

    I found the Noble winter tights a strange fit on me although their summer balance tights fit me very well. I have the Dublin winter riding tights although if it is really cold I can't beat my Pikeur Lugana softshell winter breeches. They are spendy but super warm and last for years and years.
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    Hiring out my horse trailer?

    I lent my lorry FOC to a friend for the weekend. It came back with the padding ripped off the partition and a big scrape down the side. She flatly denied that it was anything to do with her so lesson learned - don't lend.
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    Channeling your inner hoarder and overattachment to sentimental but useless tack

    Keep it (although you are taking advice from some-one who has a serious hoarding problem ....). My old mare had a lovely bridle which was too big for her son so I had the cheek pieces shortened (or you could maybe buy some shorter ones instead) if you wish to continue to use it.
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    My horse is killing the yard chickens

    Apart from separating them I don't know what you can do. In the summer my chickens (only 10 though) are in the horse field but I use poultry fencing to keep them safe from the foxes which also keeps them separate from the chickens although none of mine seems to mind them. I hook the poultry...
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    Rehab post bone chip surgery

    Some years ago my WB had chips successfully removed from his front fetlocks. For the first six weeks he was on box rest with in-hand walking. From memory it was twice a day starting with 10 minutes each time increasing by 10 minutes each week. He then had another 6 weeks of box rest with...
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    Horse injury insurance/liability.

    Unfortunately normally it is down to bad luck and the reason you have your own horses(s) insured,
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    Fractured jaw recovery

    I also had a horse that tore his lower jaw in half at the front - was not a nice sight to be greeted with in the morning. He went to Newmarket to have it wired back and the vet described it as a challenge ..... I didn't ride him until the wires were out but he was on box rest anyway having had...
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    Lies down every day & injures herself - help!

    I've had a number of big youngsters but never had this problem so would be a little concerned as to why your mare keeps on knocking her own legs. I had a mare that had a historic injury to a hind hoof which made it more susceptible to knocks so I used to put a sausage boot on that leg when she...
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    Irish horses - how much do they grow?

    You should be able to get a Dutch WB in the UK without too much of a problem. My mare (who was my horse of a lifetime) was a Dutch WB and I bred three foals from her - 2 were by a Dutch WB stallion and the other by a Hannoverian stallion. All three had UK Sports Horse Breeding passports but...
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