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    ‘The Golden Retriever Experience’?

    https://thegoldenretrieverexperience.com/ Has anyone heard anything about or been to this place in Somerset? It seems to be some kind of golden retriever petting zoo, with tens of dogs on the property. At first glance I thought it was neat, but now I’m not too sure. There’s no mention of how...
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    How does one ‘own’ a dog?

    Following on from the thread about the cockerpoo breeding machine, I had a thought. How exactly does one prove ownership over a dog, legally? Is it the microchip registration details? The person who registers the dog with vets or other professionals? The person who paid for the dog and/or...
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    Cruciates

    A follow on from my ‘arthritis in hips’ thread - my boy has been formally diagnosed by the orthopaedic vet at our practice with a ruptured left cruciate, and likely has damage of some form to his right. He’s booked in for a TTA operation on Tuesday morning, and I’ve been stuffing my brain full...
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    Arthritis in hips?

    Took my dog Rogan to the vet this morning, as he’d started limping for a few steps on his right hind after lying down for long periods of time. He’s a 9.5 year old Rough Collie/Jack Russell, and has been on joint supplements for about 9 months. He’s always been...at a genetic disadvantage, as he...
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    Catios?

    Anyone got one, built one, thinking about getting one? We have 2 moggies - 8ish year old female rescued 1.5 years ago, and a 1 year old male had from a kitten, both indoor/outdoor, though neither of them venture further than the neighbouring 2 gardens behind our terrace. Hopefully moving house...
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    WWYD? - Cat grooming

    9 year old long-haired moggy, Missy, adopted from rescue 1 year ago. Very fearful/nervous natured with zero confidence. We're finally at the point where she'll relax in 1 room of the house, and she's happy to accept strokes most of the time, on her terms. In the past couple of days, she's...
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    Pricing and selling a saddle?

    Are we allowed to discuss pricing of tack on here? I’ve got an Albion K2 Jump that I bought second hand off eBay in 2014. I think I paid around £750 for it. Had it checked by a saddler and fitted to the cob I had on loan. It only got used about half a dozen times, and it’s been stored indoors...
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    Unsolicited advice from YO (Just a grumble!)

    I need to have a little moan, if you don't mind! My loan cob mare has started to shed something fierce in the last couple of weeks, so I've been slowly trying to defluff her and tidy her up coming out of winter where she was allowed to get wild and wooly. Cue YO butting in with an unwelcome...
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    Pony squasher advice?

    I will start by saying this is entirely hypothetical! The year-long loan on my mare is almost up, and I'm starting to consider my options after her. I'll be starting at a rising school again for more instruction, and to try out different sizes and types of horses, but I was pondering that age...
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    Nervous novice, scared of riding my horse

    *pause for people to read thread title and scoff* I'm sorry in advance, this may be a bit long-winded, but I don't have any horsey friends to bounce my thoughts off, and I'm going round in circles! I've had my first ever horse, Lola, on loan since May 2014, and the agreement with her owner...
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    Totally out of my depth, and don't know what to do.

    This is going to be a bit of a moan, I guess, but I don't have any other horsey people to ask for advice, and I really don't know what to do. I stable my mare, Lola, at my brother-in-law's, fiancee's yard. She has also become a rather good friend; which is why when she said she was visiting my...
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    Opinions on coloured plaiting bands?

    What do you think about coloured plaiting bands? Tacky or really cute? I ask because I kit out my white-grey mare in bright, summer blue - not overly so, but I'll use a blue numnah, tendon boots, whip and fly veil. I was browsing the horsey sections of eBay (as you do!) and came across...
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    How long does it take you to muck out?

    I ask because my girl is almost unnaturally clean! All of the mess is always in one place, and it only takes about 12-15 minutes to lift the dirty straw, remake the bed, add fresh straw and fill the water bucket. In comparison, my yard owner's horse, India, is SO messy. She'll completely destroy...
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    Grooming a white-grey horse for show?

    Hi everyone, sorry if this is in the wrong place! I'm taking my first set of Pony Club tests (D and D+) on Wednesday, at the ripe old age of 23 :) Trouble is, I'm despairing over my grey horse! Lola is 14, and has matured to pure white all over - pretty, but apt to stains. She's kept in a...
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