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  1. JDH01

    Advice please -young warmblood severe arthritis lower neck

    Before you decide anything it may be worth getting in touch with the osteopathic vet, he was our last try and it has worked really well. Find him on Facebook
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    New horse, new yard

    I very much favour the get on and get on with it school of getting used to new horses. I have always hacked out as soon as possible by my self but obviously with phone etc and with others knowing where. I want to do it without the benefit of others advice, to date with 7 previous and my...
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    Regumate or marble

    We did, back check, physio, new saddle and then Regumate with great success so far this season. Keeping marble / ovarian treatment until later
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    Would you query this vet fee?

    As an uninsured owner this would have cost me £45 call out plus charge for treatment and drugs so seems very reasonable to me.
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    When to pay?

    With my last purchase, Drove 4 hrs to try on the Thursday, left a cash £100 deposit with receipt, then collected Sat 4hrs there and 6 hrs back with horse and trailer! Husband BAC'd payment on the Sat
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    Cash Withdrawal limit

    The last 2 horses I have bought I have paid by BACs. I was there ready to collect and husband paid, I then took horse home
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    Would you buy a horse un vetted?

    Yes of the 9 horses I have bought only had 1 vetted and all were fine.
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    Nose Nets

    The le mieux ones work on a wide cob noseband, I have just bought one of the equilibrium riding face masks and it is fab and actually working. Also started Hilton herbs shake no more gold which also seems to help
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    Passport - deceased horse

    It is a legal requirement but if you send a note and a self addressed envelope to any of the passport issuers they send it back.
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    The last few days..

    Like a lot of owners I have had to make both a planned and an emergency decision to pts. In an emergency even if you are not here (I was on holiday) you just have to react to make the best decision you can in awful circumstances. I hate the planned decision and the waiting feeling like your...
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    enough or not enough

    They've look good to me and I agree with those who say they should be a bit lean going into spring grasing
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    I rode in spurs for a long time then when I had very reactive TBs and a very hot off the leg cob didn't. I have had to downsize as a result of injury and now have a very nice cob who wasn't well schooled when I got him and needed to learn a definite aid, I am now back in ball / roller spurs and...
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    The fate of the Unrideable

    I have always kept my horses until their end with the exception of 1. I see him every day as still on out yard and sold for£1. I will always know where he goes? It is my belief that there are much worse things that happen to horses than being pts
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    Persistent rug rubs

    I have used a variety of bibs and vests and found the weatherbeeter the best for a very thin skinned boy. Also covered all breast girths, girths and breastplates in real sheepskin covers, head collar metal bits I taped as they also rubbed when traveling
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    At Home Treatments for DDFT Damage (MicroCurrent, Magnets etc)

    This is a very interesting thread I have never insured my horses and always go on age, symptoms etc when deciding course of action. I had an older cob who vet felt post X-ray had done this who when turned away on very small paddock on vets advice didn't improve and had to be PST. Second horse...
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    Mis sold a horse

    Really sorry but I have to agree with Shay, this may just be a very sad and expensive lesson, having said that we all do get it wrong sometimes OP.
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    Topspec Ulsakind - anyone use?

    Positive experience
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    British Eventing Membership Please Help!

    The volunteering thing is a great and b really works at over subscribed events and you are giving something back and get a very different perspective. Without it most be events wouldn't run. BE is expensive but you can guarantee a safe correctly fixed course which you can't a lot of us events.
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    Is it possible to get a Horse Fit when you have a day job?

    I work full time and have always had 2-3 horses, I ride all winter at 06.30 out on roads and ride and lead swathed in hiviz and lights. I hunt regularly (at least weekly) and have an event horse I don't compete (my friend does) but who is fit enough to start the season in March. I have no...
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    Opinions on this "vintage" tweed for local level showing please?

    I also bought this model for £10 and absolutely love it much better than the modern version and I have always wanted a 'hairy' tweed. Worn mine autumn hunting with a lot of +ve comments and feel great in it. I hunt a show cob and plan to wear it unaffiliated this season as I think if you feel...
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    To change horse or not? V long, sorry

    Excellent news that you have had a talk, just remember she is yours and you are paying the bills!
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    Working livery problems

    20 years ago my first horse was on a working livery, those responding above are right that you are subsidising the riding school. It is complicated and often feels safer but once you realise the horse is yours you will feel empowered to do what you need to do. I hogged my cob and the yard...
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    Purchasing from a reputable dealer?

    Always worth making an offer but be sensible and don't make an 'insulting' one as they are making a living and others may be prepared to pay the going rate.
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    Buying my first horse - confidence knocked!

    I would still advise the same as this post!
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    Poor sweet little mare head shaking

    I bought a known headshaker (trigeminal nerve diagnosis) and he is well managed with a combination of nose net on bright potentially midgey days, hack up bespoke 'breath easy' on similar days and an infrared poll pad which has really helped him to relax. He has also responded really well to a...
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    Back to riding after back injury

    Physio and then an absolutely rigorous sticking and building on the excercises. After nhs rehab (not for back but for leg, head and chest injuries) then private equine focussed physio including equicisor
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    Nurses with horses

    I have nursed full time for 38 years, horses x2 for 20 of those on full livery, I ride at 06.30 in winter when they are in full time
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    Buying my first horse - confidence knocked!

    Do a lot of talking before even thinking of visiting to ride. I always spend 20-30 mins on phone when looking to buy even if very keen. I never mention which horse, always say responding to your advert. If after 5 mins they have no idea which horse I am not interested. Take a friend or...
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    New Horse - "not as described on the tin" !

    I have now bought at least 2 if not 3 horses all privately which have been a challenge at around the 3-6 month period. This has mainly manifested through quite impressive napping! My answer is lunging and long reining to voice and lessons, lessons, lessons to challenge you and them. Current...
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    Transitioning from RS to riding on your own

    I am another one for the hack out, enjoy and build a relationship school of thought. I have ridden since 2.5 now 56.5. Owned my own horse/s 20 yrs. if a young horse intensive lessons but still on my latest once a week, weather permitting! Had him a year and he was green, I school on hacks...