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  1. Nudibranch

    Jacket zip - would you bother?

    I bought a Eurostar Martina jacket last September. I love it, but having brought it out for Winter coming I found the zip has gone. It won't catch at the bottom. I can button it still but without the zip its effectiveness is lost. These are not cheap jackets and it really annoys me! However is...
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    Tanat Valley riding?

    We are moving to Shropshire soon. I know the Rainbow Trails, which aren't too far. But I'm trying to find out whether there's much hacking round the Tanat Valley area (west of Oswestry)? Preferably with somewhere to park a trailer if it's not accessible from home. On or off road, I don't mind...
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    Dream layout on 10 acres

    What would yours be? It's all one field. Rectangular, but on a hillside with a couple of flat spots. Stables and field shelter leading off one corner. I'm thinking of doing something similar to what we have at the moment, ie a track around 3 sides leading off from the stables/shelter with an...
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    Goats, sheep, pigs

    So following on from my bridging loan madness post, we did it and are now proceeding on the dream place! Still a long way to go but fingers crossed. Anyway I will finally be able to start my long awaited Herdwick flock. Will add a couple of pigs, and expand my chicken flock. I'm also after a...
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    Carriage shafts

    I ned some longer shafts (standard type - Bellcrown or something which will fit Bellcrown) and cannot find anywhere that sells them! Pony and carriage have some shafts but none available in the size and type I need. Bellcrown themselves don't appear to sell them, and are in the US now anyway...
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    Liquids warning!

    Remember in this cold weather that water intake is just as important as forage. I put some more haylage out this evening and the Dales turned her nose up. Straight away I was suspicious. I took a barrel of lukewarm water over in the pickup and she drank a good bucketful. I am slightly paranoid...
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    Driving people/zilco harness question

    Can anyone tell me how to adjust the length on the ZGB integrated traces? Mine have no buckles at all, and no slots. Just a dee end. I could attach a quick release shackle easily enough but that doesnt allow any adjustment of trace length. I've scoured the internet and all I can find from Zilco...
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    Shows not cancelled 2021?

    Trying to work out which shows which may still run this Summer (large breed M&M classes in particular) in the North East/North West/Scottish borders. Any suggestions? County or larger local shows preferably. My nearest 5 are all definitely off! Durham seems to be the only one going ahead so far.
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    Driving people

    Can anyone tell me what kind of shackle this is? Came on the end of Zilco GB traces but I don't recognise them. Will be swapping for quick release anyway but I'm just curious.
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    Carriage driving in the dark

    Any tips for lighting our way? I've been driving 20 odd years but never got round to getting out after dark. Pony is bombproof and it's only a short journey, maybe a mile each way as part of a Christmas lights fun trail. The first half mile or so is in pitch black and then we will have street...
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    All this talk of pedigree cats...

    Does anyone know whether Birmans are suited to being allowed outdoors? I've read conflicting information. It's all the fault of the ragdolls...my sister has one and he is gorgeous but our house isn't suited to being cat secure what with lots of doors, a collie and a 4 year old child. When our...
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    Sudden worm burdens?!

    Brief details, 2 horses at home, lots of old pasture, cross grazing with sheep. Grazing rotated 6 monthly. Worm counts zero/below 100 for years. Bought 3yo 2 years ago, counted at 300, wormed and zero/below 100 ever since. Wormed annually for tapeworm and encysted. Results today - the older was...
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    Wet weather riding gear...

    Have decided this year I'm going to ride through the winter in all but the most extreme weather. Mini NB has started reception so I'll have 2 mornings each week (plus a day or two at the weekend) and I don't want to lose them. I've splashed out on a long Eurostar jacket but can anyone recommend...
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    Looking for a collie training article...

    ...someone posted one her a while back. The gist was about them learning to relax and not overloading them with agility, flyball, etc all the time. I can't find it by searching and have no idea who posted it, when or what the thread was! Am looking for a friend who has a high energy spaniel...
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    I did the unspeakable....

    And belly clipped my rough collie this morning 😮 I know many people argue the double coat insulates, but I really do think the showing contingent have gone too far breeding rough collie coats for volume. They are not at all like the dogs of the 50s/60s and imo there is potentially a health...
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    What is it with pet sales and lockdown?

    I know kittens, puppies and horses are all being bought up like hot cakes. But lizards?! Why does everyone suddenly want a pet? Surely there are going to be thousands of abandoned animals over the next few months? We decided to get a bearded dragon about 6 months ago, as my son is obsessed by...
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    Colour genetics people

    I am fairly ignorant on colour genetics, so can anyone answer this one? I have a Fell, technically she is 3/4 Fell, 1/4 trotter. She started off black. Now aged 14 and has white hairs round the eyes, muzzle and flecked through the coat. She also has lighter skin on the muzzle (a sort of blotchy...
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    Rent extortion! (Moan)

    Our grazing rent has just gone up 50%! I half feel like moving on, but tbf we have them at home so I'll just have to keep paying. I feel a bit taken advantage of though. I suspect they saw the new carriage and thought they'd make some more cash - what they don't realise is that I bought that...
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    Two saddle/girth questions

    I have a rising 5yo Dales who is very slightly croup high. She may grow out of it yet, although there are a few Dales around who seem to remain like this. She's in a Flexee, now up to the widest gullet plate. She will continue to widen so I was thinking of removing it. I used to have the pre...
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    Advice for a showing numpty?

    I have a rough collie from good lines although we bought her as a pet. Her siblings are successful show dogs and the breeder said we should show her. Crufts has inspired me a little bit, but I honestly am clueless. Are there lower level shows we could aim for? Can it be done without massive...
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    Quick hoof boot and feather question

    Unfortunately I think the Dales is going to need occasional booting so am thinking of buying her some Easyboot Gloves but wasn't sure how the straps work with a lot of feather? I've used Cavallos for years with different horses very successfully so will just go back to them if the Gloves won't...
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    Anybody want to sell me a bridle?

    I'm after a Sabre Eton in havana/brown, full size (could probably make do with cob). Everything left online is black or pony sized. With reins would be even better!
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    Random mane loss?

    The Fell's mane has been getting thinner to the point I'm actually thinking of hogging her 😮 I have no idea why. She has a good coat and very full tail; the mane has always been her weak point but this is ridiculous. There's no damage, it's evenly thinning throughout from forelock to withers...
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    Carriage drivers - 2 vs 4 wheels

    I've just sold my two wheeler as my chunkster Fell is a bit wide really, and as there are now 3 of us wanting to go out for a drive I would like some more room on board. I'm fairly set on getting a Bellcrown with backstep, but then I've started looking at 4 wheelers and being quite tempted. It...
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    Bog burn prevention even without mud?

    Winter is coming...and my Dales gets bog burn, and I need her to have maximum feather for next year's showing season. She has a 10 acre winter field, with no mud bar a tiny patch at the gate but the grass is old pasture and has longer patches. I think it's this which must wet the feather. It...
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    Puppy car sickness

    13 week old rough collie, lovely girl, very calm and confident but her only issue is extreme car sickness. Even a 5 minute journey makes her vomit. I was hopeful she would grow out of it asap but her older siblings apparently vomited to 12-13 months. Have tried not feeding, but even a 4 hour...
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    Grooming tips...

    Just an excited post really, but it's been nearly 12 years since we had a puppy in the house. Having lost the little dog recently, I viewed and put down a deposit on a gorgeous sable/white rough collie. She comes to us on 22nd August. I'm refreshing my memory with a stack of books. Anyway, much...
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    Does this bridle exist?

    I'm looking for a full size, brown hunter bridle with a comfort headpiece, or one where the noseband lies on top of the headpiece. The noseband and browband must be flat - everything I have seen which fits the headpiece requirement has a raised noseband! Even mix and match options only seem to...
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    Deposit

    Has anyone paid a deposit before seeing a pup? I know all the alarms sound about scams and dodgy breeders but this is a bona fide show breeder. I've checked out the prefix, show results and so on, and she will send a receipt by return. Pup will be kc registered, chipped, first vaccs and wormed...
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    Rough collie owners?

    Anyone on here? I've had border collies, a saluki and a long haired dachshund in the past. OH is a bit reluctant to get another dachshund due to their potential for back problems. Another border would be nice but they're so variable in their temperaments a puppy would be a bit of a gamble...
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