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    Full livery, including exercise?

    I was having a friendly debate with a horse owning pal the other day about the relative benefits/disadvantages, costs, time commitments etc of full livery versus DIY - a topic which has been discussed many times on here. My friend (on DIY at a good yard locally) said she would expect any yard...
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    Confused about "the rules" ... can I have my lesson?

    Sorry for the terminal stupidity, but as title really. I have a lesson booked next week: my horse is at a biggish livery yard (22 horses). Under the current rules, can I have my lesson, which would be at a time I would normally go to the yard and possibly be riding anyway? It is just me and my...
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    Please stop moaning about winter mud ....

    Have a look at news stories of people stranded on beaches in Australia with their horses because their homes are burning, and feel grateful for a bit of mud. Just sayin’ .....
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    Help me settle a (friendly!) argument re horse colour

    I have an acquaintance who tells me that all TB race horses are registered as grey at birth and have their colour changed to a “true” colour at some later date. I have never heard of this. Is he right? ( ... fully prepared to hand over the fiver i bet him .... :)).
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    How horses react to you parking a trailer

    Just seen this on You Tube. Hysterical ....
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    Just put what3words app on my phone ....

    .... And it’s brilliant. Looks like a real step forward in safety for those of us who ride alone, work in the country side, travel anywhere, walk dogs or whatever you might be doing. Has anyone else got it? Just need to remember to carry my phone with me (and make sure it’s charged up!)...
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    Wetting dry dog food before feeding

    We feed our boy on a dry dog food (Cooper and Co) with a little added chicken or similar to encourage him to eat it. He seems to like it and looks well on it. On a recent visit to the pet store to stock up, I mentioned that I damp it down a bit - not soggy, but not bone dry - and was told be the...
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    Lame doggie. All thoughts welcome.

    Our staffie/whippet cross went for his usual walk this morning - around an hour, mostly off lead in woodland, so lots f running about etc. This afternoon he’s clearly lame in his off hind. Can’t find anything in his foot and no heat anywhere. It looks more like his hip joint or hock or maybe...
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    Doggy sleeping arrangements - help!

    We’ve had our adopted staffie/whippet cross for nearly four months now and he’s settling in very well generally. Hes well behaved, affectionate and generally a joy to have around. However, we have made a real rod for our own backs with regard to his sleeping arrangements and I’m in need of...
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    GPS trackers

    After a very upsetting incident yesterday when doggy went awol for an hour in a wood (thankfully we found him, but were really panicking) we are now thinking of getting a GPS tracker to fit on his collar. Has anyone got one, used one etc .... all thoughts welcome. Many thanks.
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    Sweeping up after the farrier

    I got to the yard this afternoon just as someone’s horse was being shod. When the guy had finished he packed up his gear and departed, leaving the usual mess of hoof trimmings and general gunk on the yard. The owner of the horse went off to find a brush to sweep up and I joked about farriers...
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    My dog pee’d on another dog ....???

    Is this normal .... not something I’ve ever encountered before .....? Walking doggo this morning we encountered a lady with two elderly labs who were wandering about off lead minding their own business. We were in a large parkland area so no probs with being off the lead. My boy scampered...
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    New dog randomly vomiting ...vet or not?

    (Sorry for Too Much Information!) .... Our new lad (8 weeks and counting) is in great shape, active, shiny coat, seems happy with life generally, eats well, but occasionally just vomits for no apparent reason. So far this has happened maybe 6-8 times, the latest being this afternoon when we were...
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    Dog walking and personal security

    Chatting to a friend yesterday about dogs - having recently acquired a new one - and she mentioned personal security whilst dog walking. She’s a lady in her late 60s, lives alone and frequently walks her dog in woodland near her home. She told me she carries an attack alarm and some sort of...
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    New dog finding his "voice" ...

    We recently adopted a staff cross type dog from a charity. He's a lovely lad and is settling in well ... now into week 8 ... However, I couldn't help but notice that he was strangely quiet and never barked or made any other noise. In contrast to our old dog who was very vocal, this has seemed...
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    Dog discrimination ... is this now a thing?

    We have recently adopted a rescue dog. He’s genuinely the sweetest, gentlest, most loving lad you could wish to meet. He just loves everyone and hasn’t got a bad hair on his body, so to speak. But... he’s a staffie cross, looks like a real tough nut and is covered in scars from goodness...
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    Wet food for a very sensitive tummy

    After 15 dogless months, the new adoptee arrived yesterday. A lovely, sensitive boy, around 4 yo we think, staffie crossed with something much more leggy - possibly a whippet or even greyhound. Apparently has a very sensitive tummy and gets the squitties with any kind of wet food. He’s been...
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    Help me identify these boots please.

    I’m looking to buy a pair of long boots from a friend. She can’t remember how much she paid for them but only been worn twice. I’ve been looking on line to identify them (just to get an idea of retail price) but can’t find them anywhere, so think they may have been discontinued. They are long...
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    Supplement dosages

    I own 19 year old highland. He's a chunky boy, a good 14.2 and well built with good bone. He's fit and well; sound and generally enjoying life. My vet came yesterday to give him his annual flu/tet jabs and generally give him a once over, and feels that he's getting stiff in his back end -...
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    Dogs living outside in kennels/pens

    A question, if I may, for those whose dogs live outside full time in kennels or pens. What would you consider to be a decent minimum sized run or kennel space for a dog like a large Labrador and how many hours per day would it be reasonable for them to be confined in such a space? . I ask...
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    The yard support network

    Struggled a bit with the title for this one, but it occurred to me recently that the yard isn't just place where we go because our horses happen to live there. At my yard anyway, it's place where friendships are formed and where we go for a bit of social interaction, as well as looking after...
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    ARGH!!! Midges ....

    Just looking out of my kitchen window to see a large cloud of midges bobbing about over the lawn ...... ARGH!!! NOOOOOO !! It’s way too early, surely. Anyone else?
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    Christmas present idea for excellent YM

    Our YM is a real trooper. Works her socks off, extremely competent and is lovely with it. We’re having a bit of a whip round and want to get her a pressie to present at the yard “do” just before Christmas. I think we’ll have about £100 to spend. Any bright ideas what we could get her ..... all...
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    Just bought some new wellies ....

    ...... applying for the mortgage tomorrow.....!!! A small rant ..... good grief!!! Just how much do you have to pay for decent wellies nowadays? Ok, they’re very nice, stylish (??!!) wellies, but £120.00 ..... seriously? Not bought a pair for a while. Is that the going rate these days for...
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    Music ideas ....?

    I've been asked to put together a slideshow of photographs from our local riding club's summer season, to run at the end of year presentation party in a couple of weeks time. I've got hundreds of photos, and have selected around 100 of my favourites, but my laptop will also run a soundtrack...
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    A bit of a sad one ....

    .... sorry .... We lost our old lad a couple weeks ago, sadly, after a mystery illness which our vet now thinks was most likely caused by a tumour in his sinuses. Today, I fetched his ashes back from the vets after an individual creation. I wasn't expecting them to come back in a small, neat...
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    Bathing your horse ... do you and how often?

    Looked at my highland this afternoon and thought he looked a bit grubby, especially his tail (he had been turned out for several hours and was a bit muddy). He's also busily shedding his summer coat, so lots of short, biscuit coloured hair coming out, soon to be replaced with long biscuit...
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    Vets - should I get a second opinion?

    Our staffie/collie cross has been suffering with congested sinuses and nose for 5-6 weeks now.(I've posted about this before). He's had several visits to our local vet, who seems to have done everything in his vetinary medicine arsenal to find out the cause and treat the problem, including...
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    Getting medication into a reluctant dog

    Our little guy - an elderly collie/staffie cross - has an absolutely horrendous sinus infection, possibly caused by an obstruction. At the moment we don't know, but vet is tying a combination of vaso-dilators, antibiotics and something to clear the snot out of his nose. He's also on anti...
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    Human nasal spray for dogs

    Our dog has been very snotty for a while. The vet has prescribed antibiotics and anti inflammatories but his nose gets very congested, especially at night. Someone has suggested using Sinex or Otrivine nasal spray to help him. Has anyone done this? Is this a yes or no? I have Sinex in the house...
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