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  1. Art Nouveau

    Horse life balance- how to get it right

    It wouldn't occur to me to visit twice a day if my horse was on 24/7 turnout... Maybe I've always been fortunate with the livery yards I've been on as we've always had group whatsapp and people do let each other know if they spot a horse in trouble.
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    Update on the rat issue

    I can't read the article as it's behind a paywall so I can only read the first few lines. 6000V sounds fairly normal for an electric fence though? I wouldn't expect any animal to be 'squealing in agony' touching that. I have no issues with the idea of an electric fence to keep animals in or out...
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    Cost for yard staff holding for the dentist?

    Well minimum wage is going up to £9.50, and the employer has to cover holiday pay, national insurance, pensions contributions, sick pay and employer's liability insurance. A freelance groom would need to earn enough on their hourly rate to cover their insurance, travel, time off for sickness or...
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    Backed vs broken.

    I have a friend looking for a 'backed but not broken' pony because she enjoys the early stages. Her budget is tiny though, about £1500 I think, so she's looking more at 3.5 year olds that have been bitted and sat on, and is probably still being a bit hopeful. Was yours brought on further?
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    butt lift/scrunch jods/breeches.

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    Health and safety (specifically arm over horse's head)

    Right hand over head/between ears. Left hand holds and guides the bit in. I'm tall though, and I do see how shorter people/taller horses can't use this method. I find I have more control with my hand over the poll than just over the nose, plus the top of the bridle is then where you need it, not...
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    Was someone looking for an older 15.2hh cob?

    Oh he's very handsome, but I'm in Manchester and I'm not sure I can justify the transport costs when I'm not really meant to be looking.
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    Was someone looking for an older 15.2hh cob?

    no, but I could be tempted except I can't see the advert. I think I've found the right one but the content attached to the comment 'isn't available at the moment'. Can you still see it or has it been taken down? thanks
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    lost motivation/mixed emotions over new horse

    I'd be inclined to sell, especially if the person you mentioned would be a good home. I have a toddler, and a second on the way and I know my next horse will need to be one that's confidence boosting as I've been out of the saddle for so long. My muscle strength and coordination isn't what it...
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    And the cr@p parenting award goes to.....

    I was on a first aid course recently and the instructor said, of course if someone has dislocated a joint you call an ambulance as it will be too difficult to travel them in a car without knocking the joint, and it will be very painful. I sat there thinking, I dislocated my elbow falling off a...
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    Considering a working cocker spaniel, what other breeds might suit instead?

    thanks for all the comments everyone. It sounds like my sister should be ok as she will definitely focus on teaching her dog to settle and have downtime.
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    Considering a working cocker spaniel, what other breeds might suit instead?

    Thankyou Thistle and Deb, she'll contact spaniel aid and ask about fostering to tide her over until she can get to the top of a waiting list for a puppy, or as you say fall in love and keep the foster dog. Brittanys look like a good option too. ah they're beautiful! They are so cuddly! We'll...
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    Considering a working cocker spaniel, what other breeds might suit instead?

    Fun name though. I don't actually know anything about Papillons and the only pet home collies I've known have been challenging so I can't comment on the mix. As an aside, the best named crossbreed I've seen was a westie X poodle, and then the offspring was crossed with another poodle. Puppies...
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    Considering a working cocker spaniel, what other breeds might suit instead?

    ooh thanks, hadn't thought about a cross of the two
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    Considering a working cocker spaniel, what other breeds might suit instead?

    My sister is considering a worker cocker spaniel as her next dog but is open to other suggestions if there might be something better suited. The wish list is: 1. Small or small to medium sized, but not toy sized 2. Easily trained and loves being with people and 'working' eg retrieving, scent...
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    Cat's infected paw, hibiscrub?

    She's going back to the vet for a check up today. I think it looks like it's healing but she's figured out how to lick it still ☹️ it's a hind foot and she wedges the edge of the collar against her leg and then pushes down. This morning is the first time I've seen her do it. Should it be...
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    Cat's infected paw, hibiscrub?

    Thanks for all the comments, it's given me lots to think about. I don't think we're in an adder area. The paw initially presented as just being ridiculously swollen. It may have come on slowly, she was out all day and came home late in the evening so I guess it could have been coming on from the...
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    Cat's infected paw, hibiscrub?

    hm, yes you're right about there being patches Shady, I was thinking that might just be scabbiness from the skin being sore/raw? Before she was given a collar she had licked it until it was sore quite far up her leg. The swelling was huge last week, all four toes were swollen and splayed, and up...
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    Cat's infected paw, hibiscrub?

    10 days ago our cat came home with a hugely swollen paw. She was given an antibiotic injection and sent home with painkillers. We took her back on Monday as there was no improvement and were given a cone collar and hibiscrub. Took her back on Friday after still no improvement and were given...
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    Out and about nipper

    Oh, and the design is fantastic. Superbly easy to fold up and also remove the wheels so it takes up relatively little space in the boot of a car.
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    Out and about nipper

    The V4 sport also has a fixed front wheel, again for running. The non sport version has a swivel front wheel, which can be locked to make it fixed but I understand it still has a slight wobble. Not a problem unless you're a keen off road runner. We have the sport version and recently took it on...
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    Headshaking after a sinus tumour?

    To update this, my horse is going in to the clinic for x-rays on Friday. The vet came out to look at her and thought that should be the next step. He agreed she is in pain and said he thought her head carriage was odd even when she wasn't shaking it. Two days ago she was apparently rearing...
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    Headshaking after a sinus tumour?

    Thanks Trouper, I'll have a look. I feel a bit lost as it can be so intermittent, and it's only just occurred to me that there might be a link with the magnesium so I haven't previously been looking for any relation between her behaviour and how much mag she'd had recently. I'm also concerned...
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    Headshaking after a sinus tumour?

    This is going to be a long and convoluted post as there's a lot of history and I don't want to miss anything important. TL: DR could a sinus tumour (removed) cause headshaking/trigeminal nerve issues that are slightly alleviated with magnesium supplementation, but possibly not enough to remove...
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    Cavesson or sidepull? Why do cavessons have 3 rings?

    As I've been doing more in-hand work with my mare in her cavesson (the leather wrapped around a chain type) but normally ride her in a Transcend bitless bridle (sidepull with a curb strap so it has two reins) it got me pondering the different mechanisms. The cavesson has 3 rings across the nose...
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    Hit air vest 2nd hand

    I bought a second hand one off ebay, they seem to come up fairly regularly. I got one that didn't come with any air canisters, this didn't bother me as they can easily be bought form hit air and I think they're not meant to go in the normal post anyway.
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    Another British Horse Society c**k-up

    I don't think it's a good thing for the BHS and I don't support it. World Horse Welfare already exists and I don't think charities should step so far outside their own reasons for existence, and duplicate work that is better done by a charity that has the experience and the mandate for work in...
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    Another British Horse Society c**k-up

    I'm a regional volunteer co-ordinator for a national charity. Every month we get a password protected Excel spreadsheet with the contact details of the regional members who have opted to be contacted by their regional volunteer. We then have to delete the old ones. We are a small charity so...
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    Equine Assisted Therapy

    I agree with Ambers Echo. Also as you mention life coaching, then perhaps you're looking at equine assisted learning/coaching and not therapy? To use horses in therapy you should have a mental health qualification, as well as robust training in Equine Assisted Therapy. For equine assisted...
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    What do we want to TELL the BHS - in no uncertain terms!!

    I feel like they should reintroduce AGMs and these should be advertised to the members, potentially even move around the country so that members in different locations can get to them easily. Restrict themselves to activities within the UK/British Isles. I saw on the other thread they'd done...