I can empathise with a lot of what you have been going through Pattie.
We adopted a GSP in January who had been a stray (probably failed hunting dog) in Cyprus. It became clear immediately that he had an immense prey drive and zero recall.
We walked him in a harness on a long line, but this...
I have just seen a horrible video showing how rawhide dog chews are made. Another forum has been slating PC Dentastix ( I think these may be causing softer poos and anal gland issues ).
What do folks recommend as healthy alternatives and are there other products sold widely to avoid?
I think you just need to have a very frank chat with her and see where she stands OP.
I have been gifted loan horses but they are old with various issues.
Your horse sounds a nice sort and is still relatively young. You could sell to your loaner, only to see the horse sold on if she starts a...
I think you should go for a horse that you can enjoy riding without any niggling doubts that you may be asking too much of it .
Owning a new horse brings enough worries at times.
It may also hold you back from trying new and exciting things!
This was recommended to me when I my elderly gelding lost weight and none of the feeds I was trying made any difference ( turned out to be a hind gut problem).
They were very helpful when I asked for advice and the base mix and gut restore did the trick.
I haven't seen any of the social media...
I learnt to ride over 40 years ago with a lady who had been running a riding school for over 50 years. Everything was done in a very old fashioned way.
The saddle cloths used were more like large tea towels than today's numnahs and pads. They were there simply to help keep the saddles clean and...
We too bought two great older ponies for pony club Mirage. I agree there will always be a market for them.
In our case I felt responsible for their latter years and did not sell but loaned them to friends. My husband was then very insistent that in that case we could not buy the next horses for...
The loaner has gone from owning several horses to owning one and loaning the other?
I think this shows she is trying to continue have a horsey life within a restricted budget, keeping her options open to reduce further if her nervous daughter loses interest?
I agree with others at how misleading...
Having spent the last 10 years with children and ponies I have found it very hard to watch willing, honest ponies being ridden and treated badly by their riders, with parents seemingly oblivious or regarding them as a plaything without limits.
I think you are very right to be protective of...
If you live near me you could try sitting in our medium one. The poleys do hold you in and give quite a different feel to a 17 inch GP I find. Ours has swinging fenders so prob a different leg position?
I agree that the medium would probably be the best one for your cob
As someone who has tried to track their first ( and naughty) pony, every possible scenario has plagued me over the years.
I would be happy to know our pony was loved in his last years, and that would put my mind at rest.
This was what we thought encountering the youngster with our dogs.
He had chased them previously when we had them off the lead. They are elderly and were doing nothing more exciting than attempting to 'poo pick' as we walked through the field.
We decided to keep them on the lead the next time...
I think you are lucky the dog walkers were not injured as well. It must have been horrendous for them. Poor dog.
A youngster started getting aggressive with dogs on our local footpath. I had to let ours off the lead to escape as it was difficult to protect them as it was barging through us and...
World Horse Welfare describes what to expect with either method on their web site-'Making a Plan' very accurately to what I have experienced.
My thoughts are with you. I found it very hard once the decision had been made.
Did you contact Polo Pastures OP?
If she is yours you could sign her over to them? It may be she needs some more rest time to come sound, that they could give her.
We have an older polox pony on loan who reinjured a check ligament in the field. Her owners had no space and were thinking of...
I chose to ride instead of travelling in the jaunting cart in Killarney last summer (from the lakes via the gap of Dunloe) as there were too many of us. The pony was an approx 14hh cob gelding who paid absolutely no attention whatsoever to any aids and simply copied the pace of the cart in front...