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    Jumping a 4 year old.

    4 yr old what? I would be cautious and do very little, we dont really jump the babies much until they are five. Big hairy cobs mature fast though and cope better as do pure TB's. Warmbloods are slow to grow and easy to damage
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    He probable has a hormone imbalance, or has been kicked and become nervous and timid around mares. Very young studs will ignore mares if they are beaten up by the mares, he needs to learn to chat em up. If its a hormonal prob, then see mr Vet!
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    Dratted transport companies!

    We have just spent a week and a small mortgage preparing a mare for insemination by a very expensive stallion. How is it even conceivable that the courier company can manage to send the semen to Helsinki when we live in Scotland???????? How can a najor company make such a huge boob? They dont...
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    Would you ....

    Hundreds of horses wear bar shoes and if she has no heel pain in the shoes, why is she unsaleable. Look at the GP classes and count the bar shoes!!!
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    He is a fine fella. Buy him, the dishing wont stop him doing BD go look at a few Grand Prix comps!
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    FUMING- RSPCA..............

    Something seems off here. Have had several ponies from RSPCA for nowt. They are completely bound up in tape of a deep scarlett hue though! So sad these things are always so dfficult. Try getting the other charities involved? And bhs welfare?
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    horses being kept on there own!

    It is fine for the less social equine and can be the best bet for the socially inept.
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    Is it true that first foals are always smaller....??? it is nonsense. My mares were 3 and 4 years at first foal and 15.3hh and 16.1hh. Stallion was 15.3hh Both produced 16.22hh! 15.3 mare has since had 15.1, 15.2, and 16.1 foals to various sires
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    CAIR? For or against?

    We have 8 cair saddles on the yard. All the horses who have them go well in them. We go to many competitions and the horses are mostly in the top 3. We have Bates Caprilli dresage, jumping and event. The event is the least popular amongst the riders. The SJ is the hardest to fit to riders...
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    Name help please..... he's nearly a year old!!!

    Ours have names waiting. Next one is Vladimir, Mother is Viatka brother is Vortigern. How about Brad or another hunk name...he is beautiful enough!
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    Full Livery - my rights with feed etc?

    I have horses in full livery and have run a competition livery yard. When I was YO I used to tell the owners what I thought and did as they wished unless it was completely nuts! As a 'customer' I expect to have my horses fed EXACTLY as I wish and this has never been a problem. You need to be...
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    One of my pupils has just won a simple dressage test on her mare. She has worked to learn to deal with this her first horse for TWO YEARS! I am so proud of her, she has never blamed her young horse for the struggle and has persisted with her lessons and it is all now worth it. As I bred the mare...
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    breeding, age suggestions - just out of interest????

    He's lovely! You have a real old fashioned type there! Big square horse with bags of presence. Maybe just a tad short in the neck? I'll have to swop for a psychotic Andalusian?
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    HELP very upset moondrop don't know what to do!!!! (warning very long)

    I know how this goes moondrop as we are up here too. There are one or two lads in inverness who are not at capacity and might travel for a bunch of you. Dont know the numbers, but there is a Spanish boy who I have watched shoeing and he is very good. I wll try and find his number for you.
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    Bumps all over skin... Allergic reaction?

    Weeds? Are they able to get weeds in the grazing or forage? Sorry, hadnt looked to see where you are... course it isnt summer there!
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    do you think my arab has sweet itch?

    Only full neck we have that doesnt rub is the heavyweight black and gold rambo. Those neck covers seem to leave the manes alone!
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    Stallion calmers and Geldings??

    Excuse please Sally and GTs. I have had stallions all my life, but our last one needed calmers to deal with his issues due to poor treatment before we bought him. He was gelded in the end because it was the right thing for his happiness and wellbeing, but I wanted to know what was the underlying...
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    Sore on back - pics

    Abcess or contact dermatitis. Could you have got any chemicals on the sheepskin or have you washed it? One of ours had sores like that when we washed his stuff in Ariel
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    Bumps all over skin... Allergic reaction?

    Urticaria is usually due to an allergy. We see it when the weather is warm and tiny biting flies get into the coats and cause it or when a horse has been exposed to feed he is not able to deal with.. thus why many people refer to it as 'barley rash' as barley is a prime cause. Falling or rolling...
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    Lameness due to Laziness?

    Might be a bridle lameness due to not stepping evenly into the bridle. We hve one who is a complete expert at it. Usually she gives it up once she is settled into her work. Horses who are coming back into the school after time off can show a bridle lameness for a time, due to lateral stiffness.
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    Experienced Riders Please = Canter Issue

    You dont give your horses type/size /training level which would be helpful, but this is the thought I have reading the above. In each canter stride press down through your seat into the saddle at the 'bottom' of each sequence, this encourages the horse to push up against you and so lift his...
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    Stallion calmers and Geldings??

    Agnus castus is the beastie that sorts colts and there are repressive drugs the vet could give but that will affect his fertility
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    Equine Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy

    Hi all. Can you with 'recovered' people let me know how long it was before you could work your horse properly and if they were worse in the first few weeks of the new diet? We have been using the diet now for almost the month, but there have only been two days that Vorts has wanted to work and...
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    Advice gratefully received ref different bit?

    We have a rude 17hh and he goes nicely in a waterford snaffle as he cant get a good lean on it. We tried every dressage bit we own first but he is not competing so the waterford is the best compromise we have and he doesnt seem to mind it at all!
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    What do I do wrong to make Patches....

    What a sweet coblet! I spend a lot of time dealing with this as I have been training dressage for nearly 30 years. I see this all the time, and the resolution is always to slow the rhythm and lengthen the step by using your rise in the trot. Rise higher and more forward each step but slower and...
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    Equine Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy

    This is really encouraging to hear folks, as the horsey in question is the second one to 'go wrong' for us in the last few years. His mother had to stop work at 6 due to sudden severe DJD. We would love to get him right. Will go look up simple systems on Google.
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    I thought all dogs could swim??

    We find that all ours get it eventually, but they sometimes need you to hoik the tails up a couple of times until they understand to kick with the hind legs. I keep a long light line on my young dogs till they learn to 'float astern!' We have Cockers and Retreivers and they all swim well now.
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    Equine Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy

    I dont know, but some of the others on here might.
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    Equine Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy

    Thats good to know. Thanks. How long did it take your beasties to get enough energy to work for any length of time?
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    Equine Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy

    Does anyone have a horse with this problem? Would love to hear how others are dealing with it. We have a five year old warmblood gelding who is in his second week of low starch and sugar, high oil diet and hates the special feed. We have already noticed changes to his body shape but at the...