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    What you’re opinion on quiet livery yard

    We are on a farm with a few other liveries. Loads of turnout compared to your average yard. Can go for days without seeing anyone but we have a little WhatsApp group to keep in touch. It’s lovely and quiet and the horses seem so settled
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    Dry exercise-induced cough - WWYD until the vet comes?

    I’ve just had the vet out as my boy started coughing. Apparently there are quite a few dry coughs around this year as the ground has been so dry. I’ve been soaking any hay and feeding it off the dry ground which seems to have helped. See what the vet says, hopefully nothing major
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    Learning to be alone in the field!

    I’ve worked hard on this and have done it slowly by taking the last horse away to the gate then returning it and making the gap longer each time. My youngster is now fine left alone. I normally open the fence for a bit more grass for him to keep him occupied
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    In or out in summer storms??

    We didn’t have storms really overnight but it absolutely chucked it down for hours. We had a bit of flooding. They all looked a bit miserable this am.
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    In or out in summer storms??

    Mine are generally settled in or out but one they are out for spring they very rarely come in. Plus as mentioned above one of mine has a bit of cough so would be better out. not sure why I’m so undecided 🤷‍♀️ it’s the first bad weather in absolutely ages so not used to it lol
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    In or out in summer storms??

    The weather Warning over night is for rain rather than lightning etc so will probably leave out
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    In or out in summer storms??

    Mine are tough and hardy and everything else will probably stay out. I’m Just not so keen when it’s at night time and not around.
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    In or out in summer storms??

    The main weather warning is for rainfall. I just wonder if we had flash flooding would they freak out.
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    In or out in summer storms??

    Sorry to hear that 😭
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    In or out in summer storms??

    We have a severe weather warning mainly overnight for rainfall, hail, thunder and lightning. We’ve had a few short sharp ones last couple of days but this looks fairly persistent (although always a bit hit and miss with storms). Mine don’t really have any major shelter in there summer paddock...
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    DIY Yards - Rotas & Coronavirus

    We are diy (farm basically) and never had any restrictions. They did all get turned out 24/7 as the pandemic started and we’ve just kept our distance. There are only a handful of us so it’s worked fine.
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    Those with horses and young kids...

    I’ve become lazy and overweight with lock down. My fault, I’ve allowed this to happen. I’ve become too comfortable with doing virtually nothing.
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    Those with horses and young kids...

    hi Yes they are, in fact last week I hacked and they rode their bikes, we had a nice time actually. the more I think about it, the more it’s about a lack of motivation rather than anything else. I’ve clearly not adapted well to having my normal routine removed. I used to ride after work at...
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    Those with horses and young kids...

    Thank you everyone. I feel like I’ve become so lazy but I think I’m just mentally tired from having the kids around constantly. I flit between thinking a set routine would be good for me right now to just turning them away and reassessing in the autumn. Every day I change my mind!!
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    Those with horses and young kids...

    One of my horses is a youngster but he is already turned away so that doesn’t bother me so much right now although it would be nice to get some groundwork in place but that can wait I suppose. My ridden one would be fine being turned away, I think I’m just struggling with the lack of routine, I...
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    Those with horses and young kids...

    Yes I am working from home as well so with the kids all day. I’m mentally exhausted by 6pm, so not sure I could make myself ride then. Mornings are an option, I’d probably have to get up about 6.15am which isn’t too bad , although I am not a morning person. My worry about turning away is that...
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    How much would you pay for a Connemara youngster?

    Ye I think the transport was about 300 sterling on top, he got stuck at the border for a couple of extra nights due to bad weather. mine is more ‘traditional’ type, not one of the very athletic/over height type, I’ve seen some of those types go for double what I paid
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    How much would you pay for a Connemara youngster?

    Hi I paid 1300 euro 2 years ago for a yearling from Ireland. Green booked, nice breeding, small family type stud. i thought that was reasonable
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    Those with horses and young kids...

    I’m sure I’m not alone right now but really struggling with the whole riding/childcare thing in this pandemic. Now my husband has returned to work he is pretty much flat out (needs to be, catching up financially to do!!) and my 2 kids are unlikely to go back to school until September and...
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    Riding early AM - motivation!

    I’m thinking about doing this. I just have no motivation after work, especially at the moment....
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    Chester Zoo

    It’s the same for cotswold wildlife park near us. Huge open spaces you walk round, more space than in your local parks and fields! Yet they can’t open but the local parks are rammed???
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    Come on rain!

    Oxfordshire and just the odd few spots
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    Come on rain!

    Forecast said heavy rain most of the day but it’s changed to 30 % chance of a light shower and so far we have had no more than a few spots!! I have cracks in my field that would swallow a small child 😬
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    Fly masks to fit connies?

    Both my connies have the equilibrium ones in medium too
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    Selecting a saddle for breaking

    Ha! I’m a year behind but thinking about this for next year. I reckon mine is even more table like than yours! 😅 I was going to ask the saddler next time she visited the yard to have a quick look and give me some ideas
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    Where to look for a Connemara foal/youngster

    Eden wood- you can find them on fb.
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    Harry Evans

    How do they end up public though? Has he filmed himself then sent to others? Some of them especially the ridden ones are filmed by someone else
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    Harry Evans

    I did exactly the same yesterday morning. Woke up, looked at fb and it was the first thing I saw. When I checked my boys I felt the urge to give them a big pat and hug on the basis of what I’d seen that morning.
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    New Connie owner, any advice?

    I’ve got 2 of the buggers! love them, they have massive personalities though and they are sharp, but safe I think and great fun. Congratulations
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    Harry Evans

    same sort of stuff, couldn’t watch it all. Whipping the living daylights out of a horse that refused a jump, some sort of pony in a trap tied down in a bog, again couldn’t watch it all. It’s on dodgy horse dealers and is getting the hell shared out of it
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