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    Straight sesamoidian ligament damage

    Hello all, I was just wondering if anyone else has dealt with this injury on a forelimb before? I think this is what Michen’s boggle did on a hind? I’m now in week 4 of 12 weeks box rest with gradually increasing in hand walking. My lovely pony had on and off lameness at the very end of...
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    Polyacrylamide gel injections for hocks

    Has anyone else’s horse had this suggested for hock arthritis? Been suggested by our vet today. I’d never heard of it before. A bit of a google throws a few articles on it but not much. Supposedly it doesn’t have side effects (aside from small risk of infection due to injecting the...
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    Anyway of stopping the general public feeding the horses?

    Hello all, I was wondering if anyone has been successful in deterring people feeding over the fence? It’s been a bit of an ongoing issue for a few years, families with kids petting the horses over the fence and giving the odd carrot. Not ideal but not the end of the world when it happens...
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    The move up to horses

    Inspired by the other thread on unbanked youngsters.... Can you tell me your experiences about teens moving up from ponies to horses? I know nothing about it, as I am not quite 5’5 on tiptoes so I’m a committed pony squasher! But my son has my husband’s beanpole genes and is just over...
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    Present ideas for my amazing instructor?

    Wondering if anyone had any good ideas for a really nice present for our instructor? Budget up to £100. She is amazing and has helped us so much over the past year, and has gone above and beyond for us so I would really like to get her something really nice. Obviously she works with horses and...
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    Hacking alone- pony better in built up/busy areas?

    Is anyone else’s horse better off in a busy environment? Currently teaching lovely pony to hack alone. He’s a v good boy but it’s just not something we’ve ever really done. On our old yard there we’d go on lovely long hacks of a few hours with a friend or a group. When my son was riding he’d...
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    Thinking of starting BD quest or maybe just bronze prelim?

    I was wondering if I could ask some advice please from those more experienced? My son has been doing UA dressage for the past few years at intro and prelim. He started off getting early- mid sixties as although he wasn’t working the pony in a correct outline they were accurate and rythmical...
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    Axioms no longer available- what fits like an axiom?

    Ok so very sadly it seems Axiom rugs are no longer available on eBay. Which is such a shame. I have two, one with neck and one without. Both around 5 years old and the most waterproof and tough rugs to date. We've just moved yards and at the old yard the boys field was full of young geldings...
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    Can you recommend somewhere doing schoolmaster lessons nr Herts?

    Can anyone recommend somewhere local to Herts/Bucks border where they can do school master lessons? When I say school master i actually mean well schooled to a sensible level, not world beater. My 13 year old son is currently starting to work at Novice level with his pony. They've done really...
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    Dressage to music- what's required at prelim?

    Hi all, My son is doing his first DTM on Sunday. He's devised his own plan and music. He was basing his moves off the list on this site. Can anyone just confirm that this is a correct and up to date list. I don't want him to do badly on his first test because we missed a compulsory...
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    Condensation in horsebox

    Hi all, I picked up my new 3.5t box at the weekend. Super excited and really pleased with it. Parked up at the yard after driving it home Saturday night. Drive home was just over an hour and a half motorway driving. It was -5c by the time we parked up. Late Sunday afternoon I opened...
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    CW Horseboxes, Amroth, Wales

    Hi there, Does anyone have one of these boxes who would be happy to tell me about their experiences with them, good or bad? The boxes themselves and the customer service aspect? Feel free to PM if you prefer? Many thanks
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    Horseboxes and VAT

    Hi there, Can anyone please clarify something for me? When is VAT applicable on a horsebox purchase for private use? From looking at ads, and a brief chat with polly at traveltwo I assumed it was on new builds only. However I've seen a box that I'm interested in, which is being sold by...
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    How big/tall are you on your 14.2's?

    Just wondering how tall other people are on their 14.2's, esp cobby types? We have a wonderful 14.2 cob who is a complete darling. I share him with my novice 12 year old son. They have a lovely time together and are so well suited. We have had him 2 and a bit years. I'm 5'4 and obviously not...
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    Where else to look for 2nd hand saddle company saddle?

    A friend of mine is after a 17.5" black saddle company saddle. I've been trying to look for her on eBay, horse gossip and our local fb page. Can you think of anywhere else she can try? Seem to be coming up with quite a few brown ones or 17/18" but no 17.5! Are there any other good places...
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    Any horses that perform better when out than at home?

    Just wondering if anyone else has a pony that performs better at a "party" than they do at home? Was chatting with my instructor the other day and she was saying he was a bit backwards in that respect :P as most of her other clients horses always do better at home than at a comp? He is...
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    Anyone ever had trouble loading into a 3.5t VAN type box?

    Hi all, My husband nearly knocked me for six last week by finally agreeing that we can look into getting a box this summer!!! Hooray! I am currently towing- or not actually currently as I hate it so much I tend to only go to events we are desperate to attend. I get more nervous about the...
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    Can anyone tell me about their ABS visit?

    Dear All, I was wondering if anyone here who is a member of the ABS has had a visit from the ABS team and can tell me a little about it? Particularly those who don't have a kennel environment. I'm thinking of joining the scheme. Having spoken to my girls breeder/my mentor, she recommended...
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    Bit more oomph for coblet

    Dear All, Wondering if I could bounce some ideas around for winter feeding of my 14.2 all rounder cob. We have had him for a year now, he is worked 5-7 days per week, hacking for 1-2 hours up hills in w.t.c, lesson 1-2 times per week, competing in unaf dressage twice per month, and PC and...
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    Encouraging older horse to eat

    Dear All, I am asking advice for a good friend of mine. My friend's 34/35 year old welsh pony has stopped eating over the past week. This has happened previously in the summer months. He has COPD and struggles with the heat and just goes off his food. :( He has cushings, he no longer...
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    White gloves rule for unaf dressage?

    Hi all, Please can someone confirm for me, are white gloves now required or still just preferred? I am doing our first un af prelim in two weeks and another livery told me today that white gloves are now a must. She has recently done some scribing and the judge made comments along the lines of...
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    Wet weather causing soft feet to new barefooter...

    Hi All, My boy had his back shoes off on the 2nd January. So far he had been doing really well. We had been out hacking most week days for 1-2.5 hours and then at the weekend he is ridden by my son and does a bit less- hacking for 30-45min or in the school for 20-30min. He was doing really...
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    What bit to wear hunting

    I was wondering what others would suggest please. My lovely boy and I are hoping to go hunting for the first time in December. He is currently in a loose ring snaffle with a lozenge/french link. He isn't strong. He is totally chilled out and likes to take life at a leisurely pace ;) He has...
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    How reliable and safe have your older Rice trailers been?

    Hi All, I was wondering if anyone can give any advice please. I have been on the lookout for a very lightweight trailer for my 14.2 cob to take to local shows and PC with my son on my B licence. It has to be under 775kg max, but the lighter the better. I have been in touch with a lady with a...
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    Anyone know which model Rice trailer this is please?

    Hi, I am looking for a very lightweight trailer. It has to be under 775kg really. I have seen a rice pony trailer local to me. The seller says it is approx 700kg, but it doesn't have a plate on it, or at least no where obvious that she can see. It is a pony trailer (she says up to 15h ok)...
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    Changing new horses feed from HIFI to HiFi Molasses Free

    Dear All, I think I am probably going to have to buy the bag of hifi but thought i'd ask. New pony is coming tomorrow :D:D. He is currently fed on hifi. I prefer feeds without molasses (or cereals) and would prefer to change him over to the hifi MF... Obviously i would normally change a feed...
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    Vetting in the Wirral/ Leahurst or BrownMoss??

    I am going to view a horse this week based on the Wirral. I have everything crossed that this is "the one" having had a really lengthy chat with the owners, seen a lot of videos and photos, a chat with her instructor and the DC of the PC where they have been regular and active members for the...
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    Recommend me a vet for a vetting on the Wiral please

    Hi All, I am going to view a horse this week based on the Wirral. I have everything crossed that this is "the one" having had a really lengthy chat with the owners, seen a lot of videos and photos, a chat with her instructor and the DC of the PC where they have been regular and active members...
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    Weight limit of Arab x Welsh

    Can you guys tell me what you would say is the most weight that a 14.3 arab x welsh could comfortably carry? The pony is a veteran, but in good health. In very light work (hacking and schooling 2/3 times per week up to 30m), but is be coming back into light/medium work (hacking (30m-1hr) and...
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    Dry Shampoo for horses

    Hi All, Has anyone used one of the dry shampoo sprays for horses? I think Gold Label does one and there is another called miracle groom. My son is occasionally riding a pony who regularly lies in his poo in his stable and in the field. He smells like a public loo, poor boy! He is a big...
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