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    What would you do after a bad ride?

    Is there someone else with a saintly horse you could go with tomorrow? Personally, I’d want to go again, asap, for both our confidences. However, I’d try and set it up to be successful, so going with a sensible hacking buddy and try and pretend it never happened. I’m much better too in...
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    Thermatex seconds sale

    Just seen this and all rugs, exercise sheets and leg wraps gone now. That’ll teach me to spend the evening concentrating on work rather than getting distracted on the internet! 🤣
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    Duplo composite horse shoes - any experiences?

    I am hoping to move my horse into them at our next shoeing. I spoke to my farrier about it when he was here a few days ago. Mine was originally barefoot. He went into bar shoes at vet suggestion for 2 cycles to provide stability at the back of the foot. (Straight sesamoidian injury, initially...
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    Swollen sheath - thoughts please

    My gelding has a really mucky sheath. Pinky/browny gunk collects in the folds of skin. I think it’s snag/sweat/gunk that then mixes when he gets fly bites up there, giving it the colouring.
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    Underhorsing my daughter with new pony

    I had the same worry when we bought our 14.2 cob for my almost 10 year old son and I to share. He’d had a confidence knock on a whizzy pony and was ok on the flat, but a wreck to jump. I ummed and ahhed on the drive home from viewing but decided that worst case scenario we found him too steady...
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    Stubborn pony - best way forward?

    Oh and actually to answer your question, in terms of napping we only had one or two minor incidents when teaching pony to hack alone- as a kids pony he’d always gone in a group/with a Walker/bike/pram etc. I found that putting his nose by one of my toes and getting him to turn a tight circle or...
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    Stubborn pony - best way forward?

    Your description of your daughter made me laugh! Sorry!! I didn’t have that problem with my son but similar in that he wouldn’t listen to what I was saying. When his instructor said pretty much the exact same thing he listened, and it was good advice. 🤦‍♀️ The only time we have had a full on...
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    Older horses

    Personally, it depends what I want the horse to do and what it’s doing currently. Pony club schoolmaster that’s been there and got the t-shirt? Absolutely would be interested in an older pony. I think horses age quicker than ponies so there’s that to consider. Equally I need to decide if I’m...
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    Your mental health and your horsey life

    Like others have said, the lows are mentally crushing. My heart horse did a soft tissue I injury late august/September last year. It’s been a year in limbo of boxrest, inhand walking, trying to cope with a deeply unhappy horse, start to get better, just start feeling it might be ok… reinjure. I...
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    Best horse insurance companies (recent experience only please)

    I had a similar experience with horse insurance.co.Uk- part of e and l/ insurance emporium. The claim was for our loan horse and paid out about 18m ago. They agreed to split a claim into 3 - so fronts with coffin joint arthritis/ hocks with arthritis/ SI pain- so each area could claim the full...
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    How far would you travel to view a horse?

    We did a trip from Watford to the Wirral/Liverpool which should have been under 4 hours… but we went up on the day the universities went back, the weekend before freshers week. An absolute disaster. We left our yard at about 830am and got there mid afternoon, I think at about 230/3- we didn’t...
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    Lending our horsebox ?

    Nope. Once bitten twice shy. I did exactly the same for a friend pre covid. Without going into details it was a good friend of mine’s friend- I didn’t know her myself, but my friends box was in the garage and she’d promised a lift then found herself box-less. Her horse freaked out on my ramp...
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    Fly Masks - wide over eyes

    Harrison Howard also do a beekeeper style mask, a bit cheaper than the Rambo one too. I picked mine up on Amazon for £29. They give lots of clearance. My chunky cob is in between cob/full depending on brand. I initially bought a full as I was worried about clearance. But really it was too big...
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    Has anyone used a hayball or similar?

    My cob is on boxrest and has one. He can empty it inside 15 min. To try and slow him down I’ve taken to hanging it from the rafters. It is really sturdy. One of the reasons I’ve hung it up is I was worried it wouldn’t be doing his injury much good as he really was beating the wotsit out of...
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    What age does anyone recommend buying a pony

    I think AE’s post is absolutely spot on. It really struck a cord with me. We took on a loan ‘pony’ two years ago. He had a teenage owner who obviously loved him very much but fell short on points 1 and 2. (In fact if I didn’t know that AE is nowhere near local I would think she was talking...
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    I just bought my first cob! Introduction + feed advice + photos!

    I’ve just had a look on Facebook from when I messaged renegade. His feet were slightly uneven. But the widest was 151 wide and 147 long. (The other 147 x144) Renegade said 4ww are 152 x 152 so won’t fit as you need a bit of wiggle room. I don’t think they are modified/cut back. But they were...
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    I just bought my first cob! Introduction + feed advice + photos!

    I think my boy has similar sized feet to Rigsby, maybe a a touch smaller. Cavallo simples in a 5 were ok for short trips but rubbed his heels for longer distances. scoots seemed either too big or too tight at the back, digging in. Technically renegades shouldn’t fit. I Facebooked renegade and...
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    For sale photo omg is it me ?

    I saw that. Looked like a scam
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    Recommendation for fly masks

    I found with my cob, who seems to have a funny shaped head, that the Rambo beekeeper ones were the best. I found with others (including Rambo non beekeeper) they weren't wide enough across the eyes, so sat too close for my liking... if they had enough space round the eyes then they were too big...
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    TALL RIDER RIDING A 14.2?

    Sadly son is now over 6'5 so could now longer concertina himself onboard. He now takes him for inland walks like a large dog. :) They still adore each other.
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    TALL RIDER RIDING A 14.2?

    Yes, we have a chunky 14.2 cob. We found saddle size was dependent on brand. For example he (and the saddler) are happy with him in an Ideal VSD in 17.5, but if he wore a winter/bates he would have to be in a 17. I am 5'4.5 but my son rode him until he was 6'2ish. Thankfully he was never a...
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    How much was your horse?

    As a comparison to the freebies, our 14.2 PC cob, 7 at the time, complete with multiple pony club references was £3650 seven years ago. I think he was the best money I have ever spent in my entire life. He has done everything we ever asked of him and more. He will be with us to his very last...
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    Equimins vitamin e

    I saw recently that Gravenhorse sell natural vitamin e, but I don’t know how it compares in terms of strength to forage plus or pro-earth
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    Equimins vitamin e

    Does anyone know when the website changed? I bought some in the first few days of January, knowing it was natural having read about it on here. I thought it still said natural then, but maybe I was mistaken.
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    Whey protein isolate - where do you buy yours?

    Thank you. I think I’ve been under doing it with one scoop of unflavored isolate from bulk powders. There has been a slight improvement...but his work/rehab program is stepping up so could just be that. Thanks 😊
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    Whey protein isolate - where do you buy yours?

    Out of interest, how much do you feed per day?
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    corpora nigra cysts - laser treatment

    Our cob has these- they were noted on his vetting when we bought him 7 years ago. The vet said she had to note them on the vetting, but she would still buy him if she were me, that they don’t usually cause any issues. I’m sure it’s helped that he’s a sensible sort anyway. He was already out...
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    OUT OF STOCK

    Well I spoke to soon re managing to finally find what I wanted in the size needed... email this morning from PayPal saying the shop had refunded my money. I followed up with an email to the seller saying I assume my order is cancelled?... They claim they sent me a message saying item was now...
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    OUT OF STOCK

    Yes! I was really struggling getting hold of a 1200d+ combo rug in the right size, from one of the brads that fit wide chested horses that don't cost a complete fortune. Managed to find one that ticked the boxes but from a company id never heard of before, I think its a little local tack...
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    Livery Yards in Buckinghamshire

    You could also try the yard on Venus Hill... tho for the life of me I can't remember the name of it right now. There is also Hatton House on Flaunden Lane, but I think that is part/full only. I'm not sure if Tommy at Valley farm in Sarratt has any space? There is the DIY yard in "the dip" in...
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