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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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    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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    Horse not eaten or drank

    Gone to do them this am and one hasn’t eaten much or drank much since last night. Most hay untouched. Seems very quiet. There were some poos but not loads. Doesn’t appear colicky. Greediest horse in the world so extremely unusual. Ate his breakfast but didn’t wolf it down as usual. Would you get...
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    Trapping cat

    So I have single handily dealt with our feral cat population by having them neutered. The farmer is elderly and quite likes them and thinks they should be left to their own devices etc. Needless to say we ended up with 9. I’ve neutered or rehomed all of them apart from 1 mum. None of them are...
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    riding after a c section

    Hi. I had my first child by emergency c section 3 weeks ago. It was a low c section which means they didn't cut thru my stomach muscles. The cut is on my bikini line. Just wondered when people started light riding again? Obviously i'm not thinking about any time soon but i've started driving...
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    long overdue update and questions and ideas re spavins

    its been soooooo long since i posted on here.... prob last posted in May i think... some may remember i had the young sports horse gelding who developed some weird un diagnosable weird hopping gait and went through various top vets and every diagnostic tool going with no diagnosis. Just to...
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    veteren feeds vs conditioning feeds

    if an older horse needs more condition and weight, would a veteren mix be better or a standard conditioning feed. presume veteren mixes are generally conditioning feeds with added bits for oldies. really looking for the highest calorie mix and they both look similar
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    feeding advice for older tb

    just taken on an older tb gelding. 22yr old 15.3h. previously been a high level dressage schoolmaster and had 18 months off and now being brought back to hacking/light schooling. i'm planning just to let him chill and enjoy hacking out. he's had no soundness/health problems apart from...
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    HEROS/darley other rehoming places/trainers

    hi so, looking for something on loan for initally 12 months as my horse recovers from injury, although i dont think he'll ever recover so maybe vith view to buy after a year or similar. anyway, been looking at rehoming an ex racehorse and i'm within 40mins of HEROs so tried them first...
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    where to find loan horse??

    looking for a 12 month loan whilst my horse recovers from injury- he may never recover so could be lwvtb but def a long loan period anyway. have been trying to do it word of mouth but hasn't worked out so far. have looked on all the websites but the loan section is full of wanted ads so cant see...
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    where to find a loan horse??

    looking for a 12 month loan whilst my horse recovers from injury- he may never recover so could be lwvtb but def a long loan period anyway. have been trying to do it word of mouth but hasn't worked out so far. have looked on all the websites but the loan section is full of wanted ads so cant see...
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    what type of comps with hairy gypsy cob?

    got a horse on loan to compete for a year. he's totally not my normal type but its a great opportunity and loads of fun. just what i need at the moment. benefits me and his owner as i want to have some competitve fun after my current horse has been retired due to inury and loan horse owner wants...
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    opportunity to have some fun on a 'proper' cob- help!!

    i've been given the opportunity to loan a wonderful horse as mine is about to be turned away for a long period of time. the horse is everything i'm looking for- winning aff prelim and novice dressage everytime out now, jumps 1m plus for fun, wins showing classes without even trying. however, he...
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    hmm, an interesting update for those who are not sick to death of my posts!

    well under vets advice i've been slowly upping the bute intake to see if we notice a difference. we did do a bute trial in the early days but didnt notice a difference and maybe on hindsight i didnt do it for long enough. Anyways, he's now up to 2 bute a day, one in morning and one in evening...
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    tildren

    Following my many posts as am absolute last resort the vets have said we can try tildren. On the x rays he had some very minor bony changes to one of his hocks and showed an improvement when his metatarsil was nerve blocked. Has anyone had any experiences of tildren and what it was used for...
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    a little update re epsm diet and end of line with my boy

    hi all. for those who have been following my posts- i am now 10 days into the EPSM diet. transition went well and is eating all up. i have noticed a slight difference in picking up his feet and i *think* his trot is getting a little better. no funny hopping this week and we did manage to trot...
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    kay humphries saddles vs balance international

    dilema! help required. as some of you may know i have had major saddle fitting problems. kay humphries came out and explained alot of things to me and very kindly lent me a saddle to trial. there is a slight improvement but i have to use a sheepskin pad for it to make my horse comfortable. i...
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    mildest/nicest bit

    bit advice sought for a very gentle, non strong, non pulling horse. only downside is can be a bit playful with things in his mouth but apart from that extremely polite horse to ride. can someone suggest a nice mild bit? currently in a myler comfort snaffle and goes okay in it but have had some...
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    myler comfort snaffle- severe???

    i ride in a myer confort snaffle- no hooks, eggbutt. i have been haveing lots of lameness issues and we were generally discussing tack and whats most comfortable etc etc. my friend who has several horses with top event riders said she would never put any of her horses in a myler comfort snaffle...
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    update and video

    so further on from my posts things are rapidly falling apart. since he's been back from RVC (7 weeks) he's had his saddle changed and medicated hock and back, even tho the vets said the x rays were so so minor. since he's been back he has never been sound ridden in the school but was on the...
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    following my post below- pics of feet for those who are interested

    firstly, thank you everyone for your contribution to my 'desperate' post below. I am going to look at his foot situation more. its not going to do any harm is it. here the buggers are!! i'm no expert so your thoughts welcome. what concerns me most is the last pic of his back...
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    desperate for any last ditch ideas- close to the end

    right. the last 12 months have been hell. some of you may be aware of our situation others not so will keep this as brief as possible. about 11 months ago my horse started losing performance and became intermitantly lame initally looked like the front. he was sound on the lunge and to trot up...
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    sheepskin/pad reccomendations for back issues

    also in NL my horse is just coming back from random back issues/saddle problems. have found best if he's ridden in a specialist saddle from remedial saddler (kay humphries/barry swain) but with a thick pad/sheepskin. currently have a prolite saddle cloth and le meiux half pad but the prolite...
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    numnah/saddlecloth/pad reccomendations for back issues

    have had a total nightmare with my horse and saddle issues. have found the best way round this is a different approach to saddles and a nice thick pad. have been using a prolite all round saddle cloth and a le meiux pad, but the prolite saddle cloth girth loops etc are in all the wrong place for...
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    balance international saddles/fitting- expierances please

    hi has anyone had any dealings with balance international saddle/fittings? good or bad or just thoughts! thanks
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    when to feed bute for most effect and other bute questions

    quick q's re bute. when should i feed it for it to be most effective? for example if its been prescribed to bring a horse back into work following injury and i am mainly planning to work the horse after i finish work in the evening is it best to feed the bute that morning or the night before...
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    EMRT/bowen/equine sports massage?

    anyone have any experiances of any of the above? esp the EMRT. this in paricular was mentioned to me by a remedial saddler fitter. my horse does have regular physio but as we have had/having lots of issues i thought i might treat him to one of the above. can anyone reccomend and practioners that...
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    pressure washing rugs

    does anyone do this? was thinking of doing this then applying my own reproofing? our rug cleaning services round here vary between 23.50 angd 29.00 per rug! my rugs are all horseware rugs and in good nick. they are not awfully disgusting but if it got the worst off i'd be happy. any tips? wasnt...
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    tips/ideas for an extremely stroppy/aggresive mare?

    my friends mare is being a total nightmare at the moment. she's a 7yr old ex racer asnd they've had her about 14 months. they are quite novice but really try their hardest and the mare looks brilliant, best she's ever looked. in the last few weeks she has become a total nightmare to handle...
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    remedial/v decent farriers in oxfordshire

    my horses feet are not horrendus but given all the lameness issues we've had i really would like his feet looked at by another farrier. i feel they always look too long and he is piegon toed at the front. i do like my farrier but think its time i look for a second opinion. names that have been...
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