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  1. Kallibear

    Probiotics. Comparisions on 'quality' please

    There's quite a few probiotics availible but I don't know enough about them to make an informed decision. My young ISH has always been barefoot and as a result I'm pretty clued up on supplements and feeding. He is currently on ProHoof. However he is one of those damn 'metabolic' horses...
  2. Kallibear

    Rambo Duo vs Supreme

    I'm about to invest in a new (horrendously expensive) rug and will be getting a Rambo. But which one?! The outer part of the Duo is 100g fill and a lightweight Supreme is zero fill, but it could easily be made into a 100g with a liner. They otherwise sound very similar? Is there a difference...
  3. Kallibear

    EVA stable mat reviews (esp Abacus ones)

    Hi. I've only used heavy rubber mats before but about to buy a new set for going on livery. I like the idea of EVA mats as I will be using minimal bedding but not has much experience of them. I've found cheap 34mm interlocking ones on ebay, sold by Abacus, a rubber specialist in the...
  4. Kallibear

    Mark Todd Long Leather COMPETITION field boots in BROWN

    Have these been discontinued, does anyone know? I bought a pair on special offer off ebay (no returns) and they're too short. I got them in the short length because a) that's all they had and b) the measurements sounded ok. They are beautiful and soooooo comfy and I've wanted brown long...
  5. Kallibear

    ISH showing : Riding Horse, Hunter or Sports Horse? Pic

    Hi I've not posted on here for absolutely ages. For anyone who remembers me buying the scruffy scrawny orange baby from Ireland a few years ago: he's not quite so scruffy or scrawny any more! But thankfully still orange. We're off to a show at the weekend and he's entered into the...
  6. Kallibear

    Equine CranioSacral Therapist in Central Scotland

    Recommendations please? Quite a few people have recommended ECST for head shaking and there seems to have been some good success with it. So its definitely worth a go! I've been looking online and there doesn't seem to be many equine-specific ones up this way. And some seem to be VERY...
  7. Kallibear

    Which specialist treatment, which order and why.

    I asked last week about my headshaking, contact-hating horse and had some excellent suggestions to follow up. After a huge vet bill for not-quite-making-it over a 5ft gate, money is tight but I can spend something on getting him checked out (bye bye trailer fund :() But the list of...
  8. Kallibear

    Horse hates a contact :WWYD?

    Roo is a sensitive soul. Very sensitive. He will do ANYTHING to escape pressure, even minor pressure. It makes him extremely polite and easy to handle and ride but also sometimes a little panicky. It also makes a contact almost unbearable for him :( He is also a mild headshaker (proper...
  9. Kallibear

    Recommendations for hand-held massage devices please

    I've been googling and ebaying massage units but I'm not sure how good they are. Or if they're even what I want/need! The Ginga Ninja has a chronic tense neck from Headshaking (:() and loves a good deep massage up near his poll but it's hard work and I'm getting sore hands (not helped by him...
  10. Kallibear

    Ariat Bromont Dress Boot width sizing help please

    Does anyone have them/tried them and can tell me how the sizing for width comes up? I'm fairly tall and slim and always had 'standard' width boots be a good fit, sometimes a little loose. The standard width fit Mountain Horse Supportive Riders were a good width and a little short. I've sadly...
  11. Kallibear

    3.5tonne lorry has a plate stateing 4tonne?

    My friends looking into buying a 3.5tonne horses box. She had an older license so can drive up to 7.5 tonne. I have a newer license so can only drive up to 3.5 tonne. Another friend has a 3.5tonne box which I occasionally borrow. The other day I saw the plate with weights, just inside...
  12. Kallibear

    Young horse is violently head shaking. Help?

    Any suggestions please? My nearly 4yr ISH is being such a good boy under saddle. We hack gentle once or twice a week and get a half hour lesson once a week. He's doing great except for his head shaking. He flips his head up and down (not in an attempt to rein snatch tho) sometimes quite...
  13. Kallibear

    Roo first ever sort-of competition and ridden rossete

    So pleased with the big orange idiot yesterday. He's nearly 4 and just started a bit of light work to keep his brain occupied. He was sat on and walked about in the autumn and has started some hacking in the new year and hacked a couple of times a week. We've just started getting lessons and...
  14. Kallibear

    So: if no PTS, what should we do with useless valueless horses?

    Following on from the PTS thread. There are obviously plenty of people who disagree with PTS for 'convenience' as they see it. That's fine. In the current market there are a HUGE number of horses who are valueless. Pretty much any horse who can't be ridden for normal activities (or...
  15. Kallibear

    Reversing a nappy horse- why?!

    It doesn't make any sense?! Yet it's something people reccomend regularly on here?? You have a horse who refuses to go forwards because it doesn't want to go in that direction for whatever reason (doesn't want to leave home, doesn't want to go through a puddle etc). How is aiming at it...
  16. Kallibear

    Yet again why PTS is kinder than passing the buck.

    This is a subject very close to my heart after having Kalli PTS a couple of years ago to save her going through dealers and home after home after home (her back story is on here somewhere) Hopefully this link works (if not it's the thread near the top about a chestnut mare with a host of...
  17. Kallibear

    Sharer for a non ridden youngster. Could you? Would you?

    I've got a nice 3.5 yr old ISH. Who is bored bored bored. He's lightly broken and was going for short walks good few times a week after work but the short daylight has put pay to that. In the last two weeks I've seen him in the daylight once :( He lives out 24/7 with my old cob mare who...
  18. Kallibear

    Clumsy oaf goes hunting. A (long, rambling) report.

    And he was:D He's a big gentle clumsy muppet at home and is always easy and laidback but today he found his calling in life. It was his first time out and I had borrowed him from a (very trusting!) friend. If anyone's hunted with the Lauderdale hunt before, it is seriously hill...
  19. Kallibear

    Boots for a clumsy oaf out hunting?

    Sorry, this has been done before but still not sure. I'm taking a friends ID cubbing this weekend, his first time out. I expect him to be as good as gold but a little concerned about his dinner plate feet being so far away from his peasized brain, and his therefore ability to fall over his...
  20. Kallibear

    Boot dryers. Experiences please.

    I'm wanting to buy a decent boot dryer. Ive never seen one in real life so any experiences would be most appreciated. It's mainly for drying long boots when they get sweaty or damp inside or the inevitable time you fall in a puddle. It'd be for long leather Ariats and also wellies. Plus...
  21. Kallibear

    Youngster still making a fuss about his bit, 6months late WWYD?

    Roo hates his bit. He accepts having it in because Mummy Said So but he doesn't like it. He's 3.5yrs old ISH who's lightly backed and does a little hacking. He head shakes and itches at it, spends ages flapping his lips and and generally huffs and puffs over it. Like thus. First time sat...
  22. Kallibear

    How decent horses get ruined + novice owners frigthen themselves

    Agggghh. I'm cross at people who should know better. Someone asked on a horsey facebook page where they could by cheap stuff for a potential pony and how much a pony costs to keep. Poster is a complete beginner wanting to buy for her young daughter who's just started lessons. That includes...
  23. Kallibear

    Height as 1yr and 2yr old cob if to make 15hh+

    Sorry, this has been done many times. What do you think would be a 'safe' minimum height for a yearling cob (2012 baby) or a 2yr old cob (so 2011) to make at least 15hh? Having sold my beloved Pippysqueak (to the most amazing home) because he wasn't really big enough (or whizzy enough), I'd...
  24. Kallibear

    Can/does white sclera ('piggy eye'?)pigment more as they mature?

    I'd like the answer to be yes, please! Roo's eye looks like this. I've heard it called 'piggy eye'. It's the only thing I'd change about him really. His left eye sclera is partially pigmented but his right eye is almost completely white. However I think it might be getting less obvious...
  25. Kallibear

    Barefoot suggestions pleases for a very grass sensitive youngster

    Roo has 'typical' TB feet. My theory on TB feet is not that they have genetically poor feet but they're genetically more sensitive to diet and the effects on feet. They're over sensitive to just about everything else ;) Anyhoo .... Over winter he was on just adlib haylege (from various sources...
  26. Kallibear

    What bridle to show a 3yr old in?

    This is Roo, proper Irish Sport Horse (IDxTB). He's eventually going to be a hunter but currently looks like a weedy TB with big knees :o Apart the depth of his barrel he is very TB right now: all spindly long legs and weedy neck. He's just measured at 16.1hh but only takes a cob sized...
  27. Kallibear

    'Rode' my youngster for the first time. So chuffed

    So chuffed with my special boy I need to share! In the lovely weather yeasterday I RODE ROO for his very first time:D He he was fab. Well, we walk along side a friend for a little bit but still, I was sitting on him, saddle and everything :D I bought his nearly 18months ago, unseen from...
  28. Kallibear

    Super Cob does Dressage Diva

    Ooooo, I have a competition to report! Ok: so it's not a high flying fancy comp but my little cob is soooo good I want to share. Piper moved to a fancy new yard just before xmas. Bit of a shock for him having lived in only a muddy field with no facilities and hacking only since a baby...
  29. Kallibear

    Dry puppy food recommendation please.

    My mother's current 1 year old lab is on Autukey Salmon and rice (after doing a bit of research) and is perfectly happy on it (she's a bit of a sensitive soul too). She now has a second lab pup coming in April (born last week, soooo cute). Could you recommend a good puppy food please...
  30. Kallibear

    15.1ish 2004 black welshx gelding in Scotland 'Toby'

    Does anyone recognise this horse? Lots more photos 15.1 ish 2004 gelding. Welsh cob x sports horse. Jet black with three white legs, blaze and tiny white patch on his belly button. Looks very cobby with some feather when fat and fluffy, and very sportshorse/hunter when fit and...
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