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    Potential liveries beware

    Is this Mawkins farm on the corner on castle hill road???
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    Stables/grazing recommendations or contact details in Ainsworth please ?

    The hacking is pretty poor, lots of road work involved and barely any off road places. Turn out is limited. There are a few yards in close proximity, with a varying mix of small stables, limited turnout, mental yard owners, poor arenas, lack of storage etc there are some good points on some of...
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    Rubber mats and electric fencing

    2 x rubber mats 6x4 heavy duty cost £50 each new £60 Ono Also have electric fencing just like field guard, posts, tape and energiser currently in storage but will get more details if there’s interest. Collection from Helmshore or will deliver locally for a fee
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    Giving up your own horse so the kids can progress?

    I would sell your horse and buy a fell for you and your daughter to share, not that I am at all biased 😊
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    Grass might not be always greener - livery yards?

    Sorry just read this, the turnout thing would drive me crazy, I’m changing my mind and I’d be inclined to move!!
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    Grass might not be always greener - livery yards?

    I’ve not read all of the replies but this is my experience. The best yard I’ve been on was a former dairy farm that had diversified. Own paddocks and storage area, arena (no lights) and good hacking. Purely DIY, but another livery did paid work to pay for her horse. Farmer was great...
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    Setting up a livery help

    I’ve not set up a yard before but I can tell you what I found very useful as a DIY livery. Lots of storage - the best storage I had was in a shared barn that was partitioned off into ‘stalls’ each stable had 1 stall, they were probably 8ft x 10ft. This was where we kept feed/hay/bedding. I...
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    Moving yards, should I give notice?

    I’ve been at a yard where the yo was abusive. I’d heard stories, from her, about her physically abusing property and people too. I chose to give notice, but left before it was over all fully paid up. I didn’t want to but also didn’t want to risk any consequences. If I were you, I’d pay...
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    In-hand showing outfits.....Why so frumpy and 80s??!

    I agree that inhand is all about the horse, but a neat handler sets off the whole picture well. At riding club level I often saw handlers dressed in literally anything, from the 80’s get up to a scrappy vest and shorts with trainers and a fag hanging out of the mouth!!!
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    Trying to find a rider for my gelding..

    I would happily pay to share your horse, when I had mine I shared him with a friend whilst I was going through ivf, she paid £20 a week for a minimum of 3 days. I didn’t ask for a contribution to anything else.
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    Hot water shower

    I used a nomad shower, just filled it with warm water ( couple of kettles and topped it up with cold ) It was ideal, could even take it with me for a cool down spray as it’ll run off battery or the car. I would sell it if you’re interested, I’m pony less now ☹️
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    DIY must haves

    Make nets and feeds for the week in advance, skip out during week and full muck out at weekends. Plenty of rugs to allow for drying, same for numnahs and boots. I always rode first, so pony could cool off whilst I did my jobs and I wouldn’t have to wait for him to dry before rugging...
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    Rules... livery yards

    Ever changing rules according to the mood of the YO I empathise with the above poster, if your horse shat on the yard drop everything to clean it up, including soaping and rinsing! A sweeping rota that you were never told about when it was your turn, until the actual time you had to sweep...
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    Hip hip hooray - they're OUT!

    I really don’t miss this part of keeping horses, always stressing and waiting for YO’s to open fields. Waiting and waiting and waiting, listening to excuses my god the ridiculous excuses!!!! The worst year was having to wait until June before any grazing allowed!! I’m glad for those of...
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    Buying a trailer but too much choice! WWYD?

    I’ve had both equi trek (show trekka) and Ifor Williams. By far the equitrek was my favourite, it towed beautifully and anything that travelled in it travelled really well. The lay out was ideal, plenty of space and storage. I’d read about poor build, ramp and axle problems. Off the top of...
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    Yet another yard wwyd

    Stay where you are and repair the fencing or yard 2
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    Those on full livery...

    I think the whole full livery experience lies firmly in how good the YO and staff are. How they treat the horses and the owners. I’ve been on a couple of full livery yards, ‘full’ being everything but riding, so I suppose many would call that part livery. The problem with one yard was...
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    Very difficult situation

    Who did you arrange the loan with?? Who signed the contract with you? If it is one person, I’d deal with them. If not then I’d give them both the same ultimatum, a date to collect the horse by or he will be put to sleep on the basis that neither is willing to take responsibility for the...
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    YO's DIY livery freelancing and using yard facilities?

    The first yard I was on charged the livery £15 per hour for the use of the arena if other instructors came in. She did some lessons herself, but I thought her methods of tying horses down, with all sorts of gadgets cruel. But the extra charge made lessons expensive. I can see the need for it...
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    Ssangyonggb Rexton for towing

    Then I think you’ll find everything you need in a rexton, I think I just had bad luck with mine.
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    Ssangyonggb Rexton for towing

    Mine was a 55 plate, about 4 years old when I had it. It was a lovely car to drive, and tow with. You never knew anything was on the back. I had an auto and the gearbox went, I had dreadful quotes to fix it circa £3k, I couldn’t help but feel ripped off so in the end I sold it on. I...
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    Turn out woes😔

    Perhaps the learning moment could include the 5 freedoms we are obliged to provide for our animals!!???
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    Turn out woes😔

    In an ideal world, but in many areas opportunities like this are scarce.
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    Do ANY livery yards have.............this?

    Totally agree with you, I would have been happy to pay for grazing. But I’m sure many wouldn’t.
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    Do ANY livery yards have.............this?

    Unfortunately it’s because the YO’s won’t put the finance or effort into maintenance. There’s no harrowing/rolling/seeding/topping. It’s far easier just to look at green fields and have the horses in. Some of the yards are also pushing the numbers for the acreage. Strangely enough, the...
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    Do ANY livery yards have.............this?

    The worst bit about it was the first yard I went on lied about what turnout was provided. I quickly learnt it was as I stated above, so in my search for something humane, this is when I found the yards were all like this!! How cruel!!! Anyhow I ended up travelling a fair distance for the turnout.
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    Turn out woes😔

    I’ve not read the replies, but having been in your situation before, I’d just ‘suck it up’ keep my head down and wait for your new yard to have the space. It’s not long away, the nights are getting lighter and you’ve got an escape coming. It’s not worth the hassle moving twice in a...
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    Do ANY livery yards have.............this?

    I think you are all incredibly lucky to have access to such grazing. Around me, I don’t know of any yard that provides winter turnout. They all close the fields in September and open them up again in June. A couple of yards have a sandpit for a leg stretch, but that’s all. Even when the...
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    EQUILIBRIUM TURNOUT CHAPS

    Brand new equilibrium close contact turnout chaps 2 pairs size 3W One black pair never been near a horse One navy pair only ever tried on £50 Can post at cost
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    Leather half chaps for the less slim line leg!

    I have Ariat half chaps and have larger calves (16 inches 🙈) they fit with no problem, look good too!
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