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    I said goodbye

    I wasn't wanting to start myself crying again, but I'm hoping writing this down might help with closure. I made the call on my beloved oldie on Wednesday. The kindest, most gentle, most beautiful horse I've ever owned. He meant the absolute world to me. I can say, 100%, that he never...
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    Nibbling earth - anyone know the cause?

    I'm just wondering if there's something specific my horse might be lacking if he's doing this? It's not all the time, but I first noticed it a few weeks ago and assumed he'd found some tasty shoots. They'd be long gone by now if there were any, as he usually does it in the same area. He's...
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    Anybody else being plagued by ***ding midges?

    I've had to stop poo picking especially to write this. I am in the SW, not far from the coast, the horses have been brought in for breakfast and are oblivious to the fact that I'm out in the paddocks absolutely being eaten alive by the little barstewards. And there was me naively assuming...
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    Link between stopping balancer and horse itching?

    I have the vet coming to run bloods on my elderly horse, but I was searching through some old threads on itchy horses and found some interesting replies, specifically regarding when stopping feeding a balancer. So I'm just wondering if anyone else has any experience of dropping their horse's...
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    Hickstead Derby yesterday :-)

    I've never been to Hickstead in my 50+ years and have always tried to watch it on tv. However this year my daughters and I made the trip and it was excellent seeing all those iconic fences being jumped live. We had seats right near the bank and could see pretty much the whole course from our...
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    Horse has gone off turmeric - any tips?

    As title. My 25 year old boy has been on turmeric for a year, and it has helped his arthritis no end. I was able to take him off bute, in fact turmeric was more effective and he was looking like a new man. I had been giving him 2 tablespoons in his evening feed with olive oil and freshly...
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    Bye Little Man

    My little horse finally succumbed to his catalogue of back luck yesterday. He endured a sizeable stress fracture to his radius in 2011 and dealt with four months of box rest, three of those months being on cross ties. He came back big and strong like nothing had ever happened. He tore his...
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    A bit of much needed self pity!

    Hi everyone, apologies for a bit of a long woe-is-me post, but I'm reaching my limit, and it would help to offload. So please bear with me if you can. My horse has been on box rest since October. He tore his DDFT and I have a detailed rehab programme which I've followed rigorously (apart from...
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    Still light at 5pm this evening :-)

    Tiny pleasure but it certainly means a lot!
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    Hoof oils and dressings - to use or not to use?

    I am always in a dilemma whether or not to use the above. My horses both have perfectly good feet - retired one is barefoot and younger boy is shod all round, and my farrier trims the oldie. My farrier is old school and adamant any hoof dressing is unnecessary. I don't use anything on my...
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    Tumor advice needed please .....

    I have an elderly male Lab (he's 13). He's always happy, has a typical Labrador appetite and isn't overweight. He does have a stiff back end but is happy pottering around at his own pace. My issue, however, is that he has a few fatty lumps which I am led to believe are commonplace. One, on...
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    Shoes coming off today - advice please.

    I retired my boy due to arthritis a few weeks ago, and today is the day he's having his shoes off for the last time. He's living out 24/7, and will only come in overnight in the depths of winter if necessary. I realise he's sure to be incredibly footie whilst he gets used to being barefoot...
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    Following on from the feeding straw post ....

    I read the straw post with interest, as I am moving my boy to a new yard in a couple of weeks where straw bedding is included in the cost of livery. I haven't used straw for years, in fact never with my current horse, so should I be concerned that he might eat it with gusto and thus get...
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    Some vibes please .....

    My boy is having another set of steriod injections into his hocks today. He's gone lame again, having had his hocks injected back in November, and his coffin joints injected in December. Vet says he's not overly worried about the hocks, but if he's not sound when he comes back in a couple of...
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    A bitless/lunging question ........

    After replying to a bitless post just now it reminded me that I have a question to ask you helpful folks .... What do you use on your horse whilst lunging him/her? I tend to use a Dually headcollar in place of a bridle (as I literally do not have the option to use a bit on my boy) and that...
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    Trying Tildren this week - anyone else used it with success?

    My horse has bone spavin and arthritic changes in his coffin joints. My vet knows him inside out, and has recently administered steroid/HA injections into his hocks and coffin joints which I'm happy to say have worked wonders and he feels great. He's only a happy hacker nowadays, so there's no...
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    RIP Sweet Girl. Please, advice needed

    Last night one of my dogs was run over by a motorcyclist and killed. We are absolutely devastated. Our darling black labrador, a very sprightly 12 year old who lived every moment to the full, got out of our garden when we let our two dogs out around 10.15pm, and even though my husband was...
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    Anyone remember Dyrham Stables from years ago???

    Seeing as how there are quite a few nostalgia threads around at the moment, I was wondering whether anyone out there remembered riding at Dyrham Stables in the late 70's/early 80's when they were at Dyrham Park (they moved over to Hinton eventually) .... ? They were beautiful, huge stables in...
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    Any tips for repairing hole in concrete stable floor please?

    I wonder if anyone has had this problem and could give me some advice? One of my horses is stabled in a lovely old stable with a somewhat uneven concrete floor. I foolishly put my rubber mats down without thinking of the consequences, and was somewhat surprised when, a few days later, there was...
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    A few words of thanks to a great forum!

    Hey everyone. No real point to this thread other than to say how much I enjoy being a part of the forum. I'm a relative newcomer and I've got to say I think I'm addicted!! I've always berated my kids for being Facebook junkies, but I think I'm fast becoming a HHO forum junkie myself :o I just...
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    Any views on feeding seaweed supplement?

    Some friends were raving about using a seaweed supp in their horses feeds. Good idea/not a good idea/waste of money? Any opinions?! Thanks!
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    Newmarket joint supplement?

    I've been using it for my boy but wonder whether it really is worth the high price. It works ok, but then again something else might too. Anyone out there know if there's something equally as effective and maybe not quite so pricey? Just curious! Thanks.
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    Horse reluctant to poo on bed .... any ideas?

    Hi. I'm hoping someone can shed some light on an odd situation I find myself in. I have recently moved my two horses to a new yard, and for one of them it's his first time on shavings (used to be on wood pellets). Since moving he's only done a handful of poos in his stable - none at all the...
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