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    A Question for those used to deep snow (and horses!) please

    First of all, apologies for yet another snow post I'm just looking for a bit of reassurance from those hardy peeps that are used to all this deep snow malarky . So horse was coping fine with the snow, but its just getting scary deep now. Luckily its frozen enough that if I move quick I can...
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    Vanishing feathers - whats causing it? *pics*

    Just a wee question about feathers... I usually keep his feathers clipped, but this year decided to leave his back legs to grow. They've been growing for about 9 months, and they grew a bit (much less than I expected for a cobby type), but now they seem to be receeding , especially around the...
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    Clippers - how long do they last?

    How many clips would you get out your average clippers before they start falling apart? I can't find any info on this on internet I have Lister neons, about 5 years old, done a couple of clips each year. But now the motor has gone (according to repair people), and will be £85 to fix . I've...
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    What would you do with this mane!?*pics*

    I'm having mane problems Chex has always had a weird mane . I hogged it last year to help with his (mild) sweet-itch. Decided I prefered it long so tried to grow it... but now it just looks like this: The top half is very thick, 5 or 6 inches long and sticks straight up. The bottom half is 3...
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    Will cows attack horses?

    I'm having a slight paranoia . Cows have been moved into Chex field and I can't stop worrying that he'll get trampled or speared . Problem is made worse because there's a big ass bull (he's huuuuuuuge!) and a little bull with spiky horns , as well as the calves and their mums. If they were dairy...
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    Fat all over? Unusual fat distribution *with pics*

    I couldn't decide where this should go, so I decided it should go here Anyway, just a little wondering about fat distribution and general fattiness. Now I know Chex is overweight but I don't think he's tooo huge (feel free to correct me!!!). But would you say his fat looks in proportion? i.e...
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    Is 7 acres big enough for 2?

    *Might* be getting some land for Chex, and a future companion, but budget only allows me to get 7 acres. I'm now panicking this isn't enough . He will be in a small paddock in the summer anyway because he's such a big fat pie, but winter he'll have the lot. Is 7 acres enough for 2 horses to...
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    Leaking Bateson trailer?

    Its a long shot, but just wondering if anyone else with a Bateson has found that it leaks? We got it new in 2000 and its always leaked a bit, so was sent back for the door to be resealed. But it still leaks and actually had a puddle in it last time it rained - not good with a wooden floor!! I've...
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    Please help - at end of tether riding Chex

    Now I love my little superstar pony, but i'm seriously getting fed up of his behaviour when being ridden . He was off work for 5 months when I broke my leg, so we've spent the last 3 months building up fitness. But now our rides are just constant battles He's fine at walk, but try trotting and...
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    Veteran feeds, supplements, balancers - worth it??

    I keep reading about all the feeds that horses "should" be getting, especially veterans. And I can't help but feel bad that I don't really bother with any of it . There's so many specific feeds and supplements now for veterans. Chex has always been fed the basics, for example this summer he...
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    How much charge for looking after horse...

    Just quick question: How much (a week) would you charge someone for looking after their horse 7 days a week - putting out, bringing in, mucking out, hay, feed and water? Not as in livery, but just for doing those jobs. Thanks
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    Cider vinegar - how much do you feed?

    I was using the NAF cider vinegar, and it says to feed <font color="blue"> 150 ml </font> per day. But I bought the Wendals Herbs one yesterday, and it says to feed <font color="blue"> 10 ml </font> per day . Now they could be different strengths, but I don't think they are. So how much...
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    YOs - "opening times"?

    Now I think I'm being a bit selfish here, but would you expect your YO to be available pretty much all the time? I rarely bother the YO, but have to go to the door when there's no haylage, problem with stables, find out about worming, loose cows, sheep etc. But now YO is saying they don't want...
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    Arrgghhhh - Rant about a dealer

    I don't have anything against dealers before anyone sticks up for them lol. I rode this horse last year, for his owner (she bought him, then found out she was pregnant), but he turned out to be unsuitable, badly behaved when ridden etc, so he was sent back to the dealers to be sold on. I read...
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    Dustbins for feed storage

    Does anyone know where I can get plastic dustbins for storing feed? I have looked everywhere I can think of - DIY stores, hardware stores, big W etc. Not sure if they make them any more, what with most people having wheeliebins these days. Only place I'd thought I'd seen them was poundstretcher...
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    Another feeding query (sorry!)

    What would you feed Chex? He's 14.1, approx 24 years old. Overweight, but eats very little over the winter, so drops a bit of weight (he's never underweight though). He's been out of work for 4 months, just starting to be ridden again now. Since the start of winter he's been on a big handful of...
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    Outdoor Access Code (Scottish folks)

    I keep reading about the Outdoor access code, and then look at the miles of farmland and forestry that surround where I keep Chex. But, I can't help but feel its really rude to ride on other peoples land! I've read the code, and as long as you don't disturb livestock, crops or muck up the...
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    Irish Cob?

    Could someone please clear up for me what an irish cob is? Is it a coloured cob from Ireland, or more of a type of horse? Excuse the dumbness lol So is Chex an irish cob (he is from Ireland)? I wondered if he was a little on the light side, most I see being described as irish cobs are real...
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    Any other horses still not eating their hay?

    Now either there's still a substantial amount of grass in the field, or Chex has turned anorexic Is anyone elses horses still eating not much over night? For the 2 horses, I was giving them most of a small haylage bale a night, but cut it down as they were just wasting it. Now they're getting...
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    smallist size stable for 2 horses?

    Just wondering what you would class as an an acceptable size of pen/stable for 2 horses to stay in overnight? One is 14.1, one is about 15,2, and they are in 10-12 hours a night. They get on really well (actually seperating them is more of a problem, but thats a whole different issue!). They are...
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    Does it sound like he's unhappy?

    I seem to be having so many problems with Chex just now! I've given up on the long-reining, so I'm now just leading him out in hand ( I can't ride until february). Every time I take him out, he strides out, drags me about and seems fine, but he just has an unhappy look on his face, and his ears...
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    Older ponies SHOULD be sensible, yeah right!

    Why can't I have a sensible older horse! With his arthritis, Chex has been feeling a bit rubbish, but now he's on danilon he's clearly feeling much better! I can't ride until feb (broken leg) so have been long-reinging to keep him active. But he's being such a pain! I only got round one side of...
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    Bute for arthritis?

    I had the vet up today to see about Chex lameness and generally not being right. He confirmed it was arthritis and recomended bute every day or couple of days all winter (after the original loading dose). I'm not really happy about using bute this often. Does anyone else use bute to help...
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