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    Volvo FL4 does anyone drive one please?

    Hi, I have the chance of a Volvo FL4 as an upgrade to existing lorry. Current lorry is Merc 814 that doesnt have a synchromesh gear box. what a pain in backside! Unless the engine revs are at exactly the right speed and you double de clutch on every downward gear you have NO chance of getting it...
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    How long does Agnus Castus take to get into the system please

    As per title really. Background...recently bought a lovely cob that had been gelded a week, had covered previously. We all decided it would be best to leave him where he was until he had fully healed, which he has and is now home. I have owned horses for over 40 years so I am fully aware of...
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    Retirement Livery South West also in regional board

    My beautiful show horse already suffers from Navicular (sound for 4 yrs now) and hock spavin but unfortunately had an accident in January that aggrevated his already compromised hocks and the vets and I have finally made the decision he wont be ridden again or certainly needs a year off and...
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    Retirement Livery suggestions please in the South West

    My beautiful show horse already suffers from Navicular (sound for 4 yrs now) and hock spavin but unfortunately had an accident in January that aggrevated his already compromised hocks and the vets and I have finally made the decision he wont be ridden again or certainly needs a year off and...
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    Livery yard needed Cornwall please

    I am looking for DIY or assisted DIY in Cornwall ideally the bridge side and anything down towards the rame peninsula. Doesn't necessarily have to be a "gold plated" yard but sand school, hacking, occasional evening help etc would be good. Struggling to find anything at all so if anyone knows of...
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    Livery yard needed Cornwall please

    I am looking for DIY or assisted DIY in Cornwall ideally the bridge side and anything down towards the rame peninsula. Doesn't necessarily have to be a "gold plated" yard but sand school, hacking, occasional evening help etc would be good. Struggling to find anything at all so if anyone knows of...
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    BSPA In Hand showing query please

    I have a 16.2 coloured horse that is shown as a sports horse. In the ridden classes he always wears his show bridle with Pelham bit and two reins. He is going to a show (qualifier) next sunday but only in hand. When we have shown him in hand before he HATES being in hand in the Pelham with two...
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    Advice needed please-Do I clip for showing?

    Hi I could really do with some advice regarding clipping and showing for this coming season. My coloured horse was clipped for normal riding last in December. Due to an injury he hasn't done a lot and has pretty much been roughed off, still in every night and washed and groomed but no "show"...
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    Dressage calling query?

    Hi I am about to attempt a dressage test next Sunday the first one for many years. I have a long term, life long illness that leaves me with cognitive issues and short term memory problems. My husband who is an accomplished horseman refuses point blank to call the test as quite frankly he is...
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    Livery or home dilema, advice needed please.

    I have kept my horses at a fantastic private livery yard for some time now. Just me there, amazing owners, gorgeous school but not such good hacking although you can pick and choose your times when the "rat run" isn't too bad. The stables are all internal so lovely and dry to muck out on wet...
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    I have a hunch my mare could be pregnant

    Sorry if this is a bit long winded and I will contact my vet but just wanted to have some other views really. We bought a 4 yr old filly in May from the sales, we were not planning it but she came home with us anyway. We also have two geldings. We backed her, rode her out etc and she has been...
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    Experience of barefoot rehab not working and reasons why please

    I have spent many hours researching barefoot rehab for navicular treatment and have read many success stories. I cant seem to find too much info on the cases where it doesnt work. The reason for the question is not for a debate on remedial shod vs barefoot but only for the purpose that I...
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    Can i ride with Magic Cushion in place?

    Hi I a looking to use magic cushion for the first time. Horse has navicular syndrome dx through x ray and mri last November. Heartbar shoes, no meds just biotin, mag ox, no bute premium and super fenn. Whilst hacking last week he got a stone stuck in the heartbar, I removed it immediatey and...
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    Hmmm, overtook field, hounds and master today!

    Well little cob went out again today in his grackle and cheltenham gag after the last few disasterous attempts at braking. As last time, he was a little joggy from trailer to meet but settled beautifully and was very well behaved and there it ends. He literally just ran through everything and...
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    Is a Grackle and a Cheltenham Gag ok to use together?

    Sorry if this seems a dumb question but after seriously no brakes or control in a universal and cavasson noseband, I have just found out from his previous owner that he has to have a grackle for fast work ie hunting as his crosses and sets his jaw. He is an immensely strong thick set cob at...
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    Carriage Driving Experience?

    After a lifetime of riding, show jumping and hunting, my husband had a non riding related accident and broke a bone in his neck and had a small bleed on his brain and although now well, he has made the sensible decision to never ride again. He still gets involved with me and my horses and enjoys...
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    Riding in a knee brace?

    i looking for some advice please. After 30 years of knee problems, surgery and being told I will need a total knee replacement in the next few years, the hospital mobility centre has fitted me with a BodyMedic knee brace. It has a concealed metal strip and hinge either side and can fit over my...
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    Riding after meniscus surgery?

    Hi I had an arthoscope 10 days ago to remove the damaged meniscus along with some bone cleaning etc and have walked comfortably today (stiff and swollen but no pain) without stick or crutches. I am hoping to attempt driving again tomorrow but was wondering has anyone had this and if so how long...
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    Do 5 3/4" Kimblewicks exist, cant find one anywhere

    Pony is in a 5 12" bit and I have the same size kimblewick which is slightly too small for him as I know ported mouth bits can sometimes be small. I have searched everywhere on line to find one...bog standard, Cambridge or Utoxeter, 5 3/4 and not hugely expensive as not for everyday use. Do they...
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    How do I stop his obstinate bucking?

    M new cob is a big strong boy but is lovely and pleasent. He can sometimes forget his manners and become bolshy but with firm, kind handling he is getting better. We have had some issues with his tongue over the bit but again we are working on that and are now using a Bomber blue happy tongue...
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    Tongue over bit constanty. Peewee, Waterford?? Help.

    Hi my new horse has a large tongue and fleshy mouth and is constantly putting his tongue over the bit. Everything imaginable has been checked and he is fine. Apparently he didnt do this before I had him. I have been through my enttire bit bag and tried everything. I am loathe to put him in a...
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    Thank You Derby House

    this is a nice derby House thread, going on from a previous post regarding Kinpurnie Boots. I put the order in in mid July for the sale boots from £200 to £65 and they said they would be here mid August. I wasnt confident they would come after reading some of their comments. What a pleasent...
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    Best place for the horses to go. some advice please

    In a bit of a dilemma at the moment as where is the best place for the horses to go. Husband and I are due to move farms quite soon and my options are: Keep on the farm, horses in paddock next to the back garden, stables right behind the garage, always on hand. fantastic in the winter as...
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    Long term problems after Tie Back if aspirating food and water?

    Hi could really do with some advice please. could anyone tell me what the long term effects would be on a horse that has had a tie back op done but has food particles coming down his nose and sometimes water. He doesnt cough during work but is at the moment underweight. He is a beautiful horse...
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    Pads to stop the saddle slipping, any ideas?

    I have a very round, traditional Highland Pony that wears an extra extra wide thorowgood saddle with the fish system. Although it fits him well, as soon as I go to do any form of work the saddle slips. I know this is due to his breed etc but I dont want to hurt his back by keep trying to get the...
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    LHP & Ginger Cob go Autumn Hunting.. And may God help us all!

    Out of bed at 3 am, which was half an hours lie in for me being a Dairy Farmer. Husband decided not to let me drive and insisted he drive us there himself. The kennels were a good hours drive away and had to be there by 6.30 am, as husband drove, we got there at 6!. Now husband has been out of...
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    Any ideas for a pony that wont jump?

    Hi all, as previously mentioned in a previous thread, I have been loaned a beautiful highland pony that I will take hunting this year. As he is still only 6 nearly 7 and not done a lot of work, I have been schooling him and hes done really well. I have also been fittening him up nicely and is...
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    Hunting A Highland Pony?

    After the sudden and tragic loss of my mare, a friend has very kindly let me have her beautiful Highland pony on loan. I am looking to hunt him through the winter and wondered who else has hunted their highlands and even better, if you have any photos that would be lovely. He is 6 years old...
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    NAF ENERg Has anyone used this please

    Hi I have a very beautiful, chestnut show cob that has now finally started to work in an outline and I am hoping to show him this season, he has been out a couple of times and never been placed although the judges say he is a potential county standard cob. His problem is.... he is so b****y...
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    Two Reins With A NS Universal?

    Hi title is in the question really. I have finally found a show bit for our big cresty strong show cob and he goes well in the Waterford Pelham and cannot lean or get his tongue over the bit. For general hacking and hunting etc he is going in the Waterford Universal ... but.... can this bit be...
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