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    What's in your first aid please?

    The only thing I would add to the items already mentioned is Filtabac - excellent cream for minor cuts and grazes (applied once cleaned with hibiscrub or similar), and it stays on well as a barrier against water, mud and flies. I wouldn't be without it.
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    Am I too big?

    Do you know your horse's weight? A rider should weigh no more than 15-18% of the horse, so that is the guide to go by.
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    Equestrian Influencers

    I don't really look at that many (will get some ideas from here though) and prefer the educators to the influencers. I like Miri Hackett - her approach to training is spot on and interesting, she adores her horses and is honest. I can't bear Ray the Goth - promoting obesity, cringe tik toks...
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    How do you choose companies to spend your money with?

    The trouble is, this is business and there is nothing to stop LM from doing it. Other companies such as Shires and Weatherbeeta have ripped off their matchy matchy idea with new colours and matching boots & fly veils coming out each season, but nobody said anything then. The LM ones (and Anky...
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    L-Tryptophan calmers, thoughts?

    I have never heard that before and would have thought that the action of neurotransmitters (eg serotonin) would be similar in all mammals, so humans and horses. I used to use Super So Kalm which contains L-Tryptophan on my sharp warmblood and it definitely helped him, when straight magnesium...
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    Horse 'bellowing' at people/livestock when hacking

    Mine has only done it a handful of times, when he is super excited / nervous about something. His body goes really tense and his tail goes up as well, it's a bit unnerving! There is always a reason for it though, he did it the other day when I was leading him in from the field and he noticed a...
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    Full livery, including exercise?

    I worked at a yard in London a few years ago which provided full livery with exercise as standard, all horses were exercised 6 days a week either by the owner or staff, and we would school / hack / lunge / have the odd staff lesson depending on what the owner wanted. There was no reduction in...
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    Minor Irritations

    It really irritates me when people do things with their horses in a rush, for the benefit of their schedule rather than their horse - I mean picking feet out / changing rugs etc when the horse is eating and things like that, just leave them alone! Rushing horses around often leads to bad manners...
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    Turnout rugs with belly flap

    Thank you all! I think rug weather is nearly upon us and my horse's paddock is already muddy (that's another thread, buying mud mats this year) so I'll look into all those options. I've always rated weatherbeeta but haven't bought a new one for a while, shame that some of you think the quality...
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    Turnout rugs with belly flap

    What size are you looking for? 6'6' - thanks!
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    Turnout rugs with belly flap

    Thank you all for the replies :) @OldNag those rugs look great! Generously cut and reasonably priced too, I'll definitely think about getting one to try. @Meredith - what is the brand of your cotton sheet with a belly flap? I don't think I've seen one of those either but that would be a good...
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    Turnout rugs with belly flap

    Hi - I'm thinking about winter rugging and would love to find a turnout rug with a belly flap, like on most fly rugs, as I think this would be warmer and my horse wouldn't get so muddy! Do they exist anywhere? Thanks, Tash x
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    Anyone own or used EquiRelease?

    I don't have one and to be honest I would never use one of those on my horses. They are too harsh and it would be more likely to cause damage than make the horse feel better - after seeing these on social media I was discussing them with my horse's massage therapist and she said that they were...
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    Best vegetarian joint supplement

    Another supplement to consider is Epiitalis 4Cyte, which is plant based according to this: It isn't cheap but it does work, it was the only one my vet recommended after my horse had surgery on his stifles.
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    Lame horse

    I think you need to call your vet back to see him and possibly x ray. It can take a long time for bruising or an abscess (did anything come out onto the poultice?) to heal and it is good that your horse has improved, but I think he needs to see the vet to ensure you are on the right track with...
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    Can I get the yard owner to pay for vet bills for her mistake?

    To be honest if you have moved then I would just draw a line under it, as you have done what is important for the pony. Things like this get around as gossip, you never know your old YO could be friends with your new YO and so sueing her could cause further issues. In the grand scheme of...
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    Where best to sell saddle?

    I put two saddles on facebook marketplace and sold them within a week! I had already given them to my previous saddler (who was a rep for that brand) and she'd had them for over a year with no success. I sold them for decent prices but significantly less than what they were worth, but selling...
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    Where to look next…any advice welcome 😩

    Firstly sorry you're going through such a tough time, sounds like it's been a long road for you. And I am replying late as started this post last night when there was only one response then my internet went! I think Sacroiliac dysfunction makes sense, and I would also ask your vet to look at...
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    Livery yard… extra services

    I think this is a really tricky issue, and it is difficult for us to advise without knowing the types of people involved. Is it a large yard? The DIY yard I'm on has a similar set up; it is a small yard with 4 part liveries and 9 DIYs, on a mixture of herd and individual turnout. There is a...
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    Hi My hock injections

    See if you have an Indiba therapist near you? It has worked well for my horse who has problems with the cartilage in his stifles.
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    Delayed gastric emptying causing impactions

    What type of soil are you on at the new yard? If it is sandy, that could be causing the issues, especially if they have started since you moved. My horse had a similar episode and I gave him psyllium husks which completely resolved the issue. I did do a faecal sand test via Westgates which...
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    Are flexons worth the money ?!

    Thank you - my mum (64 but a young 64 and fit, I'm sure you're not an old crock though!) has recently started riding my horse after nearly 10 years out of the saddle. She had ridden on and off prior to that and my horse is safe enough, but although she is confident and sensible she is a novice...
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    Are flexons worth the money ?!

    @I'm Dun Interested to know what you think of the wide stirrup leathers - I need to replace my leathers and wondering why/how they help? Thanks
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    Is anyone feeding new hay yet?

    As an update - it’s definitely dry and smells absolutely gorgeous! I’m sure he will like it, maybe a bit too much…
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    Is anyone feeding new hay yet?

    Thank you all - that has put my mind at rest! This is my first spring of buying my own hay in about 6 years so it's been a while and I can't remember when I used to start feeding new hay. I'll start mixing it from this evening, no doubt my horse will pick the new hay out and leave the old, but...
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    Is anyone feeding new hay yet?

    Hi - I've just ordered my first batch of new hay - called the supplier to order and he said he had some new hay so I ordered 2 bales (I order 4 bales a week as have limited storage) and 2 bales of last year's hay. He wasn't so keen on the last lot of old hay which was slightly different so I...
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    Is there (or should there be) a ceiling weight to horse riding This rider here is a size 20 at least, and too big to ride. Yet she goes on about inclusivity like those who think she is too big have a problem, rather than her (and her horse). Would she be a popular vlogger etc. and get all the free stuff she...
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    Is there (or should there be) a ceiling weight to horse riding

    @abbijay who is this person on Facebook you're referring to? Does she think she's some sort of body positive influencer or something?
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    Is there (or should there be) a ceiling ability to horse riding?

    I think as long as the horse is comfortable, is happy to work and not carrying any more rider weight than it should be, riding is okay. Everyone has to learn. But that said, the rider's attitude is important and I think not wanting to pull on the horse's mouth, use excessive force, and wanting...
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    Best colours on a Skewbald?

    I have a skewbald the same colour, he is beautiful but I may be biased! This is great for inspiration, I've recently bought a GP saddle after years of dressage saddles and so I need some new saddlecloths! Rather than bright colours, I really like darker colours and 'muted' tones. He has a Le...