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    Locking stifle

    Hill work, raised poles, water treadmill. Just gradually get him as fit as you possibly can and keep him that way.
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    Have you ever seen a horse receiving CPR?

    You happened to go to the vets yesterday with another horse and happened to be able to watch all the described scenario through a window from the stables and today you have a full update on the said horse down to no scratches, scrapes etc. What a shocking breach of confidentiality by the vet...
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    Have you ever seen a horse receiving CPR?

    Why on earth were you allowed into an operation area of a vet hospital? Very poor regulation I would have thought.
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    How do you create a solid hacking horse?

    I could not agree more. I breed and produce sport horses. They are all out of top class competition mares and by top class competition stallions. They are all backed at three years old and they go out for a short hack before being turned away until they are 4 when they come into proper work...
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    Mystery of Recurrent Colic

    I have one horse that had colic surgery five years ago due to a massive impaction. I now always soak her hay - not for hours but enough to make sure that it is very wet. She also has a very liquid bran mash as her last feed about 9pm (they live at home!) again to keep the fluid levels up.
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    Lunged for 3 hour's!

    I have seen itmyself. - At a county show on a massively hot day and a 12.2 pony being lunged in several rugs, wool bandages etc etc. After a half hour I intervened to receive a load of .......... What a horrible world showing is. Same day my jumpers were worked in as little as possible and...
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    Experiences of part livery (whatever happened to assisted)

    I think also liveries have to accept that staff within the equestrian industry now, quite rightly, want properly paid employment with holidays, sick pay, pensions etc and it is they, the liveries, that will have to pay for that. The idea that you can DIY but ring someone up at silly o'clock...
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    Current horse market - am I being unrealistic?

    I think there is a huge difference in price between a 13.2 and a 16 - 16.3 ! You may be able to find someone to back your pony for £800. I regularly have young sport horses broken in in the Home Counties and the going rate is £250/week plus VAT. After 6 weeks they would be broken, in that an...
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    If you had your time again, would you bother with horses?

    I had my first horse when I was 16 and have had horses ever since. I have good ones, some very very good ones and some disasters. It all makes you who you are. I joined the Pony Club and then a riding club and joined in everything including being on all the committees. Similarly with BS. I met...
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    how to increase hack length

    I read a very interesting article many years ago from a high level event rider who fed his horses nothing except top quality hay (remember the word top) until they reached advanced level eventing and then added hard feed if they needed it. I now breed and produce top level show jumpers and at...
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    Tell me about cocker spaniels please

    They are very affectionate, great fun and very active. They do seem to be prone to chewing up their bedding and toys - Pets at Home Indestrucibtle toys have obviously not been tested on a WCS! Life span of said toy = 2 minutes!!
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    Sorry! A "how much?" thread

    Pigs - most horses hate them. Your kissing spine does not sound as though it actually exists - the vet said the spines were close but not touching. Probably, in view of the fact the hrose has not been worked that much, once he is fit and worked correctly they wil never be a probelm. There is...
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    If you have small dogs, are you very wary of bigger ones?

    Really!! They are pretty big!!!
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    If you have small dogs, are you very wary of bigger ones?

    Why do big dogs get such bad press? I have a Great Dane - 63kgs. She is bullied by pretty much everything and she could easily flatten those ghastly terriers, shit-tsu and chihuahua but she does not, she tolerates their agressive behaviour. Meanwhile the owners think it is funny that their...
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    What is wrong?

    I would get a vet check with attention to front feet. Horses often stop at fences because they actually do not want totake off and land on painful feet. Feet can be medicated in the same way as hocks and thelonger you can keep him active but out of pain, then the longer he will keep well.
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    Embryo Transfer Donor Mare

    There are loads of studs doing embryo transfer work. Go onto Facebook, British Breeders and post that the mare is available.
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    Sunshine Tour SJ and a little dilemma

    The Travelodge is walkable
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    Badminton horse trials tips

    Go to the event and then go out and drink near your accommodation?
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    How much would you be prepared to pay?

    Freelance grooms charge between £12 and £15 per hour plus travel expenses. Your travelling time is working time. so anything from £48 to £60 plus fuel. Maybe people will not want to pay this but in reality the horse world is going to have to accept this level of wages if they want to attract...
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    Mucking out efficiently?

    The have offered you an apprenticeship knowing that you are slow at mucking out so do not worry! Why do you not ask your boss exactly what you have put here ie 'I am aware I am slow can you give me help in speeding up'. As an apprentice you are there to be trained so it is their job to show you...
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    What would you do?

    I would ride your husband cob until he complains then tell him that if he wants sole use of cob you need sole use of a dressage horse.!
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    Would you be upset ?

    Might affect a decision to ride for that group in the future - rather unfriendly
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    Livery termination. Help.

    I think the simple answer to their question is 'No thank you we do not want invoicing. goodbye.' I own property andas we wanted to sell the flats we gave the tenants three months notice. They found other accommodation before the threee months were up and we did not press for the rent for the...
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    Turning a 4 year old away

    I breed a few. From choice we back them during their 3 year old summer and get them to walk, trot and canter and short hack out in company then they are turned away until mid summer of their 4 yer old year when they come in and start real work ready for their sporting careers. In your position...
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    Who on here used to work professionally with horses?

    I did the other way around. Worked in the City for 7 years, then local government and a lovely job with the nearest County show. Competed as an amateur and got my PC A test. Then married, we bought a derelict farm, husband had a professional job and his own business so I stayed at home and did...
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    Photography etiquette at horse shows

    Bear in mind that quite often the professional photographers have paid the organisers a fee to be at the event and to market their photos. In this case they would have every right to be fed up if someone was taking photos and giving/selling them cheaply.
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    Following on from economical feeds thread.

    I am old enough to remember when the first horse cubes were produced!! Before that we fed hay, oats (OMG how many people would be terrified of that!), crushed barley, bran and chaff. Sugar beet came after a bit. Most of our feed was sourced from local farms direct - no fancy packaging! Oh and...
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    Helping Ukrainian horses with SEU and Worldwide Vets

    There is also a web site which goes to the Ukaranian Equestrian Federation with loads of official ways to help
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    Helping Ukrainian horses with SEU and Worldwide Vets

    Meanwhile there is a Facebook page 'Help Ukrainian Horses' based out of Poland, where many. many Europeans are offering help to horses and their owners with offers of stabling, transport, accommodation etc both for the immediate short term and for the long term. They are all making their offers...
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    Have the days of the have a go fun show disappeared?

    I have been involved with my Riding Club for many years. We no longer run shows because we cannot find any volunteers - they are all too busy. Weirdly so are the Committee!! We are covered by RC insurance but now we have to have a qualfied first aider at every mounted event. We have members...