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    Veteran not eating his haylage

    I have a 27 year old WB who has decided he doesn't want to eat his haylage. I am concerned that at his age he isn't getting sufficient to eat. He looks well, is only ridden occasionally and has recently had his teeth done. He is fed Hoofkind, conditioning cubes and Calm and Condition with...
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    Horsebox rubber matting

    After a bit of a scare last weekend where one of the four pieces of rubber matting came unstuck in our wagon while the horses were travelling, I've decided to put just one big piece down so there's no risk of it moving. But because it's so big, I'm struggling to find a company that deals in...
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    Neutering an older dog

    We've recently adopted an 8 year old lab. He's entire and I"m trying to persuade my other half that he needs to be done (dog not my other half!! Lol). Please give me your wise opinions on this matter so I can put forward some decent argument to my husband. I've spoken to my vet and she's on my...
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    Any tips to stop manes rubbing in winter?

    every winter the same problem. My two will be wearing rugs with neck covers once the weather starts to deteriorate. Not a problem on one as he's hogged. My veteran however always loses his mane from about half way up his neck to his withers. Any ideas? I'm thinking no neck covers this year. Am...
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    False Plaits!

    I have bought some of said items - but try as I might, attaching them seems the most impossible task!!! We have only a small amount of mane to attach them to but enough to hair gel into a small bunch (and I mean a small small bunch!!!) as per instructions, but what to do next?!!! Sew or...
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    Breeches- the good and the bad!

    I have got to that certain age (50) where everything's starting to feel tight. I hate the new style of hipster breeches. They seem to accentuate all those fat bits!! Please recommend me some nice comfy (yet flattering) breeches. I love Ariats and they've always fitted well but now finding them a...
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    If you could live anywhere in the NW...

    We live in the beautiful Eden Valley in South Cumbria. Just off the M6, so easy for commuting, fantastic countryside in the Howgills and great hacking!! Adore it!
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    Saddles for ladies

    I know that WOW saddles do a cc comfort sea at for women. Does anyone know of any other saddle makers who do too? A lw cob with a tall long legged rider and proving difficult to find something comfortable.
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    How to train siamese cats!

    I love a good Siamese - so full of character. I've just lost my girl so will be looking for another soon but refuse to pay for a kitten - want a rescue cat!
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    What would you do? Cat dilemma

    Well latest update on Gizmo - he's had his biopsy so hopefully results back before I go and collect him on Saturday - cage at the ready in the stable with nice comfy bed and litter tray and plenty of food - it sounds like I may have to take out a mortgage to satisfy his insatiable appetite...
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    What would you do? Cat dilemma

    Ha ha! Thank you everyone. Await vet's daily call to see how "Gizmo" (I christened him last night so I guess he's staying!!!) is - he'll be having his skin biopsy today and then a very well earned bath tomorrow. The vet's have said he's a feisty little chap!! I think he defo deserves his...
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    What would you do? Cat dilemma

    Good news. Skin scrapes show no parasites present. Vet thinks skin reaction caused by malnutrition. Apparently he's very bright and eating like a horse. Bloods normal and urine ok. They"re doing a skin biopsy to see what that shows. Now I have to think of a name! Any suggestions?
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    What would you do? Cat dilemma

    Thanks all. It's looking very likely that he's found himself a new home then! He's been scanned for chip and nothing. Waiting for vets to ring us back to confirm what's made his skin so sore. Poor little chap is very bald and being black and long haired it's very noticeable. Poor boy.
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    What would you do? Cat dilemma

    Yesterday while out riding I found a little stray cat. He has a terrible skin condition and I mean terrible. Despite both me and my daughter being mounted he came up to us miaowing and allowed me to pick him up and take him home. I took him to the vets last night and they're keeping him in...
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    Navicular Syndrome in a Connemara 5 YR old - how common?

    I second Scarlett. Look at Rockley Farm - inspirational. I have a 15.1 show cob diagnosed with navicular syndrome 5 years ago. I went down the barefoot route - and have never looked back. He now hunts, wh, xc, shows and hacks happily. I do have to watch what he eats. But I know what...
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    Bates Saddles - your opinions please

    I am struggling to find a close contact saddle which is long enough to accommodate my long thighs (!!) - the joys of having long legs! I have the add problem that I ride a 15.1 show cob so am looking for something which suits him as well as me, esp for hunting. I tried a Bates jumping saddle...
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    Recommended Equine Vets

    Recommend Frame & Swift in Penrith. Excellent vets.
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    Northumberland where to live?!

    I'd try around Hexham areas or try north of Ponteland (Belsay/Capheaton area) - lovely there but then I'm biased. Good livery yards around both of these areas. If you need any more info PM me!
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    Another sad post

    So sorry to hear this - hugs. xx
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    Livery Cumbria

    Thanks nervous nelly - sounds ideal for me! I thought it would be a good way to meet people - sounds fun. I'll come and say hi - I've got a grey cob - no kids anymore!!! Yeah!
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    Livery Cumbria

    Hi nervous nelly no I dont. I have only just joined having moved to Cumbria last year. I was just brousing through their message board and noticed a couple of livery ads. Hoping to get to some training sessions in March. You in it?
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    How to make your sighthound a cave bed

    I love it - my greyhound would love this. At the moment she goes to bed on a duvet with her "house coat" on, and a blanket over her!! This looks much cosier! Well done.
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    Livery Cumbria

    Also look on Lakes Riding Club message board - they often have adverts for livery.
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    Retraining a greyhound

    I'm no troll thank you very much. Have two cat friendly greys already and wanted to rehome another. They are sight hounds and obviously that brings risks but my two oldies are as cat friendly as the breed can be. Just asking if anyone had any experiences. Each dog will be different I know. I...
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    Retraining a greyhound

    Having found a lovely black bitch I was told was cat friendly I got her home to find she most definitely isn't. She is far too interested in anything small and furry inc my Siamese and our working terrier. She is a lovely dog in all ways apart from this. And it's a big problem. Can it ever be...
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    Hunting in Cumbria?

    I moved to the area a year ago and have finally got round to trying to find a mounted pack in Cumbria - any ideas? I've resigned myself that I'll have to travel (I'm used to being able to hack to meets so this is going to be a shock!!). Any recommendations, contacts etc. Please pm if you'd...
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    Siamese cat with stress OCD - anti-depressants?

    My lovely female 8 year old Siamese has just had a fairly major operation - stressful enough, but she has now taken to licking the bald patch on the side of the wound and will not leave it alone. Vet visit yesterday resulted in antibiotics as she's created an infection. Last night was one of...
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    Wedding reception ideas

    I think 30 guests would be swamped in a larger venue so probably a smaller one, although I'd be open to any suggestions.
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    Wedding reception ideas

    Well date set for 23rd August - now just need to find somewhere small in the Eden Valley/South Lakes to host our reception for 30 people. Could be a nice restaurant, hotel, pub, castle, hall, house - open to any ideas. It has to be special!! Any ideas?
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    Warwick Hall BE roll call....

    Good luck everyone - you have my admiration - all if you! I hope the sun shines and eveyone gets round safely. I've been watching the preparations as I drive past, it does look like a lovely venue and fab course by the photos. Enjoy and keep safe!
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