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    Verbally abused for not overtaking!!!

    To those horse riders (possibly from Alfreton Stables) that I was behind this morning on a busy major road...thank you for verbally abusing me because I wanted to make sure I could see over the brow of a blind hill before overtaking you this morning!!! Yes you may well have been waving me...
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    Catch 22 - laminitis - what to do?

    I have always carefully managed my lad as he has had laminitis in the past. He is in at night on soaked hay all year round and on a bare paddock and strip grazed throughout the year. Over the last year or so he has had a couple of spells of mild laminitis for no particular reason. He has one...
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    All those with arthritics - thoughts...

    Hi, Has anyones horses with arthritis got worse recently...my lad seems to be having a flare up and wondered if anyone else is experiencing the same? At the moment his field (as everyone elses are) is a bog and has lots of mud to walk through by the gate and he is struggling with this. He...
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    Moulting???

    My lad has started to shed hairs of his coat...does he know something I dont or is it just that everything is confused because we have had no cold weather? Anyone elses horses starting to shed a bit?
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    Leaving grass to mature - help!

    Hi, looking for your experiences with grass length! Normally I have my field cut for hay in the summer and then leave it to grow back a bit to use as the winter paddock for strip grazing my Sec D onto. This is the first year I have used the field I have him in and have found that I dont have...
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    Paddock track grazing on clay?

    Hi for those of you on clay that have a track system around your fields...how does it stand up in winter? My OH is not happy about the idea but I wanted to give it a go this year when I move my lad onto a new field. It is a rectangle field surrounded by hedge and trees on both sides but is...
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    Help! Best solution needed please...

    In October I will be moving my boy to a new field and stable but I need to introduce him gradually to the new paddock as he has had laminitis in the past. His new location is a 5 min walk away so it is no problem to walk him over for periods of time but what is the best/safest way of doing...
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    Flu / tetnus jab time delay

    Hi, does anyone know what sort of time period you can go over from when due for annual booster? My lad is due for his booster just before I go away for a few weeks and ideally I want them done after I get back so that I can exercise him right up to when I go away (he has had lami in the past so...
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    Weird...

    Well I have just been out for a run - can't ride horsey as still too icy on the roads...and there was this lovely bright yellow thing in the sky...it was nice and warm too. Not sure what it is, but it can stay there as it is very pleasant indeed!!!
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    Snow & feeding quantities dilemma

    Hi, we and a lot of other people are forecast a fair amount of snow over the next few days. Now normally (in winter) this would be no problem for me as I strip graze my lad each day and there is enough for him to eat under the snow. However, he has been on a very bald area of land for the last...
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    Really fed up - help - arthritis

    I am new to arthritis in horses and am getting fed up with the roller coaster of trying to get my lad right with it. Since he had a flare up two weeks ago he has also been a bit sensitive on one side of the underside of a hoof - when tapped with a hoof pick. He has been doing well but tonight...
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    Arthritis and cold snap

    Hi my lad has arthritis which seems to have flared up this year. He is doing well however this cold snap (minus 4 last night) seems to have set him back a bit. He was a lot stiffer coming out of his stable this morning whereas yesterday he was walking well in the field and bucking when I went to...
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    Cost of horse insurance

    I have just had my renewal for my horse insurance and it has gone up again (as expected given market conditions) but by nearly £10 per month for the same cover. I will be paying £50 per month, which is the same amount as it costs us to insure both of our vehicles!!! I stripped it right back...
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    Laminitic horses and cows

    I will be moving my welshie to my own paddock next year. He had laminitis a few years back so is on a strict routine and stabled every night etc with strip grazing. The paddock I will be moving him to is smaller and I can control the amount he eats better, however although it has not been...
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    Added benefits of horse ownership

    I see so many wonderful things when out in the field with my horse or riding, wildlife, dewy spider webs, sunrise, low lying fog over a beautiful landscape..... but last night was the best yet! I was walking along my electric fence line checking it as ever in the pitch black and my head torch...
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    Horsey / Cycling Gear

    Just wanted to say that since getting into road cycling this year and purchashing a multitude of lycra and other cycling stuff...I have converted my entire horsey 'wardrobe' over to cycling equilvalent gear because it is so just great for the job it is un-true. I use lycra legging for chores...
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    Hood Problems (inc pics)

    I have always had trouble with cracking hooves around the nail holes at this time of year, which my farrier does not seem too worried about despite them looking a mess: But recently he has developed problems at the toe that I am concerned about as it looks just like it did after recovery...
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    Horse terrified of vet - anyone else?

    After a bad experience when I took my horse in for some tests at the vet, he is now terriifed of them and his yearly booster jab is getting harder and harder and more dangerous to do. Once he is stressed there is no reasoning with him at all...in the end this morning I managed to persuade the...
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    Good Doer Feed Help please

    Hi, Could you kindly help me by letting me know how much hay your good doer eats when in for half the day (day or night) - preferably in weight. Thanks a million!
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    Worried about my lad after a bolt on road

    My horse bolted with me on the road today...first time ever and I know why, so not worried about repeat attempts or anything. BUT I am worried about his feet as he was cantering fast on the tarmac for some distance before I was able to pull him round to a stop. The reason for my worry is that...
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    First time back on in weeks! Yay!

    Just got back from taking my boy for a hack out for the first time since the snow went and roads became truly clear...about 6 weeks! It is good to be back out and about! He was a swine though...grumpy, stroppy, fresh, joggy and seems to have forgotten manners...but a good ride was had nether...
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    Those with un-rugged horses...question

    I made the decision this year to winter out my lad with no rug on as I am always struggling to keep the weight off him and he is a Welsh un-clipped type that has a huge coat. I am hoping to keep his weight down by not rugging and he seems to be coping fine so far. I did put a rain sheet on him...
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    How low can you go...temperature!

    Right then...I am sure some of you folk in Scotland will beat this hands down...but lets see what temp we all had this morning and whereabouts you are. I am in Derbyshire and it was minus 15 this morning!
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    Am I being mean?

    My lad is putting weight on since the snow arrived. He is a 15hh Welsh cob and cannot put weight on...he was a good weight going into winter and has had laminitis in the past so want to keep him trim. The lack of exercise has not helped as I am straight out on roads that are under 1 foot of...
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    Welcome........to winter!

    It was one of those nights....lashing wind and sideways rain...a jacket that is not waterproof as I have not got round to Nikwaxing it yet...my wellies have decided to spring several leaks all at the same time and there is nothing I can do about it until the weekend. I wheeled my trolley of...
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    No rug = good weight maintainer?

    What real effect do people think that keeping a horse out in winter with no rug on (unless wet & windy) has on a good doers weight. Normally I have rugged my welshie by now even though he is un-clipped, but this year I am trying to keep him without a rug on those dry days and only put a rain...
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    All fluffed up!

    Just been to see the lad as I have been away for a few days and found him to be all fluffed up in the start of his winter woolies! What a difference a week makes! Pointless post really...other than to say it was good to see him again!
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    Amazed at difference in hay fed!

    I was talking to a friend the other night about feed routines etc and was a bit shocked at how little hay she uses in a year compared to me! Both horses are similar age and height...mine a Welsh D and hers a cob cross. Both on grazing in the day - although hers has more access than mine and my...
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    Winter & riding in the dark

    I currently ride first thing before work but this will probably be my last week of doing this due to the darkness creeping in - I ride on roads at 5.45am to get back in time to leave for work at 7.15am. I need to keep my lad going through the winter as much as possible so my only option will be...
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    Advice on storing hay off field

    I have the strong possibility of 100 bales of hay straight off the field when cut over the next few weeks...my problem is storage...or lack of...but dont want to turn down the chance with the current hay problems. I will have to put some of it in my spare stable alongside an already full stable...
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