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    Anyone NOT use fly spray/rugs/masks?

    I just use a fly mask as he hates them around his face and eyes. He also has a field stable to go into to escape too and he uses that a fair bit.
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    7 acres of thistles. Help!

    When I took my field on it was pure shoulder height thistle and dock. I got the farmer to cut and bale it for his cattle. For the first 3 years I sprayed it each spring and that got rid of the majority of them. Each year the field was topped which stopped the spread of seeds and weakened the...
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    Horses needing a little time alone

    Your horse will let you know if they are not happy with the arrangements and if he/she is happy grazing on their own for some peace and quiet then fair enough. My lad does not tolerate other horses at all and so is on his own and perfectly happy for it.
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    foggage or standing hay

    I have had my Welshie on standing hay this summer and it has done him the world of good! I move the fence a bit each day and he eats it down well with no waste because he only has a narrow strip. He has actually lost weight with little exercise and I can only put it down to him chewing long...
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    cyclists spooking girls horse - RANT

    We all have our attitudes...some good, some bad. Does not matter whether you are a cyclist, horse rider, walker, off roader...anything. We also perhaps do not all have a comprehension of the difficulties we face within our own sports. Horses being spooky and jumpy, cyclists that really cannot...
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    My fat horse is out 24/7 and getting fatter! help!!

    Well all the obvious solutions to prevent laminitis by changing the situation...you say you cannot do for one reason or another. But seriously, take your vets advice and act now, even it it means inconvenience or tight finances. You will have far more inconvenience and far less available money...
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    4 weeks notice in livery contract - Help

    What does your livery contract state?
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    Help, how to make a little boy comfortable

    Get him some children's padded cycling shorts?
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    Horse dangerous around vet - advice please!

    PS the Dormosedan Gel does not just take the edge off them, it makes them a dope on a rope, even the most petrified. My lad is a big strong welsh cob who throws his weight around, but with the sedation he is too dozy to do anything but stand with his head down.
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    Horse dangerous around vet - advice please!

    My lad is the same following a spell at the vets. He will not even let them touch him never mind anything else. We gave up with trying all tricks to get his vaccines in him each year...too traumatic for me and him. I now give him Dormosedan Gel prior to the vet arriving and he is a poppet for...
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    Standing at the back of stable ???

    My lad started doing this when I moved him to a different stable that had a window at the back. He now spends a lot of time with his bum to the door...but he is looking out of his rear window. Maybe yours just likes a bit of quiet time to himself??
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    Verbally abused for not overtaking!!!

    quirky - I was deffinately not too close to them...I am a horse rider so know the rules, risks and have common sense. They were cross because I would not overtake when they beckoned for me to do so.
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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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    What little things do you love about your horse/pony?

    Everything...he makes my heart sing.
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    How much does your horse cost you a month?

    Even though I work full time, I do a part time job some evenings to supplement my income, which in effect pays for my horse...they are not cheap and my lad lives at home! Field rent (spare field) - £50 per month Chaff - £10 per month Hay - £40 - £50 per month (stabled at night all year...
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    Living the dream...but riding LESS :-(

    In my view we are all very good at prioritising thiose things that are important to us and then complaining that we do not have enough time for the rest. Looking after a horse at home should be no different to having on on DIY in terms of time...if anything easier! I would suggest you need to...
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    Oh, and you will be self employed

    It is legal yes...you do not have to employ people however, if the role is full time they may well get themselves in the tax man's radar because they do not like full time self employed. They are entitled to offer a self employed contract, however the person needs to ensure that the rate they...
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    Bringing back into work after having the winter off.

    I will be doing the same with my lad once he has his missing shoe put back on. I suspect he will be too un-fit to bother too much, especially with the hills round me...but the fire breathing Welsh D is always lurking under the surface!!! My lad has not been ridden consistently for a good year...
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    Hard standing

    If you are on clay then I would be inclined to scrape back the earth, put a membrane down and hardcore on top...only real solution really.
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    Another thread about horsey people not saying thank you!

    I am afraid that is people for you...some great, others damn rude. Same across all sports you just can't win with some people!
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    Why do some people talk to their horses like they are pieces of

    Think I would be finding a quiet moment when no one is around and take a whip across the back of legs to see how she finds that...no witnesses obviously!
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    Giving up for financial reasons...anyone done it?

    Depends on what your biggest priority and want is really...to have your own house or have your horse. For me, my horse has a home for life and even if I found myself single I would still keep my horse even if things were tight financially.
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    Possible laminitis

    He does have conflicting problems but it is manageable. My lad has COPD and is susceptible to laminitis and I suspect he is borderline cushings too but cannot blood test him for other reasons and has arthritis. I stable my lad at night throughout the entire year to break up the grass he has and...
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    Whits end with winter!!!

    'What do you do when you get in these down grumpy moods.... It can't just be me!!!!' What do I do...I go into my horses stable, pull back a bit of his rug and bury my face in his beautiful, black, sweet smelling, warm horsey fur...which warms my heart and takes away all the cr@p in the world.
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    How long with no feed?

    I am always struggling to keep the weight off my food obsessed Welsh. He is stabled at night all year round and fed 12kg year old hay split into two feeds. He has 6kg at 6pm and the other 6kg at 10pm before I go to bed. I can do this because he is at home but even then he is probably stood for 6...
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    Feeding large haylage bales in Winter wrecking my field - ideas?

    Not sure what you can do for the rest of this winter...it is nearly over. But is there anyway you could fence off an area near to your storage or entrance way and hard core it for next winter? My field and horse have bee so much better this year because I have opened up access to the yard for...
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    Any one else experienced this level of aggression.

    Mine is not that aggressive but has consistently attacked by kicking before thinking twice about it with other horses. I cannot hack him with other horses as he has been known to stop and rapidly back up to barrel kick a horse behind. I would never let him out in a field with other...
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    How much bedding do you use in a month?

    One bale of shavings per week, usually works at around £30 per month.
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    How much hay do your horses get through a month?

    I have one 15hh Welshie and he has a third of a small bale at night and about half that during the day with a strip of grass too. So I usually use about half a bale a day give or take and in the summer when he is on grass during the day, he has a third of a small bale per day at night in his...
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    Managing turnout/mud bath paddock WWYD?

    Last year my lad trashed his paddock around the gate third of it, hanging around fed up with the lack of food and wanting to be brought in. He too gets stiff and has some arthritis...this got really bad last year and I am sure it was because he was having to walk through the deep mud and was...
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