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    Spoilt DIYs??

    It may be worth saying in the meeting that due to their behaviour you are having no DIY there next winter and to take that as a warning that they will be getting notice to that effect at the appropriate time, and I would give notice for them to leave well earlier than October as thats going...
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    Not sure if my mare is pregnant

    Those things are also seen in horses that are not pregnant. Geldings will also snap when you tighten the girth and will itch their bum, they also shake just the head and neck, so those are not ways to say a mare is in foal or not. If she is coming in season then it is unlikely that ahe is...
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    Supplements for mare in foal?

    ight now she will not need any extra supplements for the foal, I would be more interested in why she is eating mudand manure. If she is having good quality vitamins and minerals already then she should not need the feed increasing until around month 6 or 7 of the pregnancy.
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    2 dead birds in a week :(

    If you can leave a log or short plank of wood in the troughs, trugs or buckets them birds that fall in can get onto them and then fly away from them instead of drowning. Horses can still drink round them so its win win
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    Mare inseminated Saturday 16th

    My first question would be when did she ovulate? some mares ovulate and still show for a few days, others will stop showing before they ovulate. Yes sme mares can appear to be showing when in foal, best though is to wait for the scan and see what the vet finds as they are all different :)
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    Letting go of the dream horse?

    Does he make you smile and want to be with him? If he does then try him again and get him vetted and home. For me when you buy a horse you need to have must haves and no ways for someone who wants to have fun must haves are temperament, rideability, type (in relation to the height and build of...
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    ponies...

    Its all your fault for letting him see the vet, it put ideas into his head about having them back on a regular basis so he thought a fat leg would be a good thing to start with :D
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    Buying horses from auctions in germany/holland?

    In Europe you are not likely to find 2 year olds in an auction, and the 3yr olds will most likely be ridden. Sadly for you the ridden auctions normally have a minimum bid of at least 6000€ (plus comission, insurance and vat on them) so you would be well under with your budget. It is...
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    Dunhill - German riding pony, sold to UK for driving

    A friend in Germany is looking for a pony she sold a few years ago, who was then sold to UK as a driving pony. If anyone knows him the post is here https://www.facebook.com/SilkeAssenmacher/posts/2383922588501715
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    Passport for Westphalian query /help please

    Although she is registered with them they may not have her dna on file, so once its done this time it will not need doing again.
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    Anyone else middle aged and been seduced by a fancy warmblood?

    If my body let me I would have another. There are nutters in anything from small natives through to TB and heavy horses. You can get warmbloods that live out unrugged, and rarely have a problem and you can get rugged up cobs that turn to mush if they see rain. You need to pick the bloodlines and...
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    Vegan boyfriend...and hunting....

    Although in a different way I have been there and got the certificate. I saw it fairly early and did not allow it but my advice to you is wake up and see what is going on. DO NOT allow him to control what you do, wear, eat, live or how you think. If you cannot do that get out NOW
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    If you could have anything for your yard...

    I would have loved an electric wheelbarrow that tipped as well, would mean a lot less energy needed to muck out or poo pick
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    Weaning but nowhere to separate.

    Agree with the others that you are not set up for weaning. Mine was done ths same way I used to do foals which was that the foals are in a settled herd with other foals and sensible older horses, mother or preferably 2 mares were taken out, loaded in a trailer and driven away well out of...
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    Favourite presents?

    My favorite or should I say most satisfying present is the hateful glare I got from my (soon to be ex but he does not know it yet) OH, I bought 2 tickets for his mother and him to go to a ballet. It is a real shame that she loves ballet and he has to put on a happy face as he loves her but...
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    Shortening a long thick mane without pulling

    I am not sure exactly how to explain it, but a friend does hers with scissors and they look really good. She starts as if she is going to pull it but cutting the mane instead of pulling it out. Its worth a try if you want a more natural look than normal cutting
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    Urgently need advise about young horse

    Dont forget that if she was broken in Holland any cars would have come past her on the other side, so that could have something to do with it as well.
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    Please Help mare becoming more fiesty

    Alfalfa can have an energising effect on some horses so I would be inclined to take that out of her diet and use micrinised linseed if you want her to have more oil in her diet.
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    Why is DIY livery so scarce...?

    My thoughts are that because of the DIY cost generally being lower, some DIY liveries being untidy and having no respect for other peoples equipment, or generally thoughtless (e.g. failing to poo pick, leaving their horses without hay or not coming back in time so giving the YO a late can you...
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    Some pretty pictures of Ed the Ex-racer

    It tells me the link is not available. Are they set as private or public?
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    Irresponsible? Mad?

    I think (may be wrong) that renting in Germany is very different to UK? If so then I would go with getting a lorry and having a small mortgage on the house. That way you have a lorry that you can enjoy getting out and about in, and will keep your partner happy as well so win win :)
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    Happy retirement Millie - a retrospective ;)

    I hope she has a long and happy retirement, and that she does not morph into a big feral creature :D
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    Turn out times.

    I would not be worried about them not being turned out until late, but they would need hay earlier in the morning until the owner gets there.
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    Plaiting apron

    totally smart do them as well.
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    Where to start with investigations,ovaries ,ulcers or others.

    If you are having the vet out to scope for ulcers why not have them do a quick scan of the ovaries at the same time? Cost is around £35? so if you are already paying for a visit or taking the horse to the vet its worth th few minutes to rule out an anovulatory folicle or something else that...
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    Giving horses new competition names.

    I learnt after I named my foal that in Germany that with most registries the name is not set until the horse is registered either for sport with their FN, as a mare on entry to the studbook at 3+ years old, or as a stallion after licencing. Horses can have onbe name for the studbook (breeding)...
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    Giving horses new competition names.

    The problem with changing passported names of horses with or without a microchip is that the breeder will find it almost impossible to trace the offspring. How am "I" to trace a horse that "I" bred say 6 years ago, who is now out competing? If the horse has a name on the passport and is...
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    Show day 1

    Well done for the placing, thats a good start, hope you went well today and did not get to meet the wall again :)
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    Competing easily stressed exracehorse

    I would start by taking him out and hire the arena, then gradually add recorded music, announcements, friends with their horses. When he realises its not racing, take him very early to some smaller shows and just ride around the car park until he is calm, and go in the warm up while others are...
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    British Show Jumping Costs......... are they having a laugh?

    Away from the costs issue, since the disciplines have a database, why can they not hve one extra searchable record that would also be shown when the competing name was searched, so that the original passported name can be recorded as well as the one that the horse is currently competing under...
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