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    Fuchsia Help! Anyone got green fingers?

    I bought a fuchsia last spring and potted it. It ended up being two plants intertwined together and it bloomed all summer and autumn and looked magnificent. I spent many hours caring for it and now I think I've murdered it :( Being a very inexperienced gardener, I took advice from my neighbour...
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    Shopping at HOYS

    I went yesterday, have been going for many years and can honestly say the shopping this year has been the worst its ever been. Like the OP said, just a handful of horse related stalls... the rest of them just a complete waste of time: eyebrow makeup stuff, a million pushy charity stalls, about...
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    Puppy farm rescue, so frustrating!

    I agree, makes me so sad. Also such a waste of the charity's time too. They are self funded and very small so messing them about is such a blow.
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    Puppy farm rescue, so frustrating!

    I don't know the full detail but from what I understand, small children were never ever mentioned and it is one of the many questions that is asked. There's not much you can do if people aren't truthful.
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    Puppy farm rescue, so frustrating!

    Awe such a shame, she would have been perfect for you by the sounds of it. We had a JRT and he was definitely not up for sharing us haha!
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    Puppy farm rescue, so frustrating!

    Yes they were very specific with what she needed and were very honest with the family. She came with a list of conditional requirements and they family were fully vetted beforehand and the dog went to their house twice on home visits before she was adopted. The chairty are so careful with who...
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    Puppy farm rescue, so frustrating!

    My friend owns a non profit rescue charity and actively rescues dogs from awful puppy farms. She recently rescued a gorgeous sweet Cavalier King Charles bitch who has spent her 5 years of her little life on a puppy farm knowing nothing but cruelty. My friend spent months showing her that not...
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    Saddles for cobs

    I used to use a Black Country on my Welsh D who was very wide with no wither. Fit him very well and it was the comfiest saddle ever.
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    Best turnout rugs for a cob with big shoulders/chest and bum

    I had a Welsh D with a huge neck and shoulders (cut late) and he was a nightmare for rugs. He needed 6ft but his shoulders didn't fit in them, the next size up hung off his back and bum. So I found the Premiere Equine ones and Rambo ones fitted especially well. Master, Weatherbeta etc never...
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    Can I have some CC / thoughts on my XC video please?

    Also, I think you're focussing on the critical comments and not the positive ones. A lot of people (me included) have very complimentary and think you did very well. Try and read through the good comments and relish them.
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    Can I have some CC / thoughts on my XC video please?

    Well if I had gone out there and done what you've done on a young horse that I had broken myself, I would be on top of the world. I think you did fab. If you did, then that's all that matters. Everyone has different standards of riding/horses/style, but if that was me doing what you did in your...
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    Can I have some CC / thoughts on my XC video please?

    Awe she is a gorgeous horse and so honest! She reminds me of my mare who I sadly lost, she was one in a million. You two just look a bit disjointed at the moment but I think you look like you're early on in your partnership and show loads of promise! She looks happy and content and you both...
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    For those who have given up horses...would you go back?

    This is my second break from horses. First one was a 7 year break while I was at uni. Sold my horse of a lifetime and then after I grauated/got a job/got married/bought a house, I bought myself a horse again. After 4 lovely years, I sadly lost my precious boy in 2016 and held off getting...
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    Liverpool Horse Show Saturday night - any update?

    It wasnt Von Essen or Crush, the link is here: http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/news/showjumper-sara-galotiere-put-down-liverpool-horse-show-641082
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    Liverpool Horse Show Saturday night - any update?

    I was there and saw it, was sickening to watch but it was an accident - horse just misjudged the fence and ended up landing heavily with her fetlock bent the wrong way on her back leg. The rider (who is only 18 bless her) dismounted immediately and hugged her horse and the team at Liverpool...
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    Lost our old Parson Russell terrier this morning

    So sorry to hear this, must have been very distressing to see him like that :( We lost our Parsons recently, he was 17. First Christmas without him - it was very quiet as he was always the life and soul of Christmas day. Thinking of you x
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    Muck boot sale but be very quick!

    Fab, glad I could help. I don't even have a horse anymore but they come in handy and they're good wellies for walking in etc :)
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    Muck boot sale but be very quick!

    Horse people: If anyone is interested the muck boot company have a 50 percent off sale and if you enter code Feast17 at the end you get a further 40 percent off. Just ordered a pair that were 80.00 got them for 24.00 And free shipping! :D https://www.muckbootcompany.co.uk/sale.html?p=1
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    Rats

    Our JRT was an amazing ratter. We once ripped out all the old wooden feed bins to replace them with metals ones and we realised we had disturbed the biggest rat nest ever. Vile. Was tonnes of them and loads of babies too. JRT was straight in there, ended up like a scene out of a slasher movie...
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    Rats

    Semi feral cats- always loads of them in cat rescues that they advertise for farm homes for them. I've always found that female cats were a lot more efficient at eliminating vermin, our male cat was quite lazy and only hunted when he felt like it, whereas the females hunted every night. That...
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    The Burghley 2017 Thread

    Poor Mark Todd. Oliver Townend - cracking run :) was so fun to watch!
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    Feeding good doers in winter

    I just fed mine Allen & Page Cool and Collected. Just added water as it needs to be a mash. He loved it and looked fantastic on it, including his hooves. He was a Welsh D who had a tendency to be fat all year round but that feed kept the weight off and him in good condition. A bag lasted ages...
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    How much do sharers pay??

    I paid £120 per month for a gorgeous, amazingly schooled and well mannered horse 2 days per week (plus extra days here and there if the owner was busy). He's a show jumper and ex-eventer, it was a pleasure to ride him and he gave me my confidence back jumping. He was on part livery on a lovely...
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    Hot days riding

    Bumbag or my sleeveless lightweight hi-viz has strong zip pockets in it :) Think it is 'polite' style one.
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    SmartWater

    Cheshire Police used it on some horse's hooves. Think their yard had been subject to two horse thefts. Having used SelectaDNA (which is pretty much the same thing) on property, I can't imagine it would be effective on hooves. I would think it would wash off? Even though I know it's not meant...
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    Bells on cats

    Thank you for all of your replies. Thanks for the tip about introducing the collar slowly as she's never had one on before and don't want to scare her. I think it's worth looking into because I worry about all the poor hedge birds, she doesn't even eat them - just kills them and leaves them...
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    Bells on cats

    We have two cats; one male cat who catches mice mainly and the odd rat, and we have a tiny female cat who is so quiet and timid but catches the most beautiful tiny hedge birds :( We can't keep her inside because she gets very distressed and messes in the house despite having a litter tray...
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    Stubborn loaders......

    We had a pony who stopped responding to the old lunge line round the bum thing, so my dad sourced me some wide flat hose pipe. I think it was an old fireman hose or something, like the stuff that goes flat when it doesn't have water in. Well dad looped both ends like strong handles and then we...
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    Current tow car needs upgrading- what should i replace it with?

    I tow with a Hyundai ix35 4x4. It is great on mpg both towing and not towing. Has a tow capacity of 2200kg.
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