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    Do you ever invent things about your horse?

    Poppet wears floral dresses, likes Terry Wogan and is mainly found lurking at the Vicar's garden parties, eating all the cucumber sandwiches. Lottie models herself on Britney Spears, and likes baby animals and drinking prosecco with granola bars.
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    Do you ever invent things about your horse?

    Oh dear, me, my daughter and a number of friends have ongoing issues with creating alter egos for all our animals! Olly is a scrap metal merchant, living in a council house with his missus and 3 kids. Drinks lager with his chippy teas. Mal is an 80s throwback, would like wine bars and fancies a...
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    Un-catchable horse!!!

    Feel for you ... my mare occasionally becomes difficult to catch (generally when she is in season) and like you say, will come over, then take off when you try to put head collar on. What I discovered works for her is to take a bucket of her favourite treat, put it on the floor then not allow...
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    Kent and Masters Saddles

    I think that of you are after 16'' and 16.5'' you will have the added complication that many saddles start at 17''. I know ideal do some in 16.5 but smaller than that is a challenge in our experience
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    DIY rug repair

    For the repairs I cannot 'get to' with a sewing machine, I found some spray adhesive that does a good job (sticks you to the rug too if you are not careful).
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    Kent and Masters Saddles

    I have 2 ponies in Kent and Masters Pony club saddles, one 16'' the other 16.5''... I personally like them (my daughter originally used the 16.5'' on her cob and competed in dressage, show jumping and cross country with it. Only changed from the saddle because horse changed shape (Has another...
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    Societal constructs

    So according to the quiz on the bbc site (above) I am established middle class haha... try this one.... this says I am 'posh'https://www.countryliving.com/uk/news/news/a2593/english-vocabulary-upper-class-etiquette/ I grew up in a council estate in one of the more deprived areas of the West...
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    Advice/opinions desperately needed.

    Firstly, I really feel for you, and guess many people have been in situations that lead to similar thoughts. OK so these are obviously my thoughts based on my mindset and outlook :) 1. You are at a stage in your life where you want to do new and wonderful things (as is right and proper) with...
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    Horsey people and there jobs

    Went from A levels to mental health nurse training in '84, then worked as a mental health nurse in the NHS until 2011 when I moved into psychotherapy work, following further training. Was one of the last lucky people who was able to retire at 55 due to when I qualified in mental health nursing.
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    WHS Win A Pony Competition

    Haha just found this thread! I entered for years, I remember one question showed photos of all the native ponies and you had to name them ..... I was gutted avery year when I didn't win, had to wait until I was 47 to get ours hahaha
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    Keeping hay in outdoor feeders - photo

    have made a very similar feeder, but we put 4 leadrope clips, attached to short pieces of webbing inside the box, then use them to clip they haynet in place. Working really well for us :)
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    Supplements for a sticky stifle?

    we have a horse with a locking stifle and were advised regular exercise to build up the muscle around the stifle is the way forward. He hardly shows any symptoms now with this approach. However we do give codlivine joint, not sure how much it helps though
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    Munchausens by proxy in owners

    I think you are noticing two different types of behaviours and these are probably generated by different thought processes/ needs. MBP, as said before would be where someone was inducing illness (eg administering insulin/ salt, to induce illness. I understand the theory behind it is that the...
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    Psychiatrist needed !!

    I am not for one minute going to suggest you should go down the self diagnosis route, and the questionnaire below would be used in conjunction with a clinical assessment but here is the standard assessment tool used for post trauma symptoms. If you are interested take a look :)...
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    Psychiatrist needed !!

    Micropony is absolutely correct here in that often GPs misdiagnose PTSD on the basis, it seems from my experience, of anxiety symptoms following an untoward incident. However you may be able to access an assessment and appropriate treatment offered via an IAPT team which means you do not...
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    Psychiatrist needed !!

    Hi, I am a therapist who works in the NHS. I am not sure where you live, but if you ask your GP about accessing the IAPT (improving access for psychological therapies) service for your area they can offer either CBT or in a lot of areas EMDR. Both of thee are talking therapies that are...
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    A fun game for those that are bored - as I am

    That he was an under cover spy-cob who was covertly practising his Ninja moves, and must be allowed to continue without reprise...
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    A fun game for those that are bored - as I am

    THE MID LIFE CRISIS As Mildred approached the end of 2016, she surveyed the array of wondrous horses for sale on Dragon Driving, and pondered that as she had reached her 50th birthday and needed a new hobby, she would recall her distant remembered passion of youth and buy her first pony......
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    A What would you do? (sorry long)

    I did try having lessons with him to 'up my game',took him in the arena, kept to walk and trot and then the next time got on him he was lame and needed further steroids. Of course I cannot with absolute certainty say he did not re injure in the field, but my opinion is he found it too much.I did...
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    A What would you do? (sorry long)

    It doesn't sound harsh, and your sentiments are the real issues I struggle with. That is why I am still this boy's mom. You have hit the real central issue of the debate, his right to a life over my difficulties and frustrations.
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    A What would you do? (sorry long)

    I genuinely did not realise this was something available. Could you send me the details of the centres that do this please?
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    A What would you do? (sorry long)

    Hahaha TN, you made me smile with the elephant polo bit, That is a bit how I feel! A sharer is hard as adding another horse is difficult time- wise, although there are many people on the yard who have offered me a ride on their horses. I think I have probably not explained myself well enough...
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    A What would you do? (sorry long)

    I agree.
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    A What would you do? (sorry long)

    This is what I thought (I am a relative novice but my understanding was this)
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    A What would you do? (sorry long)

    Not harsh. he is however unrugged and no bucket feed unless he needs danilon (only give after I ride) and consists of half a cup of unmolassed chaff. I agree that his cresty neck may not in itself guarantee laminitis and he IS fat.... he has fat pads which are really hard to shift, and were only...
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    A What would you do? (sorry long)

    Yes, LJR, in the summer when the grass was lush, I even had to keep him in some days as even with the muzzle his neck was solid. That,IMO, is no quality of life long-term
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    A What would you do? (sorry long)

    Thank you. I do have a lot of people around to support, but think that some would be less keen on the PTS and that is difficult (managing my own guilt the issue there)
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    A What would you do? (sorry long)

    You know what, Meesha, I have wondered about this as another option as you are right that the cost of livery for three is high. I may look at this more seriously as an option as I feel I have to know I have looked at all options. Thank you
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    A What would you do? (sorry long)

    Thank you Shay, you have summed it up well.
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    A What would you do? (sorry long)

    Sadly no facilities where we are... grazing is too good! I can ride the others, and do get occasional lessons on the one, but as they are my daughter's/ husbands horses and they ride regularly I am not riding as consistently and regularly as I would prefer to.
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