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    Advice on buying a cob in Ireland please

    Hello all. Long time member but been very inactive lately! I've read all the old threads about this topic but most of the dealer recommendations have websites which are years out of date so I wonder if you good folk can help please? I'm hoping to make a trip to Ireland in a few weeks to see...
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    supporting Prince Fluffy Kareem again. No money required!

    Another way to support PFK is to go to Amazon Smile (just type it in the search bar) and order through this instead of normal Amazon. They will give 0.5% of anything you spend to the charity you choose and PFK is one of them. Not that much as a % but if we all did it....
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    I joy ride machine

    I have one! as others say, the movement is nothing like a horse but potentially could be a decent core workout - my problem is that my feet are on the floor if I am sitting on the thing in anything like a riding position, even with a saddle on it (I am 5ft 8). I have been meaning, for about 5...
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    When you think you have bought the wrong horse

    What an interesting thread. I have 3 perspectives, for what they are worth. 1. What if this new horse has pain or discomfort somewhere? People have mentioned ulcers but there are many other possibilities including skeletal problems (which wouldn't be that surprising in an ex racehorse)...
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    hock fusion - also in vet

    My horse had an operation on arthritic hocks aged 8 - to fuse them, but they didn't mention ethanol - they may have done that. Anyway he is now 14 and has been sound since (until a suspensory injury this year) though i have given him danilon for its anti inflammatory effect. (I think i am...
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    The final goodbye :(

    Oh, I am so sorry. But how lovely that he got to such a wonderful age being loved and cherished.
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    How to teach my horse to use a muzzle - tips please?

    Thank you! Yes I have got the stanley knife out ready to cut a bigger hole in an old one. Plaiting is out as we are hogged! :)
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    Can't deal with this

    Oh DD, this is just agonizing. I lost my youngster to acute grass sickness last year and I am hoping for a miracle for you. xxx
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    How to teach my horse to use a muzzle - tips please?

    Thanks for the tip about the sheepskin - I can get working on that whilst I wait for the h/c to arrive. (The one I have got is literally just a basket and you need the h/c to attach it to).
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    Having horses PTS before their 'time'.

    There will always be people who will criticise you. The important thing is whether you feel at peace with your decision. I would certainly rather see aged or problem horses PTS quietly at home rather than be left to take their chances in the hands of an unknown buyer.
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    Mums! Riding after episiotomy?

    This is not very helpful as I gave up riding for 25 years, during which time I had my children - but when I started again 10 years after a nasty tear and extensive needlework, I didn't have any problems!
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    How to teach my horse to use a muzzle - tips please?

    Thank you Amicus! I have got a green guard basket but just waiting for the head collar to come in in his size (tried a pony size but too small). I think that looks as though he may be able to eat easier through it than the Shires or the Dinky which are the most recent I have tried.
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    How to teach my horse to use a muzzle - tips please?

    Thank you for posting! I originally thought this QB, but watching him today he did make an effort to try and eat through it! And I know I will get slated on here again for saying it, but I have meanwhile been putting a rubber straight bar snaffle on him on a slip head for grazing and he (touch...
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    How to teach my horse to use a muzzle - tips please?

    I've posted before about not being able to get a muzzle to stay on Bilbo as he scrapes it off on the tree. I've just tried my 3rd brand of muzzle on him to see if it makes any difference and it was off within 5 minutes. I have concluded that he can't work out how to eat any grass through the...
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    Riding a WET horse ???

    Interested in this thread! For those who say towel off first, why do you do this? (serious question) - presumably you can't get the horse completely dry by doing this so why is it better to be damp rather than wet? And does it matter if by towelling you rub the hair in the wrong direction?
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    coming to terms with the news

    So sorry Pippixox - your poor boy. He has obviously had 10 years of happiness with you and i hope that is some comfort to you x x x
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    Rider too old to improve ?

    Yes! You can do it! I am re-learning to jump 40 years after I last did it... I think you need a sensible horse, a really good trainer, the right saddle and lots of patience to build up from poles on the ground very gradually so that you can get your position right at the small heights then it...
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    Big suprise BOGOF!

    wow OP that is a big surprise for you to deal with! I have no experience whatsoever but just wanted to wish you the very best of luck for a smooth foaling and healthy mare and foal xx
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    Steroids and laminitis

    Yes, a horse I know recently had the same. Pinkvboots idea is a very good one - then if you have any elevated levels you can discuss the pros and cons with your vet before any treatment.
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    For those who lack in confidence...

    WELL DONE WILLS! Hope this is a first step in a wonderful journey for you :)
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    How long do you leave your dogs for?

    I am lucky that I only work a few days a month and on those days my dog goes to her 'auntie' and has fun with her and her own 2 dogs. Otherwise the longest I will leave her in the daytime is 4.5 hours tops, with a big long walk beforehand - probably about once a fortnight if that. (Today I was...
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    People never learn do they........Why do they do it???

    Hm this makes me think that we should all arm ourselves with one of those punch things that breaks car windows so we can save dogs if we see this happening (probably illegal, most sensible things seem to be these days). As well as the leaving in the car - which is by far the worst - I also...
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    New Dog

    oh how lovely for both of you! So sorry you lost your darling dog but how wonderful that you have given Ted a loving home. :) :)
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    Positive thoughts and fingers crossed please

    Sending you and Lily all the good health vibes I can muster. x x
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    Every cloud has a silver lining.. share your experiences!

    No mane! Muzzles always come off intact! Will have another go though :)
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    Every cloud has a silver lining.. share your experiences!

    Ok thanks Equi I could try those! Have just bought a Dinky muzzle will have to check if it has a throat strap! (Or do you add it yourself?). Don't suppose anyone will admit now if they have grazed in a bit but I'd be interested if anyone has personal experience:)
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    Running out of ideas... Suggestions please

    I've not tried this myself but have read that horses need a day or 2 to process what they have learned and one trainer (sorry can't remember who!) gives the horse a couple of days in between trying the same exercise which apparently helps them process the learning. Not sure if you have taken...
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    Every cloud has a silver lining.. share your experiences!

    Understand the comments about grazing in a bit but for me it's a better option than laminitis.. I simply cannot keep a muzzle on him. Bit is attached to a thin slip head only and I think that would break or slide off in an emergency. Let's hope we never find out though!
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    Every cloud has a silver lining.. share your experiences!

    Well! I have had some amazing revelations over the last week… borne out of what seemed like a set of problems that I really didn't need… Has this happened to anyone else and what did you find out? So last Thursday Bilbo was not quite right in canter when I was at my RI's for a lesson. We...
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    Dock leaves - What to do?

    Wow found this thread really helpful! I finally got round to attacking the docks in my garden (having checked first with my garden expert that they were docks, as so big and so many of them I thought they must have been deliberately planted!) - just like OP's mine definitely have roots in...