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    Update on my horse

    Well to be fair every vet, farrier, physio and saddler that saw him (and there were a lot) could find nothing wrong with him. He showed no pain, I even had one vet leaning heavily on his back and he didn't even seem to notice. Then just suddenly snapped and showed the pain. But we had no idea...
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    Update on my horse

    Yeah it does sometimes. He may not be sound for life though, may not jump again, or he may be absolutely fine. They don't seem to know much about this condition he has and I'm going by gut instinct at the moment on handling him. Like he's staying outside for as long as possible this winter until...
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    Update on my horse

    Got a positive update on my horse that might encourage people that are seeing no end in sight for medical issues on their horse. Long story short, mine had issues for ages before he got finally diagnosed. He got diagnosed with ks, operated on and we thought he was better. Wrong. He went lame...
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    General musings on horse 'misbehaviour'

    If they don't have soundness issues, yeah it's generally the rider. My horse, now that he is no longer in pain, can still be a problem for me to ride, but it's nowhere near as much as before. Like recently, he was a pain on a hack as he got way over excited and wanted to gallop, but he's not...
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    Non horsey OH strikes again ...

    Oh don't worry. I've taken two male friends into a horse shop once. I had to apologise while they had a 'sword' fight with the whips.
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    Positive loading stories? Need cheering up :(

    I feel your pain. I had to leave my boy at a venue for 2 days after trying for 7 hours to get him to load. We even tried the venue owners lorry but he would not go in. Had to pay a trainer to come out and teach him how to load. She got him in, but the lessons didn't stick unfortunately, he just...
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    :'( gelding turned stallion

    Put him on rig calm. My horse started mounting the geldings when the mares teased him. He didn't have access to them. :p Rigcalm helps a lot.
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    Keeping a grey horse grey (or white)

    Get the body wash stuff from safe equine. No suds, it's basically wet the horse, spray on the stuff, rub in, wait 6-7 mins and rinse off. So easy, it made my horse really white and he'd have been cleaner if the idiot had stood still.
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    Insurance value

    Ah cool. I'll get rid of the insurance soon then. Waiting until the vet checks him again as she wasn't happy with his front right leg, but I was counting on the issue there being to do with his hoof being shorter than the left. He isn't moving it shorter than the left anymore, so even if it was...
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    Insurance value

    Ah yeah 3rd party cover is that included in the gold membership or do I have to get it separately? Think that's all I'd need really, I treat most cuts myself unless they need stitches. Thankfully though he is less of a hooligan now in the field and doesn't lead the other horses out of the fields...
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    Insurance value

    Yeah I was thinking of just stopping it too. I have a credit card for emergencies for him, and for the most part I've just paid vet bills myself other than the big ones. Not sure he's even insured for the remaining leg now either.
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    Insurance value

    Sorry saw a thread by someone else and didn't want to hijack it but seemed like something to think about for my horse too. Obviously since he's had kissing spine surgery and surgery on both stifles, diagnosed with chondromalacia, he's worth about ****** all now. Doesn't bother me but he's...
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    Weekend plans

    Continuing to exercise my horse through his rehab. We've upgraded to trot now. Just down the long sides but still we are progressing. :) Decided to try the other day as he is clearly bored with just walking and he was paying me no attention, so I wanted to end on a good note and figured I may as...
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    WEG - Would you send your horse into a hurricane?

    I wouldn't have sent the horse either. It's fine for those already there, they travelled before the hurricane is hitting there and before it was known how bad it would be. But getting on a plane to fly into a hurricane isnt the best idea. It's not safe.
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    Bit of Fun...what really annoys you on a livery yard?

    To those who don't like people touching your horse, does that really just include giving them a quick stroke as you go past? I wouldn't ever feed another person's horse, but I give them pats now and again unless they clearly hate it.
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    Bit of Fun...what really annoys you on a livery yard?

    People being rude about your riding or horse. Had someone being rude about me for how I was riding my horse, yet she'd also ridden him and struggled badly and admitted he was too much for her. Luckily my new yard is amazing. Yo is awesome, cares about the horses, but is also strict and takes...
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    Great dressage lesson

    God yeah it's a bit scary when you first feel how your horse goes when they are moving correctly. I had mine trotting correctly, could barely hold it together and my instructor went 'now that's a proper working trot'. I was left thinking, you mean there's gonna have to be MORE energy for medium...
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    You All Bought The Chicken Rugs...

    I want the penguin one. Will look so good on my boy. Almost got my partner agreeing to buy it for Christmas. :p
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    Weekend plans :D

    I forgot about these and can post again! Today will be trying to remember what I got taught in my lesson on Monday and putting that into practice. I would have been doing that all week, but came down very suddenly on Tuesday morning with a gastric bug. Been ill ever since and honestly not...
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    Under what circs would you send a horse to a pro?

    I would love to be able to afford a pro rider for my horse. He would go so much further and do better with a better rider than me. I try my best, but I'm not the best or ever will be. He would flourish with someone who could take him to jumping and dressage events, maybe even eventing. Sadly...
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    ‘Not a novice ride’

    I would do this with my horse even though he has been ridden by novices and isn't bad at all with them. He's like a riding school horse to be honest, he was actually used in one for a little while as a 6 year old so that makes sense. He was difficult when in pain but what horse wouldn't be? Now...
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    Can horses change?

    True actually. Mine did it the other way around, was worse with a stronger rider than me. But he had to do very little to scare me. Had to do more to get the better rider to stop.
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    Can horses change?

    It's of no offence but it's you. She's bad for you, but good for your instructor. Instructor will be stricter with her. But it's very easy to be too nice to your own horse. Mine can be silly with me, but I doubt he'd dare do the same thing with my instructor.
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    Loading help!

    Don't pull her head, very rarely works and they just pull back. Line behind her or get one of those loading aids so that you can hold her head and make her back legs move forward. Had this problem for ages with my horse. He's fine once in too, but refuses to load. I've managed to get it down...
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    Chance spam

    Lovely boy. Get a chest extender for the 6'6 rugs. :) that should help. On the flu thing, I might just be paranoid, but even though it said on my horses passport that he'd been done, I didn't trust the old owners so we just started him from scratch again. It's a hassle, but I wanted to be...
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    What do you Feed?

    I would just keep feeding what you are feeding. It's working, so no point in adding to it. Mine gets spillers daily fibre and currently conditioning cubes by baileys to just try and bulk him up a bit for winter. He got really skinny after his surgery from stress, and the grass hasn't been...
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    Pony doesn’t want to hack out (sorry long)

    I was thinking this too. Maybe just had enough. Could be pain though still. They can hide pain well. As in you know they are in pain, but no idea where.
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    ‘Not a novice ride’

    Phoning and asking is best. I've seen ads though where the horse was described as suitable for novices, I phoned up and explained my confidence issues (which was only with getting on, once on I was fine and I was working on it) to be told the horse isn't novice suitable. But the ad said it was...
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    Things your horses have been described as

    Vet called my horse a junkie as he needed 4 sedations just for xrays and ultrasounds. And called him banana shaped because of how he moved before surgery. My instructor calls him floppy as his legs just go everywhere when you ride him and you have to work extra hard just to get his legs...
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    Cheeky/ridiculous posts you see on Facebook.

    Poor pony. :(