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    To sell or would you regret it?

    You’ve hit it on the head there, she was premature then bottle fed. I think it’s a reassurance thing.
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    To sell or would you regret it?

    I tried this but drew the line at the second emergency vet call out for stitches and x-rays unfortunately! It’d just not worth the risk so she’s got used to individual and is happy grooming her buds over the fence.
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    To sell or would you regret it?

    I have either been methodical or mad, depends on who you ask I have wondered this, I think the only things left would be scan ovaries or bone scan at this point. She actually loves other mares, unbothered by boys and turns into butter around an alpha mare, totally compliant and happy to follow...
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    To sell or would you regret it?

    Yep me too, I’ve poured massive of energy into trying to work out what the issue could be with little success. •ulcers scoped for within 6 weeks of having her, found grade 4 put down to being a stressy type. Scoped clear within a month and still clear a month later. Basically re-introduced the...
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    To sell or would you regret it?

    This is what I’m concerned about, unfortunately one of her quirks is that she needs individual turnout or she gets kicked as didn’t have socialisation as a foal. We’ve tried her with ponies are she doesn’t think of them as company.
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    To sell or would you regret it?

    That’s the funny thing, mine is like a donkey to hack largely (seriously I hack on the buckle with others) but can get herself in a tiz if she gets worried and then you’re trying to explain to a mare that’s she’s wrong and it’s actually fine 🙄🤣 We’re in Bristol if you are in the market for...
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    To sell or would you regret it?

    How funny! It is the only thing that inspires her to ever jog on hacks, other runners. That’s exactly the behaviour we get in the stable. She used to be worse and look like she was threatening to jump out but has improved a bit. It doesn’t make a difference if others are around generally, it’s...
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    To sell or would you regret it?

    Yours sounds very similar to mine! We’ve tried putting her with the two companion ponies at the yard and it didn’t matter to her unfortunately- any horses leaving her sets her off. Similarly she’s very odd on hacks that the only thing that really makes her loose her brain is seeing a runner pass...
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    To sell or would you regret it?

    Yes, it’s a good question and the moodiness has been investigated. Ulcers scoped, treated and cleared, a number of work ups with the vet to check no underlying issue (very sound), back x-rayed (clean), extensive physio for possible back soreness (improved and put down to just being reactive...
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    To sell or would you regret it?

    This is one option I’m mulling over. There are some comp yards around that could work - however she was on a busier yard with me previously and was permanently wired for the 5 months until we moved as she’s focussed on every movement on the yard. She was similar at the yard previously. I think...
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    To sell or would you regret it?

    I’m in need of some advice from those who’ve sold horses before - I’ve never done it and really on the fence about whether I’d regret selling this one. Good points: -6 years old -fantastic paces on the flat been told she could happily go advanced medium. -great hack in company, doesn’t...
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    Headpiece for large ears and narrow poll

    I thought that’s what you meant but thank you for clarifying - this bridle fitting business is a bit of a learning curve, I don’t remember having such trouble previously!
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    Headpiece for large ears and narrow poll

    The cheek pieces and browband are correct but the rest of it is a work in progress. The noseband I ordered had to be exchanged and I’ve just received that so that will be improved shortly. I have been in touch with HS before buying/before exchanging etc but that advised the avante from the...
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    Headpiece for large ears and narrow poll

    Hi all, Hoping someone has encountered this configuration before and found the solution: I’m after a headpiece for ears which are large at the base but the horse also has a narrow poll. So far I’ve tried a micklem, shires velociti and horsemanship saddlery avante with no success. They are...
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    Ulcer supplement

    Assuming you’ve addressed the cause then pectin and lecithin combo has reasonable research to support it. However, you do need to feed it in rather significant quantities (tested at around 250g daily) so I’d look for one with that in highest levels post. Feedmark contains it, as do gastro kind...
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    Sheepskin/wool saddle pads?

    Fantastic, that’s the goal to buy once well!
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    Sheepskin/wool saddle pads?

    I’ve not heard of these previously and you’ve just answered my questions which are 1) are they as thick a pile 2) does the lack of a ‘spine free channel’ affect the fit. Thanks very much
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    Sheepskin/wool saddle pads?

    If you are thinking of putting them up, I would be very insterested please! 😊
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    Sheepskin/wool saddle pads?

    Thanks so much for these links - the pads look lovely! Extra brownie points!!
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    Sheepskin/wool saddle pads?

    Wow thank you everyone - as per usual you’re all a font of information! My fitter didn’t mind the nuumed half pads (if kept like new and checked to be sure they were going flat/bunched) but said that the wool pile wasn’t as dense as the le mieux lamb skin etc. so wouldn’t be as shock...
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    Sheepskin/wool saddle pads?

    Hi all, Currently looking for sheepskin/wool lined saddle pads and in need of reviews from those using them! My saddle fitter has recommended the le mieux half lined ones but they’re three figures (gulp) so trying to see if I can find a reasonable alternative/find them second hand if they...
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    Box rest - tips for keeping them sane

    I had a very busy 5 year old on box rest for 10 weeks over the summer. My top tips would be: •Company next door as far as possible •Some like a mirror or the radio •Mini munch nets - fill with forage blocks or hay and bits of carrot/pears/apples/parsnips/swede •a hay ball for variety •Treat...
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    Ulcer prevention

    One of the key supplements that actually has research behind it is pectin and lecithin - a number of off the shelf gastric supplements have this in so you can choose which looks best for your horse. I’ve heard good things about gastro premier (£££), science supplements (££) and ultimate ease...
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    Best OTC calmer

    I’m pretty sceptical about calmers but tried mine on premier performance premier calm and it has made a difference. I tried taking her off it and our YO said we may have to leave as she was so wild 😬 Significantly better since she’s back on so staying on!
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    Mark Todd - what would you have done?

    I think most of the suggestions listed above would have been an advisable alternative to the route MT did take. I do wonder if horses yelped etc in the way dogs do if it would make ‘methods’ like MT used less acceptable?
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    Mare just not quite happy?

    Yes, I found out subsequently to the sale being finalised. She does have a funny set of social skills both with humans and other horses but has improved so far with very consistent handling. I think there may be further to go particularly as she is at a very ‘teenage’ stage currently. I will be...
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    Mare just not quite happy?

    Thanks for the tip, I’ll look at getting some this weekend and transitioning off the alfalfa to see if that makes a difference!
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    Mare just not quite happy?

    It is possible - I do have a claim still open until May so am tempted to have her scoped on that just to rule it out. She did have a sore back following box rest which has taken a few months to resolve with intensive physio and is a generally stressy personality so it’s certainly possible...
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