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    Why do people look for a specific breed?

    Every breed has it's place. All are useful in their own right. For myself I wouldn't buy anything other than an Arab for their toughness and versatility and beauty.
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    Should I make the paddock

    Frankly, your horse, your problem imvho. Just get some tape and posts and get on with it for heavens sake.
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    Ground mesh for gateways?

    We have put down rubber mesh stabilizing matting in a gateway. What an improvement! Would recommend it however we did put some limestone chips under it to give the ground some help and it's just fine now.
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    Advice wanted, how do you stop a reared?

    I had a horse that did this sort of thing, exactly as you describe, really randomly. She was put down in the end and pm showed a brain tumour. Do be careful, and hope you get to the bottom of it all.
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    Weed Killer for Docks/ thistles/ nettles

    There are courses available for less than £200 if you need to get certificated. I have just applied.
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    Posh dressage plaits? Tips needed!

    I would wind them up the other way to achieve that.
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    What would you do in my situation ?

    Keep riding, whatever you do, keep it up. It is very easy to get hopelessly stiff as you get older and then you won't feel balanced when you come to ride your youngsters. Even if you have maintained your confidence. I would buy the horse you are looking at (if sound) and just keep on trucking...
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    Owners horses liver problems*****

    My youngster had liver problems last year. Milk thistle made no difference whatsoever to him. I had him on a sugar free diet. Thunderbrook, oat straw chop, soaked grass nuts and a few oats as well as good hay and pasture. Gradually the problem resolved itself. Why, is an eternal mystery to me...
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    Budgerigars: any experts?

    We had budgies. The older lines did live a long time. We lost the last one at age 15. However I was told that newer show line birds are bred to grow big fast and therefore don't make old bones. We had a male and female and then 2 females. The girls fought like crazy and had to have...
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    Cleaning/picking up rubber mats

    Mole grips. It's the only way I have found.
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    Cribbing and wind sucking - obligation to declare?

    This, absolutely.
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    Bit getting stuck between front and canine teeth

    I turn my boy out in a chifney. He is a pest otherwise. When I take it off I unbuckle the head strap and hold the bit so that he gently lets go. Maybe you could try this and give him a polo or something to get him to relax before you let him off so that he is more focussed on you rather than...
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    Equine services in Lincolnshire

    Chillipup. Tower Equine vets are based at Grimsthorpe just outside Bourne and do cover that area.
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    do you insured your retired horses?

    This and use BHS for our pl.
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    Chronic Arthritis

    I'd give Turmeric a go as well. Gave it to our old polo pony who is 26 and very stiff in the morning and I can't believe the difference it has made in a very short time of administering it. Ours is a different horse on this.
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    Which brands sell reflective turnout rugs?

    I can't quite see the point of hi vis rugs frankly. They all end up mud coloured anyway!!
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    So I've bought a trailer.... Now questions!!

    I have a large wheel clamp and a bulldog hitch lock and a huge chain concreted into the ground with a hefty lock on it that goes around the metal towing frame. You can also buy those stick on letters with your postcode that you can stick to the roof. I have all of these. RAC breakdown with...
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    Cat run over & recovered - would you let him back out?

    If he were mine I would keep him in until I had built a pen on the back of my house that he could go into safely. Is that an option for you. Doesn't need to be expensive and can be held on the wall with a few screws so that should you move house you could take it with you. I know of several...
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    BBC Countryfile To Investigate The UK’s Abandoned And Neglected

    Absolutely this!!!!! None of what I saw last night is remotely acceptable.
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    Barn/feral cats

    We have two yard cats. They live in the hay through the coldest winters and are always warm as toast. We feed them a breakfast of meat and then they have ad lib biscuit and a bowl of water. We don't over fuss them and they are as happy as sandboys. Good luck with yours. We never ever see a...
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    Moving to Sleaford - Livery??

    Southview Equestrian at Silk Willoughby. On the A15 2 arenas. I kept my boy there for a while while I built stables and found it all fine.
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    Golden oldie - where to find?

    Retired polo pony. There is a FB page for them. We have one, he's elderly but we bought him for the same reasons you have given. He's a superstar and does exactly what it said on the tin. Can't recommend highly enough.
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    pygmy goat feed

    I used to make my own goat feed but then I had milkers which needed the feed. Do they actually need the extra? Plenty of good hay would probably suffice if they are just keeping themselves. Alternatively plain grass nuts might make up the extra.
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    Liver enzymes results not good

    Following this with interest. I have a yearling with raised enzymes and bile acids. Frustrating not knowing the possible cause.
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    How to train siamese cats!

    Train a Siamese.....??????? How I laughed!!!! As has been said t'is they who train you!!!!!!
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    Equine Brain Tumours - any experience??

    We had one with a brain lesion. It was the saddest thing I ever saw. We tried to get him comfortable enough just to be a field ornament but it turned out to be impossible so we had to PTS in the end. We were heartbroken, he was only 12. He just got too unpredictable and then downright...
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    Blummin greyhounds!

    Oh dear........hope hound is mended soon. Did have to suppress a small chuckle at your frustration though.
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    Tell me about Greyhounds?

    Agree wholeheartedly. Wonderful dogs.
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    Who owns land/yard?

    My yard is half a mile from my house. The biggest worry has been security over the years. Factor in cost of security system. Good wireless systems are available now. You do spend a lot of time doing maintenance etc but I much prefer it to having the horses at livery.
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    looking for livery in or around Corby Glen

    There is, I think a livery yard in Stainfield which isn't that far away from Corby Glen. Turn right in Kirkby Underwood and you will fall into Stainfield. Hope you find somewhere decent.
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