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    Pony share at stables

    See if there are any local shows around where he can watch the ponies and you can potentially chat to other horsey people. A bit of networking may pay off as a lot of shares for kids will be word of mouth and you might find someone who knows of a pony looking for a rider. "They are charging...
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    Pony share at stables

    This doesn't sound like a share to me. Local riding centre where I used to live did an 'Loan a Pony scheme' when you could use the horse when you wanted when it wasn't being used in the Riding School (restrictions on the amount of work per day/week), you did the stable management of only that...
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    Happy gentle falling off stories please!

    My favourite was similar to another one in the comments. Didn't realise I hadn't tightened up the girth sufficiently. Ended up touring the car park at high speed with one leg over his back and one arm over his neck going 'wooooooahhhhhh, stteeeaaadddyyyyy'. Had to slide off once we slowed...
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    Quick question of the Day - what sort of planning permission do I need for stables?

    Thanks all, off to the planning portal I go.
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    Quick question of the Day - what sort of planning permission do I need for stables?

    We are just sorting the forms for planning permission for a 3 stable block in our garden (we are in North Pembrokeshire) and have reached a small impasse. I think a full form may be needed to cover all eventualities but OH is convinced that we just need HouseHolders Permission as it is on our...
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    Broody Chookie found - to move or not to move.

    A chicken who I thought had been foxed a week ago has turned up on a nest in the hedge with 11 eggs, I now find myself in a quandary as to whether to move her into a coop or just leave where she is.
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    Stable Block - couple of questions

    I actually have a batch at the moment but you need quite a few for a turn out area!
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    Stable Block - couple of questions

    This is really interesting. I had assumed a concrete pad would be necessary with a fixed stable block but have you found the hardcore to be fine? I like the idea of a hardcore yard as well The main reasons for wanting stables is flexibility of accommodation to spare the land a bit over the...
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    Stable Block - couple of questions

    Finally putting together our planning application for a stable block. I have been thinking about a straight forward 3 box block with 12x12 stables and a larger concrete pad along the front (pad would be about 20x40 feet) I've been asked by the builder whether i want to make the stables larger...
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    Gardening with muck heaps

    I'm trying to circulate 2/3 muck heaps with my two ponies. At the moment I've left one alone for about 3 months soo far and have added some spoiled hay (mud and hay mulchy mess really), but no more muck since November. I was hoping to plant something on it but can't decide what. Its in a...
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    Irresponsible Owners

    Not local to me but a treasured childhood holiday haunt. Absolutely gutted me about the swan
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    Preventing mud fever

    I was wondering about whether mud fever would be an issue for us this year having moved to Pembs where the soil is very heavy clay and we're in a river valley. But so far so good. Ponies are living out with full feathery legs and I've been leaving them alone completely. They appear to be doing...
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    Wood pellet bedding……very confused…..help please!!

    Agree with this. I used to take the worst wet patches out once or twice a week and replace them with a new sack of pellets over winter. I also never used to soak the pellets as much as they recommended (usually about half a bucket of water per bag so they just fluffed up a bit) and didn't get...
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    Help! Cats! Urgent.

    If you are just going into her house then it should be fine. Do they have a cat flap or just indoor cats? Chances are that they will be fine eating in proximity if they live together but give a bit of space between bowls just to prevent any issues. Litter trays I've always handled by putting...
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    DIY - do any of you lock your feed bins?

    Nope but we did go through a period of using a lot more than we thought we should be on one yard. YO put a note saying "buy your own bloody feed" in her own bin and then one of the other liveries mysteriously got the hump with her asking what was meant by that!
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    Weird looking Horsebox

    Thanks for that. Didn't know ifor williams did containers an that looks like a decent box .
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    Weird looking Horsebox

    True, I almost want to ask for photos for underneath to see how on earth they joined it together!
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    Weird looking Horsebox

    Certainly looks like it - ad says it holds two horses. Not sure I'd trust it with any of mine!
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    Weird looking Horsebox

    I often just have a look at the odd 3.5 ton horse boxes with an eye to prices, in case I can afford one in the not too distant. I don't know whether prices are coming down slightly, but there seem to be more reasonable prices than previously. Came across this one on FB Marketplace and couldn't...
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    Best dandy brush for hairy cob

    I've found a blade like this is great at getting dried mud out of a long coat. I then go over with a dandy brush to shift the dust.
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    Planning permission - Mobile stables / National Park

    Hi all. I'm on the verge of purchasing a mobile stable system for my new small holding as its getting quite obvious that we need somewhere to stash the ponies to get them off the ground for at least some of the time due to the mud. I do realise that these buildings usually don't usually...
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    Loan obligations

    I've shared and loaned and it boggles my mind how anyone could act this way if they 'love' the horse so much. To me it sounds like the yard he is at is very convenient for her (horse always in and she can ride out for long periods with what sounds like a cliquey group). If you are happy to part...
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    Mystery injuries

    So I left the ponies in a different area last night to try and save the ground in their main paddock for a few weeks, went to check on them this morning and the little old lady has got several patches of hair/skin missing around her head and muzzle. Two small ones by her ears and a couple under...
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    Pembrokeshire move - socialising

    We've been here in North Pembs for 6 months now. I'm very new to very rural life and we've made a few friends but struggling to find people to click with. Can anyone recommend any RC clubs or other groups that might be worth a look at joining? I ant seem to find any local book groups etc which...
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    Talk to me about outdoor kittens

    We've now been on the smallholding for nearly 6 months. The ponies are doing a great job keeping the woods mown down, chickens are growing and the cat is very happy. One of our friends down in the village has had an unexpected delivery, one of the tamer ferals that she feeds decided to move in...
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    Young cockerel and hens

    They have been trying to bully him through the wire so I'm quite happy to keep them separate for now. Its going to make him a bit tame as well with daily handling :)
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    We got CHICKENS 😁😍

    Some of my small flock :-)
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    Young cockerel and hens

    Hiya, We are here in month 4 of small holding living and loving the life. Horses are slowly moving their way through the woods and I now have a lovely flock of 8 young hens free ranging all over. They are mostly cream legbar with a coupe of buff sussex and mostly pretty friendly. I had a...
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    everyone enjoying the heatwave

    I'm allergic to cleg bites and end up hiding indoors for the majority of the weather when its like this. Looking forward to the weekend when there will be more cloud and hopefully fewer damn flies.
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    Blue Cross Horse

    I have had my BX pony for 6 years now and he was signed over to me after 3 years, He came to me as a project - adoption fee £250 and £50 delivery (within Oxfordshire). I would certainly go back to them for a companion pony for him in the future. Easy to deal with and after the first year - all...
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