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  1. VioletStripe

    Feeds that might make a horse itchy?

    My boy was terribly itchy last summer and we never got to the bottom of the cause tbh.... I wormed him for pinworm - he tested negative but vets and I were at our wits end and wormed him anyway - apparently the tests can be hit and miss and they only tend to test positive with a very high...
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    Tell me about the horsey community in Surrey

    Hi all! Been a little while....I'm officially moving towards the end of June, and I've never really been involved in the horse world in Surrey before. I'm keen to look around for a part loan/share and consider buying another in a year or so (I'm getting broody for a youngster again, don't tell...
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    New yard

    I wouldn't consider any of the yards around Bexley personally. I would look out towards Sevenoaks, Eynsford... basically anywhere a bit further out. Have a search on here and there are a lot of yards listed, feel free to PM me for specifics about some of them as around a decade ago I was...
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    Pink Mash

    I absolutely loved it to start with and everyone I know who feeds it does too - however, it made my horse horribly itchy... changed feeds and the itching stopped. Never had an issue with other feeds including alfalfa but this for some reason just wasn't for him! It's a shame because it's...
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    Comfy numnah recommendations

    Sheepskin if they are proper sheepskin so won't compact down are great - BUT make sure you get your saddle fitted/re-fitted with them as they do alter the fit.
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    Need a cuddle and someone much braver than I to tell me what to expect/do

    Hello all, I've been a bit quiet on here as of late. This a lot of wordyness and I won't go into loads of detail so bear with me.... My beloved Connemara developed melanomas (rather, he had always had one or two since I bought him aged 4 (bloomin greys), but many more have developed this year...
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    Turnout boot recommendations?

    Pig oil might be your new best friend! Keeps my grey's legs cleaner in winter
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    Premier Equine

    I really love all my PE rugs. They are quite heavy but I've never had an issue with leaking - they've been very very waterproof for us!
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    Vits and Mins Supplements

    More specifically - the Dodson & Horrell general ones; has anyone used them before? We've just (nearly) finished our first tub of Equimins and it seems fine, I haven't noticed much difference tbh but I know a few of you on here have had big issues with their customer service/knowledge of their...
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    Best 0g summer turnout rug when wet ?

    Must be 1200D,600D are useless! I was only ever a Weatherbeeta buyer for 9+yrs however after my most recent purchase fell to pieces after very light use I requested my money back and went elsewhere. I got a Swish and have been very very very impressed!
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    East Sussex (and maybe Kent borders?)/ Tunbridge Wells commutable Livery

    Hi all, Having moved to the Southern outskirts of Tunbridge Wells I am thinking of moving my gelding a bit closer to join me (where we are now is fine but the commute isn't fab). I have enquired at one or two places but they are full, and I can't seem to find anywhere else with a livery yard...
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    I suspect ulcers...what can i try?

    Vet. Ulcers are only cured by medicine or removing what is causing them (eg pain)
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    Fly masks

    Shires or Le Mieux, no question.
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    back legs

    Farrier and vet IMO
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    New fangled girths - are they really worth the money

    Follow-up to this - I really think speaking with your saddler is good to do when having a check and massively under-utilised. Most of my friends haven't spoken to their saddler/saddle fitter about girth options and I think their opinion really counts when seeing the conformation of the horse...
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    New fangled girths - are they really worth the money

    I am very much of this opinion....
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    New fangled girths - are they really worth the money

    2 Fairfax saddlers I have used have both said that their girth only brings benefit to particular horses - it wouldn't benefit my boy at all has he has a forward girth groove and a sprung ribcage. Apparently if your saddle has a habit of creeping forward they are a strict no-go. Some shaped and...
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    How to sit Canter up hill?

    Personally I would never sit to a canter uphill? (unless we were unintentionally cantering..)
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    Mctimoney versus physio

    I personally prefer physio for the above reason. Am I right in thinking the focus is more on the spine with Chiro as well? I have always used a fully chartered physio and found them to be fantastic, but I think it will depend on the person and the horse. Much like with humans seeking...
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    Fly spray recommendations.

    I will be watching with interest as I have yet to find one I'm wowed by. I used to use Leovet and quite liked it but haven't seen it around recently (it also absolutely REEKED, my OH was very happy when I finished my last bottle)
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    Best product for greasy legs

    Gold Label Blue Herbal shampoo and lather using an old body brush! I don't use sponges or wash mitts etc anymore...
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    Box Rest Boredome Buster Ideas please ?

    Treatball, hay blocks, a broom head mounted so they can groom and scratch themselves on it - you can also get wall-mounted rubber scratch pad things but I have no experience of these! I know lots of horses like those jolly balls that they can push and play with but unless there's a reward of...
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    In search of the perfect gloves...

    I am in the exact same boat as you OP and have found Woof Wear to be the best - for some reason I have never gotten on with Roekl. I also love some of the La Martina gloves but they are very pricey if memory serves! More fool me, I also accidentally tumble dried one which lead to its obvious...
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    People with Experience of Young, Green Irish Drafts

    Side question - Cortez I would love to know why you are so anti-ID! Not in a 'how could you' way but in a genuinely interested way. Is it all Irish breeds or just Draughts? OP - I echo what most others have said on here. Build strength out hacking, and with lots of transitions out there too. A...
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    Shetland as a horse...

    I would have said a Highland! Maybe a Highland x Draught or Suffolk Punch? I think the world can do without actual Giant Shetlands... I know my OH would be desperate for one though, he loves Shetlands and is 6'5 so struggles to find many horses to fit him :oops:
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    Joe moves :)

    How lovely - congratulations! I was a lurker on your thread I have to admit - what a sweet boy. Side question - where are you based? I would kill for an arena backdrop like that! o_O
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    Best no fill for a hot horse.

    Swish!
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