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  1. Dopeydapple

    Advice needed

    I'd definitely be more concerned about the back end mobility issues at this point, maybe see if a change in drug regime for the arthritis makes a difference and if it does re think the op but if you can't manage the arthritis or the vet thinks that the prognosis is poor then I would say PTS...
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    Help- passed 5*vetting with shiver ‘of no clinical significance’

    If you've never heard of shivers, the vet whose advice / opinion you asked as you aren't aware of this condition was to pretty much dismiss it as insignificant why we you feel the need to ask him (or Google) further questions?
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    Allergies in dogs

    Could there be something in the house or the garden that they are getting repeat exposure to hence symptoms fade when not exposed and on anti inflammatory or anti allergy meds (cough could be inflamed airways) but then dog is exposed again so symptoms return?
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    Hoof care on dry tracks

    Thanks guys will just leave her be and see how it goes then, interesting point about olive oil though TriStar
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    Hoof care on dry tracks

    In the past when it has occasionally happened yes it's been the toes as she has had some sudden hoof growth and needed trimming, just wondering if I needed to be concerned given how dry they will always be now.
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    Pointy ears HELP!!

    Just too cute 😍
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    Why do people buy dogs with potential welfare problems related to extreme conformation and inherited disease?

    I think the issue is that breeds that were fit for purpose (mostly) have been distorted to fit a fashionable trend of what the dog now should look like and these changes pretty much always seem to be at the detriment of the dog. People buy them because they don't know any better, they don't care...
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    Hoof care on dry tracks

    So my mare has just moved to a track system livery, it's bare earth track with some grass verges and hedging / nettles etc to nibble on but her main food source is the ad lib hay. She's very overweight so this seemed the best option to manage this but I'm wondering about whether I need to add...
  9. Dopeydapple

    What can I do?

    OMG just found this thread, I can't believe it was that long ago that I met this boy. We did finally get there with the owner and she took over walking him twice a day (very early and late so as to avoid people initially), she came on some longer walks with us on the odd weekend so we could take...
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    Bringing on an ex racer to jump?

    My ex racer was also a hurdler, she came with a few mental and physical issues so we spent 12 months just cracking the basics in her flat work, then another 6-8 months improving that before we moved onto jumping, I'd say that break from jumping and time spent flat schooling really changed how...
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    Diabetic dog….

    So sorry for your loss x
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    Wwyd - moving yards (grazing)

    I took a few days to think about the place, decided it was worth giving it a go but the space had gone the day after I saw it so looks like I'm going to have to take the financial hit and go to the track livery as she has now been moved onto even more lush grazing so feel like I've run out of...
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    Wwyd - moving yards (grazing)

    The paddocks are as big as any she would have if put on individual turnout so it's definitely better than that option, it's just the ideal would be a bigger, sloping field of poor grazing with a small herd of retired natives, that doesn't seem to exist do I just bite the bullet and go for just...
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    Wwyd - moving yards (grazing)

    She had individual turnout at the previous yard for the reasons that you stated and she was fine but she is clearly happier now in her herd so I know that's not a compromise I'm willing to make this time, I already feel bad knowing how much she will hate me for taking her away from so much food...
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    Wwyd - moving yards (grazing)

    That's exactly what I want but couldn't find it last year and hoped that the extra horses and bigger fields at the current place would compensate for the improved grazing but sadly not. I think I just need impartial opinions on what I can compromise on as I'm going round in circles and driving...
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    Wwyd - moving yards (grazing)

    That's my current thinking, I think enough of the paddocks are rested to not worry about winter grazing but shelter and only 1 buddy is ringing alarm bells but I think I will have to compromise somewhere.
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    Wwyd - moving yards (grazing)

    The only track livery place is triple the price. Tried a muzzle and she wouldn't eat with it on and eventually snapped the headcollar to get it off, don't want to put non fieldsafe headcollar on in case she injures herself trying to get it off. She's retired with a dodgy stifle...
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    Wwyd - moving yards (grazing)

    I've been trying to find grass livery for my mare for a while, she is an extremely good doer and is just far too fat where she is. I want her to still be part of a herd, just a herd with similar diatary requirements ( too much grass currently and lots of as lib hay in the winter so no weight...
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    WWYD - finding new grazing

    I agree that muzzling would be the simplest solution, I'm just really worried that now she knows she can get it off she will injur herself trying to get it off if I've made it really secure.
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    WWYD - finding new grazing

    The amount of grass where she is if I fenced some off to get the weight off she would be on a postage stamp and not moving as much as I would like, she's also prone to going through it to get to grass, the place with the Arab x could easily do that but in a bigger already well grazed paddock but...
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    What do you class as too hot

    I do dog walking too and also say no once it gets to 24 degrees, over 20 I tend to judge on the individual dogs. I've informed everyone that I'm not walking anything at lunch time next week.
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    WWYD - finding new grazing

    Sorry should have put that we tried a flexible filly muzzle on her but she snapped the headcollar to get it off, wouldn't like to try again with a non breakaway headcollar as don't want her getting injured trying to get the headcollar / muzzle off. I did consider moving back to stables so she...
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    WWYD - finding new grazing

    Hi all, need some perspective on this. Last September I had to move my mare as the place she was had been sold to property developers. She had been on individual turnout with horses on each side but happily the new place did herd turnout and she's loving having proper friends. The issue is there...
  24. Dopeydapple

    What do I know?!

    I'd be inclined to say this is not the instructor for you but if it's simply a case of using her to gain access to the arena for a bit of experience for your horse then just ignore the negative comments and keep working your girl at a pace that's right for you. I got my Welsh x at 3 years old...
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    Opinions on this dogs behaviour please

    Thanks, I think if I put sentiments aside I would agree that he probably isn't suitable for rehoming, he is very sensitive and the whole rescue process will probably make his issues worse and at 8 years old with a history of unpredictable behaviour he may end up in a rescue kennel for a long...
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    Opinions on this dogs behaviour please

    Of the dogs that I walk / have walked the only problem ones have been the akita / malamute who hadn't been walked for 11 months as his owner was too scared of him, he is now no problem at all and she walks him herself confidently now and has also managed to fix his over exuberance in the house...
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    Opinions on this dogs behaviour please

    Thanks CC, I always find your responses very knowledgeable, I do think that the owners haven't done enough to socialise him despite being told he needs it I think they have still been too worried about him, the way they described him to me last year was an extremely difficult untrustworthy dog...
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    Opinions on this dogs behaviour please

    I started walking an akita x sharpei last October, he was a very unconfident dog and pretty much shut down when I met him. Turns out he had been attacked by another dog as a puppy and hadn't really been socialised after it as the owners were scared of his unpredictability. His owner moved in...
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    Oliver Townend - warning for overuse of the whip at blair

    I'm afraid I'm in the leopard and spots camp when it comes to him, a very good friend works at an equine hospital who were treating one of his horses many many years ago and they told him that the rehab needed meant that the next comp he had been aiming this horse at was going to be too soon and...
  30. Dopeydapple

    Has there been an increase in reactive dogs?

    There's a training group on Facebook that is ALL about training using games and only games, it's very popular and always posts videos of energetic dogs eagerly waiting for their treat for being next to their owner or laying on their bed, someone innocently asked what to do when you have a less...
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