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  1. Petalpoos

    Dogs and instinctive behaviours

    Probably trying to alert you to someone approaching, but possibly also trying to scare them away? The latter always seems quite likely to me as the dog is generally successful, I.e. the postman or passer by goes away!
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    Insurance: yes or no?

    One thing I forgot to mention - I do belong to the BHS so I have third party liability insurance. A different issue I know, but one that I believe everyone should have covered one way or another and not something that many of us could fund from our own money.
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    Insurance: yes or no?

    I have never insured my animals, but I am fortunate (prudent?) enough to have always had enough savings to cover any vet bills. Over the 40 years that I have owned dogs and horses I am sure that I am very much the winner v the amount I would have spent on insurance.
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    Selling a 3.5? My experience

    I sold mine about 5 years ago and had the same experience then! The buyer came round with the money in cash, which took a long time to count 😀, and it was gone within 3 hours of the ad going live. I think there is always a demand for well made, clean 3.5t boxes.
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    Another dog attack

    Sounds horrific, particularly the bit about the dog cleaning up the floor 😱 Another Gofundme request I see, which seems obligatory now after every event. Tragic event, but not sure why we should all be paying for someone who had the money to fly to Bulgaria and get the dog in the first place.
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    Vets want people to stop buying Bulldogs

    I was not having a go at individual vets, but, as twiggy2 has said above, I get the impression that the owners of the chains of vets that seem to have become increasingly common are more interested in maintaining profit margins than in preventing ill health. 3 of the largest vet groups are owned...
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    Vets want people to stop buying Bulldogs

    With cynical hat on - maybe because the whole insurance and vet industry makes a lot of money from treating such deformities? From the insurance companies’ POV, having all these examples of expensive medical issues out there probably encourages more people to take out insurance on their dogs...
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    Maiden mare

    So glad it is working out so well. Lovely pics!
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    Maiden mare

    I left the thread after the birth, then came back today to read all this! What a rollercoaster indeed. So lovely to see that it all seems to be working out - I will not be scrolling past the updates again.
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    Buying dilema

    I wouldn’t. All my horses have been beautiful and I derived much pleasure over the years from simply looking at them and admiring them as works of art. If you do the same, then I suggest you keep looking. You are not being shallow, if looking at your beautiful horse is part of your enjoyment...
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    Maiden mare

    Congratulations! What a little beauty.
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    Maiden mare

    Oh my, she is keeping us all hanging on. Fingers remaining cross.
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    Sing! I had a real confidence issue after my mare started rearing and smacked me in the face. My trainer sorted the behaviour out and also told me to sing if I got worried when riding. It really does work - maybe because it stops the rider transmitting tension to the horse when it starts getting...
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    Maiden mare

    Poor you and her. I was sure I would see a foal pic this morning! Fingers crossed for tonight then.
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    Farewell my lovely Jonna

    I am very sorry about your loss, but how wonderful that you had such a long and happy time together.
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    To rug or not??

    I did not rug my trakehner for the last few years, she hated rugs and lived out all year, but with access to a field shelter. She was fine, even when it was minus 5 or peeing down.
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    Exercise and puppies and sled dogs

    I am hoping that the wide ranging knowledge and experience of the H&H forum may be able to shed some light, maybe even a few mushers on here 😀 I have just been watching Life Below Zero (a show about living in the wilds in Alaska, my guilty pleasure TV) and one of the sled dog trainers was doing...
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    Tangent to the first aid kit post

    Many years ago, in the 70s, I met 2 young girls walking a pony along the road. I vaguely knew of the girls and knew they had bought a pony from the local market without knowing anything about horses - this was back in the New Forest foals for a fiver days. Anyway, the horse was bleeding quite...
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    Cost of keeping a companion horse/pony

    Pretty much the same cost as any horse. Companions still need feed and vets and farrier visits etc. The only difference would be if you compete the ‘main’ horse as travelling and entry costs would not apply to a field ornament.
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    Binge watching Olive and Mabel videos

    I loved the videos, and all so true to form. I think the one where (Mabel?) snatches the toy back at the last second is my favourite.
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    can we have an up to date what pets we have

    Just the one dog now. Sometimes I think that is one pet too many - especially when she tries to give me a lovely lick after she has been eating cat poo.
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    A sad tale

    The dog should have been PTS once it’s job as a guard was over. I never understand this obsession of some rescue centres with keeping dogs alive at any cost when either by nature or nurture, or both, they are not suited to being a pet.
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    Water bowl recommendations....

    I have the large Mason Cash ceramic and my 40kg dogs have never managed to tip it over.
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    Curly Coated Retriever.

    Yes! I am on my fourth one. Strangely, I was considering a vizsla before I got my first one, but bought a curly as I remembered one fondly from when I was a small child. They are large, strong, and very independently minded dogs and take a long time to grow up. Mine have never minded being left...
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    Pet flea treatments poisoning rivers across England, scientists find

    I hate using pesticides on my dog, but I also hate finding fully gorged ticks crawling across my bed :eek:. My dog has a dense curly coat, so it’s really hard to see ticks. I only treated her once (back of the neck fipronil) last year and then did her a couple of weeks ago, after the bed tick...
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    What's your nervous riding song?

    The keeper did a hunting go…for me, although I did have to sing One Direction songs when out with a nervous 15 year old 😂
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    Have you tried asking Badminton? Might be worth an email or call.
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    Any idea on father ?

    Don‘t know, but what a lovely horse!
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    I want to send my condolences

    I think a card including a short note of what he meant to you would probably mean the most.
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    Just seen this

    Back, crack and sack