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    Letting someone use your arena

    My planning restrictions specify family and friends only. I refuse any offers of payment and make sure they understand it is at their own risk.
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    Run free Flicka

    I am so sorry for your dreadful loss. The right decision is still such a painful one. Sending hugs. xx
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    Bernese mountain dog

    I wouldnt say they bark any more than a Goldie, and they are a lovely breed, just such a shame about the cancer rates. I have 2 Great Swiss Mountain dogs, which are the next breed up from the Bernies, in that group, and they just bark at people coming to the door/gate.
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    Does anyone wear a mask to do their haynets?

    I have to use a mask to make up haynets and muck out stables.
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    Childhood dreams dashed - Drumnadrochit - CLOSED!

    I had some lovely hacks out from Drumnadrochit when we were on holiday in the area many years ago, such stunning scenery.
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    Wet Food Recommendations

    I add Forthglade to kibble .... very pleased with it.
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    Vestibular disease

    I really feel for you. Our elderly Collie got it, and the vet was initially quite optimistic, but after appearing to improve, she had several more episodes, needed a towel sling to support her to go outside etc and we felt she had lost her quality of life. Sending hugs. xx
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    Calming cookies

    I thought they were most likely a placebo for the rider. So, I gave one to my pony before the farrier arrived ..... normally my pony would fidget and pull back on his rope etc, but he stood absolutely still the entire time. I have tested it since, sometimes giving a cookie sometimes not, and it...
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    Keeping the cone on

    Mine had to be in a cone for 12 weeks! I threaded a crepe bandage through the loops on the cone, and then tied it to her collar .... that worked for her.
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    All New Forest peeps

    It's a reflective collar, which some owners put on their ponies .... wish all owners would do this.
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    Food advice - kibble

    Millieswolfheart range are great, and they are brilliant on their helplines.
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    Lost a dog today…so very sad 😢

    I am so sorry Catembi, what a terrible shock, and a dreadful loss. Sending hugs. xx
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    Whoes been out hacking?

    Me! First time in a year ..... CRPS in a hand, then a fractured ankle and torn ligaments, then terrible Sciatica stopped me, but today I DID IT .... can only manage walk at the moment as it's too painful, but it's a start and I am buzzing with happiness. Love my Unicorn.❤🦄
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    Getting dog to take tablets

    One of my dogs is Epileptic and has to take 16 pills/day. I hide the meds in either some sausage or wrapped in some cheese slice. I hope you find a way that works, it sounds as though constantly changing what you use is the best way.
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    Sleep tight my best friend

    So sorry for your dreadful loss. xx
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    How long do you leave your dog?

    I used to leave mine for a max of about 4 hours. Things are different now though, as one has developed Epilepsy and needs emergency meds during a seizure or cluster, so they dont get left. I am sure a lot of dogs snooze, then put us on a guilt trip when we return!😀
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    Proper pants day😥

    So sorry for your awful day, Laminitis is awful. Sending hugs. xx
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    Pictures I cannot believe I am posting this - RIP Arizona

    I am so sorry for your devastating loss. xx
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    For those with b*ggered ankles...

    I thought I had just sprained mine, so hobbled around and just ignored it. Found out too many months later there was a fracture and torn ligaments! So now an out patient at Rehab and also having private physio too. Religiously doing all my exercises, and reluctantly following advice not to ride...
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    Dismounting trouble!

    I have to mount and dismount using a huge mounting block because of various joint injuries. If occasionally I have to dismount without one .... well it's not pretty, and I usually end up draped over the neck for support and then swear when my knees and ankles feel the shock wave from hitting the...
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    What do you class as too hot

    I have 2 Swissies and they have a double coat, so they go out early and late, especially as one is Epileptic.
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    Goodbye Bob

    So sorry for your dreadful loss, it sounds like he has left you with some wonderful memories to treasure.
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    What do people think about horses living out 24/7 including winter?

    Providing horses are not knee deep in constant mud and have some degree of shelter, I think they are much better physically and mentally if they can stay out.
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    Riding after a broken ankle!

    I broke my ankle and tore ligaments many months ago, and finally had my first sit on my pony yesterday!😁 When I broke my other ankle previously, I found riding boots with a steel shank (Mountain Horse) helped, and also flexi stirrups. I hope you find a way to ride without too much pain.
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    Fjords and Haflingers - where can I find either?

    I cant help you with where to look, but just wanted to say I had a HaffieXFjord called Custard who I adored, but oh boy could he be stubborn and strong .... ground work and consistent firmness and boundaries are essential. Good Luck in your search for something suitable.
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    Millies Wolfheart dog food

    One of my dogs became very fussy, and despite trying different ones from Millies, adding extra bits etc I changed completely .... onto Barking Heads Salmon which she loves. My other dog sadly had to switch onto a Neurocare feed when she developed Epilepsy.
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    Clipping legs/ clipping phobia

    I am going through the same as you, and desensitization is an ongoing process. Some good progress was made at the last attempt, with an experienced friend clipping while I distracted with a Lickit tub. I need to treat with Frontline asap, so may have to resort to the Demosedan just to get the...
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    Millies Wolfheart dog food

    I used to use it, but had to change for various reasons. They have an extensive range, which can be a bit mind blowing, but if you ring up/email for advice they are very helpful. Good quality food and customer service.
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    Breed recommendations.

    I think a Labrador would suit .... very trainable, athletic but dont need to run all day, and not as easily wound up as some breeds.
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    Saddle recommendation for a fat hard to fit pony

    My pony was wide backed and fat when he arrived, he has a Kent and Masters cob saddle and being adjustable is very helpful as he fitens up.
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