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    Has anyone kept stallions with mares year-round?

    This was quite a timely thread, because I have been browsing ride and drive/driving horses and ponies-not with any serious intention of buying; it's because I bought a very cheap pony trap at auction and was just window shopping. So many of the horses and ponies up for sale seem to be...
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    How do you measure what height horse/pony you need in a trap?

    Thanks all. That's a really useful diagram. Mine is like that. There was also what I believe was an Irish jaunting cart, but one you sit in, a bit like a sort of tub cart, not the sort where you sit facing outwards on the sides. That was very cheap as well and I rather wish I could have...
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    How do you measure what height horse/pony you need in a trap?

    Gosh, I need to learn a whole new language! What is a tug stop? if I ever do get round to thinking of driving, I will join a driving club or something. I do like the idea of it, especially as I don't really ride any more. It was just such a bargain at auction I couldn't resist. Cheers.
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    How do you measure what height horse/pony you need in a trap?

    I have just bought a 2 wheeled trap in need of cosmetic restoration, though basically sound, for very little money. It is sort of a dog/rally/pleasure type trap; takes two people on a bench type seat. As title, how do you measure what size horse/pony will fit the trap? I have a Fell 3 yo...
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    Massage mitts - are they a gimmick and if not what kind to get?

    Many years ago when dinosaurs walked the earth, we had "grooming" and "strapping" and made our own wisps from straw to bring the shine up. Haven't heard the word strapping for years, possibly decades and i'm sure there are no longer Pony Club/riding school competitions for the neatest wisp...
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    Advice please

    I only flag it up; I make no comment otherwise!
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    Advice please

    Consumer Protection Act 2015 s19 ss (14) (15). The possible "get out" for the seller is at ss (15)(a)(b): (15)Subsection (14) does not apply if— (a)it is established that the goods did conform to the contract on that day, or (b)its application is incompatible with the nature of the...
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    Advice please

    I don't know if this will help. The Consumer Protection Act 2015 says (but in more legal terminology): "If you discover the fault within the first six months of having the product, it is presumed to have been there since the time you took ownership of it - unless the retailer can prove...
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    Mid-sold pony PLEASE HELP!

    This is a bit of a deviation, but I do see a lot on here about "running up solicitors bills". Very often, they give the first bit of general advice in a phone call, which they don't usually charge for. There may be a very simple answer if you are a lawyer and that's often the end of that. If...
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    How far would you travel to view a horse?

    I bought my schoolmaster dressage horse unseen, untried and unvetted some years ago from a seller who lived 60 miles north of Aberdeen. I was then living near Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire. She just sounded trustworthy (just did) and the horse was just what I wanted/needed if he was what she...
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    Pictures I cannot believe I am posting this - RIP Arizona

    Just adding to what everyone else has said in terms of sympathy. We found our Cleveland Bay mare dead in the field a few weeks back. Absolutely no inkling that there was anything wrong, she wasn't that old and in fact we found her on the morning that the vet was due to come to swab her as we...
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    Things to do in Edinburgh....

    Greyfriars Cemetery and Greyfriars Bobby -the water fountain is outside the actual graveyard. The cemetery is just like a series of Hammer Horror film locations.
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    The time has come

    I'm really sorry, a horrible day, but you recognised it was time, made the decision and did it. Not at all easy for you, but best for him and that's why we do it.
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    The time has come

    Shavings, you really do have my sympathy as I am going through exactly the same thing. I think we posted previously at much the same time, as my deerhound was diagnosed on Good Friday with osteosarcoma with the same prognosis. It is devastating. She too is only 7 and a half and although...
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    being ready to say goodbye

    Shavings, you are echoing my recent post in here as the same thing has just happened to me with my deerhound, only seven and a half, same prognosis etc, so I know just how you and your mother must be feeling. It is horrible. My girl was diagnosed on Good Friday and she is still ok in herself...
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    Tiva

    I do feel for you, especially given my own present situation. It's awful when they go. It may be some consolation that she went having had a good day and some extra quality time after her surgery. C.
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    Deerhounds and osteosarcoma

    Gosh, what bad luck PaS. Hope it's just an antibiotic thing today. Yes, it is a known thing with deerhounds and other large breeds. The debate on whether we should be able to put people to sleep with dignity, or put ourselves to sleep when we've had enough would keep a football stadium of...
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    Deerhounds and osteosarcoma

    I genuinely don't think mine is in pain at the moment PP, which is why I am watching her so closely for ANY change. It is difficult with deerhounds, as they are so laid back anyway. She is still getting up to go out, eating, drinking, strolling down to the yard, riding in the car and weight...
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    Deerhounds and osteosarcoma

    Many thanks to everyone who has replied and the kind remarks. It seems more widespread than I'd thought, so I don't feel quite so "singled out". I think it's been made worse because I've had lurchers, greyhounds and terriers for nearly 50 years and with the exception of one lurcher who had a...
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    Deerhounds and osteosarcoma

    Thank you. I am keeping a very close eye on her, but you really would not know there was anything wrong with her at the moment. She is still literally trotting round the garden and down to the stables, playing splat the Jack with the terrier puppy and took off with the lurcher at full pelt up...
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    Deerhounds and osteosarcoma

    Sadly my deerhound has just been diagnosed with osteosarcoma. It is something they are prone to, but you sort of don't think it will happen to you, do you? She is seven and a half and still fine in herself. Chest x-rays are clear. There is however, no "cure". The simple option is pallaitive...
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    Pictures Cleveland Bays - a small Monday evening ramble

    The quote from DabDab says that CB's are not very distinctive looking. I would disagree with that. It is true they only come in the one colour (well, it saves making a decision), but you can normaly tell a CB a mile away, mainly due to the huge ears which even part breds inherit and the very...
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    Pictures Cleveland Bays - a small Monday evening ramble

    I am reading this thread and feeling very guilty as I have a home bred CB brood mare standing out in the field who I really should put into foal. Worse, she is actually a Premium mare and was shown successfully at County level when she was younger, so even more so. We had her mother till her...
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    Do you remember the date you lost your horse(s)?

    Michen, they weren't my oldest. I had an Irish TB who had been a showjumper in his youth who was 36 when he was put down in the field, same situation, fine until he wasn't. My neighbour texted me at work to say he had been lying down for a long time and I went straight home. He wasn't going to...
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    Do you remember the date you lost your horse(s)?

    I lost 2 of mine on the first day of Burghley, which we were due to go to, 2 years apart. Unbelieveable coincidence. The first we had to have put down as although he looked ok, he was down in the field and just was not going to get up again. He was 34. The second was 2 years later in 2019 and...
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    Mobile field shelters

    Thanks for the tips. I could do any/all of those. It did have steel runners, yes. I think I was just unlucky as we spent ages deciding on the right location because of the wind, but belt and braces next time round, I think. It's so true that they barely use it in winter and will stand in the...
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    Mobile field shelters

    Cheers! My last one was fine, but in a particularly bad wind, it just got caught at the wrong angle and was lifted up and thrown over the fence with such force onto it's roof it just collapsed. We did try putting it back together, but it wasn't going to work. We do have very thick hedges and...
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    Mobile field shelters

    Hello. Does anyone have any recommendations for mobile field shelter suppliers in Lincolnshire, or anywhere else if they travel at no extra cost? Doesn't have to have any fancy "extras", plainer the better really, but does have to be sturdy due to big horses and strong winds. Many thanks.
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    My sister has sold a pony she had on loan

    Oops, not doing very well, am I! I just read it wrongly. I couldn't understand why the buyer would be done as well, unless there was some kind of collusion going on. The article said she hadn't signed the loan agreement before putting the horse up for sale, so that would be appropriating it...
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    My sister has sold a pony she had on loan

    Every day's a school day. Jolly good. In that case however, the loan agreement wasn't signed, so the horse may not have been legally in her possession to "sell" on, so it would be theft if she "took" it with the intention of permanent deprivation. She seemed to have had it advertised before the...
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