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  1. Petalpoos

    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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    Childhood dreams dashed - Drumnadrochit - CLOSED!

    When I was a little girl scanning every page of my Pony magazine (in the 1960s!) there used to be an advert in the classifieds bit for pony trekking at Drumnadrochit. I used to dream of going to such an exotic place but knew it was never going to happen. So, quite a few years later, here I am...
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    Poodles and teeth

    Any poodle owners out there? My friend has her heart set on a poodle, but I met someone a while back who had 3 poodles, not sure if they were toys or miniatures, but small and they all had awful teeth. Like no teeth / teeth falling out and big vet bills. We googled it a bit today and it does...
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    PSI Auction up there..

    Oh my, I just made the mistake of clicking on the ad at the top for the 2021 PSI auction. They certainly know how to present a horse! I will be interested to see what sort of money they fetch, assume they post the prices after the auction.
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    All New Forest peeps

    Saw this picture in the paper this morning of a pony in the New Forest. Is the pony wearing a radio collar?
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    Horse racing peeps - why no entries yet for some of the Ascot races?

    I have been following a horse that one of my neighbours has connections to and it is supposed to be running in the Jersey Stakes at Ascot on Saturday - but no runners are showing. Is it usual to wait so long to announce the runners?
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    Rider sues owner over 'naughty horse'

    This is going to be an interesting case - I am not sure if this is insurance companies fighting or what, but it does pose some questions around liability of owners v expectations of riders when horse riding generally, and hunting probably quite specifically, is inherently dangerous. The incident...
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    Cheer up time - horsey jokes

    I feel we need a new happy thread or two for the new lockdown, so how about everyone’s favourite horse related joke or cartoon? I will start us off with an old chestnut (pun entirely intended in this context): Horse walks into a bar. Barman says: “Why the long face?”. :D
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    How many people does it take...

    Q: How many people does it take to change a lightbulb in the Tackroom? 1 to change the light bulb and to post that the light bulb has been changed. 14 to share similar experiences of changing light bulbs and how the light bulb could have been changed differently. 7 to caution about the...
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    Shoes v no shoes and abscesses

    My 18 y.o. field ornament (unknown stifle issues - permanent f.o.) mare has always had front shoes, no hinds. With the current conditions in my field, thick clay that is drying out a bit, but still mid-cannon depth round the gateways, she is frequently losing her shoes. She managed to lose both...
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    The Good Old Days

    Not sure if this has already been posted, but just saw this on FB and it gave me a chuckle. Seems to be a collection of all the other posts we have had on here that appeal to us oldies. Probably mystifying to anyone under 40. :D The good old days All kids rode in a snaffle because usually...
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    Best gloves for winter yard work?

    My hands were frozen this morning in my usual Showa gloves (the stretchy ones with material backs and rubber palms). I have used Sealskinz in past winters, but find them hard to get on and off, especially if its damp, and a bit too thick. Anyone have any recommendations for warm, water resistant...
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    Burghley 1.5 hour queue to get out - Is that normal?

    Hi anyone who goes to Burghley regularly. I hadn't been for years until last weekend, but I was horrified at how long it took to get out on Saturday. It took an hour and 40 minutes to get to the A1 as they seemed to be sending all exiting traffic down one lane. Is this normal or was it just a...
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    Big lump from tick bite!

    Hi All, wondering if any of you have seen more extreme reactions to a tick? I noticed this evening that there was a large (fist sized) swelling up by my mare's teats. At first I thought it was a fat lump, but realised it was all on one side and the lump felt hard. I felt what I thought was a...
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    Weigh tape weight v weighbridge weight

    Seeing a couple of threads on here today re weight: those of you who have weighed their horse on a weighbridge and used a tape - what has been the difference between the 'actual' weight and the weigh tape weight? I imagine it must vary to some degree according to the type of horse, but would be...
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    Horse licking mud off other horse's fetlocks

    Just curious, but has anyone else seen this behaviour? One of my mares licks at the mud on my other mare's hind fetlocks and pasterns. Both horses have access to the field so the mud on the legs is the same as is available in the field (!). I have seen her doing this occasionally over the last 2...
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    Horsebox Camera for £6 using an app and 2 mobile phones

    I have been hunting around for a while for a cheap solution to see what the horses are up to in the back of the box. I have now found a really cheap and effective way to do it after all that searching and only finding expensive cctv camera options. It would have been a lot quicker if I had found...
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    Horse stops and I can't move her. Help!

    Sorry for the long post but I need some help here! I have been riding for 50 years, mostly TBs and warmbloods and suspect I am now being ‘had’ by a pony ☹. I am hoping that someone on the forum may have experienced something similar and be able to suggest a solution. I have a haflinger...
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    Hay nets - always twisted clockwise?

    Yes, Sunday afternoon and bored...so in the interests of research: each of my horses has a haybar and I tie their haynet inside. Yes I know the adverts say 'just put the hay in the haybar' but without haynets they just pull all the hay out and trample it. Every morning I have to 'unwind' the...
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    Muddy Buddy - who's tried it?

    My horse has a patch of mud fever and, googling 'what to do' I came across the Muddy Buddy products. Has anyone on here tried it and, if so, do you have to buy the powder and the cream or can you use just the cream if the horse is not too touchy about the sore bit being touched? Thanks in...
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    Best seats for Puissance at Olympia

    On sale tomorrow - so where is the best place to sit? I want to make sure I get best possible seats tomorrow :)
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    Does your horse sunbathe its 'bits'?

    One of my mares likes to stand with her back end towards the sun, then holds her tail up and to one side so she gets the sun on all the bare the bits under her tail. She does it in the stable or out in the field and seems to enjoy it, positively basking, particularly at this time of year when...
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    Horses that 'get the knock' when you are late.....

    So... I went to get my two in from the field tonight, raining and windy and nasty. I turn up about an hour later than usual so instead of them waiting at the gate as usual, they are standing the other side of the fence, one paddock out. I call to them for 10 mins whilst opening the stables and...
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    Clipped out porker horse and no rugs -cruel?

    I put the weigh tape round my haffie today and was horrified to see she has put on 40kg over the last 4 weeks and is now 80kg overweight - despite having a greenguard on all day when she's out and only 3 sections of hay at night when she is stabled. The grass is still growing here, but if I put...
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    Help please! Western saddles on tubby horses.

    Has anyone out there had any experience of using western type saddles on wide horses? I have a Haflinger mare whose withers are completely flat. She is currently somewhat overweight, but even when she is not, she is very rotund. My Canadian partner would like to start riding her, but he is more...
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    What is the 'kindest' bit?

    Following on from the snaffle post - what type of bit do people think is the kindest and why?
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    How many have gone back from bitless to with bit?

    Just wondering.... I rode my trakehner in a Dr Cook's bitless bridle for the first 3 years I had her as I had become uncomfortable about putting a chunk of metal in a horse's mouth. Not a bunny hugger, but just not sure about some of the things we do to horses. Anyway... but then she had a bit...
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    Lumpy stomach time of year again...

    My mare has various lumps under her stomach from her chest to her udders with scabby bits along the centre line. She has had this before and it does not seem to bother her, plus I have noticed other horses getting something similar at this time of year. Just as a matter of interest.. has anyone...
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    Any Arab horse shoe peeps out there?

    It's my friend's birthday tomorrow and she has just started showing her Anglo Arab under saddle. I thought I would buy her a showing box, as I know she does not have one (for taking out into the ring during the unsaddling phase), but someone told me that in Arab shows the groom usually has the...
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    Haffie calling Horseline...

    My haffie now weighs 80kg more (using a weigh tape) than she did in the summer, so yesterday I put her grazing muzzle on when she went out in the field. Went to put it on again this morning and she ran to the back of the stable and tried to hide her head in the corner. When I put her out she...
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