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    Bringing a horse back into work after tenosynovitis?

    Ralph developed tenosynovitis in May of this year, he was on box rest for 6 weeks and then restricted to a small paddock. After 5 weeks, he was given the all clear to be ridden; however, I was then informed that I required surgery which will include a 6-8 wk recovery, so I decided to give him...
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    Equine Massage....do you use practitioners?

    I'm considering a career change, having worked in the NHS for too many years I need to change and do a job that can incorporate my hobby. How many people use massage as a form of therapy for your horse?? If so, do you see a benefit in your horses well-being/performance after the massage? Is...
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    Best 4x4 for towing?

    My trusty old discovery died last year and I had a wee accident, so was out of action for a while. I now need to get back into showing and have a great trailer, but nowt to tow it? What do you guys recommend?? I was considering an old defender as I've always had Landies, but even old ones are...
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    Ridden Hunter Classes

    Not competed in Ridden Hunter classes for a few years and hope to have a go this year....My question is, is it ok to use a pelham bit instead of a double?? I think my horse will go better in one, rather than his double. What's the general consensus?? I hope to get back to PUK events and maybe...
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    Cost of running 3.5t lorry and Co2 emissions

    I have always had a Landrover and trailer, however, it has become expensive to run a landrover on a daily basis, plus it has died :( I am thinking of getting a 3.5t lorry for Ralph my 16.2hh hunter type (stocky) and wondered what would be the best type of lorry to buy?? I live in Kent and...
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    Fractured patella....has anyone ever done it?

    Having just got fit after 2yrs off of riding, I managed to have another accident and fractured my patella (knee cap)! Has anyone ever done this and how long was it before you was back riding??
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    Best riding club to join in KENT

    For many years I belonged to Wrotham and District riding club, but this folded last year. Can anyone suggest a good one around this area?
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    Sand school etiquette

    I stable my horse at a large livery yard and generally ride during the day, so have the luxury of schooling during the day. However, my shift patterns have changed and I tend to finish work at 4pm and get to the yard at around 5pm. Since October, I've not had much oppertunity to ride due to...
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    Strange behaviour----sorry its actually quite long!!!!

    Ralph has always been a good horse, he came to us as a rescue when he was a yearling. He was stabled at the same yard for approx 6yrs, he became very attached to my pony and they were always together. Unfortunately, I had to leave my yard and moved the pair to a very remote and quiet yard...
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    Magnetic boots--do they help??

    Having already asked about feed suppliments for joints last night, I'm now wondering about the use of magnets? My farrier said that Ralph was getting a bit stiff behind, he's 13 or 14, not too sure as he is a rescue, but have known him since he was approx 1yr old. He has had an odd lameness...
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    Best joint suppliment

    As the post states really, can anyone suggest a good one for my 13/14yr old 16.2 hunter type. My farrier has suggested that he is stiffer on the hind quarters and has recently had a mystery lameness. Vet could not find anything, been box rested and now back out for a few hours a day. He is...
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    When do you call time on handling a dangerous horse?

    As the title really, when do yard owners and grooms stop handling dangerous liveries? A horse at my yard has now caused two nasty accidents requiring hospital visits. At what point do you refuse to handle such horses?
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    Boots for dressage

    I am 6 months back in the saddle after an accident that resulted in knee surgery and 18 months off riding. Prior to this I used to do a bit of dressage and a fare amount of showing. As I'm not so hot on running at the mo, I'm going to concentrate on my dressage and hope to compete in June My...
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    Grooming, what do you do and how often??

    The post about tacking up got me thinking about grooming and what I do, so, I wondered what other people do?? I trained as a groom many years ago, so was taught to brush off, quarter and strap a horse, so, now I tend to be a bit of a grooming fiend I generally brush off first/quarter in the...
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    Good dressage boots

    Having been out of competitions for nearly two years due to injury, until my accident, I had been more of a showing bod and dabbled in dressage, but now I'm not too good at running up, so, it is dressage for me Can anyone suggest a good pair of boots with a good tread as I need to be able to...
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    New Forest Ponies v Welsh D's

    Help.....I have always been a Welsh D owner/freak and vowed only to have Welsh ponies, however......a friend of mine has 4 New Forest (reg) 2yr olds that need homes (i'm also partial to rescues ) Now having always owned D's I have not got a clue about NF ponies and showing them etc, as I would...
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    Back in the saddle and ready to go...

    Well after 15 months of not riding due to a white van man and the M20! I am back riding, its been a long haul, but I've been back in the saddle since October and thanks to my trainer Mark, Ralph has been ticking over nicely. Mark has patiently watched over me since October and been a great...
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    How to prevent clipper rash?

    Last year, I clipped Ralph only an adapted trace as he was only being schooled by my trainer. He developed a really nasty rash to his neck that required flamazine cream from the vet. I've been clipping him for years, usually a full clip and never had a problem. So, I'm a tad worried he's...
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    First ride in 15 months up date

    Well having been given the all clear to ride today I had a great ride under the supervision of Mark my trainer who has kept Ralph going for the last 15 months. Mark worked Ralph in and then helped me on board. My knees felt great, it was my thighs and groin that gave me gip Forgotten how to...
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    Arthitis in dogs and Glucosolamine

    My 10yr old collie cross was in a car accident with me last year and was ejected from the car, I'm not sure how far she travelled due to my own injuries. She appeared to only have cuts to her paws and showed no sign of other injuries when she was examined. over the past month or so, she has...
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    The man from Del Monte, he said yes!

    After 15 months and 3 operations later, I have been give the all clear to ride Today I saw my consultant and he has said its ok to ride (just dont fall off ) So, Mark my trainer is riding tonight and then I'm going to get on board, just a tad nervous My wonderful trainer and now friend has...
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    Four weeks and three days to R Day! Advice please!

    Well, I have not ridden now for 15 months and 3 operations on my knees later, I'm hoping that I will be given the all clear to ride in 4 weeks I had an ACL reconstruction on my knee in April and now nearly 6 months post op. Has anyone got any advice on how to approach riding again? I've been...
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    follow on from Kirst's post.......a mini rant about ppl who interfere

    Kirst was saying that her YO said she was too small to ride her horse! What right do people have to interfere in what we do with our horses, if we are of course acting correctly and in the horses interest. I had a similar event yesterday which left me livid. I have 30 years horsey experience...
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    Lame on near fore

    I'm worried about Ralph, I dont normally worry but as I've been out of riding for the past year ( I think he may be putting it on as he knows I'm able to ride in 6 weeks ) and he has been exercised by my instructor and a friend takes him out for a hack occasionally. I have started lunging him...
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    Preferred turn out - mixed or seperate?

    For the past 20 years, I have been at yards that have mixed herds. There has never been a problem and all the horses have been happily mixed. Last year, a few dominant mares came to the yard and have rocked the herd, by 'turning' the geldings, mine being one of them. He has been pinned...
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    I'm soooooo proud of myself

    Having survived a near fatal car accident last July, I have been on a long physical and emotional journey, watching the courageous journey my friend who was with me at the time has been through as well, she sustained life threatening injuries that she has now overcome and hopefully will be...
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    Trailer towing courses in South East

    Does anyone know of any courses run for trailer towing? I have towed for years, but, due to a car accident last year, I have lost my nerve a tad and need some confidence lessons with an instructor, just to get me back on the motorway. I dont need to do the test as I passed my test in 1986...
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    Livery yards in Kent

    Does anyone know of any quiet yards approx 10-15 mile radius of Bexley........NOT in Bexley or Swanley. Must have good safe hacking, sand school, trailer parking and allow your own instructor/farrier/vet/single sex turn out etc, thank you in advance xxxxx
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    Gelding that now thinks he's entire again........

    HELP.....My boy Ralph who is 11 and I have known him since a yearling, has always been a boys boy! He has never shown any interest in Mares what so ever and has always been in a mixed herd, that was until last year when an old girl shuved her bottom in his face and did the disgusting thing...
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    Potential problem with emissions charges and horse transport

    Last night a horse at my yard needed to be taken to the vets asap due to a possible fractured hock( xrays NAD so far good news). We spent over an hour trying to find a box to accomidate the mare how was over 17hh and could not travel in a trailer. Having phoned about 6 transporters, some were...
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