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  1. my bfg

    Saddle type query for horse with possible sacroiliac joint issue

    My girl has been diagnosed with a possible issue with her sacroiliac joint, obviously am following Vet/Chiro advice to the letter, but as shes currently not showing any symptoms we've got the ok to ride, which we've done a little of but it's going well I got to thinking tonight, as I ride in a...
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    what the heck is wrong with some folk?

    Yard is divided into three blocks, my block consists of me, a very good mate and a M and D. M seemed lovely, D (my age) well known for having a chip on her shoulder but I'm pretty thick skinned so just ignore her bitchiness Last year I lost my girl to arthritis and D messaged me to ask if I...
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    help with mouldy bridle required

    Said leather bridle was hung in a lorry container type tack room over winter and went mouldy, have cleaned it several times (with saddle soap) is stored in a bridle bag and have since moved tack rooms to an airy wooden one, but within a week of storage it's mouldy again. Anyone have any tips to...
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    western saddle fitters near kings lynn, norfolk?

    Hello all, wanting to pick your brains. I'm looking to buy a western saddle but am struggling to find a fitter in my area, can anyone recommend someone please?
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    would you pay for this service?

    Just brewing an idea at the moment a thought I would run it past you all: I love doing Le Trec/Handy Pony type courses with my horse, I feel it improves the bond between us and is something different to do that gets us thinking as a team. Also set them up for friends. I like the designing...
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    Introducing Tilly Trotter

    After travelling what felt like the length and breath of England, I then found this lovely girl on my doorstep (just two villages away). I would like to introduce Tilly (Tilly Trotter, she didn't have a name but this seemed to suit her) she's an 11yo 16.2hh ISH, she arrived home seven weeks ago...
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    how did you know you were ready?

    My first own horse, my beautiful girl, was put to sleep two weeks ago, as among other medical issues her arthritis had advanced to the point I could no longer keep her pain free. I will honestly miss her forever, she was my world, but i will admit I'm completely lost without a horse to care...
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    saying goodnight to my beautiful girl today

    After 8 years of having the absolute honour of looking after my beautiful girl her arthritis has advanced to the point I can no longer keep her pain free. From the moment we met she was a little fighter, she's been through so much but still adores people and is truly a gentle giant. The last...
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    what nifty "trick" does your horse do?

    When my mare was on box rest a few years ago she learnt to poo in a trug, if the trug fell over she would reverse up and poo over the low "window" of her converted field shelter. Even when she was only stabled at night she still used the trug or very near it She now has a stable with a mini...
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    any experience of horses taking the mick out of certain people?

    A mate up the yard kindly offered to get my mare "E" in late afternoon (which E prefers) over winter in exchange for me sorting her horses late yards when I finished work later on. A few weeks ago E was on boxrest for a few days so my mate got her out to skip out, went to put her back in and...
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    2015 is our milestone year!!

    I started this year with zero confidence for hacking, on one attempt my girl napped, slipped on a patch of grass nearly onto her knees and I hit the tarmac. The next time we headed out I literally had a panic attack when she napped as I was terrified she would slip again. We've had months of...
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    Is a thumbs up better than showing a palm?

    I'm off work this week so have made the most of having daylight and hacked out each day. I've found that if I pull over for a car to pass and put my palm up and say thank you it often results in the car driver doing almost an emergency stop whilst scowling at me, but if i give a thumbs up every...
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    Shocking fellow livery behaviour tonight

    I've posted before about a fellow livery thinking it was funny to allow her dog to jump up at my mares fly fringe. I told her it was unacceptable behavior and asked her to keep her dog away from my mare, she started shouting at me then stopped talking to me. This weekend I poo picked my...
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    List for travelling - anything I've forgotten?

    Taking my mare to the vets practice tomorrow to get her marble removed (its about an hour away) but I haven't travelled her out of the village for over 7 years and am trying to make a list of things I need, so far I've got: Passport and payment for my mate who's taking her in her box (she's a...
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    Behavioural problems when changing feed??

    For the past couple of weeks I've been weaning my girl off happy hoof and on to fast fibre, last night was the first feed where she had just the fast fibre, she was a bit bolshy when picking her feet out tonight but after she was put in her stable and had her tea (a third of the amount of fast...
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    To all those who lack confidence - theres hope!!

    I've posted before about my low confidence regarding hacking, which hit rock bottom after our first proper attempt when my mare napped, slipped nearly onto her knees and I came off. The next time we went out (with our instructor) I literally nearly had a panic attack which obviously worried my...
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    Yard rules for dogs - very annoyed post

    Following the dogs on yards thread does anyone's yard actually have set rules? All the dogs I've known on yards have been well behaved and only appear for a quick fuss and to see if the farriers left anything tasty but stay clear of the horses. But tonight to be honest I'm fuming at one...
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    Bach flower remedies, anyone use for riding?

    I'm finding it very difficult to relax when hacking, I get worried and I tense up, which makes my girl worry and start napping and spooking which makes me worse, its a vicious circle! The rare occasion I've managed to calm down my girls been a star so its definitely me getting her worked up...
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    Why do we do it?

    I receive regular chiropractic treatment following a fall a few years ago, last friday my mare played up when the farrier tried removing a shoe, I decided to try and got my arm ripped apart by the clenches, turned out they were painful as shes developed seedy toe, scrubbing said seedy toe...
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    A customer service related wwyd

    I'm very lucky that in my local area there are quite a few feed merchants. One is slightly cheaper but a bit of a trek so I normally go there when I need to stock up. A week ago i bought, amongst other things, two packs of hay blocks in plastic packs, one pack was fine one full of mould...
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    arthritis supplement help

    Hi my 9yo spaniel x lab x collie has been diagnosed with arthritis in his hips and near fore, I want to start him on a joint supplement asap but as he and little dog eat together and share their meals I would prefer a tablet/capsule I can give to him so I know he's had his daily dose, can anyone...
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    rug search - please help me find the name

    Spotted a turn out rug in the private selling bit at the saddlers, trotted off to measure up horse, went back today to find it sold and didn't get the brand. Very nice saddler lady looked in the sales book and found it to be a weetherbeeta. It was unusual as it was a heavy weight with a fixed...
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    little confidence boost- yey :)

    My mare considers all grey horses and ponies as terrifying (possibly as they may be ghosts??) we were in the school tonight working around an assault course of cones, tyres, poles and uprights (first time she's been in a school with them) when she spooked at a grey pony being led past, jumped...
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    how to encourage Ned to use new treat ball?

    Got my girl a treat ball a couple of weeks ago, popped some fibre cubes in it and rolled it around in front of her. She worked out there was food on the go but seemed to think it was coming from me. I left her to it but I've never noticed her playing with it (and cube amount never goes down)...
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    clipper query

    Hi all was wondering if its possible to get clippers with blade covers to enable grades of clip like human hair clippers, but tough enough to deal with thick feathers? If so are any brands recommended? X
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    anyone not have insurance?

    Well normally I would never even consider not having insurance on my mare, but have been reading through her policy for this year and it seems that everything that's ever been wrong with her including some strange untrue issues based on her pre-purchase vetting, is no longer covered, so its...
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    first proper hack tomorrow - help!

    In all the years my mare and me have been together, due to illness on both sides plus my lack of confidence we've only ever attempted one hack (with a friend on her steady horse) we encountered a very stoney path and had to turn back (she was unshod at the time) have arranged a hack (just...
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    mad idea re: turn out?

    Over the last 2 years my girl has gone from hating being stabled to absolutely loving it, in august we moved from a field with a field shelter that I put a door on to create a stable for night time to a yard with stables with a short walk to the fields (DIY with no assistance) A couple of...
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    to those of you whos neds are on ad-lib hay

    How many slices count as ad-lib for your Ned overnight? My mare has started showing symptoms of stomach ulcers so she's on ad-lib hay when stabled at night, have had a few comments regarding how much she gets through, at 8 slices a night (double netted) she still has a bit left in the...
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    very very happy post!

    After 4 years of my girl having abscesses then lami and me with my bad back, this week we have both been declared well enough to start riding again at the same time! Although if my girl was unable to be ridden again she would obviously still have a loving home for life, after just sitting on her...
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