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    Would you put a horse with colic through surgery?

    I probably would, but it would depend. I put my mare through colic surgery 2 years ago when she was in foal. she had 3 foot of gut resected, as she'd swallowed a small length of wire and had badly damaged her gut. Both mare and foal survived and (touch wood) mare has been fine since...
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    Post Colic Surgery Belly Band

    This is what the vet used for my mare post colic surgery. That said, she was in foal, so maybe a belly band was contra-indicated. Hope your friends horse heals soon, but I'm finding it slightly weird that you have vets who can do colic surgery, but not ones who have an xray machine!!!
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    How many people realistically keep their horse as a pet?

    My arab broodmare is now just a pet. she's only 11, but won't be bred from again, as she had colic surgery when she was in foal last time. I love her to bits and she is just a huge pampered pet. She's kept on a yard with facilities that we rarely use, but I like the yard and the stables...
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    tell me about arabs/youngsters?

    My mare has an extra wide 17 inch ideal ramsay. Arabs are wide! I should also add, my yearling has been wonderful to work with. She takes everything in her stride and learns fast. So far, I've found nothing she's frightened of. We went for our first walk down the lanes last weekend and...
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    tell me about arabs/youngsters?

    Do it! I promise you won't regret it! Arabs are very intelligent, so you need to make sure you start them properly. If you get it wrong, they will remember, but they'll remember if you get it right too. Here are my girls. Mum and yearling daughter!
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    hes decided that he no longer wishes to be turned out, stable is much nicer

    My arab mare (currnetly on box rest due to mud fever) was all keen to go out with the others this morning, so I thought I'd take her for a walk. We got as far as the barn entrance, when she saw how hideous the weather was, stopped in her tracks, planted herself and turned round back to her...
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    What do livery users want?

    my priorities are Well fenced paddocks (post and rail; permanent post and electric; equimesh etc) with self filling troughs well maintained paddocks (rolled, harrowed, fertilized, weed killed and reseeded) Good worming programme for whole yard (best one I've seen used on a yard was the...
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    Hitchlocks?

    I have a bulldog hitchlock for my 506. As well as locking the hitch to the car, you can put the lock on over the tow hitch while it is attached to the car, which is so useful! Not cheap, but recommend it.
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    Likits and fussy horses

    My horses (all 4) are normally greedy pigs, but none of them like likits. Am I missing a trick for introducing them to them? as I have likits and likit holders and no one touches them! Or do I just have odd horses? After tips please!
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    Rugging- When does it become silly!?

    I hate over-rugging with a passion. However, I have almost lost a native pony that was in a medium weight rug to hypothermia on a wet day too. I have very little shelter, which unfortunatly I can do nothing about. My ponies come in at night. None are in work so they are unclipped. 2 are...
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    Final Height Question?

    Brilliant thank you! I have feeling the outcome is going to be scary!!! I'll do it in the morning.
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    Final Height Question?

    Thanks, I'll try that tomorrow. By point of elbow, do you mean her armpit?
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    Final Height Question?

    How do I string test? I should add, she's 17 months now.
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    Final Height Question?

    I know no one knows for sure, but I'm curious as to people's thoughts on how big my homebred arab filly will get to. I've not bred before, so I'm not sure how much they grow between the ages of 18 months and 4/5 years. I measured my filly tonight and shes just over 14hh on the withers and...
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    Tack shops Dorset?

    Aivly in Ringwood is amazing. Its actually Hampshire, but close enough! Also equishop in Salisbury, which is in Wiltshire, but again, pretty close and very very good.
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    Please keep your fingers crossed - colic surgery

    Thats really positive news!!!!!!!!!! :) I really hope he's fine with the increased food intake. I'm pretty sure that when my mare first poo ed again after her surgery it was pretty infrequent, as she wasn't eating much at all. But, the fact that he has produced poo means that his guts are...
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    Colitis

    This doesn't really sound like true colitis to be honest, but more like some kind of colicy thing. Colitis is a severe gastro-intestinal upset and causes very odourous loose faeces, a very high temperature and an extremely poorly horse. My mare had this in January this year. She has...
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    Tell me about your yearlings :)

    My homebred arab yearling is 16 months now. Shes been to a few shows including county level, leads nicely, picks her feet up, ties up, loads, stands quietly on the trailer, is rugged, has her legs hosed down and stable bandage applied when needed, has had her bridle bath cut using clippers...
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    Please keep your fingers crossed - colic surgery

    Any updates on George? Fingers crossed for him. I have a mare who had colic surgery when she was in foal. That was two years ago and I now have her and a healthy yearling, she was re-sected too, as she'd swallowed a small length of wire that had damaged her gut. There is hope, although...
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    Need Experience's! Which Breeds are good for Western Riding

    Ditto arabs. But they do need a slightly different shaped saddle to accomodate their shorter backs. My arab is only a yearling, but I'm planning a trip to the states when shes backed to buy her western tack. I rode western alot as a child. Quarter horses and appoloosas are other...
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    Peter Beck Horse Chiropractor....

    I've used Peter before several times and he is very good.
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    Before winter coats appear...show me your yearlings :)

    Heres my yearling filly, Jazmine aged 15 months Eastworth Harri x Marbon Medina Pure arabian and one at 12 month old She's a keeper!
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    How do I teach to stand up square?

    I'm doing my first show with my yearling next week. I've been trying to teach her to stand up nicely. She will now stand still and stretch her neck out (breed thing) but I can't get her to stand square. Does anyone have any ideas how to teach this? Shes an arab if that helps.
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    miracle baby

    Fabulous News! I too have a 15 month old filly out of a mare that had a full colic surgery with resection when she was three months in foal. Vets weren't overly hopeful for foals survival, and treated the mare as they would any other. Filly is now 15 months and totally fine. I've been...
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    New trailer - what equipment/kit do I need?

    Yes! Drive the good tyre onto it and it lifts the bad one off the ground enough to change it. No need to unload, which on the side of a busy road makes it worth every penny.
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    New trailer - what equipment/kit do I need?

    I have a trailer aid and have used it, without a horse on board to be fair, but it makes changing a tyre so easy! worth every penny! I have a step box that I keep in my trailer and pop in the back of the car when i have a horse on board. In it I keep: Alum keys and wrench for trailer...
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    Rugging up, When How and What?! YOUNGSTERS

    My yearling is in a full neck fly rug and a mask with ears and nose bit. I did have to put a couple of tucks in the neck of the rug to make it fit though. She was rugged as a weanling though, so was ued to wearing a rug. Probably worth popping your yearling in a stable the first time you...
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    Rolling after eating

    Thanks. Hopefully I'm just worrying too much. I think I take more notice of what she does because of her history, I'd probably not have even noticed if it was one of my others.
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    Rolling after eating

    Thanks. I did wonder if she's doing it just because she wants to and she can, but with her history it is concerning me!
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    Rolling after eating

    My mare does love to worry me. For the last few days she's rolled straight after being fed. Just a normal roll, no pawing, no belly watching, kicking or anything. Shes out 24/7 on minimal grass as she is fat and just gets a handful of happy hoof once a day with supplements in, watered down...
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