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    Backing 3/4yr olds

    Had a great lesson and the physio all clear so no physical reason for the rearing so will carry on slowly for now. Then turn away later once established in walk and trot
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    Backing 3/4yr olds

    I was kinda hoping a highland would be easier she is supposed to be taking the reins from the old girl who is mostly perfect. I am working through it. I am not a fan of lunging but have started to lunge her so I can get her down and circles quickly. We do less than 5 minutes each way and she is...
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    Backing 3/4yr olds

    Don't worry about hermosa she's not far behind kitten who is still making only tiny amounts of progress as she has opinions on everything and if it's not for her at that moment she rears. It has and continues to be her default. Was hoping she would outgrown it by now but it's entrenched. Anyone...
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    Backing 3/4yr olds

    Having had a major melt down at the county show in hand, we have finally made a little progress being ridden her default was to rear not saying its sorted as only been ridden 3 times but so far so good. Different saddle too as the one the saddle fitter fitted upset her so now on the look out for...
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    What consitutes a 5 or 10* home?

    5 star home is one where they have 365 day turnout preferrably 24/7 but would concede a few stars for in/out 365 day a year. the duvet day brigade would have me racing to the hills as would those who call horses their babies. That would be my top priority then the ability to know that anything...
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    Backing 3/4yr olds

    Can anyone reccomend a good trainer for Kitten her current one is great but not consistent and personally I think she needs a few weeks to get walk and trot established on a daily basis but I am so out of the loop I no longer have a clue where to start
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    Improving leisure horse welfare

    Think everyone is pretty much singing from the same script but arguing the extremes of which there will always be advocates. Horses in general with some medical exceptions should have the 5 freedoms and yes all horses should have turnout for hours in every 24. Again there are a very few...
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    Mares v geldings

    I prefer mares wouldn't own another gelding. Never know when the mares are in season so guess it doesn't affect them. Never had one that was difficult in any way geldings on the other hand have been gits
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    Elecric fencing Posts & reels etc

    I use uk country store too everything is excellent value and good quality and for about a pound extra comes next day. the delivery has only ever been3 days from order
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    What have you forgotten to take to a show

    Seen a few people drive off with their dog tied to the wheel arch when leaving the show with everyone yelling and dancing in front of them. think the ony thing I have forgotten has been the in hand head gear so had to show in a headcollar
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    Are single dogs happy?

    Willow stays on her own if we go out sometimes for about 8 hours if we are out with family it is rare but she doesn't bother just sleeps
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    Are single dogs happy?

    He is a very lucky boy my dog would hate to share her humans
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    Find me some long reins

    Webbing ones here they're light and not too long got them from a pony website
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    backing

    Just getting around to sitting on Kitten been leading her around today with a rider on board but noticed she is pulling odd faces while moving almost like she is pinching her lips and nose. I expect it is tension but it looks really odd. Is this normal or should I recheck stuff again
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    Competing at the GYS

    What drives me nuts is people standing in the warm up watching either using the horse as a sofa or not aware of the moving animals. Mostly in the wh which means it's dangerous
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    What do you feed your oldie who needs a bit more?

    In which case there are veteran dog foods too usually in the 7+ range my old dog is allergic to almost everything going but is considerably better on the salmon and sweet potato mole valley food. If skinny then sardines in oil go down well with most dogs
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    Competing at the GYS

    It's a wonderful show the lorry parking is quite close if I remember right but quite small. it is very exciting and a lovely atmosphere
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    What do you feed your oldie who needs a bit more?

    Does she have grass hay or both. My oldies have veteran vitality which does them great there is a light version if they are fat
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    Tooth extraction

    This is who did Hazel
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    Tooth extraction

    I paid £1200 for a dental extraction and two fillings all done in an hour and an hours wait for the sedative to wear off good value for money and very professionally done by a vet dental specialist at a local ish venue
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    Its like standing on a precipice

    Trouble is that horses cooped up in stables run around and injure themselves far more often than those that live out 24/7. The track system is great even a grass track works well for most horses even laminitics if you get it right. The biggest issue is horses and ponies are not fit are too fat...
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    Tooth extraction

    Local anaesthetic is used and usually fairly heavy sedation Hazel had an extraction and a couple of fillings 18 months ago at a speciaist dentist it wasn't cheap but so pleased I went (wasn't going to as most people thought at 24 it was a waste of time) but she had a drainning tooth infection...
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    Did you have a pony as a child?

    On frosty winters mornings we would hack to the beach 7 miles away have hot tomato soup from a flask and ham sandwiches dunked in it. There were quite a few of us with our own horses/ponies after lunch we would gallop on the beach jump off huge sand dunes pretending they were the hickstead bank...
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    Did you have a pony as a child?

    Learned t ride at 11 dad bought my first horse when I was 15 when we moved house in an attempt to get me to settle in it worked and made a load of friends and was happy for a long time I don't deal well with change but horses have been my almost constant solace since then
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    Backing 3/4yr olds

    After being an ass about having the saddle on the other day when the trainer was here Kitten got squared up by me and stood quietly and had the saddle dumped on her back girthed up and walked round a dozen or more times as good as gold Don't know what got into her but she was certainly voicing...
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    Thinking about moving to Dumfries & Galloway - questions

    I love to hoiday there but not sure living there would be my choice. Mild wet weather, midgies and the road to nowhere means it seems like a lifetime to get anywhere. It is very beautiful and the people are generally friendly and welcoming
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    Ad - lib Hay

    Big bale hay is the work of the devil in my eyes it should never be left where horses can reach it. Fine for saing money by filling weighed nets. Living out 24/7 means they are trickle fed on very small amounts of fibre they have to move to find it and it is lower in nutritional value as it is...
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    Just had a narrow escape - Amazon undelivered/reschedule delivery

    It is scary how many times OH gets those messages and he doesn't have an Amazon account but gets stuff delivered in his name from my account. I have told him to ignore them as I will track his parcels
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    Tarpaulin cover for hay

    We use car covers but the hay isn't open to the wind lidl ones but you need to add eyelets if you want it outside in a windy spot
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    Crate Training Plateau

    Willow is crate trained but doesn#t like strange houses even in her crate she gets very stressed but will sit in the car for hours as long as its not too hot or cold she would stay there for days. She isn't keen on it moving though. I wish there was some easy way to neutralise the temperature in...
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