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    Lameness help/reassurance please!

    Mine had something similar to that vet back in two weeks x-rayed and it was broken splint bone.
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    Interesting comment from vet re cost of living

    The vet is not suggesting an operation it would probably be athramid which might make the horse comfortable.
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    Interesting comment from vet re cost of living

    It would also be unprofessional if they didn't mention it and give you some options.
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    Desperate need of advice, horse not right after two surgeries! At my wits end.

    This whole situation sounds strange. If your friend has had no problems for years and then suddenly the horse has kissing spines. I thought kissing spines is something they are born with and therefore there would have been problems at an earlier stage. If he is worse now than before the...
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    Interesting comment from vet re cost of living

    If vet treatment is unaffordable but daily costs of a sound horse are affordable people may PTS and then buy another if horse prices drop. In my case 10K vet bills would buy me something decent but I am choosing to spend that money on trying to save my veteran and if that fails I won't buy...
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    Interesting comment from vet re cost of living

    I agree insurance premiums are rising and the cost of vet bills will go up due to increase in costs. I have been insured for the last 15 years and the max per incident is 5k and that has not changed despite inflation and increased costs of treatments and diagnostics. One month of ulcer...
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    Interesting comment from vet re cost of living

    One is plenty for me too. I don't have the time or money for more than one. Most of the people I know with multiple horses have their own land.
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    Injured rider

    Sorry to hear you have such an awful injury. I would not be surprised if the owner has been advised by insurance company to be careful about doing anything that may be considered admitting liability and not get too involved. It is sad that we are in a situation where people are scared of...
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    Interesting comment from vet re cost of living

    I expect so having just spent nearly 5k at vets to get the impaction in my veteran pony tummy removed and have tests plus the treatment of a glandular ulcer at just under 2k for a month. Not sure at the moment what will be covered by insurance as he has a history of spasmodic colic and not sure...
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    Third Time Lucky

    Bright Night Golden Star Aurora
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    Criollo appreciation thread

    They sound great solid sturdy all rounders. A step up from a cob but not so sharp as warmbloods or TB. I expect if suitably trained would be popular.
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    Omeprazole Injections Cost?

    How does it work with the injection if the drug needs to get into the stomach? My pony is going to have the injection and sucralfate paste. If the paste has to be going into an empty stomach and it takes 12 hours of starvation how does that work?
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    Insurance: yes or no?

    I am insured and have been for the last 15 years. I have had a lot of claims in that time. Absolutely no way would I not insure however I only have one horse. In the last two year claims for 1. Suspensory injury 2. Tendonitis 3. Arthritis and now hopefully going to be doing a claim for...
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    What to do...

    My pony was scoped twice a day for 6 days and didn't colic. Bit of long and expensive experience but after a really bad colic we decided to get him scoped. His stomach was still full and it turned out he had a gastic impaction that was in an unusual place. He went into the clinic and it took...
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    Hot Weather management tips

    I have seen 2 horses get heat stroke one at a show and one at yard. Thankfully the show ground was right next to a vets so the pony was taken immediately there for treatment. Both horses survived but very unpleasant. Unfortunately it is very hot on our yard stables are wooden and very little...
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    Mini heatwave

    It is going to be very hot down South the next few days 32 on Friday both myself and pony do not do well in hot weather. Pony full clipped yesterday to try and help him not over heat. I am wfh but will go the office Thursday and Friday as we have aircon. I was talking to YO yesterday and we...
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    Making sure horse has 24/7 access to food in the stable?

    I have a good doer pony. He refused to eat top chop zero, feedmark fibre blocks, and special hay with very low sugar content. He has normal hay soaked in nibleeze net and it does not last him all night. There was no point in giving him the things he refused to eat so as there is nothing really...
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    Horse market

    I think there is still plenty of money around and the people who can afford a 10K + horse as they are high net worth individuals will still be in that situation next year probably. The sound safe competitive all rounder will still command a good price. The money is with middle aged women who...
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    Upset over lameness

    I don't want to worry you but steroids can cause laminitis which is why I would not use them on a native or cob but I expect that your vet would have evaluated your case and told you about the risks. Definitely worth getting vet out to check all ok. I got my NF injected with the gel on Thursday...
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    Can we cope with ban on spurs/whips etc.?

    Is there a reason why voice aids are so frowned on in competitions? I like voice aids and trot on and canter on I use when I used to do a bit of lunge or round pen work and then also could use them when riding. However like others I think bits, spurs, whips etc are actually not the important...
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    Buying dilema

    There are a couple of things to consider if you have not had a cob before and nothing to do with the looks. They can be prone to weight gain be hard to manage unless they are in a decent amount of work. Soaking hay, muzzles and restricting grazing can be hard work and difficult. They can be...
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    Horse age

    If you are buying a school master they can be fab but get a vetting and insure. Also if you think you might want to sell on in a couple of years for example if you wanted to jump bigger etc it might be harder to sell on. My pony is 20 now and is having some age related issues and they started...
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    Hocks and coffin joints. Vet recommends lots of walking but he is a bit colic prone so ideally needs to be kept moving. He is still on small paddock turnout being strip grazed on his own as almost finished rehab for soft tissue injury. He had nearly 9 months of active box rest which although...
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    My 20 year old pony is having it on 8 May. I hope it will help him. He has to do 3 days of box rest and then 10 days of walking and go from there. My friends horse has had it every year since he was 12 and is now 18.
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    How do I find my next forever pony/ horse?

    More information here. They are asking people to test mares as well but the breeding society are not paying for this in the same way the stallion testing. They offered to pay for my pony an ex breeding stallion now gelded to be tested. He tested negative and I spoke to my vet about it at the...
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    How do I find my next forever pony/ horse?

    Information from NF breed society
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    How do I find my next forever pony/ horse?

    If you really want a PSSM free breed then then you are probably looking at new forests. Most of UK stallion lines have been tested as part of the work that breed society has done and they have gone back quite a way back in terms of tracing any ex stallions as well. My pony was an ex stallion...
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    Rehab Help

    You can use oil to put on weight safely it is meant to be also good to help prevent ulcers. Good luck my 20 year old pony had to do 9 months box rest and controlled exercise it is hard and even though he is gentle there were times when he got grumpy. You are at least lucky he is in a pen.
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    How do I find my next forever pony/ horse?

    New forest pony society are doing testing for type 1 and have done extensive testing on a lot of stallion lines in order to attempt to bred out the gene. If it is found in other breeds then other stud books may start doing the same.
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    Rehab Help

    Is he on the same diet as when he was being ridden and in full work? At this time of year there is sugar in the grass, if he is on a high DE hayledge and having two hard feeds he could be having a lot of sugar which could give him a lot of energy. If you are worried about ulcers a low starch...