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    Quick question of the Day - what sort of planning permission do I need for stables?

    We are just sorting the forms for planning permission for a 3 stable block in our garden (we are in North Pembrokeshire) and have reached a small impasse. I think a full form may be needed to cover all eventualities but OH is convinced that we just need HouseHolders Permission as it is on our...
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    Broody Chookie found - to move or not to move.

    A chicken who I thought had been foxed a week ago has turned up on a nest in the hedge with 11 eggs, I now find myself in a quandary as to whether to move her into a coop or just leave where she is.
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    Stable Block - couple of questions

    Finally putting together our planning application for a stable block. I have been thinking about a straight forward 3 box block with 12x12 stables and a larger concrete pad along the front (pad would be about 20x40 feet) I've been asked by the builder whether i want to make the stables larger...
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    Gardening with muck heaps

    I'm trying to circulate 2/3 muck heaps with my two ponies. At the moment I've left one alone for about 3 months soo far and have added some spoiled hay (mud and hay mulchy mess really), but no more muck since November. I was hoping to plant something on it but can't decide what. Its in a...
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    Weird looking Horsebox

    I often just have a look at the odd 3.5 ton horse boxes with an eye to prices, in case I can afford one in the not too distant. I don't know whether prices are coming down slightly, but there seem to be more reasonable prices than previously. Came across this one on FB Marketplace and couldn't...
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    Planning permission - Mobile stables / National Park

    Hi all. I'm on the verge of purchasing a mobile stable system for my new small holding as its getting quite obvious that we need somewhere to stash the ponies to get them off the ground for at least some of the time due to the mud. I do realise that these buildings usually don't usually...
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    Mystery injuries

    So I left the ponies in a different area last night to try and save the ground in their main paddock for a few weeks, went to check on them this morning and the little old lady has got several patches of hair/skin missing around her head and muzzle. Two small ones by her ears and a couple under...
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    Pembrokeshire move - socialising

    We've been here in North Pembs for 6 months now. I'm very new to very rural life and we've made a few friends but struggling to find people to click with. Can anyone recommend any RC clubs or other groups that might be worth a look at joining? I ant seem to find any local book groups etc which...
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    Talk to me about outdoor kittens

    We've now been on the smallholding for nearly 6 months. The ponies are doing a great job keeping the woods mown down, chickens are growing and the cat is very happy. One of our friends down in the village has had an unexpected delivery, one of the tamer ferals that she feeds decided to move in...
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    Young cockerel and hens

    Hiya, We are here in month 4 of small holding living and loving the life. Horses are slowly moving their way through the woods and I now have a lovely flock of 8 young hens free ranging all over. They are mostly cream legbar with a coupe of buff sussex and mostly pretty friendly. I had a...
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    The ponies are coming YIPPEE! - grazing advice needed

    After nearly three months on our new small holding, I got people coming to do the fencing tomorrow and will have the pony finally delivered at the end of June. Managed to source a local companion (grumpy old sec A with attitude but she just has to be in sight of him) and ordering load of...
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    Baby Chickens

    I picked up our new baby chickies on Sunday. 2 Buff Sussex and 6 Cream Legbar (would have been 4 and 4 but apparently the Buff didn't hatch well.) Kept chickens for years but its my first time with babies. They are so cute and we are going to keep them in on heat for at least another 4 weeks or...
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    New paddocks :)

    So we're in the new house. Yay Now to create new paddocks. We have a couple.of options. I'm not sure whether to make a few smaller paddocks or a larger one that we can then subdivide as needed. https://photos.app.goo.gl/g5noeawFtKjrg9UN6 Area 1. Currently large garden, would make about a half...
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    Raising chicks = tell me all

    So we are currently kicking our heels in a temporary house in Pembrokeshire waiting for our house purchase to finally get sorted and completed. I'm running through plans of what we can do once we move into our new smallholding. As a fun mini project I'm giving thought to raising some chickens...
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    Pony has ouchy feet - not sure what to do....

    So coblet is acting lame for the first since I've had him (nearly 6 years). Rode him over the weekend and he was very reluctant to trot on hard surfaces. hes been off work for a few days and still is nodding on (I think) the front offside. He hasn't had any change of management. Foot doesn't...
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    Moving to Smallholding - land questions

    SO We've finally accepted an offer on our house and it looks like our move to a smallholding in Wales is going full steam. We have a 3.5 acre smallholding lined up in North Pembrokeshire only 10 min drive from the coast. To say I'm excited is the understatement of the year, even the OH is now...
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    Shopping - driving harnesses

    Any recommendations on to where to find a reasonably priced driving harness for a 14hh cob with a broad back and a chunky head? Tried a friend's cob-sized synthetic on him and the saddle gave virtually no wither clearance and was squeezing in behind his shoulders. However all the rest of the...
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    Hacking in Pembrokeshire (North)

    Hi all, If the fates are kind then we will be moving to North Pembs this year. I have a coblet who mostly hacks and will be on the lookout for new routes and people to meet. We will hopefully be based between Newport and Cardigan just off the main A-road If anyone can advise good hacking...
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    Window shoppong - first riding pony

    Now I'm not looking seriously at the moment, not least because of lockdown. But the mini me is very keen on ponies and has been having lessons and so.e rides on my coblet. However he is of the sort to take the Michael if you dont have a back up.to your leg and he is just not a first ridden...
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    What colour is my pony?

    My BC pony Captain has been with me for 5 years now and I'm still not sure what colour he technically is. I usually just say black. .. His passport says blue Roan. But I thought you cannot have roans with big white markings. Any coat experts out there able to make any educated guesses? His...
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    Riding banned in France and other countries in lockdown

    Ok. Yeaterday someone I know posted on FB that she had been told that horse riding had been banned in france and anyone becoming injured as a result of riding faced a fine during lockdown as a waste of ambulance and medical resources. Today I saw this post shared by several others ❗️ATTENTION...
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    Training - Driving Cob

    I've started longlining the coblet who has taken to it like he's been doing it all his life. Happy to go round the village at any pace, could do with a bit more patience standing at junctions but nothing silly. My working theory is he was a gypsy/traveller horse before being dumped in a field...
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    Pony stood on daughters foot

    Took mini one (7yo) down to the yard today for a treat ride. Allowed her to walk pony up to the gate but then the second I took my eyes off them to unbolt it he trod on the side of her foot trying to get his head down. Ride didnt happen as it was getting late and he foot was painful. Got her...
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    If fear I may have made a mistake...

    I just bought my 7yo daughter her first 'proper' riding lesson. She loves playing and riding with C so much I thought it would do her good to have a go on something closer to her size. This may be the next monetary sinkhole in my life if she get's bitten by the bug!
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    Happy hacks

    I don't know whether the sunny weather has improved my mood significantly but I've been finding the pony hilarious on hacks over the last few weeks. Whether its jumping over puddles for no reason or giving the wary eyes and sideways gavottes at blades of grass that have the temerity to blow in...
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    Ouchie - broken hand

    Now I don't usually jump but there were a few cross poles in the school last night so I thought 'Why not'.So pony got quite into it, even cantering up to the jumps which is very unlike him,usually he likes to demolish them. We decided to the last one which was a bit bigger, pony took off...
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    Local stray with kittens - thinking about adopting.

    Long story short - possible dog adoption has been put on hold for the time being. In the meantime a heavily preggers kitty turned up on our cul-de-sac, no body has claimed her and a local lady (experienced) has taken her in to foster her while she had the kittens. Had a video back from her first...
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    All day turnout.

    Ive really enjoyed moving yards as cobley is now only 5 mins walk from home instead of 20 min drive. New yard have offered to start keeping them out full time as the grass is coming on nicely and the clay fields are nicely drained. I would like to do this but have two niggly thoughts. One is...
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    Traditional cob showing

    I did a tiny local show last December just for the hell of it (something I've never done before) and the judge said the bog beast would do quite well in a Trad Cob or Gypsy Vanner Class. Anybody know of some fun shows in the Oxfordshire area? Best pics I could find of him side on - any thoughts...
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    Best breeds for considering for first time dog owning family.

    So the OH has tentatively opened the door on dog ownership in the future year or so. He's not a 'doggie' person but wants our 7yo daughter to have the experience. I've had dogs during my teenage years, but nothing at home in the last 20 years, although I have many years of volunteering at a...
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