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    Dog Prices!!!!

    What is with the over inflated prices at the moment? I sadly lost my dog in March and would now like another but prices are horrendous - even older out of the cute puppy phase dogs are in the thousands!!! I have to work so dont fit the critera for many rescues that like you to be home all...
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    Any dobermann people

    I have a 7yr old Dobey.
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    Equibeet getting expensive - and Speedibeet even worse :(

    Sugar beet is a winter crop though!!!
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    Unethical breeding?

    We bought a 4yo unbacked IDxISH backed gently, then turned away over winter. Brought back into work as a 5yo and he started misbehaving, realised it was more pain related than behavioural so vet called, x-rayed and arthritis in both hocks. Hocks medicated, but the outcome looks grim for such a...
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    Puzzled by Ginny's Nappiness

    I would get a really good mctimmoney chiropractor out to look at her. My horse had niggly issues that slowly got worse, I had vets, pysio, saddler, dentist and vet again and all said nothing wrong!! Finally got a 3rd vet who said he looks misaligned in his pelvis, he'd just finished studying...
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    choosing a stallion

    Might be too late for this year as the breeding season is almost over but worth putting together for next year. Or offering a late deal. I'd want to see a professional advert or website with good conformation pictures, a video of him being stood up, walked and trotted up on the hard and a...
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    Space at home for horses

    Do you have horses already? Are they happy to be stabled all day? Are they still quiet to be ridden from being in a lot? Personally I would investigate renting a paddock or paddocks nearby to see what your options are? E.g. How do you get from home to field? Is it walkable or do you need to...
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    Paddock Topping

    We were advised to go for a flail mower, it mulches the grass cuttings into tiny pieces that then feed the growing grass. We cut and rest the paddock keeping the horses off for a minimum of two weeks to allow the clippings to fully break down as obviously cut grass is lethal if ingested.
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    Renting yard to professional

    If you are unsure of value, I'd ask a specialist agency to handle it for you, what to charge etc, yes they will take a commission but it might be worth the peace of mind. Check your insurance covers you renting and making an income from the yard, you will also need to inform hmrc, even if there...
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    Renting yard to professional

    Are you including turnout? Even most pros consider turnout an important part of exercise and horse well being now. I too would want a hefty deposit, a tight contract saying what they are responsible for, damage, repairs, general upkeep, poo picking, paddock maintenance etc. Also you might...
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    sand school riding surface??? the big question !

    Our school is approximately 15 years old, we are on clay, and no clay does not drain well, you will need proper French drains or the clay will compact and hold the water. Our surface is sand and rubber chips, I don't know what grade of sand it is but when dry the rubber dissapeared into the...
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    Horse nervous of others in the warm up - tips please

    Depending on distance I would warm up at home so if he's a monkey you can just mooch about the car park.
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    Professional schooling - yay or nay?

    Yes!! A pro can install buttons, teach it movements or help iron out any issues quicker than your average rider. Many of us buy young or green horses as it's all we can afford so we often need a bit of extra help, there's no shame in that. I'm not the worlds best rider but I school my oh's 4yo...
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    How much would you pay for grass livery?

    I would want the post and rail electrifying to discourage chewing or leaning over, will save you a fortune in the long run!! Does the land cope with 24/7 x 365days grazing? You need to put some money aside each month for grass seed and fertiliser, both of which are quite expensive, but...
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    Indian Ring neck parrots

    After much deliberation I think I will go for an Alexandrine as I have been told by several breeders they have an easier temperament than an irn. The only downside is price, I was looking at either a blue or yellow irn, but the price for a blue Alex is £4K+ or £250 for a green!! Guess green is...
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    Indian Ring neck parrots

    Oh I have decided against a cockatoo as I realise they need a lot more than I can give being inexperienced, which is why I'd consider a smaller bird. As much as I'd like a cockatoo and have the space and finances, I'd feel awful if I had to rehome something due to my ignorance. More research...
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    Indian Ring neck parrots

    Thanks for the replies, yes I have looked briefly on preloved and as much a id like to rescue/rehome a bird from there I'm not experienced enough to take on one with problems, I'd prefer to buy young from a reputable breeder that offers back up support. my Grandad had a cockatoo he worked on...
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    Indian Ring neck parrots

    I've always wanted a parrot or cockatoo, and have done some research online and I think a Indian ring neck might be a good option? Are they a good beginner bird? Is it best to get a single bird or pair? I'm lucky to be at home all day although I'm outside with the horses for a few hours...
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    Need help please, do i get a third dog?

    I would say no, I have 3 dogs 2 terriers and a Doberman, the dobe is youngest and was last in and it was hard work. He's 5 and still very playful and has too much bounce for the other twos liking!! All 3 of them however seem to be more human focused than canine I'd say. Only on walks do they...
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    Flea collars that work

    Pmsl!! No I meant the dog!! Much better cuddles than a man!! ��
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    Flea collars that work

    Thanks, will ask my vet as he also sleeps in my bed!!
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    Flea collars that work

    Hi can anyone recommend a flea collar that works that I can buy online.
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    Best turnout rugs?

    600d no fill rainsheets, tend to be shower proof rather than fully waterproof. I have a 1200d Amigo no fill rug that is fully waterproof but it's not freezing cold so even my poncy WB's are out naked overnight. Also bear in mind the rugs may not be new and may have been washed and not fully...
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    Setting up a livery yard - advice pls.

    Proper fencing eg wooden posts with mains electric thick horse tape. Small herds with plenty of space is ideal, horse owners aren't like sheep or dairy farmers!! A 20x40 arena will cost £25k+ for a professional installation, but if you can do the groundwork and fencing yourself and just buy...
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    Am I being too picky for my budget?

    We were on a limited budget so I emailed a few breeders directly and ended up buying an unseen 4yo direct from Ireland from the breeder. Different search criteria than you, but I paid less than half your ideal budget including door to door delivery buying direct rather than thru a dealer. It...
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    Suggestions for new horsebox paintwork colours please!

    We had ours sprayed in vw Harvey moon cream and am thrilled with it. It's a nice rich cream colour and a few people that were looking at getting a horsebox built by the people that did ours commented they'd want the same colour. It do Es show every splash of dirt though- my last one was a Volvo...
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    Pure sand as an outdoor school surface

    There are loads of types of sand, and there are then different grades within those types!! The best is multi washed silica sand, all the muck is washed away leaving just pure sand that is multi sided so it knits together, I'd prefer a firmer sand to a deep sand personally as long as there was...
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    Sycamore leaves! Seeds who has trees in there field?

    This year seems to be super bad for the saplings, it is the saplings in the spring and seeds in autumn that can cause problems I believe. Not all saplings and seeds are toxic only some, so as you say some have trees in or neighbouring their fields for years with no problems. We had two next to...
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    Arena top up suggestions on a budget

    Thanks, but I really want to avoid carpet fibres, as they need to well watered to work, this has been confirmed by a couple of companies now, otherwise the product works its way back on top of the surface and needs to be rotavated back in and we don't have the equipment. Anyone tried x ride...
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    Rubber suppliers Lincolnshire

    Lol yes sorry a rubber top up for my arena!! Should have said, sorry. Thanks I'll look them both up. ��
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