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    Norman's Rockley Update

    My horse came back from Rockley 6 months ago today. I have continued her rehab over the winter and she is now in proper, full work. Just follow Nic's advice and you will be fine. I'm beyond delighted with how my horse has done since she went there. When she got to Rockley she was so lame she...
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    Barefoot Transition - issues with soundness in arena

    Her diet is probably a huge factor. As someone said above, forage plus, pro hoof or eqivita are the best ones balancers you can get. Healthy hoof is not great either. Alpha beet would be better with minerals and plenty of forage. You also need to get her moving, if she is not sound ridden...
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    Lameness? What would you do in my shoes

    Read the Rockley farm blog. Your horse most likely doesn't need shoes to work. That would be my first port of call.
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    A show update on the not so "schoolmistress" mare

    A huge well done!! So pleased to read this. Definitely onwards and upwards (in the right way!).
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    Fracrtured Back - Lost nerve -Sell horse? WWYD

    I fractured my back coming up to 5 years ago now. I was very lucky not to be paralysed. Sobering to say the least. Don't make any rash decisions. It may be that you don't want such a challenge when you get back on- and that is absolutely fine. But you may decide that's what you want, so give...
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    Old dog, slippy floors

    My elderly gsd struggled with slippery floors. We laid lots of matts down for him but he wouldn't always lay on them so did have difficulties but could always get up himself within a few seconds. The night he could no longer get up himself we decided to PTS. I'm sorry to say that if it were...
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    Horse communicators - has anyone use one?

    I had Robert Pring out to my horse yesterday. It was really interesting, she definitely made some relevant comments! I'm glad I had him out, I enjoyed it and it confirmed a few things for me.
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    Trying a green horse - natural jump?

    Yes, I would expect it to be able to jump and clear a fence when loose. I went and looked at 4 different 3yr olds last week and they all loose jumped beautifully and one of them had only done it once before. With a rider on- at that age yes I would unless the rider was dire and totally...
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    Sudden anxiety and field pacing

    Thanks for the replies, does make me feel better. Maybe she just needs a longer intro to being back in the field. She was fine for over 2 weeks which I find a bit strange though. After all that box rest I just want her to enjoy being a horse again... Will start tomo with grazing in hand in the...
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    Sudden anxiety and field pacing

    My horse spent the winter on box rest, has been diagnosed, treated and given the thumbs up for turnout and to come back into work. She first went out in a small paddock next to another horse for a few days to get her used to going back out but she was a bit anxious in the paddock by herself so I...
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    Horse laundrette

    I would love that if it were in my area, sounds like a great idea. I'd like to be able to wash my small bits at low cost and then for the bnigger stuff, like t/o's, reproofing and repairs it would be great for a service available. I sent my rugs to be washed and 2x small repairs nealry 3 weeks...
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    Vets going over insurance limit

    Ok, thanks for the advice. I will pay but am going to say something first. I didn't specifically say to contact me when getting close to the limit, so I think I will have to live and learn. The diagnosis was good, my horse is going to be fine which is the most important thing to me anyway...
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    Vets going over insurance limit

    He asked what the limit was and how much spent so far. We then discussed what investigations would be best etc.
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    Vets going over insurance limit

    My horse has not been right since October, had my vet out and followed his advice. She still wasn't right by March, I got him back up again, he took x rays, couldn't see anything so referred her to a well known and respected horse hospital to have further investigation. I took my horse, spoke...
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    Shockemohle bridle - stupidly small crank flash!

    No, I've found the opposite with mine- if I actually wanted the 'crank' action I'd have to put extra holes in the leather to make it tighter. Perhaps contact the retailer as that doesn't sound right at all.
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    Constantly resting a hind leg and snatchy with them...

    It sounds to me that he is feelign a bit sore being newly barefoot behind. When I first took my horses back shoes off she was quite sore and would always rest one immediately, especially on concrete. I have read your other threads- you have done so well by him. My horse improved quite quickly...
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    Ongoing niggly lameness- WWYD?

    Thanks for this, very interesting. The slight positve flexion was in November. 2 weeks ago there was no difference after flexion and less than 1/10 every 5 strides or so. There has been no swelling since December. I'm definitely going to get this investigated now. Will have him up on...
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    Ongoing niggly lameness- WWYD?

    Oops, silly phone. I have booked for the vet to come on Thursday- I agree that although there may be not much to see on the face of it, a nerve block may still make a difference. Last time he saw her she was less than 1/10 lame every 5 strides or so. He pretty much ruled out navicular due...
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    Ongoing niggly lameness- WWYD?

    Thanks for the replies.
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    Ongoing niggly lameness- WWYD?

    Hi, sorry for the very long post. My horse has had a niggling lameness and I'm just not sure what my next step should be. I have had her for coming up 7 years and apart from one severe abcess over 4 years ago she's never had a lame step. 17h 11yr old trakehner. Slow to develop dressage horse...
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    How much does your horse cost you a month?

    On average £550 a month not including vet, rugs, boots, matchy matchy, lessons, competing and BD membership. That is on DIY... Winter costs Livery £162 Hay £100 Straw £45 Feed £80 Insurance £65 Wormer £8 Shoes £40 Plus vaccinations, teeth, physio, services if I am on holiday etc...
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    Ex-raccehorse woes, seriously what am I going to do?

    I have read through the whole thread and this is probably the most useful info you have given re work done and timescales etc. I do agree if it were my horse I would most likely be sending the horse for a full work up but do understand why you do not want to do this. From the post above it...
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    Dealers in the South East?

    Simon Davies sport horses. Lovely horses come out of that yard and they aren't all mega money either. Would be worth giving him a call, he may have something you'd be interested in. If not, most likely he could find it for you.
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    Help please- dog needs rescuing

    Thanks for the suggestions, I will look into them. No, dog not advertised. I can't say too much but the owner is terrified dog will end up being PTS or bought as a fight/bait dog. He has only agreed that the dog can go to a reputable rescue.
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    Help please- dog needs rescuing

    Thanks for the replies. So far the following have been tried; Albery dog rescue, RSPCA southridge, Ararescue, Luna animal rescue, leavalley dog rescue, staffy lover rescue, happy staffy rescue, Battersea, mutts in distress, woodgreen blue cross, animal rescue charity and animal welfare trust. I...
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    Help please- dog needs rescuing

    Thanks for the replies, will do pm's in the morning. Local staff rescues have been tried or so I'm told but will get a proper list tomorrow of what has been done. Poor dog is not in a good situation.
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    Help please- dog needs rescuing

    Hi, I wouldn't normally do this but I don't really know where else to ask. I can't say too much on an open forum but I know of a young staff who is in desperate need of rehoming/ going to a rescue centre. The owner of the dog is willing to give him up, he will lose his home if he doesn't...
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    Recommendations for hand-held massage devices please

    Homedics do an excellent range of hand held massagers, I have one which I use on myself and my horse. I just change the tops.
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    Legs filling in stable on box rest, bandages or stable wraps?

    Bandages and gamgee overnight, but as above poster says, only if you are proficient at bandaging and will not do them too tight. I cannot stress enough to take them off very regularly- i.e put them on last thing and take them off first thing. Someone I know left bandages on for too long and...