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    YO's if a horse was ill and they were due to leave WWYD?

    I had to travel a pony over 400 miles from Dumfries to Robert Eustace's Laminitis clinic and was given advice by them on how to make the pony as comfortable as possible. He had started out over a year previously with a stress induced laminitis and now had contracted tendons which would have...
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    Doing your equine Laundry

    A couple of years ago I bought a twin tub (new) for doing all equine laundry after OH went mad replacing washing machines on an annual basis. They are still made for export to India. It was a bit of a con really as the advertising said it could take up to a 7ft rug. Yes it can but only a...
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    PTS Buddy (for want of a better word)

    I have done it twice for my friend who did not feel able to and also for all my own when the time came. They all go with nose in a bucket of something tasty if still able to eat, but my once in a lifetime pony had a heart attack at the gate of the field aged 27. Considerate to the end. I dont...
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    Overbreeding-particularly small ponies?

    I have had Welsh ponies for about forty years and before I had my own I did my apprenticeship at a Welsh stud where my love for the breed came from. I bred nice useful ponies for my children to ride and also for my grandchildren. We are not talking numbers here, just a nice long thought over...
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    Septic Pedal ostietis

    No one?
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    Septic Pedal ostietis

    My friends 24 year old gelding was diagnosed five weeks ago with septic pedal ostietis by my vet after being misdiagnosed by both another vet (bruised sole) and tendon trouble(farrier). Three weeks in to finding him suddenly lame he was started on a large dose daily of penicillan for 5 days...
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    Would you write your phone number/post code on your TO rugs?

    I will this winter!! In large sheep marker preferably luminous!! We live in a very nice quiet part of the country and I have lost one brand new turnout, fly rug, muzzles and fly masks!!!!
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    Ready Mash Extra?

    I have used it for the last two years for youngstock, a poor doer and for my stallion. I actually started using it when weaning foals and my feed supplier phoned the maker and I spoke to them for advice. It has milk powder in it too. Its not cheap but it does what it says on the tin!
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    Access and loopy landowners

    When we lived in our previous house the factory owner who also owned 90% of the houses surrounding ours locked all gates including bridle paths which the local Common Riding used once a year so apart from once a year nobody could use it or any of the other paths/fields around us. The only other...
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    Equitrek Trail Treka Reviews? Anyone got one?

    I have one, bought new two years ago. Had to put extra rings for nets as the factory fitted ones are fine for horses but not for welsh ponies!, Very light and bright inside, ponies have a good smooth ride. Very stable on road. I pull mine with an Isuzu Trooper.
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    advice wanted from horse box drivers

    Just a little thing but it does help with the idiots that drive up your arse. I had a Caution Horses, Slow Braking sign made up at the graphics place and stuck on the rear.!
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    Tell me about treeless saddles

    Because we are not showing now I sold my Fylde Samanthas and bought a synthetic saddle which at the time did fit. It no longer fits so we have difficulty getting proper saddle fitters in our area. I have been investigating treeless saddles which I know absolutely nothing about. The pony it would...
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    Horse transport any recommendations?

    Always use Eric Gillie for long distances. He has moved youngsters, mares and foals and stallions for me. Overnighted some too. If he is good enough for Her Maj he's good enough for me.! Always keeps in contact too. Rates are sensible but realistic that you know there's nothing dodgy regarding...
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    "Horsey people" that havent got a clue!

    Many years ago when my daughters were doing sunday league winter showjumping the family with loads of dosh and the "BSJA" reg pony turned up with it newly clipped. Dad had done the job himself he proudly announced to the crowd who were watching with their jaws dropped. Yep, he had clipped it...
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    Dinky Classic Grazing Muzzle - advice please

    Like the Op I also could not see how on earth a pony could eat with the muzzle on, but I gave it a try. My old boy had one last but good summer with it on allowing him to be in the field rather than stood in a stable. I bought another cob sized one this year for my greedy cob mare!.
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    Had dentist on Friday - electric rasp !!!

    Our EDT has used a power rasp for the last 5 plus years. Last time he did my boy he told me about a broken tooth. Vet came to look and see if she could do anything with it but also brought a range of dental equipment with her including the most up to date electric tools (and knew how to use them!)
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    Remember that Daily Mail Story of the pony in the living room?

    You are in good company LaurenBay, Roof sent me a message too saying I was talking out of my arse and an evil bitch for suggesting nobody would give them a penny for anything anymore and those poor suffering animals would have been better off at an abbatoir than under the mercy of her sister.
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    Annular Ligament Injury

    I had a pony do his hind annular ligament. Was rested for eighteen months. Put back into slow light work and was lame again within a week. Was a paddock ornament for the rest of his life. Sorry not the news you are looking for.
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    Spring cleaning the donkey...Cute overload!

    We looked after a donkey who was a companion to an eventer. His name was Chichester and he decided one day he didnt like his holiday accomodation and decided to head for home (about twenty miles away) Just as you needed four people to get yours going it took four of us to stop ours!! Love donks!
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    Bit suggestions for strong Welsh A

    We had a very strong Sec B with a tiny but capable jockey. He rode in a french link but with a Kineton noseband (often used on the run to the start by racehorses!!) I have it hanging in the tack room if you would like to try it.
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    Sedating and riding

    No no and more no. It can in fact have the opposite effect if the horse tries to fight the feeling. Think bolting and not stopping at fences but running through them and possibly killing both of them. Does she really want a rosette that bad? If this is her forever horse she would do better to...
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    Horse Hoarder follow up program

    I read on facebook that he has been traced safe in France. A lady's name was given (which I cannot now remember!) but he is alive safe and well.
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    Grazing Muzzles- experiences and thoughts

    Another vote for the Dinky ones! Cob sized one arrived for the big girl today! She is gonna love me!
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    i need to move. livery in south lanarkshire? :(

    Its horrible when your ned gets bullied. My farrier asked to keep his horse with us and after a few weeks I had to ask him to seperate it as it attacked an old horse. Herd dynamics need to be settled and its such a shame for your boy. Good luck in your search.
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    i need to move. livery in south lanarkshire? :(

    I suppose we would be too far from you, Just a couple of miles from the Ayrshire border On A76. I havnt ever really done livery but had a couple of friends keep their ponies with me until they got their own place. I have my own Welshies including a stallion who is a softie but obviously dosnt...
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    Trailer recommendations

    Dont dismiss an Equitrek out of hand. I have an Equitrek Trailtreka, bought it new two years ago and love it! It can take up to 17.2 and I pull it with my Isuzu Trooper. I only have Welsh ponies/cobs and my OH who is a transport manager loves it. Lightweight but can tow well.
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    Caring for a Cremello

    I bought a mask with eye and ear protection for my little welsh perlino. She has never needed it. She never burns or shows any sign of being bothered in the sun.
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    Grazing muzzle question

    Best muzzle I have used is the Dinky rugs one. I have two pony sized ones and today ordered one for the greedy cob. They go up to horse sized as far as I can remember. And they dont rub.
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    Kineton Noseband

    Another late to post but I still have one among my kit. It was used on a 13 hands pony show jumping when my tiny but gutsy daughter needed additional brakes. Once she fitted the pony it was no longer used. I also have a similar type of noseband which has a reinforced leather part which is...
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    A75, Dumfries and Galloway.

    Its a lovely area to live, but the A75 is not a road you could hack out on even to get to quieter roads. It carries all the Irish Ferry traffic and is infamous for many accidents. Should have been made a dual carriageway years ago. It is lovely to live in that part of the country though and...