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    So, if not riding due to heat, what are you doing?

    Staying inside with the dogs!
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    My latest foster dog.

    We can't fit any more in the car! We seriously considered applying to puppy walk guide dog pups but having had 2 pups of different ages with a year, we have decided against it. I couldn't stand just getting one to the point if being a good house dog, to pass it on and start again.
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    Sale Livery Injury

    Sales Livery is different from a normal livery yard, though. The yard made the decision to put the horse out in the electric fenced field, without the owner being involved. I expect there to be a contract between owner and yard which should clear up the question.
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    Sale Livery Injury

    I would expect the livery to have insurance to cover the vet bills but not to cover any loss of value.
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    Drought, field fires and fly rugs ..

    We don't use fly rugs but if I had a horse that had sweetitch and needed a fly rug to avoid that misery, I would continue to use the rug. If my horse just wore a fly rug for my personal preference, I would leave it off.
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    Puppy biting

    Our pups were the first that she had met, she was just so excited, partly because her sister had just had to be pts. Fortunately the Dalmatian and Staffy who she knew when she was a pup showed her how to go on, when they visited next. Rotter was worried that they were going to take the pups...
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    Puppy biting

    Our 6 yr old Rotter was thrilled to meet the 8 week old Labs, so much so that we kept her on a lead around them for almost a month, to avoid accidents.
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    Puppy biting

    It is not unknown for an older dog to be frightened of a pup, or over enthusiastic in other cases. Do please take the introduction carefully. Our yellow Lab is a brilliant nanny but she was scared of a 9 week old Lab pup when she 1st met her and then of a 5 month old pup when she met her. She...
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    Working hunter with a gypsy cob?

    This^^^^^ But at a local show there probably won't be enough clears for all the places, so it is most likely that you will be asked back in, unless you were eliminated in the jumping phase.
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    Puppy biting

    Lab bitch decided that she needed a rest and climbed onto my back when we were swimming in the sea! I had scratches on my back for ages!
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    Should I get back on this horse?

    I think if he's been out of work for a year his muscles will have changed, so if you did ride you would possibly need a different saddle. Could you lead him from your ridden horse to change things up a bit for you both? As well as the inhand work.
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    Puppy biting

    Me neither! I am happy to play with my dogs and do it often but I'm not into bitey face, or what we call Norman Hunter (bites your legs), so my dogs would miss out. I also learned long ago not to swim with a dog:eek:. It is a fallacy, ime, that they would rather be with each other than with...
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    Puppy biting

    Of course at 9 weeks OP's pup is too young to mix with dogs outside the family/very well known to be healthy. Some breeders advise against having 2 pups together, I think they are bonkers.
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    Harrow or poo pick?

    I much prefer harrowing but we cross gaze with sheep, too. As you say you are putting nutrients back into the land, poo picking just removes them. Then people use artificial fertilisers on their fields Madness!
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    Puppy biting

    We have found that Labs in general are worse than Rotters, their chewing phase lasts longer! I think the worst we've ever had were the JRT's but they were worse in every way!:D Never again! We currently have the best of all worlds, 2 x adult Labs, 1 x6 mth old Lab and 'daycare dog', 1 x 12 mth...
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    In the words of Dame Shirley Bassey….

    He is still gorgeous! I hope we still get to hear about (and see, of course) all your fabulous dogs.
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    Puppy biting

    The best way to avoid having a puppy bite you is to have 2! They play fight almost all the time, except when they are asleep, which helps the owner to understand why a single pup wants to chew the owner so much!
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    Lead Rein Pony - HELP

    My guess is the saddle fit, too. At 6 she will still be growing and the ridden work will have developed her muscles differently.
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    When did you last smack your dog?

    I think that is a very different scenario from smacking a 9 week old pup which hasn't yet been taught basic manners.
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    When did you last smack your dog?

    Can't remember, never on the muzzle. If a nose gets too near my plate I might tap it very lightly, if waving it away hasn't worked but that is a very rare occurance any way. Even new brown dog has better manners than that. Rather than smacking a pup, it is the owner's responsibility to teach...
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    Puppy biting

    The simple answer is just don't let her! Give her something else to chew. I always think that the advice to yelp, or say ow, is ridiculous, so well done for disregarding that. If she persists a firm 'no!' and redirection. Don't feel mean for putting her away from you, as she gets bigger she...
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    Neuro/pain/twitching

    It depends what they mean by a fit/seizure. I have seen epileptic seizures in people very similar to what you describe.
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    Going in front hacking

    Let her build her confidence on the way back to the yard and gradually build up from there, do not try to force her, that will only make matters worse.
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    Will the grazing recover?

    Yes, it will. If you do decide to overseed please get a horse friendly seed mix without ryegrass.
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    Neuro/pain/twitching

    You mean even though they don't know what is causing the twitching, they can treat it? Not much point in paying for a 2nd opinion if he then says 'take no notice of me'!
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    Neuro/pain/twitching

    Yes, poor girl and poor you, watching helplessly on. What did the vet who suggested epilepsy want to do about it? It can be difficult to diagnose in children, so even harder in dogs, I imagine.
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    Neuro/pain/twitching

    It does sound like epilepsy, which in humans can take a great many forms. The fact that Calmex helped also points in that direction ime. I would ask the vet to investigate that route further. I do hope you get to the bottom of it for her and soon!
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    Is it just me…

    As Bellaboo quoted my post I assumed that she was addressing me.
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    Is it just me…

    Well having been to DT centre fundraising events, where dogs were expected to attend with their owners and where the organisers seemed to have either no idea of how to make dogs .feel comfortable or have forgotten that they were expecting dogs, I really don't feel the need to justify my...
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