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    DIY/field livery Dartford and any areas PLEASE

    Someone please help me I'm beyond stressed. My horse is unhappy and has changed into an unhappy grump when he's always been a fabulously happy lad. I am desperate to find a field livery or DIY stable in Dartford, Swanley, Hextable, Longfield, Darenth, Stone, Fawkham, and the surrounding...
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    first time dressage for me and horse :/ scared

    So I have entered the intro B 2009 dressage in three weeks time. My horse has not been ridden in the arena, so hoping to go there for a practice run with my instructor to go through the test and a practice of riding in the arena. I am quite worried about how my boy will (or maybe won't)...
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    horse had leg stuck in haynet... alternative?

    My horse had his leg stuck in his hay net this morning when I got to the yard. Luckily he didn't panic and he waited for me. When I got there he had his leg caught so I had to cut him down because the string on the ring didn't break. Net was tied with string which didn't break and net was...
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    North Kent Hacking Routes... where to travel to? beaches, woods?

    I am looking for some places to take my horse hacking. We are in North Kent, near by to Speedgate. I have tried looking for the TROT ride routes but haven't found any too local. I have ridden at Speedgate, hacked locally on roads, a couple of local routes, etc but I want to find some...
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    ground work for horse not being ridden due to my operation...

    Basically I have had an operation on my hand, therefore I am not allowed to ride :/ I lunge him, but he gets bored easily.. what else can I do with him? We were finally getting somewhere with our riding, and my friend is riding once every now and again, but he's just started to work hard...
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    dressage saddle, girths?

    Hello Ive never owned a dressage saddle so please bear with me... It has long girth straps, so can I use a normal long girth or do I need to have a dressage girth... how do I measure for abdressage girth.. Only ask as how do you reach to do up the straps if theyre so low down... images...
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    bt/tesco storage ideas please

    I need a storage area. Most people on the yard have the old BT vans or Tesco vans. They're water tight, lockable door and have plenty of space for hay and rugs. Where can I get one? Im no sure they are even called to search for... Need to get one sorted for the winter months so I can...
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    wanted - bright good quality turnouts - where to buy? Please hel

    Hello I need a medium weight turnout, no neck. I want a good brand to last. Here lies my trouble - I don't want boring ol' navy or green. I want check, stripes, swirls etc. The brighter the better. Any recommendations? Getting bored of trawling the Internet looking. I like...
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    part loan - prices and expectations

    I am looking to part loan my horse between one and five days a week... I have never done it before so I don't know what price to ask. My horse is 15hh, 6 year old, he hacks alone and in company, walks trots and canter in the school. He is newly backed, so still learning and needs time and...
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    grrr...horse not coming in...again

    I am going to get his teeth and back/saddle checked to ensure that there are no problems there... Basically my horse is driving me insane. He went through a stage of not wanting to come in... I learnt that walking backwards slowly across the field with an outstretched carrot was the way, but...
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    'miss matched' riding colours?

    So I looked at a picture of me and my horse taken after our lesson this week... We look a mess! Yellow. Blue. Green. Orange. White. Does anyone have a colour scheme? Im thinking about selling the numnahs, girths, boots, bandages etc that I have and going for a black numnah, cream half...
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    Caldene Rugs

    Hiya I've got a Caldene heavy weight rug (Jupiter, I think) and I think it's a great little rug. I now want to get rid of all the ones I don't use (I have over 15 rugs in different weights that I want to sell) and use the money to buy a nice Caldene medium weight... If not, does anyone...
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    Rubber Matting Rolls?

    Anyone have any experience with rolls of rubber mats and cutting them to fit your stable? I have found a few rolls of brand new mats in: 5m x 1.8m x 6mm. How many regular sized mats would I get from this roll? I can't do my maths at all and have been measuring the living room for a while now...
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    Moving to a livery yard for the first time!

    I am moving my horse onto a livery yard, I have only ever had him on a field livery with nothing else on site and two other horses, then onto diy with three other horses on a quiet privately owned yard. Now he is going onto a yard with 11 other horses. I am moving him due to the lack of...
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    Seeking a yard to rent or buy in Kent.

    Hi I am seeking to purchase (or happily rent) a yard near to Dartford, Kent. Including the surrounding areas of Horton Kirby, Sutton At Hone, Fawkham, Dartford, Stone, Darenth, Lanes End, and further if for the right yard. I am hoping to get something with approx 4/5 acres. Electric and...
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    Hind Over Reach Boots?

    My horse is very close on both front and hinds, he's barefoot on the back, shod on front. He really bashes his coronet band, so worried about damage - plus he does bash himself even in the field. He has noticeable bashes/scratches - sometimes even on the outside of the hoof - ?? So, does...
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    horse coughing... COPD?

    My horse has had a week off ridden work, due to the cough he has had this week. I put him out all day to graze (he goes out everyday 7am-7pm) and have started to soaked the hay and made him wetter feeds. No change and he didn't seem himself the past couple of days. He was really coughing...
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    Woof Wear Boots

    I'm having trouble with boots!! My horse is 15hh new forest, I am currently trying out the woof wear brushing boots... on the front cob are too big, and even pony look slightly too long, small pony fit the leg better but needs more velcro. On the hind pony look like they fit okay. Are there...
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    horses eating rotten wood

    Hi I have a new forest gelding who has a habit of eating the wooden fence posts, usually the ones that are rotting. My friend has just brought a new forest mare, and she has started doing the same thing. They have field company, have feed and hay daily and have plenty of grass. Is this...
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    what else can I do... feeling very low

    Denny has decided not to come in, he did it in the week and somehow ended up on the yard, totally nuts, galloping over the yard, almost went through a barbed wire fence. Luckily he is okay, he had a day in yesterday and he was out at 7am today. He goes out every day. Usually from about...
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    feeding a very good-doer

    Hi My 6 year old new forest gelding is looking too tubby for my liking... hes in very light work, hacking a few days per week, no schooling at the moment. He has a small scoop of hifi good doer as he has supplements (probably about 2 small handfuls), a treat ball (with chopped carrot or...
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    Vaccinating but no one else is!

    Hi Im having Denny vaccinated against flu and tetanus, I missed the yearly booster whilst he was away being backed (my fault now ive got to start all over again) and now im considering vaccinating against EHV but what else should I vaccinate for? And will it make a significant differencr...
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    eco comfy bed

    Just brought a few bales of comfy bed. My friend has just put her mare on it as she is so so dirty she was taking almost a full barrow per day and half a bale per night of straw back in. She had a few days on it, friend had rubber matting, then a few bags of comfy bed and half a bale of shavings...
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    when a new horse arrives - into stable or out to field?

    Bringing my horse home after 7 weeks away being backed and brought on. Mega excited as he hasnt seen my best friends mare for about 9 weeks due to her moving a couple of weeks before I sent him away. He will be going to the same yard as her, so a new home for him and a new stable but back with...
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    keeping a young inexperienced horse busy

    My 6 year old is just being brought on professionally now, he's had 3 weeks with another 3+ to go. Hes been hacking on quiet roads with other horses and alone, is learning the trot, still a bit wobbly at the moment but doing well. But I'd like to be able to keep his mind active when he comes...
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    Optimus Saddle - anyone have one?

    Any one used this saddle, recommend it or have experience of it...? Theybhave the changable gullet that I like and need. Anyone think theyre as good as wintec or which do you prefer? For my horse who is away being broken in and need a saddle that will adjust to his shape. If not please...
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    shoes on my youngster being backed?

    Jsut sent my boy away for 6 weeks, hes barefoot but has a few cracks in his front feet. They go up about 3/4 of an inch. Not lame completly fine and farrier said other than the cracks he has good feet. But I do think 6 weeks work will end up having a negative effect.... going to leave ut a few...
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    is there such a thing as 'an unbreakable horse'?

    As most of you will have seen in previous posts - I am sending my horse to be back this weekend!! One reason or another but I am so worried I'll get a call to say he is untrainable and unridable and for me to go collect him... So much so I am dreaming about him at night. I can imagine us...
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    ****4 year old diagnosed with liver disease after collapse today****

    Hi Star had a 'fit' today, she went stiff, arched her neck, her eyes rolled and she fell flat onto the side. she knocked the fence down as she fell, but she fell with her legs straight onto her side, her legs didn't buckle. Vet came out and checked her over - she said she was a very fit and...
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    horse going into stables, but never been stabled before *help*

    My friend's pony has gone from being out 24/7 with field shelters and free access to 19 approx acres to now having approx 6 acres of fields and stabled at night. She has a haynet, a lickit treat and a snack ball. Is there anything else that can keep her entertained? Also, if the weather...
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