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    Difference between Sprenger and Neue Schule bits

    Can anyone enlighten me please? I've used NS in the past (horse hated them) but never Sprenger. This is for a new horse, an ex-racer who has learnt the basics of working in an outline in walk but that's about it. Generally he wants to go too fast within the pace so the main challenge is slowing...
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    Insurance: yes or no?

    I'm having a horse vetted next week and just looking online at some insurance quotes - the prices are eye watering for what you get in return! My current horse is no longer insured due to him basically being broken and nothing left to insure but when he was insured it did at least represent good...
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    Horses that fail the vet

    What happens to horses that fail the vet? I had one fail the other week as he was a bit lame in both front feet on the lunge. He had rubbish feet so there was a chance that sorting them out might resolve the issue but the vet couldn't guarantee that and so obviously I walked away. The seller...
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    Ddft tear and wedge shoes

    Is there anybody who has had a horse with a ddft tear in the hoof who has actually had success with putting wedge shoes on them? Nobody needs to convince me of the argument for barefoot, I'm already there, just currently struggling with the vet and the farrier 😠
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    St John's Wort

    Just wondering if anybody has taken this and how you found it? I've had a bit of a hard time over the last tow years or so, lots of problems with my horse and then this year with my dog and ultimately having to have him put to sleep aged just seven. At the same time I am going through changes...
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    Bereavement counselling to help with loss of animal

    I was just wondering if anybody has ever tried bereavement counselling to help with the loss of an animal? I don't want to go into too much detail but I had my dog put to sleep three weeks ago. I'd dedicated my time to looking after him for his particular condition for over six months and he had...
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    Horseboxseller ltd

    Just wondering if anybody has any experience of this company please? I'm looking to sell my 7.5 tonne horsebox and am keen to go through a company if possible rather than have the hassle of a private sale. I've read some old reviews that don't look too encouraging but am wondering if anybody has...
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    Smart Clinic Swansea/ Cardiff

    Not sure whether to post this in the dogs or Wales section so will try here first. Just wondering if anybody has used the Smart Clinic in Cardiff/Swansea and could provide a review please? They seem to have lots of positive reviews but also scrolling back through their Facebook page it looks...
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    Easyboot Epics with pads?

    I am on my never ending search for the perfect hoof boot! I've got a couple of fit kits at the moment with various options in them but have just been looking at the Epics and wondering if they might be worth a go too. My issues is that I really like to use a pad as my lad has got a few things...
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    Bit suggestions for strong but sensitive horse

    I'm just musing bit options for my horse. We're happy hackers and tend to just go round in a snaffle. Most of the time we're on the buckle end but he can be rather enthusiastic on the faster parts of a ride and try and bog off with me. He's strong and tends to just put his head down and set...
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    Orthopaedic/ memory foam bed recommendations

    Can anybody help with recommendations for an orthopaedic or memory foam dog bed please? There's too much choice online and I don't know where to begin! Ideally I would like it to have a soft and comfortable surface that is cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Otherwise just something nice...
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    Millies Wolfheart dog food

    Just wondering if anybody feeds their dog any of the feeds from this range? I've been recommended it and quite like the look of it but have never heard of it before so am curious if anybody has direct experience of it? My dog tends to suffer from dry skin and I like how this food leaves out...
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    Supplements for filled legs

    My horse is prone to filled legs when he's stabled. In the winter he wears wraps overnight and these help but it's too hot for those now. At the moment he is in during the day and his legs are still filling up. I think it might be worse with the heat too. I've heard about various supplements to...
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    Teaching dog to sleep downstairs after years of sleeping upstairs

    As per the title, has anybody successfully taught their dog to sleep downstairs after several years of sleeping upstairs? How did you go about it and what challenges did you face? The dog in question is a fairly needy / anxious rescue dog who was previously allowed to sleep on the bed so I feel...
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    Easyboot Fury vs. Gloves

    I'm currently looking for some new boots for my horse. We've been in Old Macs so far and I really like them but I feel like we're at the point now where we can start to think about something less clumpy. I'm just eyeing up the different options at the moment and obviously it will depend what...
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    Dog clippers recommendations

    For various reasons I'm going to start trying to groom my dog myself and am looking for clipper recommendations. He's a mixed breed with a fairly thick wiry coat and usually with the groomer he would have a grade 4 or a 7 depending on the time of year. I've clipped horses in the past but never...
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    Infrared therapy for arthritis?

    Does anybody use infrared stuff on their horses with arthritis? I'm generally quite sceptical about this sort of stuff but there are some quite good prices on Masta rugs and other stuff through the Harry Hall one club at the moment so I'm wondering whether to give some of it a try. Any reviews...
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    Sporting Hares thermal leggings

    I was just wondering if anybody has these and what they're like? I get very cold legs in the winter and so need thick fleecy jods. I used to get the Musto snugs and more recently a pair of the Noble Outfitters winter breeches. I can't seem the find the snugs anymore though the the Noble...
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    Flex hoof boots

    I'm just wondering if anyone has used the flex hoof boots and how you found them if so? I'm specifically interested in grip and ability to stay on as we have some challenging conditions round here including greasy clay and deep sand. I'm currently using Scoots and they're good but putting them...
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    Red Horse Stronghorn

    Has anybody used this product and can you recommend it compared to something like Keratex Hoof Hardener? We have tiny bits of gravel all over our yard and now that it's got wet I'm having problems with them getting stuck in the white line. It's really doing my head in so I'm wondering if using...
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    Yard compromises

    I live in an area where the selection of yards is not great for my needs. I've not had this in previous yards and I'm trying to work out what I'm prepared to compromise on. The most important things to me are decent turnout and good hacking. I can either have good hacking (although it tends to...
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    Jodphurs suggestions please

    I've just had to retire my favourite jods and am struggling to find a new pair that I like. Apparently they don't make them how I like them anymore! Ideally I want cotton as I don't find nylon or polyester as comfortable. I hate sticky bums so all all the gel is no good for me, although I don't...
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    Total Horse Feed

    Anybody used this at all? https://www.totalhorsefeed.com/total-horse-feed/
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    Hoof boot recommendations for slippy going/ deep sand

    As per the title, I'm looking for recommendations please for hoof boots that are capable of coping with the varied terrain we have around us. We have clay soil that can get really slippery when it's been wet and also beaches and some heavy, deep sand. So I'm after something with really good grip...
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    Which hoof boot pads to use?

    I need to order some new pads for my hoof boots and am just musing over which to get. I've used, on trimmer recommendation, both the Easycare 12mm medium pads and the EPS composite pads. The trimmers who recommended each of them both said definitely to not use the other! My horse seems happy in...
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    Question for people who keep their horses a distance from home/ have a long journey to their yard

    This post was prompted by the one about winter turnout the other day. I asked a couple of people in that thread about how far they travelled to their yard and I think one or two others commented on going further away to be at a better yard too. I didn't pick up any further on any of the comments...
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    Feeding a Cushing's horse for a bit more energy

    My horse was diagnosed with Cushing's towards the end of last year. Prior to this he had the most non-Cushing's friendly diet going including conditioning mix and yard haylage which is pretty much all ryegrass so it's been a big change for me. He's not a fatty (unless he's out of work) and he's...
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    Sole sensitivity

    Loads of the horses on my yard seem to be more sensitive than usual at the moment. Generally fine on concrete and no pulses etc but definitely feeling the stones more. It's also the case with those who are muzzled/ on restricted grazing and given appropriate low sugar diets. Our weather has...
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    Differences between UKNHCP and AANHCP trimmers please?

    I'm tentatively looking for a new trimmer for my horse and just looking at the different philosophies that the various organisations work to. I'm trying out if there's much difference in practice between the approaches of the AANHCP and the UKNHCP, or is just that the UKNHCP is a spin off form...
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    Barefoot trimmer/ farrier Bridgend area

    Just wondering what barefoot trimmers or farriers people are using in the Bridgend area. Have been doing some research and come up with a few names but just wondering if there are any I've missed. Good and bad experiences both welcome and happy to receive private messages if anybody would...
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