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    Stressy Lurcher

    My 10 yr old beddy x whippet lurcher, has always been a bit of a stress head. She is not a great traveller, nor does she like storms, but last night she had me worried. Crying and whiffling in her crate, obviously a hot day, but next door were having yet another loud party in their field, and...
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    Arena Maintenance Advice

    A friend has a 20 x 40 Out door arena, sand and rubber. It was a re-surface about 4/5 years ago. However, it is now in serious need of some attention. Is there such a person as an independent consultant/contractor who would go and give advice on how to repair said arena? The last re-fill...
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    Riding School proprietors/managers..... Help Please

    A family members riding school has just had its inspection from the city council and failed on the basis of paperwork or lack of. Everything with the ponies passed with flying colours, there were NO problems but Inspectors are wanting paperwork for every time one of the ponies sneezes. This...
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    Coming out of box rest.

    M has been on box rest for chronic laminitis since January. With the farriers help and vet advice he is now sound. I have begun to walk him out in hand round the farm, gong a little further each time. He is a bit of a pig, desperately wants to explode, and is actually being very good and...
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    Chronic Laminitis...What to do next.

    15 yo NF gelding, tested positive for PPID last autumn. Levels 'normal' after 6 weeks on Prascend. However, began working again in January after nearly 3 months off ( life got in the way). Presented as lame, but no usual signs of laminitis, however vet x-rayed and confirmed laminitis and a...
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    Numpty here!

    Feeling a bit of a numpty, but its a long time since I was in the pc. I've been poulticing pony's foot for a few days, hoping for a bruise or abscess not a return of his laminitis. Anyway, lots of online advice has been to use a nappy, and here is the numpty bit... do people mean as the...
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    Apologies.....Smegma

    My boy has a mucky sheath, I seem to be cleaning it every week, fishing out gunk with lube and a glove. But he also manages to plaster his back legs too. Does anyone have a remedy for washing the gunk off? Normal horsey shampoo just doesn't seem to work. BTW he has EMS and has recently been...
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    Towing vehicle

    I know towing vehicles has been done to death, but does anyone tow a trailer with a Suzuki Jinny. Weight of Trailer is 740kg, (stamped on draw-bar), pony 14.2 Native no more than 500kg. Spec says Jimny can tow 1.3t. so on the limit. Plan to weigh pony + trailer to get an actual weight but is...
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    Lunge lines - Shopping

    Recommendations please for a good quality heavy duty lunge line/training line. I used to have a cottage craft line with grips at intervals, sadly its died. Now I'm looking for something with a bit if weight about it rather than the airy fairy ones I see. To be used for lunging, long lining...
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    The Ragwort Fairy

    Has anyone used them? A Friend has just had a quote for what is a big job, Fairy has not seen site but estimated from photos 300 man ( or woman ) hrs puling/digging. They have asked for 50% of invoice up front before any work done in order to book the time slot. Is this reasonable? As a...
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    Blinkers for loading?

    Having searched other Blinkers threads I can't find any info so... I have issues with loading, I have to be able to load on my own , so I have now taught pony to self load for a bucket of feed at the front. However, he is very sensitive to me attempting to bring the bar up behind him and will...
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    Cross tying in trailer

    I have issue with loading the pony. Normally he is happy to walk into the trailer and stand with me at his head. The moment I go to pop up the rear bar he steps back. I know it is all about ground work etc and on the ground he is perfect, there is something about being in the trailer he...
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    Saddle Pad Shopping

    I am looking for a Navy quilted saddle pad for a GP 17" saddle. Nothing too fancy or too padded, but it must have Velcro girth straps. Its driving me nuts. Half the pics I see on line aren't clear enough to see the girth straps. The other half with Velcro straps are either forward cut for...
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    Hunt ride need more braking.

    In an effort to give pony some thing to interest him, I am taking him for a 'hunt-hack' at the weekend. Normally I ride him in an a frenchlink eggbutt snaffle & cavesson nose band, but I am thinking I might need a few extra brakes as he is not used to being in a large group apart from a show...
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    Tense and worried pony

    I'm sorry this may be long! Pony is 13, I have had him for 12 years. He has always been difficult to move forward, nappy and planting. Over the years we have had some improvement, but once again he is showing more stress when I am asking him to work. To start with, he is slow and nappy...
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    Equestrian Employers Association

    Is it worth joining? We only have 2 employees and run a small stud/riding school. Trying to get all the paperwork sufficient that we get 5 stars on the Council approval licence. Even though the manager has been with us for 34 years we still have to record appraisal & staff training. etc. I...
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    Seat bones

    I have only just got back on board after almost 6 months of little riding. I am particularly noticing my left seat bone. Yes, it is a little sore but it more the fact that I feel like it is bearing more weight than my right. I am much stronger on my RHS, more leg muscle etc and a tendency for...
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    Pony grumpy with his friend

    I have 2 geldings, one is companion pony. Both kept here at home in stables/pens in the corner of the farm yard. They are turned out for the best part of the day and in at night. Number 1 gelding M is a bolshy monster. We have always done ground work and he knows how to behave around me...
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    Shoes are off somewhere!

    I realised a couple of days ago that pony had removed his front shoes. They are somewhere in his muddy field. Not unduly worried as he is not in work because of the wet conditions, BUT they are 'made to measure' spider shoes as he is on remedial farriery for laminitis. Only held on by 2 nails...
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    Trailer Tow Bar Height?

    With a tricky loader, I am trying to address anything/everything that might be an excuse for him not to load. I have removed everything that rattles, given him a nice soft cushion for his bum and am now looking at the tow bar height. I suspect the trailer is not level once it is hitched up, so...
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    Air Jackets. do they help?

    Having been bucked off the pony the other day onto the hard ground in a stubble field, I am wondering if my air jacket actually worked properly. I have a Hit-air which I wear when riding, normally without my BP underneath. I thought as I was flying through the air that it would be ok I have my...
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    Grass Free Turnout pen??

    It looks as though pony has EMS, vet coming to x-ray on monday but his comments on cresty neck and fat pads seem conclusive. I will need to construct some kind of grass free area but don't really know where to start. I have 2 small paddocks which are for my ponies use, ( on farm at home) but...
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    Returning Loan pony

    Just want to use you helpful people as a sounding board. I want to return the cob i have on loan to his Mum. He's been with me for nearly 2 years as a companion/hack, but in those 2 years we have never really got him going as I would have liked, ie fit enough to do a gentle 2 hr hack etc. He...
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    For the pony who has Everything!!

    My mother has suggested she takes me shopping to her local tack shop to buy me &/or pony our birthday/Christmas pressie. but what do we want? We have every thing we need, so please HHO'rs give me your suggestions of what we might find find in a decent tackshop that we didn't know we needed...
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    Bedding for a box Walker

    Loan cobby is a box walker, He has rubber mats over concrete. I have tried shavings, but admittedly I did not lay a full bed, he shouldn't have straw as he coughs, cont leave him out this time of year. So..... should I just carry on with 1 bag shavings which i can stretch to last a week just...
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    Judging coloureds?

    I found myself judging a coloured class at a small show today. What should I have been looking for in reference to the colour? Most were piebald, with varying degrees of white vs black. All were different shapes & sizes. In the end I went for confirmation and soundness over colour, but how...
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    Midnight feast for a cob!!

    So cob pony barged his way out of his pen last night ( someone (me) hadn't done his chain up ). Made his way into the feed room & helped himself to some pony nuts, soaked sugar beet a mouthfull or 2 of crushed barley ( cattle feed), oh and some chook pellets, finished his meal off with a few...
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    Whip issues and stubborn pony

    I hope this wont be controversial, really I am looking for alternative suggestions. Pony is very slow off my leg, not helped by constant nagging which I am now getting better at not doing! However the 'back your leg aid up with the schooling whip' approach does not work. If anything, it...
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    Equitrek owners...

    I know this has been done to death but I wanted to throw out another warning to those of you who drive your horses about in an Equitrek. My neighbour recently travelled her eventer to a competition approx 70 miles away. When she arrived the horse's back leg was covered in blood with a nasty...
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    Music to Ride to..

    Do you play music while you ride, if so, what do you play? What does your horse like? Not thinking about dressage to music but something motivational to get him moving forward. I have recently discovered Spotify and while riding out round the farm today, tried the 'Housework' playlist...
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