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    Horses and having children on yards....thoughts?

    Children left unsupervised whilst their parent rides or sorts out their own horse are a nightmare. Children who are coming to the yard to ride or care for their own pony are generally a delight!
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    H&H Mysteries - which ones do you want to know the ending

    I still worry about the woman with the Irish Draught who sounded really unsuitable for her, I would love hear if that story had a happy ending, or at least that everyone was ultimately ok, as I was seriously worried for her!
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    Weight of tack, clothes and boots - shocked!

    Me too, its about 2 stone! Scary isn't it.
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    Rug and Girth for standardbred in poor condition

    He's so shiny! Well done :)
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    Runaway ex racer!

    Shamrock was having fun! I'm sure I wouldn't have thought it was funny if I had been on board though. I might not have tried the "turn in to a hedge" trick, what if he started to leap hurdles?!
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    Resorted to drugs!

    Stay safe and good luck!
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    Rearing horse

    There has to be a reason why she is rearing, and why she is getting worse. How far have you got with investigations into back/saddle/teeth/feeding regime/possibility of ulcers? What was she like when you tried her before you bought her? I think you are exceptionally brave to continue to ride a...
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    Resorted to drugs!

    OP, is he really so bad that he needs potassium bromide?
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    Resorted to drugs!

    Let me know how you get on with the potassium bromide. I think my error was feeding ad lib haylege and then icey weather meaning I couldn't work him. At his worst he was too wired to safely get off the yard, but he's slowly "coming down" and was quite composed last night.... He's been off the...
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    Resorted to drugs!

    I think its just something to work through. We have fields that are deep in mud, no arena, the schooling paddock is too water logged and slippy to use etc, I'm at work in daylight hours 5 days a week so I suppose it was inevitable but it was a bit of a shock to find my lovely calm horse had...
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    Resorted to drugs!

    I could have written your post! I have now taken my horse off haylage and all hard feed, added a magnesium calmer and valerian cordial to his chaff and and have increased work and turn out time. I bought him in May, and he was an utter delight until recently!
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    What to do - persevere or move on?

    Well done on your dressage test! See, you can do it! You are obviously intelligent and capable, you just need more self belief :)
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    Who remembers Spike the Spensive?

    I do remember his saga! So pleased he is happy x
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    Rug and Girth for standardbred in poor condition

    Its great to hear such a lovely update!
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    Rug and Girth for standardbred in poor condition

    How is the lovely standie doing? Has he settled into his training home?
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    Why would anyone want to own a tb?

    Really! Well beauty truely is in the eye of the beholder! I seem alone in my admiration of my standardbred's beauty, after all....
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    Anxiety dreams about horses

    Wagtail, I have horrible dreams that I find cages of guinea pigs that I had forgotten all about and most are dead :( I do keep 4 guinea pigs, but have never forgotten them!! The worst horse related recurring anxiety dream was after I had my horse Charisma PTS I would dream that the vet...
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    Why would anyone want to own a tb?

    Because they are the most stunning of all horses, and it does not matter that they are often too injured to ride, because you can gain hours of pleasure staring over the stable door at their glorious beauty ;-)
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    Anxiety dreams about horses

    I have anxiety dreams about my two a lot, but then one is old and has Cushing's, and the other is young and accident prone, I think they have both destroyed my nerves!
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    What's a girth jack?

    Oh, I have never seen those before, I wonder if it might be useful for my mum who has Rheumatoid arthritis in her hands and some days really struggles with buckles? She would never ever over tighten her girth!
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    Life after horses

    I'm so glad that things are on the upward trajectory :) and I hope that one easy you can return to horses x
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    Rug and Girth for standardbred in poor condition

    Ooh Bilbo loves Equine Touch! I did the stage one course some years ago. I think the breed are basically honest and genuine. Mine was ridden in a saddle that blatantly did not fit and was still trying really hard. I just knew he was a good sort. I was also looking for a steady ready made cob...
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    Rug and Girth for standardbred in poor condition

    Hmm, yes, I would say Bilbo is "needy" too. He's very very attached to my son's welsh pony and very quickly formed that attachment. I don't know much about his history, the woman I bought him from had him for a year for hacking and fun rides, and before that he was with a dealer who is the...
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    Rug and Girth for standardbred in poor condition

    . Yep. I agree with that. I have only had Bilbo for 6 months and he neighs and calls for me every time I disappear out of sight on the yard. Also, its quite hard to tack and boot up with his nose stuck in my face all the time! Job looks amazing, he's got quite a belly on him now, and Im...
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    Rug and Girth for standardbred in poor condition

    He's very lucky to have found such a good owner! I don't know what the lumps under his skin could be but it sounds like everything is going in the right direction :) Does he pace or trot, or have you not seen him really move yet? Mine does both but paces when he's over excited or keen.
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    Rug and Girth for standardbred in poor condition

    He's looking so much better! Well done! I bet he has axlovely summer coat next year :) my dentist said mine was a year younger than his passport said too.
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    What do you do with your rosettes?

    Mine are all in boxes in the attic, dating from 1985 onwards. I like to occasionally get them out and remember happy times with ponies long gone. Rosettes from the horses we currently have are hung on the dresser in the kitchen and Domino's best ones are in a box frame on the wall, he died last...
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    How do you know when he's just not 'The One'

    Oh no poor you! I had a horse like yours after the death of my beloved Domino, he was so much like yours that I actually briefly wondered if it was the same one. I only persevered for 6 months though. I also really struggled emotionally with the decision to sell on as all our horses stay for...
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    The 20% rule

    Everyone who has posted photos on this thread looks great on their horses. I'm very very jealous of Cortez's riding ability though!! I have always thought the 20% rule was too high (unless just meandering round the bridleways for 20 mins) and aimed for 15% with mine. I'm currently 12 stone, 5ft...
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    Robinsons - no longer doing own brand rugs?

    The only Robinsons rugs that really fitted any of ours were the Cosy Pony (and matching Cosy Dog) rugs... My sons 11.2 welshie is still wearing an old Cosy Pony from years ago :) In the last 10 years quality has gone down, in my experience. If they stop doing own brand rugs its probably no...