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  1. Jo1987

    Best fly mask for vision

    Oh no, I’ve ordered a large, he seems to be a ‘small full’ size in most things so fingers crossed it will fit ok! If not I may have to just keep covering him in fly gel. Unfortunately I can’t find a fly repellent that lasts all day!
  2. Jo1987

    Best fly mask for vision

    Thanks everyone, I’ve ordered him a le mieux one, they look fairly see through. Hopefully he won’t find it too offensive!
  3. Jo1987

    Best fly mask for vision

    Hi everyone, I’ve just brought home a new horse, he’s an ex racer and has obviously never encountered fly spray or fly masks! The flies are horrendous atm and I feel he’d be more comfortable in a mask during the day, they were walking into his eyeballs this morning! He does have a cataract in...
  4. Jo1987

    This weather!

    Wet cold and windy here - I spent most of the morning putting up insulation in new stable’s roof to make the rain noise quieter (tin roof!) Pleased to say it’s worked and he was very happy to come in and tuck into some hay - he was twirling round in there and making a terrible mess when it...
  5. Jo1987

    Wheelbarrow heaven

    My dad fished my wheel barrow (a nice burgundy plastic one) out of the canal about 15 years ago 😂 It’s had several new tyres and is still in use!
  6. Jo1987

    Bath before clipping

    I use extra coarse blades on my cob for the first clip - clippers whizz through the coat, no problems with overheating or coat pulling. If horse is very dirty/greasy but it’s too cold to do a full bath it might be worth bathing from behind saddle backwards as top of bum seems to be the worst...
  7. Jo1987

    Anybody else's horses gone crackers?

    My normally very lazy cob is pleasantly forward atm 😂 Long may it last!
  8. Jo1987

    How to stop "lady bits" getting sore when riding

    I’ve never had this problem after 20 years of riding on lots of different saddles but I have 2 friends at the yard who seem to suffer in any saddle! Has anyone tried the new acavallo seat savers with a cut out for your ‘bits’?
  9. Jo1987

    Is it springtime?

    Yes mine has huge grass glands and is full of energy but too looky to actually go forward and use it! (He’s usually pretty bombproof) 😂 Going arena eventing tomorrow, should be interesting.
  10. Jo1987

    Best turnout rugs for a cob with big shoulders/chest and bum

    Yes standard fit - their heavy horse rugs start at 6’9 and mine takes a 6’6 unfortunately so can’t comment on the heavy horse fit. I definitely would have tried one if they made the heavy horse cut in a smaller size!
  11. Jo1987

    Best turnout rugs for a cob with big shoulders/chest and bum

    Derby House rugs are the only ones that fit my wide cob, the above suggestions were all far to tight on him 😩
  12. Jo1987

    Waterproof fly rug for cob

    I have a derby house one for my wide/deep chested cob and it fits him well
  13. Jo1987

    Sun cream for the horse

    Definitely filtabac!
  14. Jo1987

    Libra treeless saddles still around?

    It’s a real shame they’re not going any more, they were a great budget brand. Especially their bareback pads! I’ve sent you a pm, I have one I’m not using.
  15. Jo1987

    The itchiness of lice...

    I used diatomaceous earth on my old tb which seems to have done the trick, he was pulling his hair out he was so itchy! I haven’t seen him itch since a couple of days after treatment. It seems effective on cob’s feather mites as well.
  16. Jo1987

    Mollichaff calmer complete

    Mine is on mollichaff calmer as it’s the only alfalfa free chaff that he will eat, he won’t touch the plain chop type chaffs unfortunately. I do add a couple of supplements to it as he only has a handful of it so wouldn’t get the benefit of the vits and mins contained in the chaff.
  17. Jo1987

    Which online shops?

    Derby house is the only brand of rug that fits my lad, he’s got 5 or 6 of their rugs and everything I’ve ordered has always arrived within a couple of days.
  18. Jo1987

    Horse ducking "behind the bit"

    Does he have hay in the field or just in his stable overnight? I ask as he is only doing this in winter - mine is definitely more keen if he is thinking about his belly, although he marches from start to finish as he knows that if he dawdles at the start it will take longer! 😂 If he’s...
  19. Jo1987

    Has anyone (successfully) used hoof clay?

    I think it’s great stuff, as others have said if it’s wet it will only stay in for 24hrs or so - you really don’t need to use much to make a difference though, and if you can make sure the feet are dry when you put it in it will stay on much better. I put it in before turnout in the morning, I...
  20. Jo1987

    The ‘Kevin’s’ at 6?

    Mine is being a right idiot atm as well, he’s rising 9... I’m dreaming of less mud and lighter nights!
  21. Jo1987

    Fly veils.....

    I tried one on my horse as he always has a cloud of flies around his ears in the summer despite lots of fly repellent - he found the fly veil more annoying than the flies! 😂
  22. Jo1987

    Shouldnt buying a new horse be exciting?

    Yes I’d be terrified! The only horse I’ve bought (in adulthood, it was exciting when I was a kid!) was already at my yard, and in the same field as my cantankerous first pony so I knew they’d get on 😂 Bringing home an ‘unknown’ would be very scary!
  23. Jo1987

    turning horse out after abscess

    If you have an agricultural/farm supplies type shop nearby get some silage tape - it’s amazing stuff! Heat it up on your car heaters on full blast just before you wrap foot up (or in the microwave if you have one at the yard!) it’s waterproof and very tough, my horse was out for 12 hours in his...
  24. Jo1987

    What has hitched a ride with your transport?

    I just have a resident spider who occasionally drops out of the headlining to give me a fright 😂
  25. Jo1987

    Shortening a long thick mane without pulling

    I can’t be certain that mane pulling doesn’t hurt, and common sense tells me that it must. It won’t stick up unless you go very short, I’d cut with scissors to a couple of inches longer than you want to finish at, then chop into it/solocomb to soften the blunt edges and take off the extra...
  26. Jo1987

    Pink Equine bridles

    I don’t have a full bridle but I have a browband and noseband, the quality is lovely, really nice leather and very well made.
  27. Jo1987

    Half clipped horses- what rugs are yours wearing today? If any

    My hunter clipped cob is out in a 100g standard neck and is plenty warm enough - if he was ‘half clipped’ I think he’d be in a lightweight or his 70g? He doesn’t really feel the cold and has as lib hay in the field so not sure if that makes much difference?!
  28. Jo1987

    Variation on a horses name - ideas welcome.

    Jinty? I knew a Jinty years ago, she was a lovely dependable type with an impressive turn of speed!
  29. Jo1987

    Combo cooler and stable rug?

    Why not just give her a little bib clip?
  30. Jo1987

    what do people use under their saddle and why?

    I use old polypads for mine, saddle seems more secure, horse is happy, nice even sweat mark and no rubbing. If I use anything else, saddle seems tight or less stable? I’m sure I could use any old pad on my other horses but polypads work best for current cob.
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