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  1. Marnie

    Field shelter questions and recommendations

    I am looking at putting up a field shelter for my 2 ponies, one about 11hh and one currently about 13.2 to make about 14hh. I have a concrete base where it will be put up which is sheltered by the back of a cow shed. The idea is that it will then allow me 24/7 hour turnout unless it gets really...
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    Haylege analysis

    Can anyone recommend somewhere to get haylege nutritional analysis? Also, any rough idea of price? Thanks!
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    Water bowl recommendations....

    A bit of a strange question! Bunny has taken to playing with her water bowls when she is in her crate / run - either at night or during the day. The crate / run has plenty of space, her night time one is in my bedroom and her day one in the lounge. I have tried all sorts of water bowls -...
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    Insurance companies

    Hi, I have just been looking at horse insurance and came across https://www.horse-insurance.co.uk/ who seem very cheap, has anyone used them? Thanks!
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    Poo picking and birds?

    Slightly odd one... my two are back out 24/7 with hay at night and I try to poo pick daily, but at least 5 times a week. Something, and I think it is birds, is picking through the droppings and scattering them over 3 or 4 times the area that they would normally take up. This is making a real...
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    GPS / Trackers for dogs?

    Hi all, a friend is getting a JRT puppy, she is on a farm and someone has suggested that she gets some form of GPS tracker for her in case she goes off, gets stuck in a hole etc. So, I just wondered if anyone has any experience of GPS / trackers for dogs and if so, any recommendations? Thanks!
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    Earliest age to get in foal?

    A bit of a strange question - what is the earliest / youngest age a filly can get in foal? Just to add this isn’t because I am planning to put a young filly in foal, just looking at the possibility of something. Thanks!
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    Thoughts appreciated on soundness - video

    Delilah is about 14 months old and probably at least half trotter. She came to me as a companion for my companion pony after I lost my cob mare. She has been with me about 2 months, after being hardly touched before we can now lead pretty well, can be groomed etc. I have had problems picking up...
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    Lump on side

    Hi all, My new yearling Delilah has developed a lump on her side, just in front of the stifle - I think that it is either a fly bite or my pony has kicked or bitten her. I've got a call in to the vet and have sent the picture below. I noticed it Wednesday evening and it has got a little bigger...
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    Book recommendation - young horse

    Hi all, I used to have a book called something like 'Foal to Full-grown' that I bought when I acquired a 'BOGOF' about 20 years ago. I think the book has got lost in a move at some point. I have now acquired a relatively unhandled yearling to keep my pony company following the loss of my...
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    Feeding a yearling

    Hi all, I have just taken on a yearling who hasn't had the best start, she hasn't had much handling and is quite poor and ribby, she is about 13hh and quite finely built. She has been wormed and treated for lice and had her first vaccinations. She is out at grass at night and in with hay...
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    Shocked and heartbroken

    My beautiful girl Fizz was out hacking with the freelancer who has been working with her when she started staggering and calling. The freelancer managed to get off her before Fizz collapsed on the grass verge and died within seconds. She was only just rising 7 and it was so unexpected. I...
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    QHP nostrils grazing muzzle

    Hi, Apologies if this has been done before but I just wondered if anyone has used these muzzles and if so, how did they find them? https://www.derbyhousestore.com/QHP-Nostrils-Grazing-Muzzle/dh51176684.htm?colour=Black Thanks in advance!
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    Coat changes

    The coat of my little companion pony has changed this year. She is estimated to be in her late teens. I clipped her in November and she was rugged until they had to come in at night after Christmas. Last year her coat was quite sleek and by this time she had lost quite a bit of her winter coat...
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    Breaking a horse to harness

    Hi all, someone suggested breaking my cob mare to harness. It's not something I would do myself as I wouldn't know where to start, but was interested in any books, websites etc that might give me some info on what would be involved. If anyone has any suggestions, links etc I would be very...
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    Has anyone used a hayball or similar?

    Something like in the link? I was looking for something for in the field that doesn't need to be hung up and would slow eating a bit. I saw the below and other similar things and wondered how robust they were. Thanks...
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    Are these sycamore seedlings? Pic...

    Hi all, I have just found out that a tree in the yard is a sycamore. My two gave been grazing in a small paddock near it (it isn't actually in there) that I used on very odd occasions last summer but it has a couple of fruit trees that can be reached with a long neck so I avoided it. I've had...
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    Small holed hay nets and chopped oat straw - recommendations

    Help wanted - I'm looking for recommendations... I am looking for the smallest holed hay nets for feeding haylage, does anyone have any recommendations? I am also feeding chopped oat straw and have tried the Top Spec Zero but both my cob and pony are turning up their noses. Can anyone...
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    Itchy dog

    Hello all, I don't know if anyone can help me. I have a 14 year old, neutered male Westie Cross terrier who is really itchy and has been for years. He is on a daily dose of apoquel (prescribed by vet) and this does help but the last few days he has been really itchy and licking himself more than...
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    Horses and cows...

    Slightly odd question... are there any problems with horses and cows being turned out together? Mine are turned out with a herd and seem to be having a bit of an identity crisis and are usually found in the middle and cows and horse / pony seem happy with the arrangement! Horse and pony have no...
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    Online horse journal / diary?

    I'm looking for some ideas... at the moment I keep details of shoeing, vaccinations etc in my Google calendar but I wondered if anyone knew of any online journal or diary apps that could be used to record this type of thing plus a bit more detail e.g. vet treatments, feeding details etc. I'd...
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    Update on lameness with video - cellulitis question

    Previous thread - https://forums.horseandhound.co.uk/threads/lameness-with-video.793329/ . A question about cellulitis - my mare has now had 3 doses of antibiotics (am and pm yesterday, am today) and 3 doses of bute (injection yesterday morning, 1 sachet yesterday pm and am today). I am not...
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    Lameness - with video

    My mare is out at night and in during the day. I went to get her in this morning and found her like this. Vet has been, her temp is 38.4 which is a bit high for her, and the inside of the leg below the knee is warm and swollen. Vet is thinking cellulitis and has given a bute injection and...
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    Silage / haylege?

    I have been offered what was cut for cow silage earlier this year but actually looks and smells how I usually expect haylege to be like - it is also quite dry, again more like haylege. It looks and smells amazing - is there any reason why I couldn't feed it to horses who have been fed haylege...
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    Greenguard muzzles and headcollars - question...

    A quick question - do you need to buy the Greenguard headcollars to go with the grazing muzzles or can any field safe headcollar be used? Thanks!
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    Looking for a freelancer to help with stable duties

    Hi, I am looking for a freelancer who would be able to help me with 1 cob mare and 1 companion pony for 1 morning or afternoon a week (flexible on day or time) - general stable duties of mucking out, filling haynets, possibly turning out, grooming on a private yard in the Lamport / Mawsley...
  27. Marnie

    Turnout - legs clipped or not?

    Quick question! My cob mare is looking a bit untidy with her hogged mane growing out and previously clipped legs looking rather hairy. She is turned out and the field is pretty muddy around the gateways but not too bad in the middle. She is coming in with thick, wet mud up her legs. Question...
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    Online shopping help - medium fill pony rug

    Hi, I am trying to buy a medium fill pony turnout rug with no neck - preferably 5ft, but could possibly do 4'9" if they come up big. I also want it to have buckle chest straps rather than any sort of hook or clasp type arrangement. Ideally I want to buy online as there aren't any tackshops...
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    Weeping eyes

    So my little companion pony has had weeping eyes for the last 2 days - both eyes. I first noticed it yesterday but didn't think much of it and just cleaned them. They are dirty again today and I am not sure if they are actually infected or just irritated - any thoughts? Any ideas on the best...
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    Hoof boots - quick question...

    Any help gratefully received! We had a problem shoeing my mare this week and she has ended up with no front shoes. She is really quite foot sore and I remembered that I have Cavallo Big Foot boots bought for another horse but amazingly fit her. I haven't got the pastern wraps although have...
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