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    Would it be too far

    Are you intending to ride or to lead him? Led should be totally fine, if you are prepared to just tootle along at his pace, and use verges etc as he wants. This dry weather should mean his hooves are fairly hard - hopefully they aren't brittle. I wouldn't have them trimmed too close to the...
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    What do you feed your poor doers / your thoroughbreds?

    I love feeding straights - but my older Tb has expensive tastes, and a small appetite. I just couldn't get him to eat enough calories. Saracen Re-leve and Equijewel have transformed him, and my bank account :(
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    ...And here comes the Kevin's?

    I feel that horses can feel insecure if they feel alone without a strong companion. I'm not sure it's simply that they need you to dominate, but they need to feel you can make decisions, otherwise he will make them for you. When you demonstrate you can take charge, they feel safer and...
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    Maths help pls! ratio brain ache

    Thank you- all good advice. They are all powders, of *fairly * similar ish texture, so I think my plan is a larger quantity to reduce error, use accurate scales, and mix well every now and then. Once mixed, it won't have to move much, so hopefully shouldn't separate too much. Nothing...
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    Maths help pls! ratio brain ache

    My brain has overheated I think :( I want to mix 5 components, to save faffing around twice a day. I keep salt separate. I have the recommended amounts to feed per day: weight - 18g, 10g, 8g, 5.5g, 4g volume - 30ml, 10ml, 12ml, 5ml, 5 ml Am I best to mix by weight or volume? Surely weight...
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    is this possible with a fly rug?

    Yup, some of mine have done this. Doesn't even take a huge wind - just a gust at the wrong angle. Once it has blown up over the tail, they roll/rub/wriggle until it comes over the head. Impressed that the fly mask stayed on though - Shires might be my next purchase, as the LeMieux ones are...
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    Is P15 always a long test?

    I do much prefer long arena now - and actiely avoid short arena tests. I'm so pleased that even proper dressage bods don't know the funny markers :) My problem is remembering exactly which diagonal I'm meant to be doing though - I usually set off from the right place, but then forget if I'm...
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    Reviews of Wow Free Space girth?

    It seems very similar to the Stubben Equi-soft, which my TB liked
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    Building the Best (or a total money pit)

    That sounds like a lot of hard work, and a lot of fun! If 10 acres was needed for 1 foal, does that mean there will nowbe 6 foals??? :)
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    Injured rider

    First instinct is yes, of course. Then sadly you start to think of insurance claims.... :(
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    Shysmum - please can you tell me which Eucalyptus oil you use? I went on the Mystic Moments web page, and they have 5, but the descriptions for each one are pretty much the same! They have: Australiana Blue Gum Citriodora Peppermint Staigeriana thank you :)
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    Thank you for sharing :) How long before NAF have copied your recipe and are marketing it at great cost ? ;/
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    Ex-racers breathing

    Yup, high-blowing :) A rythmical gentle snort, caused by the exhaled air exiting a little higher through the '3rd nostrils' - the little flappy bits at the top of their nostrils.
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    Ex-racers breathing

    Was it high-blowing? I do think Tb's high-blow more than other breeds. I love the sound - I was delighted when mine did it :)
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    Horsefly bites

    Can you use the Biteaway pen on a horse? My daughter's grey reacts very badly to fly bites.
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    Anybody successful keep horses and pigs together?

    We have often had pigs next door to horses - never any problems. They often investigated and greeted each other.
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    Horse killed lamb… upset and angry

    For herbivores, horses can be really agressive. DEFINITELY not your fault, nor the horses'. It seems to be somethings some of them do - mine has killed two pet lamsbs. I've no idea why - in my horses' case I'm sure it was deliberate. He is fine with dogs and chickens as long as they don't go...
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    First FEI 3-day survival tips?

    Lovely report - what a fantastic time you both had! When I saw the photo of you flying over the trakhener, my first thought was what a shame it would be if the sport was lost, or watered down too much, I know it has to be as a safe as possible, but somehow it also needs to retain the...
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    Too much work for a 20 year old horse?

    "IF"the horse is ound and happy, then 2 hours a day is fine- movemnt is definitely good, and most older horses do better kept going, unless lame. But 2 jumping lessons a week would be a bit much, let alone 2 a day. However, I do think the owner is taking the mick by asking you to pay, and still...
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    Posh girth recommendation

    Stubben Equi-Soft 2 independant straps,which makes me feel a bit safer xc, kevlar or not :)
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    Nicola Wilson Update

    it's a shame they couldn't call in on the way up so Nicola could have seen the horses!
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    Jeez, have just seen this on FB.

    The stuff of nightmares :( As he said, plenty bad enough, but it could have been sooooo much worse.
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    My little boy is not so little anymore!

    Very handsome - and a lovely eye too :)
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    Finally didn’t muck it up 🤣

    WOW! Very impressove :)
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    I need to break the news

    We had the opposite when our old dog was nearing the end. I, and others, were convinced he was suffering, and needed to be PTS. My OH didn't exactly disagree, but kept putitng it off, saying 'we'll see' and 'he's a bit better today' etc. In the end the poor dog had a series of heart attacks...
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    Irish breeders without warmblood?

    I was always told that you put 'blood onto bone'. so you have a heavier mare and put her to a TB stallion. In the old days in England, farmers would have their farm mare/native/ heavy horse/ or Cleveland type, and a TB stallion would do a tour of the area, covering mares as he went, producing...
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    Sky lantern ban petition

    This. Basically anything which can set fire to the countrysride or harm wildlife/livestock. or simply be an unsightly non-biodegradeable mess should be banned.
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    Hard Ground conditioning

    I've always thought of it as - Hard ground damages hard tissue ( bones/joints) and soft ground damages soft tissue ( tendons/ligaments). Rapidly moving from one to the other (e,g,hitting soft/deep patches at speed) is even worse. A horse needs to be conditioned to the type of surface it will...
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    New BE stats centre and grassroots OBP leagues

    So it's not how often you win, it's how many others you beat on average? So no advantage to winning small classes, and no adavantage to having a larger number of runs? I think it's a clever idea :)