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    Waterproof fly rugs?

    It's soon that time of year when the midges are out. We are stables next to a brook so it gets really bad. Can anyone recommend a fly rug with a waterproof stop over the back for those cooler/showery days? So horse is still dry to ride but protected from midges?
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    Help- gelding obsessed with one particular mare

    I have a rising three year old. He's a really chilled out character in general. I've had him a year and In that time he's been turned out with mares/next to mares and with gelding and currently a colt of the exact same age. The yard I'm at had originally put him in a paddock next to a mare...
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    Before I go ahead, am I being fair enough?

    Last month I went to look round a yard for my 2 year old due to issues with current yard (love the yard just not the set up for when my baby will be born in the middle of winter) Anyway, said to YM of new yard that id like to move first weekend of September. However, last weekend an...
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    Planning for a new dog- Japanese Akita?

    Next year we would like to have a new pup. We will need to pick a breeder with a plan on breeding in the next 12-18 months so need to make a final decision on the breed. We are currently considering a Japanese Akita as the next dog. Does anyone have any experience of them as we can read about...
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    Should I stay or should I go?

    I have a 2 year old gelding. I'm also pregnant. Due mid winter 😬. I'm currently liverying on a farm where there are only 4 stables and currently 5 horses. My 2 year old is turned out 24/7 and he can remain 24/7 through winter as they have 16 acres. However I know at least 3 of the...
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    Poo scoffing!

    I have a 2 year old Welsh D X ?? He's a good weight now (wasn't when he arrived midwinter) he did not get well looked after in the past (bad feet/worms/scurfy etc) anyway since I've had him he's been out 24/7 with one feed of 2 X handfuls of Agrobs muesli (very similar or a meadow based chaff/no...
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    Leave in or turn out?

    Just been up to my 2 yo who is hopping lame. Do I bring in and risk him box walking/jumping out (the field buddy he is usually with keeps calling to him and winding him up) or turn him out. Heat along from pastern up tendons and round to the knee on the near fore. It's come on since morning....
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    Teaching a youngster to wear a rug.

    I've a lovely rising 2 year old. He was a rescue so still a little 'people nervy' but generally fearless. I don't think he's ever work a rug. But yesterday he came in looking like a sweet-itch casualty (despite no rubbing signs previously) so I've gone out and bought some lotions and a sweet...
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    The effect of 'poor conformation'?

    Semi - hypothetical question. You see an intermediate BE horse. Excellent record. Placed nearly every time out. Mega straightforward in all ways. Up for sale for £15k. 9 years old. Gelding. The horse is vetted. Passes all examinations- eyes/wind/soundness etc. X Ray's to legs clear but vet...
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    What indicates a dun/buckskin?

    I have a rising 2 year old sec D X Unknown. He's currently shedding his winter coat and the colour appearing beneath it is unlike any I've seen before. He has a mealy muzzle that is a pale caramel colour including round his eyes. His fetlocks and lower leg is a kind of ashen/silvery chocolate...
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    How to sell this horse?

    I've had my horse advertised for 6 weeks and he's only had one viewing. He went well in the viewing and lady like him - called him a 'classy horse' but felt he could potentially be cheeky in the future. He could well be but not really shown that yet- my dressage trainer has said he's quiet...
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    What sized budget would be needed for...

    A 15-16hh 4-7 year old. Ready to go out and compete prelim/novice. But with paces and capability to go further- or something quite smart and flashy. Good to hack and will go alone. Something easy in every respect. Some ability to jump (although only to RC level) doesn't need breeding- looking...
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    Do you think a 'loaner' or rider would be interested in...

    Taking on a 5 year old on long term loan (3-4years) that's had a couple of months pro schooling. I would pay for ALL training and competitions but they would need to foot all other costs. I've just been to visit my boy at the event rider's yard and he looks so amazing I just don't want to sell...
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    If a YO fills empty stable immediately...

    After a livery has vacated it; should the livery recover some of the livery they paid? I haven't bothered in this case BUT.... I gave notice to leave at the start of the month and said I would be out by 31st. Due to yard making up feeds incorrectly for the 3rd time in a row (dangerously so) I...
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    To sell or kind of 'turn away'?

    Bit of background: very smart but spooky 4 year old was going amazingly well at old yard. Moved to new yard- then he stopped eating and the spookiness that was gone at old yard came back with a vengeance. Put it this way - trainer described him as something you could put your nan on! Anyway- I...
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    What is the going rate to rent an entire yard?

    (Not me looking to rent it by the way!) simply an aquaintance has just spent quite some money converting their farm to a yard. They can't get anyone to take it on- I'm wondering if they are asking too much. I'll keep the price they want under wraps until I know what you guys think it's worth...
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    'Not as advertised'

    Just a musing really (been doing a lot while stuck on the sofa) you often hear people saying that the horse they bought was as advertised. I wonder if part of the problem is the new owner. I know that some horses are sold unscrupulously but for example a friend I've known since uni (12 years)...
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    New yard- horse unhappy

    9 days ago I had to move yards as the YM left my previous yard to take on a bigger competition yard- this leaving me with no one to do my horse (who was in part livery) so I looked round three yards and picked a professionally run yard of 16 - since arriving he's been awful - doesn't graze...
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    Damaged calf muscle- and advice?

    I got trodden on today by my horse. My right calf is now double its usual size and I can't support and weight on it. No bruising is visible yet. I have been elevating it. Any other things I should do?
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    Money owed what would you do?

    Mid October I moved to a brand new yard on part livery. I paid £68 a week one month in advance to the yard manager (who lived on site). I did not meet the YO as they let the entire yard out to the YM. My horse and I were incredibly happy. On December 3rd the YM told me they were leaving to take...
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    Using domosedan gel to prevent stress when hunt meets at yard?!

    I have a problem in that the local hunt are meeting at my yard on sat. My youngster will get quite stressed by this (I know as it happened at a previous yard- lets just say the best description was 'climbing walls'. As I don't know which direction they will go I can't really hack him out to get...
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    Disuniting on the lunge

    My boy has a very odd habit of going disunited on the lunge in canter. He will do half a circle of lovely comanter with the correct strike off and then disunite behind. He never does it under saddle- in fact his canter under saddle is simply wonderful and my favourite pace. Is this just due to a...
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    Spooking as an evasion?

    I have a lovely 4 year old who has been backed exactly a year. He spent the first 6 months lightly hacking with occasional schooling, but was sent away end of September for some proper schooling. He is a sweet, sensitive chap who needs a firm but committed rider - ie you need to be purposeful...
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    Anyone used the horse bit bank?

    If so did you have a refund and if you did how long did it take? The bit I returned was signed for 9 days ago and it cost me £135 so I would really like a refund but still nothing. Just wondering if they are usually quite slow?
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    Demoralising issue with canter

    Pre 2008 I rode to a reasonable standard BE90 and BD novice. I had no 'issues' with my body and I was a reasonably balanced rider. In February 2008 my event mate bronked me off and I landed ballerina toe'd and suffered a lis franc fracture (3 metatarsals and all the ligaments went in my left...
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    Any vets on here? Dog stole prascend :(

    Before anyone asks yes I have rung the vets! They are trying to get through to the manufacturer but are having issues as the manufacturer has a fire alarm going off!!! It's a 1mg tablet and he is a 49kg dog. What are the dangers? He seems normal at the moment and at it 45 min ago
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    Contradicting advice from two instructors

    I have a lovely gelding who's just turned four and has been in light work since feb. He has a tendency to rush his trot and pull me down to balance or tuck his chin into his chest. He's never above the bridle but can be really behind it. I had a lesson with a lovely lady who is based with...
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    Calmers for events etc

    Are there any non magnesium based calmers out there to take the edge off a horse who can be a bit hot and stressy? I'm taking a 4 year old to his first dressage to do a walk and trot at a really small low key venue but I would like to ensure we both survive so wondered if there were any non...
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    Gutted and angry what should I expect?

    From the owners of two dogs that broke into my garden (not sure how as our gates were closed) and killed my guinea pig and two of my four chickens- they smashed the guinea pig hutch and the chicken run which is 20foot last sat night. They belong to the local pub and had escaped. The pub owner...
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    Lepto 4?

    Mishka had her booster last week and was given lepto 4 and was told to come back in 4 weeks for a booster of the booster! We use kennels occasionally so have to have up to date vaccinations rather than titre test. Anyone know more about the new vaccination - ie why the change? Any risks? Is it...
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