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    Scary RTC

    So my husband is away with work in France and was in a RTC on a motorway on Sunday night. Thankfully he is fine, so is his dads dog who was free in the car (very lucky), and his dad dislocated his shoulder. The pictures of the damage to the back of the car are freaking me out. He was in a hilux...
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    Tell me to stop feeling guilty!

    So, can some other people please remind me that my horses are designed to live outside and will not melt in this rain/snow/sluge that is currently falling!? They have an 8 acre field. Just two of them. Give them some haylage and breakfast each morning anyway. But that have foddage in the back...
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    Anyone use retirement livery

    Without going into much detail about my possible changing circumstances. Or it would be an essay! Has anyone got a horse or had a horse on retirement livery? I always planned on looking after my old boy for the rest of his life and would never sell, but starting to look at long term best...
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    Dustbin dogs!

    We’ve had our lab for at least 6 months now (3 year old rehome) but I still can’t believe how much of a dustbin he is!!!! I know labradors are renouned and he was underfed when we got him (approx 5 kg underweight, had not left house in months so no muscle and must simply not have had enough...
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    Horses mourning?

    Hi What is everyone’s experience of horses mourning? My three were a close mini herd. They saw socks being put to sleep this morning and were apparently calm. No calling. This afternoon I’ve put them back out and my old boy suddenly took off across the big winter field calling out. He was...
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    Ownership

    I am deep in thought today, the day before I PTS my 7 year old new forest pony Socks due to liver disease (suspected cancer). It helped me to write something down so I thought I would share it here. I am not a great writer and rarely think about words and their meanings. But today I have been...
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    Last days and keepsakes?

    Hi, I’ve posted a few times a while ago, I have a new forest pony who is only 7, diagnosis of severe liver damage in May, but not responded to treatment and most recent bloods showed abnormal white blood cells suggesting lymphoma (which probably explains why he hasn’t improved with treatment...
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    Lights

    So I have a brilliant head torch for myself, but nothing for my dogs. I mostly do day time walks, but occasionally try to have some quality time early or late with the dogs (I have a toddler and baby!) and now it’s pitch black. Mostly it would be lead walks anyway but I feel safer if they have...
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    Figure of 8/ head collar

    Following on from the dog pulling thread..... I have a lab and collie. Got them both aged around two years old (a year apart) and they had barely seen a lead before then. They don’t pull horrendously- unless they spot a squirrel! But although they have improved a lot, they only heel well in...
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    Grumpy old horse

    My old boy is getting very grumpy the last week or so. My mare always starts to get a bit grumpy as winter sets in. They have plenty of grass but she demands feed as soon as she sees my car! But my old boy is normally happy all year round. He is an ex-racer who likes living out which helps keep...
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    Entire male obsessed with neutered males!

    Has anyone experienced this... We?ve had our lab for about 6 months now. As some may remember from previous thread- owners never neutered him (or did anything with him for that matter! He is 3) and as he was a bit nervy the vet suggested to wait or even not at all. He is quite good with...
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    unknown time limit

    HI, not really sure what to say, or what advise there is, but basically need to get it off my chest. had more bad news today. posted a while ago about my new forest pony (7 this year) who was diagnosed with liver damage/ hepatitis in May, after he suddenly badly burnt his white socks. bloods...
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    To ?snip? or not!?

    So 3 months ago we rehomed a 3yo entire lab Jasper, from someone my husband used to work with who has split up with his girlfriend and he was homeless and she was not caring for the dog at all..... Went to vets for check up a few weeks in to getting him to sort chip and because he was quite...
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    hepatitis/liver not responding

    my 7 year old new forest gelding suddenly became photosensitive and burnt his socks about 12 weeks ago now, when the UV was still relatively low (I keep an eye on it as my mare has a pink nose and my other gelding has thin white socks). vet suggested blood test for liver- I had not really heard...
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    tasty but low sugar and fat?!

    So my new forest pony is actually not that greedy (just a very good doer) but due to a biopsy showing serious liver fibrosis he is currently on a lot of steroids for the time being to try and bring inflammation down. however, this of course comes with laminitis risk (risks are outweighed by need...
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    Sweet itch Starting in teenage years

    So had a shock this morning as went to feed my horses to find my mare had rubbed above her tail so bad it was red raw- about the size of 2 flat hands, so a large area. I think she may of used a telegraph pole in the field as fence would be too low for that height (she is 16?2). Vet had been out...
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    running retirement livery?

    I often see people looking for grazing (Im in west Berkshire which like many places in the south east has limited land around) but they also want facilities like a school and stables. I keep my horses on an old farm (now has businesses like a gardening company) with a barn, not individual...
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    Labrador grooming?

    Sorry no photos yet- tried to do photobucket but it kept spamming me. We acquired a 3yo boy Labrador nearly a week ago! Someone who used to work with my husband. Split with girlfriend and now unemployed and homeless so can?t keep him. She has had him for a few months and he arrived under...
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    Labradors

    Hello. Any lab lovers or owners on here? I know all dogs are unique but breeds tend to have traits. Tell me the good and bad! Plus looking for general advice/reassurance. Husband and I had recently agreed (I?d been ready for a while but not him!) that getting a second rescue dog would be...
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    escapee sheep in my horses field!

    Hi, I have googled and seem to find a lot of mixed information about the effects of sheep being grazed with horses. I'm not meant to have sheep in my horses field!!! But currently there are about 70 in the field next door but they keep breaking into my horses field. had about 40 in my field...
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    When you want another dog but your husband doesn't....

    Has anyone wanted to add to their 'collection' of dogs but there other half doesn't? We have had our rescue collie for nearly a year. All good. We did foster a collie puppy for a bit as well, but sadly he had huge issues with men due to abuse and despite trying our best to get him to trust my...
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    nibbly pony!

    I have a 6.5 year old new forest pony. On the whole he was always been quite sensible for his age. I backed him by myself aged 4 no trouble. My 14 month old can sit on him, he is sweet with all the children. But he has one naughty habit- nibbling! everything! turning out he chews the other...
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    feeding for weight but not fizz?

    I have quite a lot of knowledge about horse feed! how to keep weight on without pumping up the sugar levels!!! but can it be the same with dogs? I did feed my last dog (a sensitive GSD) raw, but newish rescue collie would often stick her nose up at it. So switched to high quality kibble...
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    tell me about rescue greyhounds?!

    So I know there are a lot of greyhound/ wippet type enthusiasts on here! Basically- I have been offered a 6-7 year old male greyhound x by someone who has had horses next to mine for the last 6 months. She got him 1.5 years ago from her old farrier- who said he got upset being in the van...
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    Making do grazing plans

    So I missed the boat for spring seeding and weed kill, but is there anything I can do now? Docks look terrible this year and I have loads of long gouch grass they won't eat. They are fat anyway, but apparently landlord has mentioned to fellow renter (who he is friends with) that my field looks...
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    Belgian Malinois?

    Anyone know any Belgian Malinois? I have heard of them basically being a more intense version on a German Shepherd? My last dog was a rescue GSDx who was hyper and reactive with other dogs, but great in the home and with people. We now have a 2yo collie x, who has a high chase drive and...
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    calming supplements?

    Has anyone used any calming supplements, diffusers, tablets, 'shirts'? Is there any science behind them at all? Having got 2 rescue collie in 4 months, I have been very busy getting them used to home life and the stress it sometimes causes them. I realize most short cuts don't work and I'm...
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    tripod dog (nearly)

    Hi so having got sky the collie x rescue nearly 4 months ago, we have just taken on a 6 month old collie x boy who is missing part of one of his front paws (horrible story I don't wish to repeat on the forum). The vet has created a tidy stump and he is learning to hobble along on it quite...
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    What's her cross?

    Sky is settling in well. Although now her confidence is increasing her ears are occasionally shutting off due to exciting things like pheasants at the horses. So going to start some more intensive recall training! I am going to attempt to upload photos- what breed do you recon she is crossed...
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    Kitchen counter thief!

    So in less than 2 weeks Sky has come on leaps and bounds! After 2 nights she moved off our bed onto a dog bed on the floor of our room. Then just over a week in (Saturday night) we shut our bedroom door and put a bed outside. She settled fine..... However, in the morning, I noticed an olive...
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