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    Weed prevention for arenas?

    Our arena has started to get something of a crop of grass growing on it and it is slightly driving me mad! I pull them up whenever I can and have rabbit proofed the arena as best I can, plus I level it regularly but still they appear! Any hints and tips to prevent weeds?!
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    How do you move your large bale haylage?

    I have about 12 old bales of haylage from the last two years that need to be moved into a different part of the field as they have gone off. What does everyone use to move their large bales? We want to hire something to move them as doing it ourselves without the proper equipment is a real...
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    How do you move your large bale haylage?

    I have about 12 old bales of haylage from the last two years that need to be moved into a different part of the field as they have gone off. What does everyone use to move their large bales? We want to hire something to move them as doing it ourselves without the proper equipment is a real...
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    How do you rabbit proof fence the gates of an arena?

    We have quite a lot of rabbits who currently appear to be burrowing into the arena and we are going to put up some rabbit fencing around the arena. However, I'm not sure how we are going to do the gates - they look like this:- How do you fence this bit? Do you let the fencing trail...
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    How do you rabbit proof fence the gates of an arena?

    We have quite a lot of rabbits who currently appear to be burrowing into the arena and we are going to put up some rabbit fencing around the arena. However, I'm not sure how we are going to do the gates - they look like this:- How do you fence this bit? Do you let the fencing trail...
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    Anyone with an arena - what do you do about autumn leaves?!

    We had our arena built this spring and it is sand with rubber topping. I'm just wondering what everyone does with their arenas to clear them of autumn leaves. Do you do anything at all? I assume they will just degrade if left but I'm not sure how best to clear them?! Any advice welcome!
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    Anyone with an arena - what do you do about autumn leaves?!

    We had our arena built this spring and it is sand with rubber topping. I'm just wondering what everyone does with their arenas to clear them of autumn leaves. Do you do anything at all? I assume they will just degrade if left but I'm not sure how best to clear them?! Any advice welcome!
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    How to dispose of big bale haylage that has gone off?

    I've got a fair few big bale haylage bales that were from last year and some of them have got damaged and gone mouldy. What is the best way to dispose of them? They are very large and heavy and we don't have an easy way of moving them at present!
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    Thanks to all for arena advice - it's finally done!

    Thanks to everyone who gave me advice about arenas - ours is finally finished today! Just needs a little rain before we can get riding on it and typically none forecast but that doesn't make it less exciting! The build was really well run and efficient, would highly recommend. A few...
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    What to do with topsoil from arena build?

    Our arena build started today (yay!) and we are going to have a fair bit of topsoil (about 200 tonnes) from the groundworks. We can landscape it into our fields if need be but I wondered if there is anyone who would actually want it as I remember when we renovated our last house that buying...
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    Recommend me an instructor near Banbury/Oxford?

    We are starting our arena build on Monday (could not be more excited!) and I'm wondering if I can find an instructor who might be prepared to come and give us a few lessons at home as got three horses and can only transport two at a time. I would be happy to have someone separate for flatwork...
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    In praise of orange cats...

    I am tediously trying to revise for a post graduate exam today and it's been great being at home as my lovely old orange Maine **** cat has been keeping me company very faithfully. I've had him nearly 9 years now (rescue cat) and its been nice looking back at some of my old photos of him and...
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    Poached fields - what to do?

    In the bad weather, our fields became a total bog and the horses have poached them pretty badly, especially around the gateways and fence lines. We have summer paddocks to use which have been rested but I was wondering what everyone is doing with their winter paddocks, to repair the poached...
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    Horses at home - teenager would like to help out, any thoughts?

    I've got my three horses at home and it's been a bit of a slog this winter as only just moved to the area and quite a demanding new job. We've managed but have been keen to get some extra help however found it hard to get a groom in the middle of winter. Our neighbour has recommended a...
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    Who has a Charles Britton arena?

    We have planning permission and are getting set to put in an arena in a few weeks (very exciting!!! :)). We are probably going to go with Charles Britton and I wonder if anyone had any experience of them in terms of the build experience and also the finished arena? Any thought welcome -...
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    Can anyone recommend me a freelance groom around Bicester/Bucks?

    I'm looking for someone to give me a bit of a hand with the horses around the Bicester/Banbury area - can anyone recommend someone good? Not a huge number of hours but happy to pay sensibly. Any pointers?
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    Not really CR but if you fancy a giggle/schadenfreude....

    The moral of the story is to bring your grey filly home before the bad weather and thank god for lovely neighbours with tractors, waterproof clothing and a good sense of humour! http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?646182-Unsafe-fun-in-the-wind-aka-the-flying-field-shelter!
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    Unsafe fun in the wind - aka the flying field shelter!

    My day started well today - I'm on annual leave so I got in my Christmas shopping and brought my little grey filly, Wanda, home from her training yard for her Christmas holidays before the bad weather started. I thought I'd put the boys in to keep the filly company and to get them out of...
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    Choosing between horses - heart, head or Halling?

    Some of you may remember I had a little liver chestnut ex-racehorse staying with me for a while called Halling, who I wanted to buy but was sold to someone else for a fair bit of money (more than I thought he was worth). He has come up for sale again, due to owner pregnancy, and I have the...
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    What to do with unwanted hay?

    I've just moved house and inherited a field shelter full of small bales of hay from the previous owners who used it for their alpacas. I've ordered in my haylage for the year - always feed haylage as have Thoroughbreds and they keep their weight better on this - so I have no use for the hay...
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    What to do with unwanted hay?

    I've just moved house and inherited a field shelter full of small bales of hay from the previous owners who used it for their alpacas. I've ordered in my haylage for the year - always feed haylage as have Thoroughbreds and they keep their weight better on this - so I have no use for the hay...
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    Little grey ex-racehorse 4 year old Wanda - jumping update!

    I went to see my 4 year old little grey ex-racehorse filly, Wanda, who has been jumping for a week or so now and was thrilled at how much she has come on. This little filly was a bit of an impulse buy (to my husband's great dismay) but she's been brilliant - quick learner and a fantastic...
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    Best way to divide up an existing hay barn into a stable?

    I've just moved into the most lovely place and now trying to sort out the stables. We currently have two 12x12ft stables and a 12x20ft hay barn, as below. I've currently got three horses and would like to be able to split the hay barn into another 12x12ft stable and a small storage area...
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    Best way to divide up an existing hay barn into a stable?

    I've just moved into the most lovely place and now trying to sort out the stables. We currently have two 12x12ft stables and a 12x20ft hay barn, as below. I've currently got three horses and would like to be able to split the hay barn into another 12x12ft stable and a small storage area...
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    Recommend me a contractor (North OXON/BUCKS) to lay water pipes?

    Further to my last thread, can anyone recommend me a groundworks contractor (North OXON/BUCKS) to lay water pipes? Just need someone to mole plough and lay the pipes in the ground if possible!
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    Putting in water supply to fields from existing tap?

    Just moved into new house and yard and there is water connected to the stable block but currently it isn't connected to the fields. Would ideally like to lay some water pipes but would like to run along the fences above ground if possible - happy to do it myself but also happy to pay someone if...
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    Putting in water supply to fields from existing tap?

    Just moved into new house and yard and there is water connected to the stable block but currently it isn't connected to the fields. Would ideally like to lay some water pipes but would like to run along the fences above ground if possible - happy to do it myself but also happy to pay someone if...
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    People who keep their horses at home - what would you do?

    I'm moving house (finally!) on Tuesday and horses coming home to live with me the following weekend, which is super exciting as been waiting about 9 months to move! I'm wondering what people who keep their horses at home and work full time do, particularly anyone who has very erratic hours...
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    A little grey ex-racehorse update

    For those of you who may remember, I acquired a little grey ex-racehorse who we call Wanda at the beginnning of the summer. She was turned away for a month or two at grass while I tried and failed to move house and then came to a lovely yard near my work in Oxford. At first she...
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    Help - planning layout of new competition yard?

    Finally it's now looking like we will actually get to move, after a few minor issues along the way such as previous vendors dropping out at the eleventh hour, and moving to a lovely place with about 5 acres but less facilities than previous place that fell through. The yard is currently set...
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