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    Those on full livery...

    I have been on three “full livery” yards - do all jobs, and ride when you are not there. One was awful, would say they would do jobs then didn’t I.e put on walker, wash legs off etc. Didn’t last long there. The other was a large yard I was only on for a few weeks. Mainly young apprentices...
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    Clipping a horse on box rest

    Is he sweating up? If so I think I would consider it. Can always pop a light rug on if it gets colder.
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    Pictures Busting!

    When younger our ponies were subject to a Saturday of fun and games... which often included long hacks. On a particular Saturday my cob at the time had been on a hack for a few hours then we were on the yard bathing and plaiting the horses and he would not stand still. Normally he would stand...
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    Quarantine do people stil do it?

    No livery yards I have been on enforce quarantine. Bar one which as the horse had come straight from Ireland it had to be stabled for 48 hours which they called quarantine. Could still be ridden in the arenas and hand grazed, and was in the American barn with everything else.. when asked what...
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    Euthanasia thoughts?

    A month too early is better than a day too late. Without sounding unemotional, he won’t have the fear of death if you take him to be PTS, when we wait for them to be collapsed or in pain, they know they are fearful of death. I’d consider his quality of life everyday and if you ever have a...
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    Yard owner doesn't let us use trailer locks!?

    I have had a trailer stolen. It had locks on, there was CCTV of it being stolen, followed all protocols of reporting etc. The insurance tried every way possibly to get out of it! So definitely lock up and be aware that insurance may ask if you if there any signs of ‘forced entry’, apparently...
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    Worst thing the cat's done.

    Bring a full size rat into the house. Kill “our” robin :( Put on lots of weight by eating round the neighbours and making it very embarrassing to take them to work.
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    Hunting and Equine flu

    Yes it would. Whilst they are not multi million pound industries people’s livelihoods depend on horses being able to compete and hunt. If worst case scenario transport is ceased for a few weeks these are some of the ‘smaller guys’ that could take a hit: Grooms preparing and doing second horses...
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    The Lepto debate.

    Barely any money though! For example neutering at our local practice (not mine) is £135 for a spay in a 10-20kg dog. For this operation to take place you need to hire vets to operate on the dog, nurses to do your anaesthesia and monitor it on recovery/all day, receptionists to answer any...
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    The Lepto debate.

    If you had quoted my whole post then you would see that I do not discredit these *could* be direct reactions or even deaths linked to the vaccine, but when compared to the thousands of animals getting vaccinated everyday it is a tiny minority yet people choose to just see that. Again the reason...
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    The Lepto debate.

    Of course you do ha! And the vets are only vaccinating to make animals sicker so they get more money. After all that’s what it all about eh? Let’s ignore the fact veterinary has one of the highest suicide rates for a profession. The annual vaccination appointments barely cut even when...
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    The Lepto debate.

    Your unvaccinated animals might be fine, but it’s likely that is down to herd immunity. If we all stop vaccinating I’m sure there will be more cases. Not vaccinating against Parvo is risky not only to your dog but others too. I have been unfortunate to see unvaccinated dogs with parvovirus...
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    Removeable Towbars.....are they safe to tow with?

    Just be aware a removable tow bar may have a different towing weight and you want to keep safely below that. I believe there was an incident in which one snapped whilst towing just over 3 tons, afterwards it was realised whilst the vehicle could tow this, the tow bar could actually only take 2...
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    No place for live-and-let-live in an intolerant world; will hunting survive?

    Agree with this ten times over. Sabs are brilliant at PR online: editing videos, putting together tangible stories out of odd bits and crowd funding/making their followers feel included. People love sharing things on social media but often fail to fact check them. The classic being a missing...
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    Vegan tack?

    But we are shipping/flying milk in from California therefore polluting our planet and destroying polar animals habitats. To supply ~80% of the world almond milk, local natural habitat must be destroyed. So vegans say cows are commercially farmed and exploited and never get to live a natural...
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    Vegan tack?

    Biodegradable and horses/wet/cold/heat/outside sounds like it would need replacing often. Where as leather products can last tens of years... can’t wait to see what it’s made out of!
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    Vegan tack?

    I imagine jumping on a trend? But do not know anything about the rider so may be wrong. As you have already stated many vegan products may cut out materials directly from animals but fail to see the impact it’s demand has elsewhere. For example almond milk “saves the cows” but is terrible for...
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    A stompy traveller

    I feel for you as it’s stressful having a worried traveller particularly when alone and you are aware it’s escalating. My lovely gelding (who is not in work now) would kick the absolute sh*t out of the trailer when I first got him. He was well travelled and had evented and hunted a lot so was...
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    What do you hate that everyone else loves?

    From a few pages back in this thread... but undeclared Mayo in prepacked sandwiches makes me want to scream. Untidy horses. Exception for retired oldies, but bog brush tails or straw in feathers urks me. Doesn’t benefit the horse at all to be smart, I just prefer it yet majority seems to hate...
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    Overweight Horses on the BBC News

    Interesting comments so far. I think a scary amount of horses are obese and it is truly becoming the ‘norm’. The body scoring systems can be useful but people need to take into account the type of horse they have. According to standard charts such a this (stolen as the first image on google)...
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    Anyone else hate travelling horses?

    The more often you do it the better. I am a confident driver and have been towing two years now but if I have a few weeks off I get more anxious. Without the horse it doesn’t bother me but with a horse and alone it is harder. I always find the journey home easier as not worrying about loading...
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    Next question. What is his market value?

    I think the underwriters must have category’s as to what qualifys for what so I’d just give them a ring? They seem to overestimate anyway. My nice but torn DDFT, on box rest, won’t return to full work, gelding was valued at a minimum of £2000 :rolleyes: I asked them where I signed for the...
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    Sedating for dentist

    All of mine have always been fine but always used an EDT. Was present when a vet was there for a friend to do dental work. Insisted on sedating very chilled horse to ‘get a better look at the back of its mouth’. Horses head was then on the floor and even this small vet struggled to look in with...
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    Help with making an offer on a horse for sale...

    I would ring up about a horse ~10% over my budget, IF they ad states open to offers. I probably would mention on the phone (before viewing) the horse is slightly more than I have to pay, but I am XYZ home. Owners have always said ‘that’s fine for the right home we can negotiate’. I would never...
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    Current crop of riding tights ...

    Noble outfitters: A) good last well, had mine around three years now. Handy phone pocket is really useful in the summer as can ride in a T-shirt! B) Not so warm C) I haven’t seen them looking bad on anyone, they also are made from a decent material so don’t become see through! Aztec Diamond: A)...
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    Anybody else’s horse not grown a thick coat this winter?

    I think it’s how warm it is! Even the clipped horses are producing very fine, ‘summer’ coats. I have daffodils attempting to come up in my garden... nature is confused
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    Tips for collecting sample of wee from 8 month old kitten...

    Yes leave that to us professionals :pThankfully most cats will go urinate on non absorbable litter but some dogs are smaller than cats now and getting non-invasive samples can be difficult. If you ever have to free catch a urine sample, wear gloves and remove the container BEFORE they finish if...
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    How long have you had your horse/ pony

    One 15 years. The other 15 months. The other 4 months. Had a few inbetween this!
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    Tips for collecting sample of wee from 8 month old kitten...

    If the vet needs a sample and she uses a litter tray they will probably sell you some Katkor. A small plastic, ball litter which allows the cat to feel like it is peeing on litter but is completely unabsorbant. The sample is then syringed into the tube. Urine samples are expected to have a...
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    Car with high towing capacity?

    Defender will tow anything, anywhere (you will never get stuck in a field!)... unless it breaks down. However I see you said it has to be leak proof, so not suitable. In heavy rain mine is a damp experience. MPG is easy to work out on it though, can just about add it up using your fingers and...
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