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    GSD being protective- advice!

    I have a very reactive 'guardy' large breed rescue. When he first came home he was convinced that the world was out to get me (and him) TBH he was lethal and always on edge, he really thought that he had to keep everybody away from me. I demoted him from duty by training him to go behind me if...
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    Honest advice needed

    Where I used to keep my old boys there were quite a few retired TBs. They did really well :) Out 24/7 on good, regularly changed grazing. The only difference between them and the natives is that they were rugged in winter. How old is he? There's a big difference between 14 and 24 years old...
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    Happy hacker horses

    The thing is, a decent happy hacker is not an easy find or necessarily cheap - a horses that will go out alone, in traffic, pass various scaries, stay sound, be reasonable to handle is a rare beast and will be many peoples holy grail. Yes, there are cheap horses out there - they are usually...
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    Disillusioned with the Horse World

    Your location explains a lot. Dublin is a big city but a very small town. And yes, there is very little land left that isn't built on. I grew up in South County Dublin when there were literally farms on the doorstep and really don't recognise it now. Keeping horses there is just like trying to...
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    Keep insuring - or not!?

    Actually I wouldn't be terribly surprised if it took £5k - when MRIs and CT scans run to £2.5 - £3k each - most people don't go straight to them so a few consultations at your local vets, xrays, meds will be £2 - £500 at least, then a referral to a specialist £200 just to walk in the door. It...
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    Keep insuring - or not!?

    I would have been the same as you until a few years ago and tbh it does very much depend on your breeds. But one rottie who cost over 12k in extra (ie not routine) health care in his 8.5 years taught me the hard way! My 3 JRTs over their combined 46 years probably cost less than £1k in total but...
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    Need a new job!

    I've completely changed career twice in the last 2 years. After many, many years in one sector I took redundancy, had some time off and decided that I wasn't commuting into the city anymore. It wasn't easy coming from a niche sector that really isn't understood by those outside it and the best...
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    Silkifying/conditioning manes&tails

    I'm cheap :) I used to use pig oil in winter, lots of it and leave, then comb. In fairness bth of mine could afford to lose a fair bit so never worried about hair coming out... In summer, it was pig oil and sulphur for the sweetitch one, he'd still rub a bit not not so badly that he'd damage the...
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    Finances - living together

    We have a joint 'house' account for bills that we put equal amounts in. The rest stays in our own accounts. Generally he earns more than me - he's older, more established in his career, does a lot of overtime. I'm younger, have career changed twice in the last few years and I'm not interested in...
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    Feeling fed up, crap start to 2019

    Ah yes, silly welshies - it's the full on drama about everything that gets me. Nothing is ever 'oh let me have a think about that', it's OMG WE'RE DOOMED I TELL YOU, DOOMED...and with my boy that was about a daffodil, a single daffodil or a squirrel or a rock or a car that wasn't quite the right...
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    Dog walking and personal security

    I walk a 55kg dog who is ridiculously over protective. Despite excellent recall he cannot go off lead anywhere that I don't have a clear line of sight and definitely not in the dark. If someone appears out of nowhere (around a bend, from behind a bush) he immediately squares up and I have no...
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    Are we making it too difficult for the sake of it?

    Maybe it's just my perception and because I can't keep horses the way I prefer - out 24/7 - due to lack of land. This is comparing expensive South East England to suburban Dublin that still had lots of farms on the doorstep which of course isn't comparing apples with apples :) Childhood livery...
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    Are we making it too difficult for the sake of it?

    It's a bit of both really - the blissful ignorance that I certainly had as a kid in the 70s about health issues existed - I'd never heard of kissing spines or ulcers for our furry natives. Laminitis yes but tbh that was generally a death warrant. Saddle fit was checked at pony club and you rode...
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    Tips for dealing with other horses when bringing in

    I used to have to do this in a field of 20 plus horses on 50 acres. New horses had to learn pdq that a led horse was to be left alone. We all carried a schooling whip when catching in and anything that was harassing a led horse got chased off with a wallop across the chest if necessary. Some...
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    Right HHOers, I need someone to have a word with me!

    FWIW I would never move yards at this time of year unless it's a dire emergency. We are in the middle of the worst time of year for horsekeeping and trying to settle into a new yard with extra duties ( turn out, bring in, mucking out etc) all on a time line when you currently have them living...
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    Anyone use retirement livery

    I think, in your situation I would leave them where they are because it's only for 2 years. Trying to move a family AND large animals to a completely different culture would not be easy...plus as you mentioned Brexit might well cause a huge extra amount of paperwork when you return - I'm...
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    Anyone use retirement livery

    I had 2 on retirement livery - over 10 years in total. Like many others I had to move them right out of my area to find anywhere suitable. TBH it was pretty rough and ready, while the horses had more (really good) hay then they knew what to do with and you could arrange for bucket feeds and meds...
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    Can you make a profit from running a livery yard?

    OH and I looked at doing this a few years back when a local large livery yard came on the market. Despite planning on selling both our houses we would have needed a large mortgage so when we did the sums we just couldn't make it work. This was with renting out all the spare buildings to...
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    Arab breeding lines?

    Was that Hilary Chapmans of Pulpits Farm Mikeno?
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    It's all my fault for keeping my dog on a lead, is it?

    Maybe most are friendly and I've never had a problem with the status type dogs - there are a few around here but the dogs, like the owners tend to be all mouth, no trousers :) and both respond well to a firm 'hop it'. But what I have noticed in the last 5 years or so is spoilt brat type dogs...
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    It's all my fault for keeping my dog on a lead, is it?

    Don't get me wrong I don't advocate pilling into a dog fight intending to batter every dog that looks sideways at mine. I'm probably more relaxed than most about odd scuffles and random dogs running up, after all on more than one occasion mine were the ASBO dogs. But when it came to the crunch I...
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    It's all my fault for keeping my dog on a lead, is it?

    I took on an Akita to save my terriers. She was notorious in the area and had killed a few dogs previously. Her owner was a dickwad who had encouraged her to kill everything in sight and despite having being prosecuted and the dog put under a control order which meant that she was to be securely...
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    Best insurance

    Try getting a quote from Coop - same underwriter as PetPlan and for me, they were literally a quarter of the price. Petplan £7k cover pa quoted £88 per month and TBH when you see the figures below I can understand why Year 1 £20 per month with a 20% discount for buying online about £1k in...
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    Haflingers :)

    I bought one as a confidence giver after being terrified by my Welsh Cob. There is no denying that he was opinatated and very stubborn on occasion but my god, he was as safe as houses. Scarily intelligent (often used against humans though), surprisingly athletic and forward going but with...
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    Name two useful things ...........

    Shifty, was originally shifty bum 20 plus years ago and now works on dogs, horses, OH but not the cat of course. Put it back you thieving b@stard...the dog pinches things and dances around if he feels ignored :)
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    Family Protection Dogs

    What worries me about these dogs is the fact that their trainers are not their handlers. IME 90% of dog training involves training the owner rather than the dog - these dogs, who have been trained to attack so potentially very dangerous could be in a household with inexperienced owners - not a...
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    H&H article I SO agree with

    The hunt or knackerman will - no questions asked! TBF most equine vets are realistic souls who are grounded in reality as far as finances and facilities are concerned and see enough neglect and hard cases to see PTS as a reasonable decision. I've only met one equine vet who tried to convince an...
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    Inspired by "the puppy grew up"

    Hi Kimberleigh, Lovely dogs :) I have a question (feel free to ignore if you think it's cheeky) but aren't you big dogs on the restricted breeds list as your in Ireland? Do you have issues with the requirement to muzzle and keep on lead in public? I only ask as my family still live in Dublin...
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    Can you ever cure nervous aggressive?

    She does seem to be a troubled little dog, not knowing if she is coming or going... Man years ago I had a JRT that was a neurotic soul. Looking at her background it's no surprise - I got her from a shed on a travellers yard at 5 weeks old where she was half the size of the rest of the litter...
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    Sudden death

    M dad's boxer dropped and died on a walk, she was 8 or 9. One minute snuffling around, the next dead. She had a heart murmur ( quite bad from a pup) so it was put down to a heart attack if I remember correctly. It was a small consolation that it was quick, apparently painless with none of the...
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