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    Found stray dog... We might be having him!

    On Sunday, we were driving along on the way to a family meal (running late, as always) when a little terrier ran out in the road in front of us. He nearly got hit by two cars coming in the opposite direction, I scream at OH to stop the car and frantically looked for anything to catch him with...
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    What do you think caused this injury?

    Bruce came in with a horrible injury on his near fore yesterday morning. Got vet out as it was so swollen and he was so lame on it, good job too as when he probed it’s 2” deep in one place 🤢 vet doesn’t think fractured as he’s weight bearing well, however if he’s still very lame in a week to...
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    Sudden lameness off hind - what now?!

    Turned out as normal this morning, no issues then. About to leave the yard 1.5 hours later and my friend shouts and points to B, who is holding up his off hind leg very high - we thought it might be caught in a leg strap, he was some distance away so couldn’t really see. When I got over there...
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    Crimble: 13.2hh strawberry roan

    Posting on behalf of a friend. Looking for a pony called Crimble, passported and chipped. 13.2hh approx, 8 years old, strawberry roan with spots. See photos. My friend rescued this pony and rehabilitated him. She rehomed him last year, on the proviso that if it didn’t work out she would have...
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    Kissing spines rearing it’s ugly head again?

    Sorry, it’s a long one... Trying to give some background (have probably missed loads out!) My horse was diagnosed grade 1 (mild) KS last May. I spent the summer and autumn lunging him in an Equi Ami religiously on vet advice - I was also pregnant and suffering all sorts of horrible related...
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    Palatable joint supplement?

    I currently have my horse on Science Supplements FlexAbility Plus. I say I have him on it - he will only eat a feed with the supplement in it if he is starving hungry. Even then he doesn't finish it. I cannot tell you how much feed (and supplement) I've wasted over the last couple of months...
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    Saddle suggestions - post kissing spines

    B has been given the all clear to start ridden work and as luck would have it, I have a friend who is a competent rider who is horseless at the moment. He'll benefit much more from straight line work/hacking/hill work than the endless lunging he's getting at the moment - so, I need to get a...
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    What clip for thin skinned but good doer EMS fatty?

    I know, another clipping thread, zzz.... Don't want to hijack someone else's though. Horse has EMS, needs to lose some serious condition this winter to give us the best chance of managing his weight in spring. He's thin skinned and sensitive, doesn't like the rain on his back and doesn't...
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    Horse rehab/pregnancy conundrum

    Looking for advice/ideas/sanity check from you lovely people - another of my long rambling posts, sorry! Bruce had the vet out today for a reassessment of his back and hocks (mild kissing spines and hock arthritis). He hasn't had any medical interventions - all I've done is have him shod...
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    He fell over :-/

    The groom at the yard I have Bruce at told me when I got there tonight that he fell over today. She said he was standing there in his hard standing, and suddenly his back end went - his right hind buckled and the rest followed. He scrambled back up fine and seemed ok afterwards. I checked...
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    Lumps on horse?s forehead, EMS?

    Bruce has come up in some weird lumps on his forehead. They are not bothering him and he?s behaving normally. Someone on an EMS group on Facebook posted that her horse had the same thing a couple of days ago. He?s been going out on grass for a bit longer this week (muzzled, up to 4 hrs per...
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    Neighbour sticking hand over garden fence

    .... right in the face of my dog, who doesn't like it and is growling. She claims that when she did this the other day, he went for her, but didn't make contact. I mean, who leans over a fence and tries to pat a GROWLING dog on the head, really? I've seen her do it - she comes out of her...
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    Horse entertainment/shelter in bare paddock

    Hi all - after your expert advice and good ideas again! I'm soon to be moving Bruce to a new yard, where they have hard standing turnout areas so I can keep him off grass, but he can still go outside and move around. There is also grass turnout, which is all dead and brown at the moment...
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    In hand showing... Am I mad?

    There's a little show local to me next weekend. I was going to go and cheer on some of the others from our yard, but I've just noticed the in-hand classes and am now wondering if me and Brcuey Baby should have a pop at it! Just for fun, like. I have never done showing before. Help! What...
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    EMS: Adiponectin vs glucose challenge

    Bruce was tested for EMS recently with the glucose challenge test. He tested negative but is still very reactive to grass - just 40 mins extra turnout in a muzzle resulted in a cresty neck at the weekend! Vet has suggested adiponectin and sent me a data sheet about it but I?m too hot and...
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    Livery yard for horse prone to laminitis?

    I really really REALLY don't want to move yards as I love where I am currently, but my horse is only going out for 1.5-2 hours per day in a muzzle and although he's lost weight, he's gone a bit cresty again. I'm doing everything I can to manage the situation without him being on box rest just...
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    Hoof X-rays: continue barefoot or put shoes back on?

    A brief history: Had B?s shoes pulled in January. After a couple of trims by an EP, which in my opinion took too much off and left him footy, I switched to a different trimmer. Very happy with this trimmer ? they?re due out tomorrow. He is fine (to my eye) on soft surfaces and smooth...
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    Sacroiliac pain :( trying not to assume the worst!

    Bruce was meant to have a saddle fitting today. Saddle fitter ran her fingers down his back - he flinched when she got to SI region, on both sides. He hasn?t had a saddle on or been ridden since January. Back then he had an ill fitting saddle; he was sore in the same region, so I assumed it...
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    How to get a horse past remembered pain?

    The saddle that came with my horse was poorly fitting (despite being reflocked by a saddler not long before!). It had made his back really sore, which I still feel guilty about not spotting sooner. He was telling me in every way he could, and because I thought the saddle couldn't POSSIBLY not...
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    Escaped horses in road

    Today, in the middle of my yard move, whilst back at the old place tidying up, I had to rescue some loose horses careering down the lane. I was just emptying my wheelbarrow when the horses in our front field suddenly spooked and were looking boggle-eyed at something on the road. I heard the...
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    Yard move anxiety... tips?

    I'm moving my boy next Friday. I'm excited - the new yard has lovely facilities, his stable will be in a big airy barn, he'll be able to see other horses at all times (in or out) and hopefully will go out with a small group of another two or three horses once he's had introductions over the...
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    Shires Highlander sweet itch rug?

    Just wondering how the sizing comes up in the Shires Highlander sweet itch rugs? And what people think of them? I bought a Shires Highlander turnout rug and it came up small - I bought 6'3 and I think I should have got a 6'6 at least. Weird because every other rug I've ever bought has been a...
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    What to feed cat...

    .... to make her poop smell less revolting? I cannot cope with my boyfriend's cat any more; or rather, the smell of her cr@p. It is the most revolting thing I have ever smelt, it's so grim - you can almost taste it, it smells so strong! She is a house cat, doesn't go outside even when given...
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    Hooves/feed/barefoot... Questions from a confused new owner!

    I know, I haven't even officially got my horse yet (I move him to his new yard this weekend)! But I've been trying to decide on a farrier, and wondering about what to do longer term re: shoes. I'm not planning on making any changes to diet, shoes or routine until he's settled in at his new yard...
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    It's finally happening! So excited!

    Last night, I received a reply to my expression of interest in purchasing the horse I've had on part loan for the last 12 months or so. They are going to sell him to me! HOORAYYYY! I am super excited, have been researching livery yards nearer to where I live, where to buy stable mats...
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    If you like your dog to wear coats...

    ...don't bother getting a Manchester Terrier, because NOTHING nice ever fits them. Grrrrrr. I just want a nice coat that will fit the "whippety dober-dog"!!! Tried normal coats - too big round the tummy, or shoulders, or neck. Tried whippet/Italian Greyhound coats - they're TOO whippet...
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    Insurance query - ideas?

    I have a bit of a weird insurance query. I have a horse on loan from the riding school I work at - technically, he's on loan from the RDA group who own him. He isn't insured, as they have too many horses for it to be worthwhile. If anything happens e.g. He gets ill or injured on the...
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    Agricultural electrician, Warwickshire

    Can anyone recommend an agricultural electrician in Warwickshire? A friend is setting up her own livery yard and needs some work doing. Thanks :)
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    Poorly horse :( all the vibes needed pls...

    I was informed on Friday night that my loan horse had mild colic. Apparently he was very depressed, not grazing, and running a high temperature of 39. Vet came out, he was v dehydrated so tubes lots of fluids and had a root around for poo at the other end,gave him a shot, he seemed brighter...
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    Elderly cat driving us mad...

    Hi all My OH has a very elderly (20!) cat. She's a cute little thing, but last night she woke us up at 4am meowing constantly, and apparently she did the same to him the night before (I was at home then). She's been doing similar for a while now, but not as bad as this. Running across us in...
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