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    Shivering when it's not that cold

    I've got a mare who has always felt the cold more than the others. These last few weeks I've brought her in a couple of mornings (out overnight) and she's been shivering. Temp has gone no lower than 12 degrees. This morning I bring her in, little shower of rain overnight, no lower than 14 and...
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    Turning stable into a wash box?

    We are in the process of turning a large wooden standard stable into a wash box. Has anyone done this and how do you deal with drainage ? The floor is obviously currently concrete and flat, do we need to do something to it in order to make the water drain to one area so we can put a drain at...
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    Stable matting recommendations

    About to re mat whole block of stables as old Mats are over 20 years old and getting tired . I'm looking for a company that will come and fit for me (I've cut them myself before and the blisters lasted for months !) I want good quality mats and may possibly get them sealed. Has anyone had a...
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    Rubber mats, having them sealed in ??

    Following on from the rubber mats thread where lots of people are talking about the wee going underneath and smelling, has anyone had theirs properly laid and sealed ? I'm considering replacing some very old matting in stables and wondered if I would be better off getting a company in to fit...
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    Rebuilding stables, ideas or advice please !

    We are lucky enough to be about to replace our existing stable block. We have looked at a few companies and the spec of the stables really varies. We have wash box and storage in a barn elsewhere on the farm so this is just the stables themselves. Only stipulation is they have to be timber but...
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    All weather turnout, advice please

    Wondering if anyone can give any pearls of wisdom in relation to an all weather turn out. I'm about to put in a planning application so after any dos or don'ts for my situation from those of you with experience/ideas. We are going for proper drainage like a small arena with surface. It will be...
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    Young horse close behind and wearing outside of hind feet

    Anyone come across this before and has it been indicative of a problem later on ? I've got a 4 year old, been backed 6months but done very little under saddle and been taken very slowly. He's completely sound, fantastic to mount, not girthy, has quite bababyish moments under saddle which isn't...
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    Has anyone been prescribed long term paracetamol for their dog ?

    My 12 year old dog has arthritis in hips. He still gets around ok but has slowed up and is stiff after lying down and after strenuous play. He can't have metacam due to other medication he is on and is already on a joint supplement (although having done some research am going to try adding...
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    hind legs started to fill in stable, stable boot suggestions

    mine have been in since November with a 2-5 hours turnout a day (we are on heavy clay!) and 40 mins to an hour and a half ridden exercise daily. all has been fine then this last week i have one whos hind legs have started to fill in the stable, both hinds equally filled fetlock up to around...
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    suggestions for weymouth for pony !

    I'm struggling to find a Weymouth for my pony. Hes ready to move into a double but I'm struggling to find the type of a Weymouth I need in a small enough size (I need a 4.5 inch). Pony has a very large tongue with a short 'smile' (short distance from corner of mouth to tip nose). Hes...
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    feed suggestions for horse with hind gut ulcers and no appetite

    I have a horse diagnosed with hind gut ulcers. Hes currently on equishure which seems to b helping make him more comfortable/happy but he still has a poor appetite. Hes not disastrously poor but not covered as I would like him to b at this time of year bearing I mind the winter ahead. He...
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    rider recommendations s.cambs/beds border

    i need to find a rider/instructor to come and exercise my 143 pony whilst im off games due to injury (not horse related!) pony is competition fit currently and need to keep him ticking over a couple of times a weeks until i can get back on board but im new to the area and dont know anyone...
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    field maple in hedgerows ?

    The threads relating to the sad cases of people losing horses/horses being very poorly due to atypical myopathy has prompted me to have a good check of our hedgerows at the yard. hedgerows are predominantly hawthorn and hazel but i have also found what i believe to be field maple. i have...
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    buying bedding by the pallet ?

    With the horses having to say in a lot more this winter due to the slightly 'damp' weather we have been having, im going through bedding at an astounding rate ! I have the ability to store 1 possibly 2 pallets of bedding so wanted to try and buy in bulk. i currently use chopped rape bedding...
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    all 4 feet warm -should i be worried

    Ive always thought if all 4 feet are the same temperature then no need to worry, however with this sunshine and showers we have been having the grass is very lush. My boy is out at night and in during the day and have noticed all his feet are noticably warm both when i catch him and when i...
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    m&m working hunter - help please !!

    we have just brought my son a connemara having outgrown his first pony. he is interested in doing the m&m workers which we are really pleased about, he did normal workers on his dinky 13hh pony but we have never done the m&m before and dont want to look silly !! we are intending on competing...
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    Just incase we actually get some rain this summer ....!! can you recommend me....

    .......a show rain sheet please. looking for one of the ones that covers head to tail and has some decent straps so it doesnt try and take off with the horse at the first gust of wind !!! doesnt need to be ride on just to keep horse and tack dry whilst standing by ring so i dont get a...
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    any worming experts out there - i have a strange pony !!

    so the story goes : brought pony 6 months ago. he is grazed with my 2 other boys. field poo picked daily. he is turning 6 this month (becomes important in a bit !) when i got him he was worm counted - medium strongyles count, wormed equitape to cover tapeworm too (this was beginning oct...
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    question re county level showing grooms - help me dress my OH !!

    For the first time this year ive decided to bite the bullet and enter my boy in some county level showing classes. For this im aware i need a groom to come in to assist with tack etc when judge rides, confirmation etc. My previously non horsey other half, bless him, has decided this should...
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    saddlers logo - any ideas ????

    anyone got any ideas on this saddlers logo, the button near the pommel is green with a gold 'A' and 'S' intertwined on it ????? ive been on the master saddlers website to see if any of the names could fit but no joy :-( any of you saddle experts out there any ideas ??? many thanks
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    Has anyone managed to speak to a human being from NED ???

    Having logged onto NED to check my new pony is shown registered to me (he is!) i have noticed he is shown as 'chestnut'. He is grey, has always been grey and his passport says hes grey !!! its a breed society passport and he is stud bred and dna tested so i know he is who he is if that makes...
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    My horse - a saddlers nightmare - any ideas ?

    Im having real trouble with my boy and saddles. Hes in his teens so fully grown but has the conformation of a yak !!! He is extreamely croup high. The problem is he is also a stress head who when ridden often turns into a pogo stick, his back end does all the bouncing whilst his head comes up...
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    forgive me for i have sinned !!! help me stop holding onto him :-(

    My old boy has retired and ive started to bring on my youngster. we will be starting lessons asap but are being held back due to the sj instructors arena being constantly frozen/snowy etc. i have as intented started the basics myself but am noticing a nasty habit having krept in. im holding...
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    On a happier note, Every cloud and all that .........

    ok, so the weather is rubbish, the country appears to have ground to a halt yet again with roads being like ice rinks, and just as i got my horses competition fit i cant ride them - arrrgggghhhh!! however - looking on the bright side, with all the extra time i have gained from a lack of...
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    little scabs all over body, any ideas ?

    i brought my boy about 8 weeks ago. ever since i collected him he has had little pin head sized scabs on him. they are tiny and on the main part of his body and face, not in his mane or tail. i assumed they were fly bites as he was in a barn when i went to view him which was full of flys as...
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    why cant i find a pure bred mare ? any help appreciated !!

    I'm currently looking to buy a pure bred connie to do m&m working hunter with. after hours of trawling the internet (not that im very competent with computers !) i'm struggling. If i wanted a gelding i would have no problem - i can find loads but for some reason mares seem to be few and far...
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    Hickstead today - was the horse that bolted ok ?

    my friend and i went to watch today and saw a horible incident where someone came of their horse. the horse looked like it panicked and then ran through the side of the area and through a hedge where it got stuck in some wire. they cut it free and the last we saw of it was it galloping...
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    another 'lorry wont start' - battery help please !

    hi, newby here so excuse any errors!! having just read the 'lorry wont start in the cold thread' just wondering if any mecanically minded people out there could suggest a good make of battery for a 7.5 tonne ford cargo. it appears mine could also be a battery problem and its been suggested my...
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