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  1. cremedemonthe

    The grossest thing your dog has done!!!!?

    Not my dog but a friend's dog. Out walking his dog, who wears a muzzle or he chases cats,well anything that moves really. friend was caught very short and had to go into the woods to have a poo. He had to try to hold the dog at arms length, his dog was on the lead and cannot be trusted off lead...
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    Getting rid of rats without using poison

    We used an old chainsaw with blade removed and a pipe connected to the exhaust, enrich the mixture slightly to make it smokey, fire it up and shove the pipe down the hole.The resulting chaos brings the rats out where the terriers deal with them and a few lurchers too. The rest that stay below...
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    Darkening leather

    I'll PM you about this, Oz
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    Darkening leather

    But you advised some one further up this conversation to oil it and then oil it some more. Oil in quantity is not good for modern hides. Used sparingly as a finisher, last final dressing is fine but not to feed the leather, it can and does damage the leather at a cellular level you really can't see.
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    Old leather headcollar

    It's not the stitching that's the problem, oil can and does oxidise the leather, making it go hard and weakens it.
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    Darkening leather

    Oil can and does oxidize leather if used other than sparingly, i.e. a tiny amount, leather is not livng like your skin on your hands and although your hands can take it, the leather can't
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    How to make your own leather condioner and use it

    Percentage wise, I was going on weight, Oz
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    Correct position for bridle buckles

    When I was training in Saddlery, we were taught the correct way is to line the buckles up with the eye. Not many do these days though. Oz
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    Video Episode of Hands on YouTube: Irish saddlery in 1981

    We used 12 stitches to the inch back in the day but further back 16 to the inch wasn't unheard of, which is HARD to stitch! Most modern bridles etc are stitched 8 to the inch or there abouts, the smaller the stitching the better quality as a rule. Oz
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    Video Episode of Hands on YouTube: Irish saddlery in 1981

    Sorry wasn't around to answer about the points, been working 12 hours a day and knackered! Oz
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    Video Episode of Hands on YouTube: Irish saddlery in 1981

    Exactly how I was trained, hand made threads, making our own edge stain with pearl glue, we'd flock seats and knees rolls too. Methods I still use today when I make any saddlery which is very rare now as no money in it, although we hand stitched all our saddlery and avoided machines especially...
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    Road rage against riders.

    Please join this group, discuss your problems and help the cause https://www.facebook.com/groups/passwideandslow/
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    Anyone else have problems in getting professionals to return calls?

    When out fitting saddles and doing on site repairs I had customers call me 11.30pm and at 5.45am (Sundays) on my mobile when an "emergency" arose and they needed to go to a show/event and something wasn't right with their saddle or something had broken and needed fixing. I always responded as...
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    Adding extra holes to saddle girth straps?

    As others have said, don't place a new hole between existing ones and you should use an OVAL punch not a round punch, oval holes help stop the hole elongating and it's the traditional punch we use when making girth straps
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    Cost of getting a girth shortened?

    £10 is about right and that's what I would charge. Oz
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    Male riders - Rising Trot

    Saddles of old and how we were taught making hand made saddles is to allow more of a dip in the seat known as "ball room" for obvious reasons. As a male who used to ride it is painful on today's massed produced modern saddles, tight supporting pants are the answer.
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    Best temperature for a tack room

    The best temperature for leather is 56 degrees farenheit. The secret is a DRY tack room, once moisture gets in the air, it's a recipe for mould.
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    Pricking irons

    I have lots of dixons tools, my 6inch spring splitting machine and 6 inch plough gauge are worth a small fortune now. I hope you find the prcking iron you need, I got a 13 to the inch (1 1/2" wide) in an antigue shop for a few quid. Sometimes you find them at steam rallies in the summer, some...
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    Just for fun... your oldest in use item

    It's refreshing to see, from a traditionally trained (1987) Saddler's point of view, quite a few who still use saddlery that is 40 years old or more. It shows with good maintenance saddlery can last a lifetime. I still have a saddle as well as lots of bridlework and harness that I made in 1987...
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    Pricking irons

    NO don't search thonging chisels as they are NOT pricking irons, it's non trade people who think they are, completely different Not worth the bother as you only ever get thonging chisels when you search them, not pricking irons!
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    Pricking irons

    Some pretty good pricking irons on ebay to be had, some people selling don't even know what they are and sell dirt cheap and some are calling thonging chisels pricking irons! Got a martingale groover for £13 on there , Abbey charge over £100 :) I refuse to use abbey in any shape or form now and...
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    Petition, please sign

    Thank you, Oz
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    Is everyone in Wales OK?

    At Llandysul there is canoe/kakak club who train on the river and give lessons I had lined up some work (repairs to their safety harness and kit they wear) to do for them next week. Their club house/base was right on the river front.Some of their canoes have floated off out and down the river...
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    Is everyone in Wales OK?

    Just to add, the young man who died had got off the bus apparently and I presume was swept down the bank by the landslide and it was a lorry that went down the bank not the bus, only getting sketchy snippets through. The driver was saved by the husband of a lady who works with my girlfriend in...
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    Is everyone in Wales OK?

    Not sure if these will come out on here but here is the vid of the back of the castle from stills in pics above and the bridge at Emlyn this morning
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    Is everyone in Wales OK?

    Just been down to Emlyn, castle path round the base is flooded, the river now goes right across and no grass or path left. I have also heard more about the poor sod who died due to the landslide. The traffic was backed up due to the trees down across the road.The one who died was I believe a...
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    Is everyone in Wales OK?

    I have more of Llandysul, will upload them later if no one lese has, off down my woods now to see the state of our river, will photograpgh it too
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    Is everyone in Wales OK?

    Here: Newcastle Emlyn, few miles from me and main town here for us, the bridge at the bottom of the hill [/URL] Here is the Riverside Cafe where Mum and I go for meals sometimes [/URL] And at the rear of the cafe [/URL] Here is Llechryd was driving over this bridge not long ago [/URL]
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    Is everyone in Wales OK?

    I'm going down to our river in our woods later to photograph it and down to Newcastle Emlyn to see if I can help anyone down there who's flooded
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