Horse Contacts urgently required in Charente?

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Hi, I am moving myself and my horses to Poullignac in Charente in July and am not having much luck finding the essentials I need to keep the horses happy - please can anyone give me a few pointers? These are the most pressing issues.......Firstly I need to find a good farrier who will shoe 2 of the horses and keep the retired one trimmed. I use haylage in the UK but any advice on a good hay merchant would be fab too. I have come to the conclusion that I will have to spend a fortune on using imported UK horse feed, can anyone recommend someone? Any recommendations for third party insurance so I can ride on the road?

Lastly would love to make some new horsey friends out there...... :)
 

ycbm

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Why don't you feed straights instead of importing extensive food?
 

Nici

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If your French is all right, take up contact with the nearby yards.
The one I found which is nearest to Pouillac is called "Centre Equestre Du Barbezilien".
Then there is one with its own website, about 30 minutes away: http://www.centre-equestre-equilibre16.com/fr.
They will know which farriers make good deals and you might perhaps even bring your horse in when their farrier comes.
 

Lauren18

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Hi,

I don't know if you have already moved and if you have found all the contacts you need but I used to and my parents still live in Poullignac so maybe I could help. What sort of horses do you have? are you looking for stables?

Lauren

Hi, I am moving myself and my horses to Poullignac in Charente in July and am not having much luck finding the essentials I need to keep the horses happy - please can anyone give me a few pointers? These are the most pressing issues.......Firstly I need to find a good farrier who will shoe 2 of the horses and keep the retired one trimmed. I use haylage in the UK but any advice on a good hay merchant would be fab too. I have come to the conclusion that I will have to spend a fortune on using imported UK horse feed, can anyone recommend someone? Any recommendations for third party insurance so I can ride on the road?

Lastly would love to make some new horsey friends out there...... :)
 

Lauren18

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Hi,

I don't know if you have already moved and if you have found all the contacts you need but I used to and my parents still live in Poullignac so maybe I could help. What sort of horses do you have? are you looking for stables?

Lauren
 
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Hi Lauren,

I arrive next week (26th July), I have one retired TB, a MW Hunter and an ISH. Am looking to compete hopefully in dressage and maybe some le trec. I am in the process of getting the fencing and stabling in at my place for horses but am still looking to establish contact with horsey people out there so I can perhaps ride out with them and get some advice on where to source things. Perhaps I could contact them when I am settled...?
 

Fidgety

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The best way is to join your local riding club. You will make friends and establish your horsey network more easily (which vet to avoid and they generally use the best/most reliable farriers). There is often a very social side to riding clubs and if you wish to compete, they will often do your entries for you if a few riders from there are heading to the same competitions as you. You can't compete without a Licence and the appropriate 'Galop' level for the class (Club or Amateur) you wish to enter. If you join a club, they will organise your licence for you (which also incudes public liability cover) and most clubs offer 'Stages' in the Galops during the school holidays. The instructors also have the discretion to list you at a certain Galop level after having watched you ride when it comes to applying for your licence, which they would do for you. It really will pay dividends to do it that way rather than hoping that somebody reading here lives close by - you've nothing to lose other than mixing up cheveux and chevaux when you are admiring somebody's horses. :).

If you've not already found it, this site is very useful https://www.ffe.com/toutsavoir/Cavaliers
 

Keith_Beef

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Hi, I am moving myself and my horses to Poullignac in Charente in July and am not having much luck finding the essentials I need to keep the horses happy - please can anyone give me a few pointers?
I'd love to know how you got on with the relocation to Poulignac. We have a small holiday home about an hour and a half to the east, at Jumilhac-le-Grand.

There's some really good hacking around there; I go out every year or so for between an hour and two hours at a time along paths, across fields, fording rivers...
 
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