• Hind extension boots on horses?? can anyone advise please?

    Have heard that these boots can encourage a horse to lift it's hind legs better over fences but the info I'm finding online is minimal. Can anyone offer more info - can they damage or hurt the horse? how do they work? thank you!
    Have heard that these boots can encourage a horse to lift it's hind legs better over fences but the info I'm finding online is minimal. Can anyone offer more info - can they damage or hurt the horse? how do they work? thank you!
    1 answer · Horses · 2 years ago
  • Horse jumping off grass for second time...has lost confidence - anyone got any advice please!?

    my horse has only ever jumped off grass two or three times and I feel he has a lack of confidence when doing so. he jumps fine at home - but I think he feels comfortable at home. Also as someone who showjumps off sand - I'm not too used to grass jumping myself either! Has anyone any advice on how to ride better and help my horse cope with the... show more
    my horse has only ever jumped off grass two or three times and I feel he has a lack of confidence when doing so. he jumps fine at home - but I think he feels comfortable at home. Also as someone who showjumps off sand - I'm not too used to grass jumping myself either! Has anyone any advice on how to ride better and help my horse cope with the change in surface? Thank you!
    1 answer · Horses · 2 years ago
  • Help me with fourfaultitis??! lol!?

    I know this is a very broad spectrum, but has anyone found a way to get over fourfaultitis?? I am having such a bad run of it the last few weeks - just one flipping pole every week down! The horse is fine - he's healthy, teeth, back and everything else checked and in good working order - he's jumping great, but just gets clumsy recently over... show more
    I know this is a very broad spectrum, but has anyone found a way to get over fourfaultitis?? I am having such a bad run of it the last few weeks - just one flipping pole every week down! The horse is fine - he's healthy, teeth, back and everything else checked and in good working order - he's jumping great, but just gets clumsy recently over one flipping fence!!! I have looked at myself and I really don't think its anything I'm doing either - I know I can occassionaly hold back a bit too much,but I have corrected this and STILL having the four faults! Just seeing if anyone has any good tips for trying to get over this infliction! thank you xx
    3 answers · Horses · 3 years ago
  • How to get a horse working hunter show ready?

    hey! I have decided to try my hand at working hunter classes with my horse. Would anyone have any advice on how to build him up over two months to achieve the "show horse" look? I dont have access to good roads for hacking, but have an arena and some fields with a slight uphill incline.. Thanks all :)
    hey! I have decided to try my hand at working hunter classes with my horse. Would anyone have any advice on how to build him up over two months to achieve the "show horse" look? I dont have access to good roads for hacking, but have an arena and some fields with a slight uphill incline.. Thanks all :)
    2 answers · Horses · 3 years ago
  • Hi everyone, Just looking for advice on a lump that has been under my horses jaw for about 2 weeks please?

    I discovered it when I was tacking him up and inspected it, but he didnt mind me poking and prodding at it in the slightest and it showed no sign on causing him upset when being ridden. Its about the size of a gumball, solid enough to touch, but not totally hard. I wasnt that worried about it because he is always prone to lumps and bumps as he... show more
    I discovered it when I was tacking him up and inspected it, but he didnt mind me poking and prodding at it in the slightest and it showed no sign on causing him upset when being ridden. Its about the size of a gumball, solid enough to touch, but not totally hard. I wasnt that worried about it because he is always prone to lumps and bumps as he loves a good scratch off the posts and can be prone to grass glands on and off too. However, the lump is still there today - it hasnt changed at all and it still isnt bothering him - I again prodded it and have kept an eye on it since discovery - but it isnt bothering him in anyway, but of course I'm worried about him. People I've shown the lump too agree that unless it causes him distress, to leave it alone and it will probably go away again, but what do you think? Is there anything I can do for it myself as I am hoping not to get a vet out and be presented with a million what if scenarios. Obviously his health is the most important thing and if this lump changed in any way, or causes him discomfort I would make the call in a second, but it seems a bit pointless right now when he acts like it's not even there. Thank you.
    4 answers · Horses · 3 years ago
  • Hey all, havent been on here in a while, but hoping someone can advise. Ive recently been having some trouble in the ring with my horse.?

    He is having stupid fences down, which he really shouldnt be - he jumps absolutely brilliantly at home - rarely has a pole down and Ive been trying to make a connection as to why its only happening at show.. and the only thing I can come up with is that its me riding badly, unaware Im doing so, due to some ringside tension and bitchiness from a... show more
    He is having stupid fences down, which he really shouldnt be - he jumps absolutely brilliantly at home - rarely has a pole down and Ive been trying to make a connection as to why its only happening at show.. and the only thing I can come up with is that its me riding badly, unaware Im doing so, due to some ringside tension and bitchiness from a fellow livery. I do my best not to let her get into myhead and try and ride my horse to his full potential, but I seem to forget it for those few minutes Im riding him. Can anyone please offer advice or help? Im in this game a long time now and have never had this problem and should be well above rising to the bait. Of course when he has a pole down, I get frustrated with myself and I think its all this snowballing into things going wrong. Just to add - he is 8 and this is his first year really doing serious hard work as I allowed him time to develop - so he isnt over ridden, tired or punished for having a fence down. And plus, I think as its really only happening in the show ring, it has to be connected with the show. Advice much appreciated - thank you.
    1 answer · Horses · 3 years ago
  • Hey all, havent been on here in a while, but hoping someone can advise. Ive recently been having some trouble in the ring with my horse.?

    He is having stupid fences down, which he really shouldnt be - he jumps absolutely brilliantly at home - rarely has a pole down and Ive been trying to make a connection as to why its only happening at show.. and the only thing I can come up with is that its me riding badly, unaware Im doing so, due to some ringside tension and bitchiness from a... show more
    He is having stupid fences down, which he really shouldnt be - he jumps absolutely brilliantly at home - rarely has a pole down and Ive been trying to make a connection as to why its only happening at show.. and the only thing I can come up with is that its me riding badly, unaware Im doing so, due to some ringside tension and bitchiness from a fellow livery. I do my best not to let her get into myhead and try and ride my horse to his full potential, but I seem to forget it for those few minutes Im riding him. Can anyone please offer advice or help? Im in this game a long time now and have never had this problem and should be well above rising to the bait. Of course when he has a pole down, I get frustrated with myself and I think its all this snowballing into things going wrong. Advice much appreciated - thank you.
    3 answers · Horses · 3 years ago
  • Married man - one of my good friends - and me stuck in the middle - HELP!?

    ok, one of my best friends has recently become quite close to a married man that she met through another friend on facebook. He is married - she is in a relationship. Typical facebook fairy story style - she fell for his charms and they seem to be in contact a lot on facebook, although have never met, not spoke on the phone to my... show more
    ok, one of my best friends has recently become quite close to a married man that she met through another friend on facebook. He is married - she is in a relationship. Typical facebook fairy story style - she fell for his charms and they seem to be in contact a lot on facebook, although have never met, not spoke on the phone to my knowledge. Anyway!! he apparently has hinted at the fact they should meet up - both of them know about their other halves, so both are as bad as each other... but she's not sure how serious he is and wants to find out before she invests more time and effort in this eh... relationship? Ive tried telling her that taking that step to meet someone is going beyond the "innocence" of facebook flirting, but shes adamant she wants to meet him and is asking how she can just come out and ask him if hes serious - and is hellbent on doing so - and basically she's wondering how can she ask him this without scaring him off. I personally am 100% against this, but am asking on her behalf as Im hopefull that if they do meet it will all go belly up and that will be that. so if anyone has any advice on how she can find out how serious he is about her - it might be saving me many more months of grief! Thanks!
    6 answers · Marriage & Divorce · 4 years ago
  • Dangerous problem arising from sensitive toothed horse- please help!?

    Hey all - I would really appreciate advice on a problem that has recently arisen with my 6 year old gelding. He has taken to rearing when I apply a hold to his bit. He used have a small rear when I got him first, but it was just taking front legs off the ground but I managed to work that out of him and have ridden him away happily since. Last year,... show more
    Hey all - I would really appreciate advice on a problem that has recently arisen with my 6 year old gelding. He has taken to rearing when I apply a hold to his bit. He used have a small rear when I got him first, but it was just taking front legs off the ground but I managed to work that out of him and have ridden him away happily since. Last year, a dentist advised me that he has some of the most sensitive teeth that he had ever encountered - so obviously I am assuming this may be the reason for this turnaround and his rearing, as he only does it when I have to hold him back - the two instances recently have been when we were in a field and I had to pull him up after a gallop - the second at a cross country event where he was out with 15 other horses and I had to hold him up to allow other horses over fences first. I have gotten this teeth done this week, the vet filed them down and he is due to come back to work tomorrow - but as you can imagine, I am now quite concious of the fact how badly injured I could be if he does a rear that goes bad - I am an experienced rider and have sat the ones no bother so far, choosing to dismount backwards at his last rear he went up so high. I can only assume and hope that even though the vet set his teeth werent that bad, that if he is as sensitive as Ive been told, that any contact from the bit woud have caused discomfort resulting in the rear. He is only ridden in a rubber snaffle, which I changed to after hearing about the sensitivity. Friends that have witnessed these rears are giving advice to soften my hand - which in theory is great - but whilst hes not a very forward horse, he does need to be kept in hand at times, so just softening up doesnt always work either. Can anyone even recommend a bit that might be more suitable to a sensitive teethed horse that will still give me control with overarming him that they have used with positive results? I will admit, Ive been lucky in managing to keep all horses Ive had in nice gentle bits so would be a modern bit virgin! Does anyone have ANY advice - hes an amazing horse, with a fantastic future ahead of him - IF I can sort this problem. Please dont suggest sending him to be trained etc. The only people that take on rearers over here are , for use of a better word, animal abusers that literally crack their heads open with steel bars - and I am not a believer in brute physical injury to sort a problem of any kind. Again, please also note I am an experienced rider, just thankfully havent encountered a rearer in my career up to now. Thank you so much for any advice given. (I am praying all will be ok when I ride him tomorrow after his teeth being sorted though!)
    10 answers · Horses · 5 years ago
  • Serious advice needed on extremely sensitive toothed horse?

    Hey all - I would really appreciate advice on a problem that has recently arisen with my 6 year old gelding. He has taken to rearing when I apply a hold to his bit. He used have a small rear when I got him first, but it was just taking front legs off the ground but I managed to work that out of him and have ridden him away happily since. Last... show more
    Hey all - I would really appreciate advice on a problem that has recently arisen with my 6 year old gelding. He has taken to rearing when I apply a hold to his bit. He used have a small rear when I got him first, but it was just taking front legs off the ground but I managed to work that out of him and have ridden him away happily since. Last year, a dentist advised me that he has some of the most sensitive teeth that he had ever encountered - so obviously I am assuming this may be the reason for this turnaround and his rearing, as he only does it when I have to hold him back - the two instances recently have been when we were in a field and I had to pull him up after a gallop - the second at a cross country event where he was out with 15 other horses and I had to hold him up to allow other horses over fences first. I have gotten this teeth done this week, the vet filed them down and he is due to come back to work tomorrow - but as you can imagine, I am now quite concious of the fact how badly injured I could be if he does a rear that goes bad - I am an experienced rider and have sat the ones no bother so far, choosing to dismount backwards at his last rear he went up so high. I can only assume and hope that even though the vet set his teeth werent that bad, that if he is as sensitive as Ive been told, that any contact from the bit woud have caused discomfort resulting in the rear. He is only ridden in a rubber snaffle, which I changed to after hearing about the sensitivity. Friends that have witnessed these rears are giving advice to soften my hand - which in theory is great - but whilst hes not a very forward horse, he does need to be kept in hand at times, so just softening up doesnt always work either. Can anyone even recommend a bit that might be more suitable to a sensitive teethed horse that will still give me control with overarming him that they have used with positive results? I will admit, Ive been lucky in managing to keep all horses Ive had in nice gentle bits so would be a modern bit virgin! Does anyone have ANY advice - hes an amazing horse, with a fantastic future ahead of him - IF I can sort this problem. Please dont suggest sending him to be trained etc. The only people that take on rearers over here are , for use of a better word, animal abusers that literally crack their heads open with steel bars - and I am not a believer in brute physical injury to sort a problem of any kind. Again, please also note I am an experienced rider, just thankfully havent encountered a rearer in my career up to now. Thank you so much for any advice given. (I am praying all will be ok when I ride him tomorrow after his teeth being sorted though!)
    2 answers · Other - Pets · 5 years ago
  • Human like sensitive teeth.... please help if you can?

    Of recent Ive noticed that my horse was being a bit choppier and unpleasant to ride so got the horse dentist up to check him over, to discover that his teeth are in the dentist's words "human like sensitive". He is so bad, he needs to be sedated to have them filed down. The dentist thinks that this sensitivity has come from him... show more
    Of recent Ive noticed that my horse was being a bit choppier and unpleasant to ride so got the horse dentist up to check him over, to discover that his teeth are in the dentist's words "human like sensitive". He is so bad, he needs to be sedated to have them filed down. The dentist thinks that this sensitivity has come from him lacking some minerals or somethign as a foal, but said this type of sensitivity would normally be related with bad bones also. Now hes 6 now, and Ive had him since a 3 year old - and I have never had any problems with him bone wise - no splints, or anything really. Hes always been in great health. Once he has been filed down, I do of course intend changing to a rubber bit to further eliminate any extra chance of discomfort for him, but my question is - has anyone ever experienced this problem in a horse before - if so - how did it turn out - any tips or advice? Please help! Thank you
    6 answers · Horses · 6 years ago
  • Dog over reliant on me?

    I have a 22 month old dog, whom I got from a bad home where by he never had a bond with anyone or anything.. he quickly became my whole world and we became inseprable (except when I go to work) and I'm going on holidays soon and am dreading leaving him. He gets on great with my family also whom we live with, but I am the main person in his... show more
    I have a 22 month old dog, whom I got from a bad home where by he never had a bond with anyone or anything.. he quickly became my whole world and we became inseprable (except when I go to work) and I'm going on holidays soon and am dreading leaving him. He gets on great with my family also whom we live with, but I am the main person in his life. I go away for 6 days soon and am dreading leaving him, I know already that Ill be miserable without him, but wondering is there anything I can do to help him in my absence.. he will of course be well looked after.. but Im worried in case the seperation is too much for him I know getting as reliant as we are on each other was a silly thing to do, but if you saw him when we got him, you could understand why I had to shower him with love affection and time so please dont give out to me for that!
    7 answers · Dogs · 6 years ago
  • Lunging V's Riding?

    Just doing a survey of opinions really!! For young horses, do you believe that lunging is as beneficial as riding. I like to do a lot of lunging with my 5 year old... using a roller and sidereins as I feel it is beneficial to his balance, his understanding of oral commands and being able to learn how to use himself - which is therefore beneficial... show more
    Just doing a survey of opinions really!! For young horses, do you believe that lunging is as beneficial as riding. I like to do a lot of lunging with my 5 year old... using a roller and sidereins as I feel it is beneficial to his balance, his understanding of oral commands and being able to learn how to use himself - which is therefore beneficial to my riding. Just wondering how you feel about lunging of youngsters in addition to riding? Thanks!
    7 answers · Horses · 6 years ago
  • The gold dress top that Micha B wore last night - where can I get it?

    If anybody can tell me where this dress is availabe from I would REALLLY appreciate it as i love it! I cant find a pic of it online so Im hoping people remember what Im on about!! Thanks! x
    If anybody can tell me where this dress is availabe from I would REALLLY appreciate it as i love it! I cant find a pic of it online so Im hoping people remember what Im on about!! Thanks! x
    1 answer · Fashion & Accessories · 7 years ago
  • At end of teather with very nervous shy dog... please help?

    ok, I have a 10mth old schauzner, whom when we bought hadnt been socialised, so i worked with him through things and he now accepts my family - cars - travelling etc... but he just cannot shake the fear of strangers and people calling to my house. He has the potential to go all the way to the top as a show do - his conformation ete are apparently... show more
    ok, I have a 10mth old schauzner, whom when we bought hadnt been socialised, so i worked with him through things and he now accepts my family - cars - travelling etc... but he just cannot shake the fear of strangers and people calling to my house. He has the potential to go all the way to the top as a show do - his conformation ete are apparently perfect, but he looses points when he cowers away from the judge and doesnt want them at him - to the point I no longer show him, which is a waste as he is letting himself down When people call to the house he'll bark his head off, then when he stops, he'll be stuck onto me - wont let them near him and is generally uncomfortable. Ive tried all I can - from taking him to parks, to just watch people walk past - bit by bit bringing him nearer, and he'll now walk happily past them, but not anyone pet him etc. Im taking him to socialising classes - where hes ok - whilst he doesnt cower from people - he wont let them at him either. Im out of solutions - I love him to bits and want him to be comfortable interacting with people on a daily basis, as right now, hes an embarassment to bring places - with the way he carries on when hes in the company of strangers. Im thinking of trying him on a calming tablet such as Calmex before major events to see will that help - PLEASE help if you can!! Ive searched the internet high and low for solutions - and nothing works. Thank you!
    6 answers · Dogs · 7 years ago
  • Make up artist - best place to advertise for brides to see?

    hey there, I am starting up a make up artistry business, aimed at brides to be... so if ye could all tell me where ye would consider the best place for me to advertise my business, based on your experience of looking for a make up artist Id really really appreciate it! Also please add any ideas, or information you may feel would aid my business-... show more
    hey there, I am starting up a make up artistry business, aimed at brides to be... so if ye could all tell me where ye would consider the best place for me to advertise my business, based on your experience of looking for a make up artist Id really really appreciate it! Also please add any ideas, or information you may feel would aid my business- based on your own experience. Thank you so much! x
    14 answers · Weddings · 7 years ago
  • Make up Artistry business - name ideas please?

    Hi there, I am setting up a small make up artistry business as a sideline to my regular job. But Im stuck on what to call it - I dont want to use my own name in it - and I want something catchy that will draw peoples attention - so if anyone could think of cool names Id really appreciate it! Also - aside from facebook/business cards in shops etc/... show more
    Hi there, I am setting up a small make up artistry business as a sideline to my regular job. But Im stuck on what to call it - I dont want to use my own name in it - and I want something catchy that will draw peoples attention - so if anyone could think of cool names Id really appreciate it! Also - aside from facebook/business cards in shops etc/ anyone else have any ideas on how best to promote it? Thanks everyone! x
    3 answers · Makeup · 7 years ago
  • My 8 mth old puppy is sneezing a lot - should I worry?

    hi all - I just got a 8th old puppy a few weeks ago - and hvae noticed that hes been sneezing a lot over last day or two. Aside from the sneezes, by a lot I mean a few here and there, not consistent or insanely sneezy, but he hadnt been doing it up to then. He also sort of made a few snorts and sharp breath intakes yesterday once.. but hasnt done... show more
    hi all - I just got a 8th old puppy a few weeks ago - and hvae noticed that hes been sneezing a lot over last day or two. Aside from the sneezes, by a lot I mean a few here and there, not consistent or insanely sneezy, but he hadnt been doing it up to then. He also sort of made a few snorts and sharp breath intakes yesterday once.. but hasnt done this since. His nose is quite wet, but not snotty. Aside from all this hes in great health - playing and eating fine and happy out. He has all his vaccines up to date and Im wondering am I being silly to worry - I know dogs can catch colds, but am I being a bit paranoid by wondering if he needs a vet? Im thinking part of this may be due to the fact its very cold where I live at the min, so hes been in the house a lot, where the central heating is on and he's subjected to more dust particals and the likes over the last week than he'd be used to. Please advise what you guys think? Thank you
    2 answers · Dogs · 7 years ago
  • Ridiculously nervous and shy - PLEASE help us!!?

    hey all - we have a new 9 mth old dog for the last ten days and whilst we knew he'd be a bit shy and nervous at the start of living his new life with us, it seems that this could be an ongoing problem now. He has settled in home well and has accepted us well, but he doesnt seem to like new people - when my brother and his family comes to visit... show more
    hey all - we have a new 9 mth old dog for the last ten days and whilst we knew he'd be a bit shy and nervous at the start of living his new life with us, it seems that this could be an ongoing problem now. He has settled in home well and has accepted us well, but he doesnt seem to like new people - when my brother and his family comes to visit - the dog hides up the back garden under a shed and stays there until they leave. When we take him for walks - he is PETRIFIED of passing people and cars. I took him to a dog class last week and after being uncomfortable for about ten mins he started to settle in and enjoy it - but the next night on a walk - the same pattern of him digging in the paws and cowering down refusing to pass people started again. the dog has come from a country background where he would not have seen people or cars in the extent we have in the city, but this is becoming a big problem now as its embarassing to have him react this way around new people - both at home and out. ANY help would be greatly appreciated as hes a lovely little chap and I want him to look forward to his walks, not see them as a scarey experience.
    10 answers · Dogs · 7 years ago
  • Scratching ear? how to make him stop?

    out 8 month old pup went for a groom yesterday (we got him last week so was a bit dirty!) and the groomer cleaned out his ears which were quite waxy and dirty, she said she had put in a lotion that would dislodge deeped embedded wax and we could wipe that ourselves today after it came up over night) but when we went down to him today, he had... show more
    out 8 month old pup went for a groom yesterday (we got him last week so was a bit dirty!) and the groomer cleaned out his ears which were quite waxy and dirty, she said she had put in a lotion that would dislodge deeped embedded wax and we could wipe that ourselves today after it came up over night) but when we went down to him today, he had scratched his ear - I think it was due to the sensation in it from the lotion, and hes cut it now on the outside, and keeps scratching it. We hae put cream on it, but are scared in case he keeps at it and makes it worse. Its not a bad or serious cut by any means, just a scratch, but if he continues at it, he might make it worse, so if anyone could offer advice or ideas on how to stop him frm doing this, we'd be much appreciative. thank you
    5 answers · Dogs · 7 years ago