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Kissing Spine Standing Operation – before, during & after care

Avid readers will be up to speed with Dustry’s lameness diagnosis, but if you’ve just discovered my blog and want to know the history it’s here. He went for his kissing spine operation in Lambourn at Valley Equine Hospital. It’s a great facility and pretty local to me, but unfortunately it doesn’t exactly hold happy memories. The last visit I had there in 2011 was with Soap who as a result of an injury sustained in the field had to be PTS and we drove home with an empty lorry Brushing off thoughts of the past I dropped Dustry off for his…

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Fat horse, lame horse, cardboard boxes & moving house!

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The last few weeks have been a blur!! In the midst of moving house I also had to take Dustry to ‘Horsepital’ and as such have been whizzing about the B-roads of Wiltshire in my trusty Ponymobile driving either cardboard boxes containing my worldly possessions to their new home or (even more precious cargo) my broken pony back and forth to the vets. There are times when my mind has been so frazzled by stress that I’ve half expected to see Dustry delivered to my sitting room and my sofa standing out in his paddock. Broken pony news first. Since…

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Collecting chest freezers, painting stables, and preparing for our third ODE

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This time of year I go into ‘spring cleaning and winter preparation mode’. Whilst it’s still technically summer and Dustry is living out 24/7 I get cracking with all my pre-winter prep. First up his stable gets a make over, I pressure wash out all the cobwebs and am currently halfway through repainting the white walls which look decidedly grubby and poo splattered after last winter. This year I have roped my Daddyo into helping me with some stable modifications too. I want to put a clear roof panel in so that it acts as a skylight making his box…

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Enjoying the benefits of aloe vera thanks to new sponsor Aloeride!

I’ve dabbled with aloe vera products for myself (excellent as an after sun product, I found that out the painful way!) and my horses from time to time, but I’ve never used them consistently as part of my horse’s care or nutrition that is until now… I recently decided to trial a month’s supply of Aloeride supplement for Dustry because he had come out of the winter looking much leaner than I wanted and despite giving him 3 feeds a day, ad lib hay, and always making sure he wasn’t losing any condition by being appropriately rugged he wasn’t putting…

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Mr Lover Man – colty naughtiness is not acceptable!

So we had planned to go to combined training tomorrow but plans don’t always go…well…according to plan! This past week Dustry has been getting increasingly more and more badly behaved when ridden. He is a hot blooded creature at the best of times, but these past few days he’s been verging on dangerous. During one particular mid-week hack I got to the point where I thought, maybe I should get off and walk home for my own safety’s sake, and that is a very rare thought for me! I was initially baffled by this rapid and extreme change in behaviour…

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Essential first aid kit for horses and riders! – Sudocrem

It struck me the other day as I reached for my trusty tub of Sudocrem that I have been using this stuff for years and it was long overdue a plug on the blog, seeing as it is such a super handy product to have around. Dustry managed to graze a large patch of hair off his leg the other day and the bare skin looked very sore and red. After washing off with warm water and Hibiscrub (another fab first aid product to have in your care kit!) I dried it and smothered the bald area in Sudocrem. Less…

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How do you calm down a highly strung horse?…

As a habitual thoroughbred (in particular ex-racehorse) owner I am fairly used to dealing with highly strung or excitable horses (glutton for punishment!) Once they leave racing and begin life as a ‘normal horse’ I find that the majority of residue ‘racing anxiety’ ebbs away with time as each horse settles into a new routine and a less hectic lifestyle. I know that the popularity of taking on and re-schooling ex-racers has really taken off in the last few years as people have begun to realise what fantastic, and versatile competition horses then can be re-trained into, so I thought I would share some of the extra…

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