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    The first year I was in graduate school in the...

    The first year I was in graduate school in the Midwest, an old friend invited me to have Thanksgiving with his family in Chicago. Great, I thought, I had always enjoyed his family. The invitation...
  2. We have an aluminum gooseneck, and last weekend...

    We have an aluminum gooseneck, and last weekend we pulled up the mats, swept it all out, and draped the mats over a couple of buckets so the air could circulate. It has an aluminum floor so the main...
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    Your post could have been written by my friend's...

    Your post could have been written by my friend's daughter, five years ago.

    She is a very, very bright kid who went to an excellent high school and got into a very competitive state university,...
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    I think I get the OP's intention but it could...

    I think I get the OP's intention but it could have been expressed better.

    If you do the test and it comes back that your horse has Lyme, well, he has Lyme. And from there, it sounds like it's...
  5. Thread: Cat Trees

    by betsyk
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    We have two, made from actual trees with big wide...

    We have two, made from actual trees with big wide bases, and are VERY sturdy. One we found used on Craigslist, the other we bought from the local "fancy cat stuff store." They are in constant use...
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    In a tack room the size of a box stall: two walls...

    In a tack room the size of a box stall: two walls have bridles, labeled with bridle tags, in alphabetical order. Underneath is a ow of hooks for things like child stirrups and leathers, that are used...
  7. With that additional information from the OP,...

    With that additional information from the OP, I'll add a couple more thoughts.

    You were asking more about life-work balance than about the specific nature of graduate programs, so I will just...
  8. I went back at 26, and am still working in a...

    I went back at 26, and am still working in a university setting with graduate students of various ages. Age gives you perspective on all things - just be sure your perspective is compatible with...
  9. Like someone else said, a lot of it could be...

    Like someone else said, a lot of it could be attributed to your body language. Have someone watch you, maybe someone who has done halter or showmanship, because they will know LOTS about backing...
  10. Thread: Blanket liners

    by betsyk
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    We have a trunk full of the Schneiders liners,...

    We have a trunk full of the Schneiders liners, going back about 10 years (duct tape is your friend for repairs!). We'll use them until they completely fall apart, and then next round I think I'll...
  11. We just got back from 10 days in a Hertz rental,...

    We just got back from 10 days in a Hertz rental, a Hyundai Accent with two small/med adults and two small/med dogs. We got 38-48 mpg, we got a really great deal on the rental through AAA, and with...
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    fever + swollen legs = anaplasma. Could be...

    fever + swollen legs = anaplasma. Could be colicky from feeling yucky from the anaplasma. Mine have been really, really sick with it sometimes and less sick other times - seems to depend on how...
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    Here in southern Wisconsin, there's a company...

    Here in southern Wisconsin, there's a company called Doctors Choice that's owned by a local vet that sells a pelleted vit/min supplement designed to go with locally grown hay. You could see if it...
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    Tools. Because all the stuff that goes wrong...

    Tools. Because all the stuff that goes wrong requires some sort of tool to fix it. Screwdrivers - all kinds. Things to pound stuff with. Things to cut stuff with - all kinds of stuff. Things to...
  15. Thread: Melanoma

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    SLW, they'll probably offer you an option of...

    SLW, they'll probably offer you an option of plastic surgery for your scar. Take it. My scar, 9 years later, is not one I'd want to have on my face. They offered to "tidy it up" a little but it's on...
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    Teeth! Honest. We have an elderly barn cat who...

    Teeth! Honest. We have an elderly barn cat who got a somewhat unintended dental (miscommunication plus an eager vet...) who looks five years younger as a result. He's the poster child for kitty...
  17. Acupuncture?

    Acupuncture?
  18. Inhalers... do you have a friend or family...

    Inhalers... do you have a friend or family member who uses Flovent and would be willing to leave a wee bit in an inhaler for you, from time to time? I never said anything about insurance fraud, I...
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    I vote "probably." One of mine was on rough...

    I vote "probably." One of mine was on rough board during his 2-year-old to 6-year-old years, and had something - grass or hay - available to him pretty much all the time. He was "normal" - not...
  20. Work with the host facility to determine - up...

    Work with the host facility to determine - up front - who is responsible for facility related things, such as cleaning the bathrooms, emptying the trash, making sure food prep areas are acceptably...
  21. Thread: Melanoma

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    I had one removed 9 years ago. Fingers are...

    I had one removed 9 years ago. Fingers are always crossed tightly that it will be the only one!

    Our HMO does drop in skin cancer screening days, a few times a year, where any member can stop in...
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    City coyotes and small dogs??

    I just saw a message in our neighborhood watch BB about someone's elderly beagle that was attacked by coyotes in their fenced back yard at 10pm. This has me a little freaked out, because while I...
  23. I had a neighbor who had had them in the past,...

    I had a neighbor who had had them in the past, and benefited. When she needed them a second time, some years later, they left her a shell of herself, unable to work, raise her children or sustain...
  24. I just read somethng recently, from what appeared...

    I just read somethng recently, from what appeared to be a credible source, on the fact that a horse can definitely have Cushings and not be insulin resistant. I've known several who are/were on...
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    Junky hay will burn in a horrible, stinky way...

    Junky hay will burn in a horrible, stinky way that will ensure all your neighbors hate you. Manure piles will only burn if you don't want them to, and then it will smolder for weeks until you get a...
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