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    I bred Dexter cattle for about 15 years, and had...

    I bred Dexter cattle for about 15 years, and had bulls, and a small herd of about 20 cows.

    I live alone on my farm, so I needed a cow that was easy to handle and calm by nature. Anyone who...
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    Hmm... my old deaf dogs have all developed what I...

    Hmm... my old deaf dogs have all developed what I call "the mechanical bark".

    Dog sits there and goes "Woof....woof....woof....woof...." and so on, ad infinitum. Same tempo, same pitch. ...
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    I just had to comment. I used synthetic estrogen...

    I just had to comment. I used synthetic estrogen (NOT premarin) to get me through the worst of menopause. The synthetic works fine for many women.

    I was not willing to take Premarin, but used...
  4. I'm old. I started showing dressage back in the...

    I'm old. I started showing dressage back in the seventies.

    Believe me, the riding is MUCH BETTER now than it was then - and I'm speaking of the lower levels right up to Grand Prix. I'm not...
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    I have one horse on a no-hay diet due to...

    I have one horse on a no-hay diet due to breathing issues. He hasn't had hay for 3 years now.

    I consulted with an equine nutritionist before I made the switch. She recommended timothy hay cubes,...
  6. Hmmm... don't know about European horses or...

    Hmmm... don't know about European horses or women!

    I live in Canada, and ride an American Thoroughbred. We're both shaved and /or clipped. The custom of the country, you know! At least that's...
  7. I sincerely hope that all those people who don't...

    I sincerely hope that all those people who don't believe in trimming their horses' whiskers, also feel equally comfortable not shaving their legs and armpits.
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    To be honest, this sounds like the penicillin was...

    To be honest, this sounds like the penicillin was accidentally injected into a vein. This happened to me once - I didn't aspirate prior to injecting and the horse reacted exactly this way. The...
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    If you show long enough, you'll realize that...

    If you show long enough, you'll realize that sometimes you win when you really don't deserve it. On the other hand, sometimes you'll deserve to win and you won't. Don't take yourself too seriously!...
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    I find it odd that we don't allow stallions to...

    I find it odd that we don't allow stallions to stand in the cross ties etc. with erections, but if the mare squats and pees everywhere, it's not her fault.

    Personally, I don't permit mares to...
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    Oh, for heaven's sake! Is not halting at X at...

    Oh, for heaven's sake! Is not halting at X at second level becoming the norm? Of course it's not.

    Every test has its good and bad movements. I have never finished a test and thought, wow,...
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    Why are horses terrified of small ponies?

    Because small ponies are tiny mutant horses from outer space sent to infiltrate the equine community.
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    I had beef cattle for many years. My motto was...

    I had beef cattle for many years. My motto was "Either you produce meat, or you are meat".

    I had a remarkably fertile herd of cows with few calving problems.

    I'm not prepared to apply this way...
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    So many dogs that are biters are sweet dogs with...

    So many dogs that are biters are sweet dogs with their owners. That doesn't excuse the biting. Maybe the dog has been abused, was provoked etc. etc. - the bite hurts just as much.

    Despite your...
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    Well said, Elatu. As a fellow Canadian, I have...

    Well said, Elatu. As a fellow Canadian, I have had these thoughts many times in the past few years.

    I realize that Mr. Zettl is very popular, and many people feel that he is an excellent coach. ...
  16. I rarely respond to these training threads, but...

    I rarely respond to these training threads, but here goes!

    My TB mare has most of the winter off (no arena, lots of ice and snow) and when she goes back to work in the spring, riding her is quite...
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    Review the shoeing protocol with your farrier. I...

    Review the shoeing protocol with your farrier. I have a large pony with exactly these issues. After xraying hocks etc., we changed the shoeing angle behind, and encouraged him to grow more heel,...
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    It's a lifestyle issue as so many have said. I...

    It's a lifestyle issue as so many have said.

    I have had my farm (37 acres) for over 20 years, and live there alone. Right now, I have five horses in the barn (1 boarder, 4 of my own) with room...
  19. My best results have come from taking the horse...

    My best results have come from taking the horse off hay completely. I consulted an equine nutritionist, and my 21 year old large pony, who has had COPD for years, gets timothy hay cubes, roughage...
  20. "Well than please post pix of the shod horses...

    "Well than please post pix of the shod horses hooves and then we can talk about what is healthy "

    Umm - if the horse is sound, able to do his job, and compete successfully, that is the proof of...
  21. Re: long term use of shoes. Trimmers, I don't...

    Re: long term use of shoes.

    Trimmers, I don't think I understand what you mean by a "healthy hoof".

    To me, if the horse is sound, able to do the job I am asking of him in comfort for a long...
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    I had a small shetland pony (9.3 hh and 9.3 h...

    I had a small shetland pony (9.3 hh and 9.3 h wide) who would crawl under the fence.

    No word of a lie, the bottom rail was only 18 inches from the ground! I watched him do it once - he would lie...
  23. The sad truth is that we (vets, farriers,...

    The sad truth is that we (vets, farriers, researchers, owners) don't completely understand laminitis. While we have developed protocols that work a certain percentage of the time, there are still...
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    One of my yearling mini donk geldings became very...

    One of my yearling mini donk geldings became very naughty with his feet this winter, despite being handled from a foal. He was really being very silly, and I didn't feel that my farrier deserved...
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    It was -36 C (-32.8 F)when I turned out horses...

    It was -36 C (-32.8 F)when I turned out horses this morning at 8 a.m. (up in the cold frozen north...).

    The two thoroughbreds each had a blanket liner, then two heavyweight blankets and a turnout...
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