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    Turning a healthy, hairy horse out in...

    Turning a healthy, hairy horse out in temperatures below freezing will cause their ears to freeze right off.

    Yes, a former barnmate was CONVINCED my mare's ears would freeze off because it was...
  2. Really? Buy a special load of hay for one horse?...

    Really? Buy a special load of hay for one horse? If there is nothing wrong with the hay (no mold, dust, high percentage of weeds, etc.) and the other horses are eating it without issue, the...
  3. Sounds like your horses need a little bit of gun...

    Sounds like your horses need a little bit of gun training.

    They really, truly can be desensitized to such "neanderthal" behavior. Mine is so used to such uncouth and "neanderthal" activity that I...
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    I have always, always had mulberry trees in my...

    I have always, always had mulberry trees in my horse's pastures, for decades, and I've never had an issue with them. The horses I've had have never found them even remotely enticing and they don't...
  5. Rotate, rotate, rotate. You have to let your...

    Rotate, rotate, rotate. You have to let your pastures rest for a least a couple of weeks between grazings or you'll have nothing but weeds and dirt.
  6. Danceronice...which is why you have someone with...

    Danceronice...which is why you have someone with experience show you how to do it, as I was shown and as the person who taught me was shown. Why spend the money when you can create exactly the same...
  7. I was gonna say the same thing: Two ace bandages...

    I was gonna say the same thing: Two ace bandages or a couple of extra-stretchy polo wraps does the same thing. I used that kind of "set up" on my former TB mare (under saddle and on the longe) and it...
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    Sadlbredfan...thanks for that link! I grew up on...

    Sadlbredfan...thanks for that link! I grew up on Ft. Riley (home of the U.S. Cavalry School) and we boarded our horses in what were formerly the cavalry stables. I went through the photos on the...
  9. Nope. I wouldn't even risk it. They will peck the...

    Nope. I wouldn't even risk it. They will peck the crap out out of chicks that aren't theirs, even kill them.
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    Wow. I'm a bit flabbergasted. My husband is...

    Wow. I'm a bit flabbergasted.

    My husband is very much a fair weather rider. He won't ride unless I'm riding, and he is also a plod along trail kind of rider. He does not take care of his mare...
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    Your pasture most likely benefited from the...

    Your pasture most likely benefited from the fertilizing aspect of goose crap. A good rain or two and all that liquidized fertilizer will wash into the soil and make happy grass. Mother Nature is...
  12. It sounds like she has everything she needs. Let...

    It sounds like she has everything she needs. Let her tough it out and she'll figure out soon enough that her tantrums are pointless.
  13. I will be ordering enough rock/gravel/stonedust...

    I will be ordering enough rock/gravel/stonedust to choke an elephant and spend the summer RE-rocking areas that had been deeply rocked but are now quagmires. In front of gates, around troughs, around...
  14. Are you sure they were actually removed by human...

    Are you sure they were actually removed by human hands? My horses became so adept at removing them from each other I finally left them off always and forever. There are at least two I was never able...
  15. Who cares whether a state REQUIRES a Coggins or...

    Who cares whether a state REQUIRES a Coggins or not...isn't it just good practice to have one pulled every year for every horse you own, whether or not that horse ever goes any where?

    I don't HAVE...
  16. I give my gelding a really good cleaning every...

    I give my gelding a really good cleaning every time he's tranq'd for dental work, which is about once a year. He must be tranq'd or he'll kick me in the head! In between deep cleanings, his business...
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    I know people with cattle around here feed corn...

    I know people with cattle around here feed corn stalk bales every winter...but cattle are much more efficient at sucking nutrients from nutrient poor forage.

    A horse isn't designed for extremely...
  18. Consider yourself lucky to have an indoor. All...

    Consider yourself lucky to have an indoor.

    All I have is a turf arena and it is absolutely unusable until the thigh-high mud is gone. And we have more rain on the way.
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    My OTTB gelding occasionally does the same thing,...

    My OTTB gelding occasionally does the same thing, but usually at the beginning of a longe session and he takes off like he's heard the starting bell. Usually it's when he's feeling unbalanced or...
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    I wish I had someone near me who would drive...

    I wish I had someone near me who would drive around my horses. I'd LOVE to expose all of them to it and not have to worry about it freaking them out later at a less-controlled time. There is no...
  21. I just got my latest shipment earlier this week...

    I just got my latest shipment earlier this week and I've not had ANY problems at all opening them.
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    Because it's dark and ugly and goes against...

    Because it's dark and ugly and goes against everything we think we know about hay: it must be green and have fine, soft leaves to be quality.

    My hay is about 30% clover and the horses LOVE it. ...
  23. I have both of my submersible tank heaters on...

    I have both of my submersible tank heaters on heavy-duty outdoor extension cords plugged into a grounded outdoor outlet. I've never had any problems at all with the heaters, the extension cords or...
  24. Wow, I almost wish I had one around to take care...

    Wow, I almost wish I had one around to take care of the danged muskrats that are destroying my pond dam.
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    If I'm comfortable outside (as in, not freezing...

    If I'm comfortable outside (as in, not freezing my butt off and horribly uncomfortable) I ride. I keep it a light ride to avoid sweating (yes, I trot, but not heavy, air-sucking, sweat-inducing...
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