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  1. Smith Worthington have some lovely saddles, all...

    Smith Worthington have some lovely saddles, all with trees that may be adjusted (multiple times, not just once or twice) and wool flocking. The company is great to work with. I have no experience...
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    Certain brands have better quality too. As...

    Certain brands have better quality too. As someone who has fed oats to may different critters over the years, I too wish that there was better labelling. My local co op has bagged oats, but often the...
  3. You might be able to get long billets put on, and...

    You might be able to get long billets put on, and use a short girth with the saddle. I know it would add some expense, but would be cheaper than an entire new saddle. And you already have a short...
  4. I do not envy your position. Nearly every grain...

    I do not envy your position. Nearly every grain has soybean and corn, as they are the most readily available source of protein and energy. Most pellets have alfalfa in them if for nothing else than a...
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    There is and will continue to be demand for...

    There is and will continue to be demand for technological degrees in the agricultural and equine industries. Every large company has software, records, and systems that must be developed and...
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    I may be ulcers, it may be bit or tack fit. He...

    I may be ulcers, it may be bit or tack fit. He might also simply need miles. Rule out ulcers if you can, maybe try on a new bit or two, but personally I think he just needs more wet saddle pads. Ride...
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    This looks very interesting, I would like to see...

    This looks very interesting, I would like to see one in person or even try one out. I can't imagine that the rider would be able to feel shifts in the horse's weight though....the seat is floating....
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    I like the concept; it would require something...

    I like the concept; it would require something larger than the basketball hoop. Perhaps a frame made from 2X4s? That would allow for customizing any support structures you may need - horses can be a...
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    If he leaned on the happy mouth mullen mouth and...

    If he leaned on the happy mouth mullen mouth and the rubber mullen mouth, he may be even worse with the softer Nathe and Duo versions of the same. I agree with Feliz, first check for any discomfort....
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    What have you tried besides the happy mouth? just...

    What have you tried besides the happy mouth? just to get a sense of what shapes he likes and does not like, what kind of joints, etc. He may want a thinner mouthpiece, the happy mouths tend to be...
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    Yup. Joseph Sterling by Schneider's, and I don't...

    Yup. Joseph Sterling by Schneider's, and I don't believe they make that particular snap connection any more. You might give them a call and see if they have any left in the warehouse, but I can't...
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    Most straight alfalfa is done just for the dairy...

    Most straight alfalfa is done just for the dairy cows. Most barns in and around Dane Co use a grass alfalfa mix. Small squares are still pretty easy to find - just not in straight alfalfa. Straight...
  13. My routine when showing a grey was: Feed oil...

    My routine when showing a grey was:

    Feed oil in feed and curry/brush vigorously every day so his coat was extra shiny.
    Pick the stall to the point of being obsessive, and bed it deeply.
    Bathe...
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    I've only had problems with weak shells when the...

    I've only had problems with weak shells when the hens over indulge on table scraps, but as hens get older they tend to lay larger eggs with weak shells. Three years old is basically the cutoff for...
  15. I had some problems with a warmblood cross mare I...

    I had some problems with a warmblood cross mare I own. She was first trained at five, then essentially left to sit for a few years while I sorted out a few things with some other horses. I started...
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    Oat hay is not straw, but young oats cut just as...

    Oat hay is not straw, but young oats cut just as the oats begin to head out or a little later in the dough stage. It is usually lower in energy than alfalfa or most grass hays. It is sufficient for...
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    If the horse is going to be turned out for more...

    If the horse is going to be turned out for more than a couple hours it is best to forgo boots because of funk, sweat, and rubs that can happen even with clean, well-fitting boots. How bad is the...
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    Sweet feeds all have molasses which will make it...

    Sweet feeds all have molasses which will make it sticky and unpalatable for your horse. Your horse likes a textured feed (has whole grains not pellets), and Buckeye makes quite a few, and there are...
  19. The most important thing with the temperamental...

    The most important thing with the temperamental mares is to avoid willing them and avoid getting goaded into a fight, and avoid giving in in order to avoid a fight. Simple, right?

    Most mares...
  20. The sheer ignorance of the owner who was...

    The sheer ignorance of the owner who was interviewed annoys me. No one who owns a farm around here has time to dick around with catching someone else's dog, especially if it is destroying property....
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    Total Equine does have a lower NSC version, if...

    Total Equine does have a lower NSC version, if you are concerned about the NSC. According to the website, the starch availability of their normal feed is over 90%, meaning that the sugars are easily...
  22. I know Schneider's has regular turnouts in size...

    I know Schneider's has regular turnouts in size 66-68, and smaller with their Junior line, which is made for small ponies and yearlings.
  23. I like most of Schneider's stuff, but for the...

    I like most of Schneider's stuff, but for the price I would look for a nice used saddle. I've seen their saddles, they are nice for the price (especially the Joseph Sterling line), but I haven't...
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    I really like the drop. When properly fitted it...

    I really like the drop. When properly fitted it doesn't restrict breathing or gentle chewing and prevents excessive opening of the mouth, or the horse gaping and bearing down on the bit. I use it...
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    I made a half pad out of a 1/4" western felt pad...

    I made a half pad out of a 1/4" western felt pad liner. It cost maybe $25 and I cut it down to the size I wanted. I use it under an AP pad. Maybe eventually I'll get a nice sheepskin but I really...
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