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  1. we drag our rings (1 indoor, 1 outdoor) with...

    we drag our rings (1 indoor, 1 outdoor) with Kubota diesel ATV. easy to maneuver.
  2. it sounds as though you have the start of...

    it sounds as though you have the start of recovery if the pain is gone. I second the other posters who suggest he may need support (e.g. hoof casts) for a while to get the inflammation down.

    My...
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    My mare does well with turnout 9am to noon - or...

    My mare does well with turnout 9am to noon - or for FL, dawn +2-3 hours. She has a fly sheet and I wipe SWAT down her midline. She is in stall with strong fan the rest of the time

    In the past I...
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    I am going to agree with Mondo. And I am not...

    I am going to agree with Mondo.

    And I am not sure how the judge is supposed to change the benchmark for 'first time rider' compared to everyone else.

    In my area there are some very casual...
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    I am guessing your stalls have a lot of moisture...

    I am guessing your stalls have a lot of moisture in them. Where I boarded previously, on straw over dirt, we could not get rid of the gnats, and they were really bad around the area where my one...
  6. They are custom to the horse and rider so...

    They are custom to the horse and rider so although they have versions of their saddles they are not 'models' per se.

    Are you looking at an existing used saddle? If it fits that is the biggest...
  7. Blue Moon, I would suggest you make the move to...

    Blue Moon, I would suggest you make the move to CA before buying a horse for yourself, see what your work and housing situation is. Where you live vs. where the stable is located is not...
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    fivehorses, very sorry to hear of your 2 in...

    fivehorses, very sorry to hear of your 2 in trouble. If the gelding's pain is not controlled you may need higher dose of Bute. Did you consider adding Equioxx? (different than Banamine). Must,...
  9. Have you tested for allergies? One of my mares...

    Have you tested for allergies? One of my mares is allergic to orchard grass. She had repeated abscesses - was known to be allergic (hives in spring) to some things so we changed to western timothy...
  10. Suggest that if you make an offer it is...

    Suggest that if you make an offer it is contingent upon ALL approvals for horses to reside at that location. Zoning, while important and necessary, is not the only ordinance that may apply.

    You...
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    Ghazzu, yes you are right. However, OP does not...

    Ghazzu, yes you are right. However, OP does not seem to know the severity of the situation and the vet would be the best person to provide that information.
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    Dear OP, I'm really disappointed in your vets....

    Dear OP, I'm really disappointed in your vets. The abnormal sweating and heavy hair growth and fat pads are ALL (any ONE of them) classic signs of Cushings taking over your horses' body. That horse...
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    I was scribing for a friend in the 'L' program...

    I was scribing for a friend in the 'L' program where we had 12 or so practice judges and an 'S' judge watching the same tests. One horse spooked and stumbled badly, then was head bobbing lame at the...
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    My mare was lame with laminitis for 2 weeks and...

    My mare was lame with laminitis for 2 weeks and it took 6 months for the foot to grow to the point the damaged area was able to slough off (frog/sole). Note that the white line is still wide and may...
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    Manni01, I understood your original post and...

    Manni01, I understood your original post and agree that treatment should be for the individual animal after evaluation, not because 'everybody does it'.

    That said, My now 21 year old benefited...
  16. Dear OP: rocking back on his heels and lying...

    Dear OP: rocking back on his heels and lying down with hot feet does sound like laminitis as you and your vet thought. If the horse is STILL uncomfortable then he may be STILL having the...
  17. If you are half an hour away, no. In bad weather...

    If you are half an hour away, no. In bad weather you still have to be able to get to the farm - even if your car is drivable if trees are down over the roads or for some reason road is blocked you...
  18. I just want to second the suggestion to go to the...

    I just want to second the suggestion to go to the venue ahead of time to see it. I found it helped me visualize the process of parking, tacking up, warming up, and how far from warm up to ring, etc....
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    agree with goodhors - what we call a construction...

    agree with goodhors - what we call a construction entrance. So not only is it better for the workers but there is a lot of size 4 gravel at the end of the driveway to 'scrub' the tires so there is...
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    one more thing - forgot to mention manure...

    one more thing - forgot to mention manure disposal. You need it not too far from the stalls and not too close to the barn or the house and accessible by whatever vehicle will be taking it.
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    Assuming the property is zoned for horses is a...

    Assuming the property is zoned for horses is a start. You need all the local ordinances that will need to be met (e.g. setbacks from yards, roads, etc.) to site the barn. Consult a...
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    What poltroon and Gumtree said. You may be...

    What poltroon and Gumtree said.

    You may be better off even with crappy barn and house that need to be completely redone, because the redo can be a 'repair' that may have more lenient...
  23. visitor from dressage - just to mention that in...

    visitor from dressage - just to mention that in addition to horse welfare the 'no blood' rule considered the public's view of the horses in competition. As TPTB felt more visibility for the sport...
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    check out your neighbors as well - friendly,...

    check out your neighbors as well - friendly, other horse people? Farm folks that might do some of the work (e.g. overseeing pasture) if they have equipment?

    Are you going to live on the property? ...
  25. I have seen many horses be kind of picky about...

    I have seen many horses be kind of picky about which stalls they like best. We have one in the barn that needs to be able to hang his head out of the stall or he stall walks and is miserable. (I...
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