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    Cough that won't go away

    My senior (19) year old horse has had a cough since May that will not go away. It's a roaring cough...he roars, then coughs from deep in his lungs.

    Here's some background:

    Horse has been on a...
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    Oh, and to answer your original question: I...

    Oh, and to answer your original question:

    I adopted my guy when he was 9 months old and I was working full-time. He was not trusted to be on his own (the first time I tried, he basically destroyed...
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    Based on your household arrangements and...

    Based on your household arrangements and lifestyle, I highly recommend getting an older dog. Not "old" per se, but over 1-2 years. By 3, most dogs have settled a bit, aren't hyperactive, and if they...
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    My retriever is raw fed. My foster pup is on...

    My retriever is raw fed.

    My foster pup is on Orijen puppy.

    My brother's dog (who I look after 4 days a week) is on half raw, half kibble. He has bad allergies so can't have any wheat, corn, or...
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    My family's first rescue dog fell into our laps....

    My family's first rescue dog fell into our laps. We already a full house - golden retriever and 2 cats, and my brother and I were in our teens.

    But my mom and I were in our riding lesson one...
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    I was looking at a few rescue websites and online...

    I was looking at a few rescue websites and online profiles. I had written a list of things I wanted in a dog...friendly, good with kids, good with other dogs, and calm. Basically, I wanted a...
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    Oh, and get a recommendation to see a...

    Oh, and get a recommendation to see a neurologist. I got one after going to the ER for the 5th time and the ER doctor submitted me as an "interesting case" (since that's all they take). The...
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    I went through something similar, but not...

    I went through something similar, but not trauma-related which perplexed the doctors even more. I had intense sharp, jabbing pain in my temples, usually the left, but sometimes the right. A head...
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    Maybe buy an kibble dispensing cat toy as a gift....

    Maybe buy an kibble dispensing cat toy as a gift. My friend's mother's cats were obese to the point their bellies dragged on the ground when they walked. She bought them a ball that you filled with...
  10. 1. Misuse of kennel/crate I see so many people...

    1. Misuse of kennel/crate

    I see so many people putting their dogs (especially puppies) in crates when they're angry with the dog. Dog begins to resent crate and instead of a "safe spot", the crate...
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    My horse is retired so he doesn't get ridden much...

    My horse is retired so he doesn't get ridden much anymore but when it's nice out, I'll brush him in his paddock and then do school work on the ground outside his paddock for a few hours.

    When I...
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    It's rare that I do three layers, but I've had...

    It's rare that I do three layers, but I've had all the leg straps on when I have done it. I wish I's gotten my liner without straps and just the slot so I could thread the top blanket's layers...
  13. Thread: turnout time

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    Poll: 24/7 all year long, no matter the weather. But...

    24/7 all year long, no matter the weather. But he's got a good shelter, round bale, and an obscene number of blankets.
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    I second corta-flex. My guy's been retired due...

    I second corta-flex. My guy's been retired due miscellaneous problems in his off fore pastern (DJD, arthritis, sidebone) since he was 12. He had to be injected with cortisone twice in a 4 week span...
  15. I'd let her go naked rather than putting on a...

    I'd let her go naked rather than putting on a fleece cooler. If it rains or snows, she'll have a wet blanket and the fleece won't block wind, either. If she's got hay and a shed, plus buddies, she'll...
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    Always in. My aunt had a horse that clipped...

    Always in. My aunt had a horse that clipped himself to the wire fence once - lucky he was a calm dude AND the fence wasn't lit.
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    I find these answers really reassuring, as right...

    I find these answers really reassuring, as right now, I'm an "absentee owner". My horse is at a great facility and I trust the BO a lot, which makes not seeing my horse for a few weeks a lot easier....
  18. Trees. I love trees. Trees lining a driveway into...

    Trees. I love trees. Trees lining a driveway into a place and then dotted throughout the property.

    Actually, I was at a gorgeous place lately. They had trees, a pond with a little fountain, rose...
  19. Only horses that have ever been body clipped were...

    Only horses that have ever been body clipped were horses who were in at night and had barn staff to appropriately blanket/layer as needed before they went out for the day.

    Does your horse have...
  20. I don't punish for "warning" growls. My dog was...

    I don't punish for "warning" growls. My dog was beaten, abused, starved, etc. so he had some food issues when I got him. The POS that had him before he was rescued would starve him for a week or two,...
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    I like it. It's settled down my guy a lot. He's...

    I like it. It's settled down my guy a lot. He's always been a bit of a hot head, even at 18, but now he's a lot calmer. It was never a training issue, or a lack of exposure issue...he was a show...
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    I'm so, so sorry for your loss :(

    I'm so, so sorry for your loss :(
  23. Whoops, double post.

    Whoops, double post.
  24. My horse is an in-hand bolter. The people who...

    My horse is an in-hand bolter. The people who raised him as a colt were terrified of him and he quickly learned he's bigger and stronger than people. He's bolted since I bought him when he was 4....
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    My guy ballooned the first winter he was retired....

    My guy ballooned the first winter he was retired. He'd always been on a round bale and is great at regulating his intake but the lack of exercise (he was lame) caused him to gain quite a bit of...
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