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    Both my girls are seniors. One is a retired...

    Both my girls are seniors. One is a retired harness racer turned broodmare turned pasture pet. She is 21 years old and was just trained to saddle. I had her for 6 years before I brought in a trainer...
  2. Thank you! I will definitely get the ACTH test...

    Thank you! I will definitely get the ACTH test done. It will have to be next month when I'm back from some travel, but I will report back with the results when I have them.
  3. The vet pulled blood at my insistence, even...

    The vet pulled blood at my insistence, even though she didn't believe we were looking at a Cushings diagnosis. She didn't get any abnormal results from the blood test. I will call my other vet and...
  4. Actually, looking at these pictures... her top...

    Actually, looking at these pictures... her top line doesn't look as bad as I was envisioning it. She was completely shed out a month following the pictures when the weather turned around and stopped...
  5. Cushings was one of the things I asked my vet to...

    Cushings was one of the things I asked my vet to test for in June when we did her annual vaccines. The vet didn't seem to think she had cushings, just because she didn't really have any of the...
  6. Thank you! At this point, I believe her lack of...

    Thank you! At this point, I believe her lack of top line is due in part to her lack of exercise (but we're working on that) and her age/changing nutritional needs. It's only been recently that I've...
  7. She maintains a similar appearance in summer and...

    She maintains a similar appearance in summer and winter, albeit fuzzier in the winter. She's up to date on everything, but could stand to see a chiro again. She saw a chiro in the spring time, who...
  8. Feeding protein to horses to build topline?

    Hey! I have a senior Standardbred mare who is sorely lacking a top line. She was recently trained under saddle (at the ripe old age of 21!) and is doing well, but her top line seems to be resistant....
  9. If it was me, I'd take the higher paying job and...

    If it was me, I'd take the higher paying job and schedule time to go see my horses. Go for the steady job that isn't at risk of going under.

    Right now, I work two jobs - one is a full time, 8-5...
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    English and Western saddles are made with...

    English and Western saddles are made with different leathers. English saddles are generally softer, more pliable and wouldn't hold up to the type of environment western saddles end up in. Western...
  11. I haven't had to euthanize a horse yet, but have...

    I haven't had to euthanize a horse yet, but have had to euthanize and say goodbye to other pets. I've cremated them all, and have their urns at home with me. It makes me feel more comfortable,...
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    I have a Standardbred mare who is often mistaken...

    I have a Standardbred mare who is often mistaken for some type of Warmblood. One woman told me, quite decisively, that I was very lucky to have such a lovely Trakehner. I replied, "Thank you, I agree...
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    Is it possible that the mare needs some chiro...

    Is it possible that the mare needs some chiro adjustment? The reason I ask... my mare's saddle fits her like a glove, to the point where saddle fitters are absolutely amazed at how nicely it fits. By...
  14. It really depends on who is asking to ride my...

    It really depends on who is asking to ride my horse. I have a friend who rides my horse and she is a beautiful rider. She teaches my horse something new every single time. Sometimes she'll ask if her...
  15. That was probably a pretty silly question, eh? :)...

    That was probably a pretty silly question, eh? :)

    What I meant was, for anyone who has tried multiple scents of this soap, which one did you prefer personally? From the website, there isn't a...
  16. I just found this thread (based on some other...

    I just found this thread (based on some other reviews about Higher Standards soap) and I have to ask... what is the BEST scent? I'm talking the regular scents, not the limited edition ones (because...
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    Wow. It's not often I get chills from watching a...

    Wow. It's not often I get chills from watching a horse gallop, but wow. Look at how he just digs in and goes! Wow.
  18. Where I scratch depends on the horse I'm trying...

    Where I scratch depends on the horse I'm trying to love on. Both my mares are extremely different in their likes and dislikes, and I try to respect that. I feel it's similar to expecting them to...
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    What fantastic insight, thank you! Goodhors -...

    What fantastic insight, thank you!

    Goodhors - My mare is a glorified pasture puff that I pull out of the field for trail riding, some arena work and this year, maybe some competitive trail or...
  20. I bawled. My boyfriend thought I was insane,...

    I bawled. My boyfriend thought I was insane, crying like a lunatic over a horse race.
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    Questions about cinches

    I'm in the market for a new cinch, but the options are endless. I'm fond of mohair/string cinches, but that's about the only preference I have. I have a few questions:

    1. What is the proper way to...
  22. If this was my dog, I'd be on a rampage for...

    If this was my dog, I'd be on a rampage for justice. I'd own every single Petco by the time I was done with it. Yes, people make mistakes... but mistakes shouldn't cost a life. I've made countless...
  23. I am my dogs' person or owner. I am not their...

    I am my dogs' person or owner. I am not their guardian or mother, but they are part of my family. My boyfriend seems to think he's 'dad' to his dog. It seems weird to me, but whatever makes him happy.
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    OP, I've been following this thread (there's a...

    OP, I've been following this thread (there's a lot of information, eh?) and I just wanted to pop in and say that I like your horse. He needs some wei8ght, but he definitely doesn't look like a...
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    Dear fellow boarder, Just because you do not...

    Dear fellow boarder,

    Just because you do not discipline your brat of a horse doesn't mean I'm abusing mine when she acts up and I put her in her place. I don't like when my horse tries to run me...
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