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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...
  3. 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...
  5. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  12. 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.
  13. 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...
  16. I have no intention of picking her up but I...

    I have no intention of picking her up but I really want her to go somewhere safe. Anybody know why she's been hanging around for so long? She's been up since this spring, I think. Is it just her age?...
  17. Someone take this mare so I'm no longer tempted!

    I was cruising CANTER, which in and of itself is a bad idea when you have no time or money for another horse, and saw this girl. She is a dead ringer for my QH mare, right down to the look in her...
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    I haven't seen a performance-bred arabian or one...

    I haven't seen a performance-bred arabian or one from older Polish, Russian, CMK/Crabbet lines have issues. Arabs are relatively popular where I am and I haven't heard of non-halter bred horses...
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    I usually a horse that size which is reasonably...

    I usually a horse that size which is reasonably fit, without any physical problems and wearing a well-fitting saddle is not uncomfortable carrying a 200lb rider. Smaller horses carry men (and women)...
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    I'm really lazy, so unless I know the horse is...

    I'm really lazy, so unless I know the horse is going to be an idiot (like a first ride after a vacation) or I'm schooling over fences or a new dressage movement, I typically don't use anything. I do...
  21. Condition it well and put it somewhere climate...

    Condition it well and put it somewhere climate controlled - this helps prevent mold. No plastic; a wooden box might be a good idea and would help guard against mice. Leather, especially good leather...
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    As long as they don't eat the entire tree they'll...

    As long as they don't eat the entire tree they'll be fine. They may nibble on it, though, especially if they get bored or hungry. So if you don't want some interesting topiary I'd suggest making some...
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    Goodhors, what are the dimensions of your stalls?...

    Goodhors, what are the dimensions of your stalls? What did you use/do for the tie rings? I notice a heavier plank/rail in the back you tie to, how did you attach it and how did you run the tie rings...
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    Oats, rolled barley, whole roasted soybeans....

    Oats, rolled barley, whole roasted soybeans. Maybe a touch of molasses to keep down dust, but probably won't need that. I like to top dress a vitamin/mineral supplement. I have mostly easy keepers...
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    Get current radiographs of the feet, even an MRI...

    Get current radiographs of the feet, even an MRI if you can afford the price tag. Then you get a farrier experienced with the problem (which may be heel pain, navicular disease, or something else...
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