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    And if it's truly a pony, you might consider the...

    And if it's truly a pony, you might consider the old saying, "there are two kinds of ponies, the kind that have foundered, and the kind that hasn't foundered yet." I'd get xrays of the front feet...
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    I really don't know what I would do with a young,...

    I really don't know what I would do with a young, very active dog. I had a lab mix who started having mild trouble around age 10, and at age 14 really injured it. I couldn't bring myself to do...
  3. In addition to the diet changes, try to figure...

    In addition to the diet changes, try to figure out if there's household stress that he's reacting to, or if the location is painful. My BC mix licks at her leg when her cruciate bothers her, like...
  4. I've been involved with therapeutic riding for...

    I've been involved with therapeutic riding for what feels like a century or so... This is the exact issue we deal with daily. We go by behavior, often, because some horses don't necessarily look...
  5. Fluffy. (total nonsequitor: I have a friend who...

    Fluffy. (total nonsequitor: I have a friend who named her truck Fluffy)
  6. Can't agree enough about a horse that stands...

    Can't agree enough about a horse that stands nicely in crossties, stands tied to a trailer, is polite for baths and studs and that sort of thing, loads and unloads, stands nicely for mounting in all...
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    My parents were 39 when I was born, and 41 when...

    My parents were 39 when I was born, and 41 when my brother was born, back in the 60's. It was not the greatest for us back then, because in our town and subdivision, "all" the other parents were...
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    It's a weekend. If your horse's surgery was an...

    It's a weekend. If your horse's surgery was an emergency, chances are that someone else's was, too. The resident that was assigned to call you is probably assigned to everything in the clinic this...
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    My guy destroyed his, presumably by stepping in...

    My guy destroyed his, presumably by stepping in the edge of the muzzle and yanking his head up until it broke. Are there any makes, models, or styles of muzzle that are sturdy (sturdier?), less...
  10. Quidding is very typical in older horses when...

    Quidding is very typical in older horses when their teeth get smooth - the grinding surfaces are gone, so they give it their best effort and the food still only gets partially chewed. Smart older...
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    Absolutely, this is what friends are for! With...

    Absolutely, this is what friends are for! With your trainer, break your dismount into pieces. Have your friend and your trainer work with the mare to teach her each piece, one at a time, with lots...
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    Last winter one of the barn cats got in a fight...

    Last winter one of the barn cats got in a fight and found himself at the vet on Saturday morning, thanks to one of our enabling boarder friends. But she had to leave, and cat needed to be picked up...
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    Assuming that he's not going to be suitable for...

    Assuming that he's not going to be suitable for your C3 or B ratings, but you'll be connected to pony club in the new location - is this a horse who will be lease-able to a younger pony clubber in a...
  14. Your kids and pony are teeny and absolutely...

    Your kids and pony are teeny and absolutely adorable!!!! get a good sticky/fluffy bareback pad and use that until they're begging to learn to post like mommy. Tiny kids and stirrups are such a...
  15. To get out the smell: take it outside in the sun...

    To get out the smell: take it outside in the sun for a few days. Wash it all over with Murphy's oil soap, or somethng like that. Then, get some Arm & Hammer carpet fresh for pets, un scented, and...
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    A "nap couch" or love seat or recliner. Small...

    A "nap couch" or love seat or recliner. Small bookcase. A couple nice lamps with low watt bulbs. For me, it would be blues/yellows/greens, natural fibers, a thick area rug over a wood floor. Good...
  17. I have to go to my brothers wedding - over July 4...

    I have to go to my brothers wedding - over July 4 weekend! -and I am networking like crazy and still can't find someone to stay with our crew. I need a cat-experienced vet tech type... Will pay...
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    I agree with others who have said have scheduled...

    I agree with others who have said have scheduled mealtimes and serve each cat the amount they need, in their own place. They get used to it really quickly and it lets you control who gets what, so...
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    I've been doing this for years! cheaper than...

    I've been doing this for years! cheaper than therapy! Though the big plastic container of markers I"ve accumulated and the stack of coloring books probably adds up eventually. Great thing to do...
  20. Maybe I'm missing something, but does she have to...

    Maybe I'm missing something, but does she have to show the actual, original, papers in person to somebody? Couldn't you send her the jockey club number or maybe a bad quality image taken with your...
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    I've never lived in Florida in winter (or ever!)...

    I've never lived in Florida in winter (or ever!) but here in the midwest, we see a lot of weather-related changes in feet during the winter. If I hadn't known you were in Florida, I would have...
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    Core strength! core strength! Here's why, and...

    Core strength! core strength! Here's why, and here's what I'd do if you were my student. I'd have you ride without stirrups for as long as you need to, and I'd encourage you to do anything...
  23. Interesting digression: I know several families...

    Interesting digression: I know several families who got one "for" a child with a disability - not that the child herself was able to really use it (maybe 911) but it traveled with her in a backpack...
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    Tell them you know the transition to having...

    Tell them you know the transition to having horses at home is going to be a big one, for everyone, and you'd like them to work out the kinks before they bring your horse home, too. Emphasize that...
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    In the summer, I sometimes bike to work, which...

    In the summer, I sometimes bike to work, which means packing indoor clothes in my backpack and biking in a tshirt or tank top and shorts. We had a state staff meeting and I arrived in plenty of time...
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