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  1. Another random thought: if you can work him in a...

    Another random thought: if you can work him in a dressage saddle while you're getting him ready for sale, teach him what the feel of a rider's seat is like in that different position. If he's only...
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    You're sure she's not rubbing it, on purpose or...

    You're sure she's not rubbing it, on purpose or by accident, on the tail flap of her blanket? do her udders need cleaning? have you looked around her stall really closely to see if there's a place...
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    Do they fit? I mean, does HE think they fit? is...

    Do they fit? I mean, does HE think they fit? is there a chance that his insistence on removing the blanket is really him saying, "I hate this thing, it pinches my withers and pulls on my shoulders...
  4. Thread: sick kitty :(

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    Yay! I remember when one of ours wasn't eating,...

    Yay! I remember when one of ours wasn't eating, the first thing he decided he would try was vanilla ice cream. I would drag my finger through the melted stuff on the lid, and he'd lick it off. ...
  5. Thread: Medicating Cats

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    This thread is great and I've definitely picked...

    This thread is great and I've definitely picked up some tips! we have two that are fairly easy and one that's really hard. The hard one does better if you don't try too hard to manhandle her; I...
  6. Good to hear! Our mare also saw the chiro not...

    Good to hear! Our mare also saw the chiro not long after I posted before, and is also much improved. Now I have another sign to watch for when she needs an adjustment.
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    OP, you're totally on the right track. Watch...

    OP, you're totally on the right track. Watch YOUR horse, observe, test, observe, retest... if she warms up better at trot, then trot.

    do you have mirrors in your arena? I find they're...
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    I had a wonderful TB who found his calling in his...

    I had a wonderful TB who found his calling in his later years teaching kids. I didn't do absolutely everything to keep him "sound" - injecting joints wasn't going to help, and supplements and...
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    Is your hay all from the same source, type, etc? ...

    Is your hay all from the same source, type, etc? does she eat better when it's "fresh," whatever that means to her -- if it's a round bale, does she only like it "new" vs when it gets down to the...
  10. Can anyone give me a ballpark on the cost of the...

    Can anyone give me a ballpark on the cost of the cyclosporine implant? including any follow up but not including assessment, since I believe that's already been done.
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    Cheap cereal works, too - generic brand frosted...

    Cheap cereal works, too - generic brand frosted (or unfrosted) mini wheats work really well. Sometimes we can find them around here at Aldi or places like that for a couple dollars a box, and the...
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    This is the most interesting thing(s) I've read...

    This is the most interesting thing(s) I've read in a while - thanks everyone - very glad we traded the chainsaw to a friend's husband for some work he did for us recently. Happy to leave these jobs...
  13. We had a 4-horse aluminum head to head that we...

    We had a 4-horse aluminum head to head that we pulled with a 3/4 ton Dodge. We killed the Dodge. The one-ton Ford that replaced the Dodge was much better, but we sold the 4-horse because it was too...
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    A friend buys the buckeye no sugar treats and our...

    A friend buys the buckeye no sugar treats and our horses and dogs are fine with them. You can also try to find bags of those little pastel colored mints that you used to get at restaurants, or...
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    In your situation I'd be sorely tempted to feed a...

    In your situation I'd be sorely tempted to feed a combination of cubes and beet pulp. I'm guessing you're in California, so no extreme winter. If you can manage to feed many (or at least several)...
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    They all break - at the worst possible time, like...

    They all break - at the worst possible time, like when you're on vacation and the grass explodes and you forgot to leave a spare and the barn guys don't think it's a big deal to turn your horse out...
  17. Rode at Zion, years ago, as a splurge for my...

    Rode at Zion, years ago, as a splurge for my birthday with a non-riding boyfriend. In the end, I probably would have enjoyed hiking just as much. It made me realize that I have more fun riding with...
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    They're cute, cute, cute but can have quirky...

    They're cute, cute, cute but can have quirky personalities and are not for absolute beginners! The OP is right about carefully selecting which ones might be successful in the job. Come meet ours...
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    I'm terrible about paying bills on time, so I...

    I'm terrible about paying bills on time, so I have a credit card on file at the vet clinic and they charge my balance every month. Voila - no service charges or late fees because the credit card is...
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    Our small dog isn't a big fan of her harness,...

    Our small dog isn't a big fan of her harness, either, but if I pick her up and put it on while she's on the table/counter/cat tree, she's a little better about it. I do think it's the big looming...
  21. Learn about the horse industry in the horse...

    Learn about the horse industry in the horse world, learn about business in the business world. Find a school with a riding program of some sort and major in business; work at the barn and learn...
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    I totally understand what you're saying and I...

    I totally understand what you're saying and I agree with every word of it. There are a lot of people out there who give the industry a bad name, and somehow think that because they think they're...
  23. I think it depends a lot on what kind of barn...

    I think it depends a lot on what kind of barn you're cleaning and exactly what you're doing. I can putter at a farm-sitting job and spend an hour cleaning a small number of stalls, sweeping...
  24. I'm with Becky. Sounds like a lovely day for a...

    I'm with Becky. Sounds like a lovely day for a trail ride and after being indoors for weeks, my horse might not want to stick to a sedate trot...
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    I can only speak from my experience, but you'll...

    I can only speak from my experience, but you'll make a good impression if you can be there the first time, with your horse in, groomed, feet picked, tummy full, whatever you can do to make Dobbin...
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