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  1. Tramadol really helped for our old girl. Some...

    Tramadol really helped for our old girl. Some dogs get pain relief from it, others get a sedative effect, ours got both. She'd be a little loopy but she slept well.
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    I went through a phase with my young horse when...

    I went through a phase with my young horse when he was not my favorite child... I'd spend 10 or 15 minutes with him and be glad that's all I had time for. Which was probably precisely why he was so...
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    Is there another horse in the adjacent stall, on...

    Is there another horse in the adjacent stall, on the same side he's been kicking? Do you give him good warning that you're in there with him? I know that sounds obvious, but I'm wondering if you're...
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    You've had lots of good comments about your own...

    You've had lots of good comments about your own side of things, so I'll add some encouragement about your horse.

    Years ago, a friend traded a crazy horse for one who was a much better jumper and...
  5. Actually, I get what the OP is saying. I once...

    Actually, I get what the OP is saying. I once rented a mother-in-law apartment from a young family. The couple interviewed me and basically came out and said, "we'd like to give you this apartment...
  6. One of ours was determined to have "joint mice,"...

    One of ours was determined to have "joint mice," or basically, tiny bone chips in her stifle. (wtf?) I don't remember how the vet determined that - she had been lame, we brought a cell phone video,...
  7. Not sure if anyone here will be able to answer...

    Not sure if anyone here will be able to answer this, but here goes. I teach therapeutic riding and have worked with many children and adults on all places on the spectrum. My question is: I've...
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    Random thought: is there something you do daily...

    Random thought: is there something you do daily that keeps you in an endless loop? do you drive the same car all the time? can you trade cars with a family member for a couple weeks? Ride a...
  9. OP, your story is similar to so many kids we've...

    OP, your story is similar to so many kids we've all known, including ourselves sometimes, that we really do get it. You're willing to work - that's great. You have goals for yourself and your...
  10. Can't wait to see pictures, but wanted to say -...

    Can't wait to see pictures, but wanted to say - good for you for adopting a shelter dog who would probably be tough to place. Not many people want a big dark hairy elephant sized dog! even with...
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    Wisconsin, with a 27-y-o TB on full board. Last...

    Wisconsin, with a 27-y-o TB on full board. Last year I know it was October or November - we went on vacation in November and I remember increasing his feed right around then. I try not to blanket...
  12. Great advice you've gotten so far! Have you done...

    Great advice you've gotten so far! Have you done any dog classes in the past? one of the major concepts you learn in dog class is that you need to have your dog's attention on you (and yours on...
  13. I don't think an 80 or 100 lb weight limit is...

    I don't think an 80 or 100 lb weight limit is unreasonable for a 25-y-o pony, and I think you should discuss it up front with the instructor. Older kids gain skills faster and will ask more of her,...
  14. We have had plenty of people with G-tubes in...

    We have had plenty of people with G-tubes in therapeutic riding. The only problems I've ever encountered, from my perspective, have been with mounts and dismounts if someone needed lots of...
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    I could imagine a therapist using them in a...

    I could imagine a therapist using them in a hippotherapy setting. I could also imagine an instructor who sees a therapist using them, and thinks they could try the same thing. I don't think they'd...
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    When I got my first horse, long ago, I kept him...

    When I got my first horse, long ago, I kept him at the therapeutic riding program I was volunteering at for a couple weeks while I waited for a stall to open up elsewhere. He had come from someone's...
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    My approach has always been to keep the things I...

    My approach has always been to keep the things I use every day front-and-center, and store the rest. So your girth collection could be sorted into Rubbermaid totes, labeled and stored because you'll...
  18. What a mess. I feel terrible for you, and for...

    What a mess. I feel terrible for you, and for your kids, because I have a feeling this is going to get worse before it gets better. It sounds like it would be really hard for anyone to determine...
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    Talk to the barn manager at the place you plan to...

    Talk to the barn manager at the place you plan to board. They may want some vaccines to be done before the horse arrives.
  20. I have no experience with corns, but when my...

    I have no experience with corns, but when my horse had white line disease the best investment I made was to work with the farrier at the vet school. It was a lot of driving back and forth, but the...
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    I love your experiment and this sort of thing...

    I love your experiment and this sort of thing always grabs my attention as a fun thing for a pony club group or summer camp to do. Brings in so many good science concepts that kids need to learn...
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    I'll be curious to hear what others (vets?) say. ...

    I'll be curious to hear what others (vets?) say. We have one at the therapeutic riding program I work with that had surgery 10+ years ago, and we still make the same modifications that we've made...
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    Side note: when I went to UMass, a thousand...

    Side note: when I went to UMass, a thousand centuries ago, they were VERY clear about cause and effect, and actions and consequences. As in, "if you don't file your add/drop form on time, you will...
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    I wonder if you can have the tall, leggy stuff...

    I wonder if you can have the tall, leggy stuff baled and sell it (cows? senior horses?) and then graze your horses on the field when it's short. Depending on how big your field is relative to the...
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    I think there are probably as many men who have...

    I think there are probably as many men who have been "forced" to give up golf or their boat or whatever expensive hobby they had, when they got married and started a family, as there are women who...
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