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  1. Poll: I feed "day hay" on the ground and "night hay" in...

    I feed "day hay" on the ground and "night hay" in a round bale feeder with a small hole net over the hay. I do NOT feed round bales I just flip up the bale feeder (plastic with hockey net tied to...
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    Another way to make a break-away with a nylon web...

    Another way to make a break-away with a nylon web halter is to just use bale twine to tie the buckle to a hole in the crown piece.
    Should work for a stopgap until you get the leather crowns.
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    Hi, I live in Iowa so need serious cold weather...

    Hi,
    I live in Iowa so need serious cold weather clothes too. I love the SSG 10Below gloves, waterproof(ish) and warm enough for all but the coldest days. Also Mountain Horse tridurance mittens with...
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    barn boots

    Try these. I have a pair that I have worn every day for the last 4 years. They have not been treated well and are still going though they are not very pretty any more.
    ...
  5. If your muzzle has no velcro then the fastener...

    If your muzzle has no velcro then the fastener should be a plastic one that will break with any sort of stress. The Best Friend muzzles have this and you can get replacements for the fasteners. I...
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    I work in a library that belongs to an...

    I work in a library that belongs to an international loan network. Many, many libraries across the country are part of this network. If your library participates they could possibly get this from an...
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    Hi, If your local library supports the service...

    Hi, If your local library supports the service you could possibly request an inter-library loan from one of the vet school libraries in the country that owns a copy. One of them is Iowa State...
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    I don't recall the breakdown on cost but I...

    I don't recall the breakdown on cost but I recently had a 24x36x10H pole barn built to store hay, open on one end. Took 4 guys about 1 and 1/2 days and would have been faster if the building...
  9. Thread: Round Bales 101

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    Whatever you do, use a bale feeder and preferably...

    Whatever you do, use a bale feeder and preferably a net over it, will cut your waste down to almost nothing if your hay is good.
    Round bales stored outside will get a crappy crust of sorts that I...
  10. Thread: our Obese mare.

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    I have 2 fatties that I muzzle. They get along...

    I have 2 fatties that I muzzle. They get along fine and have lost some weight this summer. I give a piece of carrot up through the hole in the muzzle when I put it on each morning. They are turned...
  11. This is my personal favorite fork. ...

    This is my personal favorite fork.

    http://www.valleyvet.com/ct_detail.html?pgguid=30e073df-7b6a-11d5-a192-00b0d0204ae5

    I have used the same one cleaning up after at least 8 every day for over 6...
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    [#2 does not have an adjustable tongue and would...

    [#2 does not have an adjustable tongue and would not haul perfectly level. Thus putting more stress on the rear axel (normal for this type of trailer)]

    You can get your axles blocked higher to...
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    I know it seems counter-intuitive, but going back...

    I know it seems counter-intuitive, but going back to a regular mild snaffle and using it correctly could be the answer. He sounds like has been hurt by and is afraid of a bit and would benefit from a...
  14. We have pine trees where our horses hang out and...

    We have pine trees where our horses hang out and I have had pretty good luck with rubbing some vegetable oil into the sap and wiping it.
    Can also use skin-so-soft but grocery store oil is cheaper.
  15. You may need a fencer with more "juice". My...

    You may need a fencer with more "juice". My horses started challenging the hot wire (rope, actually) a few years ago and I upgraded to a more powerful fencer. Now one might touch it accidentally...
  16. I have used both the Easy Breathe and Best Friend...

    I have used both the Easy Breathe and Best Friend muzzles for several years and both work and stand up well. I think the Best Friend is made a little better plus you can replace the things most...
  17. Hi, We were running a lot more than 900ft. on...

    Hi,
    We were running a lot more than 900ft. on ours for a couple of years and would get about 3wks. before battery needed recharging.
    It was "scare wire" inside other fence and a pasture divider so...
  18. I feed a 80/20 combo of whole oats and alfalfa...

    I feed a 80/20 combo of whole oats and alfalfa pellets pre-mixed and purchased in bulk. I have 8 horses ranging from young easy-keeping fatties to a 26yo mare that I want to keep weight on.
    They...
  19. Hi, I have a feeder similar to yours except mine...

    Hi,
    I have a feeder similar to yours except mine is plastic tubing.
    I use this netting:

    http://www.westcoastnetting.com/netting-products/sports/hockey/goal-nets/knotted-w42ht-1-1-2.html

    I...
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    We have a 14x6'8"x6'6"H. It hauls three just...

    We have a 14x6'8"x6'6"H. It hauls three just fine. I have a couple of burly 15.3 geldings and they have plenty of room together.
    I tie them so they can stand however they want and almost 100% of...
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    I use hockey goal netting that I get from here: ...

    I use hockey goal netting that I get from here:

    http://www.westcoastnetting.com/netting-products/sports/hockey/goal-nets/knotted-w42ht-1-1-2.html

    First one lasted 5 years cost $50 and was still...
  22. Thank you for your reply. So it is holding up...

    Thank you for your reply.
    So it is holding up well and you had no unpleasantness during the purchase or installation? The gable front is a good idea. Mine will be where the horses could get in so I...
  23. I think the 9' side walls will work fine. We use...

    I think the 9' side walls will work fine. We use big square bales that my hay supplier stacks for me with a skid loader. 9' will let me go 3 high with a few inches left. Will also be taller away...
  24. Thank you, that is exactly the kind of...

    Thank you, that is exactly the kind of information I am looking for. We will not be moving on this until spring but I am looking forward to no longer wrestling with a 100+lb. tarp on a windy day to...
  25. Thank you, I had seen that thread previously and...

    Thank you, I had seen that thread previously and am hoping someone who has one can tell me from what company it was purchased and if it was a satisfactory experience for them. I am looking at the...
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