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  1. If he can come in, it lets his feet dry out a bit...

    If he can come in, it lets his feet dry out a bit and they aren't so tender. It's a tradeoff - keep moving and keep the blood circulating, or let him come in and get a break. I don't know the...
  2. "If he is comfortable on turnout, then you should...

    "If he is comfortable on turnout, then you should not need to put boots on him 24/7 at all."

    This is very true! the hoof boots will also keep in moisture, further softening the hoof. If he's...
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    I learned to ride in the mid-late 80's and that's...

    I learned to ride in the mid-late 80's and that's what we all wore all the time. It felt so weird when I finally started wearing real paddock boots!
  4. I used to work adoptions at a shelter in Southern...

    I used to work adoptions at a shelter in Southern California. One thing we saw quite often with Chihuahuas is that they tend to "claim" one person and defend them from others in the family. A mix...
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    Check out http://mr.slowfeeding.net/ I ordered a...

    Check out http://mr.slowfeeding.net/ I ordered a net that has small holes on one side and smaller holes on the the other, so you can choose. They come in a lot of sizes, and even have one that is a...
  6. A horse has to learn how to eat from the small...

    A horse has to learn how to eat from the small hole net. Several of the sites recommend starting by feeding 2/3 of their ration as normal, and the other 1/3 in the small hole net. They do figure it...
  7. Down at the bottom of that page is a form where...

    Down at the bottom of that page is a form where you can send them a message. Why not ask them what sort of saddle that is?
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    If it doesn't grow out and you/your farrier feel...

    If it doesn't grow out and you/your farrier feel she needs protection behind, you might consider hoof boots. They are only on when you are riding, so she could still be turned out with her friends....
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    I'm still working on mine, but have come a long...

    I'm still working on mine, but have come a long way in the last year or so.

    Congratulations!
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    A deicer just draws too much power for a solar...

    A deicer just draws too much power for a solar charger or even a car battery for that matter.

    If you want something you don't need to run a power line out to, take advantage of the ground's...
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    I bought a felt contoured saddle pad. Instead of...

    I bought a felt contoured saddle pad. Instead of cutting a left and right side and stitching it up the center with a contour (because that would make it really thick!), a long oval cutout was made...
  12. The white line gets stretched because the hoof...

    The white line gets stretched because the hoof wall is too long and doesn't break off. (The "white line" is actually the lamina layer.) When the lamina get stretched, bacteria/fungus can get in...
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    Since we're on a bit of a rant here, I have one...

    Since we're on a bit of a rant here, I have one too. At dinner or in a store, when someone is supposed to be helping me, they respond "No problem".

    Really? I don't care if it's a problem,...
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    I used to get email from a Frisian breeder a...

    I used to get email from a Frisian breeder a hundred miles away or so, wanting me to cross my appy mares on his stallion to get sport horses. Uh, no, don't want that upright head or ton of hair! ...
  15. I have come off a number of times (well, I've...

    I have come off a number of times (well, I've been riding about 30 years, it comes with the territory). A few times I've come off and injured/bruised the bursa - that stings at first and a day later...
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    I had a small herd who did not care for other...

    I had a small herd who did not care for other animals in their pasture. They would chase out any dogs. I also saw several flattened birds - probably they were nesting and appeared to have been...
  17. I wonder if your horse might benefit from a bit...

    I wonder if your horse might benefit from a bit seat? Here's an article that explains some of the reasons to use a bit seat: ...
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    I used to pony horses to exercise them for...

    I used to pony horses to exercise them for others. I usually put the chain all the way around the nose - not so it would tighten but so that it had a little more bite than a nylon/leather halter. ...
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    Check out the Long Riders' Guild, they can...

    Check out the Long Riders' Guild, they can probably help you out.
    http://www.thelongridersguild.com/what_is_the_long_riders.htm
  20. Regarding the chipped hooves - did your...

    Regarding the chipped hooves - did your trimmer/farrier bevel or round the edges of the hoof? When prepped for shoes, they tend to leave the "corner" on the hoof, where the bottom meets the sides of...
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    This person took it to a saddler to re-cut the...

    This person took it to a saddler to re-cut the tops of the fenders: http://www.horsetackreview.com/review-display/10147.html

    Or you can get synthetic replacement fenders on ebay - these are pony...
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    I had several years experience working with foals...

    I had several years experience working with foals and youngsters while I was taking riding lessons (I was in my 30s then) and felt pretty confident in my handling, as did my mentor. I had my own...
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    I would get a potato fork or mattock and collapse...

    I would get a potato fork or mattock and collapse the holes and burrows, add more flooring/dirt to level and then your bluestone on top of that. You'll need to tamp it down well, there are heavy...
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    Loading will help your horse benefit sooner. I...

    Loading will help your horse benefit sooner.

    I would probably just do the two scoops. But if I was worried, I'd do 1.5 scoops (that's loading for a 750# horse). When you go to maintenance, you...
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    Frosty M, my trainer friend in Nebraska uses the...

    Frosty M, my trainer friend in Nebraska uses the Join-up to start his new horses and to get trust with "messed up" horses - he is often asked to "fix" horses with a history of being rushed or...
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