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    Talking about heavy work in the cold...My dear...

    Talking about heavy work in the cold...My dear late father was from Eastern Europe. He talked about what it was like when he was a kid. In the winter, the coachmen would have to stop and get out of...
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    Just want to respond that mine don't have run-ins...

    Just want to respond that mine don't have run-ins or much shelter from wind (the perils of living on a hill). If they did, I'd let them choose their own situation. But as it is either in or out for...
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    I looked seriously at Jackaroo, and William was...

    I looked seriously at Jackaroo, and William was incredibly helpful in his willingness to discuss him. I chose a stallion much nearer to us so I could do fresh cooled for my maiden mare, but Jackaroo...
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    Sorry but I think turning horses out in...

    Sorry but I think turning horses out in windchills of -35 (F) is punitive. And even though they have extended neck blankets their ears could actually be frostbitten. I remember a polo mare with...
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    Or, like Mr. Frugal, they're recovering attorneys...

    Or, like Mr. Frugal, they're recovering attorneys doing something else entirely with the brains they trained in Cambridge.
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    I can't speak about most studs, isigrl, but I had...

    I can't speak about most studs, isigrl, but I had an OTTB stud that I could breed and compete in eventing the same day with no one the wiser about his "status". However, a) I doubt that every stud...
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    Uh oh. No one's recommending my approach which...

    Uh oh. No one's recommending my approach which is to add a few pounds of fat for the winter (and then hope it goes away in the summer!).

    Maybe I should try these other recommendations?
  8. Well, my mare won't be seeing grass for a bit....

    Well, my mare won't be seeing grass for a bit. Winds howling and lots of snow today!

    I can't thank you all enough for your wisdom. This is a thread I'll be printing out, and maybe the mods will...
  9. Very cool. He obviously thinks they're his fan...

    Very cool. He obviously thinks they're his fan club!
  10. Thanks so much, Montanas_Girl. I'm not even sure...

    Thanks so much, Montanas_Girl. I'm not even sure we have tall fescue in our pastures (they were seeded long before we owned the property). But I'm pretty sure we have some kinds of fescue and rye...
  11. Thanks D-Bald and JB. You've given me much more...

    Thanks D-Bald and JB. You've given me much more info than my very therio experienced vet has been able to. That may be because endophyte toxicity isn't a big deal in this area but, as with most...
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    Great idea EventerAJ. And congrats to you...

    Great idea EventerAJ. And congrats to you PhoenixRises for getting to the "turn out with caution" stage. That is HUGE! Jingles for continued progress.
  13. Are endophytes present in dormant grass?

    I know that endophytes can cause late term abortions in mares. I had planned my mare's pregnancy for a likely late March delivery to avoid them because I thought there would be snow on the ground and...
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    How to display bridle rosettes?

    You know what I mean: brass or clear material (these have a picture behind them) decorations used at the junction of the brow band and crown piece, usually on harnesses.

    I have half a dozen pairs...
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    My first event horse was an OTTB stallion by Rock...

    My first event horse was an OTTB stallion by Rock Talk. He'd had a basilar fracture of the sesamoid and been donated to a university for research. When that project was done, he got traded to...
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    Congratulations! And jingling for an...

    Congratulations! And jingling for an uncomplicated recovery. You both deserve it.
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    ;) So here ya' go COTH. We've just crowd sourced...

    ;) So here ya' go COTH. We've just crowd sourced an article for you on how real barns handle cold, windy winter weather. And it seems that keeping small critters in and out is part of the protocol....
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    Despite having plenty of coyote around here, we...

    Despite having plenty of coyote around here, we have lots of fox, too. Two summers ago a young red fox loved hanging around our horses, drinking from the water tanks and could also be found in the...
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    Re: kitty doors. We have them in the internal...

    Re: kitty doors. We have them in the internal doors (to the tackroom, the basement and the hayloft) but not on the exterior doors. We have very clever possums, skunks and raccoons around here (not...
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    I wish I could do run ins for all of the horses....

    I wish I could do run ins for all of the horses. Alas soil conditions would make it prohibitively expensive IF I could charm the Conservation Commission into allowing it. I envy you, IFG!

    So if...
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    Divine Comedy, thank you for the link. I'm too...

    Divine Comedy, thank you for the link. I'm too old to be tech savvy!

    And thank you all for reading and responding. Good to know I'm not just a crazy old coot in the wilderness.

    I've been...
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    Spinoff from EN

    Because I so respect eventers, I'm spinning off the EN article about not making a barn too cozy.

    Those of us in the northern climes have been in or are about to get bone cracking cold weather. EN...
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    This is an interesting issue and I'm looking...

    This is an interesting issue and I'm looking forward to more discussion. I've had this type (still have, actually) and done the very light following contact with success (and a KK bit).

    But...
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    Been there on the different circumstances...

    Been there on the different circumstances completely changing a horse. Very nice buyers who really wanted a youngster I bred, and then called me two months later saying the mare had become too hot. ...
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    Beowulf, yes that is the rein. I haven't had them...

    Beowulf, yes that is the rein. I haven't had them hang up. And even though I use rein stops, I don't think a running martingale could get hung up on them either.

    As far as a bridle, I use old...
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