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Diane L.Johnson (Racker)
Posted on Monday, Jan 8, 2001 - 10:12 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

I would like to share a tip that might save a life, horse and or human. When trail riding and coming up to lakes or rivers ect, make sure you unsnap the tiedown, (this is only after being sure you are not going into muck or quicksand) if you use one on your horse.If horse steps in a hole or drop off, and gets into deep enough water, he can't get his head up if he is hooked with a tiedown. He will thrash and struggle in an attempt to get his nose above the water level and he will drown and possibly, if you fall off during this episode, you could be churned under his feet as he is furiously and desperatly trys to get air,which would be impossible. This actually happened to a couple in Michigan who were trail riding. And stopped at the edge of a lake to water their horses. Two horses drown an the man drown. The wife managed to depart from her horse and get safely away. But in just a few seconds she lost her beloved husband and two horses.Please pass this along, you could save precious life.
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Jackie Batson (Jabc)
Posted on Thursday, Jan 18, 2001 - 2:35 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hi all, here's my big piece of fashion advice to those of us women (and men) who get up on these cold winter mornings and slog down to the barn to feed and muck. Buy an insulated jumpsuit! That's right, the kind you see construction worker's wearing. I figure most of you guys already know about these because they're sold in the men's department, but for some of us females it's not an article of clothing you'd really think about purchasing. It has made a big difference in my comfort level. I'm much toastier.

I bought mine at KMart for about $50 bucks though you can get nicer ones if you want to spend a little more money. I've also seen them at Ag supply stores and Sears. I'm 5'8" and wore a men's-size Medium, Short. The one I bought also has lots of pockets for horse and dog treats. The zippers on the legs are handy if you want to slip it on without removing your shoes.

Another advantage is that you can put it on over your regular clothes and you stay clean. Or, heh-heh, you can put it on over your pajamas and no one will be the wiser.
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Linda Field (Chilie)
Posted on Thursday, Jan 11, 2001 - 3:45 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

I have found the cheapest way to worm my horses ( cheap and horses in the same sentence IS an oxymoron!) is with liquid ivermectin Ivercide available thru KV vet supply for 61.99 per 100 CC's.At 1 cc per 110 pounds of horse this is 5.64 per 1000 pound horse. According to DrO this needs to be supplemented with yearly double dose of strongid.Embarassed to admit how many hours of research are involved in finding this solution to the high cost of worming.
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josephine milano (Jojo15)
Posted on Saturday, Feb 17, 2001 - 12:11 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Sno-Bowl (sp?).

I was complaining about the nasty rust coloring of our water buckets and how nothing ever seems to get rid of it. Over the years the rust in our water has changed the color of everyone's buckets. someone mentioned using the sno-bowl and how it works wonders...

Well... I poured a little of this toilet bowl cleaner on it and my five year old water buckets look brand new (except for the chewed part,LOL) but I have tried everything and nothing seemed to work and voilá my kids have sparkling water again.

To be safe, clean them, wash out good, etc. and let them sit in sun to dry and then clean with soap and water after to get rid of any ill-effects of the sno-bowl just to be safe.

Might not be a new tip but I'm amazed. after scrubbing daily to no avail.:)
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Joy Drost (Joyd)
Posted on Wednesday, Feb 21, 2001 - 11:07 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

At our barn we are responsible for putting our feed out for morning and night, primarily because everyone feeds something a little different, supplements, corn oil, etc. During the winter months I don't have a problem with this, however, in the summer I hate to have the buckets sitting in the aisle and being covered by flies!!! I add corn oil to my horses feed and it really attracts the flies.

So, I have started using the new plastic food covers that you can buy from Glad wrap that have elastic in them...they stretch right over the top of the buckets, keeping the flies out and also saving feed being spilled onto the floor when a horse is out in the cross ties...:). They are also very convenient for your supplement buckets...I hate trying to get the plastic covers to go back on them once you've fought with them to get them off.

They also come in lots of pretty colors!!!
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Jordana Meisner (Presario)
Posted on Wednesday, Feb 21, 2001 - 12:24 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Excellent! I've not seen these covers before, but you can bet I will be looking for them!!!
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Joy Drost (Joyd)
Posted on Wednesday, Feb 21, 2001 - 1:17 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

You can find them in the grocery store in the saran wrap aisle...they aren't very expensive but are worth a million!!
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Betty (Xamier)
Posted on Wednesday, Mar 7, 2001 - 1:57 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Cheap Dose syringe;
I got a 60 cc syringe at our local auto parts store(I think it is for putting additives into some part of your engine?) It has an attachable tube for the business end and ring on the end of the plunger you can stick your thumb through to make it easier to push in and hold. The plunger end on the inside is the same plastic as the body of the syringe so it doesn't get tacky and hard to use after repeated use. Cost is $2.00 + - and most auto parts stores have them. I just used the syringe to give 3 horses and a mini their double dose of strongid for tape worms using a liquid product I got from my vet and it worked very well.
Betty
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Jeri Starr (Jeri)
Posted on Friday, Mar 9, 2001 - 9:34 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Instead of those platic covers made for bowls you could try shower caps. They're alot cheaper. You can buy a package of ten for a $1.00 at your dollar store. Jeri
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Teresa Alexander-Arab (Teresaa)
Posted on Monday, Mar 12, 2001 - 8:13 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Now that spring is coming and the snow (hopefully is melting) it's a good time to do an inspection of your horses paddock. I try to do this every so often to make sure that there is nothing that can injure him. Yesterday, beneath the melting snow I found approx. 8 feet of baling twine wrapped around the fence and frozen at the other end into the ground (could easily have become wrapped around a leg) and a small board with 3 nails sticking straight up (yikes :( ). It doesn't matter whether you own your own place or baord out, it's very important that you do these routine inspections.


Teresa
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