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    Pasture security?

    Chandab, the game camera is a great idea! Much more affordable and easier to set up. Miniv, I do kind of wonder if it is just kids messing around here too. There are new padlocks placed now so if nothing else, they ought to know we are watching closely. If anything else happens, I will try to get some photos.
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    Pasture security?

    Not sure exactly where this belongs, but it is not exclusively about my minis so I thought i would put it here. We got up this morning and discovered that our electric fence had been messed with overnight and was partially down. So a little pertinent information: The entire back acreage is fenced in with chain link, with the back half being the pony pasture and the front half being yard for the dogs. The pony pasture also has electric fence running about 6 inches in on the inside of the chain link to keep my guys from pushing on the chain link. There is a shed/barn with the hay storage, stall/run in space, and mower space with an overhead door. The power supply to the electric fence is inside of this mower space behind an overhead door. There are two gates to the back yard that are both at the front of the property closest to the house and both have locks on them. The smaller gate's lock had rusted and was not actually closed, just hanging on the latch to look like it. That lock has been replaced this morning with a new one. Other lock is fine. Overhead door has a latch, but no lock - which will be remedied as soon as I can get to the store to pick up another padlock. The part of the electric fence closest to the shed, where it comes out from the power source, had been pulled up. I would have thought that one of my guys just got caught in it and pulled it away except for two things. A couple of the step-in posts from the electric fence had been pulled partially through the chain link - towards the outside. No way a spooking pony can thread one of those through and start pushing it out. And the power supply for the fence had been unplugged. Which means they would have had to get into the shed through the overhead door. Nothing appears to be missing, just messed with. We live in a very rural, usually quiet neighborhood. I have no idea what someone would be trying to accomplish by this. It's not like the electric fence is valuable, and had they been intending to steal the ponies they would have already been inside the back yard to unplug the fence and could have just opened the gate to get them. I am planning on posting a mess of no trespassing signs around the exterior, and a couple of "smile you're on camera" signs close to the shed. Finances do not allow me to actually buy a security camera system just now, but that is probably coming too. Have any of you had to deal with a similar situation? Any ideas for other things I could do? I don't know much at all about security camera systems, and what I have researched so far is pretty confusing. There isn't much back there that is valuable, just my babies. And it is my babies I am afraid of them harming or trying to steal. Short of sitting out there with a shotgun overnight I am not sure what to do.
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    GAME OVER!!!

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    GAME OVER!!!

    21 please
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    Introduction and a couple questions

    You make a great point Miniv. He could easily be just fat I suppose. I have made a goal of teaching him to lunge this summer to see if the exercise helps. He truly has not been trained or worked with much before I got him, so a goal of lunging could end up being a whole summer thing. Last summer's goals with him were simple things like being ok with a bath, or the vet, or vaccines. I think I would like to teach both to jump in-hand and do some trick work just to get them working too. No idea if the mare has been trained to lunge already, but I can hope. I should also mention that I do keep a mineral or salt block out there at all times to be sure they are drinking enough. If I go with a mineral block, they get a bit less of the balancer to keep from overdoing the selenium. Chandab, I have never felt extremely safe with Quest wormer, even with my Quarter boy. Too many horror stories. So I am happy to stay away from it unless I absolutely have to use it. But I did not know about Bute with minis. Thank you! Ryan and Cayuse, I agree a fecal would probably be best anyway to get a baseline of where the mare is at anyway. And exercise cant hurt! Thank you all for your advice!
  6. Hello all! I am new here so I thought I would introduce myself and my minis. Tugger is on the right, and was a spur of the moment rescue from a bad situation. And Misty on the left is an AMHR registered and planned purchase. (Please excuse the mess in the field. We had to have a tree taken down in their paddock right before winter and we are still waiting for warmer weather to arrive to get a truck in there and clean out the wood.) I have owned horses for years, but Tugger was my crash course in minis and now I am hooked. A couple of questions to toss at you guys: I am still fighting Tugger's potbelly. He has been wormed, and both are on a ration balancer feed, and an alfalfa/grass hay mix. Probiotics and psyllium fiber are also given on occasion. I will say that both are going to have their teeth looked at this spring as he is probably due for it, and hers may not have been checked in some time. Does anyone have any other tips for losing a potbelly? I know worming, protein, and teeth can play into it, but I still seem to be missing something. Also on the note of worming. What do you guys use as a worming treatment for a new mini entering your farms? She should be current on everything, but I always like to do a thorough treatment of any new horse. She will be given a health check and vaccines by the vet, but I want to give her body time to adjust between the worming and vaccinations. I may even decide to vaccinate her myself and space those out as well. What have you found to be the safest and most effective way to deal with vaccinations and worming in a mini? Especially one that is new to the farm? Pardon my newbish-ness and thank you all!