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    Tail rubbing

    My filly is rubbing her tail bald. She did it last year, too. How can I make her stop? She only does it when she's shedding. I'm not too fond of mullet tails, so I'd really like to know how to stop this behavior (or at least protect her tail from it) XD Her mom does it, too, but not as bad
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    Trimming hooves..

    So, my farrier came out today and trimmed my horses, but the filly turned into a fire breathing dragon. She reared, bucked, kicked, and bit. She kicked him hard a couple of times and refused to cooperate. So, I've decided to trim her myself from now on, my farrier doesn't deserve to be abused by...
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    Face abcess

    My mare has a face abcess I noticed a hard bump on her cheek a month or so ago, so I looked through old pictures, and she had it in August, too (barely). Last week the dentist came out, and I had him look at her, and he couldn't tell what the bump was. Today, I got her out to go for a walk, and...
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    New horse

    I got a new horse today. The girl that sold me my last horse gave me this one, because it didn't get ridden anymore. It does have a couple of problems, which is probably why it was free (needs a joint supplement, one of her feet turns in, and she has stiff stifles, but she is sound for riding)...
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    For horses that are hard to deworm

    Many of you probably already know of this little tip, but in case you don't... Clean out an old dewormer tube and put honey in it as a treat for your horses. They will crowd you and each other when it's time to be dewormed. I have been giving honey in a dewormer tube for a few days. Two of my...
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    My dog has started attacking the horses...

    My Jack Russell has recently started to attack the horses. I have had the Minis for a year, and the larger one since October. A month or so ago, he attacked the larger one and left a bleeding gash on her lip (because he was sniffing/digging at wood, and she came over to see what he was doing). A...
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    New bit

    I got a bit for my riding horse today (French link full cheek snaffle). She currently won't take a bit (she does have a Dr cooks bitless) but this one looked perfect to teach her that bits are ok, since it's pretty mild (I think?). I am, however, concerned about the metal hitting her teeth and...
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    Miracle's starting to get a little porky...

    So, spring has just started, and one of my minis (Miracle) has come out of winter just as big as she was going in. She was sightly overweight going into winter, which I liked, so she would have an easier time staying warm, but now it's spring, the grass is growing, and she's still a bit...
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    Heavy mane?

    My mare has a really thick and heavy mane. When I got her last year, it was long (hanging a few inches below her neck, and the weight of it pulled her crest over and created a 'dent' in front of her withers (like a ewe neck), I cut her mane off to make her more comfortable and so her neck could...
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    'Saddle' bags for Miniature Horses??

    Are there 'saddle' bags for Miniature Horses? I'd like something I could clip onto her surcingle to carry things in during our walks, and I'm not sure how to search for that, or if it even exists...
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    overseeding feild in spring

    I'm thinking about putting some grass seed on part of my field where the grass doesn't grow really well (lots of clay, but grass can grow). My plan is to close that part off until the grass has a chance to grow, and then let the horses on it for limited amounts of time until next year. There is...
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    controlling mud

    I have an area in front of the barn that gets really muddy. It's an area about 4x4 feet, and the mud gets several inches deep. The Minis hate walking in it, but they have to go through it to get in and out of the barn. I need ideas to help get rid of the mud. Last spring, I put a carpet section...
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    Progress

    I just got back from ground driving my mare 2 miles on the road. She did really well and we only had a few arguments (that were quickly resolved). I forgot my whip, but I walk closely enough to her that the end of the rope worked just fine the few times I would have used the whip. I had been...
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    Training books

    I'm a very book-y person (XD), I love to read books that will give me knowledge or help me with something. So... my filly desperately needs me to do more groundwork with her. I have an idea of what to work on with her, and how to do it, but I'd like more of a step by step, or a program to...
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    hay cubes (with questionaire)

    I bought some hay cubes for my horses yesterday. They've been acting hungrier and kinda grumpy for the last week or so (it just got really cold again, and there's been snow on the ground), but I don't think I have enough hay to give them extra, so I got them hay cubes to supplement. I got them...
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    Flies that get in my horses' ears in the summer

    I need help identifying the flies that get in my horse's ears in the summer, so I can try to keep their population down this year. Last summer, my mare's ears were tender and full of sores before I noticed them, and then it was another week or so before I knew it was from flies. Fly spray does...
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    Had a nice walk with my filly

    The other day, I decided to take my 1.5 year old filly Princess for a walk in the woods. She was very well behaved and followed almost exactly in my footsteps, only getting tangled around a tree once or twice. We even saw a few large deer, which she stopped and stared at (sorry, I didn't get any...
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    How long does it usually take to train a Mini to drive?

    I've got a mini mare (Miracle) that I'm training to drive. I've been ground driving her (not consistently) for a few months now, and she's slowly getting better. But I'm just starting to trot her. When spring comes, I'll be working with her more regularly, probably 3-4 days of driving a week...
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    My voice.. soprano or alto? (let me know if this isn't allowed, since it's not horse related...)

    So, I have a Facebook page where I post songs that I have recorded myself singing (haven't posted a song in a long time, but I keep meaning to). I don't know if I can sing well, I've had people tell me both that I can and can't sing. So I would like you all to be brutally honest and tell me what...
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    horse suddenly lame?

    My horse (13hh Arab/quarter) suddenly came up lame this morning. She's limping pretty bad and doesn't want to put much weight on her right front leg. It's cold today and the ground is frozen with lots of little bumps from when they walked in it when it was muddy, so I don't know if it's just...
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