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    12-16-2009, 10:18 PM
Good for you to think of sunscreen! His white muzzle is prime for melanoma, so keeping sunscreen on is a good choice...I suggest alll year round, IMO better safe than sorry.
Thanks to everyone for all the advice! I am also a new horse owner, and the first impulse is to run out and buy all the gadgets and thingamabobs, and get broke fast! I didn't know if a blanket was a good idea or not, tho I had been told that if the horse has shelyer, a blanket is not needed. Also, if the horse is far from your house, he can (and will!) get tangled in the straps if it isn't put on correctly. I didn't know about the tail bag, either. My guys tail is long, and healthy, so I may braid it, but don't think a bag is needed in my case. Does anyone codition their horse's hooves in winter?
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    12-17-2009, 03:21 PM
Originally Posted by Unwoven    
Yaay for newbie horse owners ! ^^ I'm still confused about the tail bagging to be honest on HOW to do it... like, can someone give me a step by step answer?
Just braid the bottom of the tail, place the tail bag over the tail, and wind the ends (of the bag) through the top of the braid.
I would make sure to take it out at least once every two weeks to rebraid and condition it.
If you use MTG, do a spot test beforehand to make sure that your horse won't have a reaction to it.. otherwise they lose more hair instead of growing more!!
    12-22-2009, 06:46 PM
I wanted to give a quick tip , as im a dog groomer and we do a lot of whats called a de-shed on longer haired thick coated dogs , IE labs , huskies, golden retrievers you get the point, same strategy works for horses . Give them a bath use some conditioner and a good curry and a shedding blade and get to work scrubbing =] . Helps tremendously when its that time of year =]. Those stupid blade looking de shed tools are worthless they make them half the price at walmart and they really don't do much unless your horse has reaaaaally long fur.
    12-23-2009, 12:13 AM
Hopefully its not TOO cold to give them a bath then. Then i'll do that for sure.. Gosh you guys have helped so much.. I wonder if theres anything else I should know.
    12-23-2009, 12:23 PM
ROTF!!!! Woven, you have a horse. OF COURSE there's something more to learn! Every day is a learning experience with horses. Even the oldest, most trained expert learns lessons each and every day...and they say we women are hard to figure out! LOL
    12-23-2009, 03:59 PM
X3 It dosent hurt to ask if anyone else has something else to say! :]

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