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        07-03-2012, 04:03 PM
      #11
    Foal
    Thanks for all the advise guys! The BO and I have gotten together now that he's here, and given everything we know about him, are going to try him on nightly turnout for a bit and see if that works for him. If he starts weaving, I'll switch him over to pasture, and will definitely have him on pasture board through the winter, when bugs aren't bad and show season is over. He'll also be starting on MSM,Garlic and B1, so hopefully that will help him as well. We were told that with daily turnout he had no weaving, so I'm hoping that will solve it... like I said, I had no problems putting him on pasture board if the weaving becomes an issue.

    Smartpak called me this morning, and the woman I spoke with was very helpful. She actually said that the MSM was a key ingredient that they use in the Smartbug Off formula, as it helps with the inflammation. My barn owner gave me the names of two other supplements to track down, but they were both out of budget, unless I cut out another supplement, which I'd rather not. I'll try these for a month or two to see how they work, and adjust from there.
         
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        07-03-2012, 04:18 PM
      #12
    Foal
    I would try to turn him out 24/7 is he was my horse... But sometimes that isn't always an option. And winter weather can force a horse to be stalled. If you do have to stall him, music in the barn is very therapeutic. That and activity stations (like the neigh station), shatter proof mirrors, and toys like "amazing graze" that releases treats if the horse pushes it around. That can keep 'em busy for hours! I hung carrots and apples from the rafters in my barn for my boy to keep him entertained during winter ice storms, and of course, had music playing for him. It was great watching him work for his treats! I hung them just above his head so he had to reach for them. :)
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        07-03-2012, 11:15 PM
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    Foal
    Ah yes! Stall toys are going to be on my to-do list. We've got a gelding on stall rest who loves to play with a milk jug that has some rocks inside it. Best free toy ever once you tie it up. The amazing grace has popped up in several different conversations too. I think once the initial horse expenses die down I might look into one of those too.
         

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