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        07-31-2012, 03:10 PM
      #1011
    Green Broke
    My dad freaked because our senior feed went up .75 cents yesterday.

    I pay for everything for Gulliver, as he is mine. I bought him, paid for his vetting and everything. My dad buys the senior feed, I buy the beet pulp. The senior feed is 12.95 a bag, and we go through 2 every one and a half to two weeks. A bag of beet pulp is 20+, but it lasts a lot longer!

    Question, I need to put my welsh pony in a diet. He's currently on 24/7 turnout and gets two scoops of senior feed a day. Should I switch him to a scoop senior and a scoop beet pulp? My paint needs work in his topline, so he's getting two scoops senior and two scoops beet pulp.
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        07-31-2012, 03:11 PM
      #1012
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by gypsygirl    
    i HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE winter !! HATE IT

    I hate snow too !!

    I just hate being cold ! I love wisconsin, but I could do with out winter.. haha
    Well, this past winter wasn't much of a Wisconsin winter. First winter since I moved here that I could see grass on Christmas. I'm ok with snow up to Christmas, after Jan 1, it can all start melting off. But then, even when that happens my back yard turns into a muddy mess because only the first 2 inches of ground are thawed.
         
        07-31-2012, 03:16 PM
      #1013
    Trained
    Last winter was still too cold for me lol
         
        07-31-2012, 03:18 PM
      #1014
    Green Broke
    Kayella - If he has enough weight and could lose some try a ration balancer instead. Comes out to about $20 a month for the more expensive one. But for a pony it would be less since it's fed by weight. And if my feed only went up .75 cents I would be overjoyed. Wouldn't add a whole lot of money and that was more of the increase I was thinking about.

    Gypsy - Compromise and live in Alaska in the summer :) it's so beautiful up there. I love how peaceful it is too. Almost got chased by a mother moose though, so watch out for those. Plus in winter it almost never gets light up there, very depressing.

    WIRider - you mean you don't like the spring thaw? Mud covered land is just awesome. Especially for horses and their thrush, icky. I would like snow in December and no other month. And it can stay about 60 all winter and I would be happy.
         
        07-31-2012, 03:25 PM
      #1015
    Weanling
    I actually like winter. Riding bareback on a warm and fuzzy horse, going snowmobiling and skating... yup, it's fun. Though if it could stay around -20 C that would be great; when it gets down to -40 that's just darn unpleasant for everybody. I do get a little tired of it though, if winter could be a little shorter that would be great.
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        07-31-2012, 04:06 PM
      #1016
    Yearling
    Well winter here wouldnt be so bad if it werent for the frickin wind! When our wind starts to blow our windchills get down to -60 Fahrenheit... its ridiculous! Frostbite occurs in like less then 5 minutes in those temperatures lol even the little hand warmer things don't work. Pretty sure I've frostbitten my fingers a ton of times at this point. Thank goodness for running water though to keep them thawed there is NOTHING like a north dakota winter, and in true nor'dakotan fashion(you will understand if you know the accent) we somehow stick it out
         
        07-31-2012, 04:16 PM
      #1017
    Weanling
    How could anyone not love winter? Bareback riding a fuzzy horse is like heaven. Although frozen toes and and ankle dismounts aren't the greatest. I could deal with the snow, it's all the mud I hate. It's sucky and pulls off shoes and there's thrush, which my horses are magnets for. So I'll take the snow if someone else wants the mud.
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        07-31-2012, 04:16 PM
      #1018
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by cowgirl928    
    well winter here wouldnt be so bad if it werent for the frickin wind! When our wind starts to blow our windchills get down to -60 Fahrenheit... its ridiculous! Frostbite occurs in like less then 5 minutes in those temperatures lol even the little hand warmer things don't work. Pretty sure I've frostbitten my fingers a ton of times at this point. Thank goodness for running water though to keep them thawed there is NOTHING like a north dakota winter, and in true nor'dakotan fashion(you will understand if you know the accent) we somehow stick it out
    yup I'd imagine our winters are pretty similar, being just an hour north of the Manitoba/North Dakota border. I have gotten frostbite pretty bad on my face before, so now I always have to bundle up with a big fat scarf and toque (haha I think that's just a Canadian word - knit cap, I guess you'd call it) pulled down so I can barely see.

    It's a workout and a half just trying to move around in the winter, after you're all dressed up!
         
        07-31-2012, 06:50 PM
      #1019
    Yearling
    Agreed! Its like waddling in bubble wrap lol have you heard of the brand the North Face? They make clothing for subzero temperatures that are also wind resistant and aren't so freakishly huge and bulky. They have some wonderful jackets for riding (although they aren't a riding brand), but they are expensive. You get what you pay for with them!
         
        07-31-2012, 07:00 PM
      #1020
    Weanling
    Hmm, I think my one jacket might be North Face... I can't remember now. I have heard of the brand.

    We're building a new section of fence, subdividing the back pasture - there are some areas that drift so high and so thick the horses can actually walk over the fence. Fortunately so far they've only moved from one pasture to the other (and never actually left) but we've been very lucky. Kevin brings the huge industrial snow-blower from his farm and can clear the snow inside our pasture, but on the other side it's someone else's property and we can't drive there. Once we have this new section of fence done, we should be avoiding the worst spots entirely and also we can clear both sides and prevent the drifts from starting. Fun fun. :P
         

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