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post #1 of 5 Old 03-16-2011, 05:13 PM Thread Starter
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The How-to Thread!!! =]

Alrighty! So this thread is pretty mush a how-to guide for anything and everything horses!
If anyone wants to know how to do something, your post should say "how do I __________?" and if any other poster knows how, they will explain it to them in their next post.
This is all meant to teach and learn from each other.
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He carried me away from all my fears, and his mane was there to wipe my tears. -RIP Vegas, my best friend.
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post #2 of 5 Old 03-16-2011, 05:14 PM Thread Starter
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One thing I've always wanted to know is:

What is the best remedy for getting rid of rain rot??

He carried me away from all my fears, and his mane was there to wipe my tears. -RIP Vegas, my best friend.
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post #3 of 5 Old 03-16-2011, 10:35 PM
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The bacteria that cause rain rot thrive with a lack of oxygen, and a lot of moisture, so it is important to expose them to as much as possible, while keeping the area dry. Clip your horse's coat (if it is long) around the infected areas, and remove the scabs that keep the bacteria anchored to the horse. Also flush the infected areas with antibiotics, and antimicrobial solutions, however dry the areas immediately after!

How do you trim hooves?
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post #4 of 5 Old 03-16-2011, 11:36 PM Thread Starter
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First of all, power-clean all four hooves. Pick them all out.
Use the hoof knife to to scrape the sole and remove every last bit of dirt and flatten it out.
Next come the nippers. Depending on how long the horse's feet are, clip them according to how they should be, starting from one side to the other. Snip off the appropriate length and be sure to make it all even.
Last is the rasp. This is pretty similar to a nail file. Rub back and forth over the hoof wall and the sole to even out the trim and make it all smooth.

Now, I am not a farrier, so I am probably missing a few small details.

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post #5 of 5 Old 03-16-2011, 11:59 PM
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How do you get a horse to stand square for pictures? It's such an easy thought, yet when It comes down to it, one leg is always resting!
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