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        02-24-2013, 11:35 PM
    Thank you for your input Koolio.

    So far the farmer and you tell me that the first cut is richer because the alfalfa is stronger.

    My farrier and my horsey neighbour tell me the first cut is overall poorer in protein because the % of grass to alfalfa is much higher because the grass doesn't really grow much after the first cut. So more hay overall.

    Gah! Either way, I will have to acquiesce to the farmers preference as he is cutting it for me! So far he's been taking the first cut (when previous owners were here).

    Ah - good point about the grazing on the hayfield, that is EXACTLY why I posted here! I will certainly let you know what Mr Farmer says.

    Yes, I've never had anything other than easy keepers so I appreciate your point. Laminitis is my constant fear - I guess poor nourishment is at the other end of the spectrum.

    Oh, he was going to do me small bales but his square baler broke on the day.... And I wanted that hay in before it got wet again!
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        02-26-2013, 11:32 PM
    Argh! I just made the mistake of looking on kijiji to see if the rest of the litter that Hermes came from have found a home yet. The bitch has gone, but the two boys are still there

    Then, because I am an idiot, I clicked on the dog rescue sites that I was looking at before I chose Hermes.

    there are just so many lovely dogs out there that need homes, why are people so thoughtless?!

    When I am ruler of the world I will make it a rule that all pet dogs are spayed or neutered unless the owner can come up with a darn good reason why not.
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        02-27-2013, 01:46 AM
    Where I live, second cut is FAR richer. Our dry season is later in the summer and the grass rarely grows well. If a second cut is to be had, it's almost always 80-90% alfalfa. Third cut, if ever to come off, is refered to as rocket fuel.
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        03-01-2013, 03:44 PM
    You get out what you put in

    Into life this time, though the same applies to horses.

    Today I went in to school as a parent volunteer to help year 2's sort the recycling - think sticky tubs and children. Anyway, I had the chance to chat to one of the other parents who I had previously met but not got to chat with before. Turns out, he has 4 horses and does roping with them, his son (my son's age) also rides, they trail ride and are generally all round nice people. That also have arena harrowing equipment and such stuff that I may borrow. And his wife is a stay at home Mum like me.

    I am invited to go round to visit, and I will. Friends are great to have, especially horsey ones!
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        03-01-2013, 05:13 PM
    Green Broke
    Friends are great,and even better when they have a love of horses also.
        03-02-2013, 05:13 AM
    Originally Posted by Shropshirerosie    

    I am invited to go round to visit, and I will. Friends are great to have, especially horsey ones!

    Wait a min... are you implying that it is possible to have friends that are NOT horsey?!??!
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        03-02-2013, 11:58 AM
    The non horsey ones aren't friends, they are acquaintances. Lol
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        03-02-2013, 02:04 PM
    Yay! I love the local networking!! Careful... Once it gets rolling, you're up to your ears in local horsey peeps!
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        03-07-2013, 11:02 PM
    Chilly Vet Visit

    'Twas a cold and snowy day today...... which is why of course I'd booked the vet to come out, and inevitably he was late, and so I spent a long time sitting around in a chilly stable waiting for him.

    Luckily I had my super-duper Albertan snow suit on and was almost as warm as toast.

    Unluckily I kept on entertaining myself on the iPhone so my right hand almost froze off.

    Luckily I have a fluffy lapdog to keep me warm.

    Unluckily the fluffy lapdog got cold and had to go inside to warm up....

    My vet, who I have now had out two times and think is GREAT came to do the following:-

    - Insurance Exam for Capri Insurance for both horses. Not something we do in the UK except for obscenely expensive horses, so I was interested to see what he'd do. I'm pleased to report that it was a minimal eyes, heart, temperature, skin, four legs, hooves, walk and trot exam.

    - Riley's annual vaccination. I'm pleased to say that unlike my last drama-queen of a horse Riley didn't care a jot about a vet sticking a sharp needle in him. Which, considering Riley's size and temperament is a good thing.

    - Also, Riley had a Flu & Strangles squirt up the nose. Another first for me. This involved lip twitching him (by hand, not rope) to get at the nostril, then a squirt up the nostril. Again, considering Riley's size I am pleased that he wasn't too bothered by all that.

    - Second half of Arthur the Donk's vaccination

    - inspect Ukon and Riley's teeth. Both have sharp edges at the back of the mouth. I had the vet who did the pre-purchase exam for me do their teeth at time of purchase - which is of course not to the satisfaction of my current vet. Honestly, I have NEVER had an equine dentist say complementary things about the previous chap's work. In this instance I am told that previous vet must have used the latest in electric grinding tools which while labour-saving makes it difficult to get to the back of the mouth properly.

    I will await with interest the job that new-vet does on their teeth in the next fortnight. He didn't do them today because it was -17 and his hands would have frozen in all that drool.....

    Oh, and I also asked lovely-vet to condition score them both as I need an objective outside eye once in a while. He gave Riley 6.5, with the general advice that he is prone to crestiness and will need to be watched on the spring grass. Ukon scored a solid 6. I'm pleased that I have managed to get through my first Albertan winter with two new horses, and take them from obese to not-so-obese without any dramas along the way. Also pleased that in my mind I also thought they were between 6 and 7.

    He also commented on what impressively substantial and rock-hard feet they have. I know
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        03-08-2013, 07:40 PM
    Green Broke
    Sounds like you got a lot accomplished when the vet finally arrived! Thank goodness for that "super duper Albertan snow suit" - I have to 'suit up' around here as well! Find that no matter how cold, however, I'm shedding a few layers within 20 minutes into feed/chore time :)

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