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post #21 of 26 Old 05-28-2017, 12:53 PM
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So we took your advice, and yesterday after work we let them out of the corral/pen on their own, and it was like watching little kids being let free in the playground lol. Initially, they both ran around and bucked a couple of times (they've done this before in the pen, but never near us when we're in the pen with them; they seem to know they might hurt us?).
Sounds like they are enjoying themselves. As to not bucking near you I feel they shouldn't buck at all in an enclosed space that you are in but I am not at a level I could even begin to suggest how to get them to stop in the smaller pen. That they didn't aim for you says someone has taught them respect for human space. I'd work on keeping that respect, finding a way for them not to buck in the pen and let them be kids (bucking fools is what my BO calls them) in the pasture.

So glad you brought those two sweeties home.
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post #22 of 26 Old 05-28-2017, 10:49 PM
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While it can be a great adventure, it can also be very dangerous. So my recommendation would be that you find a knowledgeable mentor/instructor in the area and learn as much as you can. Book learning is great, but no substitute for experience. Go to some local horse shows and ask around to get recommendations on instructors in your area who may be able to assist.

I would also recommend that you consider using fly predators from Spalding Labs for your insect control. These are insects that you release monthly during the summer months. They bore into the manure and eat the fly larvae so that flies do not hatch. They work better than any fly spray and they work 24/7 which no fly spray can do. Cleaning the manure daily and removing it to a remote location is also a great way to reduce the bug problem as well as reduce the chances of your horses getting worms. Ask your vet what to feed them based on their present condition and availability within your local area. There are lots of different ways to feed, and different horses have different needs. IMHO it is irresponsible of anyone who has not seen and/or worked with your horses to recommend a feeding program. Generally speaking horses are foragers and more readily gain weight by eating hay rather than grain. But there are lots of different kinds of hay and some horses do better on one kind than another. If your horses are thoroughbreds, chances are they may have ulcers which can be improved by feeding a diet with some alfalfa. Most horses do not need that high of protein unless then are in serious work. Slow feed hay nets are great. Feeding grain in smaller amounts multiple times each day is better than once a day. Horses digestive systems are designed to process food 24/7 and their stomach acid continues to produce even if they do not have anything in their stomachs to digest which causes ulcers. So feeding small meals often and/or using slow feed hay nets to distribute their hay throughout a longer period is the best way to minimize the risk of ulcers. Abundant, fresh, clean water is essential at all times. Shelter is also very important. There are lots of opinions on blanketing, but Mother Nature designed horses to exist in the wild without blankets so in most circumstances blankets are not necessary, particularly in California. In weather 50 degrees or colder and wet, they may need some assistance to keep warm if shelter is not available. Have your vet do a fecal count to see if they have worms and only worm if necessary. Worms are developing resistance to the wormers so they are becoming less effective. So much to know....good luck!
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post #23 of 26 Old 05-30-2017, 02:27 PM
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Thanks for the names of these guys CA VA! I couldn't recall the proper names while typing my reply, so I just called them leather straps, haha

We had been looking at the Mohair cinch's, and then we saw the merino wool cinch, which my wife really likes due to the soft wool being in contact with the horse. They both seem to be have a good following with good things to say about both.
I have no opinion on the merino wool cinches as I have never used one, I just never recommend the neoprene type. The neoprene works for some just fine, but I have seen them rub horses with sensitive skin raw. Being that you are still figuring out these horses there is no way to know if they would have luck with neoprene. Also, I let someone use my mare (who sweated easily and a lot) and they used a neoprene cinch on her, it seemed like she sweated a whole lot more and although she was not a touchy or sensitive horse, she was cinchy the next day. It was the one and only time in her life she was every cinchy so it makes me believe it was that neoprene cinch.


Other than that, I am just jealous you are in SoCal, I miss it! Counting down till I move west again.
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post #24 of 26 Old 06-01-2017, 02:27 PM Thread Starter
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OK so the vet and farrier were here today; both horses got trimmed and both received an excellent bill of health

We are a little sad, but also a little glad that our mare is not pregnant after all... but as it turns out she is younger than we thought, which is great news. Daisy May is about 18 years old, and Atticus is about 16. And according to the vet (an older gentleman that's highly praised and recommended) they look to be in great shape, healthy, very rideable health-wise, and we should keep doing what we're doing

We are very stoked, and will keep working with them and on ourselves.

Thanks again everyone for your welcomes, comments and input! I'm sure we'll have many more questions along the way
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post #25 of 26 Old 06-01-2017, 09:30 PM
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OK so the vet and farrier were here today; both horses got trimmed and both received an excellent bill of health

We are a little sad, but also a little glad that our mare is not pregnant after all... but as it turns out she is younger than we thought, which is great news. Daisy May is about 18 years old, and Atticus is about 16. And according to the vet (an older gentleman that's highly praised and recommended) they look to be in great shape, healthy, very rideable health-wise, and we should keep doing what we're doing

We are very stoked, and will keep working with them and on ourselves.

Thanks again everyone for your welcomes, comments and input! I'm sure we'll have many more questions along the way
YAY! What great news! Those two horses will never know how fortunate they are to have landed in your laps:)

Please keep posting, even when you don't have questions! We love pictures and we like adventures, no matter how small the adventure may seem
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post #26 of 26 Old 06-08-2017, 04:31 PM
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Yes! NOT a full alfalfa diet unless you want some potentially wild rides!
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