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  1. Horse Trailers
    Sorry if this has already been asked. Do you guys keep your trailer out on its own all year round? Mine aren't the prettiest thing in the world but seems to be common practice in my neck of the woods. I would think it would be best to have them under a carport or something... What do you think?
  2. Barn and Riding Wear
    hi! I live in Iowa and it snowed TWO days ago and I do barn chores at 7am. I'm worried we are staring another Polar Vortex directly in the face and I am worried it will come sooner than we think. I have a great pair of insulated boots but I kind of hate them because of how bulky they are and...
  3. Horse Grooming
    Hey guys winters fast approaching and I was just wondering what everyone does to maintain a healthy and long mane. My mare has a long mane and whenever I bring her in throughout winter it's always very knotted and very messy! I have been advised to try products such as snuggy hoods which cover...
  4. Horse Health
    I live in Southern Kentucky & I want to know everyone's preferences when it comes to blanketing. We have always had Quarter Horse's that are very easy keepers. They puff up like cotton balls in the winter and have never had trouble going without a blanket. An obstacle that we have is barbed wire...
  5. Barn Maintenance
    I understand you need to water an arena, then apply calcium chloride. So, I didn't have time to apply the cc before winter. My arena is getting too dusty now but I live in Michigan so my common sense tells me not to water the arena unless I want an ice skating ring. Can I just apply the cc...
  6. Horse Grooming
    Hey guys! I bought my new mare in January. She was a pampered/stalled horse who had probably never had to grow winter hair in her three short years of life. I bought her from a trainer who needed stall space, otherwise I would have boarded her there until the weather warmed up because we don't...
  7. Horse Pictures
    Hello everyone, I just love horses in their winter woolies, and want to see what everyone else's horses look like right now. There's probably another thread like this somewhere, but I couldn't find it haha I do have to apologize though, I do not have a very high quality camera, sooo fuzzy...
  8. Horse Health
    Hello, Here in Virginia we have very wet winters. Given this, much of the time during the winter, the hay is wet. I'm guessing this is not a problem, and to be honest there isn't much I can do about it...but I was just wondering if wet hay could cause any issues for the horses eating it? Thanks!
  9. Horse Nutrition
    So I adopted a 22 year old gelding with Cushing's this August and got him started on pergolide (he's had Cushing's since he was around 7 but was never treated for it and had unlimited access to pasture). He has no access to fresh pasture and gets 4-5 flakes of grass hay per day (and he never...
  10. Horse Health
    Hi All, This question is directed to anyone who lives in Maine or has lived in Maine in the past. My husband is applying for a job in Bar Harbor Maine. We have 2 horses and keep them on our own private farm. If he gets the job, we would ideally like to take our horses with us but I am a...
  11. Horse Health
    Hi there, I just moved to Eastern Washington from North Carolina and I am trying to get everything in my new barn set up before my horses arrive in one week. As I was cleaning up the existing stalls in the barn I purchase, I noticed an old infared light hanging in one of the stalls. I have never...
  12. New to Horses
    I've been poking around on this subject for a while... I live in northern MA, and my barn turns out until the temperature drops to about 15˚F. Would an unclipped Belgian-QH cross (she grows a heavy winter coat) be sustainable to be turned out unblanketed in the winter? Or if she is to be...
  13. New to Horses
    This winter was our first winter having our two horses at our new farm. I bought way to much hay and will have a lot left over (50+ bales and 2 round bales). My questions are this: Can I keep this hay for next fall/winter? It has been in our barn. It is good hay. I was told hay will lose its...
  14. Horse Tack and Equipment
    Wondering if you have used the Abrazo Hug winter blankets? I just bought one for my horse and am not very happy with it. I know it buckles different than a usual blanket but it seems so big and odd. Have any tips or tricks or maybe even just how you adjust or use your blanket would help a...
  15. Horse Nutrition
    Ok, so in my recent post we were trying to figure out what was going on with my horse, it was gassy cramps colic caused my moldy hay, she's going to be fine :-) Anyhow, I have been doing TONS of research on bran mash since my vet recommended it. It is something I would like to begin feeding my...
  16. Horse Grooming
    I am clipping my horse tomorrow, and I have only clipped a horse once before which was a full body clip, so this will be my first time following a pattern as I plan to do an Irish clip. I am so, so nervous!!! A lot more nervous than I expected to be. I am going to chalk out my lines first, and...
  17. Horse Grooming
    I was out at the barn today re-braiding my horses mane, when I began to wonder what other people do to care for their horses mane and tails in the winter months! I keep my mares mane and tail braided throughout the winter and every couple of weeks (maybe a bit more often for her mane) I will...
  18. Horse Grooming
    Hi there! I have an eight year old draft cross gelding, and during the winter he grows quite a thick fur coat. I actively ride him four times a week, doing dressage, western pleasure, and reining. I would definitely not call it "light riding". The problem I have been running into is that he...
  19. English Riding
    I took a break from riding almost a year ago for various reasons, and I'll be taking lessons again (hopefully) this coming January. Where I used to ride the indoor was heated, but the barn I'll be going to now isn't, and I remember from other barn experiences how unpleasant frozen toes are...
  20. Horse Nutrition
    It has been 20 years since I owned my last horse and this winter will be my first winter with our 2 new horses! Yeah! So excited...and slightly terrified! LOL! We bought 5 large round bales for our 2 horses for the winter along with 190 square bales (I have been told I am a hay hoarder) LOL...
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