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  • Re: Haflinger supple or not?

    I have the article with illustrations saved in pdf form for anyone else who wants it. It's an excellent article. Just send me a pm with your email :) I also have an article by Hilda Gurney called "Good Hands"
    Posted to English (Forum) by BoyleHeightsKid on 02-15-2012
  • Re: Haflinger supple or not?

    Send me your email so I can send you the pdf after I get it scanned in :)
    Posted to English (Forum) by BoyleHeightsKid on 02-14-2012
  • Re: Haflinger supple or not?

    I agree that she wasn't born with the natural elasticity and suppleness of a warmblood, but she can still be soft and supple. That will come with time, proper training, conditioning and patience. Horses built with a short neck, thick throat latch and a short back have more of a challenge getting there but they can do it. Here's an article that Dr. Thomas Ritter did for Dressage Today back in August of 2008. If I had the issue with me at work I would scan it in for you, but here's the
    Posted to English (Forum) by BoyleHeightsKid on 02-13-2012
  • Re: Haflinger supple or not?

    I just wanted to add that it sounds like she's had some pretty rough handed riding in the past and she may have a hard mouth. She can still be soft and responsive, it's just going to take time and patience.
    Posted to English (Forum) by BoyleHeightsKid on 02-13-2012
  • Re: Haflinger supple or not?

    Sounds to me like she just needs training. Those suppling exercises should help her alot. I'll try to remember to bring that copy of DT with me to work tomorrow so that I can scan the article in and send it to you because the pictures really help translate what he's saying even though he explains it very well. Once she learns to flex her jaw and flex at the poll I'm positive you will be able to ride her in a snaffle. I'm not for covering up a training issue with a stronger bit. That
    Posted to English (Forum) by BoyleHeightsKid on 02-13-2012
  • Re: Loose manure with work?

    [quote user="Sally Stults"]My vet told me that loose manure may be a symptom of sand irritation in the horse's digestive system. You may want to do a fecal sand test.[/quote] I've read this also... Psyllium helps with this... The fecal sand test is easy... put a poop ball in a jar of water and the sand will sink to the bottom.
    Posted to Horse Care (Forum) by BoyleHeightsKid on 02-07-2012
  • Re: Loose manure with work?

    A no grain diet really is best. Their digestive systems really aren't designed to handle grain and is great if you can eliminate it. Keep us updated on what you find out :) Good Luck!
    Posted to Horse Care (Forum) by BoyleHeightsKid on 02-07-2012
  • Re: Loose manure with work?

    I've also been reading more about this stuff: http://www.sweetpro.com/products-equipride.html http://www.chronofhorse.com/forum/showthread.php?t=297534&highlight=equipride Some people say their horses won't eat it but others say their horses love this stuff. I don't have any experience with it but I think I'm going to try it. It's soy free... Let us know what happens when you remove the soy... I'm really curious!
    Posted to Horse Care (Forum) by BoyleHeightsKid on 02-03-2012
  • Re: Loose manure with work?

    Wow Solaris I think I'm going to talk to my BO about changing our deworming program because her program is really out date. I've been reading more and more about doing a fecal twice a year and deworming accordingly instead of just squirting whatever down their throats and forgetting about it.
    Posted to Horse Care (Forum) by BoyleHeightsKid on 02-02-2012
  • Re: Loose manure with work?

    Removing soy from their diet isn't easy when you feed a commercial complete feed. You might have to do some research and have the feed mill mix something up for you or just start with alfalfa pellets (good for the tummy), beet pulp with some vegetable oil (good for the tummy) a vitamin/mineral supplement and the probiotic. If she's a halflinger then I would think she would be an easy keeper and not require a lot of feed? If you powerpac'd her recently I wouldn't be too worried about
    Posted to Horse Care (Forum) by BoyleHeightsKid on 02-01-2012
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