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  Favorite Riding Discipline??
Posted by: barrelracer1163 - 05-10-2017, 03:41 PM - Forum: General Information - Replies (5)

What is your favorite riding discipline?

With my horses I do a lot of trail riding and some barrel racing!

<b>Would love to see your riding discipline photos and stories!</b>

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  Bought Another Horse!
Posted by: barrelracer1163 - 05-04-2017, 03:33 PM - Forum: HAA, GTA and others.... - Replies (2)

Horses are like potato chips.....You can't have JUST ONE!

Well, I may be a horse addict! I have two horses, and recently just added a pregnant mare due at anytime to my collection! [Big Grin] Not to mention my other horses is getting bred at anytime! I couldn't pass up my new Registered Quarter Horse Mare, Her Grandfather would be Zip's Chocolate Chip, and Great Grandfather Zippo Pine Bar! Who could pass up that!
<b>Below is an old photo of her! </b>[Smile]
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  More trail pics to ignore!
Posted by: PaintGal - 04-27-2017, 01:22 PM - Forum: Trails - Replies (2)

In the hopes of keeping DE alive, I'm posting MORE TRAIL PICS!!

These are from yesterday's ride in southern Indiana. The trails were mostly dry and it was a beautiful day. We didn't stray far from the trails today since all but one area had been cleared of fallen trees. That one is going to take more than a chain saw though. It's about 20' wide with several trees stacked on top of each other. It might be a permanent detour around that.

We had a guest ride with us. This gal lived in the area several years ago and had horses but moved to FL and has been horseless since. She was amazed at the changes in the trails since she left. There's been a couple of tornadoes which cleared some areas. Other areas that were open have grown up with scrub trees and brush. Trails relocated... It was interesting to listen to her comments.

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Watering hole:

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Told ya it was a gorgeous day!

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And a somewhat fuzzy pic of yours truly cheesing it up for the cam!

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Posted by: barrelracer1163 - 04-26-2017, 07:50 PM - Forum: Grooming and Health - Replies (3)

Ulcer Warning Signs

Studies show that a high percentage of horses that travel frequently, are stalled frequently, or consume high levels of grains. High performance horses are at a higher risk of having ulcers. In mild cases of ulcers, the symptoms can be so minor you don’t even notice. More severe cases are much easier to identify.

Signs of ulcers:
weight loss
acting up under saddle
cinchy, biting
not able to touch the stomach
teeth grinding
bad attitude
high anxiety
loose stools
poor hair coat

Some signs of ulcers can be easily confused with saddle fitting issues. The only sure way to know if your horses has ulcers is to have their stomach scoped by a veterinarian. Your horses stomach needs acid to digest food. They can produce up to 9 gallons of acid per day even when not eating. It is recommended to decrease the high levels of grains your horse is consuming and increase the amount of roughage per day. Using a slow feeder to feed you horse hay helps prevent waste, along with keeping your horses eating all day long and maintain a low acid level in the stomach.

There are many great supplements on the market to help prevent ulcers or help your horses that have ulcers. Ask your trusted veterinarian what they recommend.

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  Abscesses: The Common Cold for Horses
Posted by: Chuck - 04-24-2017, 08:23 PM - Forum: Grooming and Health - Replies (1)

Republished from our Blog: https://horsesaddleshop.blogspot.com/

Abscesses: The common cold for horses
The common cold for humans is the horse equivalent of an abscess. Some horses are more prone to them than others. I have a grulla paint mare that I have owned for just over a year, and in that course of a year, she has had a few abscesses. I have gotten pretty good in treating these things so I am going to share a little about an abscess and what some symptoms and treatment options are.

To start off if you don’t know what an abscess is, it occurs when bacteria invades the horse's hoof and is most noticeable when it infects the sensitive parts of the foot. They can cause serious damage if left untreated. What are some symptoms of an abscess you may ask? Well, the most common and noticed symptom is lameness and limping. This is in result to the invasion of the bacteria into the sensitive spots in the hoof.

However, there are a few more things that you can pick up on that are preliminary to an abscess. These include but are not limited to: fever, swelling of the leg and hoof area, sensitivity to hoof picks, and touch. If you notice your horse displaying any of these behaviors they probably have an abscess.

Fear not! These can be treated fairly easy. The easiest and fastest relief for your horse from an abscess is to have your vet or farrier come out and find the location of the infection of it has not broken through and trim a hole/path for the infection to drain out. However, some abscesses erupt and break through on their own, not needing to have a hole/path cut to drain them.

Once it is broke through and draining it is important to keep this area clean. Some people soak the foot in Epsom salts this is known the draw the infection out of the foot. This can be easily done by purchasing a soaking boot from your local tack store. These make the soaking process so much easier! Have you ever tried to get your horse to put its foot into a bucket to soak? Well, good luck, that’s a job in itself! Trust me the soak boots are a simple solution to a bigger potential headache.

What causes abscess and how can they be prevented? Well, the most common cause is an irritation to the sole of the foot most commonly from a stone or something of that nature getting stuck in the foot. It can even be as simple as a bruise from a stone/rock from trail riding. Aside from that, another common cause is moisture whether there be too much or too little moisture. Finally, dirty stalls are horrible for horse’s feet and can bring about abscesses.

If you pay attention and do your best to maintain healthy hoof care you should be fine. However, if your horse does get an abscess, just be sure to treat it accordingly and get it taken care of quickly.

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  It's Monday
Posted by: Chuck - 04-24-2017, 02:39 PM - Forum: Saddle Shop Corral - Replies (1)

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Did you know that at DE you can now FINALLY upload images directly. Just click on the Insert an Image File when Posting a Topic or Replying to a Topic?

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  What are some of your favorite Supplements?
Posted by: barrelracer1163 - 04-24-2017, 02:32 PM - Forum: Grooming and Health - No Replies

Just this year I started feeding my horses Mira-Coat and I love the results! Shedding has been cut in half! Both of my horses are all shedded out with little to no brushing! Not to meantion shiny coats that look like they have just been bathed! [Big Grin]

<b>What are some of your favorite supplements?</b>

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  Goin' to Phoenix; What to Visit
Posted by: Red Hawk - 04-22-2017, 08:16 PM - Forum: Saddle Shop Corral - Replies (2)

I'm sure my mom will have all kinds of suggestions on where we might go during my visit with her. I'll be going by myself while my husband keeps care of things here at home (I tried to talk him into tagging along, but he refused.). I'm leaving on May 6th by air and will be back on May 11th. I've never been out to that part of the country before, and Mom's talking about maybe doing a couple of all day bus tours.

Anyway, Mom lives in Sun City. My stay will allow me four full days to explore the area, and Mom is already acting like a kid waiting for Christmas. After my step-dad died about two years ago, she isn't going to be coming my way (IN) anymore. After all she's 85 years old, and I don't blame her. This might be the last time I'll be able to spend time with her outside of talking with her on the phone.

She already knows I'd like to visit Indian cliffs dwellings, and I have no idea what's in the area, but she says there's several to choose from. All-in-all, Mom will be my guide regardless where we go. (She's already said she'll navigate while I drive.), and I'm sure she'll show me a good time.

And yes, I intend to take my camera and a couple of flutes along. I'd go bonkers not having a flute with me for 6 whole days [Big Grin][Big Grin].


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  Lets see Pictures of Your Horses!
Posted by: barrelracer1163 - 04-20-2017, 03:36 PM - Forum: Horse Appraisal and Conformation - No Replies

Here are pictures of my two horses.

The first one is my 2014 Bay Roan Quarter Horse Mare Dudes Miss Kongo (Lacy for short)
The second Horse is my 2001 Buckskin Quarter Horse Mare Pine Diamond Daisy (Dallas for short)

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<b>NOW, Lets see YOUR horse photos! </b>

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  Horse Dental; Teeth Extraction
Posted by: barrelracer1163 - 04-19-2017, 06:00 PM - Forum: Grooming and Health - Replies (2)

My 2 coming 3 Year old Quarter Horse Mare got kicked in the face by the other horse causing her tooth to come loose and need pulled. I took her to the vet and had it pulled and THANKFULLY it was a baby tooth and she will have an adult tooth growing in! Have you ever had anything like this happen to you? Share your Dental Stories!

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