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  1. My own horse used to not only go down on both knees but actually did a complete flip once (with me on him!). He's a big long (16.3h, 1500lb) western pleasure horse that was trimmed long to "enhance" that lopey dopey WP gait. It took lots of farrier work to get his feet back to normal. In his case, it was strictly a matter of misguided trimming. He doesn't trip any more.
  2. My own horse used to not only go down on both knees but actually did a complete flip once (with me on him!). He's a big long (16.3h, 1500lb) western pleasure horse that was trimmed long to "enhance" that lopey dopey WP gait. It took lots of farrier work to get his feet back to normal. In his case, it was strictly a matter of misguided trimming. He doesn't trip any more.
  3. Wormer and probios question..? Need help.

    When my horse was put on antibiotics my vet told me to supplement probiotics. The thought is since horses are so dependant on fermenting their food, it's important to take care of their internal flora. Antibiotics tend to kill off all bacteria, both beneficial and harmful. So the vet recommended a pro-biotic. I use Fastrack. Here's the details: PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Combination of beneficial bacteria, yeast culture, enzymes and fructooligosaccharides (FOS) to enhance digestive tract and horse health. The unique combination of ingredients enhance nutrient absorption, encourage the growth of fiber-digesting bacteria, stabilize digestive tract pH and provides FOS to selectively feed the two most desirable species of health-promoting bacteria. Probiotic Pack usage increases the utilization of the base diet and nutritional supplements. INSTRUCTIONS: During breeding, gestation, lactation, training or performance daily supplement 1.5 oz. of Probiotic Pack PRECAUTIONS: Store in a cool, dry place. SMARTPAK DEFAULT DOSING: Fastrack Probiotic Pack Maintenance Dose: 1 scoop (.75 oz) daily Loading Dose: Not Applicable GUARANTEED ANALYSIS Ingredient Per Serving Per Pound Lactic acid-producing bacteria activity (Enterococcus faecium, Lactobacillus acidophilus) 3.75 billion colony forming units protease from Bacillus subtilis not less than 33,188 PC amylase from Bacillus subtilis and Aspergillus oryzae not less than 19,934 BAU INGREDIENTS: Yeast culture (Sacchromyces cerevisiae), rice hulls, calcium carbonate, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Aspergillus oryzae fermentation product, dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation product.
  4. Wormer and probios question..? Need help.

    When my horse was put on antibiotics my vet told me to supplement probiotics. The thought is since horses are so dependant on fermenting their food, it's important to take care of their internal flora. Antibiotics tend to kill off all bacteria, both beneficial and harmful. So the vet recommended a pro-biotic. I use Fastrack. Here's the details: PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Combination of beneficial bacteria, yeast culture, enzymes and fructooligosaccharides (FOS) to enhance digestive tract and horse health. The unique combination of ingredients enhance nutrient absorption, encourage the growth of fiber-digesting bacteria, stabilize digestive tract pH and provides FOS to selectively feed the two most desirable species of health-promoting bacteria. Probiotic Pack usage increases the utilization of the base diet and nutritional supplements. INSTRUCTIONS: During breeding, gestation, lactation, training or performance daily supplement 1.5 oz. of Probiotic Pack PRECAUTIONS: Store in a cool, dry place. SMARTPAK DEFAULT DOSING: Fastrack Probiotic Pack Maintenance Dose: 1 scoop (.75 oz) daily Loading Dose: Not Applicable GUARANTEED ANALYSIS Ingredient Per Serving Per Pound Lactic acid-producing bacteria activity (Enterococcus faecium, Lactobacillus acidophilus) 3.75 billion colony forming units protease from Bacillus subtilis not less than 33,188 PC amylase from Bacillus subtilis and Aspergillus oryzae not less than 19,934 BAU INGREDIENTS: Yeast culture (Sacchromyces cerevisiae), rice hulls, calcium carbonate, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Aspergillus oryzae fermentation product, dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation product.
  5. "Defending" dressage

    Well...I live near one of the snootier horse country areas...Northern Virginia. Land of the warmbloods and spendy imported horses. It is absolutely filled with people that wouldn't give your QH, Appy or Arab the time of day. In a word...closed minded. They really want an exclusive club and to keep out the "unwashed" as deequeue says. Within the area there are many exceptions. There are good dressage instructors that don't mock your non $30,000 horse. However, in my neck of the woods they are few and far between. I wrote the following many years ago. It's not meant to fan flames, it's just one perspective. ----------------------------------------- What's Wrong with Dressage? (And you thought it was just boring to watch) Once upon a time, when I first started learning to ride, I took lessons from my wife’s dressage instructor. I really just wanted to learn to ride, but the instructor tried to blend dressage techniques in on every maneuver. Shoulders back. Eyes straight ahead. Hold contact with the reins. Kick with every stride to “encourage impulsion.” Outside rein to support, inside rein for bend. Get him “on the bit.” Don’t talk to your horse…it’s a serious downgrade in competition…and on and on. There were lots of rules and both my horse and I hated it. Now, Cowboy is pretty understanding; the worst he did was flip his head and counter flex a lot. But I could tell he wasn’t happy. I’ve scribed for dressage judges in countless competitions. Every single thing you do on your horse is graded in excruciating detail. Dressage, in short, is the method of riding that requires you to micromanage your horse’s every movement. I got the feeling that what dressage is really about is not trusting your horse to carry himself correctly or think for herself. It slowly occurred to me that the other riders’ horses that took dressage lessons from this instructor were not very happy either. Without fail they were: Dead sided Avoided the bit Looked stiff and nervous Were reluctant to move forward Then one fateful day the instructor said to my wife, “You must ride with gloves or else the reins will cut your hands.” That was it for me…anybody that teaches to pull on the reins so hard that they are hurting your hands (and the horse’s mouth) is completely messed up. No more lessons from a dressage instructor for Cowboy or me. The previous owner taught him western and I’m not going to mess up his lightness with a heavy-handed approach to riding. I resolved to find a better way to ride. Clinton Anderson released his “Riding With Confidence” video series about this time and I tried my best to absorb it. My philosophy became, “I’m not using the reins unless absolutely necessary.” Most of the time they stay hooked over the horn and I use my legs and body to control the horse. We spent countless hours trotting and cantering on a totally loose rein. I slowly gave Cowboy more responsibility to think for himself. Yes, I’m there with the reins when he needs help, but as time went by he needed them less and less. He also became a much happier horse. Are the actions of one dressage instructor a direct reflection of the entire dressage community? Not necessarily, but I think the basic philosophy of micromanaging a horse's every movement pervades the sport. Of course, there’s no single “correct” way to ride. But I challenge you, be able to ride your horse at a walk, trot and canter on a loose rein and not have him run off or change gaits. Once you have a horse that can take responsibility for his or her own actions then you can proceed into other riding disciplines. And you’ll have a happier horse too…
  6. problems on trails

    It's the routine that will improve your horse on the trail. The more you take him out on the trail the better he'll be. People think I'm crazy, but I often just take my horse for a walk on the trail. People take their dogs for a walk don't they? Why not your horse? That's when I have them jump over logs and wade into ponds. Once they can handle it without me on their back then I get on and try it.
  7. Diatomaceous Earth as feed thru fly deterrant?

    The Horse Journal did an article of DE awhile ago and found that it was not effective when fed internally. Make sense since DE looses it's effectiveness when it gets wet. My own use of it is to control crawling insects outside of the house. Have to reapply after a rain.
  8. Diatomaceous Earth as feed thru fly deterrant?

    The Horse Journal did an article of DE awhile ago and found that it was not effective when fed internally. Make sense since DE looses it's effectiveness when it gets wet. My own use of it is to control crawling insects outside of the house. Have to reapply after a rain.
  9. i got a parelli problem too!!!

    Don't take the Parelli games lightly. Some of the games are designed to show the horse who is dominate. If your horse currently thinks he is the dominate one, then he will resist your attempt to change the "pecking" order. That resistence can be as bad as kicking and biting. You could get hurt if you are in the wrong place when the horse "expresses" itself. Wear out those DVD's, particularly the parts that describe where to stand and how to act so that you stay safe.
  10. i got a parelli problem too!!!

    Don't take the Parelli games lightly. Some of the games are designed to show the horse who is dominate. If your horse currently thinks he is the dominate one, then he will resist your attempt to change the "pecking" order. That resistence can be as bad as kicking and biting. You could get hurt if you are in the wrong place when the horse "expresses" itself. Wear out those DVD's, particularly the parts that describe where to stand and how to act so that you stay safe.
  11. Parelli Problem... HELP!!!!!!!

    We got chased out of the barn we were at for doing natural horsemanship. Best thing that ever happened to us. We found a barn were the people were much more open minded.
  12. Parelli Problem... HELP!!!!!!!

    We got chased out of the barn we were at for doing natural horsemanship. Best thing that ever happened to us. We found a barn were the people were much more open minded.
  13. What's your favorite trail saddle?

    Tucker Cheyenne with the secure rigging. Super comfortable! Tucker Saddles Also love my custom Synergist! Very lightweight and designed to fit my butt. Synergist Saddles
  14. What would you do if you couldn't find hay?

    Around here the feed stores sell alfalfa cubes and alfalfa/timothy cubes plus Lucerne farms totally timothy wrapped bales. Hay is still in OK supply in this region.
  15. What would you do if you couldn't find hay?

    Around here the feed stores sell alfalfa cubes and alfalfa/timothy cubes plus Lucerne farms totally timothy wrapped bales. Hay is still in OK supply in this region.