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  1. Split Manes?!

    What does everyone think this might mean? I can't find much info on the net about it...Over the years I have been told (and believed) that the horse is balanced (muscular) and even. Since I have been trimming my own horse, all of a sudden his mane is completely split the whole way down his neck. (He's the one with the spurs in his hocks) I thought there is NO WAY that I can just start trimming my horse (being self taught and all) and for it to work positively. (plus he is sounder than he has ever been, big tick for me!) Then I found a forum in Australia about it and the theory is that horses that have back end problems have the split mane! I can't believe that this would happen so quickly in my gelding (almost overnight). His mane is long and untrimmed (since he can't do any flatwork/dressage I don't feel the need to trim it) so it would take some effort on mother nature's part to split it! edited to include forums found: http://www.stockyard.net/vbulletin/problem-horses/46165-divided-mane-means-back-end-problems.html http://forum.horsetopia.com/general-horse-advice/71403-mane-falls-side.html
  2. Trimming Books

    Hi guys, what are the best recommendations for books on trimming & barefoot hoof care? I already have Pete Ramey's Making Natural Hoofcare Work for You, and Feet First by those English ladies. Thanks in advance.
  3. I shattered my big toe in several places about a month ago & have only just started walking without crutches with a supportive type shoe. I rode bareback today for the first time since then (man it felt good!) but wondering if people have had similar experiences and how long before you rode with stirrups? It's funny how you notice little things when you damage a part of your body; like I didn't realise how much I put my heels down riding bareback to balance, which is excruciating with my toe the way it is. And getting off landing on the right foot!
  4. Riding With A Broken Big Toe

    Thanks nick I thought buddy taping wasn't for big toes but I'll have another look! :)
  5. Riding With A Broken Big Toe

    No I put one around the underneath then one over & one under.
  6. Riding With A Broken Big Toe

    Ugh Smilie that sounds awful. I still have the nail on, it's black & wobbly but I'm not looking forward to it coming off now. I tried taping my foot on the weekend but it didn't really help; I trimmed the horses on the weekend which I don't think really helped either
  7. Riding With A Broken Big Toe

    Thanks guys, yes Nick I am constantly amazed at people who are meant to be the 'best'! Glad you got it sorted in the end! Thanks Magic, thankfully my lovely 17.2hh gelding is used to standing perfect in line with the tail gate of the ute for me to jump on, I think I will stick to bareback for a while yet. I use the kinesiology tape on the horses in conjunction with my massage so I'll give it a go on my foot! Great idea. 👍🏼 thanks guys, will keep you posted. (No pun intended)
  8. Riding With A Broken Big Toe

    Thanks Nick nope not taped, not anything. Do you have any repercussions re. your ankle? My friend has a bad ankle at the moment but says she would prefer that over a toe. You just don't realise how much you rely on it...
  9. Trimming Books

    Thanks jubal! I will look them up!
  10. Books! Books!

    Hi guys Can anyone recommend some good reading material? I have posted this before years ago, but just went though all my posts and can't find it. I like horse stories for adults, along the lines of Jilly Cooper and the like. Currently reading Horses Never Lie About Love (true story). Need some good reading for coming into winter! Thanks in advance :)
  11. Books! Books!

    I was thinking the same thing, you must be stoked about the weather! I too loved Horse Heaven, I might dig out my copy and re read it. I'll look into the other one! Thanks :)
  12. Short Necked Horses!

    I was extremely fortunate to be given a young unspoilt TB with decent conformation, excellent brain and nice movement. He is uphill and beautiful, I'm having so much fun with him. However, his neck is just that little bit too short. I find that he really 'locks' it, and becomes stiff & resistant when he's faced with something he finds a little difficult. I always have my horses going long & low before they are asked to come up, and try to make him stretch down a lot before and after a workout on the flat...as well as regular massages of the neck and especially the poll area. (He is also quite thick thru the throat latch) Does anyone have any good exercises you can recommend for short necked horses, on and off the ground? I've had him for a year and a half but have been taking things slow. Thanks to anyone who can help!
  13. Short Necked Horses!

    Thank you Shameless :) he's not in work as often as he should be! Ideally I would like to be riding him 4-5 times a week but at the moment with his feet I'm lucky to get that in a month. Unfortunately I will probably have to get shoes on him otherwise I'll never be able to ride him as regularl as I would like. Thanks for your input :)
  14. Short Necked Horses!

    Thanks Smilie The vet said he has very nice conformation but if he could take 4" off his back & add it to his neck it would be ideal! Like I said, there's no actual issue, every time I ride him he gets better and better, but having feet trouble at the moment otherwise I would ride him a lot more. Thanks Shameless, I have a bit I was going to try on him which has worked well with 'fiddly' horses in the past, he might like that better.
  15. Short Necked Horses!

    A picture tells a thousand words but Photobucket is not being my friend at the moment! I'll try later on the computer instead of my phone. I'm portraying him a lot worse than he is. There's not as much resistance as you're probably thinking, his neck muscles aren't built up on the under side - where he joins throat to head is quite thick (from a conformation point of view) saddle and everything else A-OK (I'm a massage therapist & a real stickler for saddle fit)
  16. Hi, some of you might recall my warmblood X TB gelding diagnosed with navicular about 2 years ago. We have had a roller coaster of events from then till now, including hind end problems on top of the navicular. He was turned out for a year (it is so hard to keep a navicular horse sound on 25 acres of lush grass) but he has been back in light work as per the vet's advice for the last couple of months. I don't do a lot of circles with him due to his navicular, he is mainly taken on the trails and ridden lightly around the property. He is also handy on the cows but I have to be careful of the terrain on which we are moving them. What do you think of this video of him taken 2 days ago? I can't see to get him 100% sound out of his boots, the heel first landing is near impossible to get, the best is flat. He is being trimmed by me every 2 weeks, (mainly just backing up the toe) and every 5-6 weeks by the same farrier who trimmed him initially after the diagnosis after looking at his x rays. The main thing I'm worried about is us having to move in the next 6 months - I have the perfect set up now for him, having him on the trotting track as many nights as he can (little to no pick and he can move continuously around the track with horses on either side to keep him busy) and a large 'navicular' paddock with not much grass. It's also hard at this time of year in Australia, as hay is scarce and the only affordable hay is rice lucerne...not the best I know. I find myself feeding hard feed of oaten chaff, maxi soy, flax seed, handful of oats, salt and apple cider vinegar when I don't have the choice of lower quality hay. I will either have to agist him when we move, or turn him out at afriend's property hours away while we continue saving for a property of our own, then I will have to start over. Anyway, what do you think? Also, should I try to keep the weight off him or do you think he is ok???
  17. If You Have A Spare 4:42 Minutes...

    Yes they look good, he is in Old Macs at the moment but these ones look 'sportier' and we ride thru grass/paddocks a lot where the old macs get clunky & in the way. Wonder if there's an Aussie distributor?
  18. If You Have A Spare 4:42 Minutes...

    Thanks guys :) He is a good doer and also the top of the pecking order. Hard to keep him in with anyone that needs feeding more than him. I'll look up the ground control shoes, thanks kitten-kat!
  19. If you have two main riding horses (i.e in pretty much full time work - not including retired/semi retired/muck around horses) are they both similar in size, temperament, performance, ability etc or are they completely different? Do you have one that is dead quiet that you can jump on and ride with no fuss or complications and one that requires a little more concentration or are they both similar? And why do you have them this way - did you have one already and set out to find another exactly the same so you could ride more, or did you get one the opposite to even things out? Just very interested in what combos people have!
  20. Well said dondie! And interesting about the mentally healthy horse. Sometimes they are so hard to read. Nick I always thought it was easy to find a horse; horses always just 'happened' for me, but I have been looking for horses for 3 different friends of mine - OH MY GOSH what a nightmare. I have actually started a blog about it, some of the experiences have been hilarious!! So far 1 down, 2 to go, it's been going on for a while now!!
  21. Wow loving these stories guys! It's interesting the hear the different combinations. And it sounds like we are all the same - no one really goes looking for new horses! They just happen!
  22. Food Combining

    I'm trying a few different things to try to ease stomach pain (which I've been checked out extensively for and they've found nothing) So I'm trying this. I find it very hard to get my head around the whole starch foods/acidic/alkaline etc and for now am just sticking to the couple of recipes in the book I've got and using the chart and eating very simple meals. Has anyone tried this and do you have any recipes to share? Thanks in advance!
  23. Food Combining

    Thanks for the input guys. I always knew diet was extremely important but since I've started this it's really making sense to me. I suffer from dyspareunia EXTREMELY badly and have for the last 5 years, GAH it's so annoying as it's now of my favourite hobbies it's drastically affecting my life. I did a test and let the boys at work talk me into having pizza for lunch on Friday - first time since I started my 'diet' that I ruined it...and paid for it all afternoon and night. So I'm going to stick to it (it's really easy once I've got everything figured out) and hopefully things will get better for me. It's really not fun. hästflicka I am trying to cut out dairy too. Almond milk is nice!