Recent content by Alexart

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    Did I read somewhere you can use deosect for red mite?

    Yes dilute it, I use the same dilution I use for the horses, I stick it in a spray bottle and use it fast as it corrodes rubber and plastic so the bottle won't work for long!!
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    Did I read somewhere you can use deosect for red mite?

    I use it, but you need to use it first thing on a dry sunny day and keep the chooks out of the hen house as it's pretty strong stuff, repeat again in 14 days time and make sure you really spray it on under all perches! I would also move the broody hen into a clocker box and run, and treat her -...
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    Salt licks in field..

    Mine have always had a large salt lick in the field/stable/barn all year round as they can't migrate like wild horses to find naturally occurring salt, they definitely need it just like we do, I replace when needed, in winter they get a molassed lick too once every 2 weeks or so.
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    Equine ghosts?

    One of my cats jumped on the kitchen table once while my sister and i were doing our homework, my parents were standing cooking supper, we just stared at him, he leapt off the table and over the dog gate and onto a table by the kitchen door, he knocked the vase off it and raced off upstairs...
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    Need some help. Very inexpereinced looking after a horse?

    Hmmm - call me sceptical, but what's to say this 'friend' will let you pay to have her teeth, feet etc done, get her handlable again and maybe even ridden, then sell her on after all the money and time you've spent on her - sounds like a dodgy friend to me! I know it's hard not to care but I...
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    How young can a colt cover a mare?

    Yes they can, they're technically fertile from 6 months old onwards, even if you don't see them interested in the mares, they maybe doing the deed at night when it's cooler!!:D I would separate the colt ASAP, get the mares checked to make sure there are no accidents next year, he needs to be in...
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    What breed is my loan horse?

    Hate to tell you Aabri, there's no such thing as 16.5, hands are measured in 4 inch increments from 0 upwards, so after 16.3 it goes to 17, 17.1,17.2, 17.3 then 18 hands etc.etc. It looks like a cob x TB, hard to say and something you'll never know unless it's on his passport so could be a mix...
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    Having a foal before breaking

    I wouldn't breed from a 3yr old either, irrespective of how mature the animal 'looks' on the outside their skeleton matures at the same rate as every other horse, so technically the weight bearing growth plates don't fuse until they are 4 so could be damaged by carrying the extra weight, also...
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    Vet or no Vet

    Looks normal to me too, some colts just like to let it all hang out!!:D
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    4 days and counting - is there anthing I've forgotten?

    Lovely mare and foal TheMule!:) To the OP, I wouldn't go on text book signs either, I've had maidens and experienced girls pop with absolutely no signs at all and bag up after foaling, they certainly do keep you guessing! If there is no-one there at night i.e.. from 11pm till 7am, which is...
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    Coltish Behaviour?

    Poor foal being stuck in a stable for so long!!! Sounds like a very bored baby to me who needs buddies to play with to burn off his excess energy, youngsters need to socialise to learn to be normal horses and how to behave, isolating one on it's own is the worst thing you can do and will only...
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    Melanoma in cat - any experiences please?

    Not come across it either, but glad to hear your cat is recovering well!:) I have had a mammary tumour and then a whole load of other weird tumours taken out of a cat, the mammary ones were when she was about 9 and the others were when she was 14 - she had 4 different kinds including...
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    What should a correct bag look like?

    Every mare is totally different so no right or wrong bag!:) Some mares don't bag up until after they foal, and some weeks before and look like a cow rather than a horse!;)
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    Hormonal 3 yo

    Agree with the others I wouldn't put in foal as it will solve nothing at all, youngsters go through teenage phases and phases where you just want to shoot the little darlings, but they do grow out of it as they mature and become adult, yours is still a baby!! My sisters friesian filly I could...
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    Using my mare as a broodmare?

    Agree with the above totally, I wouldn't be breeding from a rescue mare unless you get her doing a job and she's really good at it to prove herself, irrespective of how good she is on paper and even with good conformation, off the track TB's are 2 a penny and with so many going for meat it...