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Re: horse information

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Posted by Donna from Mo on January 23, 2005 at 13:10:03 from (

In Reply to: horse information posted by Cynthia on January 23, 2005 at 12:12:55:

If you raise your own hay and have your own pasture, that helps. If you're going to be riding on gravel roads or any hard surfaces, horses need to be shod every six to eight weeks. Around here, that's $80 each time. During the three or four coldest months we leave shoes off the horse since I don't ride much then. You'll want them vaccinated and wormed. We have the vet out once a year for vaccinations, (and sheath-cleaning if the horse is in misery with THAT problem) but many people do that themselves. The wormer isn't too expensive... $8 to $12 every two months. Some people feed their horses a lot of grain. Mine only gets grain as a treat after a long ride; he was mildly foundered before I bought him, and I don't take risks by feeding him more than he needs. He stays fat on a bale of hay a day, and he's a big horse.

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