College equestrian going for an equine degree- I enjoy the managerial and upkeep side of things, and I'm hoping to go on to vet school. Animal lover in general- 3 horses, 3 dogs, 2 cats, 3 reptiles, and a guinea pig make for a very full house!
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Do you have any ideas about tall boots that would fit right a very small foot, a wide calf, and a short hight?
Also- be sure to take your measurements and compare them to the boot measurements! I know it sounds obvious but you wouldn't believe how many people don't lol
How do you adapt your horse's work during winter (warm up...) ?
Take more time warming up and be careful before starting to jump- cold muscles take longer to start working properly! I also have a quarter sheet for my horse that I'll throw on during warm up when the temps are below 15F or so. If it's in the negatives, I would say keep your ride short and light unless you have access to an indoor or a warmer area to ride.
Is there a certain "level" you should be when you get tall boots? I am wearing a pair my trainer gave me but they don't fit me very well
For schooling honestly I'd just invest in comfortable paddock boots and half chaps. If you're going to be showing in anything other than tiny schooling shows, you need tall boots once you're over 12 or so (in the US anyways). Doesn't matter the division. Luckily, you can usually find used tall boots that are still in good shape at a local tack consignment store or online.
Do you know any good books on the horse anatomy?
Depending on your budget, college textbooks for equine anatomy classes will always be your most comprehensive and thorough guides to anatomy. If cost is an objective, I would perhaps look at The Horse Anatomy Workbook
How long will sweet grain stay good without being opened during the summer?
Depends on how it's being stored and where you live. Here in the southeast US where it's quite humid and hot, I don't think I'd leave it for more than 2-3 weeks, while someone in a much drier climate could probably get away with leaving it longer.
Do you use hoof oil, why and what brand?
Sometimes, if my farrier recommends it. If I'm using it, I usually use hoofmaker or something similar (on a similar but somewhat unrelated note, Venice turpentine is excellent for hardening soles and much cheaper than keratex)
Do you have any tips to help a mane to grow back fast? My yearling recently rubbed out a large chunk of her mane and I need it to grow back quickly for show season next year.
While MTG is good you have to be really careful with it- some horses (like my guy) are violently allergic and it'll cause them to lose hair and rub to the point of making themselves bleed. Do a small spot test before applying it to the whole mane/tail! Also, MTG can cause blistering if exposed to strong UV light (sunlight) so I'd recommend applying it in the evening or when you know the horse is going to be inside for a while.