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Old 11-05-2006, 11:53 PM   #6
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Thanks for all the advice.

We're using Aubios as bedding in the stable. At the moment we're only using a little over rubber matting but we think it will be quicker if we use a thicker bedding. Then we just need to use a shavings fork to pick out the lumps.

We also think we'll invest in a Rambo rug. We have a friend who uses them and they look really good. She often leaves the rugs on her horses for a couple of weeks if she's not riding them. She's had one of the rugs for 15 years and it's still in good condition.

We're told that coming in and keeping a warm rug on is much better than changing into a cold one. Well probably start with the Rambo supreme. Our friend has the 370g one so we'll probably go for that unless we get any alternative advice.

Part of the problem in cleaning the poo out of the paddock is that the grass is very long (a foot to eighteen inches in parts) but that will presumably be a temporary problem.

We need to stable the horses because the field is a steep east-facing slope. In the winter we may not be able to allow access to the field as it may be too muddy. For the past couple of nights temperatures have been -6C so that's another reason for stabling. However, we're hoping we can allow open access to the stables and they can come and go as they please most of the time. The evening before last Snowy asked to be let in to his stable but it still takes a little time persuading Etta to go in.

We have to limit Snowy's feed so we've decided to get a couple of hay bags to hold the haylage in the stables. We can arrange for Etta's to be out of reach of Snowy and we don't think Etta will go into Snowy's stable.

I'm hoping to run electricity up to the stable this week and put in some lighting. That should also make life easier in that we won't have to get everything done by 5pm.

   
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