Thought I'd just make a thread where us horse folks can discuss horses without cluttering up other threads in the forums. Horse people are as bad as plant people when it comes to talking about our interests. I've seen people's eyes glaze over within a minute after they've asked a polite question about either plants or horses and I start answering it at length. I get embarrassed every single time! I found bedding! Came home with sawdust on my clothes, in my hair, in my pockets (!) and shoes. I had to shake what I had been wearing before entering the house through the laundry room, lol! Came back with 9 full 150 liter plastic bin liners. It won't last long, but the shops will get a new delivery some time next week they said. I'm pulling every string on every contact I've got. Hope I'll find someone somewhere with a nice stock so I can buy a bag or two. You have the same arrangement for securing the horse for treatment as we have. He's 16, not 26, but I would have taken him anyway. He has already been wormed. We always sedate the horses before the vet start working on their teeth. The dental people roaming this country never sedate before shoving a grinder into the horse's mouth so I prefer the vet does it. I've ordered a full check-up, including blood work and xray of legs and hooves in case there's something there we can't see. Speaking about worming: We stopped with routine worming of the horses some six-seven years ago. Instead we deliver a sample of dung to be analyzed for worms and worm eggs in spring and again in autumn. We haven't needed to worm the horses during the last five-six years, and I'm very glad we haven't given them any unnecessary medication. My regular farrier is from Iceland, and of course very good at trimming and shoeing Icelandics. He can also forge special shoes for the horses if needed. He's expensive, but I feel it's worth it.