Equine Book Collection TOUR

Being around horses, you do learn a lot, nonetheless, books offer a more advanced knowledge on a number of topics. I have a collection of 17 horse related books, which I have either brought, or was gifted. I thought it may be time to do a collection and overview of the books, hopefully, giving you an idea of which book would be suitable for a specific subject you are interested in.

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As mentioned above, some I brought myself, and some were gifted, therefore, I cannot list the store they were brought in, thus, I will link them all to Amazon, however, you will find a number of them in Kinokuniya (Dubai Mall), and Borders (City Center), and maybe even Virgin Megastore.

I will separate the books into 3 sections:

  1. Books for current horse owners/leasers
  2. Books for beginners/new comers to the equestrian world
  3. Other

Books for Current Horse Owners/Leasers:

1. Veterinary Notes for Horse Owners: A comprehensive manual of horse medicine and surgery, this book explains the symptoms and treatment of every disease or injury that the horse owner is likely to encounter. Written in a straightforward manner that will appeal to both novices and experts, the book contains detailed sections on the organ systems, the musculoskeletal system, the reproductive system, infectious diseases, medical and surgical advances, management and husbandry, exercise physiology, the purchase of horses, legal and medical certification, and on the veterinary service itself. There are sections, too, on nutrition, determination of age, proprietary medicines, prohibited substances and notifiable diseases, and this latest revised edition has entirely new illustrations and photographs.


2. The Secrets and Methods of a Great Champion: A new approach to equitation through a quest for harmony and complicity with the horse. Michel devotes most of his book to the rider s mental preparation: attitudes, behaviour, the way one acts and thinks… moving beyond technique with a positive and open mind. A process that favours being honest with oneself, with others and with horses. In this spirit, explore his method based on using wide-angle vision: The physical preparation of both horse and rider, Preparing to jump by working on the flat: having the horse on the bit, a straight horse, one that bends, flying changes, reining back… Working over fences with the approach, the strides… Ideas for training exercises, And his precious advice for being at one s best one competing, both mentally and physically.


 3. FEET FIRST: Barefoot Performance and Hoof Rehabilitation: This ground-breaking book explores the issues surrounding barefoot horses in the UK and looks in detail at how to improve overall hoof health, in both shod and barefoot horses. The book offers a practical, hands-on advice on achieving barefoot performance in a variety of disciplines – from eventing and hunting to endurance – focussing on the essential elements for healthy hooves: diet, environment, exercise and trimming or shoeing. In addition, the book has step-by step advice on rehabilitating problem hooves with case studies of horses with a range of issues, from navicular or tendon damage to metabolic disorders like laminitis and insulin resistance. The authors have successfully ridden and competed their own horses barefoot for many years and have helped many hundreds of their clients’ horses work successfully without shoes.

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 4. Groundwork Training for Your HorseDesigned to help develop a bond between the horse and the trainer which leads to greater trust and the ability to get the most from the relationship. This book includes step-by-step guides on how to improve the horse’s suppleness obedience and education from the groundwork level. It teaches the trainer how to tune in to the subtle body language of the horse and communicate with it in a much clearer way. It also contains techniques developed and applied by top trainers and equine behaviourists.

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 5. First Aid for Horses: How to Cope with Injury and Illness: All common ailments and accidents are covered in a quick-to-reference format with profuse illustrations and clear advice on how to cope and when to call the vet. Written by a leading veterinary surgeon and regular contributor to Horse & Hound this is the essential emergency handbook for every horse owner.

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 6. The Fearless Horse: Bridging the gap between natural horsemanship and competitive riding, this book offers an effective training programme for all riders, especially those who want to compete and succeed, for creating a calm, gentle and happy horse whatever the situation. It shows how to use the horse’s natural behavioural instincts to train with respect and kindness, and resolves stage-fright in an otherwise talented horse, and makes riding safer by ‘spookbusting’ your horse.

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 7. Complete Horse Care Manual: Comprehensive, fully illustrated and up-to-date, Complete Horse Care Manual is a thoroughbred guide to horse care. An excellent working relationship with your horse is based on understanding and communication. These lie at the heart of this practical guide. From day-to-day upkeep, stabling, and grooming, to nursing a sick horse and first-aid techniques, this accessible handbook will appeal to all horse lovers. With over 650 specially commissioned photographs and diagrams, step-by-step sequences tell you all you need to know about caring for your horse. A detailed guide to ailments allows you to recognize common problems and deal with them efficiently. Practical suggestions for daily, monthly, and annual routines will ensure you keep your horse healthy and comfortable throughout the year.

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 8. What Is My Horse Thinking? The Essential Guide to Understanding Your Horse: Why does your horse try to bite you when you saddle up? Why does he take off the moment your seat hits the saddle? When your beautiful animal bucks suddenly or gallops wildly, curls his lip or shakes his head–understand the reasons why and how to provide the practical care he needs! Get into the equine mind with the help of a horse therapist who was also the award-winning editor of a bestselling equestrian magazine. Whether your horse is in the field or barn; training, riding, or traveling; or even feeling ill, you’ll feel confident interpreting every aspect of his behavior and motivations. The many fabulous color photographs vividly reveal horses’ expressions close up, and show them socializing, raising their foals, “asking” you to stand still, reacting to their surroundings and company, and more.

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 Books for Beginners/New comers into the Equestrian World:

9. Guide to Caring for Your Horse: Covering every aspect of horse care from grooming, exercise and routine maintenance to selecting riding gear and finding the right housing for your horse — KISS Guide to Horses is packed with insider’s tips on equine health and first aid, as well as advice on how to tackle training and competition.

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 10. The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Horse breeds & Horse Care: This indispensable book brings together in one volume a comprehensive reference to the world’s main horse breeds and a practical care guide for all horse and pony owners. The first half of the book introduces a round-up of horses and ponies from all over the world, offering a visually stunning guide to the main breeds. The second part of the book opens with advice on buying, bearing in mind riding ability, time available for care and exercise and, most importantly, what activity you hope to pursue—showing, dressage, driving or just riding for fun. In the following chapters, you’ll find expert advice on: Different systems for keeping a horse; all aspects of stable management; bedding, feeding, and watering information; necessary exercise; grooming, including braiding, clipping, shoeing and tack; health and basic first aid; and more!

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 11. The Horse Riding & Care Handbook: The Horse Riding & Care Handbook is filled with advice and information that will be of use and interest to both the novice enthusiast and the experienced rider. Beginning riders will learn what equipment is necessary for both the horse (bridles, bits, and saddles) and rider (hats, gloves, and boots), and what to look for in a riding school and riding instructor. Intermediate riders will learn how to move from the confines of the school into open-country riding (hills, riding through water, long-distance riding, and handling falls). For the most advanced rider, there is thorough information on competitive riding, including dressage, show jumping, eventing, and endurance riding.

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 12. Riding from Scratch: A riding book for the beginner who wants to learn to ride. The author explains why novice riders should take pains to learn properly, introduces the horse as an animal rather than a machine, examines basic handling and saddelry and discusses the key principles and techniques of riding. This is the first in the “Rider Guides” series, which is intended to be a practical aid for all riders, whatever their standard. Each book concentrates on training the rider and on giving practical assistance to the rider who may be riding a variety of horses.

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 13. Horse Saddlery & Tack: This handy guide provides a comprehensive reference to tack and horse clothing, and considers general and specialized pieces of equipment in all areas of horsemanship for riders at all levels.


14. Horses (DK handbooks): The Dorling Kindersley Handbooks are the most visually appealing guides on the natural world in the book marketplace. Featuring more than 500 full-color illustrations and photographs, along with detailed annotations, Dorling Kindersley Handbooks make identification easy and accurate.

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 Other:

15. Leading with a Little Bit More Feeling: The booklet shows a whole variety of bits, stirrups, and spurs which have one thing in common: they are made of the finest materials available and were all designed to give the best possible feeling and comfort for both horse and rider. Leading with feeling.

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16. Quality Horsefeeds by Reverdy: Besides presenting Reverdy feed range, you will find information on the physiology of the horse, and the nutriments essential for covering their needs. 

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17. Drinkers of the Wind-The Arabian Horse: The almost spiritual relationship between the Arab and his horse and the long-standing fascination the world over for this purest-bred of all animals who serve humanity lie at the core of this work. Tracing the history of the Arabian (or Arab) horse from before the time of King Solomon to the present day, the text by Peter Upton – author, artist and internationally recognized expert on the subject – explains the true origins of the breed and its role in Arab history. At the heart of the book are photographs of the horses themselves, arranged by geographical area. A comprehensive list of Arab horse organizations, registries and societies and a glossary of Arabic terms are included.

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Equine Magnetix HAUL

I have been wanting a magnetic rug for Tofino for a while now. I did have the Veredus one, however, it seemed to be too hot to use in the summer, and therefore, ended up selling it.

I looked into other brands that sell magnetic products for horses, and they were either much too expensive, or did not have enough GAUSS strength for moderate penetration.

I am super excited to have gotten some products from Equine Magnetix, at a great price (THANK YOU ❤ ), which include: Horse Rug, Neck piece, and Brushing Boots. I have not tried any of them yet as they just arrived, but I will be sure to review them with time.

According to Equine Magnetix: magnetic therapy has tremendous benefits and can be used on horses simply for general well-being, to improve your horse’s performance or for specific injuries and conditions. 

Magnets work by increasing blood flow around the body helping to promote healing and speed up the recovery process. They are also used to relax your horse’s muscles prior to work and after cooling down to prevent injuries.

Conditions and injuries which benefit from the use of magnetic therapy include arthritis, fractures, muscles injuries, tendon and ligament injuries, general stiffness, sore or bruised feet, poor hoof growth, navicular disease and laminitis. 

Magnetic Therapy Treatments Table

Below is a list of recommended magnetic products from Equine Magnetix, which are best suited for treating certain conditions and injuries.

Magnetic Product Magnetic Rug Magnetic Brushing Boots Magnetic Bell Boots Magnetic Hock Boots Magnetic Ankle Boots
Arthritis Magnetic Rug - Suitable for treating Arthritis Magnetic Tendon Boots - Suitable for treating Arthritis Magnetic Bell Boots - Suitable for treating Arthritis Magnetic Hock Boots - Suitable for treating Arthritis Magnetic Ankle Boots - Suitable for treating Arthritis
Bowed Tendons Magnetic Tendon Boots - Suitable for treating Bowed Tendons
Bucked Shins Magnetic Tendon Boots - Suitable for treating Bucked Shins
Capped Hocks Magnetic Hock Boots - Suitable for treating Capped Hocks
Cold Backed Magnetic Rug - Suitable for treating Cold Backed Horses
Curbs Magnetic Tendon Boots - Suitable for treating Curbs
Foot Abscess Magnetic Bell Boots - Suitable for treating Foot Abscess
Fractures Magnetic Rug - Suitable for treating Fractures Magnetic Tendon Boots - Suitable for treating Fractures Magnetic Bell Boots - Suitable for treating Fractures Magnetic Hock Boots - Suitable for treating Fractures Magnetic Ankle Boots - Suitable for treating Fractures
High Ringbone Magnetic Ankle Boots - Suitable for treating High Ringbone
Kissing Spines Magnetic Rug - Suitable for treating Kissing Spines
Laminitis Magnetic Bell Boots - Suitable for treating Laminitis
Ligament Injuries Magnetic Tendon Boots - Suitable for treating Ligament Injuries
Low Ringbone Magnetic Bell Boots - Suitable for treating Low Ringbone
Lymphangitis Magnetic Rug - Suitable for treating Lymphangitis Magnetic Tendon Boots - Suitable for treating Lymphangitis Magnetic Ankle Boots - Suitable for treating Lymphangitis
Navicular Magnetic Ankle Boots - Suitable for treating Navicular
Osselets Magnetic Ankle Boots - Suitable for treating Osselets
Poor Hoof Growth Magnetic Bell Boots - Suitable for treating Poor Hoof Growth
Pre & Post Exercise Magnetic Rug - Suitable for treating Pre & Post Exercise Magnetic Tendon Boots - Suitable for treating Pre & Post Exercise Magnetic Bell Boots - Suitable for treating Pre & Post Exercise Magnetic Hock Boots - Suitable for treating Pre & Post Exercise Magnetic Ankle Boots - Suitable for treating Pre & Post Exercise
Prior to Physio treatment Magnetic Rug - Suitable for treating Prior to Physio treatment
Sesamoiditis Magnetic Ankle Boots - Suitable for treating Sesamoiditis
Shoulder Injuries Magnetic Rug - Suitable for treating Shoulder Injuries
Spavins Magnetic Hock Boots - Suitable for treating Spavins
Splints Magnetic Tendon Boots - Suitable for treating Splints
Stifle Injuries Magnetic Rug - Suitable for treating Stifle Injuries
Stocking Up Magnetic Tendon Boots - Suitable for treating Stocking Up
Thoroughpins Magnetic Hock Boots - Suitable for treating Thoroughpins
Tightness & Stiffness Magnetic Rug - Suitable for treating Tightness & Stiffness
Travelling Magnetic Rug - Suitable for Travelling

 

Have you tried any magnetic products for your horse? If so, how did you find it?

KBF99 Health Care Products HAUL

I came across KBF99 products when I was searching for a matching grooming set. KBF99 consists of a range of products that are revolutionary to your horses health. They prevent infection and the reinfection of Strangles, E.Coli, Ringworm and Mycotoxin.

KBF99 has been tested by Coventry University using the standard test for Anti Microbial Activity. Laboratory tests resulted in KBF99 material killing 99% of the bacteria test culture. Any reduction of harmful bacteria and fungus in the stable environment assists in reducing the chances of the diseases being transmitted from horse to horse.  The KBF99 product range has been developed to help protect and safeguard horses and in some cases humans from contracting these and other conditions.

The science behind the technology:

KBF99 coats the surface of plastic with molecular strands (tiny spikes or swords).It is also rich in Nitrogen molecules that carry a positive charge.  These attract the negatively charged membranes of Bacteria, Fungi, Algae and Mycotoxins. The spikes rupture the membrane, killing the cell.  The positive and negative charges then clash and the cell is blown apart.

I ordered my set from a UK website called Thermatex who are official resellers of KBF99. Here is what I got:

FLEXIBLE BUCKET(14 ltr shallow): With the added bonuses of being impossible to crack and hand holes too small for hooves to be caught up in, the buckets also come laced with the KBF99 additive for Bacteria and Fungus killing. +
HARD BUCKER (10 ltr): KBF99’s range of hard buckets are durable and come complete with measuring scales and the Bacteria and Fungus killing qualities of the KBF99 additive. +
BUCKET BRUSH: The fibres have the KBF99 Bacteria and Fungus killing properties as well as being angled to get into the corners of buckets and awkward crevices.

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DANDY BRUSH: With a comfortable and soft outer casing in the colour of your choice and the KBF99 additive-treated medium stiff fibre this Dandy will be a hit in any stable.

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BODY BRUSH: With smooth lines and a soft-textured outer casing it is as appealing to the touch as it is to the eyes. The soft fibre is impregnated with the KBF99 additive to give the brush its bacteria and fungus killing properties.

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CURRY COMB: The KBF99 Curry Comb has short plastic teeth to help loosen dirt, hair and other detritus.

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MANE & TAIL BRUSH: For all your mane and tail grooming needs, the KBF99 Mane & Tail Brush uses additive-treated stiff plastic pins to kill Bacteria and Fungus and untangle hair.

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SWEAT SCRAPER: The half-moon KBF99 Sweat Scraper is designed with a double-sided head that provides a rubber strip for sweat and excess water removal as well as a ridged edge for removing loose hairs and dirt.

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HOOF BRUSH: This brush has short stiff fibres making it perfect for use on your horse’s hoof’s combined with the additive-treated Bacteria and Fungus killing properties of KBF99. + HOOF PICK: Strong plastic hoof picked coated with the KBF99 additive which is clinically proven to kill bacteria and fungus.

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FACE BRUSH: This brush has short and soft fibre making it perfect for use on your horse’s face combined with the additive-treated Bacteria and Fungus killing properties of KBF99. + STANDARD MANE COMB: A simple, easy to use mane comb with the Bacteria and Fungus killing properties of KBF99.

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I am super excited to try these out and i think it is a great idea, especially when you have lots of horses in the barn. Always good to take extra precautions.

Equus Unlimited Tack HAUL

YAY received my package from Equus Unlimited Tack Shop this weekend. I was surprised the items fit into this small parcel:

 

1. Equine Couture Diamond Quilted Suede Belt with Diagonal Line: I got this belt to fit into my 2″ waist equine couture breeches.
Size: Small 2″ Wide
Colour: Black

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2. Equine Couture Brittni Knee Patch Breeches: I already have a black pair of these breeches and LOVE them. So i decided to order another colour too.
Size: 26 US
Colour: Lava Brown

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3. Equine Couture Tynsley Knee Patch Breeches: I am so glad these fit and look perfectly!
Size: 26 US
Colour: Black


  

4. Ovation V-Style Half Moon Nickel Clincher: I have been looking for a brown and silver brow band that’s not too flashy for my boy and i am so glad i found this. Only disappointment is that it isn’t padded. I can’t wait to try it on Tofino though.
Size: Horse
Colour: Brown & Nickel

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Now I initially ordered 3 equine couture breeches and not 2, however, one is still on back order which they only informed me in a note in the package. I was not too happy about it, but i don’t mind waiting.

Which of these products do you like the most?

Bathing Bucket TOUR!

Bathing a horse is necessary to not only keep them clean, but to prevent some skin conditions too, especially in the summer months. So i decided to do a tour for you guys to view what i have inside my bathing bucket for Tofino.

Note that it is not necessary to bathe your horse everyday or even every week, but when necessary.

My bathing bucket consists of the following:

1. Ace Hardware Bucket
2. Sweat Scraper
3. Ecolicious Squeaky Green Shampoo
4. Ecolicious Silky Conditioner
5. Currycomb hand mitt (after applying shampoo)
6. Brush Sponge (which i use to apply shampoo)
7. Sponge

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EcoLicious Equestrian HAUL

Yes! My EcoLicious Equestrian products I ordered have arrived and I am ecstatic to try them out 😀

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For those of you who have not heard of these products before, they are:

Natural Horse Care & Grooming Products that Perform

~ 100% Free of Nasty Chemicals, Silicones & Parabens.
~ Made with Natural and Organic GMO Free Ingredients
~ Biodegradable & Earth Friendly.
~ Sourced from Renewable Resources.
~ Packaged in 100% recycled bottles.

Note: they currently only ship to North America, i used Aramex shop and ship to get it delivered here in Dubai which took about 2 weeks.

I only use natural products on myself and try to for Tofino. When I discovered Ecolicious I was really interested in finding out more. I researched the brand and there was a lot of positive feedback. You can not only use the shampoo, conditioner and de-stress treatment for your horse, but also for yourself, yay!

Here is what I ordered (click image to enlarge):

1. LEAVE ME BE: All Natural Equine Body Spray: Which is a fly spray with UV protection, cooling and healing effects.

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2. SQUEAKY GREEN & CLEAN Shampoo: “It moisturizes, soothes, nourishes and adds gloss. Silk Powder derived from pure Silk Worm Cocoon restores natural luminosity and softness to your horse’s coat.”

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3. SILKY Rinse Out Moisturizing Conditioner for Coat, Mane & Tail: ” It moisturizes and conditions the coat and helps detangle and soften dry, damaged manes and tails.Silk Powder derived from a pure Silk Worm Cocoon helps restore natural luminosity and gives your horse’s coat the ultimate ooh-sooo-silky-to-die-for feeling.”

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4. SQUEAKY GREEN & CLEAN WATERLESS Deep Cleaning Shampoo: “When the weather doesn’t permit or you don’t have time for the deluxe bath treatment, bring on the waterless version of our wildly popular Green & Squeaky Clean Deep Cleansing & Conditioning Shampoo.”

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5. SMEG-U-LATER All-Natural Sheath Cleaner: “Coconut-derived cleansers and soothing Honeysuckle Extract to make sure our precious geldings and stud muffins don’t get irritated down there. We’ve also added essential oil of Lavender known for its calming properties… it can be used for other delicate areas such as nostrils and around the eye.”

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6: DE-STRESS Intensive Restructuring & Detangling Treatment: “It promotes overall scalp health and, along with Rosemary Extract, aids in growth of healthy manes and tails. The cocktail of Certified Organic Hemp Oil, Coconut, Apricot, Wheat Germ and Olive Oil – full of antioxidants and essential fatty acids -“feeds” the moisture starved scalp and tresses. Tea Tree Essential Oil is known to prevent dandruff and Sunflower Extract protects against UV damage.”

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7. COMFORT ME Soothing & Healing Balm: “Natural antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal botanicals Myrrh, Tea Tree and Lavender Essential Oils that aid in healing of cuts, scrapes and minor skin infections; and help treat skin suffering from common fungal problems such as scratches, girth itch, ringworm and rain rot.”

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First impression observations: 

Pros: 

  • Made of recycled materials
  • They smell ah-mazing!
  • Fast shipping
  • Decent Prices
  • All natural & organic
  • Biodegradable
  • Great customer service
  • Products can be used on us too
  • Lockable spray bottles (see picture below)

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Cons:

  • The conditioner and distress treatment are not filled to the top of the bottle as you can see above
  • There is no expiration date on the bottles, however, i did contact them and they replied quickly saying all products expire 1.5-2 years after being opened and left in cool space.
  • Packaging might not have been double checked as only two bottles had tape on them(the ones on the left). Lucky the others didn’t spill, nonetheless one can never be too sure

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