The Care of the Horse

     Life around the U.S. has it's up sides and down sides. Some of our most beautiful places can also have some of the most dangerous weather and nature related issues. When it comes to being prepared in an emergency, its one thing to have your family covered but what about your horses? There is roughly only 1% of our population in the US that has to worry about what to do with their horse(s) in the event of an emergency. Now more then ever though, people, community groups, and rescue groups have come together to help local horse owners when emergencies hit. Natural disasters seem to be on...
     Not all of us have the luxury of having a large space, access to pastures or your horse is injured and has to live in a stall. Stalls are not the worst place a horse can be, yes it is better for the horse if they have regular access to pasture or time free outside. In many cities and areas where space is limited stalling your horse is the only options. So what is the right size, features and things to look for? There are a lot of things to conciser when either selecting a stall or building(rebuilding) your own.  Size      Size is a huge part of what you need to remember when keeping a...
    With the nasty winter weather behind us we can start looking forward to some beautiful days ahead. With the change in seasons comes the need for the annual spring cleaning. As the winter snow melts away it is a good time to prepare your pasture for the upcoming use during the next seasons. Here are some helpful tips for maintaining your pasture.   Step 1) Check pasture. Do a walk through of the entire pasture, check for anything that could harm your horse. Such as glass, barbed wire, splintered wood, metal and holes. If there is broken glass make sure you check that area thoroughly as...
Horse standing in a green pasture
Spring is here! April showers bring....Muddy horses, lost shoes, ruined blankets, thrush, you name it! As much as we love the warmer weather, the sloppy mud it brings can really put a damper on your horse's health and your happiness. Everyone's turn out situation is different, but we have some tips to help you on your way to healthier pastures.   Pasture rotation is a great way to keep your pastures healthier and mud free. If you have one large pasture, consider economical electric tape fencing to break it into smaller pastures that you can rotate horse's through, or to save one section for...
So you have a horse. Now where to keep him? Every “horse” kid dreams of having their horse in their back yard someday. While that is a great dream there is a lot to conceder when it comes to where your horse is going to live. With any choice you have to make the best bet is to educate yourself on the in's and out's of what you are deciding on. When it comes to where there are two basic choices, pasture or stall board? Yes there are variations on that, and some places cover both, out during the day and in a stall at night, but what really does it come down to? Hopeful this will help to...
Horse in green pasture
_Gearing up for Spring and Summer        As the days start getting longer and the sun starts to shine down more we start feeling the itch of spring. The warm Schnook wind gently blows as all the ice melts and the snow fades away. It is this time when everyone in the horse world takes a collective sigh and wishes for nice days for trail riding a head. Barns where there are pregnant mares prepare for the foaling time and show barns began the yearly process of the show season. Preparing now for the busy spring and summer ahead will make your life easier in the long run. Spring is a great time to...
Horse in spring
          Adopting a horse can be very exciting, and I am sure you can't wait to bring him home!  However before choosing a barn or other boarding facility, there are several things to consider.  So get your checklist ready to make sure things go as smooth as possible for you and your newest family member. Inspection:           As you go through the different facilities in your area; and you should always check a few at least; make sure you walk the property.  Look for signs of loose fencing, or open gates.  How easy would it be for your horse to escape?  Yes, I know your horse won't run...
As sad as it is we must fact facts, winter will be here soon.  While we worry about slick roads and layering up, we must not forget our hoofed friends; especially our older hoofed friends. Even though they may appear to be seventeen years young; give or take, they still need extra care.  Older horses are more likely to colic, founder and have hoof problems that we have to watch out for. Make sure you have an ample supply of the best quality hay on hand.  This winter there will be a hay shortage due to the recent droughts in the midwest, and you want to make sure to stoack pile as much as you...
I will never forget that day. I woke up to see I missed a call from my mom, I got up figured I would call her after I was ready for work, but then changed my mind and called her.  When she answered her voice cracked, "Pockett died."  Two words that brought me to tears in an instant.  I could not believe my beloved Arab was gone.  I knew he was older, I also knew he had spiked a fever, but I never thought he would leave me....but he did. Pockett was special in many ways, he was our first rescue horse, saved from not one but two slaughter trucks.  He was a fighter to the core, stubborn and...
  If you own your own property and have extra space you may have considered taking in a few boarders to help pay the mortgage or cover your horse expenses. Boarding other people’s horses can be a fun experience and bring in extra income, however before taking on such a business venture, it’s a good idea to consider all the details that go with opening a boarding facility.   The first step in the planning process is to contact your mortgage holder and your insurance company. Verify that neither of these entities have rules stipulating that you cannot keep livestock belonging to outside parties...

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