Horse Care, Wellness, and Maintenance

Upkeep of a horse can be confusing, compiled here are articles about horse care, wellness, and maintenance.  Everything for all your barn needs, from buying and selling a horse to grooming tips.

  • The Barn and Facility
  • Buying or Selling a Horse
  • Facts and Tips
  • Grooming
  • Horse Health
  • The Care of the Horse
  • Wet winter and spring weather brings inconvenience along with it. Besides slippery footing and messes everywhere, mud can cause a horse health problem commonly known as mud fever. Also known as scratches or pastern dermatitis, it causes irritation, painful sores, and scabs that when left untreated, can cause lameness. While mud fever usually affects only the pastern and heel areas, it can also spread up the legs, onto the belly, and in some cases, it moves up onto the neck area, where it’s known as rain scald. Now that you know a little more about what mud fever is, here are some tips for...
    Wet winter and spring weather can lead to mud fever, also known as scratches.
    If your horse is kicking, chewing on his door, looking listless, or even banging his head on walls repeatedly, then the odds are good that he is suffering from a bad case of stall boredom. Let’s face it: Stalls keep horses clean, dry, and physically comfortable in winter, but too much time indoors is not conducive to your horse’s good mental health. Whether your horse is bored in his stall because inclement weather is preventing adequate turnout, or because he is recovering from an injury, or due to any of the other circumstances that can occur, the following tips for reducing stall boredom...
    Reducing stall boredom results in a happier, healthier horse
    Most equestrians find themselves in the position of choosing or designing horse stalls at some point. Basic horse stall designs are quite similar: In most cases, stalls are square or rectangular areas inside a barn. All stall designs serve as shelter, most take the horse’s safety in mind, and the best also provide comfort for the horse. Safety and convenience for the handler are also some considerations. Whether you are building a barn or choosing a boarding stable, there are quite a few things to keep in mind. Here are our top tips for selecting the right stall for your horse. Stall Size...
    Choose the right stall for your horse's well being
    Good winter horse care is essential to your equine’s well-being. Once temperatures drop, it’s time to be on the lookout for mistakes that could seriously damage his health. Inadequate Food or Water Horses need more food during cold weather than they do during warm weather, partly because digestion helps to keep them warm. It’s a good idea to give your horse free access to good-quality grass hay, and to provide a good all-in-one feed and a bit of alfalfa hay at least twice daily. Some equines have special needs when it comes to feed – donkeys, mules, miniatures, and drafts among them. Check...
    Snow and cold temperatures keep many people inside. There’s no reason to bench yourself and your horse though, because even the coldest days can be great for getting outdoors and treating yourself and your equine companion to some exercise. Use these winter horseback riding tips to get started! Warm the Bit Keep your bridle in the house or a heated barn, or invest in a bit warmer. You can also warm your bit by holding it in your bare hands for a minute before putting it into your horse’s mouth, or by wrapping it in a warm (not hot!) pack. Take it Easy Cold temperatures make the body work a...
    Enjoy these winter riding tips for cold weather fun!
    How many types of horse blankets are there? You might be surprised at the answer! Manufacturers create a variety of blankets to protect your horse from the elements, keep him clean before shows, and so much more. This quick guide will help you determine which type of blankets you need for your horse. Turnout Blankets Turnout blankets ranging from lightweight summer fly sheets to heavy-duty winter coats help your horse stay comfortable outdoors. They are typically treated with waterproofing, and are styled to allow maximum freedom of movement. Let’s take a look: Fly Sheets – Fly sheets are...
    Unless you’re lucky enough to live in the country on property that’s suitable for equines, you’ll need to look into local horse stables that offer boarding. Here are some top tips for selecting the best place for your horse to live in comfort and safety. If you’re still in the process of choosing a horse, it can be very helpful to visit stables beforehand so you have a place already setup for him to stay. Determine Your Needs The first step in deciding on horse stables is to decide what your needs are. Will your horse need a large box stall and daily turnout, or would he rather spend most of...
    Proper saddle fit leads to a balanced, safe ride for you, and it lets your horse work comfortably. If your horse pins his ears, flings his head, and wrings his tail while you’re on his back, or if he tries to bite you or the saddle while you’re tacking up, it’s extremely likely that the saddle you’re using fits poorly and causes pain. This is dangerous – and probably uncomfortable – for you, and it can permanently damage your horse’s back. Lastly, there’s no way a horse wearing an ill-fitting saddle is able to do his best on the trail or in the show ring. Look for these six signs that your...
    When the weather is hot, horses are susceptible to heat stress. Enjoy these tips for summer horse riding, and you’ll help your mount stay healthy and comfortable. How Heat Affects Horses Left to their own devices, horses seek out cool, shady spots during hot, humid summer days. Their activity naturally increases a bit during the cooler morning and evening hours, and the feeling of a breeze might bring them out into the sun for a while. But what about horse riding? If you are feeling the heat of the sun beating down on you, then your horse is feeling it too. It takes between 15 and 20 minutes...
    You’ve made all the necessary arrangements for keeping a horse, and you’re ready to start looking at horses for sale. How to choose the one that’s best for you depends on several factors. Are you into competition or showing? Do you care about impressive bloodlines? Or do you simply want a safe, friendly horse that’s fun to ride on trails? Factors to Consider Before Looking at Horses for Sale Run a search for “horses for sale” or attend an auction, and you’ll be overwhelmed with the number of equines looking for a suitable home. Owners work hard to put the horse’s best foot forward, but even...
    The right horse will carry you through the events you enjoy most

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