Horse Health

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
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!
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...
                Finding the right kind of horse feed for your horse can always be a challenge! Especially if you are a new horse owner and you don’t know about what nutrients horses need. There are several different kinds of horse feed and they all have different nutritional value. Every horse’s diet is different and the tricky part is finding out what specific nutrients your horse needs. Talking to the horse’s previous owner, or a vet, can help you learn your horse’s diet needs and provide you with the different supplements/vitamins that your horse requires. This article will help show you...
               Clipping you horse’s coat comes with many benefits. Some of these benefits include keeping your horse from getting over heated, helps dissolve sweat faster for a horse that is being worked, as well as making it easier for you when it comes to daily grooming. Clipping is also a benefit when showing! By clipping your horse’s coat, it gives your horse a slick, clean-cut appearance that is sure to catch the judges’ eye. Horse clipping is most often done to horses that are huge competitors year round and are being heavily worked during the cold months. Here are a few easy steps that...
            Clipping your horse is another name for giving your horse a haircut. It entails shaving your horse’s coat, either part way or fully, in order to keep them from getting over heated. Clipping is usually done to horses who will be working through the winter and won’t need their thick winter coats.  Depending on how much your horse will be working and how thick his winter coat is, will be the deciding factor on what type of clip your horse should receive. Clipping your horse has several benefits. These benefits include faster cool down time for your horse, it make is easier on you for...
                Participating in horse shows is a great way to have fun and test your skills out in the ring!  Just like in any other sport, horse showing takes dedication, hard work, and skill. Whether you are just starting out or in an advanced class, showing gives you the opportunity to put on a performance with your horse and show the audience what you can do. Even though horse shows are a lot of fun, getting ready for them can be very stressful! It is always a good idea to pace yourself with the show preparations, and not wait until the last minute to do everything. Here are some helpful...

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