Horse Health

          There are many different types and purposes for horse blankets. They come in different sizes, colors, and are made with all different kinds of materials. One of the hardships of being a horse owner is trying to figure out and decide what kind of blanket your horse needs. This article will help horse owners in choosing the correct blanket. Here is everything you need to know in regards to horse blankets and sheets.           As the cold months approach, horse owners are getting ready to bring out their old blankets or they may be looking to purchase a new one. One of the struggles...
Top 5 Frequently Asked Questions About Horse Blankets           As the colder months are approaching, horse blanket season is just around the corner! Finding the right type and size for a horse blanket can be tough, but here are a couple questions and solutions to help make it easier for you! 1. How do I know what size blanket to buy?           Before you do any blanket purchasing for you horse, you want to make sure that you get your horse’s measurements first! That is the only way that you will be able to buy the right size blanket for your horse. You will want to measure from the...
          Do you ever get cold and want to put on a jacket? How about wanting to wrap up in a blanket to fight off the shivers? Almost everyone will answer yes to one or both of these questions. Just like people, horses also get cold too. During the fall and winter seasons, horses need blankets just like us to keep warm and toasty! Whether your horse is outside or in the barn, horse blankets will keep your horse insulated, dry, and healthy during the cold months. Other blankets can also help keep your horse safe and healthy during the spring and summer months! These types of blankets/ sheets...
                Braiding your horse’s mane can be a great way to keep your horse’s hair from getting dirty and tangled. Braiding of the horse’s mane is also done when entering into the showing circuit for English riding events. Braiding the mane also brings elegance and a clean-cut look when entering the show ring, and It helps to show the curve of the horse’s neck and keeps it out of his face while jumping. Before braiding your horse’s mane, you should always make sure that it is clean and not tangled. You can do this by brushing through your horse’s mane before you start the braiding...
                Cleaning out your horse’s stall is one of the most important things that you can do for your horse! A daily mucked-out stall is a great way to provide a clean, healthy environment for your horse to eat and live. Everyone deals with different horse environments and they may have a different routine of how they clean out stalls. But in the end, the technique/results are always the same!                  1.  Make sure you are appropriately dressed!                  You wouldn’t want to go clean out your horses stall, wearing your fancy best! You want to wear the right kind of...
If you own a horse, then you are familiar with their antics.  As horse owners we wish that we could simply wrap our horse up in bubble wrap and leave them in a padded stall every day.  Of course this is not a valid option, horses will be horses.  It is our responsibility as horse owners to BE PREPARED!  That is why composing a first aid kit for your horse is a very good idea.    You should have one barn first aid kit in an easy accessible place.  There are pre-packaged first aid kits available to purchase, however you can easily assemble one of your own.   Be sure to store your first aid kit...
Everyday Horse Antics that may need a first aid kit
Spring has sprung!  And horse owners know this because this is the time when your horse sheds their winter coat.  Essentially, the spring time for horse owners means two things, MUD and HAIR!  In this article tips for shedding and dealing with all that hair is discussed.   TIP 1: One of the best ways to help shed out your horse is good old fashion elbow grease.  Shedding can take time and the more you groom your horse the more hair you will remove.  The curry comb is the simplest tool to have in your grooming bucket for the job.  Simply curry your horse in a round motion over their body.  Be...
Woman using curry to shed out horse
What is Thrush?   Thrush is an extremely common bacterial infection that effects the hoof of the horse.  The area of the hoof typically most effected is the frog.  The bacteria that causes this infection is called Fusobacterium necrophorum.  This is an anaerobic (low-no oxygen) bacteria that likes to take root in a horse’s clefts and heels.   What type of Horse is Prone to Thrush?   A horse with deep clefts and/ or contracted heels is going to be more prone to thrush.  Environmental factors also play a major role in the likelihood of your horse getting a thrush infection.  Environmental...
woman picking horse's hoof
Every horse owner should become familiar with what is normal behavior for their horse and what is abnormal behavior.  Certain signs in one horse may point to nothing, but in another maybe a cause to call a vet.  So the first thing every horse owner needs to do is OBSERVE!  Observe your horse’s normal behavior, know their normal vital signs and know the normal environment.  In this article, how to take your horse’s vitals will be discussed and what values are within normal range.   Every horse owner should establish a baseline for their horse’s vital signs.  This is a great tool to have on...
vet checking horse vital signs
Chances are if you have traveled with your horse, or if you have plans to travel, you may have noticed that proof of a negative Coggin's test is required. What is a Coggin's test and why is it required at so many horse events and shows? What is a Coggin's Test? A Coggin's Test is a blood draw that is looking for antibodies of Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) in the horse. This blood test is drawn by a veterinarian, and is sent off to an approved lab to be reviewed. A negative Coggin's Test ensures people that the horse in question does not have EIA and cannot spread the disease. About EIA...

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