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10 Stress Free Horse Transportation Tips

horse transportation

Spring has sprung and it is time to hit the trails and the show arena! Although this time of year is exciting, hitting the road with your horse can trigger significant stress. So whether your horse is a seasoned or rookie traveler, it is important to take precautions and be prepared before loading up and heading down the road.


Prepare Yourself for Your Newborn Baby Animal!


Don’t Leave the Well-Being of Your Newborn Animal Up to Chance

Whether it be calves, foals, kids, lambs, etc., Birthing Season, or as we like to call it, “Milk Season,” is here and baby animals are on their way! With so many thoughts running through your head in preparation for the birth of your newborn baby animals, we want to take a second and remind you of the importance of having animal colostrum on hand at all times.

Dealing With Seasonal Horse Skin Conditions, Naturally.

horse skin conditions

Finally, the weather is warming up, the sun is shining, and the long awaited trail riding and show season has begun! Although spring-time may mean spending more time in the barn with your four legged friends, it also means the return of mud, pesky biting bugs, and itchy horse skin conditions.


Spring Ahead From Mane to Tail! 10 Top Horse Grooming Tips

horse grooming supplies

How do we grow a truly beautiful mane and tail? Like humans, some horses naturally have good hair genes, but what if your horse is a bit sparse in the mane and tail department? You will be happy to hear there is hope! ALL horses can grow a healthier, more luscious mane and tail with these horse grooming tips!


Swing into Spring! Seasonal Horse Founder Prevention Tips

founder in horses

By: Dr. Shannon Baker DVM

No Hoof No Horse! 8 Spring Horse Hoof Care Tips

hoof abscess

Spring is almost upon us! Soon horses will be shedding their winter coats, and kicking up their heels in the delight of the warmer weather. For equestrians this means the start of show season, trail riding, and more hours of sunlight to enjoy time in the saddle.


Caring For Your Pregnant Mare: 3 Tips for a Sucessful Foaling

Pregnant mare care

By: Dr. Shannon Baker DVM

Spring is the time of year we are anxiously awaiting new foals. What are some things we can do to make sure our foals are born healthy?

  1. First, we need to make sure we are supporting the mare’s nutritional needs during and after pregnancy. As long as your mare was in good body condition before getting pregnant and throughout the winter, she should not need any additional calories through the first 7-8 months of pregnancy. After that, the foal gains weight rapidly causing your pregnant mare to require approximately 20% more calories, and additional protein, calcium and phosphorus. These requirements can be supplied through a good quality hay and an appropriate grain concentrate such as Calf-Manna intended for pregnant mares. Fescue hay must be strictly avoided during the last 60 days of gestation as it contains a toxic fungus that causes thickening of the placenta, retained placenta, prolonged gestation, difficulty in foaling, and failure to produce milk. The broodmare's nutritional needs after birth during early lactation increase to nearly 70% more than before pregnancy. As always, all increases in feeding should be made gradually.
  2. Second, we need to vaccinate the mare appropriately. Your mare should be vaccinated against Equine Herpes Virus at the 5th, 7th, and 9th month of gestation to prevent miscarriage due to EHV-1. She should also be given all her routine vaccinations (boosters) 1 month prior to foaling to ensure that the foal is protected at birth against preventable diseases. If the mare is not vaccinated, the foal will be susceptible. 
  3. Third, we need to make sure that we take special precautions around the time of foaling. The paddock should have adequate shelter and fencing to prevent the foal from getting stuck in or under the fence, or the foaling stall should be bedded with straw. If you are lucky enough to witness the foaling, the foal should present front feet first, with the nose appearing between the two feet. The foal should be delivered within 30 minutes, standing within 2 hours, and nursing within 3 hours. If not, your veterinarian should be called immediately. After birth, you should carefully examine the foal and dip the umbilicus in an iodine solution. If the umbilicus is bleeding, you can tie it off with dental floss or thin string. If all is normal, the mare, foal, and placenta should be examined by your veterinarian within about 24 hours after birth. A simple blood test (IgG) will be taken to ensure the foal is nursing adequately and that the mare is producing good quality colostrum.

Keeping these things in mind, and following your veterinarians advice regarding any special circumstances, you can enjoy watching your foal grow up happy and healthy!

Foal Colostrum 101: Avoiding Failure of Passive Transfer

Failure of Passive Transfer

Spring is right around the corner and with that comes the birth of many newborn baby animals, including one of our favorites…foals! If you are expecting a foal this spring, learning about the importance of colostrum may make all the difference in your foal's life.

Be Mine Valentine! 10 Heart Filled Ways to Pamper Your Horse

valentine horse

Is your heart warmed by the sound of your horses' nickers and the sweet smell of hay in the morning? Valentine's Day is a time to celebrate the love we have for those special equines that have added value to our lives. Check out these tips to pamper your horse this Valentine's Day!


Silent but Dangerous: The Hazards of Ammonia Fumes in your Barn

Stall Deodorizer

That horse stall odor we are all familiar with is more than just unpleasant -- it can be hazardous to your horse’s health. The odor is actually airborne ammonia, a toxic gas, and even at low levels can cause respiratory distress.  

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