Equine Spring-cleaning time is here! With longer days and warmer weather comes....shedding. If your horse isn’t clipped and/or blanketed, he’s probably a delightful fluffy fur ball and as mud season gets underway his color has migrated to a dark crusty brown.
Horse Grooming Tip: Before you begin grooming, discard any fleece jacket or fabrics that you are wearing that will attract dirt and hair before you start. A plastic apron such as dog groomers use, is a great aid in keeping you clean.Read More
You might be surprised to learn that rain rot is not a skin condition that occurs only due to neglect or poor care of the horse. Even the most diligent horse owner who provides the best care can have a horse experience rain rot.
What does rain rot look like?
If your horse develops crusty scabs that peel off with clumps of hair and leave bare spots on the skin then he has probably contracted rain rot. This condition is aptly named as it is caused by rain or moisture on the horse’s coat and is fairly common. It is also sometimes called rain scald.Read More
We all dream of watching our horses roam free on a 20 acre pasture 24/7 with the best of what nature has to offer. Unfortunately (for most of us anyways) the paddock is a closer reality when it comes to turning out our horses whether it be due to available space, bad weather, a horse's health needs, or if we just need to give our pastures a rest.
What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of a paddock? If your answer is stinky, fly infested, muddy, dusty, and a place you feel bad about putting your horse you are doing it wrong! Believe it or not, having a horse friendly, easy to care for paddock is key to happy horse-keeping. Why you ask? Here are just a few reasons:
Whether a horse is in training, in recovery from a medical condition or injury, or because of an owner's change of circumstances, most horses will spend at least some time residing in a stall. While most horses can transition from a pasture to barn life with ease, the adjustment can be stressful for many equines. What can we do to make the transition stress free as possible?Read More
We all like to think of the barn as a place to unwind and relax, but did you know that there may be a hidden danger to you lurking in your horse’s stall?
When you open the stall door, pitchfork in hand, are you hit with an acrid burning of the nose, lungs and throat? That my friend, is the signature trademark of ammonia.Read More