Seasonal Care

When mud poses risks

Ice and snow are common winter footing concerns, but mud can be just as treacherous for your horse this season.  For starters, there is the risk of slipping in slick, shallow mud. Left... Read more »

Watch for these winter footing challenges

Maximizing turnout time is nearly always the best thing for a horse’s physical and mental health, and even in frigid temperatures, most cope remarkably well if they are wearing appropriate... Read more »

Winter Diet Check for Older Horses

Winter may still be weeks away, but now is the time to adjust your older horse’s diet to help prepare him for the cold weather ahead. There are two simple ways determine if changes are... Read more »

6 Ways to Prevent Winter Weight Loss

While people may worry about putting on a few extra pounds during the winter thanks to inactivity and hearty meals, cold weather tends to have the opposite effect on horses. In fact, winter weight loss can be such a significant health issue---particularly for old-timers--that you’ll want to watch for it as the temperatures drop. Read more »

Four reasons to review your horse’s diet

Consistency is a good thing when it comes to equine diets. If your horse is doing well on his current feed, there’s no need to go messing with it. But there are times in a horse’s life... Read more »

What to do when your horse has a fever

You’ve been keeping tabs on your horse as you’ve gone about your barn chores, but something’s not quite right. Normally, he’s never far from his buddy, and he’d be... Read more »

Springtime Skin Problems

Ahhh, spring. Another winter is past, and the first warm, balmy breezes promise a long season ahead to enjoy time with our horses. Of course, spring also brings its own horse-care challenges.... Read more »

3 Things to Watch on Your First Spring Trail Outings

The first warm day of spring has you understandably itching to hit the trails, but keep your enthusiasm in check to avoid inadvertently overworking or overheating your horse. Even if... Read more »

Cold Weather Horse Care: What do horses really need to avoid winter health problems?

What's on your to-do list today? If you need to snap out of that post-holiday daze, just take a look at the national weather map. What will you see? Flooding rivers, a tornado aftermath, cold,... Read more »

Field Guide to Equine Allergies

5/1/2019

You arrive at the barn to discover your horse covered in small, flat- topped bumps. But he doesn't seem to be bothered by them, so you decide to wait to see how he does. Sure enough, in a few... Read more »

4 Ways to Prevent Spring Training Injuries

Warmer weather is not far away, and it will feel good to shake off the winter doldrums and get back into the swing of things at the barn. Tempting as it may be to toss a saddle on your horse and head... Read more »

Protect Your Horse from Ice-Related Injuries

A blanket of fresh snow can turn your farm into a winter wonderland, but a layer of ice turns it into a hazardous zone for your horse. Slick ice can bring a horse down in a single stride,... Read more »

Plain FACTS about Heat Stroke

8/24/2016

Summer's heat and humidity can be much more than just uncomfortable. They can be deadly. Horses lose their lives every year to heat stroke. Countless others struggle through anything from weakness... Read more »

10 facts about horses and hot weather

7/27/2016

Do you know all you need to keep your horse cool and comfortable this summer?  Heat waves Unlike dogs and most other animals, horses have sweat glands throughout their skin.... Read more »