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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 »

6 ways to make safety a habit

The fictional character Sherlock Holmes once said he didn’t much like horses: “They’re dangerous at both ends and crafty in the middle.” People who work with horses daily... 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 »

Tips on Storing Horse Hay

Once you have found good-quality hay for your horses, the next step is to store it so it remains good-quality hay. Once you have found good-quality hay for your horses, the next step is to store it so it remains good-quality hay. First you need to keep it dry to prevent... 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 »

Prevention: Gastric Ulcers

Although gastric ulcers are often associated with equine athletes, any horse can develop them. Ulcers sometimes have little, if any, outward effect on the horse’s health or performance, but they... 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 »

Why horses need salt

In addition to shade and a source of fresh water, every summer turnout space needs to have a salt block. Horses lose large amounts of the essential mineral in their sweat, and if it’s not... Read more »

Three simple ways to get your horse to drink more

When you’re worried about keeping your horse hydrated in the summer, the saying “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink” isn’t just a tired aphorism.... Read more »

Bottoms Up: Tips for Getting A Horse To Drink More Water

Although you've probably heard otherwise, research has shown that it's safe to let a hot horse drink cold water after a hard workout. In fact, hydration in the warm weather is so important... Read more »

Tactics to Protect Horses from Mosquitoes and Biting Flies

Flies and mosquitoes don’t do well in turbulent air, so during bothersome times of day, a horse can be brought into a loafing shed or stall with a fan aimed appropriately to deter insect... 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 »

Spring cleaning your barn? Here are four things you must do

If you dread organizing closets and mopping behind the refrigerator this spring, you’re not alone. Most of us would rather spend our time and energy cleaning the barn instead. For horsepeople,... Read more »