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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 »

Biosecurity for Horse Farms and Stables

You are meticulous in your equine endeavors, diligently taking care of your horse’s every nutritional, veterinary and physical need; keeping the stabling tidy and hygienic; making sure the tack... Read more »

Tips for Equine Businesses During COVID-19

Time outside with your animals (and apart from people) is encouraged, but be aware that the virus can be found on many surfaces, including pet hair. iStock/Fotokostic With the... Read more »

Winter-Hauling How-To Tips

You can haul your horse all year long, even in the dead of winter, as long as you do so safely. Here, I'll first tell you how to ready your rig for winter hauling. Then I'll go over how to... Read more »

Trailer Tire Check Up

One of the life skills my father taught me early was how to change a trailer tire. He thought this ability was a must-have for any kid who grew up on a farm, but especially for me, because he... Read more »

USRider Cautions Horse Trailer Owners: As Temperatures Drop, So Does Tire Pressure

Studies show that the leading factor in roadside breakdowns is tires. As temperatures cool across the country, tire pressures will decrease. Given these facts, USRider reminds equestrians and... Read more »

USRider Cautions Horse Trailer Owners: As Temperatures Drop, So Does Tire Pressure

Studies show that the leading factor in roadside breakdowns is tires. As temperatures cool across the country, tire pressures will decrease. Given these facts, USRider reminds equestrians and others who travel with horses to perform periodic air pressure checks on both their vehicle and trailer tires. Read more »

Trailer tire check up

One of the life skills my father taught me early was how to change a trailer tire. He thought this ability was a must-have for any kid who grew up on a farm, but especially for me, because he couldn’t always come along to all the horse shows and other activities I had planned. 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 »

Trailer Rental Tips

To buy or to rent? If you don't haul your horse on a regular basis, renting a trailer rather than buying one, may be more within your budget. Here we help you decide if renting a trailer might be a good option for your hauling needs. Read more »