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What Hay Feeder is Best for My Horses? 

While the barn is a place to come together with your horses to feed, clean, and socialize, the pasture is truly the horses ‘center’. This is where they live and more importantly, graze. Horses are grazing animals. From their wild instincts, foraging throughout the day is best for a…

Five of the World’s Rarest Horse Breeds

The American Cream Draft
Known for its beautiful champagne or cream color and amber eyes, the American Cream Draft horse originated in the early 1900’s and is the only draft breed native to the U.S. still in existence. The breed began with a cream-colored draft mare called “Old Granny” who…

Why Every Barn Needs a Cat

Nowadays, it’s rare to see a horse barn without a cat. Most of the time they just appear one day, making a home in the hay loft. Because pest control is always a concern on farms, these barn cats are usually welcomed and encouraged to stay!

I’m not talking about…

Five Tips for Feeding the Picky Eater

Though most horses have no trouble eating whatever you put in front of them, there are the occasional few who turn their nose up at certain feeds, medications, or supplements and this can make feeding time frustrating, to say the least.

If you happen to have a picky eater, first…

Barn Recycling 101

Having horses or other animals at home adds to that waste.  Here are some tips to reduce, reuse, and recycle around the barn.

We have two recycle bins for our home that are emptied bi-monthly by a local service.  We also have a recycling center in town where we take…

How to Control Weeds in Your Horse’s Pasture

Horse pastures require year-round management. In order to provide your horse with quality nutrition, you need to eliminate weeds. And because horses are picky eaters, this can be a hard task. Proper field management, such as using a dry lot, rotational grazing, mowing and good drainage, goes a long…

Joint Supplement Options for Your Horse

If you have a performance horse, then wear and tear on the joints is going to occur at some point in time. Of course, some disciplines are harder on the joints than others, especially those where the horse is stopping and turning quickly or jumping. 

Many horses can benefit from…

Dealing with Sarcoids

You’re grooming your horse before an evening ride when you spot it: an ugly, wart-like growth on your horse’s leg. How did it get there and more importantly, how can you get it to go away?

These wart-like growths are known as sarcoids, and they are a common equine skin…

The Birthing Bond and Science Behind Equine Delivery

I remember delivering my first foal when I was around twelve or thirteen-years-old and being absolutely mesmerized by the process. Since then, I have aided in multiple equine births and find the process just as intriguing as the first time. 

At the time, my mare and I were competing in…