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IT’S SHEDDING SEASON! WHAT TOOLS ARE YOU USING?

Our winter is far from over but the days are getting longer which has me dreaming of warmer temperatures and morning rides out on the trail.  Longer days also mean my horses are starting to shed.  I don’t clip my horses simply because, in a harsh climate like ours,…

Fall in Love with Heritage Breeds

 There are many reasons why such as low breeding populations and the societal shift away from horses for transportation and work uses. The Livestock Conservancy is a non-profit organization that has been working for over 40 years to spread awareness about over 150 heritage and historic breeds across 11…

5 Important Considerations Before You Build Your Barn

 But before you build, it’s important to be thorough in your planning. After all, once the barn is built, changes might be difficult (and not to mention, expensive) to make. 

Though everyone’s idea of a “dream barn” may be different, here are a few considerations to keep in mind during…

Understanding Stress in Horses

Stress, it’s everywhere! Horses (and even people) can feel it on a daily basis. It’s a way to cope with various challenges that are presented. These ongoing trials can make your horse suffer physically and mentally. Horses usually exhibit certain indicators that they’re dealing with a stressor. In order…

5 Fence Options Designed to Keep Your Horses Safe

We cleared the acreage last year with the help of our neighbor who loaned us his small excavator for the job.  We now have an open meadow with a few trees here and there to provide shade for our horses on hot summer days. 

I can’t wait to watch our…

Preventing Ulcers in Your Horse

Some studies have shown that as much as 90% of race horses, 70% of endurance horses, and 60% of show horses are affected by this condition at some point in their lives. The way we manage our horses is a huge factor associated with this condition. Unfortunately, equine ulcers…

Benefits of Slow Feeders

Slow feeders are all the hay-feeding rage these days . . . and for good reason. Because of their design (and as the name indicates), they slow down a horse’s hay consumption rate and mimic natural foraging behavior, better supporting digestive health.

 

In the wild, horses spend 16-20 hours grazing…

The Do’s and Don’t’s of Horse Adoption

Adopting a horse is not only a great way to give an unwanted or neglected horse a good home (and find your new best friend!) but it will also create space so rescues can take in more horses in need.

With that said, here are a few do’s and don’t’s…

7 Ways to Prepare Your Horse for Colder Weather

Many parts of the country have already started to experience frigid temperatures. Blankets have been pulled out and hay stacked tall in lofts. Riders have dug for their fleece breeches, bought new gloves, and wrapped themselves tight in waterproof jackets. If you’re like many, then the preparations for winter…