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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…

Beat the Heat This Summer

Summer isn’t always the easiest for our equine friends. When temperatures soar and the sun blazes, it can make your horse very uncomfortable. It can also be risky for their health. Dehydration and heat stress are just two common conditions brought on by these hot summer days. You’ll want…

Managing Horses on Small Acreage

Not all horse owners have the luxury of large fields. In reality, many horses live comfortably on small acreage. It does require more planning and management though. Land is expensive, so a few acres may be all you can purchase. That’s okay, as long as you get the facility…

Sprucing Up an Older Barn

the reality is that most of us end up buying property with an existing barn which has maybe seen better days. 

Personally, I love an older barn—one which has stood the test of time and has a bit of character, but I also know that some of these structures may…

Tips for Managing Your Horse’s Weight this Summer

Summer is wonderful for so many reasons, but it may also be the season when you struggle the most to manage your horse’s weight. Once upon a time, I thought using a dry lot was a good solution for my pudgy mare, but I’ve since learned there are better…

HORSE STALL DESIGN

Congratulations if you are planning a new barn and designing the stalls for your horses!  I loved the design process and I wanted to share some basics to get you started.
Stall Size
First step is to decide how big you want your stalls.  A 12’x12’ is the standard size for…

The Benefits of a Round Pen

Round pens are a great investment for horse farms. They allow you to train and evaluate your horse in a more controlled space. The greatest benefit is how versatile they are. Almost all types of riders and horses can utilize these smaller, confided arenas. Many trainers find them indispensable!

The…

Laminitis in Horses

Equine laminitis, also known as founder, can cause severe lameness in your horse’s hooves. And while this crippling disease affects all types of horses, there are some traits that increase one’s susceptibility to this condition. The good news is laminitis is preventable, but it requires lifestyle adjustments. Make sure…