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Round Pen Safety 101

I’ve owned horses my entire life, but about fifteen years ago, I had my first experience starting several young horses under saddle. I can safely say, both the horses and I learned a great deal during those two summers!

As many people do, I used a round pen throughout the…

Can Barefoot Work for Your Horse?

While some people just remove the shoes and hope for the best, it’s better to dive into the world of barefoot prepared.

Barefoot horses must be supported with the right diet, the right trim, movement, and even varied footing, such as hard ground, sand, or gravel. Conversely, horses who are…

Fire Preparedness with Horses

This hits close to home having grown up in California where brush fires were the norm and in 2007 my two horses survived the Witch Fire in San Diego.

My trainer was evacuating a load of horses from Ramona to Del Mar and the fire was spreading so quickly the…

Keep Your Horse Safe from Heat Stress

While there’s a lot to love about the long, sunny days of summer, you have to remind yourself that this weather can be hard on your horse. It’s important to take a few precautions and keep a close on your horse when temperatures begin to soar. You can still…

Necessities for the Equine First Aid Kit

but then all of a sudden, bam (literally!)—your gelding cuts his head in the trailer. Or maybe your mare comes up with a puffy fetlock. Or gets a gunky eye. Or develops a hoof abscess. I’m sure you get the picture. . .

Accidents and illnesses often strike without warning,…

Healing Habronemiasis: What You Need to Know

Many equestrians live for the summer months; it brings longer days and warmer nights but with that comes the most dreaded insects of all time, flies! Flies are that annoying little creature that can cause much seeming healthy horse’s massive health issues; one being habronemiasis* or more commonly referred…

How To Help Your Itchy Horse

Rubbed manes and tails, bumps or welts on your horse’s neck or abdomen, skin rubbed raw from scratching, scratching, scratching. No one likes to see their horse suffer like this! Your vet may prescribe steroids or topical creams, but when those don’t relieve the itching, what’s a horse owner…

Adding a New Horse to the Family

I met Bob about 3 years ago.  A friend of mine asked if he could bring Bob to our farm so he could ride and use him for a high school prom parade.  My barn was closer to the school and we had riding trails nearby. Bob would only…

Run In Shed Design

A run in shed or loafing shed is a three sided building that provides shelter from the wind, sun, and weather for horses in outdoor pastures or paddocks. I thought it would be fun and hopefully helpful to share our shed design should you be in the market for…

Five Reasons You Need a Donkey

They have big ears, make funny sounds, and eat air to stay alive. That’s right, I’m talking about donkeys! These highly intelligent yet stubborn four-hooved pets definitely have a place on the farm. Donkeys are valued for their gentleness and work ethic. They are remarkably hardy and take on…