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Let’s Talk Horse Fencing

Growing up in southern California pipe corral panels were all I knew.  I think they were so popular because they were readily available, held up in the weather, and they didn’t break the bank.  Today, we have many more fencing options which is so nice.

Five years ago I was…

Seasonal Body Weight Changes

Horses naturally fluctuate in body weight throughout the year based on the different energy input and output needs of each season. Let’s take a look at how each season affects our horses.

Winter
If you live in a cold climate, winter usually will demand the most energy output from your horse…

Breathe Easy: Supporting Your Horse’s Lung Health

You’ve probably heard the old adage, no hoof, no horse (which is true), but the same goes for lungs. A horse with respiratory issues won’t be able to perform to the best of their ability. Therefore, it’s important we be proactive in supporting good lung health and preventing debilitating…

Got Mud?

This Winter has been rain, rain and more rain! I am so jealous of every equestrian that has access to a covered or indoor riding facility. Our grounds are so saturated here in North Carolina that our fields and arena are barely drained before the next storm rolls in….

The Importance of Soaking Hay Pellets

 This year she is pushing twenty-two years old and with age, comes an ever-evolving health plan. 

Although her teeth are still in decent condition she has acquired a clicking in her TMJ and so I have found soaking her alfalfa pellets is an easier, more comfortable way to consume her…

Horse Farm Financing 101 

 Along with the ownership of that horse came the responsibilities for keeping his stall clean, twice a day feeding and watering, 365 days a year.  While other kids counted their quarters for doing jobs around the house, I was counting the hours that I could go home from school…

Tips for Keeping Barn Cats

They’ve always been a part of my life, and at the moment, I have two house cats as well as four living my barn. One of those barn cats is a very recent addition. In fact, he showed up a few weeks ago completely out of the blue. The…

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…