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TMJ Disorder in Horses

  • Casie Bazay
  • Oct 18, 2021

As someone who has suffered from temporal mandibular joint disorder, otherwise known as TMJ, for most of my life, I came to recognize the signs early on in a mare I’ve had for nearly twenty years now. As it turns out, I’ve learned that Lee Lee isn’t the only horse with this issue. Unfortunately, TMJ…

COMPOSTING HORSE MANURE

This organic material includes grass clippings, leaves, vegetable food scraps, newspaper, cardboard, and vegetarian animal manure.

Manure management on horse farms is an important part of farm operation.  If left in a pile manure will decompose on it’s own but could take years.  One way to speed up the process,…

Before You Trim Your Horse’s Whiskers . . .

Back in my horse showing days, I was pretty handy with a pair of clippers. Whiskers, bridle paths, fetlocks—I kept them all looking nice and neat. Once I got older and swapped horse shows for the barrel pen, I became less consistent with trimming and keeping a bridle path…

Keeping Your Horse’s Legs Healthy

Lameness is one of the top health-related issues horses experience and chances are, your horse has or will experience it at some point in his life. Of course, lameness can have multiple causes, but keeping your horse’s legs healthy can go a long ways in keeping him sound.
Warm Up…

Why Is My Horse Rubbing Their Tail?

A matted tail dock is also a telltale sign that our horse has been up to its tail rubbing behavior. But why do horses do this? Is he just itchy, or could it be something worse? If you continue to witness the behavior, it’s worth investigating further. 

The following are…

Does Your Horse Need Grain?

Many people don’t think twice about feeding grain to their horse. After all, it’s what everyone does, right? But have you ever stopped to think about whether your horse actually needs grain? Or worse yet, could feeding grain—even a small amount—be doing more harm than good? As with most…

How to Beat Flies this Summer

Since summer is almost here, your battle with flies has likely already begun. As soon as the weather warms up, those flying pests come out with vengeance. You and your horse will be miserable unless you create a plan of attack. Through various measures, you can reduce and nearly…

DIY Fly Sprays

 Because let’s face it, who wants to go on a ride with flying insects constantly buzzing around your horse? If you’re a do-it-yourselfer or just like to trim costs around the barn whenever you can, keeping a few supplies on hand in order to make your own fly spray…

5 Common Skin Problems for Horses and How to Prevent Them

Your beauty products all have pictures of horses on them.  

That’s a good thing. After all, your horse’s skin is his most important organ, protecting his internal systems from the onslaught of the outside world. The quality of your hose’s skin offers useful information about his health and well-being. A…

Five Ways to Improve Your Horse’s Hoof Health

Not necessarily! While genetics can definitely impact hoof shape and quality, other factors—and many which are in our control—may actually be of more importance. 

Here are five ways you can help in the hoof health department:
1. With Nutrition
Nutrition is important for the whole horse, of course, but a deficiency in…