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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…

Arena Footing 101

 Some factors may be different depending on if you are building an indoor arena vs. an outdoor arena.   It is also important to consider what discipline you will be riding and how much daily traffic your arena footing will get.

Horse health and soundness can be greatly affected by…

Winter Hoof Care

I have a love-hate relationship with winter.  There is something so peaceful about riding my horse in the snow.  It’s also so nice to sit by a cozy fire while snow is falling outside.  It can be so beautiful but the extra work that comes with keeping horses in…

The History of Horseshoes

Horses and horseshoes—the two have a long history together, but believe it or not, horseshoes came about long after the domestication of horses around 4,000 BC. In fact, widespread need for hoof protection didn’t fully arise until hard-surfaced roads came along, and even then, horseshoes were mainly used in…

Becoming Your Horse’s Hoof Care Provider

Once upon a time, my answer to this question would have been a definitive no. After all, how could a petite woman with limited hoof knowledge possibly trim a horse’s feet?

However, I’ve since learned that I’m capable of far more than I once believed—hoof care included. I’m proud to…

Dry Lot Paddock Footing

Or for some of us with mild winters, mud season has already been going on for months. A dry lot paddock with solid footing is an absolute must-have on every horse property. This area allows your horses to still get turnout time while saving your pastures from damage during…

Eco-Friendly Horse Care

Though horses, themselves, aren’t bad for the environment, some of our management practices aren’t quite so eco-friendly. In honor of Earth Day earlier this week, I thought I’d share a few tips on how you ‘green’ up your farm.
Manage Manure
One of the biggest problems with keeping horses is managing…