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Nine years ago, national dog and cat advocate Christy Counts got her first horse. “It was kind of an adult passion,” she says. Counts had always loved horses from a distance, but she’d never had the opportunity to have one...
Thumbs up Developing an annual wellness program with your veterinarian One of the best ways to keep your horse healthy is by partnering with your vet! Spring will be here soon, so work with your vet now to develop a wellness...
Feeling crabby from the cold weather? Don’t worry—your horse probably isn’t. While us lowly humans may be piling on the layers and dreaming of the beach (or at least better riding weather), our horses naturally have this seasonal shift...
When cold winter temperatures arrive and the thermometer begins to dip below the 32° Fahrenheit mark, farm owners face a long list of seasonal chores: putting away hoses and draining outdoor water spigots, parking the horse trailer, preparing turnout...
Originally posted on December 5, 2017 Whether you’re facing mounds of snow, frigid wind and ice, or just some dark and desolate months ahead, your winter horsekeeping routine will need some adjustments. Let’s tackle some common cold-weather horse care myths...
Horses are sensitive, but also easy to desensitize. With anything new, a horse will likely react at first. That’s his prey-animal reaction to anything new that could be a threat. Within a split second, horses must decide whether they...
Getting your pony’s diet right is one of the most important parts of horse care. What he eats affects his health and how well he performs under saddle. By understanding the best diet for your horse, you can help...
Originally posted on December 30, 2016 As winter closes in around us, we have our warm winter clothing ready, hay in the barn, and the tractor and vehicles tuned up for the season. But what about our horses? True, we’re not...
Originally published on January 28, 2018 As temperatures plunge, feeding your horse presents a new set of challenges. Instead of grazing all day on nutritious green grass, he’ll probably be switching to a diet of hay. Many horses lose weight...
Readers may remember an earlier column about “March” and his owner, “Linnea” (The Last Straw, August 2017). March had choked on wood shavings, and I’d feared his esophagus had ruptured. I was certain he would not survive the night,...
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