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During a special event at the Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society, 7-year-old Neely Rae Miller led her family to the back of the barn. “She said, ‘You have to look at this horse,’” recalls Neely Rae’s grandmother, Laurie Oehlerking. “‘I fell...
As veterinarians, there are always those horses we’ll never forget. For me, when it comes to dentistry, there are four. The first is Shiloh. During my second year out of vet school, the old, beloved mare couldn’t eat for two...
Maybe you don’t think much about your horse’s digestive health. Or maybe he’s had a bout of ulcers or colic, and you think about it a lot. In either case, the equine digestive tract is an amazing place. The horse’s...
Do you prep your horse the same way each time you ride? And when you dismount, do you take time to groom and check your tack? If your answer is no to either question, consider your pre- and post-ride...
Thumbs up Supporting resilient hooves Every rider has the heard the saying “no hoof, no horse,” but not every rider knows the four key factors that can impact their horse’s hoof health. Visit SmartPak.com/HoofHealth to find out what they are and...
As you probably know, every horse is an individual. Some seem to gain weight seemingly by breathing air, while others can eat three times as much and still look super lean. This means you need a slightly different nutrition program...
July SmartTip of the Month: Hoof Care Thumbs up to supporting resilient hooves; thumbs down to doing more harm than good. Learn what a horse's hooves go through each day plus four things all horse owners should know to keep...
Thumbs up Fecal Egg Count Tests Fecal egg count tests are a critical component of a smarter deworming plan. Identifying your horse as a high, medium, or low shedder will help you and your veterinarian develop a deworming plan that’s right...
Horse and Rainbow

Adoption Myths

Although perceptions are changing, there are still some stigmas about adoptable horses. Hilary LoBue is still amazed when she talks about Napoleon, the 9-year-old gray Andalusian-cross pony she adopted from the Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society in College Station, Texas, four...
With their bellies full and nothing to do but fool around, the little herd of nursemare foals at Pure Thoughts Horse Rescue cavorts and kicks and rascals around in the Florida sun. The good news is that with round-the-clock...
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