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Horse Care

This article was originally posted on August 21, 2012. Q: I have a wonderful riding pony that I am thinking about breeding, but I'm afraid she might be too old. She's 20 years old, but has always been healthy. I...
When you wander through a feed store, there are many brands of equine feed, and each one has many specialized feed formulations. But what does your horse need? Here’s how to read the feed tags and zero in on...
Picking out a horse's hoof

Stomp Out Thrush

Everyone’s heard of thrush in a hoof, but not everyone has seen it. More likely, they would smell it first. The unpleasant smell of a thrush-infected hoof can send you reeling in the middle of a grooming session. Opening an...
This article was originally posted on December 9, 2002. "You get more flies with honey..." "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink..." The English language abounds with colloquialisms like this dealing with ways to influence...
This article was originally published on September 30, 2002. Even though horses don't speak our oral language, they're communicating with us all the time. However, most of us overlook their whispers until they're forced to "shout"—with kicking, spooking, biting or...
Hand-feeding your horse will make him mouthy, disrespectful, and dangerous! This conventional rule of horsemanship has been taught for years. In truth, many horses accept food without a hint of adverse behavior. Some do become overly excited when tempted by...
Every horse owner is familiar with the routine of spring vaccinations, but which vaccines does your horse really need and why is a spring checkup so important? When your vet comes to the barn, she will do a thorough exam...
Originally Published on August 1, 2011 The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) is a veterinary professional organization dedicated to the health and well-being of horses. They have developed a set of widely recognized guidelines for vaccinating horses against common...
How much does it own to cost a horse? That depends on several factors, from where you live to how you plan to keep your horse. Horse board or housing costs are typically the biggest expense associated with...
Attention horse owners: in general, you’re doing great and your horse is lovely, trust us. But, also in general, you worry too much. We get it—worrying is a sign that you care. Like an anxiety-ridden parent, you likely stress...
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