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Stable Management

Blister Beetles

By Cindy Hale Late summer is the time of year when alfalfa hay is prone to infestation by the blister beetle. There are many varieties of beetles that contain a chemical known as cantharidin, which is corrosive to the skin...

Modular Barns

                About the author   Cindy Hale and her family went through the whole pre-engineered barn building process and lived to tell about it. It used to be that owners had few choices when constructing a home for their horses. Designs were...

Safe Trailering

It’s easy to get complacent when hauling horses. Months or years of incident-free trips can give any driver a false sense of security. And while it’s true that confidence is a good thing, a little bit of caution can...

Pasture Maintenance

Where your horses are concerned, it’s better to be safe than sorry. The very qualities that attract us to horses—size and strength, intelligence, playfulness, curiosity—are what necessitate a secure turnout environment. So, without fail, regular checks of your pasture...
If your horse cannot avoid living in damp footing during the wintertime, he may be prone to thrush and abscesses in his feet. The thrush is due to the constant moisture combined with frequent contact with manure. Abscesses result...
For many city dwellers, the dream of moving to the country and keeping horses at home might have to remain a dream. But there are still pockets of horse property available here and there in suburban settings.While much different...
Meeting a horse's nutritional needs isn't always easy. Many owners mistakenly feed their equine partners as if they were top Olympic show jumpers or United States Equestrian Team endurance champions. But the reality is that many horses are not...
Every horse owner's worst nightmare is a phone call in the middle of the night from a boarding stable operator or horse sitter, reporting that the horse is sick, injured or worse.As terrifying as such a phone call can...

Work Areas in the Barn

When you have horses, you also have a lot of stuff. Brooms and muck forks, tack, feed bins, grooming equipment, wheelbarrows ... it all accumulates, and while you want it to be accessible, you don't want it to be...

Pasture Safety Checklist

Pastures are like laundry—they're never "done" and need to be kept up with. What may be intact in the spring may need repair by fall, so regular inspections should be part of your barn chores. And, even though your...
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