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Stable Management

If getting in the trailer isn’t your horse’s favorite activity, making sure that you know where to be can ensure that he’ll step in with ease. When you’re aware of your body position and your horse’s behavior, you’ll be...
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Boots for Horses

Your horse’s lower legs are the most injury-prone component of his conformation. From strained ligaments and pulled tendons to popped splint bones and bruised heels, there’s a nightmarish list of injuries simply one bad step away. Fortunately, there’s an...
Thumbs up Smart manure management According to the AAEP’s Parasite Control Guidelines, every barn should be composting their manure to help control the spread of parasites. Learn more at SmartPak.com/Deworming Thumbs down Spreading manure on active pastures Again, our friends at the AAEP warn...
Picture this: You’ve moved your horse to a new boarding stable. In your initial conversation with the barn manager, she tells you that all horses will be given a dose of antibiotics on the first of each month. That sounds...
All horse people have it: piles of tack, blankets and other equine gear they don’t use, but aren’t quite sure what to do with for fear of needing it years (and horses!) down the road. It’s time to take...
While you may know exactly how to get yourself and your horse in shape and ready for springtime activities, there’s another area of barn life that requires your post-winter attention: your farm machines and equipment. Whether it’s a small tractor,...
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Clean Sweep

There’s something symbolic about shaking off the winter grime to welcome warmer temps. While major energy expenditure may be needed to get through the clutter that has built up over a long winter, it’s helpful to channel that strength...
You’ve probably seen horses tied to all kinds of inappropriate things, from lightweight plastic chairs and moveable objects like gates, truck mirrors and bumpers, to flimsy fence rails instead of solid posts. You’ve probably also seen viral videos of...
You feel a sense of dread as the days start getting shorter. The air has a distinct new chill to it, and right on cue, your horse sprouts a longer, thicker coat with every passing day. If you plan...

Going Bitless

Photo: S.M./Shutterstock Metal and synthetic bits are long-established cornerstones of control, but they aren’t for every horse or rider. Some see bitless riding as the perfect expression of unity between horse and human. That doesn’t mean bits are inherently harmful;...
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