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Stable Management

Stall Bedding Options

The most important features of stall bedding are absorbency, comfort, non-toxicity, availability and affordability. Here are a few to consider: Straw Pro: Offers cushioning Cons: Can be dusty or moldy; can be palatable, especially oat straw; not absorbent of moisture or odors Pelleted...

Muck Mastery

  I’d been a horse owner for four years before I actually learned a system for cleaning a stall. As a horse-crazy 15-year-old, of course, I thought I knew everything from the day my first horse came home with me....

Catch Me If You Can

  There’s nothing more frustrating than standing in the paddock, halter in hand as you watch your horse run away from you. What’s meant to be a relaxing time with your horse turns into minutes or hours trying to catch...

Better Homes & Boarding

I’ve lived the backyarder’s dream. For much of my life, the space behind my house contained a barn rather than a swimming pool. It wasn’t the typical Southern California lifestyle, but I reveled in it. Each morning when I...
Have you contemplated transitioning from backyarder to boarder? Are you moving your horse to a new barn? If so, here are five suggestions: 1. Don’t be a Complainer If you carefully inspected the boarding barn—which in my book includes snooping beyond...
I love a Rambo sheet. Stylish, functional and I feel like I’m outfitting them in some of the best gear available. But my field-boarded horse needs something versatile that can go from the Midatlantic’s cool rain to sunny and...

Be Fly Free

Horse flies. Stable flies. House flies. Deer flies. Toss mosquitoes, gnats and ticks into the mix, and you have the bane of every horse’s (and horse owner’s) existence. As much as we all look forward to the lovely long...

Happy Trailers

Trail riders living on expansive acreage, close to public lands, or next to accommodating neighbors are the fortunate few. Most of us have to haul out when we want to enjoy a ride in the great outdoors. It’s hard...
Be safe: Wear gloves, boots, and helmet. Protect your horse’s legs during training with standing wraps or shipping boots. Use a...
When you’re out driving through the countryside in the springtime, a field full of yellow buttercups can be a lovely sight. When that field is your horse’s pasture, however, all that yellow can be a stress-inducing vision to behold. Buttercups...
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