Archive for Horse Care

New Horse on the Block (Lessons on Moving Barns)

Jan 23, 2014 1 Comment by

Being owned by a horse is an endless adventure, by which I really mean it’s an endless exercise in worrying, second guessing, and always wondering if you are doing the right thing. For Ace and I, the last several months brought about one of our biggest challenges yet: moving. Did you know that the average […]

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Parenting Lesson #2 Learned From My Horse: Google. Just Don’t Do It.

Mar 15, 2013 7 Comments by

We all know better. We all do it anyway. Why is that when the slightest malady shows up in our kids – equine or human – the first thing we do is grab our smartphones to Google the symptoms right there in the barn aisle way? Let me save you some time; I’ll tell you […]

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How To Remove Burrs from Your Horse’s Tail (The Only Thing You Need To Know)

Nov 05, 2012 7 Comments by

Burrs. Sticky, matted, exponentially multiplying, evil burrs. One in my horse’s forelock. An entire bush encrusted in his tail. I will keep this short and sweet. There is only one trick you need to know when it comes to removing nasty burrs from a horse’s tail. I’m pretty sure it was my mother who shared […]

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Insect Bite Hypersensitivity in Horses (IE Mine)

Aug 16, 2011 17 Comments by

Does this sound like your horse? From TheHorse.com: “Insect bite hypersensitivity is the most common cause of pruritus (itchiness) in horses, affecting equids in almost all parts of the world,” van den Boom said in the study, adding that IBH is an allergic reaction to insect bites. Clinical signs include scratching and rubbing, excoriations (areas […]

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Ace’s Top Tip For Taking Dewormer Willingly

Jul 28, 2011 8 Comments

I’m sure you’ve been there before … it’s that time again. Your horse knows something is up as you enter his stall. He’s always paranoid that something or someone is trying to get him, and he can tell by the shifty look in your eyes (your attempt to look natural with a tube of wormer […]

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One Really Good Reason To Have a Mare

Jun 29, 2011 7 Comments

Sheath Cleaning. That about sums it up. I feel like I’m about to introduce myself at an AA meeting: Hello, my name is Jackie. And until yesterday, I had never cleaned my gelding’s sheath. I know, I know. It’s an important part of every male horse’s regular care. But because I had never done it […]

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My Best Tip for Keeping Horses Healthy: Give Them Time

Mar 29, 2011 7 Comments

There are a lot of basics that horses need to be truly healthy: lots of turnout, constant access to hay or grass and water, exercise, de-worming, regular veterinary and teeth care. The list of practical how-to’s for good horse care can go on and on (and if that’s what you’re looking for here’s a basic […]

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