Foaling season is just around the corner. A question often asked by horse owners and farriers relates to the hoof care of mares about to foal or those that have foaled. When and how should they be trimmed?
So far twenty-six states are said to be suffering under drought conditions during the summer of 2012. Hay has become difficult or impossible to harvest without irrigation in those states. Prices for feed are higher than ever. Lack of forage is a big concern – but so is water.Horses will consume as much as 60% […]
Only about 10% of snakes native to the U. S. are poisonous. Most of these are in the West and South. However, rattlesnakes are found in all the lower 48 states except Maine. Australia has the most poisonous snakes, spiders, scorpions, and jellyfish. Fortunately, when I visited there it was in the winter (our summer)! Several […]
With Spring upon us, it’s a great time to be reminded that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Use these tips to help minimize the risk of injury or other problems to your horse’s well-being during this new season. Check and repair pasture fences before weather gets nice enough to turn out […]
Foal limb soundness begins before a foal is born. It involves considerations of nature (genetic) and nurture (environment). Genetic factors include inherited conformation and behavioral traits from the stallion and mare. Environmental factors include physical space in the mare’s uterus, nutrition, training and disease prevention. Choosing a mating that has a good chance of producing […]
As a farrier and teacher of horsemanship for the past 45 years, I have run into many problems with horses that are caused by horse-loving people. Perhaps the most disturbing is the harmful, yet common notion, that “food is love.” I have seen far too many cases of young horses crippled with developmental orthopedic disease […]
This time of year it is wise to stay warm and safe when riding your horse. In addition, you want to ensure your horse has shoes that are going to give them protection from the elements of weather. One thing that you absolutely want to make sure of is traction to prevent accidental falls in addition to winter horseshoes.
Last month we shod the horses and mules at Fort Robinson State Park for the first time this season. We have been shoeing them for the last three years. They have draft horse teams, mule teams, and saddle horses used for the stage coach, tour wagons, and short and long trail rides in the Soldier […]
The royal wedding in England has captured the attention and imagination of the world. As I watched, Adam Smith’s statement in The Wealth of Nations came to mind, “The chief enjoyment of riches consists in the parade of riches….” In spite of the occurrence of other significant world events, “the story book event” took precedence. […]
January brings a renewed hope for personal and family progress in the new year. Starting with New Year’s resolutions, this is the time of year when people tend to set goals and make commitments. Using this traditional time of the year to evaluate the past and plan for the future are worthwhile, healthy pursuits. However, […]
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