With Hurricane Florence hitting North and South Carolinas this week, we’ve all seen firsthand how important it is for horse owners to have a disaster preparedness plan in place. Have you designed an evacuation plan yet? The tips below can help you to create, improve, and refine your plans so that you’re well prepared just in case disaster ever strikes your area.
Create a Detailed Evacuation Plan
If you had to leave your farm with only a few hours’ notice, what would you do? Where would you go? Could you transport all of your horses and […]
If you ask a bunch of horse owners whether they booster their horses’ vaccines in the fall, you’ll probably get many different answers. Some vets highly recommend boosters, and some boarding barns may require them. But if you’re lucky enough to have your horses at home, the decision is probably up to you. So what’s the right choice?
Truth is, there’s no one easy answer to this question. Instead, you’ll need to weigh a few different factors in order to make the decision that’s right for you and your horse.
Your Horse’s […]
It can be tempting to vaccinate your horse yourself, especially if you have a stable full of horses and are looking to save some money. But vaccinating your horse on your own brings a number of concerns and potential issues. Below are a few points that you’ll want to consider when making that decision.
Wellness Appointments Are a Chance to Check In With Your Vet
Annual wellness appointments don’t just serve as a chance to get your horse vaccinated. They’re also a chance to check in with your vet, have your vet evaluate your horse […]
With spring finally here, you may be thinking about buying a new horse or bringing new horses in to your training or boarding program. Do you have a quarantine program in place? If not, be sure to review these tips on quarantining a new horse to help keep your other horses both safe and healthy.
Why You Need to Quarantine a Horse
Quarantining a new horse should be a standard practice in any barn. When you bring in a new horse, whether it’s coming from an elite stable or from an auction house, you never know with […]
Springtime weather means longer days, no more horse blankets, and plenty of time to ride. But it also means that flies will soon begin to emerge. If flies have had you and your horses frustrated in the past, then be sure to check out these tips which can help you to set up your barn to minimize flies.
Strategically Locate Your Manure Pile
Give some thought to where your manure pile is currently located, and if you may need to move it. Ideally, your manure pile should be located away from the barn because it will attract flies […]
With horse show season in sight, chances are that you and your horse will be traveling off-farm to at least a few shows. And while much of your focus will be on putting in a successful day at each competition, there’s one other very important aspect you need to think about: Biosecurity.
Each year we hear about serious contagious equine diseases making the rounds through the United States. These diseases can leave your horse’s health compromised, and busy showgrounds – especially those where your horse is staying overnight in a barn – are prime situations where your horse may […]
Whether you have your own private horse barn at home, or run a commercial boarding operation, one of your largest bills is probably your hay bill. And with the cold winter temperatures, you’re probably already feeding out extra hay. But are you wasting hay that you don’t need to be? These tips can help you to prevent unnecessary hay waste in your barn.
Use Hay Feeders
To minimize hay waste in your horse’s stall, use feeders. Hay feeders, whether they’re hay racks or hay nets, can help to keep your horse from trampling excess […]
Winter makes barn management particularly difficult, but it’s still important to keep up with your barn care to-do list. Even though your horses might have the winter off, you’ll need to stay on task to make sure you prevent problems before they occur. Have you added these 5 important winter barn maintenance chores to your to-do list?
Freezing temperatures can mean frozen and burst pipes, so stay ahead of the problem. Insulate any exposed pipes, and familiarize yourself with how to turn off your barn’s water source just in case a […]