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 […]
The holidays are quickly approaching, which means plenty of time spent with family and friends. If you travel for the holidays and keep your horses at home, then you’ll need to find a great barn sitter to cover things while you’re away. Knowing that your barn sitter is reliable, trusty, and knowledgeable can allow you to kick back and enjoy your horses without worry about what’s going on at home. These five tips can help you to find the perfect barn sitter to take care of your property and animals.
1. Start Looking Now
Will you be traveling for the holidays and leaving your barn in the care of a barn sitter? In our last blog we included some tips on how you can find a great barn sitter for the holidays. But when it comes time to leave your property, how well have you prepared your barn sitter? These tips can help set your barn sitter up for success.
Call Your Vet Before You Leave
Before you head out of town, call your vet’s office and explain that you will be away. Provide them with the sitter’s name and […]
Bringing a new horse home is often an exciting time, but introducing that horse to your herd can also be quite challenging and risky. Horses rely on the hierarchy of the herd for their security, social status, and safety. During the weeks following the introduction of a new horse, the herd must redefine their social rankings, leading to an increased risk of injury and stress for the newcomer as well as the established herd members. There are several steps you can take however, to help assure the transition is made safely and with minimum risk of injury.
The first and […]
Horse bedding: there’s never enough of it, is there? Whether you use shavings or straw, horse bedding always seems to disappear at an alarming rate. It’s frustrating throwing down expensive bedding so your horses can literally destroy it, but there are ways to stretch your bedding and save some money along the way. Using fewer resources, better, to save money? Sign us up, please! Here are some strategies to save horse bedding.
Try a sifter: For the horse who treats his stall like the set of “Twister,” there’s no manure pile too large to be […]
Springtime is the traditional foaling season, but your mare could be expecting a foal at any time of year. Your foaling kit should be ready to go at a moment’s notice, because once the mare’s water breaks, you should have a foal on the ground within thirty minutes. That means the time to prepare is well before your mare’s due date. So how should you stock your foaling kit?
Here are some of the essential elements of a foaling kit:
Flashlight, battery-powered lantern, or head lamp, with extra batteries: Sure, it would be best […]