Should you feed raw grains to horses?
With the rise in news stories about contaminated horse feed, some horse owners are starting to consider feeding raw, unprocessed grains to their horses instead of pellets or sweet feed. While any big change in feeding regimen should be discussed with your veterinarian, let’s look at some of the advantages, and disadvantages, to some popular raw grains.
Corn: Corn is often an affordable grain that many horsemen might already be using to supplement their sweet feed. High-starch and high-calorie, corn can create a rapid burst of energy followed […]
It’s not too late for a New Year’s Resolution! 2015 is young, and there is always time to start on a new goal or kick some habits to the curb for the year. Here’s a suggestion: this year, look at ways to go green in 2015. From your bedding to your grooming tools to your whole stable, there are plenty of new ways to add an eco-friendly focus to your daily equestrian routine.
Green Level: Easy — All-Natural Fly Spray. We’ll be the first to admit that sometimes, it takes chemicals to knock […]
One constant dilemma facing horse owners, no matter what your discipline, is manure disposal. Horses create manure continuously, and it has to go somewhere. The ubiquitous manure pile that so many barns have used over the years is, unfortunately, a less attractive and useful option as farm properties grow smaller and closer to their neighbors, and as municipalities and water management boards seek to discourage run-off into streams, rivers, and aquifers. What to do with all that manure just piling up?
Compost can create useful, nutritious soil amendment out of manure — truly turning a problem into a […]
English Saddle Fitting 101
Saddle fitting; it’s the most glamorous, exciting, fun part of your entire equestrian career. Well, not really. Saddle fitting is actually something many of us would rather just skate by and hope for the best. Good saddles are expensive, and that moment when you realize that your best buddy saddle doesn’t fit your new best buddy horse — well, let’s just say it’s not pleasant.
So how can you tell if your saddle is doing a good job of fitting to your horse’s back? Here are a few steps for […]
Five Foaling Kit Must-Haves You Might Have Forgotten
You’re not a doctor, a veterinarian, or even a midwife. But this spring you’re going to be called upon to oversee a birth, and be prepared to step in to make sure the newborn and mother are healthy and happy. Sound familiar? You might be a horse breeder.
If you are not ready for this yet and are just starting to consider breeding, and not sure how the find the right stallion for your mare; this link to our article on choosing a stallion offers a few […]
Stall rest. Bad manners. Poor weather conditions. Even too small a property.
There are plenty of reasons why some horses can’t get much turn-out time. And while there’s no question that horses benefit from as much free turn-out as possible, there are options to keep your horse healthy and happy even with reduced exercise time.
What’s more important to a horse than hay? Not much. Eating quality roughage round-the-clock is what your horse was born to do — all that jumping and galloping is just a bonus. A horse […]
Even if you don’t work your horse hard enough to warrant performance boots or daily wraps…
it’s important to have these five boots and wraps in your tack room. You never know when you might need them!
Bell boots are there for your horse when his horseshoe nails are not. If your horse has a big expressive trot that is just made for tearing off shoes (look at that overreach of stride! Listen to that clink of metal! Oh… drat!), then bell boots are for you. Yes, they’re annoying to look […]
With winter settling in for the season, horse owners across much of the country have to make a decision: to clip, or not to clip?
Most horses are happy to grow a full, luxuriant coat of fur to keep them warm through the nastiest winter storm. But keeping a horse in work with all that hair can be a challenge. If that fuzzy winter coat gets soaked with sweat during a work-out, it could be doing more harm than good.
If you’re ready to get out the clippers, be sure you pick the clipping style that […]