Blanketing Your Horses Simplified
Owning a barn in the winter is full of challenges. From plowing snow to keeping water buckets from freezing, you’ll have plenty of work ahead of you. But one chore – blanketing – is particularly time-consuming. These five tips can help to simplify your blanketing to save you time and frustration.
Minimize Your Blanketing
Perhaps the best way to simplify your blanketing program is to minimize the amount that you need to blanket your horses. If a horse has the winter off from riding, or is retired, let them grow their coats […]
Advancements in technology are revolutionizing the world. Lucky for us, they’re also improving our capabilities in the horse world. Whether you’re worried about your horse having an emergency while you aren’t there, or want to improve the effectiveness of your training program, chances are that there’s a new type of technology that can help you with that.
These three apps, programs, and devices can help you monitor your horse’s health for improved safety and even improved care for the horses in your barn.
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Winter will be here before you know it, and those cold temperatures have already started to descend over parts of the country. Don’t get caught off-guard with your winter barn prep! Here are five important tasks that you should take care of now.
Maintain Your Horse Trailer
As your show season wraps up and you get ready to put your trailer away for the weekend, take a day and do some important maintenance. Pull up all of your floor mats and evaluate your floor for any weak or rotting areas. Check your tire pressure and look […]
It can be difficult to keep your horse in work through the winter with the unpredictable weather and the shorter daylight hours. But if your arena footing starts freezing, then it can prevent you from being able to work your horse at all, no matter how determined you are. These tips can help you to prevent your arena footing from freezing so you can continue to work and even get a jump on next year’s show season.
Start with a Quality Arena
If you’re building a facility, then you really need to invest in a quality […]
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 […]
Hopefully you’re having a great summer filled with plenty of time in the saddle. In between shows, trail rides, and clinics, though, it’s important to keep up with your barn and pasture maintenance. Are these five maintenance chores on your to-do list this summer?
1. Check in With Your Hay Supplier
With fresh hay being harvested, now is the perfect time to check in with your hay supplier. Discuss your purchasing plans throughout the year, stock up your barn, and make sure that you’ll have enough hay to carry you through the winter. No […]
Are your pastures developing bare spots where horses are grazing the grass down so short it dies? When grass is grazed too much – below about 3 inches in height – it loses its nutritional quality, and even begins to die. Rotational grazing can help to prevent this, preserving and even improving the quality of your pastures.
How Rotational Grazing Can Help
When you implement rotational grazing, you are creating a system by which you rotate the areas in your pasture that your horses can access. By keeping horses off of particular areas, you allow the grass to grow back […]