How do you celebrate Christmas in your barn? From decorating to hosting special events for your friends, family, and boarders, the holiday season is the perfect time to celebrate with your horses right alongside. Here are just a few ways you can incorporate the holidays into your barn.
Start With Great Decorating
To get your barn in the Christmas spirit, start by decorating it so that it looks great. Christmas garlands, stockings, a Christmas tree, and some lights will instantly make your barn look festive. Want to go all-out? Wrap a wall or wrap some wall hangings […]
Winter makes caring for horses more challenging, and one of those biggest challenges is the mud and ice that the weather can bring. A slip on ice can be dangerous to both horses and humans, and mud also takes a toll on your horse’s health, affecting his hooves and potentially leading to scratches. Luckily, there are many ways that you can manage winter mud and ice around your horse farm.
Implement Paddock Drainage
The key to managing winter mud and ice is getting ahead of the issue, so before winter hits, implement paddock drainage solutions so that […]
Riding clinics are valuable tools in learning to better ride, compete with, and train your horse. Clinics give you a chance to receive instruction from a trainer that you might not otherwise have access to, and riding in a clinic can open up opportunities and training advancements. But clinics are expensive and can require travel and time, so your chances to ride in them may be limited. When you do get to ride in a clinic, use these tips to get the most out of the experience.
Choose Your Clinician Strategically
Clinics are valuable learning opportunities, but only […]
It’s always safest to ride with someone else, but sometimes life happens and that isn’t always possible. However, getting help if you fall – especially if you’re unconscious or unable to reach your phone – poses a real problem for equestrians. Thanks to technology, though, you can take steps to prepare for this worst case scenario so that you’re still able to get the emergency help you need after a riding accident.
Ride With Me
The Ride With Me app is a free app developed by SmartPak. You’ll enter in some emergency contacts, and then […]
When it comes to colic episodes, the sooner you realize your horse is in trouble, the better the chance of your horse surviving the colic. Unfortunately, it’s hard to keep a constant eye on your horse when he’s out to pasture or once you leave the barn to go to work or to go to sleep for the night.
Technology is stepping up to help horse owners monitor their horses for colic and health issues, even when they can’t be there with their horses in person. Consider using these four options in your barn.
Whether you’re building a new equestrian property or are purchasing existing property, you may need to find some ways to establish privacy. Barns and stables seem to naturally pique neighbors’ attention, and you may find that neighbors or passers-by start to wander down your driveway to greet the horses or see the barn. If you’re running a professional boarding barn, this comes with the territory, but if your property is private, these occurrences can become annoying and invasive.
Luckily, you can make some simple changes to discourage people from wandering onto the property, regaining your privacy in […]
For decades, the accepted deworming practice has been to rotationally deworm horses every two months. But in the face of parasite resistance, rotational deworming has quickly become a problem. Here are the facts on deworming, including the importance of fecal egg counts and how to adjust your deworming program.
The Problem of Parasite Resistance
We have just a few different wormer active ingredients in our arsenal: fenbendazole, pyrantel, ivermectin, and moxidectin. Though there are countless different wormer brands, they all use these same ingredients to kill off intestinal parasites. The problem occurs when parasites develop a resistance to […]
With parasite resistance on the rise, vets are advising horse and stable owners to change their deworming programs. If you haven’t yet adopted the practice of strategic deworming, then it may be time to take a look at your stable’s deworming program. The below tips can help you to create an ideal deworming program for your stable.
Understanding Fecal Egg Counts
Fecal egg counts are the basis of your strategic deworming program. These counts measure the parasite egg counts present in each horse’s manure. This can help you to identify which horses shed high numbers […]