No Nails Required: The New Era of Horseshoeing
For about five hundred years, give or take, humans have been protecting horses’ hooves and giving their animals traction by nailing on shoes. And for just as long (presumably) horses have had their hooves damaged by those nails, whether simply because slowly-growing horn racked up too many holes from back-to-back shoeings, or because a “hot nail” hit sensitive laminae within the hoof.
Horseshoes are often seen as a necessary evil. Sure, we’d all love to have our horses barefoot — it would hurt less when they step […]
Three Common Plants That Might Hurt Your Horse
Is there poison in your pasture?
Sounds dramatic, doesn’t it? Sadly there are plenty of growing things that your horse might think are nice to eat, but are in fact poisonous. Over the twenty years of designing facilities we have developed a twenty two page document listing as many of these as we can. It might be a native growth or an ornamental planting brought in by ambitious gardeners. Either way, it’s time to check your outdoor areas and make sure there’s nothing dangerous lurking out there […]
If you’ve been anywhere near the horse world this week, you probably know that there’s a new Triple Crown contender on the line.
On Saturday, May 17th, California Chrome became the latest horse to win both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, whipping the horse racing world into a frenzy of excitement.
It’s been 32 years since Affirmed became the last Triple Crown winner, ending an exciting string of wins (Secretariat in 1973, Seattle Slew in 1977). The seventies were very good for Triple Crowns – almost as good as the thirties and forties, when three […]
Here comes the heat!
Although it seemed like winter would never end, parts of the country are already heating up into the 90s and beyond — and we’re not just talking about the hot places like Florida! If North America skipped spring and went straight into summer this year, we definitely need to keep an eye on ourselves and our animals for signs of heat stroke. Here are some tips on keeping your horse cool when the temperature is soaring.
Schedule Extra Cool-down Time: Make sure there’s enough time at the end of your […]
If the Triple Crown season has you thinking about Thoroughbreds, you’re not alone!
Springtime Thoroughbred events are on the rise, led by the Retired Racehorse Project’s incredibly popular Thoroughbreds For All! event, which just celebrated its second year at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day-Event.
More and more people are choosing retired racehorses to be their next riding companion. Are you considering adding an off-track Thoroughbred to your herd? Luckily, there is plenty of support out there for prospective Thoroughbred owners. You don’t have to worry about going it alone.
The aforementioned Retired […]
A key element of any horseperson’s day: putting a horse someplace, and keeping them there.
Whether it’s a stall, a paddock, a round pen, or a pasture — since humans started working with horses, we’ve been building fences to keep them where we want them.
Traditionally, wooden rails have done that job for us. Wooden barns, wooden fencing — trees have been converted into corrals for much of horse-human history. Lately, faced with a world in which keeping trees standing is more important than chopping them down, horsemen have been turning to alternative methods of keeping […]
Little equestrian touches in our homes tend to be par for the course.
Bits and pieces from the barn wander home and don’t wander back again; cracked old riding boots that we just can’t part with become part of the foyer. Whether we plan it or not, as equestrians, we tend to bring the stable home with us.
Ready to embrace your inability to separate work from home, tack room from living room? Here are three ways to create an equestrian-themed look that will tell all your friends and visitors: yeah, we’ve got horses […]