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.
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 […]
Summer is here, but with it come the flies. When it comes to controlling flies in and around your barn, you have many different options. Choosing the right type of fly control for your stable will depend on a number of factors, and each fly management system has its own pros and cons.
What You Need to Know About Different Types of Fly Control
Here are the details you should know about the different types of fly control options available. We’ve highlighted some of the most common options to help you get started.
Vaccinations are a must for most performance horses, and vaccinating your horse is a routine aspect of his health care. While vaccines are carefully developed and monitored to be as safe as possible, adverse reactions can and do happen. These tips can help you to maximize your horse’s safety when he does need to be vaccinated.
Determine Your Horse’s Risk Factors
One of the simplest ways to reduce your horse’s risk of having an adverse vaccine reaction is to only give him the vaccines that he absolutely needs. Think carefully about your horse’s risk […]
With spring upon us, it’ll be time to wash off muddy legs and prepare horses for show season. A wash stall or wash bay in your barn can make bathing easier and faster, but a poorly designed wash stall can cause problems and even be a safety issue. If you’re thinking of building a wash stall or wash bay in your barn, these tips can help you to design a wash area that you will love.
It’s best to plan your wash stall location when you initially plan your entire barn’s layout […]
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.
Nightwatch, deemed the world’s first smart halter, can […]