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 […]
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 […]
It can be tempting to vaccinate your horse yourself, especially if you have a stable full of horses and are looking to save some money. But vaccinating your horse on your own brings a number of concerns and potential issues. Below are a few points that you’ll want to consider when making that decision.
Wellness Appointments Are a Chance to Check In With Your Vet
Annual wellness appointments don’t just serve as a chance to get your horse vaccinated. They’re also a chance to check in with your vet, have your vet evaluate your horse […]
With spring finally here, you may be thinking about buying a new horse or bringing new horses in to your training or boarding program. Do you have a quarantine program in place? If not, be sure to review these tips on quarantining a new horse to help keep your other horses both safe and healthy.
Why You Need to Quarantine a Horse
Quarantining a new horse should be a standard practice in any barn. When you bring in a new horse, whether it’s coming from an elite stable or from an auction house, you never know with […]