Between spring cleaning, fresh hay in your barn, and the allergens in the air, prioritizing your horse’s respiratory health becomes more important than other. Whether you have a horse with known respiratory issues or want to simply keep all of your horses healthy, these tips can help.
Focus on providing plenty of ventilation within your barn. You can do this in multiple ways. Opening up all of your windows and doors can create cross-breezes, and using barn fans, if you have them, can help to generate airflow.
If you don’t yet have open […]
Having a well-stocked first aid kit in your barn can leave you better prepared to deal with equine injuries and illnesses. While the standard essentials like gauze pads and a thermometer are always helpful, in some situations, some more unusual items may be the key to giving your horse the care he needs. If it’s time to refresh your first aid kit, consider adding these less common items to it so that you’re well-prepared for any equine health emergency.
Bicycle Inner Tube
In an emergency, you can cut a bicycle inner tube in half […]
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 […]