When I was an adolescent, I used to go with my friends to the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, CA. We would get paid 25 cents to walk a hot thoroughbred horse until he cooled down. That process usually took 45 minutes, so we thought we were sitting in tall cotton making all that money.
Fly control. It’s never a question of “if” the flies will return, but rather “when” and “how many”? But with so many fly-control products using heavy chemicals, you might be searching for some solutions that will keep you and your horses toxin-free while still reaping the benefits of seasonal fly relief. Today we’ll cover natural solutions to combating flies in the barn, including our secret (and all natural) weapon against flies year after year.
You may have heard of the benefits of essential oils for yourself, but did you know that they can be used on horses, too? Essential oils can benefit horses in many ways, from aromatherapy to natural topical remedies. Read on to find out which oils are safe for equine use and how to incorporate them into your weekly routine.
What could be more idyllic than waking up to soft muzzles and hooves thudding around the pasture, really? Backyard horse ownership is not only amazing for you as the horse owner, but it also means that you can ensure the best possible care for your horses. But even if you have property, keeping your horses with you is not always the best fit. If you’re considering taking the plunge into backyard horse ownership, here are some factors to consider first.
How does a horse lover know the seasons are changing? By our horses’ coats, of course! Now that we’re heading into the Spring season, you’re probably excited about that beautiful new coat coming in on your, but the shedding that comes along with it is no joke. Today we’ll cover why and when horses shed, and how to help your horse shed more effectively.
When we go to ride our horses, we often focus on how we will challenge and connect with them psychologically, especially if we’re working on moving through the Levels. To accomplish anything on the ground or in the saddle, however, they need to engage their whole bodies. Even short rides with your horse can be a workout, and there are things you can do to help ensure that your horse recovers properly.
Equine Lordosis, commonly known as swayback in horses, is a relatively rare condition where the ligaments around the horse’s vertebrae start to slacken, causing a noticeable dip right behind their withers. While the condition looks severe, it is usually not painful, and there are things you can do to help strengthen the swaybacked horse’s back.