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Horse Forage Testing

Horse forage testing will ensure the best possible nutrition for your horse. Forages supply energy, crude protein, minerals, and vitamins at varying levels, depending on forage species and its nutritional value. Forages are classified as legumes or grasses. The nutrients in the forage vary, depending on the maturity of the grasses, fertilization, management, and environmental […]

Horse Feed Considerations

Horse feed includes pasture, prepared feeds (grain and hay), pelleted feeds and protein. Additionally, horses may need salt, supplements, trace minerals and vitamins. Feed and nutrition influence your horse’s health and longevity. Because she only has one stomach and a cecum, your horse needs to be fed so that her simple digestive system is not […]

Fly Masks: Non Toxic Insect Protection

Flies and gnats can torment your horse. One way to provide relief is with fly masks. OK, they might look a little silly but your horse won’t care. He’ll just be glad his eyes, ears and tender skin are no longer under attack from face flies, biting flies and gnats. Many riders reach for the […]

Farm Tractors

Do you dream about farm tractors? It’s a beautiful day, you’re perched on top of a reliable tractor, rolling across a well groomed pasture…maybe you’re even wearing a silly hat. Maybe your tractor dreams lean a bit more towards the practical; you want to plant and maintain pasture, dig postholes, stretch fencing, move manure, bale […]

Equine Water Needs

Equine water needs vary. On average, a mature horse at rest will need between 10 and 12 gallons of water per day depending on environmental and/or physiological conditions. Factors that increase your horse’s water needs include: Pregnancy: 10% more Lactation: 50-70% more Hard work or profuse sweating: double their daily needs Hot weather: up to […]

Avoid Grass Clippings

Do not feed grass clippings to your horse. If you collect and compost lawn clippings, be sure the pile is out of reach of your horses. Here’s why: Wet, green lawn clippings that have been left in a mower bag or in an exposed pile will start to mildew and ferment quickly. This can cause […]

The Horse Cribbing Habit

Horse cribbing is an obsessive compulsive behavior. Your horse will bite down on a stationary object, arch his neck, pull backwards, swallow air and grunt. Cribbing causes a release of endorphins which stimulates the pleasure center of your horse’s brain. This is why it is such an addictive habit…and so hard to break. But cribbing […]

Summer Horse Care Tips

Summer horse care seems like breeze. A beautiful summer day and your horse is outside. No worries, right? Maybe not. Horses can overheat easily, and if left in a field without shade they are subject to a variety of sun-related problems. Horses with sparse hair and light colored hair and skin are more likely to […]

Reduce Equine Heat Stress

There are four ways to decrease the risk of equine heat stress. Increase ventilation Open the windows and doors. Low tech, but it works! Add fans if it can be done safely. Do not run extension cords or place a fan within reach of your horse’s curious mouth. There are fans with misting attachments that […]

New Horse Introduction Preparations

Kicking. Biting. Bullies. Grade school? No. Horse pasture. Get ready for a new horse introduction by following these simple steps. Herd Dynamics: Watch your horses. Study the ‘pecking order’ so you can predict who might be a trouble-maker and who will be the least aggressive. Keep an eye on the lower-level horses who might be […]