Don’t neglect your horse during the holidays

All of us are busy during the month of December, especially in preparation for Christmas, New Years and family visits. Because of this, we may unintentionally neglect our horses. It is easy to neglect our horses quite by accident.  Most of the care we give all year can be offset by the new cold weather.  Here is why:  Many of our horses are pastured all year but when winter and the cold arrives, we begin feeding hay.  The hay seemed great when we put it in the barn but a leaky roof or being baled with a high degree of moisture. During the late summer and fall, mold can form that you can not see.   All of us seem to look at the price of hay instead of the quality.

Read More

Is Your Horse Worth his Salt?

The ancient Greeks traded salt for slaves – hence the saying “worth his salt”.
Early Roman soldiers were partially paid in salt (salarium argentum, which is where the word “salary” originated).
A severe salt deficiency can cause your horse to die.
Napoleon had thousands of soldiers die during his retreat from Moscow when wounds would not heal due to a “salt deficiency”.

Read More

Wait!

In this day and age of “instant” everything, it’s hard to do, especially when you’re training a young horse, or even an older horse for that matter.

It’s easy to get excited; everything is now or soon. There are show classes for weanlings, yearlings, two-year-old futurities and derbies for three-year-olds. And time flies when you are having fun.

Read More

What Bedding to Use?

Water, water everywhere…and not a drop to drink!

An average 1,000-pound horse produces about 2 ½ gallons of urine a day.

So, how do you keep stalls dry?

A stall that drains properly is the first step.

Constructing a good base will allow the urine to drain. Poor drainage means the bedding must absorb all the moisture.

Read More

Planning Next Season’s Riding Destination

For many people, the end of October is considered the traditional end of the trail riding season and the beginning of next season’s planning. To help in your planning, I wrote to the Director of State Parks in each state and asked if they were opening any new trails or had plans to close any riding trails in their parks in the upcoming year.

Read More

Trust

The definition of “trust” is to have confidence in something or believe in someone.
We are entrusted to care for our horses – to train with compassion and provide for their needs.
We trust others to provide us education, services and products to aid us in caring for our horses.

Read More