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365 Days in Horse Country - Therapeutic Riding

April 30th, 2013

365 Days in Horse Country – Therapeutic Riding

 

Therapeutic riding is the use of horses to aid people dealing with mental of physical challenges.  Riding centres established to provide horseback therapy help people of all ages deal with a variety of issues.

Specially trained instructors work with students using riding as a means of physical and emotional therapy.  Students are taught ho ...

365 Days in Horse Country - Stocking Up

April 29th, 2013

365 Days in Horse Country – Stocking Up




Have you ever noticed the lower part of your horse’s legs looking puffy when you get it out of its stall?  After a bit of exercise, does the puffiness go away?  If so, your horse is experiencing a condition called “stocking up”.

Stocking up is a caused when blood and lymphatic fluids pool in the lower part of the horse’s legs.  This is usually th ...

365 Days in Horse Country - Hoof Cracks

April 28th, 2013

365 Days in Horse Country – Hoof Cracks





Horses get minor cracks and chips along the edge of the hoof all the time.  This is normal as the hoof grows out and begins to break off.  What isn’t normal are vertical cracks that start from the coronet band and extend down toward the toe.  These are called hoof cracks, and can be dangerous.  Hoof cracks are often caused by inappropriate hoof ...

365 Days in Horse Country - Deworming

April 27th, 2013
365 Days in Horse Country – Deworming




Intenstinal parasites love horses, and it’s not hard to see why.  Horses have 82 feet (25m) of intestines inside their abdominal cavity, providing a lot of room for worms to feed.

Worms can drain your horse of the vital nutrients it needs to stay healthy.  They can also cause serious damage to your horse’s internal organs.  Horses infested with w ...

365 Days in Horse Country - Pasture Care

April 26th, 2013
365 Days in Horse Country – Pasture Care




If you are one of those lucky horse owners who has pasture for your equine charges, make sure you take good care of it.  You can do this by carefully managing the pasture in a way that will provide your horse with the nutrition they need while also preserving the land.

To help maintain a healthy pasture, keep the following in mind:

  • Rotation – ...

365 Days in Horse Country - The Equine First Aid Kit

April 25th, 2013

365 Days in Horse Country – The Equine First Aid Kit

You never know when your horse may injure itself.  Horses are large animals that seem to easily hurt themselves, especially when kept in small confines.  For this reason, it’s a good idea to keep an equine first-aid kit at the ready, both in the stable and when you are traveling with your horse.  This kit can come in very useful while ...

365 Days in Horse Country - The Friesian Horse

April 24th, 2013

365 Days in Horse Country – The Friesian Horse



The Friesian is a horse breed that is near and dear to my heart; having one myself.  The Friesian is a glamorous horse with a legendary and romantic past.  According to some, the Friesian goes back to the Ice Age, when a large primitive horse called Equus Robustus is believed to have lived in Friesland, the area of Europe now knows as the T ...

365 Days in Horse Country - Dental Care

April 23rd, 2013

365 Days in Horse Country – Dental Care 



As I await the arrival of my veterinarian this morning, today’s topic seems rather apropos. 

Your horse’s teeth should be at the top of your preventative care list.  Horses with tooth problems can develop serious health issues, such as colic and infections.

Horses in the wild don’t need dental care because they wear their teeth down naturally ...

365 Days in Horse Country - The First Equine Movie Star

April 22nd, 2013

365 Days in Horse Country – The First Equine Movie Star 

 




The first equine movie star was discovered in northern California in the early 1800s.  Photographer Eadweard Muybridge shot a series of photos of a trotting horse named Abe Edgington pulling a sulky.  The horse owner, Leland Stanford, hired Muybridge to photograph their racehorses so he could better understand their movement.  ...

365 Days in Horse Country - Companionship for Your Clip-Clop

April 21st, 2013
365 Days in Horse Country - Companionship for Your Clip-Clop



Horses are most happy, and healthiest, when they can live with members of their own species.  Horses are herd animals and rely on their herds for safety from predators, and for companionship.  Imagine spending your life with no one to talk to and the impact that might have on your emotional health after a while.  Unfortunately ...

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