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Biosecurity at the Barn PDF Print E-mail
Written by Katriona   
Saturday, 23 May 2015 16:57

A recent outbreak of VSV, or Vesicular Stomatitis Virus, a nasty virus that causes awful sores in your horse’s mouth, reminds me that we can never be too careful when it comes to biosecurity measures for our pets.

What is Biosecurity?

Biosecurity refers to measures taken to protect yourself or your animals from hazardous biological agents, like viruses.  Biosecurity measures can include quarantine, changing clothes between groups of animals or places, washing tools and shoes, and so on.

Why Should I Worry?

Any time you invite someone to your farm or property, they may bring some unwanted visitors.  Clothing, shoes, cars, tack, other animals, wildlife, tools – all can carry disease.  Anything that was used on the same species (and sometimes others) can harbor something that could make your animal sick.  We need to be aware of the potential vectors and learn how to help minimize risk.


Last Updated on Sunday, 24 May 2015 00:29
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Can I Come Over and Ride Your Horse? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Katriona   
Sunday, 26 April 2015 22:05

There’s a split second of time that exists after every horse owner meets someone new, or is getting to know someone better, that they dread.  It’s that second after you mention you have horses and the person’s eyes light up like a princess-obsessed pre-schooler who just learned she’s going to Disneyland.

“You have a horse?!?  OH MY GOSH!  I rode one at camp/took lessons/rode on a trip once.  I LOVED it!  Can I (or my kids) come over and ride your horse or can I (or my toddler) come over and pet your horse?”

All The Time

This happens to me every single time the horses come up in conversation. It’s as common for me as saying “I’m married”, which is inevitably followed by the reply of “Oh my gosh! Are you Pregnant? Do you have kids? How many kids do you have?”.

I understand people’s desire to bond over commonalities but the question strikes fear into the heart of horse owners, just as questions about kids has the potential to upset folks who are having infertility issues or just, gosh darn it, just don’t want kids of their own. It’s a perilous ground you have to tread when answering the question...

Photo by Josh Engroff

Last Updated on Monday, 27 April 2015 00:58
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Review of Healthy Horse Hors D’oeuvres PDF Print E-mail
Written by Katriona   
Friday, 10 April 2015 22:20

The owner of Healthy Horse Hors D’oeuvres sent me several of their delectable flavors to offer my herd.  I say delectable because these darn well smell good enough to eat! The ingredients are human grade, and there are no chemicals so I’d say you can probably try them.  Lucky horses get all the good stuff.

The flavors that arrived were: Oatmeal Raisin, Cranberry Spice, Carrot Cake, Ginger Snap, Cranberry Mint, Caramel Apple, and Blueberry Muffin.

First Impressions

So the first impression upon opening the package was the wonderful smell.  I made the mistake of putting the package close to the turnout while I grabbed my camera, and my OTTB was trying to open the package and sneak some.  Instantly upon opening I was mobbed by the whole herd.  They really wanted those cookies. 


Last Updated on Friday, 10 April 2015 22:42
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Annual Arabian Horse Show PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 16:50

February is one of my most favorite months. The air is clear and crisp in Arizona, the temps are in the mid-70s for a few days, and we’re left with gorgeous days under cloudless blue skies. Arizona plays host to a vast number of local events that are encouraged to get us outside to enjoy the beautiful days. One of these is the Arabian Horse Show.

I’ve had Arabian horses for most of my life (although I’m currently horse-less for a variety of reasons). I miss having horses around me; the musky scent of sun-warmed leather that fills a tack room, the bouquet of fresh-cut hay that reminds of all the good things in life, the spicy odor of horses that fills your heart. So I have to get my horse fix elsewhere and that is usually at the Arabian Horse Show in Scottsdale, where I can soak in all things horse-related for ten fun-filled days.

The Annual Arabian Horse Show has occurred every year since 1955, with the first event taking place on the ground of the Arizona Biltmore Hotel. My, how things have changed! It has grown from 50 horses to nearly 2400 horses in the years since. A win at this show means big money for the champions!

If you haven’t been, we want to tell you about some reasons to attend that most folks won’t know. Whether you have horses or just adore watching them, this is an event you shouldn’t miss.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 February 2015 17:11
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How to Choose A Farrier PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Saturday, 01 November 2014 00:00

The most important things you can do for your horse includes feeding a balanced diet and providing proper care for their feet. Choosing a farrier is as important, or more so, than choosing a veterinarian or boarding facility.

Finding the right farrier will take time, but avoiding lifelong injury or crippling your horse due to improper shoeing will save you thousands of dollars, and a lot of heartache, in the long run.

Here are some tips on how to find a farrier (horseshoer or blacksmith) and why it's so important to select a great person to work with your horse.


Last Updated on Saturday, 18 October 2014 15:27
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