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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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Teaching Children to Approach Horses PDF Print E-mail
Written by Katriona Lindstrom   
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 00:00

I have noticed something lately: parents letting their kids just run up to strange animals. In fact today, a very young child somehow made it underneath the stomach of my blind horse.

I can't begin to express the danger that a 1,300 lb animal presents to a 30 lb child - especially one who can't see the child!  I am grateful that my hooved partner is so responsive to what I say and stood firmly. If not, this child could have easily been killed.  I can't imagine what could have happened had my horse been a younger or more reactive animal.

Allowing your child to run up to an unknown animal, or approaching one yourself, can be very dangerous.  It doesn't matter how well-trained or well-behaved an animal is, approaching them blindly is dangerous. By not teaching proper etiquette, a child's, an animal's, the handler's, and possibly your own life may be at risk.  Don’t risk yourself or your children.


Last Updated on Friday, 01 August 2014 21:48
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Taking Care of Your Horse – Making Sure They Get the Best Nutrition PDF Print E-mail
Written by Katherine Ogilvie   
Saturday, 14 June 2014 00:00

Whether you horse is a beloved family pet or used in competitions - you want to keep your horse happy and healthy for as long as possible. Ensuring your horses have a well-balanced diet and are getting all the nutrition they need can be a big part of that. Various foods and substances are recommended for horses but here are three of the simplest and the most recommended dietary supplements for horses:

Seaweed for Horses

Did you know seaweed can be a relatively cheap supplement that’s great for hoof and coat health? Seaweed is a natural source of vitamins and minerals for horses; in particular it’s a great source of iodine. Iodine is important for healthy development and growth in horses because it is used to synthesize thyroid hormones – which contributes to regulating metabolism, balancing body temperature and oxygen usage.  Seaweed also provides your equine friends with other useful healthy, natural substances including amino acids, vitamins A, B, C, E and K, calcium, iron, magnesium, sodium and many others – all which help to fuel a healthy and happy horse.


Last Updated on Thursday, 12 June 2014 19:00
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Cashel Crusader Fly Mask Review PDF Print E-mail
Written by Katriona Lindstrom   
Saturday, 07 June 2014 00:00

I recently received 3 fly masks to review from Cashel. To begin with, I like the packaging. The zippered bag is a good way to store your fly mask for the off season (though we don't have much of one here in Arizona).  It is sturdier than just a thin cardboard box like other masks come in, or a thin plastic bag.  The closest thing to it would be the packaging a comforter comes in.  The front of the board in the package has all the information you need and it is VERY clear what size you have. 

The back of the board in the bag has a size guide.  This guide is more helpful than some other brands, as it shows how to measure and what size the measurements correlate to.  This is more exact than going by just weight.  I have purchased fly masks in the past, based on weight, but they did not fit any of my horses.

Cashel has put a lot of thought into sizing and while it's not perfect, it's closer than most.


Last Updated on Saturday, 07 June 2014 17:17
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Do You Really Have The Commitment To Own A Horse? PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 06 April 2013 01:36

Owning a horse requires considerable commitment on your part. He will need stabling, feeding, mucking out, grooming, and exercising. While this isn’t much different to owning a dog, a combination of the size of the horse and the fact that you will usually have to travel to the stables means that you may regret your decision, especially on cold and dark mornings when you want nothing more than to stay in bed and have a cup of coffee.

Horses are big animals and they require regular care and attention. You need to ensure that they have a good quality feed, permanent access to water, and that you are giving horse supplements to help ensure that they get all of the vitamins and nutrients that they require. Certain supplements, like NAF horse can prove especially useful if your horse has undergone a change in its exercise regimen.


Last Updated on Monday, 25 November 2013 15:27
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