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Money Saving Tips for Horse Owners
26th Feb 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
ce of a horse is just the beginning. What if your Ďfreeí horse has an injury a week after you buy it, leaving you with a $1500 vet bill? Thatís not likely of course, but itís something to think about. The ongoing expenses can add ...
Do Horses Feet Get Cold
24th Feb 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Even the horses without shoes are getting ice cakes under their hooves. If the temperature goes up a bit, itís not unusual to see their hooves glazed with ice. Shoes without snow pads can cause the snow to melt so hard against the ...
 
Horse Vaccines Are Not Necessary
22nd Feb 2015   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
Equine anti-vaxxers believe that vaccinations overload or over-stimulate the horseís immune system and cause long term neurological or allergy problems. We have to remember that our own, and our horseís immune system is being assa ...
The Kentucky Feral Horse Controversy
21st Feb 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
In a state known for its elegant stables, miles of white fences and pedigree racing stock, itís a bit of a surprise that Kentucky is home to a sizeable population of feral and free-roaming horses. Where once the mountains of Appal ...
How To Extend And Preserve Your Hay Storage
19th Feb 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Itís a long way to haying season, when the next crop will be ready. So what if you donít have enough hay to see you through to early summer? Here are a few things you can do to extend and preserve your hay store. ...
Girl Guides First Horse Encounter
17th Feb 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Riding has slowed down for the winter months. Thereís lots of snow and cold, and little motivation to go out in it and ride. I did spend a whole day at the barn recently, because apparently the Girl Guides donít notice the cold an ...
Does Color Influence A Horses Character
15th Feb 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Perhaps the horse color with the worst reputation is chestnut. Chestnut colors can range from very deep reddish brown, to a bright coppery red. Many people believe that a red chestnut will be very temperamental. Saying the words ...
2015 Equestrian Pan-Am Games
14th Feb 2015   |   Shows and Events   |   Saferaphus
Iíve got tickets to see dressage and cross country jumping at the Pan-Am Games in July, and Iím so excited! Tickets are on sale now, and going fast, so thankfully, my daughter grabbed them early. Long side dressage tickets were a ...
Dales Pony Facing Extinction - Only 1500 Left
11th Feb 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Less than one hundred years ago, ponies and horses were still being used as modes of transportation and beasts of burden. One British breed was well known for its ability to withstand rigorous labor in harsh conditions. The Dales ...
Towing a Toboggan Behind a Horse
9th Feb 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Where I live, there is a foot of snow on the ground right now. This means that outdoor riding is limited. I have the luxury of riding indoors now, but it hasn't always been that way. When I was growing up, we had a choice of wadin ...
Train Your Horse To Hug
7th Feb 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
One of my familyís favorite TV shows was 'Whose Line Is It Anyways', and one of our favorite lines was from a game called Two Line Vocabulary. Whenever we notice anyone feeling down, frustrated or angry we say - oooo...somebody ne ...
Dogs and Horses
5th Feb 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
up on your living room rug. But, there can be more serious consequences. There is a chance Maxx could have become impacted. That would have required a trip to the veterinarianís office and some uncomfortable procedures. Dogs canít ...
A Brief History of Jumping
3rd Feb 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Just as no one knows when the first horse was ridden, we canít be sure just when someone discovered that training a horse to be ridden over obstacles such as ditches and fences was useful. Xenophon who lived c. 430 Ė 354 BC in Gre ...
Horse Lice Infestation in the Winter Months
1st Feb 2015   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
There are a few skin problems that horse owners deal with more commonly in the winter months than in summer. One of the more disturbing problems is lice. Call it lousiness, lice, louse infestation, Haematopinus Asin or Amalinia Eq ...
Quick Horse Blanket Repair
31st Jan 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Over the years Iíve learned how to repair most of my horseís gear myself. Horse blankets are especially prone to damage from the horse wearing them, and from other horses theyíre pastured with. Recently, one of the horses pastured ...
Too Young To Ride A Horse
27th Jan 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
How old were you when you first discovered horses? If you ride, how old were you when you first sat in the saddle, or when you first started really riding? There are old photos of me sitting on my motherís horse as a toddler. I go ...
Calories You Burn Working with Horses
25th Jan 2015   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
After cleaning a few stalls, I got home and decided I needed cookies. After all, I burned energy working and it was cold, so I deserved a few tasty calories. While some people might argue that horseback riding isnít a sport and it ...
Hang Gliders are from Outer Space
24th Jan 2015   |   Horse Stories   |   Saferaphus
Hang Gliders are from Outer Space is just one tale of a skittish ex-racehorse from author Steve Ankers in the book 'It's a Dog's Life for the Other Half', tales from in and around a veterinary practice. ...
Caring for a Senior Horse
21st Jan 2015   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
We often hear that senior horses are best for kids and beginner adults. These Ďbeen there, done thatí horses have a lot to offer. But what exactly is a senior horse? Horses donít just start out one day as a young or mature horse, ...
Equine Rain Rot Cures
19th Jan 2015   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
The scientific name for this skin condition is dermatophilus, but itís more commonly known as rain rot or rain scald. Rain scald is rare during the dry, sunny summer months. But when the weather turns cooler, darker and damper, an ...
Thiefs Cut Off Horse Tails
18th Jan 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Police are investigating after a thief broke into a horseís pasture and stole its tail. The owners of the Morgan Arabian cross were distraught after waking one morning to find that one of their horseís had its tail shaved off, wit ...
A Few Of My Favorite Winter Horse Things
16th Jan 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
On the North American side of the earth, the weather is now frigid and making riding uncomfortable. Hereís a few things Iíve acquired that make winter riding a bit more bearable. ...
How To Become a Horse Expert
13th Jan 2015   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Horses are dumb, people are smart. (That's why people pay for clinics and horses don't.) As the western horse expert, you know how to break your training methods into simple steps that anyone can do until they actually try them. Y ...
Avoiding Feed Mill Horse Feed Poisoning
11th Jan 2015   |   Care and Grooming   |   Saferaphus
You might remember the story about the horses that died of monensin poisoning back in December. Monensin is an additive to livestock feed, most commonly in cattle feeds, that is deadly poisonous to horses. Itís never intentionally ...
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