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On 22 August 2010 I attended a small practice jumping show. After entering my young horse, Moonfire, in the 60cm and 70cm class I took him home to fetch my brilliant little pony, Tempest, for a friend of mine to ride. Th ...
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Preventing Hoof Freeze and Snowballs
15th Nov 2014   |   Care and Grooming   |   Winniefield Park
For those of you who have never contended with snowballs, hereís what happens. Warmth from the horseís hoof causes a thin layer of water to form as it stands in the snow. The water then freezes, and more snow sticks to the ice. Snow keeps building until thereís a big ball stuck t ...
Can Horses Eat Meat
30th Oct 2014   |   Care and Grooming   |   Winniefield Park
Can horses eat meat is a keyword phrase I sometimes see in my Google Analytics. A few years ago, I reviewed a book called Deadly Equines, The Shocking True Story of Meat-Eating & Murderous Horses by CuChullaine O'Reilly. I found the book a little silly, and the supporting evidenc ...
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Major Horse Stall Hazards That Kill
8th Oct 2014   |   Care and Grooming   |   Winniefield Park
Just say no to haynets in stalls (and anywhere else, for that matter). No matter how carefully tied, they are a tangling hazard. But getting tangled isnít the only hazard. Itís harmful for a horse to eat in a head-up position. Eating with its head up increases the possibility of ...
The Right Way To Clean Moldy Horse Tack
27th Sep 2014   |   Care and Grooming   |   Winniefield Park
Some mold on your leather tack isnít a really big deal, although itís looks terrible. It really means your leather is still Ďaliveí. And itís my theory, that good quality leather goods tend to mold easier than the cheaper cardboardy stuff. If left to grow, mold will ruin the leat ...
Fall Equine Virus and Disease Concerns
20th Sep 2014   |   Care and Grooming   |   Winniefield Park
While riding the other day, I noticed there were few bugs. The only thing I noticed were very small mosquitoes landing on my horse's neck. We tend to think of early summer as peak mosquito season. But the mosquitoes that carry the West Nile Virus are more likely to be active in t ...
Hoof Care 101
14th Sep 2014   |   Care and Grooming   |   Winniefield Park
It's trim time for my horse, and I probably drive the farrier crazy. Because she has Thoroughbred feet attached to a Quarter Horse type body, she tends to get sore if trimmed too short. That means I'm hovering over the farrier as he works, reminding him to just do a clean-up, and ...
Is It Too Hot To Ride
5th Aug 2014   |   Care and Grooming   |   Winniefield Park
I wonder if those of you in the southern hemisphere get tired of hearing we in the north complain about being too hot? After all, it's approaching mid-winter season, while those of us north of the equator are in the midst the hottest weather of the year. This morning, I was at th ...
How Much Does It Cost to Own a Horse
27th Jul 2014   |   Care and Grooming   |   Winniefield Park
Every now and again, Iíll sit down and figure out just how much it costs to own a horse. Itís good to know to budget ahead. If you want a horse, youíll want to make sure you can actually afford one, because the purchase price is usually the tip of the iceberg. If you donít bo ...
Top 10 Insects That Will Bite Your Horse
16th Jun 2014   |   Care and Grooming   |   Winniefield Park
Something seems to be eating at our horses all summer long. Hereís whatís buzzing and biting your horse, making it miserable, and perhaps even sick. Bot flies show up later in the summer. They look like bees as they dart at your horse to lay their little yellow oval eggs on an ...
Five Reasons Your Horse is Rubbing its Tail
10th Jun 2014   |   Care and Grooming   |   Winniefield Park
Your horseís mane and tail is often its crowning glory. One of the most disturbing problems that can happen to a horseís tail is rubbing. Itís upsetting to find your horse has rubbed the top of its tail until there are bald spots, and the hair looks like an electrocuted bottle br ...
How To keep Your Horse Cool in The Summer
3rd Jun 2014   |   Care and Grooming   |   Winniefield Park
Weíve just come through one of the longest, coldest winters in a very long time. Iíve been complaining that one part or another of me is frozen for months now, and I am really looking forward to complaining about the heat! Actually, your horse is more likely to feel like complain ...
Cheap Home Remedies for Horses That Really Work
1st Jun 2014   |   Care and Grooming   |   Winniefield Park
There are several reasons why people like home remedies, both for themselves and their horses. Cost is one attraction. Making up your own concoctions for things like mane and tail detangler, thrush, grease heel and rain scald can be economical. Many of us like to know whatís in t ...
Which Vaccinations Does Your Horse Really Need
17th May 2014   |   Care and Grooming   |   Winniefield Park
Spring is when many horse owners call their veterinarians and arrange to have their horses vaccinated. There are a handful of vaccines for various diseases in North America, but your horse really doesnít need all of them, and it wouldnít be advisable to give a horse all of them. ...
Windsor Castle Horse Groom Job Open Now
1st May 2014   |   Care and Grooming   |   Winniefield Park
I hope that HRHís birthday wasnít too marred by the fact that she needs a new groom for her stables at Windsor. The job listing for the position is open until May 2nd, which means thereís still a few days left for you to apply. A description of the duties and requirements as well ...
It's Shedding Time
8th Apr 2014   |   Care and Grooming   |   Winniefield Park
There's horse hair up your nose, in your eyes, stuck to your shirt and in your own hair. Happily, shedding season has arrived in North America. I've noticed this spring that the horses have started shedding a bit late. Horses start shedding their thick winter coat in response to ...
Horse Blanket Measuring Tricks For a Perfect Fit
21st Mar 2014   |   Care and Grooming   |   Winniefield Park
It may seem like a strange time of the year to be buying a turn-out rug, but spring is when many tack shops are clearing out their winter stock and warm winter rugs are on sale. Just like buying yourself a coat, it's important that your horse's winter blanket or rug fits well. Th ...
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Build Your Horse a Pasture Paradise
27th Feb 2014   |   Care and Grooming   |   Winniefield Park
Caring horse owners have always done their best to keep their horses safe, healthy and happy. As we learn more about the natural needs and habits of horses, we've been able to adjust how we look after them. We now understand that keeping a horse in a stable might not be the healt ...
Care and Signs of an Aging Horse
25th Feb 2014   |   Care and Grooming   |   Winniefield Park
I just realized that my horse is eighteen years old now! That means she's entering her senior years. Many regard fifteen as senior. Most horses don't know this however, and continue to preform with the vigor of a youngster. But inside, things are changing and it may be time to pa ...
What to Do If You Think a Horse is Starving
11th Feb 2014   |   Care and Grooming   |   Winniefield Park
Have you ever driven past a field, noticed a horse and then had your stomach drop as you think, OMG, that horse is so skinny! I know I have. If there's only one horse in a group of otherwise healthy herd, there's probably not a lot to worry about. There are horses that are hard k ...
The Guide to Raising Horses: Digestion
12th Jan 2014   |   Care and Grooming   |   Cruisin Past Curfew
A horse's digestion system is different than the cow's digestion system. Unlike cows, horses only have one stomach while cows have four. A horse's stomach does not stretch like a human's. When a horse eats fast, the food fills the stomach very quickly. The stomach then forces und ...
Does My Horse Have Colic
6th Jan 2014   |   Care and Grooming   |   Winniefield Park
I swear if I stare at a horse long enough, it will either become sick or lame. As I over-analyze every move, the nuance of a tail flick, a shortened stride, or a momentary odd way of standing, my mind races to the cause. Never mind that the tail flick means there was a biting fly ...
Safe Treats for Your Horse
30th Nov 2013   |   Care and Grooming   |   Winniefield Park
There are many horse trainers and owners who believe you should not feed your horse treats, especially from your hands. They maintain that feeding treats from your hands encourages a horse to get too close into your body, too familiar and pushy. I disagree. I like to feed treats, ...
How Much Does it Cost to Keep a Horse
22nd Nov 2013   |   Care and Grooming   |   Winniefield Park
You've begged and begged, you've kept your grades up, and volunteered at a local riding for the disabled program. You've done all your chores including walking and feeding the dog twice a day. You've even been nice to your brother or sister. But still, your parents won't let you ...
Veterinarians See Rise of Impact Colic During Winter Months
17th Nov 2013   |   Care and Grooming   |   Winniefield Park
On a very hot summer day, there may be nothing more refreshing than a cold drink of water. We all know that adequate water is essential to prevent dehydration and heat stroke in both humans and horses. But, just because the heat is gone and your horse may not appear to be sweatin ...
Is a Salt Block Enough
13th Nov 2013   |   Care and Grooming   |   Winniefield Park
In most stalls and pastures, you'll probably find a salt block or a box or loose salt that horses can help themselves to. It's generally been thought that a horse will self-serve if they require more salt than their diet of hay, grass and possibly concentrates provides. But, in a ...
To Blanket or Not to Blanket
10th Nov 2013   |   Care and Grooming   |   Winniefield Park
I live in one of the most southern-most parts of Canada. So while winter here can be long and hard, it's still not as severe as it can be in many parts of North America. When I was young (yes, my first horse was actually an Eohippus), no one ever blanketed their horses for any re ...
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How Horses Stay Warm in Winter
9th Nov 2013   |   Care and Grooming   |   Winniefield Park
Those of us in the Northern Hemisphere are headed for the coldest months of the year. The further north you go, the colder it getsó it stays cold for much longer, with fewer daylight hours. Here's how horses stay warm during the dark, cold winter months. In response to the sho ...
Signs and Symptoms of Choke
3rd Nov 2013   |   Care and Grooming   |   Winniefield Park
Horses can be prone to something called choke. Choke, also called esophageal obstruction, is when the esophagus, the tube between the mouth and the stomach, becomes blocked. Choke can also be caused by foreign objects. Curious horses will sometimes pick up small items and acciden ...
How To Prevent Sand Colic
5th Oct 2013   |   Care and Grooming   |   Winniefield Park
A while ago, Polo the Weirdo wrote a great article on sand colic detailing the causes and how to identify a horse with sand colic. Colic, after all, can be caused by anything from a change in the weather to something catastrophic, like a telescoped or perforated intestine. Colics ...
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After The Ride - Do You Turn Your Horse Out To Pasture Drenched in Sweat
6th Sep 2013   |   Care and Grooming   |   Winniefield Park
My daughter just moved away from home a few weeks ago. Of course, Iíve been doing the mom thing, worrying about how she is settling in her new home and job. She called me a few days ago, and the first thing she said in a very shaky voice was, 'Oh mom! Iím so upset!' My mom radar ...
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