Riding after Feeding

Zelda after eating

How long should you wait to ride after feeding your horse? For many years, conventional wisdom said you should wait an hour. Kind of like what your mother told you when you wanted to swim after lunch. Of course, your mother told you that because she wanted to lie in the sun and read her […]

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Zaftig Zelda

Girth is too small

Like many of us, after the long winter, Zelda needs to get to work on her beach bod. She’s come out of the winter a little, well, zaftig. For those of you who have never heard this expression, zaftig is a yiddish word that describes a woman who has a full, rounded figure; pleasingly plump. […]

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Horses are good for your soul

This article, Horses, Depression, and Me: How Riding Changed my Life, came up in my news feed today. Not that the idea came as a shock. Horses are good therapy. They are great listeners, they are always glad to see you (if you are the person who feeds them) and they are willing to work […]

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The Mourners

Rainbows

Today, a dear friend had to make a tough decision. Her horse was in pain from complications after a procedure that should have saved her life. When you’ve done everything you can for your horse, sometimes the only gift left is to keep them from suffering. Her horse was very loved, very special and very […]

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No Need to Call Twice

It must be a Clydesdale thing. You only need to call them once for dinner. Given how Zelda makes the earth shake under her feet — and there’s only one of her, and she’s only half Clyde — it must feel like an earthquake when these ladies come running!

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How to Reduce the Chance of Winter Colics

Frozen water tank

Impaction colics are more common at this time of year, when water buckets freeze overnight and horses are less active. A friend’s horse recently underwent colic surgery as the impaction didn’t resolve with tubing and oil. So what can you do to reduce the chance of colic in the winter? Let’s look at the risk […]

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Does your horse need a blanket?

I love this flow chart from Auburn Agriculture. Intellectually, I know that most of the time, my horses could live just fine without their blankets. After all, they have access to shelter, I haven’t clipped them yet this year, and we feed plenty of hay. On dry nights, without wind, they would probably be just […]

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