Clover Slobbers

Clover Slobbers

No matter how much Zelda tries to convince me she’s not eating clover, the enormous amount of clover slobber running out of her mouth gives her away. The photo does not even come close to showing how much saliva has been pouring out her mouth. In fact, one of the more serious side effects of […]

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Beware of buttercups

Beware of buttercups

Buttercups are toxic to horses. Although I’ve taken care of my own horses for more than 15 years, I didn’t know that — despite the fact that our pastures have buttercups growing in them. Note: the photo for this post was taken in my hometown, but not where the horses graze. Hold a buttercup flower […]

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Free Online Course: Sickness Prevention in Horses – Spring ’20

Sickness prevention in horses

Sickness prevention in horses, a free online course is being offered by Canada’s Equine Guelph to horse owners in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The course usually costs $C85 and is available from March 21- May 31 on thehorseportal.ca. The course will help you reduce the odds of sickness in your horses, gaining practical knowledge […]

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It was a dark and stormy night

Dark and stormy night

It should not be snowing, sleeting and this cold on December 2nd. But it is. The horses are warm under their blankets. Zelda was hungry and cranky when I went to feed tonight — Curly is her best friend in the world, but Zelda absolutely terrorizes her at dinner time, especially now that the last […]

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Why you should feed your horse on the ground

ground level feeding

For many years my horses ate from hay racks or from feed troughs or buckets mounted in their stalls. I liked it because there was less waste and everything stayed more contained — or neater. But as with many “improvements”, sometimes it’s better to go back to what nature intended. Horses were designed to eat […]

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Beware of eastern equine encephalitis

Eastern equine encephalitis

Seven horses in Massachusetts have been euthanized this month after testing positive for eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), and four people have contracted the virus, one of whom has died. Unlike humans, horses can be vaccinated against the virus — none of the horses that died in Massachusetts this year had received vaccinations. My vet is […]

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Summer is here and the horses are in heaven

Enjoying the grass

Summer is here and the girls are enjoying their time out on the grass. At the end of the day they wait patiently at the gate to be allowed on to graze. They are good about it, though. Grain still trumps grass so they come back when it’s dinner time. This really looks like horse […]

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The Grass is Greener on the Other Side

Earlier this spring there was so much rain and so much mud that the girls were destroying all the grass in their pasture. They ate the tender shoots of grass faster than they could grow. It takes grass about 21 days for grass to be established, so we removed them before the whole pasture became […]

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