July 31, 2009.Reading time 3 minutes.
It’s bad enough paying for prescription drugs for family members. At least for most of them, our insurance covers part of the cost. Horses, well, that’s another story. For one thing, they are so large that the dosages are huge (think 90 pills/day of Doxycycline to treat my Trakehner when we thought he had Lyme). […]
June 22, 2009.Reading time 3 minutes.
There’s an old proverb about horse trading that goes: One white foot—buy him. Two white feet—try him. Three white feet—look well about him. Four white feet—go without him. For some, this saying reinforces the idea that horses with white (versus black) hooves are more prone to hoof troubles. White hooves are supposedly “softer” or more […]
March 26, 2009.Reading time 5 minutes.
Tuesday’s article covered some of the theories on why horses crib. Today I’m going to talk about some of the health problems associated with cribbing. Here are three statements from three different people on a recent forum post about cribbing. These folks articulate pretty well the fears that people have about owning a cribber. “Been […]
October 18, 2008.Reading time 2 minutes.
Freedom, my TB, recently suffered from a bad abscess. A rock worked it’s way under his hoof pad and the abscess came out the heel bulb. It was swollen and painful. I can remember soaking a horse’s foot before Davis Soaking Boots were widely available. Often times the process was more painful than the injury, […]
October 2, 2008.Reading time 6 minutes.
When I boarded my horse at a commercial facility, he generally got two flakes of hay in the morning and another three overnight. When it was really cold out, they might add a late night feeding. At that time, he also got 8 quarts of 14% pellets per day and an additional quart of oats. […]