Zapping static electricity before you shock your horse

Removing blankets in the winter time can be, well shocking. The static electricity that is generated between your horse’s coat and the blanket can build up into a pretty severe shock. Sadly, a friend of mine lost her horse this winter after a shock from her blanket caused the mare to run backwards down the […]

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Send your old halters to auction. It might save a life.

If you’re like me, you have plenty of old halters lying around. Now here’s a worthwhile cause that will not only take them off their hands but might actually save a horse’s life. Horses that come into the Unadilla auction without halters are run through in groups and bought by the kill buyers. If a […]

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The benefits of using sheepskin saddle pads

After the Saddle Dr. came to fit our saddles in April, I mentioned that he recommended a cushy saddle pad for older horses (Older Horses can Benefit from a Saddle Pad that Cushions). One of the options he recommends is sheepskin. Yes, they offer a nice soft soft cushion but the therapeutic value of  natural […]

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What $50 buys you on Craig’s List

Tough economic times have meant that many people can no longer afford their horses. Sadly, you see many of these horses being sold on Craig’s list. Recently, the ads for two horses were highlighted on the equestrian forums.  Here’s the good news: both of them were purchased by people who are committed to helping these […]

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How co-op boarding has changed my horse care practices.

Yesterday I commented on a horse forum about my experience boarding at a co-op. I’ve been at this barn for almost 9 years now (!) and the post made me reflect on how much my horse care practices have changed since I moved there. In general, I’ve become both more knowledgeable and more tolerant. The […]

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Amigo is one amazingly tenacious horse

Most of us have scratched our heads about the trouble that our horses manage to get into. I’m still wondering how Freedom ended up with bloody scratches all over his head (which thankfully did only superficial damage). Here’s a story that makes you wish the horse could talk. His case has attracted so much attention […]

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Are you a member of over-supplementation anonymous?

Walk into a tack store or open an equine catalog and the choice for supplementation are staggering. Supplements are available to enhance shine, build hoofs, lubricate joints, improve digestion, give energy or calm them down, increase muscles, boost immune systems, gain weight, and more! For almost anything you can imagine there are multiple choices with […]

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Teaching your horse to love turnout

On the face of it, you’d think that all horses would love being turned out all the time. Certainly, Freedom made it very clear from day one that he didn’t want to live in a stall. The first night I had him he weaved so much that he ended up rubbing a bloody spot on […]

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