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Caring for Your Horse Everyday

Caring for your horse is big responsibility and requires specific knowledge of best practices. Find current information about everything you need to know about taking care of your horse.

How to Properly Take Care of Your Horse

Feb 1, 2017
Diagnosing and Treating Equine Muscle Injuries
Erica Larson
Sitting a sudden spook, lifting a bale of hay the wrong way, or chasing a loose horse around the farm are just a few of the ways equestrians can pull, tear, or otherwise damage a muscle. Were all aware of how painful such injuries can be and how tempting (or even necessary) it might be to spend a few days out of the saddle. More info...

Jan 31, 2017
Why Does My Horse Chew Wood?
By Clair Thunes, PhD
Q. My mare has recently started chewing on any piece of wood that she can get her teeth on in her stall and surrounding area. Ive read that wood chewing can be a result of lack of fiber in the diet, as well as boredom or change in activity. She normally gets turned out on a regular basis, but weather conditions have limited her turnout time some more recently (although we still make sure she gets exercise in the round pen when shes not turned out in the pasture). Would adding more hay or fiber to her diet help curb the wood chewing? And if so, how can I increase the fiber/forage in her diet without her gaining weight? Shes a very easy keeper and currently gets grass hay both morning and night, along with a small portion of grain. More info...

Aug 22, 2016
Protecting Florida Horses from Mosquitoes
University of Florida Extension
Fly control for horses in Florida is crucial, both for the irritation they cause and as protection against disease. The most common equine mosquito-transmitted disease currently in Florida is Eastern Equine Encephalitis. A proven method of disease prevention in horses is protection from mosquito bites. More info...

Jul 6, 2016
Shoeing the Previously Barefoot Horse
Dr. Erin Denney-Jones
Veterinarian Dr. Erin Denney-Jones talks about transitioning a horse into shoes for the first time. Podcast. More info...

Oct 26, 2014
Do Horses Need Man-Made Shelters?
By Nancy Diehl, VMD, MS
Q. Do horses need man-made shelters for shade and weather protection?

A. There are many good reasons to provide a physical or man-made shelter of some type for horses on turnout. Weather extremes can be challenging, and shelters offer convenience and benefits when we work with our horses. Man-made shelters can also be essential when we have a sick or old infirm horse. But, shelters can be difficult to manage. They need to be safely constructed, kept clean, and spacious enough for all horses in a group to use in order to decrease agonistic encounters. More info...

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