Category Archives: Health and the horse

Using CBD Oil

My little mare Poppy has a mass near her back legs. It’s about small melon size the last time the veternarian checked her. I had heard that using CBD oil may reduce the mass or at the least make her more comfortable.

It’s not getting any smaller. Where I’m not sure it has grown either, she does act differently. She walks crooked and stands rather oddly and also leans against anything that is near such as her stall wall. She is still grazing in the pasture and doesn’t seem to be in pain.
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Why Do Horses Yawn?

I’m talking to my horse and brushing her. We are having a conversation. Then she yawns. “I’m sorry, am I boring you?” I ask. She yawns again.

Oh my, it’s been a long day!

We’ve been out riding in the pasture, probably about a half hour or so. When she’s brushed and hooves cleaned I turn her loose in her pen. She ducks her head slightly and the mouth opens wide in a grinning yawn. “Did I really wear you out that much?” I say and pat her on the neck and give her a hug.

Is He Sleepy?

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Older Horses Losing Their Hair

The Cushing’s is very noticeable.

I noticed Poppy’s unusual shedding in late March of 2017. Her hair was thick from winter growth and seemed normal before spring started.

Is It Cushing’s?

As I started the currying process hair came out in bunches. I still didn’t think much of it. I can’t make it out to see my horse everyday so next time I was out there I was a little shocked at how terrible she looked. (See included picture). It breaks my heart to see her look like this. Continue reading Older Horses Losing Their Hair

How to Take Care of a Horse

When they have to scratch their own itch.
When they have to scratch their own itch.

If you are new to the horse world your first basic question is probably how do you take care of a horse. I learned mostly by doing and being in 4-H and reading books on the care of a horse.

Where Will Your Horse Live?

The best case scenario is to have your horse living on your property so you can walk out the back door and check on him everyday. Continue reading How to Take Care of a Horse