Category Archives: Health and the horse

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

Horse Shedding Tools

One swipe of the comb and it's full.
One swipe of the comb and it’s full.

It’s that time of year again, when the hair on your horse comes off in curry comb abundance. The curry comb is probably one of the most popular horse shedding tools out there, but there are a few others too.

One thing I did not know is that shedding is not connected to the spring time even though this is when it mainly occurs. I for one thought it was. It is actually linked to light, in a word photoperiods. There is certainly always something interesting to find out in the horse world.
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Barefoot Horse Care

I like seeing the horseshoe as a decoration rather than on the horse.
I like seeing the horseshoe as a decoration rather than on the horse.

I have become interested in barefoot horse care. Is it better for my horse? Is there a time when shoes should be nailed on the hoof? What about riding? There is a lot to think about and learn.

Horses for century’s have gone without horseshoes and got along fine. Where, when, how, and why did horseshoes come to be? I will be exploring this subject in the space of this article. Continue reading Barefoot Horse Care

Wildfire, Smoke, and Your Horse

A wildfire exploding
A wildfire exploding

With all the recent wildfires in my area and the smoke lingering in the air for several days, I wondered how healthy all this could be for my horse?

I know it’s a little after the fact now. With the cooler weather and spotty rains, the fires around here have been reduced to smokey ash. But I think it’s still good to know about this kind of air quality, or I should say not so good quality of air, and what we as horse owners can do.

In the research I’ve done I found that if a person is having trouble breathing and breathing problems, chances are your horse is suffering too. He can be uncomfortable, coughing and choking the same as a person.

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