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Sudden Behavior Changes in Your Horse; What is the Source?

Sudden Behavior Changes in Your Horse; What is the Source?

Are you baffled by the sudden change in your horse's behavior? Did it seem to come on suddenly, out of the blue with no warning? Is your horse trying to bite or kick you, getting... more »

Sep 14, 2014 by in Equine Health

How Much Land is Needed Per Horse?

How Much Land is Needed Per Horse?

Editor's Note: This month we asked author Katie Navarra to investigate the topic: How Many is Too Many? We have found as farm and stable owners that we often end up with "too many" horses for our... more »

Sep 13, 2014 by in Barns/Grounds

Make Your Barn Welcoming and Safe for Veterinarians and Farriers

Make Your Barn Welcoming and Safe for Veterinarians and Farriers

Your veterinarian and farrier are critical to the success of your farm. Their jobs are demanding and hectic, but you can make their day just a bit easier by offering some simple courtesies and... more »

Sep 10, 2014 by in Barns/Grounds

KER Research: Body Condition and Metabolic Parameters

KER Research: Body Condition and Metabolic Parameters

Obesity has been associated with insulin resistance in horses and ponies. Performance horses such as racehorses, endurance horses, and polo ponies are usually kept in relatively lean body condition... more »

Sep 09, 2014 by in Equine Health

Five Clutter Busters For Fall

Five Clutter Busters For Fall

Corralling clutter is essential for safety. Aisles and work areas littered with unnecessary equipment create dangerous spaces for even the calmest horses and most skilled riders. Cutting down on... more »

Sep 07, 2014 by in Barns/Grounds

Research Shows High-Grain Diet's Effect on RER

Research Shows High-Grain Diet's Effect on RER

This study by Kentucky Equine Research was designed to determine the effects of three rations (low grain, fat, high grain) on plasma creatine kinase (CK) activity and lactate concentration in... more »

Sep 06, 2014 by in Feed/Supplements

5 Steps for Fall Cleaning

5 Steps for Fall Cleaning

With a little elbow grease and not a lot of money, stalls can be transformed into bright, cheery and clean homes for horses. more »

Sep 03, 2014 by in Barns/Grounds

Tips from KER on Feeding Treats to Your Horses

Tips from KER on Feeding Treats to Your Horses

If you love your horse (and what horse owner doesn't?), you probably like to feed him treats from time to time. Your horse is happy to gobble up whatever you offer him, and always wants more.... more »

Sep 01, 2014 by in Feed/Supplements

Storage Options for Manure on Small Farms

Storage Options for Manure on Small Farms

Small farms can choose to spread or store manure. Most small livestock or horse farms are handling solid manures usually with some form of bedding--straw, wood shavings, sawdust, etc. Rather... more »

Aug 28, 2014 by in Barns/Grounds

Repair and Safety Tips for 4-Wheelers and ATVs

Repair and Safety Tips for 4-Wheelers and ATVs

Most horse owners use some type of labor-saving equipment or machinery to make daily farm tasks easier. The 4-wheelers/ATVs are very versatile and handy on small acreages because you can haul tools... more »

Aug 24, 2014 by in Farm Equipment

Reducing Risk from Tick-Borne Diseases

Reducing Risk from Tick-Borne Diseases

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the numbers of human cases of Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases (TBD) reported each year in the United States (US) have been... more »

Aug 23, 2014 by in Equine Health

Manure Best Practices on Small Farms

Manure Best Practices on Small Farms

The following is part 1 of a two-part article series from Michigan State University on manure management for small farms, including horse properties. What is considered a small farm? A... more »

Aug 21, 2014 by in Barns/Grounds

Twin Pregnancy Reduction and Results

Twin Pregnancy Reduction and Results

One of the common reproductive procedures performed on mares is twin reduction. Twins are a common occurrence in our practice as the majority of mares we see are Thoroughbreds. The breeds most often... more »

Aug 20, 2014 by in Equine Health

Tips for Handling the Hard Keeper

Tips for Handling the Hard Keeper

All the horses in the barn get the same amount of feed every day; it makes feeding time much simpler. The warmbloods look super. Their weight is good, and their coats are gleaming. However, the one... more »

Aug 18, 2014 by in Feed/Supplements

Perform Farm Machinery Repairs in the Off Season

Perform Farm Machinery Repairs in the Off Season

Don't wait till the last minute to see if your machinery is ready to go to work. "Too often a person gets ready to cut or bale hay, and the machinery needs maintenance or you have to... more »

Aug 17, 2014 by in Farm Equipment

  • New Earn Your Spurs Blog and Podcast Feeds Cowboy Curiosity

    Sep 14, 2014

    The cowboy is quite possibly the most universally recognizable American icon. The multi-million dollar dude ranch vacation industry is proof that Americans, not to mention our friends around the globe...

  • Horse Expo Events Announce 2015 Dates

    Sep 13, 2014

    According to a recent study by the American Horse Council, there are over 9.2 million horses in the United States today, and more than 4.6 million Americans who consider themselves equine...

  • Equine Groups Support UHC’s Operation Gelding

    Sep 12, 2014

    The Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC) has added $14,400 to its Operation Gelding fund thanks to a collaborative donation made by the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the American Veterinary...

  • IHSAinc.com Releases 2014-2015 Show Schedules

    Sep 11, 2014

    The Intercollegiate Horse Show Association has announced that its 2014-2015 competitive season hunter seat and western show schedules are available for reference on the official website...

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