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Does That “Hay Belly” Really Mean Your Horse is Fat?

Does That “Hay Belly” Really Mean Your Horse is Fat?

Ever been told that your horse has a hay belly and needs to lose weight? Well, relax! He's not fat, he just has gas! In fact, gas production is normal and healthy. It indicates that your horse... more »

Apr 28, 2016 by in Feed/Supplements

Horse Trailer Maintenance Tips

Horse Trailer Maintenance Tips

Before you hit the road with horses this season, spending some time on horse trailer maintenance will take you a long way toward staying safe. Start by... more »

Apr 27, 2016 by in Farm Equipment

8 Biosecurity Recommendations for Horse Show Season

8 Biosecurity Recommendations for Horse Show Season

As we enter into horse show season and County Fairs, it is critical to practice biosecurity. Here are eight biosecurity tips: 1. Work with your veterinarian to ensure horses are current with... more »

Apr 26, 2016 by in Equine Health

Protecting Wood Fencing from Chewing Horses

Protecting Wood Fencing from Chewing Horses

Many horses chew wood fencing, especially when confined in small areas, and can destroy a fence very quickly. Some owners apply foul-tasting coatings to try to deter chewing, but there are... more »

Apr 25, 2016 by in Barns/Grounds

Topical Fly Repellents: Sprays, Wipes, Paints and Pour-Ons

Topical Fly Repellents: Sprays, Wipes, Paints and Pour-Ons

The battle against insects is waged through a large proportion of the year, especially in spring, summer and fall when flies, mosquitoes, and ticks are in their greatest abundance. Keeping your horse... more »

Apr 24, 2016 by in Fly Control

Safe Plants for Horse Stable Landscaping

Safe Plants for Horse Stable Landscaping

Spring is in the air. It's the perfect time to plan enhancements to your stable's landscape. There are a wide variety of plants that can add color, texture and beauty to the exterior of... more »

Apr 20, 2016 by in Barns/Grounds

Equine Dry Lot and Shelter Size Recommendations

Equine Dry Lot and Shelter Size Recommendations

A three-sided shed or lean-to can provide adequate shelter for a horse. A 12' by 12' lean-to can accommodate one to two horses. As horse numbers increase, run-in shed dimensions should increase by 12... more »

Apr 19, 2016 by in Barns/Grounds

Six Ways to Slow Horse Feed Intake

Six Ways to Slow Horse Feed Intake

There has been a recent trend to manage horses in a more "natural" manner, especially when it comes to feeding. Extending the length of time horses spend foraging has been linked to... more »

Apr 18, 2016 by in Feed/Supplements

Fly Traps for the Horse Farm

Fly Traps for the Horse Farm

The idea of fly traps is very appealing especially when the little buggers won't quit pestering you or your horses around the barn. Sticky fly tape, commercial fly traps, bug zappers--all... more »

Apr 17, 2016 by in Fly Control

Starting a 4-H Club

Starting a 4-H Club

Editor's note: While the following information is from Michigan State University, all states have 4-H organizations and many extension offices work closely with 4-H youth programs. Learning more about... more »

Apr 16, 2016 by in Stable Management

Weed Control: Safe and Unsafe Spraying Practices

Weed Control: Safe and Unsafe Spraying Practices

Weeds are often a problem in horse pastures, especially areas that are overgrazed, or high-traffic areas around water sources, shade or gates. Whenever the desirable forage plants are... more »

Apr 14, 2016 by in Barns/Grounds

Tack Maintenance: How to Wash Leather

Tack Maintenance: How to Wash Leather

Cleaning any type of leather means more than just wiping it off or applying saddle soap. You need to get the leather deep-down clean. more »

Apr 13, 2016 by in Grooming/Tack

Horse Tack Maintenance: Saddle Cleaning Tips

Horse Tack Maintenance: Saddle Cleaning Tips

Proper saddle care is important to keep the leather in good repair and extend the life of the saddle. Cary Schwarz, saddle maker in Salmon, Idaho, has several tips for cleaning a saddle... more »

Apr 12, 2016 by in Grooming/Tack

Equine Tack Maintenance: Reconditioning Dry Leather

Equine Tack Maintenance: Reconditioning Dry Leather

Your bridle, reins and saddle can get stiff if you ride in rain without cleaning and conditioning them afterward. "Many people think that rawhide reins are indestructible, but they also... more »

Apr 11, 2016 by in Grooming/Tack

Minimize Insect Numbers on Farms by Reducing Breeding Sites

Minimize Insect Numbers on Farms by Reducing Breeding Sites

What makes the best breeding environment for insects? It is no secret that they flourish in damp, warm, decomposing matter, such as is found in manure, ditches and stagnant ponds. A key element of... more »

Apr 10, 2016 by in Fly Control

 


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