Barnmice Media's Blog Posts Tagged 'horse care' (63)

Going Green: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle on Horse Farm

By Just Add Horses

- Minimizing the amount of waste produced in your barn is a great way to help the environment and save money!

Here are some tips using the 3R's – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – to help you make a difference!


Do your part to lessen waste in your barn by changing some of your purchasing habits and care procedures. You will be surprised to learn that making an effort to decrease waste will also help you save time and…


Added by Barnmice Media on November 7, 2013 at 1:46pm — No Comments

Going Green: Renewable Energy Sources on Horse Farm

By Just Add Horses

- Energy is expensive and non-renewable energies or fossil-fuels, like coal, oil and gas, are hazardous to the environment. Burning fossil-fuels is responsible for many of our environmental issues including greenhouse gas accumulation, acidification, air pollution and water pollution to name a few.

However, did you know that there are alternative energy sources that are safe to the environment? Not to mention, easily accessible if you live on farm?…


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Going Green: Spring Cleaning on Horse Farm

By Just Add Horses

- Winter takes its toll, and now that spring is here it’s time to clean up the barn! Your spring cleaning regime should include all surface areas in your horse’s stall and water drains. This year, instead of using traditional cleaning agents, many of which are harmful to our environment, why not use environmentally friendly products to get your barn in tip-top shape?

Surface Areas

After a long winter of being inside, barn…


Added by Barnmice Media on November 7, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Minimizing Winter Colic: How to Keep Colic at Bay During Cold Months

By Melanie Fiske (this story was excerpted from the article "Weathering Winter", originally published in the January 1997 article of EQUUS magazine)

- When asked to describe the most common wintertime equine health problem, veterinarians and horse owners around the country respond with near unanimity: colic. Even in warm climates where frigid temperatures are extremely rare, cases of impaction and sand colic spike during the winter months often appear.



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Going Green: Mosquito Control

By Just Add Horses

- Summer is here and with it comes sunny days, warm nights, cool breezes, and that all too familiar "zzzzt" sound in the air – mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are an evitable annoyance during the summer months, but these tiny pests can also pose a big threat to the health of our horses.

Mosquito bites can be more than just irritating; they can also carry harmful

viruses. Abroviruses, such as West Nile Virus (WNV), are mosquito born diseases that are…


Added by Barnmice Media on November 5, 2013 at 4:41pm — No Comments

Treating Mud Fever (Scratches, Dew Poisoning, Greasy Heel, Mud Scald)

By Melanie Fiske

- Typically Mud Fever is found on the back of the pastern or fetlocks and can be seen on the belly as well. It often affects white legs more than others.

Two conditions are required for your horse to have mud fever.

1. Constant wetness

2. Abrasions or cuts for the condition to get a hold on an area. Might even be a small scrape that goes unnoticed.

Left untreated the skin will crack and become very painful…


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Caring for Your Horse's Hooves in the Winter

By Melanie Fiske

- As winter stretches across northern climates, lowering temperatures, blanketing the earth's floor ground with snow, slush, ice, mud and combination of each, our horse care routines have to be adjusted. It’s not only the problems of dealing with frozen water lines and long furry and matted coats, winter has an impact on hoof care as well, and no one knows that better than your farrier.

Horse's hooves generally grow a little more slowly in the winter…


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Horse Medication: The Risks of Bute (Phenylbutazone NSAID)

By Melissa Sykes

- Research conducted at Louisiana State University and published late last year, has demonstrated the necessity to closely monitor those horses on the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) phenylbutazone (bute).  NSAIDs are drugs that alleviate pain by inhibiting the formation of prostaglandins, the chemical byproducts of inflammation.

Veterinarians and horsemen are aware that bute has been shown to cause gastric ulcers.  It has also been…


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The Story Behind Bute: History and Implications for Horse Health

By Melissa Sykes

- First brought to market in 1949, bute was used to treat gout and many forms of arthritis in humans.  It wasn't long before bute was embraced by the veterinary community.  The state of Illinois approved bute as a race day medication at their parimutuel facilities in 1960.  Since that time, all racing jurisdictions in the US now permit horses to compete with bute in their system.

On Sunday, May 13, 1979, CBS News aired a 60 Minutes episode titled…


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Horse Health: Stocking Your Horse's First Aid Kit

By Melissa Sykes

- Every barn has a cabinet or a box or even a bucket that medications and first aid supplies get tossed into.  With the passage of time, medications are replaced, needles are saved, wraps become frayed – for most of us, it starts to become a jumble of  things we need, we think we need, we might use, or we'll never use.  But, the horseman’s mentality is "better save it, you never know."

This article is designed for the horse owner putting together a…


Added by Barnmice Media on November 5, 2013 at 3:37pm — No Comments

Horse Nutrition: Calcium Supplements Prevent Horse Bone Loss & Injury

By Melissa Sykes

- Studies done at West Texas A & M University have found that horses continue to go through bone remodeling throughout their lives and that animals supplemented with calcium experienced significant increases in bone density.  These studies revealed that increases in calcium balance may affect bone remodeling, resulting in increased bone densities after a sedentary period (i.e. lay up, stall confinement).  This would suggest a possible benefit to feeding…


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Horse Nutrition: Benefits of Omega Fatty Acid Supplementation

By Melissa Sykes

- We humans tend to want to tweak, to adjust, to put our own individual stamp on something. And horsemen are no different.

Walk through a barn at feeding time on the backside and take a look at what goes into that feed bucket. Yes, there is a scoop or two of feed. But there’s also a squirt of Red Cell, maybe some electrolyte concoction, a joint supplement, corn/peanut/soybean oil, and a handful of flaxseed. And just why are the horses getting this…


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Horse Fertility: From Barren to Broodmare

By Melissa Sykes

- For those who breed Thoroughbreds, an average live foal rate of about 60% is the norm.  That's not to say broodmare managers are content to get six foals from every ten matings during a season.

Enter the age of science.

We know more about the equine reproductive system than ever before.  And we are learning new things every day. Research over the past thirty years has given us the means to regulate a mare's cycle, extend a stallion's sperm,…


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Horse Health: Is Your Horse Sweating Enough?

By Melissa Sykes

- When a horse doesn't sweat enough to regulate its body temperature, it is called anhidrotic. The horse has sweat glands over nearly its entire body. When an animal begins to become anhidrotic, the amount of sweat on the flanks, the barrel and the chest will begin to diminish. The sweat glands between the rear legs, on the face and under the mane are usually the last to quit working.

Non-sweaters are commonly believed to be confined to the tropical climates…


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Horse Health: Avoiding Bone Loss in Horses

By Melissa Sykes

- Turn out time for your horse, supplementing calcium to animals in training and careful re-introduction to exercise after lay-up are the subject of researchers studies recently being released in the veterinary community.

Although these studies have looked at different aspects of equine life, they have all come to the same conclusion – the lack of use causes weaker bone.

Turn Out

Turning your horse out into a pasture…


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Different Ways to Exercise Your Horse Daily

By Melissa Sykes

- There are as many forms of exercise (if not more) than there are muscles in the body – especially the equine body. Not to be confused with actual training, in this article we are discussing specific forms of conditioning without a rider on the animal’s back.

There are any number of reasons for a horse to be conditioned without a rider up. It could be a yearling being fitted for the sales, or an older horse coming off an injury. No matter the…


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Stocking the Horse Foaling Kit

By Melissa Sykes

- I was up in Ocala to check on my new foal last week. While I was there, one of the mares decided to give birth. This was the first foaling I've witnessed. What a sight!

It was noon and the mare wasn't due for another ten days so she was still out in a ten-acre pasture with other moms-to-be. We grabbed the other mares and put them in the barn then proceeded to watch Mother Nature at work. The farm owner brought a big plastic cooler out to the mare.…


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Good Pasture Management: A Quick Primer

By Melissa Sykes

- For the majority of horse owners, natural forage plays an important role in the overall feeding program of their animals. And for those of us living outside Kentucky, alfalfa is something our horses see only in bale form.

But good quality pasture can be had in almost any region. Here in Texas, grasses grown for forage are most commonly bahia, coastal bermuda, and even timothy in the northern part of the state.

The key to good pasture is good…


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Artificial Limbs For Horses

By Melissa Sykes

- Something we don’t see much of is a horse with an artificial leg. An owner out in California is in the process of trying to save his race mare by having her foreleg amputated and fitted with a prosthetic leg.

Prosthesis has been used successfully in human medicine for decades. In horses, it has been done, and successfully so, but there are drawbacks.

With any species, an artificial limb is attached to the outside of the body. This means that…


Added by Barnmice Media on November 4, 2013 at 8:03pm — No Comments

Emergency First Aid for the Horse

By Melissa Sykes

- As a horse owner, being able to provide emergency care to your animal until the vet arrives is of extreme importance. For instance, what would you do if Old Dobbin stepped on a nail? Pull it out?

NO! says my vet. As much as you are tempted, leave it there so that the area can be x-rayed to determine the extent of the damage. To keep the horse from impaling himself further, tape a block of wood to the bottom of the foot so that the leg can be used…


Added by Barnmice Media on November 4, 2013 at 7:27pm — No Comments

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