Are your needs and/or your horse’s needs changing? Is the barn no longer a “happy place” for you? Or are you relocating to another area? How do you go about finding a new barn that...» Read More!
At a barn of three horses that are outside most of the time (in during storms), we use about 240 bags of shavings, 64 bags of feed, 12 dewormers, 10 supplement containers, and 120 bales...» Read More!
Horses are herd animals, and as we know, in the wild, they live in groups. Horses often are calmer and less prone to anxious behaviors with a companion; think of it as protection/safety in numbers....» Read More!
Does your horse hate anything done with its mane? Here are some ways to get her okay with combing, pulling and braiding. This may take a few sessions, but it will really pay off if...» Read More!
As summer begins to fade and fall emerges, the weather can change from hot to cold or cold to hot quickly, then switch back again. Such weather swings can make horse management a little challenging....» Read More!
Some of this might sound a bit like high school biology — it is not meant to be a science lesson. However, bot flies are rather interesting and negatively impact most horses. There are nine...» Read More!
This writing was inspired by an interaction with a friend years ago. And in the development, I realized how that interaction has come full circle in many respects. At that time, I was showing a...» Read More!
We asked you to show us photos of your horses in all their muddy and/or itchy glory, and you delivered! The following five entrants will receive a goody basket full of products ($120 value) from...» Read More!
EN has teamed up with our friends at Banixx Horse Care to give away FIVE goody baskets full of products ($120 value) that will help get your horse on the path to a healthy skin...» Read More!
Do you dread picking up your horse’s feet? Do you wrestle with him to get studs in and out? Just think how your farrier feels when he/she shoes your horse! Your farrier is a key...» Read More!
You may have read several articles about the value of your horse being able to stretch down and out, into the bridle, but have you read any that tell you how teach your horse to...» Read More!
We ride for different reasons, and those reasons can change over time. So, I asked J. Michael Plumb (JMP) what he likes to work on when not preparing for a competition … and … now...» Read More!
Your horse is not shedding out like you expect him to? Normal shedding is triggered by a hormone produced in the horse’s pituitary gland when your horse is exposed to longer daylight hours. But sometimes,...» Read More!
With usual competition schedules we can easily get in the mode of ‘training for the next event/show’ rather than training our horse. With the current COVID-19 concerns riders are sharing their exercises – jumping and...» Read More!
Heavy rains have been known to cause hay shortages, and Midwest farmers were still feeling that squeeze at the outset of 2020. If a hay shortage affects your area, it can be stressful knowing your...» Read More!
Cribbing, also known as crib biting, aerophagia and wind sucking, is a behavioral situation in which the horse is most likely relieving stress. Historically we thought was that horses cribbed to receive a high or...» Read More!
Getting a tail into A+ condition, and maintaining it, takes some effort; however, the results are truly worth it! Picture you and your horse coming down the center line with a FABULOUS, full, swinging tail....» Read More!
How much do you know about Vitamin E and your horse’s requirements for it? Vitamin E is the compilation of eight naturally occurring compounds that have antioxidant properties. Vitamin E is a fat-soluble nutrient, meaning...» Read More!
Tack stiff, grungy and basically…nasty?! What You Need: Wash cloths (a little abrasive, not soft), hand towel, glycerin saddle soap bar, tack conditioner of your choice and water. How you do it: Pull the straps...» Read More!
Horses should have their first check-up at 1.5 to 2.5 years of age, then annually from then until they are in their 20s. Then our older horses may need their teeth checked more frequently so...» Read More!
Got the crud? Or rather, your horse has crud on his legs, body or head? Rain rot, rain scald, scratches, scurf, crud, mud fever, Cannon Keratosis – these issues that may start small but quickly can...» Read More!
Boadie blowing at the wet shavings in his stall. Did your horse just snort, or was it something else? The noises that our horses make may sound similar but have different meanings. What often gets...» Read More!
It takes a long time to make a good horse. So how do you keep him/her in the best of shape? As a horse ages, he needs more care, not less. The factors below affect...» Read More!