Swishin’, Swatin’ and Sweatin’ – 7 Tips for Surviving the Summer Swelter

by Phoebe Bechtolt Summer in southwest Colorado is normally around 80 degrees each day. This is a great temperature but with the hot sun the heat feels intense. As the mercury tops off, there are several ways to ensure your equine partner is comfortable and time with your horse is more pleasant.   1. Times for Turnout: Flying pests are the nemesis of horse owners. They usually have a predictable schedule for irritating you and your horse. My horses won’t …

10 Tips for Boarding Your Horse | Part 2

This is a continuation of another blog post that can be found by clicking here. What to look for when deciding where to keep my horses. If you are looking for to board your horse, here are some considerations: 5. Cleanliness: A clean facility will make your time there enjoyable. Good overall cleanliness is a sign of good overall horse care. A stable does not have to be fancy or expensive to be clean. If there is manure lying all over …

Lameness in Horses: Symptoms, Discovery and Recovery

Lameness is a very common cause of loss of use in horses. A lame horse is either unwilling or unable to stand or move normally. It can be caused by problems in a horse’s bones, muscles, nerves, tendons, ligaments, brain, circulation, or metabolism. Hopefully, you are not experiencing any of these issues but if you are keep reading. The most common causes of lameness are injury, metabolic issues and stabling environment. The difficulty with lameness is that it can be …