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 1

For many horse owners, boarding is necessary. Not all horse owners can have land, and many prefer not to be tied down to land and all the associated work. Prior to owning my own land, I boarded my horses for ten years at many different facilities in Minnesota and Colorado. This gave me insight in to what to look for when deciding where to keep my horses. If you are looking for to board your horse, here are some considerations. …

You Forgot What?

I recently went on a two-day get away into south central New Mexico. My friend Barb asked me to help her transport a mustang to the Ruidoso area. She said that the scenery would be very pretty in that region. I had never been there so I jumped at the chance to get out of the geographically locked-in area of southwest Colorado.

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 …

Why Do YOU Love Horses?

Has anyone ever asked you why you love horses? Perhaps it was someone who doesn’t ride, own or come into contact with horses on a regular basis. Maybe it was someone who hasn’t ever sat astride one of these beautiful creatures. Whether is was someone that knows horses – truly knows them – or not, what was your response? A fellow blogger and friend recently talked about the weather and the work that her horses required during the colder months. …