Warmer Weather Reminders for Horse Owners

What area of the US are you in? Whether you are in the Northern half or the lower half of the Unites States, I think we can all agree that warmer weather is a GOOD thing! Memorial Day weekend is almost here and that means pools will open and summer will quickly be here. But what else does it mean for many people around the world? It means that pleasant and warm horseback riding is upon us! It also means …

Help for Nervous, High-Strung, or Muscle-Tight Horses

A horse that’s nervous, jumpy and easily distracted is hard to train, difficult to work with and dangerous to be around. While some horses are born nervous, others may suffer from deficiencies of thiamine or magnesium. Symptoms of magnesium and thiamine deficiency Among the symptoms of low magnesium are nervousness, muscle tremors, a lusterless hair coat and intolerance to work or exercise; thiamine deficiency may be expressed in nervousness, irritability, excitability, elevated blood lactate and pyruvate, and muscle cramping. Both …

Get in the Groove and Move!

I had the vet out recently to take care of a serious wound on my 3 year old and to clean a swollen sheath on an old gelding. She has been on many colic calls recently and she attributed much of the colic to lack of movement. We got to chatting about how horses are not meant to stand still. She reiterated that all of a horse’s body systems need regular movement to remain healthy, especially the digestive and lymphatic. …