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 …

A Horse Remembers

In recent years I have learned that horses remember their relatives and friends for long periods of time. Sometimes humans disregard these attachments and most horses change owners multiple times during their lives. They have developed strong relationships with pasture mates, only to be sold once again. Foals have grown up to know their mothers, only to be separated for life. Some people sell horses without thinking about the horses’ emotions; it is just business. Some people will laugh with cynicism and …

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. …

It’s Time to Break Up with Winter!

I need to “break-up” with winter….. “It’s not you it’s me, I think time apart might make us appreciate each other more, we can totally still be friends, I feel like we are just holding each other down” Whatever line you choose, winter has got to go! I know I live in the Mecca of Winter in Southwest Colorado and people all over the country pay a lot of money every year to come here to ski, sled, skate and …

Motivation in 2016: Be the Best You

You have to better yourself before you can expect to beat anyone else…. I was at a High School Rodeo and I heard a girl say “I just hope I don’t go out there and look stupid”. I am not a great sports psychologist or anything but I would assume that if this is a goal, you are probably never going to get much better at anything…. ever! The key is set an attainable goal, reach that goal and set …

Winter Horse Management Ideas

Hello from snowy southwest Colorado. With snow and bitter cold I am reminded on how to efficiently manage water, hay and livestock.  I spent the first 27 years of my life in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Many of those years included providing horse care during frigid months. In Minnesota and Wisconsin, it gets so cold you can bend a hose and have it snap like a twig. Luckily I don’t have those extremes here, but there still are challenges. Here are …