I already wrote about my time in a horse clinic back in Switzerland. One of my most agreeable memories is about a mare called Dielke. She was a Frisian horse. Well, that says it all. She was a beauty! A black heavy horse with an incredibly big heart. Everybody loved her kindness and patience.
She was a carriage horse which work led over time to cracked hooves. That‘s why she stayed at the clinic – for intensive hoof care. Every day we fought over the right to apply the horse hoof hardener to her hooves. It’s quite easy, you can do it yourself for your horse.
If you own large animals such as horses, alpacas, llamas or a herd of goats, sheep or cattle, you probably keep large quantities of feed. Where do you keep it? In your barn or outdoors close to the pasture in bags or open in a wooden crate? In this case you also most certainly know the problem of feed contamination through weather or infestation through rodents, such as mice and raccoons.
There is a way to avoid keeping your animal feed exposed. A feed bin of a large but still workable size is the answer to how to keep large animal feed in a safe and practical way.
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Where there are horses there are flies, this is kind of a rule of nature. All horses, ponies and donkeys are bothered by flies and mosquitoes while they‘re on the pasture and even while riding.
It might seem that there isn’t much we can do to give our horses relieve from those biting flies. But actually there is. With a fly repellent spray you can effectively keep the flies from your horse. Even better when the spray comes with natural ingredients.
What do you need to know about natural fly sprays for horses?
Being a new horse owner or a soon-to-be horse owner you want to get your hands on every possible information about how to care for a horse. I was like that at the beginning of my riding and horse caring career. I checked out every available book about how to care for horses. I was eager to learn everything about horses and their care.
Since my post Some Things to know before buying a Horse was visited so often I like to add some more information for you all thinking about getting a horse.
Are you thinking about getting a horse one day? You are not alone. This is the dream of so many people! I had this dream once, too. It was so strong that as teenager I tried to convince my father to look into getting a horse for us. We actually came even as far as finding my dream horse in Hungary. He was a 3-year-old brown gelding, a Hungarian breed called Kisber Felver. The horse‘s name was Baka.
It turned out that we didn’t meet the even the most basic requirement you need to care for a horse. What is this basic requirement and how can you meet it in order to actually being able to buy a horse.
Given the Kentucky Derby is happening this weekend I thought it was appropriate to reflect on my own experience with a retired Thoroughbred mare I once had the pleasure to exercise daily for 4 years. Her name was Csa Csa. Sounds Hungarian? Yes, she came originally from Hungary, but was racing in her younger years in Switzerland. She retired in a small Thoroughbred stud farm in Switzerland where she gave birth to Thoroughbred foals every year.
I worked back in Switzerland for quite a while in the Swiss National Stud Farm in Avenches. One of our jobs was to prepare the stallions for shows. That was fun! I just loved to beautify stallions for those events – well, as if you could beautify a stallion more than he already is.
My favorite task was plaiting their manes. It took patience because the stallions didn’t understand that they shouldn’t move around while I tried to create nice plaits. Well, and the other work included the use of horse clippers. What do you need to know about horse clippers? I have some tips for you.
Your horses need salt. You can provide them their essential minerals with a horse salt lick, best with a Himalayan Salt Lick for Horses.
Let’s speak about why salt is so important to horses? Generally it’s the same health requirement we people have with salt. Not eating salt at all is even more harmful to the body than eating too much salt – which by the way we know more about than the other option.
If you watch wild horses or horses that stay 24 hours on the pasture – oh, boy, how much I love to do that! – you see them grazing all the time. They actually graze about 15 hours daily. This is their natural behavior: consuming many forage-based meals throughout the day.
How can you mimic that normal feeding pattern for your horse that is housed in boxstalls, being fed twice a day and having only limited opportunity to forage?
There is no way you can get around picking and cleaning the hoofs of your horse. Daily. For me this part of the horse care was one of my favorite work around horses. Of course, the quality of the horse hoof pick is of first priority making this kind of horse care enjoyable or not.
A perfect horse hoof pick needs to be sturdy enough to be able to remove mud and stones compacted in the underside of the horse hoof. At the same time the horse hoof pick needs to be perfect for your hand. It shouldn’t be too big or too small. Most of the available horse hoof picks are made to fit in every hand, they are called to be ergonomically designed.