Horses can use hay and other roughages as nutrient sources much more efficiently than other nonruminants such as poultry or pigs, although utilization is less efficient than in ruminants. Traditionally, it was stated that a good source of roughage should comprise at least 50% of the total equine ration by weight. Current recommendations are that … Continue reading Is your horse getting what they need at food time?
So you have to have a horse. The bug has bitten you and you can't seem to recover from the need. You watch every horse program on the off channels on cable. You even find yourself watching bad old Westerns just to see what horses they rode. You are right, you've got it, you are … Continue reading So You Think You’re Ready to Own a Horse.
Good Day my avid readers, I wanted to tell my fellow youngsters or horses in general that I have finally found the answer to life! The way to get out of working for THE MAN, or in my case woman. If you dedicate yourself to the ways of this post you to will be out … Continue reading Young Horse Diary: Ways out of work for the average youngster
I wanted to start out with telling you a little about myself. My name is Cruz or if I am getting yelled at or highly praised its All About Cruzin. Which if we are all being honest here I do live up to my name. It really is all about me. I started my life … Continue reading Young Horse Diary: Meeting my new family
By: COTH Staff Blog - Ann Glavan Jul 6, 2017 - 9:09 AM Dear Diary, Readers, gather round. It is I, the Moji—you haven’t heard from me since I was a wee 3-year-old, and I am now a very much older and wiser 4-year-old. I believe I have learned all there is to learn, and … Continue reading Young Horse Training Diary: The Great And Terrible Life Of An Amateur’s Backyardigan
Part 1 Making a purchase directly off the track is tricky. You may receive limited history about the horse, you will not be able to ride or see him be lunged before purchase and instead may have to make a decision based on watching a horse walk and jog down an uneven horse path. A … Continue reading So you want to buy an OTTB: Is it right for you?
The search is over: You've finally found the horse of your dreams. But before you sign the sales contract and load him onto the first trailer headed home, protect yourself with a prepurchase exam. Granted, there's no magic crystal ball there to guarantee a horse that looks great on exam day will carry you to … Continue reading Pre-Purchase: Necessary or Not?
Tattoos are now being used by veterinarians to protect horse’s eyes from damaging UV rays. Let’s check out all the details in this week’s “What the muck is that?” Imagine a football player… Those black marks aren’t there to make the opposing team quiver in their tight pants. The black color actually reduces glare. Mental … Continue reading Tattooing it on: eyeliner
Equine enthusiasts are always evaluating the horse’s appearance, particularly if they are considering purchasing the animal. Conformation is the term used to describe this appearance and can be broken into principal categories of balance, structural correctness, muscling, and type. Of these, balance and structure are of highest importance when we assess most of our performance … Continue reading Conformation: The beginning or end?
Have you ever wondered whether the new neighbors in the expensive subdivision might complain about odors, dust or flies from your horse property? Maybe it’s crossed your mind that there might be something useful to do with that big manure pile behind the barn. If either are true, then you’re ready for eco-friendly horse keeping! … Continue reading Environmentally Friendly, Barn and All