If you see you a fire start in or near your barn, are you prepared to put it out? A hose connected to a hydrant will work on some fires but might make some fires worse. Having the right kind of fire extinguisher close at hand, however, could enable you to put out any type of fire - possibly saving your barn and your horses. Here's how to choose fire extinguishers suitable for your barn.
One of the questions that I'm asked frequently is, "What size seat do I need in my saddle?" This question is frequently asked over the phone and while it may seem as simple as getting the weight and height of the individual and steering them to the correct seat size, it's a lot more complicated than that.
Since horses normally are confined in closer proximity to each other in stalls or barns for extended periods of time during the winter (often in poorly-ventilated enclosures), the opportunities for disease-causing organisms are greater, according to Dr. Gary Heusner, University of Georgia Extension Service equine specialist.
In the past most folks believed that only those with large ranches and farms owned horses. Owners that didn't have a large space and pasture were usually those that paid to board their horse in a stable. Now however, you can drive down the road and a place with a small acreage is likely to have a horse or two standing out there. Keeping horses on a small acreage is not always done to the best benefit of horse or owner. The key to making this work is management. If done properly managing horses on a small acreage can work for both the owner and the horse.
Keeping horses on your property? Then you don't need me to tell you how much work there always is to do. At some point, as your operation grows, you may find that your wheelbarrow and pickup truck just aren't cutting it anymore. You need some heavy metal. You need a tractor.
Horse travel can be a challenge for horse owners of every experience level, but as difficult as it can be for you, travel is even more stressful for your horse. After all, he has no idea where he’s going, when he’s going to get to his destination or what’s going to happen when he gets there. While you’re doing the driving, he may be busy worrying himself into a frenzy.
Just like horses, pastures need proper nutrition. Fertilizer can provide the nutrients which the soil may be lacking. But, what do the numbers mean?
Commercial fertilizer products will have three numbers, for example: 23-10-22. The first number represents the nitrogen content; the second the phosphorus, and the third is potassium. Each of these ingredients provides a specific nutrient needed by the plant.
The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) has published the "world’s most extensive study" into the effect of arena surfaces on the orthopedic health of sport horses in the seven disciplines and in racing, the organization announced April 17.
Springtime is around the corner, and the best of the year is yet to come. Now is the time to get your horse into shape for the great summer to come. Whether showing, cutting or just plain pleasure riding, your horse is just like any other athlete - they may need a little fine-tuning before the activities of the spring and summer.
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