Deworming

Deworming horses has always been sort of like going to the dentist: You know it’s necessary, but you’d just as soon skip it. Fortunately, nowadays, worming products are convenient to administer, have proven to be safe, even for pregnant mares and baby foals.

The Saddle Tree: The Foundation of Your Saddle

The guidelines for finding the perfect saddle for yourself and your horse are fairly simple. Some common sense advice as well as techincal questions are addressed in this well written column on saddles.The guidelines for finding the perfect saddle for yourself and your horse are fairly simple. Some common sense advice as well as techincal questions are addressed in this well written column on saddles.

Putting Together a Grooming Box

Take a good look at your groom boxes. Are all the brushes clean and respectable, and the bottles and the gadgets nicely organized a la Martha Stewart? Or are your boxes equine versions of a seventh grader's gym bag? Let's be honest now. Are the brush bristles smashed down and full of grit? Is there a rusty old hoof pick lying next to a mouse nest at the bottom of the box? It's a good bet that you bought those brushes twenty years ago when you first started riding and...

Horse Reproduction Focus of Upcoming Short Courses

Two separate one-day short courses on horse reproduction are being offered in February at the University of Georgia Animal/Dairy Science Livestock Instructional Arena, located on South MilledgeTwo separate one-day short courses on horse reproduction are being offered in February at the University of Georgia Animal/Dairy Science Livestock Instructional Arena, located on South Milledge

Testing Your Pasture – For Peace of Mind

By Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D. For owners of insulin resistant horses, pasture grazing may not be possible. Grass can be too high in sugar and starch. Since horses love to eat a lot of it, very quickly, this grass can significantly raise the level of insulin in the blood. While grass tends to be lower in sugar/starch during the summer, the situation changes as the night time temperatures drop below 40 degrees F, making it especially challenging (and dangerous!) to allow pasture...

Household Items You Can Use on Your Horses

Finding horse care items at a reasonable price and convenient locations can be challenging. However, they might be more readily available than you thought. Take a look around your home for products you can use on your horses.Finding horse care items at a reasonable price and convenient locations can be challenging. However, they might be more readily available than you thought. Take a look around your home for products you can use on your horses.

Pole barn updated for 50 more years of service

In the beginning, it didn't look like much. But close inspection revealed that what had started life 50 years ago as a simple pole barn was really a very well-engineered, sound, basic structural framework. Now it is a 40 by 50-foot horse barn with a spacious 25 by 40-foot aisle and eight roomy, well-ventilated 10 by 15-foot stalls.In the beginning, it didn't look like much. But close inspection revealed that what had started life 50 years ago as a simple pole barn was really a very...

Ready, Set, Build: Barns From the Ground Up, Part One

For many horse owners there will come a time when the thought of building a barn will cross their minds. It may be that a rider's show career has taken off. Perhaps the polo lessons have resulted in an addiction and the player's string has now outgrown that four-stall stable. Maybe you're finally in a position to take the plunge and buy some substantial acreage but the outbuildings need razing. There are probably almost as many reasons for building a new barn as ...For many horse owners there...

2002 Truck Preview

The long-awaited introduction of the all-new 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 (half-ton) pickup heads the list of hot topics. If you're a regular reader, you're aware that Dodge has been touting this change for quite some time. The new Ram 1500 sports a redesigned body with new sheet metal front to rear plus two new engine choices backed by an upgraded automatic transmission.The long-awaited introduction of the all-new 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 (half-ton) pickup heads the list of hot topics. If...