TIP: Dealing with minor skin infections

When dealing with minor skin "funks" such as girth itch a couple of cap fulls of bleach in a large bucket of water can make a very effective rinse to help kill the infection and help the horse heal quickly. Contributed By: BarnMate.com

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TIP: Homemade fly rinse

You can make a home made fly rinse with an oz or 2 of cider vinegar and skin so soft mixed in with their bath water. It can also be used as a fly spray.  Some people like to mix in some citronella oil too. Contributed By: Barnmate.com

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Winter care of the horse

INTRODUCTIONAutumn is certainly one of the most beautiful times of the year particularly for the horse rider. Autumn is also the harbinger of winter. Many people worry about their horse getting cold. A healthy horse with an unclipped coat, a shelter from the wind and rain, and a few management changes, will have no problem […]

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Water for Horses, How to Keep it Safe & Healthy

Would you drink your horse’s water? Is it crystal clear and tasty? Or is it filled with algae, debris, and insects? Too often, horses are expected to drink foul, smelly water laden with litter. But fresh, clean water is essential to your horse’s health. Thankfully, there are simple ways to help keep drinking water in […]

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Strategies to Maximize Performance

Maintaining a performance or pleasure horse represents a substantial investment of time and money. People sometimes put their efforts towards purchase of a nice horse and a lovely truck and trailer, forgetting some of the basics that help to improve horse health and performance. This presentation covers some of the factors that may influence the […]

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Summer’s Coming: Hot Weather Care for Horses

As the summer approaches, owners need to consider management practices needed to help their horses get through the hot weather. It is important to understand the normal physiology of the horse when exercised in hot or humid weather. During exercise the body generates heat faster than at rest. A large percentage of the stored energy […]

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Protect Your Horse’s Legs With Proper Bandaging Techniques

The following article is provided as a courtesy and service to the horse industry by the American Association of Equine Practitioners. There may be any number of occasions when you will need to bandage your horse’s legs. Bandaging can provide both protection and support for the horse while working, traveling, resting or recovering from an […]

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Leg Bandages Bandaging Your Horse’s Legs

There may be any number of occasions when you will need or want to bandage your horse’s legs. Bandaging can provide both protection and support for the horse while working, traveling, resting or recovering from an injury. For whatever purpose, it is essential that you use proper leg bandaging techniques. Applied incorrectly, bandages may not […]

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Guidelines to Follow During Equine Emergencies

If you own horses long enough, sooner or later you are likely to confront a medical emergency. There are several behavioral traits that make horses especially accident-prone: one is their instinctive flight-or-fight response; another is their dominance hierarchy — the need to establish the pecking order within a herd; and a third is their natural […]

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General Equine Care

FEEDINGHorses evolved in the wild for thousands of years before they were domesticated by humans. In the wild, a horse typically spends as much as 18 hours per day (or more) eating vegetation (such as grass). Their digestive tract, therefore, has evolved to handle small quantities of easily digestible feed over a long period of […]

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