Archive for the ‘Feeding and Nutrition’ Category
Posted in Feeding and Nutrition, Horsekeeping Almanac, Horsekeeping on a Small Acreage, Water, tagged dehydration, equine, health care, horse eating snow, horse water, horsekeeping, interdental space, management, nutrition, winter water on March 3, 2012| Leave a Comment »
Posted in 101 Horsekeeping Tips, Alfalfa Hay, DVDs, Feeding and Nutrition, Grass Hay, tagged equine, hay, hay for horses, health care, horse care, horsekeeping, management, moldy hay, nutrition on December 21, 2011| Leave a Comment »
Friends and family around the country tell me how scarce and pricey hay is this winter. It seems like every year one section of the country has a drought or flood or something that affects or even wipes out the hay crop.
Even though good hay might be tough to find in your area, don’t be tempted to feed moldy hay to your horses.
Horses should have access to salt at all times. I provide each of my horses with two salt blocks. One is a plain white salt block that is simply table salt; sodium chloride. The other is a calcium/phosphorus trace mineral salt block. It is sometimes called a 12:12 block because it contains 12% calcium and 12% phosphorus or an equal ratio of calcium to phosphorus, which is good for most adult horses.
Posted in Alfalfa Hay, Exercise, Feeding and Nutrition, Weight, tagged equine, exercises, fitness, health care, horse care, horse weight, horsekeeping, management, nutrition, obese horse, weight tape on June 1, 2011| Leave a Comment »
I have a, well, almost 3 year old Quarter Horse mare. Last time I weighed her she was about 800 pounds or so. She is a small girl, about 13 hands. The lady who feeds her I think is feeding her too much (a flake of alfalfa in the morning along with some oat, and some grass and oat at night) Though I think that oat doesn’t matter- for it’s just a filler, Ive been told.
A size 32 cinch is WAY to small on my horse and barely can go around her stomach.
Though she is stalky and so is her family, is she too obese for her size? I am worried about that. Jen
I wrote requesting you send me a photo of the mare as that would be helpful in formulating an answer. Without that visual, I’m going to refer you to several articles on my website that will help you get started in evaluating your horse’s weight.
Posted in Behavior, Conformation, Exercise, Facilities, Feeding and Nutrition, Grooming, Hoof Care, Riding, Safety, Sanitation, Tack, Training, Veterinary Care, tagged equine, health care, horse, horse books, horse care, horse DVDs, horse videos, horseback riding, management, training, used horse books on May 20, 2011| Leave a Comment »
When my dear hubby Richard built my scriptorium (the cottage where I write) he put in lots and lots of bookshelves…..that was, well, I don’t want to say HOW many years ago but a long time !!
The shelves are now overflowing and its time to downsize my collection.
Most of the books are new or like new. Many have never been opened. Some are current titles and others are vintage and out of print. I’ll be adding a handful every week or so, so keep an eye on Used Horse Books.
Likewise, Richard is also going through his video and DVD collection.
Posted in Bad Habits, Barn, Behavior, Body Slamming, Dental Care, Exercise, Feeding and Nutrition, Management, Stall, Stall Kicking, Veterinary Care, Vices, Wood Chewing, tagged body slamming, equine, health care, horse, horsekeeping, management, nutrition, stall banging, stall kicking, veterinary, wood chewing on May 4, 2011| Leave a Comment »