Horses’ backs quite literally bridge the gap between majestic necks, powerful legs, and swishing tails. Other than asking for lifts and bends throughout training, back conditioning and health can be out of sight and mind.
As the change in seasons brings a welcomed drop in temperatures, beautiful foliage, and favorite holidays, it’s time to reconsider horses’ feeding programs. Senior horses may need special attention as the colder weather makes everything a little more difficult, and a bred broodmare might need extra concentrate, such as grain, to fulfill her dietary requirements.
As riders, it’s very easy to assume everything sees the world as we do. From the dogs and cats at the barn to our own horses, the colorful and often clear world we see is not the same world animals see. Here are ten things to keep in mind when working with horses.
Somewhere in their heart, everyone has a soft spot for animals experiencing hardship. Beauty’s Haven Farm & Equine Rescue Inc. staff have taken the soft spot in their own hearts and run with it, opening a sanctuary in the heart of Florida’s horse country. The 501(c)(3) non-profit focuses on rescuing, rehabbing, and rehoming horses within Florida.
It’s every horse owner’s worst nightmare. The moment you watch your horse trot across the pasture or stumble across a change in terrain and think “are they lame?” Not to mention the fan fair of diagnosis and treatments that usually ensue afterward.
Shockwave therapy is an advanced and growing technology that treats musculoskeletal problems, bone injuries, and soft tissue in horses. This type of therapy is one of the most effective treatments known to not only humans, but horses, too.
As the warmer weather is starting to move in for summertime, so are those pesky mosquitos! Spring through Summer months are their peak season, but surprisingly, mosquitos can actually survive in temperatures close to 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
Healthy joint function is essential for all animals including horses. Joint inflammation can come on suddenly and may result in short or long-term arthritis. Joint inflammation usually stems from disruption of the structure of the joints.