If you are ready for a new horse – whether it’s your first or your 10th – you might want to consider the Off-Track Thoroughbred (OTTB). In the recent Thoroughbred Makeover series, Thoroughbreds have proven that they are all-discipline horses, from dressage to driving to jumping to working cattle. This article will tell you what I’ve learned from my experience buying Lotta Promise (a/k/a Stormy), a 2007 Oregon-bred grey gelding. If you know the horse’s racing name (or lip tattoo number), you can find out a lot of information about a potential OTTB purchase on Equibase, Thoroughbred racing's best database. This includes a free five-generation pedigree and their complete racing history. The good news about Stormy was that he is a grandson of Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew. The bad news was that in 15 starts, he wasn’t very successful – one win and no place or show earnings.
Now is the time of year when wildlife starts to find its way into your barn. And while squirrels, mice, and birds might be enjoyable while they’re outside, when they come into your barn they become nuisances and even health hazards. Need to keep wildlife out of your barn this fall and winter? These tips can help you do that!
Pasture board during the late spring, summer and early fall is great for both you and your horse. Not only is pasture board usually less expensive, but it gives your horse time to be turned out with other horses, time to graze and maybe to give his hooves a rest from shoes. Pasture board is also great if you are planning a vacation and don't want your horse in his stall all day with no one to exercise him.
In addition to the basics for comfortable and safe stalls for your horse, there are a lot of add-ons to personalize your stable and to make horse care easier. These can include:
Fall is a great time to upgrade your barn landscape. Getting new plants and trees in the grown before the first frost gives them plenty of time to get acclimated to their new home before winter comes. Studies prove that plants put in during the fall are already bigger than the ones you will find at the garden store in the spring.
For many horse owners, the farm and barn are your sanctuary. They are places where you and your family can enjoy your horses in peace. Or they should be, at least – encroaching development of neighboring properties or busy nearby roads can leave your private property feeling anything but. Don’t worry, though - we’ve come up with some great ways that can add privacy to your farm!
Whether you are building a new barn or renovating an old one, the best way to get the barn you want is to remember the old adage, “form follows function.” Before you start planning your barn, think about the following things:
If you're a horse owner, you've probably been aware of the West Nile Virus potential for your horse for several years and, hopefully, have given your horse the proper vaccinations. However, there have recently been news stories about cases of human West Nile cases. You may be hearing the following - we've investigated to see what's true.
While traditional equine veterinary medicine continues to grow with new techniques and medications. However, sometimes your horse may need a little "extra" or alternative help. One you may want to consider is an equine chiropractor.
Looking back on a summer of riding, were there things you wish that were different about the partnership between you and your horse? Do you wish your show results were better? Did you not quite get to your goal of jumping 3'? Are you still uncomfortable riding out on the trail? Maybe it's time for your horse to go "back to school."