biosecurity in barns

Preventing the spread of disease is a constant concern among equestrians, especially at busy barns where horses are always coming and going. Here are some ways to make biosecurity more manageable when building or renovating your facility. Biosecurity is a hot topic among equestrians. As an architect specializing in the design of healthy equestrian facilities, …

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Equine West Nile Virus

In October, the Equine Disease Communication Center reported that Oklahoma confirmed its third case of West Nile Virus in a horse for 2017. Transmitted to horses via bites from infected mosquitoes, West Nile Virus causes flu-like symptoms, as well as signs of depression, changes in mental state, drowsiness, and more. In some areas of North …

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500 Miles Project and Heroes and Horses

The Heroes and Horses program addresses the challenges facing both combat veterans and wild horses by empowering them to work as a team. Post-traumatic stress disorder is a very real challenge for combat veterans. Statistics show we need to do a better job of assisting veterans with this complicated disorder. Heroes and Horses, a program …

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acupressure for horses

Acupressure can be a lifesaver for your horse in emergency situations such as colic, shock and/or injury. Any horse on earth can get hurt, experience colic, or fall victim to any number of other emergency situations. Some of these health events are a matter of life and death, whereas others require immediate attention but aren’t …

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hoof cleaning

Hoof cleaning is one of the first things you learn as a rider, but many people neglect it after a while. Get back to basics with this vital horsekeeping task! If you ask horse owners what they consider the most important jobs they do for their horses every day, you will get a variety of …

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creating equestrian trails for riding

Most horses and their riders enjoy a relaxing ride out on the trails. Good trails are a privilege, and how we treat them can make a big difference to their sustainability. Here’s an equine wellness aspect you may not have considered – the condition of your horse trails! A poorly designed or maintained trail can …

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horse's splint bone

His splint bone may be small and apparently without function, but without proper support it can lead to painful and frustrating injuries in your horse. This article focuses on the splint bone’s true function, and how to keep it healthy. If your horse has ever “popped a splint”, you’re familiar with this little bone in …

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lunging your horse

Lunging doesn’t have to be boring for you or your horse. Here are some fun ways to switch up your lunging routine! You might love it or hate it. You might think it has nothing to do with your own equine activities. But almost anywhere you go in the horse world, you will see horses …

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horse trailer

Three main factors to consider when deciding what size horse trailer will fit your needs – and the needs of your equine companions! Horses first. Horse trailer second. Tow vehicle third. It’s a simple formula, and it makes sense when you think about it. But it’s surprising how many horse people buy a tow vehicle before …

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barefoot performance horse

The journey to becoming a barefoot performance horse needs to focus on more than just your horse’s feet. Here’s how a whole horse approach helped one FEI rider and her horse make the transition. More and more people in the performance horse world are taking a serious look at the many benefits of barefoot hoof …

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