"Most horse owners know that colic is the number one noninfectious health risk for horses, and veterinarians warn that decreased water consumption is thought to be the primary predisposing factor for compaction colic.”
Recent estimates put owning a horse at around $10,000 a year. This includes basic care costs associated with vaccinations, deworming, hoof care, nutrition and shelter.
”During hurricanes, earthquakes, wild fires, floods and other disasters, having a plan in place will save you time and money and possibly the lives of your horses.”
"A good best-practices management plan including proper nutrition, hoof and dental care, vaccines, deworming and exercise will help your older horse thrive.”
”Gently touching and rubbing the horse's lower legs and feet without the horse flinching or moving away is the first step toward successfully training the horse to accept hobbles.”
”Being well prepared for a veterinarian's visit ensures that necessary procedures for your horse will be effectively completed, thereby saving time and money, plus, horse, owner, and veterinarian will have a positive relationship moving forward.”
Although horses are very adaptable to cold weather, managing their physical and nutritional needs takes some planning.
Over the years, researchers have thoroughly investigated the evolution of horses and determined that the way horses live in the wild can serve as a guide for caring for domesticated horses.
The nutritional value of forage and hay grown in drought-stricken areas plummets and as a result, horse nutrition is compromised.
Summer’s heat and humidity can be much more than just uncomfortable for your horse; they can be deadly and can lead to disastrous consequences as a result of inadequate care or belief in common myths about heat, cold water, and their effect on horses.