Well it was time for Mr. Tay to get his sheath cleaning this year so I thought I would do a little recording to give you a few tips on horses. Most horses only need this done once or twice a year but it all depends on the horse. There are many more tips on horses when it comes to sheath cleaning but these are just a few that I use.
I’ve put together a little video for you on some dentistry tips on horses from my own experiences with my horses. Horse dentistry is a part of horse husbandry that I feel very strongly about so I took the time to research it to ensure my horses are getting the best care possible. These few dentistry tips on horses are just a small example of what is included in my DVD for sale on horse husbandry. If you are interested on many, many more tips on horses feel free to browse my website.
Here’s a quick video on a few safety tips on horses. Many people have fear of horses and for good reason if they haven’t learned any safety tips on horses. They are large animals and safety should always be the first thing you learn about. Hope you enjoy this quick video starring Ms. Winnie.
I see so many people disregard many of the tips on horses when it comes to grass because they have it stuck in their head that grass is the most natural food we can feed our horses. And I can totally understand that because that’s the way it used to be, but now we need to have an open mind when it comes to grass tips on horses. Just think of how large our dairy and beef industry has become compared to the horse industry! Our grass tips on horses has taken a very different turn to be able to benefit the cattle industry. In this day and age plant breeders make their money if they design grasses that fatten the cattle and increase their milk production. Did things just make a little more sense on how tips on horses in regards to grass may have changed over the years? So our plant breeders make a nutrient dense, high sugar, low fibre, easily digestible grass with “fructan” being the special ingredient. YIKES tips on horses just became all about the cows!
Fructans can be quite dangerous for our horses because they just don’t have a lot of the digestive enzymes required to digest them, which leads to fermenting them in the cecum. When these specific tips on horses happens you could be looking at colic, colon damage, leaky gut and laminitis. Our Researchers know this very well and don’t disregard these tips on horses instead they use it to their advantage to induce laminitis in horses. There are many factors that increase fructan levels in grass like cold weather, drought, poor soil and nutrient deficiencies. Levels are at their highest in bright sunlight and cool weather so it’s best to keep your horses off the grass on those frosty mornings and hot dry days. Nighttime grazing will be one of your best tips on horses if it is not freezing and the grass isn’t dried out.
Now these tips on horses leads to fructan levels in hay. Many people know that these levels drop through the drying process but unfortunately we still see levels that many horses just can’t handle. If you are one of those people that have a sensitive horse you know very well that these tips on horses are very accurate. Maybe even some of you have tried the tips on horses and even gone as far as soaking your hay which can reduce these levels by 30%.
Every horse is different when it comes to these tips on horses and what levels of fructans it can handle. It’s hard to believe that a horse could founder on a few handfuls of grass but believe me it can and does happen. Some other tips on horses is a grazing muzzle for some might help and then for others they seem to tolerate almost any grass or hay. These tips on horses need to be looked at for each horse individually. Unfortunately we are seeing horses on a grass diet having more problems than a horse on a hay diet and these horses require lifelong dietary changes. Again these are hard tips on horses to stomach when we have been conditioned to believe grass is the most natural food for our horses. If your horse is having health problems or never seems to be sound you just can’t disregard these tips on horses.
There are many tips on horses that have ulcers but again one must weed through what makes sense and what doesn’t. Did you know these tips on horses: the incidence of ulcers in foals ranges from 25% – 50%, up to 90% in race horses and 60% in non-performance horses? With these kind of stats every horse owner should be opening their eyes and ears to any tips on horses when in comes to ulcers. There are many factors to consider like lifestyle, stress levels, performance and drug history. With so many of these tips on horses a couple of them have stood out to me when it comes to ulcers. The tips on horses that I found quite valuable are the high starch diets we feed our horses and the infrequent feedings that so many horses still suffer from. Our horses are made to ingest small amounts of food several times per day and when they chew the saliva flow buffers stomach acid. What many tips on horses tend to forget to mention is that horses continually secrete gastric HCL (stomach acid) even when they are not eating. So can you imagine how build up of acid must feel if the horse is left too long between feedings? Other interesting tips on horses to back this up is that researchers will actually fast a horse to induce ulcers. And to add a little more fuel to the fire the horses also get all stressed out wondering when their next meal will be.
These tips on horses was what I was looking for when it came to my mare Ms. Winnie. I know in my heart she came from a past of poor tips on horses like infrequent feedings then abundant pasture. These tips on horses landed her with a belly full of sand, foaming at the mouth when eating, voracious eating and stressed out at an ask. I knew then that ulcers were a definite possibility for her. I knew from the tips on horses that I didn’t want to give her an acid-suppressing drug as many ulcers are caused by a deficiency of HCL and an excess of other kinds of acids produced by unfriendly bacteria. I picked from many different tips on horses in order to get her back on track. My brain kept telling me that the tips on horses to give her an acid-suppressing drug was the answer and I even bought one to have but instead I went down the route of natural medicine and changing some feeding routines. I was advised about some tips on horses in regards to some different kinds of flower essence to try for the amount of stress she seemed to carry around. And each time we tried a different concoction the further she would open up to let me in. It was obvious that her past owners got very few tips on horses or just got the wrong ones all together. I also got her onto an organic herbal mixture specifically for ulcers and introduced her to a slow feeder hay bag. She loved the herbal mixture but thought the tips on horses for a hay bag was pure evil. As she frantically pawed the hay bag in hopes of bolus eating again it took a good three to four months before she realized she wasn’t going to starve to death. I don’t think she was really in agreement with the tips on horses needing a lower sugar hay either. Anyways she is now really quite comfortable with her low sugar hay in her hay net slow feeder and she no longer foams at the mouth. With these tips on horses I hope you feel better educated to make a more informed decision about ulcers in horses.
Basic tips on horses can sometimes be hard to weed out with so much at our fingertips. So here are just a few basic tips on horses on how to care for your horse in the winter months. I have found many people tend to overcompensate during this time. Two common tips on horses that I see people do is change their horses feed and blanket them. They will give them a grain mixture of some sort, sweet feed, alfalfa, etc. thinking they need this to keep warm in the colder temperatures. Granted some tips on horses indicate that they do need a little more care in the winter but generally most do just fine in the cold temperatures. Unless your horses specify some special dietary needs there really is no reason to be changing their diet for the season. Horses may tend to eat more in the colder months but the tips on horses to add a sweet feed is not going to be beneficial for your horse in fact it will do more harm than good.
More tips on horses that are rarely necessary are blanketing. I think with our horses we tend to put human thoughts into our horse care and think because we need a blanket so do our horses. There are always those special case tips on horses like when a horse has moved to a different climate, is older or may be sick but generally not necessary. In fact when you do blanket the little muscles that your horse uses to move each strand of hair weakens. This makes it more difficult for your horse to move its hair when needed for wind and cold. There are some tips on horses that few people even know about.
With my horses the only tips on horses that I tend to follow in the colder months are a heater in the water tub and an increase in their regular hay. And a couple other tips on horses are mine always have hay in their slow feeder hay nets and adequate shelter year round. I know many of us just do what we have always done with our horses but take a minute and ask yourself: “Is this really benefiting my horse and is it necessary?” Like I said tips on horses can sometimes be overwhelming so try to “Keep it natural…keep it simple”.
All horse owners should be scouring the internet for tips on horses that aren’t farrier friendly. For some reason we think it’s the farriers job to wrestle with the horse until the job gets done and of course don’t lose their patients either. Not all farriers are horse whisperers and getting some tips on horses in this area really is our job as owners to prepare our horses for getting their feet trimmed.
So here are a few tips on horses when it comes to preparing them for the farrier. Depending how comfortable your horse is with his legs and feet you could start with rubbing their legs down with an extension of your arm first (even a stick would do) then progressing to massaging their legs. Ask them to pick up their front legs by slowly pinching the chestnut on the inside of their leg and release at the slightest try. The biggest tips on horses here is the release teaches. With the hind legs slowly pinch them on the hock (knee) and do the same. Work with these tips on horses until you and your horse are comfortable and your horse picks his feet up at the slightest ask. Some safety tips on horses is “don’t forget to stay out of the kick zone” when asking for the hind legs.
Then you can work with the end of your lead rope or another rope to help you hold the leg up for longer periods of time. Also having some sort of stand or even a piece of log standing up on end you can start putting your horse’s foot on it and ask him to hold it there. These tips on horses are as important to our horses as they are to our farriers. Do your part as a responsible horse owner and use these tips on horses to properly prepare your horse for trim day.