Blister beetles emit cantharidin which acts as a poison when individuals come into contact with the secretion. A blister beetle well known for inducing toxic reactions in horses is the Epicauta.
The Epicauta beetle is one of the more numerous versions of the poison producing bug. It has a skinny appearance with its main color being black while its head is crimson. A horse need only consume a few beetles from one feeding session in order to present symptoms of poison reaction.
Studies produced by the University of Arizona and the Read the rest of this entry »
Animals as large as horses can deteriorate quickly if lameness strikes. Difficulty standing or getting up and up and down can cause distress and eventually death when serious enough. Here are a few common reasons for lameness:
Bad shoeing- Improperly sized and attached shoes will make their hooves sore. Remove all shoes if you reasonably suspect this is the issue. The lameness should clear up.
Cuts, scratches or sprains- Visually inspect the leg and hoof for Read the rest of this entry »
Dealing with an injured horse is not something any horse owner should handle unprepared. Knowing what to do now can help you avoid panic and indecision, and your knowledge and quick actions could help save the life of your horse. Here are some things every horse owner should know how to do if their horse is suddenly injured.
Keep a first-aid kit close at hand in the stable, and make sure it is clearly marked and visible. If your horse is injured in the field, you can Read the rest of this entry »
Summer’s coming up but that doesn’t mean your horses are ready. Particularly if you live in some of the hotter parts of the country you need to be aware that horses like 100 degree weather about as much as humans do. Here are a few ways to keep your animals cool this season
AC: It’s a costly investment but installing AC in your stables will extend the life of your horses. Look into ways to score Energy Savings online and if you board your horses make sure you pay for a stable that already has air conditioning.
Ice – It’s as simple as that – bringing your horses a few bags of ice when the weather is brutal is a great way to cool them down. Allow them to eat it, lay on it, whatever they need to bring their body temp back down to normal.
Go Easy – The most common way horses get overheated is overzealous riders. It’s not good for your horse to be in direct sun when the weather’s above 90 degrees for more than about an hour and whatever you do, bring plenty of water!
This is a simple safe recipe for homemade fly repellent that works well for horses without the unpleasant scent many can have. It also is good for their hair and skin in addition to giving them relief from biting insects.
1 oz. Citronella Oil
1 oz. Olive Oil (sesame, canola or sunflower works as well)
1 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1 whole Bay Leaf
1/8 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
If you wish to give a more pleasant scent (not that it is smells bad), you can also add 5 drops each of the following essential oils: Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, and Lavender.
Simply mix will in a 20 Read the rest of this entry »
Preparing for a show takes hours of at home preparation. Your horse needs groomed thoroughly. There are many tasks in the grooming process but here are a few essential ones to being with. Clipping your horse. The horses bridle path and muzzle needs to be trimmed down. A trick to figuring out how long the bridle path should be is to take the horse’s ear and lay it backwards on it’s neck. The length of the Read the rest of this entry »
Creative clipping techniques go in and out of style in the horse world, just like fashion does for riding apparel. What used to be vogue and cutting edge is now pass.
Creating a clean, subtle checkerboard pattern on the rump is always classy for a beautiful hunter, or whimsical for a trail horse. The over and under cut, can be interpreted in many ways; the hunter clip, where the legs and saddle area are left unclipped and the balance of the body is shaved. It can also Read the rest of this entry »
Not every horse requires being shod but in certain cases, it is the advisable thing to do. All horses do need to have their hooves trimmed by a farrier at least every two to three months, especially if they are stalled a great deal or in a soft grass pasture most of the time. Horses’ hooves are like our fingernails as they grow quickly and if not properly tended to, then they will crack or split which can cause damage to the upper hoof or the frog (the soft inside of the Read the rest of this entry »