13 Nov

Horses & Health

Making sure that your horses are eating and drinking the right things plays a large factor in their overall health. Just like many other animals, horses love to eat. If you notice that your horse has seemed to have lost their appetite, you may want to contact your local vet. Whenever possible, it’s also important to pay attention to how much your horse is drinking. A sharp decline in water intake should never be ignored. Check first to make sure the water supply is clean and fit to drink. Low water intake will rapidly lead to problems like dehydration and impaction on top of whatever else is making the horse not drink. If you live in certain areas of the country, like Texas, it may also be a good idea to research the quality of your local water. Boerne Water Softener Pros can help determine the quality of your water and install water filtration systems if needed.

While your horse may be able to tolerate a lack of water for extended periods, dehydration from water restriction can quickly become dangerous. Diet certainly can affect water consumption. If your horse grazes lush pasture grasses, which are high in moisture, it will likely drink less water than those faced with a pile of hay. Additionally, horses that consume all-hay diets drink more water than those fed mixed hay-grain diets. The easiest way to encourage your horse to drink more water is to provide he or she with fresh, clean, palatable water at all times.

Although water is necessary for survival and good health, it is possible for horses to drink too much water. Excessive water intake can cause kidney problems as they eliminate the excess water and can also dilute the electrolytes in the horse’s body—which inhibits his or her ability to regulate temperature. Keep track of water consumption as best as you can, and alert a veterinarian if your horse seems to drink little or no water, or even excessive amounts of water.

Like humans, how long it takes for a horse to become dehydrated varies. This timing can be based on age, diet, work load, pregnancy, lactation, and many other factors. Depending on environmental conditions and work intensity, exercising horses may require more water than others. Seasons can also make an difference in your horse’s water consumption. It may be different in the winter than in the summer. In the summer, we typically assume horses need more water because it’s hot and they’re sweating frequently. The truth is that a horse on summer pasture may not drink as much water as a horse eating hay, hay cubes or other dried forage in the winter. That’s because grass naturally has high water content.

When traveling with your horse, be sure to make arrangements to give your horse water every two to three hours. When taking your horse for a long trail ride, it’s also important to offer your horse water as frequently as possible. A horse should be allowed to drink as much as he or she wants anytime after performing an intense exercise amount.

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10 Nov

Pesarabians and Stable Conditions

Like an animal, Pesarabians require training to become exceptional. There are many different types of training available for horses, but most require hard work and time to help the horse develop to his or her best athletic ability. To begin, training your horse to stand still when you mount is 90% groundwork before you can ride. You’ll need to be able to move your horse forwards, backwards and sideways with ease. You should also be able to move away from him while he or she stands still for a minimum of 30 seconds.

In addition to training, a horse’s environment plays a role in his or her attitude and performance. For example, it’s extremely important to keep tidy stable conditions for your horse. Clean out their stall regularly, and if possible, your horse’s barn should be climate controlled. It’s important to understand that your horse can become ill or show abnormal behavior if he or she is confined to a stable for long periods of time. If your horse is stabled, ensure all areas of your horse’s environment are well ventilated, clean and draught-free. For AC installation for your stables, just contact your local HVAC contractor. Steps should be taken to ensure the health and welfare of your horse within its stable are critical to upholding standards of care that speak to responsible ownership. Pay attention to not only to the physical wellbeing of your horse, but also to their social environment. Horses need large amounts of exercise to remain healthy. Your horse should have access to an area where they can exercise every day—preferably in the company of other horses, for as long as possible. Fencing around these areas should be maintained in good condition and made of safe materials. Natural windbreaks and shade formed by trees and bushes might be all that is necessary for shelter in some areas.

Just like humans and other animals, horses need a comfortable place to rest. Dryness is important to a horse’s general health and to the strength of his or her fee. If the bedding, like a certain kind of peat moss, is highly absorbent to moisture, it will aid as far as its absorbent capacity goes in assisting to keep the floor dry; however, some straw is better for better than others. It should always be high quality and shared in sufficient quantity.

If your stable is climate controlled, you may not need clothing for your horse. Additionally, the thickness and length of his or her coat based on grooming and clipping habits may also be a factor. The only time a groomed horse would truly need clothing was if he or she was kept outside in the cold or wet conditions. In the end, the use of clothing for horses aid the action of food in maintain their body temperature. Although, clothing can also collect dirt easily, and should be kept clean at all times so that it does not contract and carry disease. Wool clothing can also cause irritation for the horse, and should have a cotton sheet place between the horse’s skin and the wool.

 

 

 

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25 Jun

Horses Are My Mane Attraction

I always loved horses. Their majesty intrigued me. I longed for the day that I would own one of my own and maybe, run a horse ranch where I could ride all day to my heart’s content.  My fascination with horses started when I was quiet young. Of course I wasn’t alone. Millions of girls around the country have an equal fascination. What could be the reason? Why don’t girls idolize any other animal like hamsters as much?

My own obsession should be proof enough. Girls are often attracted to the look of a horse. Each breed has a different set of characteristics that makes it unique. However, there is one breed that truly stands out from the rest; the Arabian stallion. Continue reading

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8 Jun

Flooding in Texas

With all the rain that we have received in Texas over the past few weeks, there has been some really devastating flooding on many of the major rivers in Texas. The flooding has been widespread from Dallas down to San Antonio and from West Texas across to Houston and the Gulf of Mexico. We had a tree emergency on some of our property just outside San Antonio was damaged due to flooding on one of the creeks that flows nearby. We had some very old Cypress trees on the property. I think my grandpa said several of them were over 100 years old and they were just knocked over like dominoes when the creek water rose and rushed through. Thankfully our guys with the tree service were on call for the emergency and got out to our place quickly to get the trees taken care of before they were washed downstream and caused any further damage. Continue reading

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14 May

Great Arabian Horse Ranches In Texas

There’s a reason Texas is bigger and better. There are many Arabian horse ranches here in Texas. I know, they don’t always call them ranches, but here in Texas, I just call them ranches. Some are officially called training centers and some other names. I’ve only been to a few of them, but the others are definitely on my list to visit. I have a few friends who also love the Arabians and some have even visited other “ranches” in other states and in different parts of the world.

herd-of-Arabian-horses-450x300One of my favorite Arabian breeders is the Kehilan Arabian ranch in Fort Worth, Texas. They have some of the best dressed Arabians that I’ve seen. They have a beautiful facility there on the Trinity River. And their website is really fantastic with lots of videos and music. They have senior, junior and reference stallions that you can see on their website as well. So many of the great horses in one place. It was really great to visit them when I was up at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo last year. If you are in the area, I would highly recommend that you contact them and schedule a visit to their place in Fort Worth. You really won’t regret taking the time to drive out and see their Arabians and their facility. It’s only about a 30 minute drive from downtown Fort Worth. Continue reading

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24 Apr

Why I Love Texas

I was born in Waco, Texas and have grown up in Texas all my life. I now live in the Hill Country outside of San Antonio and absolutely love it. If you have never visited the Texas Hill Country, you must! The wild flowers and blue bonnets (the Texas state flower) are blooming like crazy and with all the rain we have had lately, everything is majestic and green. We had a fairly mild winter, although it did freeze a few times causing some problems with my garden. With all the green now, it’s a great time to get out and ride horses. One of my favorite places to ride is the Double Diamond Ranch off Highway 46 just outside of Boerne. The stables there are fantastic and there is a lot of area to ride out in the Hill Country.

I’ve had a love of Arabian horses for several years. I saw one while I was out in Texas that was being transported to a show from the Weddle Training Stables in Austin, Texas. Since that time, I’ve been following Arabian horses. I hope to own several of these incredible horses one day. I’d like to own 150 acres in the Hill Country one day with my own stables to care for and ride my horses.

Living in the Texas Hill Country is also great because it is really easy to go to Austin or San Antonio for the day. One of my favorite things to do when my friends visit from another state is to take them on a wine tasting tour in the Texas Hill Country. We have done this five times now and every time my friends love it. I just had a request from a friend coming later this summer who wants to do the tour again. It really is very beautiful and Texas has some of the best wine vineyards.

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