Horse Care Articles

Equi Vibe encourages faster healing for horses’ feet and legs, increases hoof growth

April 5, 2017
Wendy Greenough

In a previous interview with Terri Kissack, we talked about her gift of helping horses at Kissack Equine. In this follow up installment with Terri, we will discuss the newest addition to her program, the Equi Vibe. What is the Equi Vibe? I purchased an Equi Vibe Machine in June of 2016 to add to […]

Roaring disease in horses

April 4, 2017
Jolyn Young

Whether barrel racing, showing, working on the ranch or roping, all horses need an adequate supply of air when exercising in order to be healthy and excel in their sport. Roaring disease affects a small but significant number of horses and can greatly decrease an equine athlete’s air intake and damage their health. Here are […]

Wild horses on western lands face management crisis

April 3, 2017
Savanna Simmons

The Bureau of Land Management currently has more than 45,000 wild horses and burros in government holding pens, costing taxpayers nearly $50 million annually. In Nevada, there are 35,000 wild horses and burros on BLM public lands, approximately three times the Appropriate Management Level (APL) which was established for “thriving natural ecological balance,” said Ben […]

Knots for Tying Your Horse

March 31, 2017
Savanna Simmons

When tying my horses, there are two general knots I use: one for a horizontal bar or tie rail, and another for a vertical bar or in a ring. Neither pulls loose if a horse sets back on it, which I personally prefer, because I don’t want my horses to know that they can get […]

Ranch Horse Tack Hacks

March 30, 2017
Jolyn Young

If you Google “tack hacks,” you’ll discover that most of the ingenious solutions apply to English riders. What the heck? We western riders also have cool ideas to solve everyday tack problems in a pinch! The West wasn’t settled by flat-saddle riders wearing velvet helmets; cowboys and girls are a resourceful bunch known to make […]

Conditioning an Out of Shape Horse

March 27, 2017
Jenn Zeller

Ask A Pro Question: “Our snow has finally melted and I’m anxious to get my horse competing again. What is the best way to get my horse back in shape?” The answers you will get on conditioning an out of shape horse may vary depending upon who you ask. So, I’ll give you the 411 on what’s worked […]

Emerging Trends In Equine DNA

March 25, 2017
Maria Tussing

Appraising a horse by physical appearance alone is a thing of the past in the world of equine breeding and selling. Thanks to rapidly changing advancements in equine DNA technology, horse owners, breeders and enthusiasts can learn more about their horses now than ever before. Tests evaluating an animal’s deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), can identify the […]

Horseshoeing: How To Be A Good Client

March 24, 2017
Jolyn Young

Cultivating and maintaining a good farrier-horse owner relationship is a two-way street. While it’s important to evaluate your horseshoer and make sure you are satisfied with his or her work (read more about that here), it’s equally important to be a good client. Wait, don’t you just have to write a check that cashes to be […]

How to choose a farrier who will put your horse’s feet first

March 21, 2017
Jolyn Young

Horseshoeing is a necessary skill for a working cowboy, and a necessary expense for the typical horse owner. Even if you don’t know how to shoe your horse from start to finish, it’s a good idea to know how to evaluate a shoe job so you know if your farrier is doing a job worthy […]

Equine kinesiology tape trend is on a roll

March 21, 2017
by Tamara Choat

Whether human or equine, athletes depend on proper functioning of muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments to perform at their peak capability. When competitors started appearing at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics wearing bright kinesiology tape–colored, stretchy tape in unique patterns–the equine world took notice as well. Today, as the sight of elite horses competing or […]