Horse Care Articles

A Hoof Abscess Vet Kit

January 10, 2020
Jenn Zeller

Here’s the who, what, where, when and how, of what to keep on hand at all times, in case your horse ends up with a pesky hoof abscess. Who will need this kit? Well, you and the horse, of course. Basically, if you own a horse and are responsible for his care you need to […]


Dentistry: Not Just a Treatment

December 22, 2019
Dr. Matt Witzel, DVM

Dentistry across all mammalian species has progressed by leaps and bounds over the past 30 years for a multitude of reasons. Today, though, I’m going to concentrate on equine dentistry. Because the teeth in a horse’s mouth continually erupt the reasons for regular dental maintenance are a little different than in other animals. Abnormal conformation […]


My Mom Says To Clean Your Tack

December 15, 2019
Jolyn Young

My mom used to gather all her charges in the 4-H horse group that she led and have us painstakingly take apart our headstalls, undo the Chicago screws that held our reins to our bits, and take the stirrups off our saddles. Once all the pieces of our tack were laid about us on the […]


Stomach Ulcers in Horses

November 19, 2019
Dr. Matt Witzel, DVM

Does your horse have an attitude problem? Maybe you’ve seen a decrease in its athletic abilities? Have you seen multiple colic episodes in the past few years? Does your horse seem to get nervous or worked up easily? These are some questions I often ask that may lead us to investigate the likelihood of stomach […]


New Tips to Halter Break Your Colt

November 13, 2019
Tiffany Schwenke

Recently, while working to halter break a colt, my dad decided to try something new. He decided to teach this one to lead with his mom in the round corral. My dad is 69 years old and been working with horses his entire life. He is a true horseman as he knows he is still […]


A Well Trained Mind Directs Circumstance. Ground Work for Weanlings

October 30, 2019
Tiffany Schwenke

Fall is here. For many that means pumpkin spice and sweaters, but for us at North Four Mile Creek it means it is time to wean the foals. Days to come will be filled with working and playing with them. The foals all have their own personalities and they all have to have some basic […]


Back Cinch Blunders

July 13, 2019
Savanna Simmons

Plenty of reasons exist for the use of a back cinch, roping being the most prominent of reasons, to my mind, as well as starting a colt, to keep the saddle closer to the colt should he buck, and get him used to and comfortable with the feel as early as possible. An equal amount […]


KrossCheck Leverage Device For Equine Soundness

July 4, 2019
Jenn Zeller

This Spring, I learned about a new hoof testing device called the KrossCheck Leverage System. My good barrel horse came up crippled after our first run of the year. I was devastated. Radiographs taken in Texas, where I was at, showed fractured side bones, and low ringbone. That vet wanted to inject the coffin joint, […]


Fun With Horses

June 19, 2019
Jolyn Young

I was bumming out the other day, because the extent of my horse activities these days is pitching hay and filling the water trough. My husband took 6 of our horses with him to day work at a ranch 400 miles away, and I’m taking care of the 2 kids’ horses in his absence. I […]


Good Horse Gone Gray

April 16, 2019
Savanna Simmons

There comes a time when your good horse goes gray, his walk begins to slow and his back shows a sway. His wise old eyes grow cloudy yet they still have that shine, just as yours do when you think back on his long life with pride. The years in which you gave to me, […]