Horse Care Articles

Anti-New Year’s Resolutions For Horse Owners

December 30, 2017
Jolyn Young

January 1st is upon us, and many well-intended folks are forming New Year’s Resolutions. They declare their intentions to lose more weight, spend less money, and otherwise improve themselves. But as horse people, we are already a pretty fantastic bunch of people. So I say “Why try to improve ourselves? Let’s keep on doing like […]

Properly Fitting a Cinch

December 27, 2017
Jenn Zeller

I took some time over the past couple of weeks to interview Dana Eklund from Big Sky Mohair Cinches about properly fitting a cinch. There have been countless articles written on this subject, but I think many of them miss the boat. Hopefully this one will help those muddy waters get clear, right quick! What […]

Hollywoods Bandit Continued

December 17, 2017
Tiffany Schwenke

The spring of 2016, Hollywoods Bandit was finally two years old. Now he was old enough to start putting an few rides on. After about 3 rides we had another hitch thrown in… Bandit impaled himself with an upright brace of a gate. He reared over a metal gate and the horizontal bar bent down […]

Short, Stocky And Furry: Cold-Weather Horse Breeds

December 15, 2017
Jolyn Young

Unlike my fair-weather self, several horse breeds have evolved over the centuries to survive and thrive in extremely cold winter weather conditions. Here are three hardy breeds who have it made in the snow. Icelandic Horse Weight: Around 800 pounds Height: 13 to 14 hands Color: A wide range of coat colors, including chestnut, bay, […]

To the Rescue: Part 2 Sound Equine Options

November 15, 2017
Savanna Simmons

As told by Elisabeth Wolff, volunteer president of Sound Equine Options (SEO). Sound Equine Options of Gresham, Oregon, stepped up to the plate when they were needed during wildfires in their part of the country, but it was established in 2009 with the idea to aid horse owners long before their help was needed this […]

To the Rescue: Part 1

November 5, 2017
Savanna Simmons

As I was combing Facebook for sources to talk to for a story about the state of fires in Western States last month for Tri-State Livestock News, I stumbled across an individual who selflessly took in 25 horses that were in fire evacuation zones and in need of rescue. Ashley Mershon, who has a small […]

Picket Breaking a Horse by a Front Foot

October 2, 2017
Jan Swan Wood

Picket breaking a horse is an important lesson. Having a horse that is picket broke is pretty handy. Nearly anywhere you end up, you can picket a horse out so he can graze, lay down and move around. It’s also handy for keeping a horse up close when you need him. A little strategic yard […]

Weaning Colts Part 3; Wardell Quarter Horses

September 28, 2017
Lynn Kohr

In part 1 of weaning colts I interviewed a veterinarian, and in part two I interviewed the Wilson Ranch.  Today in Moorcroft, WY I visited with Cheri Wardell, owner of Half Fast Race Horses and Wardell Quarter Horses. Cheri gives us her valuable and well tested knowledge of weaning colts.   All foals should be […]

Weaning Colts Part 2: The Wilson Ranch

September 21, 2017
Lynn Kohr

In my first post on weaning colts, I interviewed Dr. Marshall Kohr. He talked of his recommendations on vaccinations and deworming your babies. Clara Wilson of The Wilson Ranch, founded in 1908, Newcastle WY, shares with us her knowledge from many years of raising and weaning colts. We feed the mares some grain while the colts […]

Weaning Colts Part 1; Veterinarian Interview

September 19, 2017
Lynn Kohr

As Fall is just around the corner, my thoughts turn to weaning colts. At what age do you wean colts? What vaccines? Deworming? What’s the best way to wean a colt? I asked my favorite veterinarian and husband, Dr. Marshall Kohr from Gillette, Wyoming’s Animal Medical Center and several breeders these same questions. In the […]