The Trail Rider

The Trail Rider

RAIN, CREEKS AND COWBOY HATS

Here in California we’ve had 4, 5 years of drought, no rain.  Creeks dried up.  Dams had no water to release.  Lakes evaporated with thousands of dead fish laying in the...



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Winter Challenges and Caring for Senior Horses

Every season brings specific horse care challenges and winter is...



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Feeding Your Horse with Special Needs

Many owners have horses that need special attention, whether...



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Hay Quality for Horses

Why should horse owners be concerned about hay quality for their...



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Body Condition Scoring Your Horse

Body condition influences everything in your horse’s life, from reproductive efficiency, to performance, to good health. By using Body Condition...



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WHAT YA WEIGH?

Often when travelling down a Forest Service or a county road, one will see a sign “Narrow Bridge”.  Or “Two Ton Bridge”.  Or “Low Bridge”.  So tell...



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Quick Tips for a Perfectly Packed Foot

Adapted with permission from "World-Class Grooming for Horses" by Cat Hill and Emma Ford, published by Trafalgar Square Books (www.horseandriderbooks.com) and available through...



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A Poulticing Primer

It may be old-fashioned and low-tech, but nothing spells relief to a hurting horse like a poultice in a pinch. Some poultices are designed to reduce heat and swelling in joints or tendons, while...



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Easing Equine Aches with Liniment

Old-time horsemen relied on liquid suspensions of herbal extracts known as liniments to ease their horses' aching muscles, tendons and joints. Their liniment recipes were often closely...



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Horse Joint Supplements Guide

Adapted from an article that appeared on EquiSearch   Horse joint supplements work! We finally have some formal studies that back this claim up. However, "nutraceuticals," as these compounds...



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It's a Fly's World: A Rogues' Gallery

Let's face it: If you don't take the proper precautions, your horse is doomed to be harassed by swarms of flying, stinging, biting pests come warmer weather. Called "a divell or familiar" in Scot's...



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What's in a Fly Spray Label?

If insects are making life miserable for you and your horse, you're probably searching frantically for a fly spray that lives up to its claims. The trick? Learn how to read—and...



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Apply Fly Spray the Right Way

To help your fly spray or other insect repellent do its work of keeping biting insects away from your horse both safely and well, follow these guidelines: ·  Start with a clean horse....



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Plan Well When Making Feed Changes

There are many reasons to consider making a change in an animals’ diet. Looking to attain improvements in performance, appearance, health, behavior and costs are certainly good reasons. Other...



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Fiber Digestion In The Horse

Introduction Horses are non-ruminant, monogastric herbivores. This means that horses have a simple, one compartment stomach and eat primarily fibrous vegetation or plant material. Fibrous plants,...



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WATCH THAT BANK!

When out trail riding, I always let Nic get a drink where he can.  Even in mud puddles and run off spots.  I’ve watched him play and even drink from a puddle with runoff from the...



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KNOWING YOUR HORSE.......

This is a picture of Nic and I.  He’s a ham.  Likes to have his picture taken.  Get a camera out, point it at him and he’ll put up his ears and pose.  Sometimes...



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Prevention Is Best When It Comes To Sand Colic

If you don’t live in Florida or the desert Southwest, you probably think your horse isn’t at risk for sand colic. Think again. When a horse grazes on short, sparse pasture, or...



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Get A Leg Up With The Right Hoof Care Products

Without four good feet to stand on, your horse is in trouble. No matter how well bred, athletic or personable he may be, he’ll never reach his full potential if his feet can’t hold...



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