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Promote Horse Health by Re-Homing??

Horse Health

When Should you Think of Selling Your Horse?

Besides times of emergency and lack of means to properly care for a horse, when should you think of selling your horse? And as the title questions, can you improve horse health by selling in some situations?

Top 2 Reasons to Think of Selling Your Horse

  • For your safety or the horse is too much for you to handle
  • Purpose and goals don't match- whether it is your's or the horse's

If your horse is not safe to be around or is beyond what you can handle of course it is in your and the horse's best interest to re-home for the health, wellness, and sanity of you both.

But the second reason listed above can sometimes be overlooked and even downplayed, but can have negative effects on horse health and the owner's horsemanship or desire to have horses!

Selling Your Horse Moving Forward

Often there are two common mismatches with purpose and goals-

  1. The horse has more drive or purpose then the person, or the horse has more ambition then the job or discipline it is chosen for. Which can result in displaced behavior during sessions or even during times when in a pen or pasture. The unused energy can turn into stable vices, aggression, nervousness, etc. These destructive patterns can lead to health concerns such as ulcers, colic, or  other injury.
  2. The human has more drive or purpose then the horse. This can lead to the same behaviors and tendencies as listed above that can negatively effect horse health, but I want to note that there is also the effect on the owner/rider. The frustration and discord can cause horse sessions and time to no longer be enjoyable.

Next Steps to Know if Selling Your Horse is the Right Thing to do?

Consult with a horse profession you trust to help you determine if you need to improve your horsemanship skills or if the horse is not a fit for your needs, or possibly you don't fit the horse's needs. I would recommend one who has a good understanding of horse behavior and psychology.  If you decide that selling you horse is the best option and it is not an emergency, take your time and wait for the right fit to come along for your horse. Find peace in knowing there was a positive purpose for your horsemanship goals or even the horse's health in finding them a new home!

I hope you found value in this information. Please share via your favorite social media page and join us in our mission in promoting horse health and wellness.

Life is better when you're horsin’ around!

PS Are you ready to naturally improve your horse's health? Start by making sure your horse doesn't have dangerous digestive concerns lurking that you have been told are no big deal…Check out our FREE guide 10 Tell Tale Signs Your Horse May Be Suffering From Dangerous Digestive Problems. Click Here or click on the image below to download your copy today.

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Tips for Winter Horse Riding

Winter Horse Riding

Maintaining Horse Health while Winter Riding

For those who don't let the cold stop them from some winter horse riding, here are some tips to ensure that your rides don't cause concern for your horse's health and wellness.

There are many reasons that a proper warm up and cool down are necessary for any ride or session. You can check out 12 reasons in a previous post Warm Up & Cool Down Crucial Parts to Equine Fitness.

The focus of this post will be more specific on warm ups and cool downs as they relate to cold weather and winter horse riding.

winter horse riding warm up

Winter Horse Riding Warm Up

For horses that are less mobile and stand in a stall or run, it can be beneficial for joint health and muscle mobility to add some extra lateral work, biosomatic exercises, or stretches before you get moving on to your regular warm up or session. The cold can cause tension and tight spots that may not be present in warmer conditions.

Winter Horse Riding Cool Down

You can make your cold weather cool downs more efficient with the right equipment. Investing in a fleece or wool cooler blanket can promote horse health by speeding up the cool down time and can be a great option for those who regularly ride in the cold and work the horse to a sweat.

Our horse's winter coat is designed to form an insulated layer that warms and protects from the elements, but when saturated with sweat this design is hindered and can leave the horse at risk for health concerns. Making sure your horse is dry prior to putting them away is key to maintaining horse health. Even if you use a turnout sheet or blanket the horse needs to be dry and their body temperature back to their normal range.

winter horse riding cool down

You can begin your cool down while riding by walking for 10-15 minutes at the end of your session. After dismount, loosen the cinch, and if you know the horse is comfortable with it place the cooler blanket on over the saddle and hand walk the horse for a few minutes. This can help reduce a wave of cold air hitting the back and causing muscles to spasm or cramp up. You can then remove the saddle and place the cooler blanket back on and continue to hand walk them. If the horse is still wet you can add towel drying, to hand walking, and using a cooler blanket.

If the horse is not returning to a normal body temperature or is continuing to sweat, you may need to consult your veterinarian to check for other possible horse health concerns.

Knowing your horse's baseline can help you determine when your horse is properly cooled down. It will also help you determine when something is off and you need to contact your veterinarian. Use our free vital signs checklist to track and determine your horse’s baseline and maintain your horse's health. You can find our vital signs check list with our FREE PDF Guide, 10 Tell Tale Signs Your Horse May Be Suffering From Dangerous Digestive Problems. Click Here to download your copy today.

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5 Tips for Choosing the Right Horse Boarding Facility

Horse Boarding Facility

The Horse Boarding Facility You Choose is Often Your Home Away from Home

Finding the right horse boarding facility is crucial to the enjoyment of your horse time! Dreading going to the barn is a horrible feeling and will ultimately have a negative effect on your horsemanship and riding goals. So today we are sharing with you 5 Tips for Choosing the Right Horse Boarding Facility.

1. Location–Is the Location of the Horse Boarding Facility Convenient for You?

A top consideration when choosing the right boarding facility is whether the location is convenient for you or not. If you make it too far from where you live and work it will limit the time you get to spend with your horse. When possible look for a location no more than 15-20 minutes from your home or office.

2. Quality–How Do You Feel About the Horse Boarding Facility Quality of Care?

Were you comfortable with the physical structure and safety of the property? If you aren't comfortable with it now, you probably won't be in the future. Save your time and energy and keep looking.

Horse Boarding Facility

3. Horsemanship/Riding Goals– Does the Horse Boarding Facility Suite Your Riding Needs or Goals?

This isn't a make it or break it deal, but if you have riding needs or goals that you don't feel will be supported at the facility then you may want to keep looking. Examples: if you are a jumper and there are no jumps at the facility, you love trail riding but the facility is a good distance away from trails, you like to ride in small enclosed areas and there is not round pen, etc. Sometimes this can be something you may forget to think about and then feel disappointed once you get your horse settled in and realize the facility doesn't fit your riding goals or plan.

4. School of Thought– Do You Like and Jive with the Environment and Culture Emulated at the Horse Boarding Facility?

You know how you prefer to train and care for your horse, make sure it “agrees” or at least doesn't clash with that of the practices around the horse boarding facility. If you are unsure about what a facility's school of thought might be, ask about educational clinics, shows, or events that were hosted or might be in the future. You can also simply ask out right if the owners or managers have a specific school of thought. Sometimes marketing materials like brochures or websites might also help you feel out what the culture of the facility is.

5. Budget– Finally is the Price Range in Your Budget and are the Options of Care What You Want/Need?

Boarding can range from an average of $100-$450 per month or more depending on the services provided and amenities offered. Make sure you look within your budget and be sure you understand in advance what services are provided and covered in your boarding fee and what is not covered.

If you are looking for more information related to horse care, check out the links below.

Now that you have some tips for selecting the right boarding facility… I want to share some valuable information with your about your horse's digestive health-

In my content, I share the story of supporting my mare through health concerns, naturally, after traditional methods had failed and euthanasia became the only recommendation veterinarians had for her. Part of our mission has to do with the success I had in helping her, and wanting that for your horse…

The reality is Pokey had been “telling” me for years that there was a concern, but sadly the vets and other equine professionals and mentors I had at the time told me the things I noticed were no big deal! So I created a free pdf guide that shares 10 Tell Tale Signs Your Horse May Be Suffering From Dangerous Digestive Problems. Click Here to download your copy today.

Pokey struggled with #3 on this list for years and yet I was told she was just lazy and it was a training/behavioral problem. Don't let others misguide you or silence what your horse wants you to know. Click Here and download the guide now.

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