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Stabling Horses: 4 Options for Shared Stalls and Communal Herd Stabling

  American horse owners generally avoid pasturing horses alone, but always stable horses one-per-stall. Why do we stall horses separately and is it possible that alternative stabling might be cheaper, easier, and healthier for many horses? Read on to learn more. Do Horses Need Their Own Separate Stalls? Short Answer: In traditionally built barns, Yes. …

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What to do if Your Horse Trailer or Tack Are Stolen

When you realize something has been stolen, it’s natural to panic. Brains flood with cortisol as we realize our property has been violated and it can be hard to think clearly. I remember this experience well from when my horse trailer was stolen while I was showing solo at the Kentucky Horse Park. In the …

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What is a Ewe Neck in Horses? Recognizing and Correcting

  An ewe neck is a conformation flaw that is typically more related to the conditioning and muscle tone of a horse than it is to skeletal structure, breed standard, or genetics. Because it is a condition of poor muscling, a ewe neck can often be corrected with nutrition and conditioning. In this article, I’ll …

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6 Easy Ways to Prevent Water Troughs from Freezing without an Electric Heater

Six ways to keep your horses’ water trough thawed without using a heater: 1. Partially Cover the Water’s Surface Cover as much of the surface of your tank as you can. Consider using c-clamps to secure plywood or polystyrene foam insulation to partially cover the top of your trough. Troughs generally have a large surface …

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How to Cool an Overheated Horse: Tips and Tricks

  Just like for human athletes, cooling off your horse after an intense workout is an essential part of horse ownership. For most amateur riders, you won’t need to cool your horse after every ride, but if you’ve had an extreme ride and asked your horse to run, jump, or work intensely, you may need …

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