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Barn Fires, fire safety barns, horse fire, arena fire, Perth East Fire Department, ventilation in barns, no smoking barns, fire extinguisher barns

Preventing Your Worst Nightmare - Owning and operating any kind of farm is a tough job. The last thing you need is a fire. Whether it’s a fully engulfed barn, an indoor arena inferno, or a tractor that got way too hot and decided to take the drive shed with it, a fire is usually considered the worst possible thing that can happen. Ask any equine property owner/operator who has had a fire and they’ll tell you that there is a lot more at stake than the barn.

vettec, sole guard, hoof care, solar support, endurance trail riding, distance riding

When gearing up for endurance and trail riding season, there is a lot of training and preparation that go into it for the rider and horse. Both have to be conditioned to face the 25, 50, or 100-mile race that lies ahead of them. Because a horse will be on its feet in rocky terrain for long periods of time, it’s important that hooves are properly protected, supported, and prepared for any possibilities such as uneven, loose footing, stepping on sharps, cuts, and hoof impacts.

Falling off head first

There are many reasons, or rather, excuses for not wearing riding helmets. Yet research shows that a properly fitted, safety-approved riding helmet can drastically reduce the risk of head injury.

stable boarding contract, boarding agreement, horse board agreement, horse board contract, boarding a horse, Livestock Lien Act, horse owner not paying

Boarding a horse can be a source of stress for horse and stable owners alike. Horse owners want to ensure their horse is safe and well-taken care of, while stable owners want to ensure their boarding fees are paid and their property is respected. To address both sides of this equation, consider the following when dealing with boarding situations.

Equine Dental Care, horse teeth care, horse dental care, equine dental surgery, western college of veterinary medicine, wcvm, equine dentistry

Regular checkups are an investment in your horse’s health - Everybody knows the importance of regular dental checkups when it comes to human health, so it should come as no surprise that horse health is just as dependent upon regular oral health checks.

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The horse is one of Mother Nature’s most beautiful and mystifying creations. There’s something about that magnificent organization of power and grace that inspires us to a level of wonder unlike any other animal on the planet. It is quite unlikely, however, that we attribute much of the horse’s enchantment to his liver. After all, there’s something decidedly less appealing about offal. And indeed for the casual observer, a horse’s liver may not warrant any particular attention. But to those of us enslaved by the incalculable power of the horse, a little knowledge about his liver can go a long way toward giving him a long and healthy life.


After three days of intense competition across the three different disciplines of reining,...

The 2015 Las Vegas High Roller Reining Classic pulled out all of the stops this year at the...

We had an awesome time at Horse Day this year, which was held August 29th at the Fair at the...

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of long-time equestrian, coach, volunteer, and...

After four years of retirement from show jumping, the striking bay Holsteiner gelding, In Style...

 Jonathan Field, Natural Horsemanship, Mounting a Horse, Mounting a Green Horse, Horse Behaviour

In this article I will describe the procedure I use to safely mount a horse, and point out some important things to be aware of when mounting and dismounting. Whether...

By Lindsay Grice - Falling off hurts! It can shake a rider’s confidence so much that many choose to abandon riding altogether, and it can scare their horse, too.

performance horse stress, performance horse psychology

It is common knowledge that a horse must achieve optimal physical fitness in order to deliver a peak performance, but what kind of impact does psychological condition...

Safe Road Riding on Horseback

By Horse Council BC - As many equestrians take to the roads, keeping themselves and their horses safe while sharing road space with cars, trucks, motorcycles and...

By April Clay, M.Ed., Registered Psychologist - Analysis does have a dark side: it can lead to the “thinking too much” syndrome. Most riders have experienced this...

Shetland Pony Allergies, Insect bite hypersensitivity, ponies allergies

Shetland ponies have an immune response to insect bites that is helping scientists understand how people might be prevented from developing allergies.

Feeding for Happy Horse Feet

By Lynn Stewart - Many factors can affect hoof quality, including environment, genetics, farrier care, and nutrition. Fortunately, a horse’s nutrition can be easily...

How to Care for Your New Foal

By Mark Andrews, DVM - You have waited eleven months for your foal to arrive. Now he is here what can you do to ensure he gets off to the best possible start in life...

Spring Horse Care

By Kentucky Equine Research - Do you ride all winter, no matter how deep the snow gets, or do you hang up your saddle at the first cool breeze in autumn? If the...

Common Signs of Dental Problems in Horses

By Horse Council BC - Your horse needs proper dental care just like you do. Left unattended, gums and teeth may become damaged over time, or food may become trapped,...

B&W Trailer Hitches, bumper-pull, gooseneck trailer, roger baker, joe works, cap-it chilliwack

I’ve towed horses for many years with a two-horse bumper-pull trailer attached to the truck in the traditional way – with a ball mount hitch. Some riders towed larger...

Since 1997, Hurst has operated, which is dedicated to helping orphan foals by connecting horse owners and breeders who are in need of colostrum, or have...

SeeHorse, Wearable horse Device, AgInnovation Ontario, Ontario Equestrian Federation

There’s a new wearable technology for horses that lets them email their owner or veterinarian if they’re not well. Similar to the wristbands or gym fitness straps...

Equine safety is one of the main concerns horse owners face on a daily basis. Their four-legged friends can become bored, mischievous, or inquisitive, and sometimes...

Diamond Shelters, arena builders manitoba, lavern dueck, equine covered arenas, horse arenas, equine arenas, fabric structures

LaVern Dueck loved building things as a kid. He grew up on his parents’ farm near Whitemouth in eastern Manitoba where they raised grain, hogs, poultry, and cattle....

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