Management & Maintenance

Horse owner's vacation checklist, horse care, equine care, horse worries, keep horses safe while you vacation

You’re lying on a beach in an exotic locale, soaking up the sun, sipping on a fruity beverage, seemingly without a care in the world. But all you can think about is: Will my horse be okay while I’m gone? Is he getting his supplements? What if he’s injured or falls ill? A vacation isn’t a vacation if you’re constantly worrying about your horse. Get the most out of your getaway by following these steps to ensure your horse’s well-being, and your peace of mind.

Tax Talk for Horse People

By Karen L. Weslowski, LL.B., Litigation Lawyer - This article will review the laws associated with property taxes and personal income taxes as they relate to issues arising in the horse industry. It should be noted that these are both complicated areas of the law, and this article will provide a brief overview and introduction only.

By Karen L. Weslowski, LL.B., Litigation Lawyer - Written contracts are becoming more common in the purchase and sale of horses as well as the provision of services such as training, leasing, breeding and boarding. Depending upon the wording of the contract, written contracts can provide greater certainty as to the rights and obligations of all parties involved.

horse property, buying horse property, buying horse acerage, equine real estate

I can see it in my mind’s eye – a cozy four-stall barn bordered by white post-and-rail fences and fronted by lush, green pasture with (best of all) my mare happily grazing...all just outside my back door. And I bet I’m not alone. How many horse owners don’t dream about having their own property?

Greening the Barn

By Margaret Evans - Everyone everywhere is finding ways to go green and for horse owners that includes the barn. After all, going green should mean going lean on the pocketbook no matter whether it’s an eco-home or a hayshed. Trendy or basic, the goal is the same: lower greenhouse gas emissions and benefit from cost savings.

Choosing the Right Tractor

By Ray Ford - When inspiration struck, Ross Johnson was tossing shovelfuls of earth from a ditch. “I was wet. I was cold,” recalls Johnson, co-owner of a small horse farm near Saanich, BC. “And I was thinking: ‘you know, a tractor with a backhoe would really be a handy thing’.”

Reduce Your Ecological Hoofprint

By Stephanie Captein - When asked about their ideal horse property, whether for ownership or boarding, many horse owners will list things such as expansive green pastures, clean stables, dry turnout areas, a managed manure compost system, proximity to equestrian amenities such as trails, and nice views of streams and forested areas. The resulting image is a picturesque vista of horses dotting the landscape and living in harmony with nature.

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