Using Solar Support to Aid Healing of White Line Disease
by Tab Pigg
Dampness can Lead to Fungus in the Hoof
No matter the season, anytime wet conditions are present, bacteria and fungus can get trapped in a horse’s hoof wall. Similar to human toenails, once fungus and bacteria have set in, it’s very difficult to conquer. This combination of pathogens in the hoof wall is a recipe for White Line Disease.
Are you interested in gaining some insight on techniques and a hands-on opportunity to apply hoof products? Vettec’s Reps Tab Pigg and Lynne Myers are leading hands-on clinics in Norman, Okla. and Social Circle, Ga. to teach shoeing techniques and options to equine professionals. I invite you to stop by to visit the workshops and share the experience with your viewers. Handbooks and product demos will be available for anyone who attends.
Horses are among the most costly and labor-consuming animals that you can have. Still, there are ways to save money and time. Some of this advice will help you save both and some, unfortunately, may be reached only by a compromise between time and money. Here are some ways to save expenses owning a horse…
Buy food for your horse within your budget
Try to buy the best horse feed that your budget allows. Buying the cheapest horse feed and hay could costs you more in the long run with an unhealthy or thin horse and vet bills. In order to get the best food of a high quality you should try to buy in bulk. The best way to do this is to buy along with a group of friends, who are also horse owners and live in your area. Make sure you have a good place to store this food where it will not get wet/damp, too hot, or allow rodents to get to it.
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There is a huge difference between riding show horses and working the ranch on a horse, most often under rugged conditions. Any working cowboy can tell you that high quality tack has saved the day on more than one occasion. Of course you can still be fashionable but the quality of craftsmanship in bits, bridles, saddles, and other equine tack can make the difference between life and death, and that’s no joke. Here are some points to consider when ‘outfitting’ your horse for work on the ranch, always with safety in mind.
Taking care of horses is tough when you don’t have a lot of space. Not long ago I came across a prime example of this dilemma. As a riding instructor and horse-care consultant I make house-calls. One such call led me through the rolling green hills of the Palouse in Northern Idaho, out past the tiny town of Potlatch, to a house with three horses pastured on a total of about two acres of land.
Certainly not enough to go on! The optimum space for a single horse is two acres. These horses were underfed with their ribs showing and they kept on escaping from the pasture. The pasture grass had been grazed down to nothing and a lot of the area was just mud and manure. The electric fence was merely thin wires that, after shocking the horses one time, had stopped working. Out north of the property there were lightly-forested hills and miles of grassland. What horse wouldn’t want to get out of the miserable, cramped quarters to get at the grass?
I told the owners if they wanted to give their horses a better life they would need to take immediate action: they would need to maximize the use of a minimal space.
Vettec’s Sole-Guard Helps Horses Comfortably Transition to Unshod
Fast-Setting Hoof Protectant Provides Durable, Shock Absorbent Support for Pregnant Mares
OXNARD, CALIF. – MAR. 18, 2015 – As horses enter breeding season this spring, pregnant mares become less active while bearing extra weight from pregnancy. Tab Pigg, Vettec’s Farrier-at-Large, recommends that farriers and horse owners remove horseshoes during pregnancy and use pour-in pad materials during the time period without shoes. Vettec’s Sole-Guard product helps serve as a transitional material when going from shod to unshod hooves by providing extra support as the hooves acclimate to barefoot.
Horses require a lot of love, care, time and attention. To a new horse owner, establishing a regular grooming routine and maintaining a clean stable may seem like tough tasks in the beginning. However, they are very essential for keeping your horse happy and healthy. Very soon, you’ll also find yourself looking forward to the grooming time, which gives you and your horse the perfect opportunity to bond with each other. From giving your horse the right food and supplements to taking care of your horse’s dental needs, the below infographic has detailed tips on every aspect of caring for a horse.
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I don’t know anybody who loves riding that doesn’t long to have a strong connection with their horse. It is an innate desire in any of us who love to ride.
In the past the problem which has affected many of us is the fact that ‘bonding’ often meant using fear and pain as a way to win the respect of your horse. And whilst it may be effective, it is also distasteful to many of us who love our horses.
So enter Natural Horsemanship, a school of thought which encourages riders to develop a ‘rapport’ with their hose through sympathetic means rather than force. It continues to grow in popularity – a brief way to explain it would be to tell you to watch ‘The Horse Whisperer’ (like you haven’t already!).