Is Life Getting In The Way Or Was It Just An “I Love Horses” Stage?

Some of us will never outgrow the “I love horses” stage…but some of us will. I live in a horse community and I can count on one hand how many different riders I have seen riding a horse in the past 6 months.  Day after day as I drive or
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Fall Transition & Chronic Colic Tips

Fall is in the air!  That being said, many horses will colic or find themselves in a Pre-colic situation in the Fall Transition, especially horses prone to “chronic colic.” Prevention…Colic can be caused by many different factors.  During Fall and Winter, weather plays a major role. As the temperature swings can result in frozen
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Too Hot To Ride, How About Trailering?

“How Hot Is Too Hot To Ride?”  Temperature + Humidity Level = 130 or higher…BEWARE! Horses get hotter much faster than you and I and are more susceptible to the effects of heat stress. It only takes approx. 17 minutes of moderate intensity exercise in hot, humid weather to raise a horse’s
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Unfamiliar Paths…Sometimes They Take You To The Best Places

New Zip Code, New Beginnings Some of you already know, others do not, Equine Challenge changed zip codes in March. I got the news the end of January that the ranch Mackie and I moved into in August 2009 was going up for sale.  It wasn’t the first time I
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Another Great Ride For The Books!

I headed out earlier than usual to beat what was going to be a hot one.  I was riding my 16 year old Morgan gelding “Rocky”, and my friend was on her Quarter Horse mare Belle.  Cherie and I decided to repeat the 2.5-hour ride we first rode a few
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Horse Wormers Are Not Created Equal!

Not all wormers are the same.  Do you know which is the best choice for your horse?  Different wormers target different worms and parasites. An easy and inexpensive way to find out if your horse is infested, and if so, with what, is to get a sample of your horses
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Is It Colic, Or A False Alarm?

I have received several calls in the past month from horse owners who have a horse that either suffered from a bout of colic, or they weren’t quite sure if it actually was colic or not.  I decided to go through all of our old newsletters and go into detail
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Hay Varieties, Cutting To The Chase

Hay varieties and availability vary depending on region, and hays are representative of the climate in which they were grown. Grass hay types are divided into two categories based on where they are grown, cool or warm season. Cool season grasses include orchard, tall fescue, timothy, brome, and bluegrass. They
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How To Prepare For Vacation & Leave Your Horse Safely Behind

Summer is just around the corner and many of you are making your plans for summer vacation!  Many horse owners start to feel anxious at the thought of leaving on vacation and leaving their most prized possession, their horse, in the care of someone else while they are gone.  Though
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