Horse Sense (and Sensibility)

Avoiding Equine Disease Outbreaks

One of the remarkable things about caring for horses is that we can sometimes prevent the Really Bad Stuff from happening, horse-health-wise, with some responsible practices. The importance of sound biosecurity comes to my attention on a fairly regular basis, just because there are so many little nasty bugs rolling around, waiting to take hold in our horses. If our horses rarely leave the farm, and... Read More

Horse Hope?

Each of us has encountered a horse that has had the proverbial hard-knock life. You or a fellow owner might have spotted the horse with overgrown hooves curled up to his cannon bones attempting to walk on his pasterns across a pasture. Or perhaps one was standing, emaciated, in a backyard alongside 40 other horses with no hay or water in sight. The horse you know might just be one in danger of falling... Read More

Choose My Adventure

Choose Your Own My Adventure All work and no play. You know how the saying goes. Same applies to horses—all work and no play does make you dull—whether you’re talking about too much time in the arena or many hours at the desk and not out at the barn. I’m more likely to fit in the second category right now. Confession: I haven’t touched a horse in almost a month. Since I don’t have my own horse at the... Read More

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An Equine Health Enigma

Sometimes you never know what's going to set a horse off. In a physical ailment sort of way, I mean. We work with sensitive creatures--intricately built individuals who each handle management techniques and practices very differently. For example, my mom encountered a scenario with her Belgian/Quarter Horse mare (a horse that she adopted from a PMU farm as a filly) a few weeks ago. My family lives... Read More

Resources for Injured Riders

If you spend enough hours in the saddle, it’s likely you’ll one day have an unfortunate rendezvous with gravity and sustain an injury that at the very least makes you realize that you don’t “bounce back” as quickly from falls as you did as a child or teenager. At worst, it could rock your confidence enough that you get a little jittery about certain maneuvers on horseback, or you might struggle to... Read More

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Finding the Next Generation of Horse Owners

In April and May the stars of horse activity are perfectly aligned here in Central Kentucky. There are the race meets at Keeneland and Churchill Downs (and Derby !), the Rolex 3-Day Event , a potpourri of horse shows and events here and there, and talk of upcoming weekends of trail riding at Shakertown . (Not to mention the buzz about the upcoming Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in September/October... Read More

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Biosecurity: Better Safe ...

I thought it a bit strange yesterday when I saw a pink-handled pitchfork and broom hanging from a stall door of the isolation facility at Woodford Equine Hospital . After all, this wasn’t a color-coded team setup at a Pony Club rally (although such a scenario of matching muck buckets, pitchforks, and brooms hung in meticulous order would be familiar to me, from my Pony Club days!). But when I noticed... Read More

New Faces

Welcome to my new blog (... and my apologies to Jane Austen)! I'm Stephanie Church, the new editor-in-chief of The Horse. The landscape around The Horse has been changing these past few weeks, and as our digital editor/producer, Christy West, said in her Transitions post over on the former editor's blog, we will miss the members of our team who have moved on to other pastures, but we're excited about... Read More

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About This Blog

Here's a chance to interface with the editorial team of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care/TheHorse.com. Stephanie L. Church, editor-in-chief of The Horse, posts items here that are relevant to horse health and issues in the industry that affect the equine animals we love. Whether you agree or disagree with the concepts she discusses, please keep your comments in good taste--that's all we ask! Also please remember that we cannot provide veterinary advice and will defer specific veterinary questions to your chosen equine practitioner.