Smart Horse Keeping

November 2010 - Posts

Mud Management 102: Paddock Footing

Mud = yuck! At this time of the year mud becomes a common occurrence in many horse paddocks until summer when things dry out. If mud is an issue on your horse property you may be under the impression that it is an unavoidable part of having horses. But it doesn’t have to be! There are simple changes you can make to reduce or even eliminate mud on your property. Before footing addition In a previous... Read More

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Set Up a Winter Water Supply

Winter has sneaked in and hit many parts of the northern United States. For those not fully prepared, now is probably your last chance to set up a water supply that won’t freeze or get icy cold. A horse drinks 8 to 12 gallons of water per day, and horses prefer water temperatures of about 45-65 degrees Fahrenheit and tend to drink less when water is cold. Keep in mind that research tells us that a... Read More

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Build a Low-Cost Hay Feeder

Tired of seeing your horse eating in mud? Or wasting hay that gets buried in filth? Here’s any easy, low-cost way to build a chore-efficient feeder. We built three, one for each horse in our group pen where we are temporarily housing horses while building permanent facilities for them. Since we moved in this summer we’ve been feeding on the ground – not a very satisfactory solution since horses that... Read More

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Alternative Beddings: Save Money, Ease Your Workload

The follow up from last week’s Smart Horse Keeping post on using stall mats is talking about alternative bedding products. The point to any bedding is that it should absorb urine and moisture. Using a highly absorbent bedding means that you won’t need to use as much of it. Reducing bedding saves you time and money in many ways: Ease of stall cleaning, Less stall waste to deal with, Less cost, Less... Read More

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