Small Farm Makeover: 10 Tips to Keep Flying Pests at Bay – Naturally!

10 Tips
Swallow box with nesting Violet Green Swallows. Photo Courtesy Alayne Blickle.

Biting Insects Can Lead to Serious Health Problems in Horses and Humans Ahh, summer… the long days, the sun and warmth. The season is wonderful in so many ways, except when it comes to those annoying bugs. Flies, gnats, and mosquitoes can make our horses’ lives miserable (ours too), and …

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Editor’s Postcard: The Grass Dilemma

Grass
Welsh Cob Gus practices yoga poses to reach a blade of grass. Photo Courtesy Kim Roe, Blue Gate Farm.

Managing Plump, Bored Horses Means Rethinking Equine Husbandry With nearly 40 acres of pastures, fields, and woods, my place, Blue Gate Farm, sits on fertile soil and has plenty of water. Even in the hottest, driest summers the grass stays green without irrigation. I’ve spent thousands of dollars and many …

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Trail Savvy: Five Ways to be a Better Client for Your Farrier

Trail Savvy: Five Ways to be a Better Client for Your Farrier
Photo Courtesy Robert Eversole

A Great Farrier is a Horse Owner’s Best Friend My mule Ellie kicked my farrier, Alex. It was a stark reminder of my oversight as I hadn’t upheld my end of the bargain and had neglected to train her appropriately. That was a few years ago, and I’ve learned a …

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Feature Story: What’s in My Hay?

Hay
Photo Courtesy Kim Roe

Educate Yourself to Save Money and Keep Animals Healthy A few years ago I ordered a load of teff hay for my metabolic horse. The seller had posted photos and analysis on social media, and though it was expensive—nearly $600 per ton delivered and stacked—it looked like a good product …

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Media Barn: New in Books – A Horse by Nature

Mary Ann Simonds

Managing Emotional and Mental Stress in Horses for Improved Welfare by Mary Ann Simonds Renowned wild horse ecologist and equine behaviorist Mary Ann Simonds provides a practical soup-to-nuts manual for understanding how horses think, feel, learn, communicate, and interact with each other and with humans. Integrating over 30 years of …

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Small Farm Makeover: Fencing Horse Properties

Photos Courtesy Kim Roe

Keep Your Equines Safe and Where They Belong Few things are more important on a horse property than good fencing. Well-constructed, safe, effective fences give you the peace of mind to know your horses will stay home and add value to your property. Fencing represents a huge financial outlay, so …

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Cover Story: Evergreen Equine Veterinary Practice

Equine Evergreen Veterinary Practice
The EEVP Team: Dr. Jerry Washburn, Breeding Manager Sam Mackey, Dr. Rachel Micek, Scarlett (Horse), Dr. Brittany Davis, and Foaling Manager Jackie Devato. Photo Courtesy Equine Evergreen Veterinary Practice.

Monroe, Washington Veterinarians Announce New Exciting Location and Facility by Brittany Davis, DVM Spring is here and that means foaling and breeding season is in full swing. If you’ve been thinking about breeding your mare and dreaming of a foal in your barn next year, you need an experienced, proven …

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Media Barn: New in Books – No Bored Horses

No Bored Horses

Essential Enrichment for Happy Equines By Amanda Goble Today, horses are thought of as family members, athletic partners, teachers, and therapists. Most of us do our best to give them all the benefits that domestic life can offer such as comfortable stalls, carefully prepared and regular meals with vitamins and …

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Cover Story: Columbia Equine Hospital of Gresham, Oregon

Columbia Equine Hospital
Photo by Paul Duff, DVM

40 Years of Expert Equine Care Finding exceptional veterinary care for our horses has become more difficult in recent years. There seems to be fewer veterinarians willing to provide ambulatory care services over large areas, fewer options for 24/7 emergency care, and fewer equine hospitals equipped with the necessary staff, …

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Media Barn Book Review: Shoeing the Modern Horse

Shoeing the Modern Horse
Image Courtesy Horse and Rider Books

The Horse Owner’s Guide to Farriery and Hoof Care By Steven Kraus with Katie Navarra Horses’ hooves are integral to their overall health, their athletic ability, and ultimately, their longevity. But not all horses are the same. The individual needs of each horse require an understanding of responsible, informed hoofcare …

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