Small Farm Makeover: Winter Preparedness on Horse Properties – Part 2 of 2

Winter Preparedness
Photo Courtesy Alayne Blickle

Take Winter by Storm! The dead of winter and early spring are times for damaging, dangerous storms in North America. Making chore efficiency updates on your horse property and having backup supplies on hand is helpful for getting through the most challenging time of the year for horse owners–and it …

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Feature Story: Winter Preparedness on Horse Properties – Part 1 of 2

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Regular manure removal is critical in winter. Photo Courtesy Alayne Blickle.

Fall Chore Efficiency Farmers and ranchers know the drill well—they use late summer and early fall to do their prep work for winter. Horse owners can take notes from our older and bigger cousins and do the same, as fall is the right time to get things done! Cooler temperatures …

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Editor’s Postcard: The Changing World of Veterinary Care

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Photo by Aliena Hook

Appreciate Your Equine Veterinarian My beloved veterinarian of 28 years recently informed me she was giving up her equine veterinary practice and transitioning to small animal care. I’m devastated, but not surprised. Vets are dropping like flies in the equine industry, and those who are staying in it are setting …

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The Impact of Antibiotics on the Equine Gut

Antibiotics
Graphics Courtesy Equine Guelph

The thinking on how we use antibiotics is changing in the world of medicine especially as we learn more about their impact on the inhabitants of the gut.  Ontario Veterinary College researcher, Dr. Diego Gomez, took part in a collaborative study with researchers across North America to study the effects …

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Editor’s Postcard: Will You Go the Distance with Your Senior Horse?

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Beowulf, May 1990 – June 2022. Owned and loved by Kim Roe. Credit Kim Roe

Give Your Horse a Happy Retirement “The closest thing to being cared for is to care for someone else.” – Carson McCullers May we speak for a moment about responsibility? I don’t want to sound like your mother…well, maybe I do.  Here’s the thing—I regularly get phone calls, messages, or emails …

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Small Farm Makeover: Create a Winter Paddock

winter paddock
Photo by Alayne Blickle

Considerations for Building and Locating a Sacrifice Area on Your Farm Probably the most important aspect of managing pastures is the time when you take your horses off your pasture. You can greatly improve the health and productivity of your pastures by creating and using a winter paddock or confinement …

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