Expert Perspectives on Thrush

 

Soft heel crack, deep thrush

Soft heel crack with deep thrush. Photo Credit: Jeremy Davis

 

As a writer, creating content for the American Quarter Horse Journal has long been on my bucket list. In addition, whether what I am writing about is a fresh perspective on an old subject or a new topic all together, I always learn something when I interview experts in their fields. That’s why I’m especially excited to share with you my article on thrush and smelly feet recently published in the April 2018 health issue of the Journal. Continue reading

5 Things You Should Know About Planning for Your Horse’s Future

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Back in February of this year, I lost a dear friend and mentor. As the anniversary of her death approaches I am reminded of an unintentional yet valuable lesson that she taught me. Continue reading

Familiarizing Your Horse to a New Property

  • New Property Post.jpgLately, I’ve been thinking about moving my horse from one of our farms to another. As I’ve contemplated the move, I began to go over in my mind all of the things I would need to do in order to safely familiarize her with her new home. Whether you’re thinking of moving your horse because of a move of your own or perhaps you are changing boarding facilities, these tips that I’m sharing and plan to implement myself should make the move as worry free as possible. Continue reading

To Shoe or Not to Shoe: Part 7

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In this seven part series I sat down with one of this country’s leading farriers to tackle the age old debate of shoeing your horse verses leaving him or her barefoot. The series is both controversial and enlightening and in the end, my goal is to provide information on both sides of the fence so that you may make an informed decision about your horse’s shoeing needs.

In the first two installments, To Shoe or Not to Shoe: Part 1 and To Shoe or Not to Shoe: Part 2 I introduced the series and provided some initial shoeing factors. In To Shoe or Not to Shoe: Part 3 I covered the healthy hoof and options to protect it. Finally, in To Shoe or Not to Shoe: Part 4, my expert provided some trimming options to consider should you decide to leave your horse barefoot. In To Shoe or Not to Shoe: Part 5, we talked about reasons why an owner might choose to shoe his or her horse. You’ll want a quality farrier to guide you along the way so in last week’s post, To Shoe or Not to Shoe: Part 6, I covered how to select and keep a quality farrier. Regardless of your eventual decision, optimal hoof care is your goal. That’s why I’m ending the series with a post on how to provide just that. Continue reading

To Shoe or Not to Shoe: Part 6

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In this seven part series I sat down with one of this country’s leading farriers to tackle the age old debate of shoeing your horse verses leaving him or her barefoot. The series is both controversial and enlightening and in the end, my goal is to provide information on both sides of the fence so that you may make an informed decision about your horse’s shoeing needs.

In the first two installments, To Shoe or Not to Shoe: Part 1 and To Shoe or Not to Shoe: Part 2 I introduced the series and provided some initial shoeing factors. In To Shoe or Not to Shoe: Part 3 I covered the healthy hoof and options to protect it. Finally, in To Shoe or Not to Shoe: Part 4, my expert provided some trimming options to consider should you decide to leave your horse barefoot. In last week’s post, To Shoe or Not to Shoe: Part 5, we talked about reasons why an owner might choose to shoe his or her horse. You’ll want a quality farrier to guide you along the way so in this week’s post I cover how to select and keep a quality farrier.  Continue reading

To Shoe or Not to Shoe: Part 5

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In this seven part series I sat down with one of this country’s leading farriers to tackle the age old debate of shoeing your horse verses leaving him or her barefoot. The series is both controversial and enlightening and in the end, my goal is to provide information on both sides of the fence so that you may make an informed decision about your horse’s shoeing needs.

In the first two installments, To Shoe or Not to Shoe: Part 1 and To Shoe or Not to Shoe: Part 2 I introduced the series and provided some initial shoeing factors. In To Shoe or Not to Shoe: Part 3 I covered the healthy hoof and options to protect it. Finally, in To Shoe or Not to Shoe: Part 4, my expert provided some trimming options to consider should you decide to leave your horse barefoot. In this week’s post, Part 5, we’ll talk about reasons an owner may decide to shoe his or her horse. Continue reading

To Shoe or Not to Shoe: Part 4

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In this seven part series I sat down with one of this country’s leading farriers to tackle the age old debate of shoeing your horse verses leaving him or her barefoot. The series is both controversial and enlightening and in the end, my goal is to provide information on both sides of the fence so that you may make an informed decision about your horse’s shoeing needs.

In the previous two installments, To Shoe or Not to Shoe: Part 1 and To Shoe or Not to Shoe: Part 2 I introduced the series and provided some initial shoeing factors. In To Shoe or Not to Shoe: Part 3 I covered the healthy hoof and options to protect it. In this week’s post, we cover pasture vs barefoot trims. Continue reading

To Shoe or Not to Shoe: Part 3

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I’ve shared this photo a few times now. Do you think Salty’s foot is healthy? Why or Why Not? Salty is carriage horse. What protective factors do you think his owner considered when making the decision to shoe?

In this seven part series I sat down with one of this country’s leading farriers to tackle the age old debate of shoeing your horse verses leaving him or her barefoot. The series is both controversial and enlightening and in the end, my goal is to provide information on both sides of the fence so that you may make an informed decision about your horse’s shoeing needs. Continue reading

Pasture Management 101: Drought, Excess Rain, and Erosion

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Have you ever thought about the best way to manage your horse’s pasture during a period of drought or even excess rain? How about erosion control? If you’ve ever given it a passing thought or noticed that your pasture needs help, don’t miss the latest installment to my pasture management mini-series for ‘The Horse’. Link below Continue reading

To Shoe or Not to Shoe: Part 2

In this seven part series I sat down with one of this country’s leading farriers to tackle the age old debate of shoeing your horse verses leaving him or her barefoot. The series is both controversial and enlightening and in the end, my goal is to provide information on both sides of the fence so that you may make an informed decision about your horse’s shoeing needs. Continue reading