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Top Tips for Choosing the Right Veterinarian

By Sharon Rogers

Horse VeterinarianOne of the most important acts of love you will ever perform for your horse is choosing the right vet. A horse veterinarian will specialize in the care and treatment of your best friend. He or she will be there to help your horse through difficult times, as well as everyday horse maintenance. Take your time choosing a veterinarian that is a good fit for you and your horse. Whatever you do, DO NOT wait until your horse is sick or injured to form a relationship with your horse veterinarian. In an emergency your horse will be under a lot of stress. If you are anything like me, so will you. The stress will be considerably lessened if you are already comfortable with your horse caregiver.

What to Look For in a Veterinarian

  1. Look for an experienced horse veterinarian. You want someone who has been taking care of horses on a regular basis. This will help to ensure that your vet is comfortable with the common health issues that horses deal with. It will also make it more likely that unusual symptoms will not be beyond the level of expertise.
  2. Ask about availability. When choosing a veterinarian, it is important to know that they will be available when you need them. Regular checkups are easy to schedule but an emergency probably won’t happen at the most opportune time. Will your vet be available when you need help? If not, who will be covering for them? You should know what to expect when the unexpected happens.
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Is Your Horse Overweight? Identifying Obesity in Horses

Horse Eating
By Sharon Rogers

If you love your horse, and I know you do, then it is up to you to keep that horse healthy! What my horse is eating, how much he is eating and how active he is are things I watch out for every day. We all know that carrying too much weight can be a health risk for ourselves. It is time to realize that the same health risks that can plague overweight humans can also affect overweight horses. So today, I want to spend a little time talking about how to be aware of your horse’s weight and fitness so you can spend as many years as possible with your friend and companion. Continue reading

Thirsty Horses! Avoiding That Frozen Water Bucket on a Winter Morning

By Sharon Rogers

Horse in the Snow

Winter is coming! I am not really excited to be saying that, but it is a fact of life. So, as I have mentioned on this blog before, we need to be prepared to keep our animals comfortable as the weather changes. Everyone is aware of the dangers of dehydration in animals in the summer, but the dangers are just as high for dehydration in horses in the winter. Because a frozen water bucket is a real possibility, today we will talk a bit about how to avoid this problem and keep your horse from going thirsty or getting sick, regardless of the weather. Continue reading

What You Need to Know: Preventing Hypothermia in Horses

By Sharon Rogers
Preventing Hypothermia in Horses
Winter is coming! I can’t, honestly, say I am very happy about that fact. But considering that there is nothing I can do to change it, now is the time to think about “winterizing” your horse. Hypothermia in horses is a very real concern when the weather gets cold. My goal today is to give you some tips for preventing hypothermia and keeping your horse safe and warm, no matter how cold it gets outside. Continue reading

9 Ways to Keep the Barn Safe for your Horses

Barn Safety
By Sharon Rogers
I love horses! I know you hear me say that all the time. My passion for these beautiful creatures is one of the reasons I write this blog. I enjoy having the opportunity to share what I have learned in the hope of improving your relationship with your horse. When you share your thoughts and experiences with me I gain as much as I give. Today I want to talk about horse safety. Hopefully some of the following safety tips will help to keep your horses in a safe and comfortable environment. Continue reading