An Ode to Our Barn Hands

An Ode to our Barn Hands

Not enough attention gets paid to the person/people taking care of our horses! Whether you call them barn hands, barn manager, facility manager, barn owner, or something else. They are IMPORTANT PEOPLE!

Rain, snow, miserable heat, sickness, health or any other occasion cannot deter them from their job. Without them, our horses go without water, food, clean stalls, blankets, groomed arenas and many of the other things that MANY take for granted.

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Product Review: Dublin River Boots

Dublin River Boots

About a year ago I was on the lookout for some good all-around barn boots. They had to be waterproof, be knee-high and be warm and comfy. After asking around; it seemed most people recommended the Dublin River Boots. Plus, for a barn boot they are pretty cute! So I decided to go at least try them on for size at my local Dover Saddlery. Read More

Equestrian Safety Program with Helmet Fitting in Parker, CO

Helmet Safety

Did you know that Parker Adventist Hospital offers an Equestrian Safety Program? Well, they do! This class is great for adults just getting into riding, kids that need to learn about safety while riding, or anyone that rides needing a brush up on safety while riding. During the class (which lasts under an hour) you learn about how injury can affect you and why wearing a helmet while riding is so important. After the class, the facilitator fits you for a helmet and you get to take it home with you. They only ask for a minimal donation to help keep their program running for other equestrians in the area. Read More

Get to know the Colorado Horse Rescue Network

We have a wonderful resource here in Colorado for horses that need rescuing and owners that need help with their horses. The Colorado Horse Rescue Network is a 501(c)3 equine rescue that takes in rescue horses from a variety of situations. Whether you are out-horsed, in a financial bind, or in another situation where you can no longer take care of your horse, you should reach out to them. They will help ensure a soft landing for your horse.

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There are NO 52 Free Thoroughbreds!!

52 Free Thoroughbreds - Photo Credit Unknown

We’ve all heard it by now. There are 52 free thoroughbreds that need a home.

FALSE!

There are NO 52 free thoroughbreds anymore. There was an issue YEARS ago about a man that passed away and there were 52 thoroughbreds that were in need of a home before they ended up in slaughter; and they were free. This happened YEARS ago. A lot of these horses are doing wonderful things in their new homes; in fact. Read More

Equestrian Grammar Lesson: Accept VS Except

Equestrian Grammar - Accept vs Except

Equestrian grammar lesson for the day.  Accept vs Except. They mean completely different things. Make sure you are using them correctly.

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What is Compounding Medication for my Horse and Should I Do It?

Compounding Drugs for my Horse

First, let’s start off by explaining what is “Compounding Medication for my horse”?

“Pharmaceutical compounding (done in compounding pharmacies) is the creation of a particular pharmaceutical product to fit the unique need of a patient. To do this, compounding pharmacists combine or process appropriate ingredients using various tools. This may be done for medically necessary reasons, such as to change the form of the medication from a solid pill to a liquid, to avoid a non-essential ingredient that the patient is allergic to, or to obtain the exact dose(s) needed or deemed best of particular active pharmaceutical ingredient(s). It may also be done for more optional reasons, such as adding flavors to a medication or otherwise altering taste or texture. Compounding is most routine in the case of intravenous/parenteral medication, typically by hospital pharmacists, but is also offered by privately owned compounding pharmacies and certain retail pharmacies for various forms of medication. Whether routine or rare, intravenous or oral, etc., when a given drug product is made or modified to have characteristics that are specifically prescribed for an individual patient, it is known as “traditional” compounding.”                          ~Wikipedia Read More

Tack of the Day – Tack Bargains

Tack Bargains - Tack of the Day

Have you heard of Tack of the Day? If not, you should head over there and check them out. Every day at Noon Eastern Time, Tack of the Day offers 2 new equine items at a huge discount. Who doesn’t love tack bargains? The only catch is the items are non-returnable. Read More

Group Scheduling with a Vet

Group Vet Appointment

When you board at a facility, you can typically do group scheduling with a vet for spring/fall vaccines to save on the Farm Call fee. This can be a pretty significant savings VS if you had the vet out for just your horse. There are many things to keep in mind when scheduling visits like this though: Read More

Horse Lease Do’s and Don’ts

Horse Lease Do's and Don'ts

Being a party in a horse lease can be tricky; whether you are the lesser or lessee. Here are some important factors to consider when deciding if leasing your horse out is right for you, or if leasing a horse is going to work for you (Horse Lease Do’s and Don’ts). Read More