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Is the economy threatening to abolish the relationship between you and your horse?

Is the economy threatening to abolish the relationship between you and your horse, simply because the cost of feeding, boarding and caring for your horse has become more than you can afford? 
We don’t want to sacrifice the quality of care or well-being of our animals. However, caring for a horse is not an inexpensive endeavor by any stretch of the imagination. We all need to ride out this struggling economy, while trying to keep our sanity intact; yet how do we do that without compromising our standards.

 “Sell the cow, buy the sheep, but never be without the horse.”  ~Irish Proverb 

Affordability has become an issue for many in the horse industry, as our economy has continued on its windy path towards recovery. One of the biggest questions on many people’s minds is how to make necessary and appropriate changes in how we spend our money, while trying to maintain the best level of care possible.

 We recently came across a post from Mosquito on that we found interesting and resourceful, and hope you’ll find a few tips here you can use: 

The Top Ten Ways to Save Money with your Horse: 

  • Cut out supplements (including oils and powders).
  • Repair items that break, rather than purchase them new.
  • Buy used.
  • Do group lessons.
  • Bargain or ask for discounts.
  • Insure your investment, vet bills can add up quickly.
  • Show less and find alternative places to ride.
  • Sell your trailer and rent one, or share one.
  • Sell what you don’t need.
  • Work or trade your time for things you need.

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According to Katherine Blocksdorf, horse owner and writer for, “The one thing you should never skimp on for your horse is high quality hay. Hay is least expensive in summer. Buy off the field, loading your own hay during hay season or have it delivered, but always buy the best. You’ll pay top price for delivered hay in the middle of winter.”

“There’s nothin’ in life that’s worth doin’, if it can’t be done from a horse.”  ~Red Stegall

With a little creativity, you can find other ways to make your horse dollars stretch a little further. Save money by learning to do a few things yourself, such as trimming your horse’s feet, de-worming, or cleaning your own horse stalls. Bartering is another great way to save money. If you have a local tack store you love, you might want to talk to them about giving you a discount for referring others. This can be a real win-win for both parties.

If you have any other money-saving ideas or tips, please share them with us! We value your feedback.

Can You Recognize the Signs of Dehydration in Your Animals?

"You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink"

“There is no more terrible sight than ignorance in action.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

If you think your animal is suffering from dehydration experts say the signs to look for are:

Lethargy (Lack of energy), irritability, listlessness, loss of appetite, decrease in the production of urine, the urine becomes darker and stronger smelling.  The animals eyes may appear sunken in and lusterless (dull or lack of pigmentation).

To test for dehydration:

Try the “Pinch test”, grab with your thumb and forefinger and pull the animals skin away from their body, a well hydrated animal’s skin will return to a normal position within 1 second and an animal suffering from dehydration will have skin that will lack elasticity and stay in that peak position longer.

Check the animal’s gums by applying pressure to the gums, the color will fade and return quickly in a well hydrated animal and in an animal suffering from dehydration the color may take more than 2-3 seconds to return to normal and the gums may appear dry and lack mucous.

Things you can do to prevent dehydration:

Provide proper shelter out of the sun and heat, provide water at a temperature that is relative to the environment some animals prefer warmer water in the winter and cooler water in the summer, provide fresh water regularly and electrolytes as needed.   One of the most important things you can do is monitor your animal’s water intake daily (WCI – Water Consumption Indicator).

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” In layman’s terms; ”Something that you say which means, it’s better to stop something bad from  happening than it is to deal with it after it has happened”.

Reduce the Risk of Equine Herpes Virus-1

Equine Herpes Virus-1: 2 Dead 9 Confirmed Cases In Colorado, Posted by Huffington Post:
The Equine Herpes Virus which poses no risk to humans and can be airborne and transmitted by touch or by sharing feed, brushes, bits and other equipment is a reason to take a strong look at how we are care for our animals.

Model: NHW 760-10SNelson 700 Series Automatic Waterers are designed with your horse’s health in mind. A patented balance beam valve provides fresh, clean water with every drink and they are the “only” waterers on the market which have a removable stainless steel drinking bowl that can be cleaned and sterilized.

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