What Happened When I Turned My Horses Out 24/7

As a disclaimer, I have spent 20+ horse-owning years in Ohio. For those of you who don’t know, daily turnout is an urban legend in Ohio. We like to do this thing where we advertise “Daily Turnout – Weather Permitting”…. sound reasonable enough! Except the weather sucks and the...

The Vaccination Struggle

Lately I have been seeing a variety of vaccination articles floating around the web, most of them discussing the prominent over vaccination in the horse industry. This discussion feels more important to me now that ever, for a few reasons. In the fall Estella had a bad reaction to...

Please Don’t Fix My Horse

Dear Veterinarians, Thank you for all that you have done, and will do, for my horses. I know what it took to get through vet school, I know you work long hours and I know how much you get paid. I know that you don’t work a 9-5 as...

The Mythical Barefoot Horse

Today’s post is by guest blogger, Adele Shaw (@collecting_spots). Earlier this year Adele was thinking about switching her horses from shoes to barefoot, but was worried that their feet would never hold up. Here’s her experience on the decision to make the switch:  I used to believe that only...

Essential Oils: Helping In Healing

I recently wrote about the current muscle soreness that Estella is going through. As her owner/partner/mom/best friend/whatever-you-want-to-call-me, I feel responsible for her health and happiness. It breaks my heart to see her be uncomfortable and I want to do everything I can to help that. What she really needs is time to...

The Art of Healing

In the beginning of January I had a massage therapist out to do some body work on Estella. I figured if anything it would help her as her arthritis gets worse in the winter and maybe give her some relief from the uneven way she carriers herself because of it. I...

The Horse’s Hoof – #3

What makes a healthy hoof? As I have mentioned before, I used to keep four shoes on my dressage horses for no reason other than it is what everyone did. I highly doubt they needed them, but show horses have to have shoes… at least that’s what I thought....

Dilemma

I recently posted about my vet’s suggestion of treating Estella with Osphos for her hock pain. I have heard really great things about it and scheduled an appointment for Tuesday. Buuuuuuuuut: I asked my vet if this could negatively affect any other bones/joints. The drug limits bone reabsorption, so...

Gains

I am super happy to say that Estella and I have had a great week! For one, she looks awesome. Between ridding consistently (it has been 5 times in the past two weeks, which is more than in the past 3 months total) and grazing spring grass, she is...

[Almost] Wordless Wednesday

Here’s a video of Estella trotting back in October: And last weekend: I am a little disappointed that there isn’t more change. It is a little hard to judge her lazy trot from over the weekend vs. her forward trot back in October, but I think there is improvement in...