Summer Sore Savvy

What Exactly is a Summer Sore? A summer sore is a moist wound caused by large mouth stomach worms called Habronema. The adult worms produce eggs that are shed in the horse’s manure and quickly hatch. The tiny larvae that emerge have to get back into a horse to complete their life cycle. Maggots ingest the worm larvae as they feed, and the worm larvae develop inside the maggots as the maggots...
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Summer Horse Hydration

5 ways to Check Your Horse’s Hydration Status: Check heart rate: Normally a horse has a resting heart rate of 32-42 beats per minute. If your horse has a resting heart rate of more than 60 bpm it could be a sign of dehydration. Check respiration rate: A normal resting respiration rate is 8-12 breaths per minute. Elevated respiration rate can signal dehydration. Eyes and Gums: These should...
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Keeping Animals Safe During Fireworks

Emergencies calls and lost animals abound on the 4th of July due to Fireworks causing horses and pets trying to run from their fears. A day of celebration can turn into a day of anxiety and dread…. But here are some tips to keep your animals safe and calm during the festivities! Horses: Make sure they are in a large turnout area where they have room to move. If they are in a stall or small...
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Neither Wind Nor….

The Old Pueblo Endurance ride is held in March in Sonoita, Arizona. Anyone familiar with the area will tell you it is beautiful but you better like wind – as it blows! Weather at this ride ranges from blowing snow to 80+ degrees…. so you never know. But the one thing you can usually count on is the wind. Anywhere from a breeze to gale force. This year was chilly and blustery....
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Horsemanship Dentistry

One of the most common fears in people, is the fear of the dentist. We’ve all sat in that chair and grimaced at the high pitched sound of the drill, sat with our mouths forced uncomfortably open while the they work. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was another way? A less anxiety inducing, gentler and less dramatic way? Luckily for your horse…there is another way! Horsemanship...
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Have Horse, Will Travel…. Safely

Whether you are hauling many miles or just around the corner, to a ride or to the vet, there are many precautions you should take to make sure your horse will be safe while traveling! The first step for trailer safety is to take the time to train your horse how to load and unload calmly. Do this when you have plenty of time. This is especially important when you may need your horse to load in an...
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