Tuesday December 10, 2013
Photo 2006 K. Blocksdorf
Here is a picture of Thor and his mom, a Clydesdale mare. Thor is no longer the tiny bundle of energy you see in this photo, but full grown, weighing over 1000 lbs (545 kg). He has many characteristics of the Clydesdale, including heavy bones and a very sensible temperament. His father was a Thoroughbred, named "Matt". Matt also is very sensible, which endears him that much more to his owner. The Clydesdale and the Thoroughbred are only two of many breeds the world over. I'm missing Thor, as I sold him a while back. He's gone on to start a new career. But like any parent whose baby birds have flown from the nest, I worry about him and hope he is doing well.
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Monday December 9, 2013
During the winter months I enjoyed feeding my horses soaked beet pulp. They enjoyed it as much as I, and it was gratifying to see them waiting by the fence for me to come out with their buckets. I felt it helped give them something moist, a change from the dry hay they ate--and I like to cook for my family
. Christmas morning we'd mix in extra treats of apple and carrot slices. Now that my horses are boarded I miss doing that, although I'll still be taking Trills some treats. Beet pulp has got a bit of a bad reputation, and it's largely undeserved. Beet pulp can be very beneficial, especially for some horses with specific dietary needs. Read Learn Facts About Beet Pulp and How to Feed Beet Pulp to A Horse
to help you decide if beet pulp is right for your horse.
Read More About Treats for Horses
Saturday December 7, 2013
According to the calendar, the first day of winter is still a few weeks off.
Photo 2006 Stephanie R.
Stephanie's Nala plays in the snow.
According to the snowdrift outside my front door winter really began some time ago. If you live where snow and cold are inevitable, you'll find you have to change your horse care routine a bit. Winter Horse Care Tips
offers some suggestions on how to help your horse stay healthy and comfortable throughout the winter months.
More About Winter Horse Care and Riding
Sunday December 1, 2013
Many of us, especially in the northern areas of North America face a season of snow, ice and frigid temperatures. Sometimes bad weather can make riding difficult or nearly impossible. Riding out doors can be risky and it can be hard to dry out a horse that has become wet with sweat. All in all, wintertime means more work, and perhaps less time in the saddle.
Does winter weather change your riding habits? Do you ride less or does your schedule stay the same? Take the poll and when you are done, click on 'current results' and see how often other readers are riding or driving during the winter.