Summer Horse Care Tips

Chestnut horses drinking water outdoors on sunny day to stay hydrated.

With summer just around the corner, it’s time to prepare your horses for the hot weather ahead. Nice weather means beautiful riding conditions and long hours spent outdoors. Just like humans, horses are sensitive to heat. Extreme summer heat and sunlight can be dangerous for horses resulting in dehydration, lethargy, and general malaise. Severe heat… Read more »

How to Eliminate Flies from the Horse Barn

Several different kinds of flies

As the weather begins to warm up, pesky insects start to make an appearance. There’s no doubt that flies are an extreme nuisance for horses, not to mention their owners. In addition to being irritating, they can also pose health risks to your horse by spreading bacterial infections, causing diseases like equine infectious anemia, and… Read more »

4 Ways to Protect Your Livestock from Predators

Purebred border collie herding a flock of sheep on a summer day.

Owning and raising livestock is a full-time job, especially if you are just beginning. Your livestock is a crucial part of your agriculture business, and it is important always to ensure their safety and wellbeing. Farmers and homesteaders alike need to protect their livestock from predators. Since there are so many variables to consider, from the… Read more »

Common Horse Skin Problems

Horses with skin problem

Taking care of a horse can be a lot of work, but any horse owner will tell you it’s an incredibly rewarding experience. Like humans, there are many things you need to watch out for when it comes to a horse’s health, including their skin. Several skin conditions can affect horses, ranging from benign cosmetic… Read more »

How to Save Time Around the Barn

Man in working clothes feeding horse with hay at stable

If you own a barn full of livestock, you understand the amount of time and energy it takes to keep things in order. Whether filling buckets, cleaning stalls, or grooming your horses, there is always something that needs to be done. You can get to a point where you ask yourself, could I be doing… Read more »

The Best Farm Animals to Raise for Beginners

Group of Farm animals: horse, cow, pig, dog, hen, chick, rabbit, duck, turkey, donkey

If you are new to the farm or homestead life and want to start raising your own livestock, it can feel overwhelming at first. There are a variety of animals to choose from, and they all serve different purposes. First, you must decide what you want to gain from having livestock. Is it food, profit,… Read more »

How to Prepare for a New Horse

A potential horse owner has a horse checked by a veterinarian before deciding the horse is fit to bring home.

Bringing home a new horse can be incredibly exciting. You’re counting down the days in anticipation, but don’t neglect the things you need to do to prepare for the arrival. While every animal is different, it can be difficult for a horse to adjust to a new home, especially if the proper preparations haven’t been… Read more »

The Benefits of Therapeutic Horse-Riding Programs

A boy riding a horse during his therapeutic horse-riding program

Therapeutic riding is essentially adaptive horseback riding lessons, where participants learn horsemanship and riding skills to suit their individual needs. This form of riding can benefit individuals with a wide range of challenges, be it cognitive, physical, emotional, or social. Horseback riding lends independence and mobility to a person with disabilities who may be otherwise… Read more »

Barn Safety Tips

An open barn stable under construction to add more safety features.

Whether you have worked on a farm for years or are just getting started, safety should always be your top priority. Taking the necessary precautions will ensure that both humans and animals on the farm will remain safe and healthy. Here are a few barn safety tips that should never be overlooked! Keep First Aid… Read more »

Tips for Dealing with an Aggressive Horse

Two horses aggressively playing in a field together

While aggression is a normal part of horse behavior, horses are not an overly aggressive species by nature. The most dangerous horses are those that show aggression towards people. Human-aggressive horses are rare, but the problem can get serious. Causes of Aggression Horses are generally not inclined to fight when they are startled. Their first… Read more »