Every Horse Owner Needs to Know About Wounds

The picture above is the easy one to look at.  If you are sensitive to graphic wound pictures, you may not wish to read much more of this post.  On the flip side, if you have a horse, you’ll probably benefit from learning about the good outcome of this particularly worrisome injury.  A while back I posted a blog about …

May I Read Your Frog?

This is another one of my I Love Hooves blogs.  And, why not?  We should all love our horse’s hooves!  No hoof, no horse, remember? When I look at a horse’s hoof, I’m checking out the structures, the shoe fit, the shape, etc.   On first impression I make note of the health of the frog.  The frog is like a window …

The magic of a reverse horse shoe.

I’ve been known for taking on some great horses that were once lame.   Many of these horses have belonged to my friends who had previously and successfully competed on them.  These horses are valuable, well-trained, kid-safe but, sadly, were lame at early ages.  My friends are grateful when I “adopt” their horses because they know that I’ll do my …

So I have a foot fetish, I mean a hoof fetish…..

I have always loved and respected the horse hoof.  I know that sounds a little strange, but it’s true!  As a child, I was allowed to drive around with my farrier, Red Tomlinson, to watch his work. I look back and find it interesting, and I guess a little odd, that my parents could see that I was crazy, horse …

Horse Wounds Can Seem Devastating

WARNING The graphics in this blog may  be too strong for some of you in my audience.  By profession, I am a burn nurse.  I worked for the Trauma/Burn ICU at the University of Michigan.  This is a level 1 Trauma center and I have seen it all.  No one likes a bad accident, whether it is a human or …

Should you blanket your horse in the winter?

Here I type on a blustery day in Austin, Texas.  The winds are howling out of the north and the temperature has dropped into the 30’s.  We might even get a little snow tonight, unusual for the middle of February when our weather starts to feel more like spring.  It was 80 degrees just yesterday.  While looking out my window, …

Do you know what is in your horse’s mouth?

TEETH and a lot of them. A horse’s teeth grow 1/8 of an inch each year of their lives.  If they don’t have perfect occlusion, the unmatched edges form sharp points.  These sharp points lacerate the horse’s tongue and cheeks. If the teeth are not floated, you can imagine it becomes very uncomfortable for the horse. I’m incredibly lucky to …

Horse Vet Checks-Tia

Yeah!!! Tia passed her vet check with flying colors.   I know, you might think I am buying the horse of my dreams.  What really happened is my student Bridget is buying her favorite school horse!  At my English barn, we love to rescue race horses and Tia is one of our best success stories.  She was reserve champion 3 …