A Word on Whoa

Throughout my riding career I’ve had several different coaches, each with a different stance on the use of vocal aids. I used to have a bad habit of “clucking” on takeoff whenever I got a deep spot to a fence. I stopped because I was told I would be marked down in the strict, stuffy…

Three worming strategies for horses in Canada

Last week I talked about the importance of fecal testing in your worming program. This week, I’m going to share some common deworming strategies for adult horses. I encourage you to work with your vet to create the best one for you and your farm. Well-meaning horse owners who bought paste wormer over the counter at their local tack…

Blanket washing tips

I’ll admit it – I’m bad at blanket care. I always intend to wash my blankets in the spring and store them, clean and dry, until the following winter. What inevitably happens, though, is that I get busy and leave dirty blankets sitting in a garbage bag in the basement. Then about this time of year, I remember my garbage bag blankets…