These days, most horses will spend a much more significant part of their lives in stalls or in paddocks and pastures that do not resemble the grazing lifestyle intended by nature. Many designs of feeders attached higher on the wall, do not take into account that the horses teeth will not come into alignment until their head is down. That being the case, much hay is wasted when it is placed too high up because the horse will pull it down and then eat it off the ground.
What if you could not only save a little money, but benefit the environment as well? Sometimes it can take a little more upfront investment, but there is quite a bit of money to be saved when you invest in ‘green’ products. There is also the bonus of doing something good for the environment. Even small steps can have a big impact.
. This series will address some of the issues with mud, look at different options on how to fix some muddy situations and help with some suggestions on how to prevent mud from occurring. In this first installment, we will discuss how one group of trail riders decided to take advantage of an easy solution to fix a section of trail that had become nearly un-rideable.
A manure spreader can be a great tool for anyone who has horses. When properly utilized, it can make cleaning stalls a less daunting chore and can help turn a waste product into a helpful additive for pastures and fields. There are some questions you should consider when determining what spreader will work best for your farm. Choosing the right spreader and using it correctly can make managing manure a much easier task.
Mats provide a supportive layer for the horse to stand on that can help prevent soreness and fatigue from a damp, cold, or hard surface, while protecting the base of the stall from additional wear. Rubber mats can offer traction for the horse, preventing slipping and encouraging them to lay down to rest. While shavings are still generally needed when housing on rubber mats, it can make the stall cleaning easier and the amount of shavings can be reduced leading to significant cost savings over time.
So, what exactly is Hay Guard? – John explained, “It’s a preservative that uses Sulfites, which unlike Sulfates, are safe for animals and nontoxic.” By applying Hay Guard, it alters the moisture content in the hay itself preventing spore growth that leads to mold.
Great pastures require thoughtful monitoring and timely management, but when horses are able to graze, it can really lead to huge savings on feed costs. Without careful management, it’s easy for pastures to become overgrazed weed patches that offer little to no value for supplemental grazing and eventually become a muddy mess.
The mild winters and wet springs make horse and pasture management a difficult mess. Fortunately, there are some step that can be taken so “mud season” doesn’t have to be a continual problem. Taking preventative measures and really understanding what conditions cause mud and make it hard to mitigate is a worthwhile investment for any equine property owner.
April showers…you know the rest. While we do need the rain for our gardens, as horse owners, rain is more likely to make us think of mud. With a rather mild winter we never really got away from mud through the winter season. This series will address some of the issues with mud, look at different options on how to fix some muddy situations and help with some suggestions on how to prevent mud from occurring. In this first installment, we will discuss how one group of trail riders decided to take advantage of an easy solution to fix a section of trail that had become nearly un-rideable.
Now that you have gotten your fence installed and your horses are happily enjoying their new pasture, it’s time to think about maintenance and upkeep. No matter what style of fencing you have chosen, there will always be some maintenance that needs to be done to ensure that the fence will meet your needs for years to come.
When it comes to stable organization, Royal Wire has been a leader in the industry for over 40 years. Paige Merrill of Royal Wire explains how she has developed innovative solutions for tack stalls and shares her favorite insider tips.