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The dangers acorn pose to horses

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM Any paddock graced with an oak tree will likely be littered with acorns during the autumn months. Horses may accidentally eat them, and some may even develop a taste for them—how much... READ MORE


The danger of marsh mallow

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc An herb that is increasingly popular among urban foragers has been linked to fatal heart and muscle disease in horses. Marsh mallow (Malva parviflora) is native to southern Europe, North... READ MORE


Safely deck the halls

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM Decorating the barn for the holidays is fun, for sure. But be careful to avoid introducing hazards in the process. Make sure, for example, that live wreaths and garlands contain no toxic... READ MORE


7 steps to find the best boarding barn

by Ellen L. Mosier When looking for a new place to keep your horse, take a methodical approach to reduce the likelihood of missteps and disappointments. READ MORE


After a skirmish

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM A fight in the pasture between herdmates is usually a loud and dramatic affair. The good news is that most skirmishes don’t result in serious injury. However, if you know there’s... READ MORE


Protect your horse from red maple poisoning

by Laurie Bonner If your horse eats dropped leaves from some types of maple trees, fast action will be required to save his life. READ MORE


The latest in barn lights

by Heather Smith Thomas If you’re squinting at your horses under old incandescent bulbs and flickering fluorescents, it might be time to upgrade. Today’s energy-efficient lighting choices may cost more up front, but you can net huge savings over time. READ MORE


Limited land? No Problem!

With a little extra effort, you can enjoy the advantages of a large farm even if you keep your horses on a relatively small acreage. READ MORE


Be wary of this winter footing

Cold weather sometimes creates hazardous footing, especially for older, arthritic horses. READ MORE


Guilt-free tack care

Here’s a practical guide to care leather needs and when it needs it. READ MORE


Barn Dogs: On watch for dog flu

Two strains of canine influenza are causing outbreaks across the country. But you can take steps to protect your dog. READ MORE


From naughty to nice

by Bernadette Pflug After undergoing a simple four-step rehabilitation program, Gibson went from a terror around the barn to a welcome visitor. READ MORE


My forever horse

by Alica Laurido A horse who exemplified heart, presence and courage, Topcat not only helped me become a successful trainer but a better human being as well. READ MORE


Riders to the rescue

With the help of an extended horse community, two horsemen have found new homes for more than 8,600 dogs in need. READ MORE


My Favorite Barn Tools

by Dee McVicker My first inkling of the association between tools and riding occurred shortly after I realized my dream of owning horse property. I had no sooner unloaded my horse from the trailer when the first of... READ MORE


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