Farm and Ranch

New fly repellent in the works

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc Horses bedeviled by black flies may soon find relief from an unusual source: a substance produced by badgers to ward off wasps. Technically known as a semiochemical, the substance was... READ MORE

Which bedding harbors more bacteria?

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc Bedding made of shavings from Scots pine trees—a species native to Northern Europe but also found in the United States—is much less likely to harbor bacteria than are other common... READ MORE

TLC for pasture trees

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM Take steps to protect the health of the trees in your horse's pastures. READ MORE

Keep your barn well ventilated this winter

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM Resist the urge to close barn doors and windows when the weather turns cold. READ MORE

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

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