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Horse Care/Management

Equus Caballus, the magazine of the domestic horse, has been dedicated to the proper care and feeding of horses, ponies, donkeys and mules for over seven years. This site is a compilation of over 400 archived articles and new features about nutrition, health and equine management.  This link takes you to their archive with numerous articles on feeding and management.

Understanding Colic in Horses Most horse owners have dealt with colic. Rather than a disease, colic is a condition of pain. Specifically, colic refers to abdominal pain most often originating from the digestive tract. Because it is a condition of pain rather than a specific disease, causes are numerous and sometimes difficult to diagnose accurately.

Cold Therapy & Ice BandagesWhen a horse injures a leg, many times the first – and best – course of action is to cool the area as quickly as possible using ice packs or very cold water. Your immediate goal is to try to reduce inflammation and swelling in order to minimize tissue damage and speed healing. Ice slows the inflammatory process while other treatments such as medications can begin to take effect.

Slow Feeding A site discussing forcing horses to consume hay more slowly by the use of net or metal mesh with small openings.  The concept is to more accurately reflect natural grazing by limiting portion size.  Supposedly helps maintain weight on both ‘hard’ and ‘easy’ keepers. Suggested by Linda Hammersmith

Paddock Paradise A site primarily designed to sell a book on this management idea, however, there are links to pictures and articles by people using the system.  The idea seems to be to simulate ‘wild’ conditions and encourage movement by establishing ‘tracks’ for the horses to reside in.  Requires additional fencing to create the track and I’m not sure how pastures are utilized.  Probably has merit where pasture is limited. Suggested by Linda Hammersmith who is experimenting with this and slow feeding.  Hope to read about her experience in the future.

2 comments to Horse Care/Management

  • lindah

    Hello, I am delighted to be a new member of this group. My name is Linda Hammersmith. I know I have had conversations with Lori, taken lessons from Wes and believe I know a few other members too.

    I find both articles quite interesting. Body clipping, gee, I hope I don’t ever have to do it. I was on a sleigh ride this winter and the horse was in such good condition she never became wet. It was so amazing I vowed to myself I should like to keep my ponies in peak condition (we will see). So I joined this group as inspiration in keeping our ponies fit.

    The colic article was also interesting. We have been studying the slow-feeding method. Do believe this method allows us to simulate the browsing a horse would do in nature, except that the equine has to stand in one place to do his browsing in the modern method. If you Google “slow feeding” you will find a host of interesting contraptions folks have built themselves. My point is that empty gut is full of acid which can lead to a colic episode and the slow-feeding method will help by allowing the horse to always have some hay in his digestive track for the acid to aid in digestion rather than irritating the gut. This method could also help with ulcers, perhaps. We have ordered the Swedish nets and some smaller nets made here in the USA. The holes in the nets are about one and one-half inches square. For the Shetlands we may double up on the nets. It will be an interesting experiment. My only worry is I hope they will not gain weight and get chapped muzzles. We ordered the chap stick from Sweden, just in case.

    We had a nice Morgan horse who was a cribber. What a shame such a nice willing-to-please fellow took up such a bad habit. If he was not chocking he was colicing. Do believe we paid off the veterinarian’s student loan in the 14 years we owned that horse. At 28 years of age I decided it was time to lead him to his peace. He is buried here on the farm. You know, I believe I began to gain weight after that old boy was gone as I don’t do any late night walking since his passing.

    • Jac

      I’ll be interested in hearing your review of the net. My horse (Scooter) is a very ‘easy’ keeper and gobbles his limited ration in an alarmingly short period of time. I’m hoping something like these nets might keep him nibbling over a longer time. I notice they sell a net bag for round bales (which I feed from, a fork full at a time). I don’t like the bag but think the net used in conjunction with a feeder might allow me to just set out a round bale rather than tearing them apart by hand. I don’t mind tearing them apart but would like a means of controlling intake. Think I’ll work on some design ideas.

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