Marissa Raymo will discuss everything about horses, including horse health care tips, training tips, equestrian friendly trails, horse buying info and much more.
Friday, May 28, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
Picking your Pasture
- A common answer to this question is at least two acres per horse if you plan to provide a substantial part of it's daily forage from grazing alone. Unfortunately, two acres of grazing per horse isn't always available, so it is important to establish a supplemental feeding plan and rotate your pastures to prevent overgrazing.
- Generally, pasture fencing should be at least 5' tall, but depending on the size and temperament of your horses, you may need a taller fence (see my earlier post on how my 12.2 hand pony jumped a 4' high gate). I like to have a line of hot wire across the top to discourage jumping, leaning and cribbing the fence.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
$40 Gift Certificate Giveaway!! It PAYS to read Horse Sense!
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Monday, May 17, 2010
Another Day, Another Nightmare - Fixing The Buddy Sour/Barn Sour Horse
When I left, George was pacing up and down the fence line as usual, calling frantically to his mare as she walked away reluctantly. But unlike most days, where he'd settle down and nibble at the grass as soon as she is out of earshot, my little 12.2 hand high pony decided to jump the 4 FOOT HIGH solid wood stall gate to chase after her! Twice!
I imagine this is what motherhood must feel like. That moment of sheer terror as you realize that your precious child has run into traffic despite the thousand times you've told them not to. At 20-some years old, after living most of his life alone, I now have a buddy sour & barn sour pony! What are the odds?!
If you're wondering how it is possible to be both buddy sour (doesn't like to leave his pasture mates) & barn sour (doesn't like to leave the barn/pasture area), here's how:
Buddy Sour - George flips out when his pasture mates leave for a trail ride or refuses to leave without them.
Barn Sour - When George is taken out for a ride with his pasture mates, he will stop walking the moment he gets sight of a trail that leads toward home, and insists that the trail ride ends for everybody.
So basically George just wants to hang out in the pasture with his buddies for the rest of his life, never having to work or be alone.
Don't we all, George. Don't. We. All.
But the worst part? His obnoxious behavior appears to be contagious as now the other two barn mates are displaying the same buddy sourness!
So how do we "fix" this issue? With lots and lots of patience and practice.
I'll work on unsour-ing my horses and report back to you with what methods worked (or didn't work) for me. But for now, here are a couple of great articles with training tips for the barn sour/buddy sour horse:
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Funny Horse Pics ~ Real or Fake?
Labels: Funny Horse Stuff
Saturday, May 15, 2010
The Results are In! Your Thoughts on Equine Liability...
- 45.45% of you believe that the horse owner SHOULD NOT be liable.
- 4.55% of you believe that the horse owner SHOULD be liable.
- 50.00% of you believe that the liability DEPENDS on the situation.
For example, in 2000 a Darwin Award (The Human Hitching Post) was awarded to a Nevada woman who tied her skittish Arabian to her waist to prevent it from tossing its head away from the bridle. After being dragged around the pasture and trampled for about 10 minutes, the woman died from the severe internal injuries and head trauma.
Like I said before, there are ALWAYS exceptions.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
If you have a horse that strikes out, it is obviously important to be on guard at all times when you are within reach to be aware of any flying hooves, but also to be able to react quickly. The moment the horse strikes out with the front leg you can either:
A. Slap the knee with a riding crop or the end of the lead rope (not hard enough to hurt, but enough to interrupt the behavior).
B. Catch the leg in your hand and slowly lower it to the ground until your horse relaxes. Note - this is not the best option for a horse that is known to rear.
In either case, you'll probably have to repeat this over and over until your horse realizes that she will have to give to your pressure rather than the other way around.
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Lesson of the Day: Don't Drink & Ride
- Beattie is injured after she falls to the ground when her neighbor's (Mickalich) horse spooks and rears.
- Beattie is suing Mickalich for her injury, alleging that this is an exception to the limitations on liability provided by the EALA based on Mickalich's "negligence".
- According to the Amicus Curiae Brief of Michigan Horse Council, Beattie was not only a previous horse owner herself (proof that she should have been aware of the inherent risks associated with horses), but had also ridden several of Mickalich's horses in the past. Beattie also admitted to having had a "couple" beers before going to Mickalich's house.
- As a previous horse owner, Beattie should have been aware of the "inherent risks" of any equine activity, and if she really believed that the horse should have been cross-tied, then she shouldn't have accepted the lead rope in the first place or at least voiced her concerns at that point.
- Cross-ties are not the ultimate answer here. In fact, many horses will have a stronger reaction with the cross ties than being held by a simple lead rope. When a horse that is cross-tied spooks and pulls back, the cross-ties pull back at the horse, causing the natural flight reaction (see above image of a cross-tied horse from eHOW.com) to go into effect.
- Cross-ties cannot prevent many of the other horse-related risks, such as biting or kicking. Must we now tie down, muzzle, hobble and sedate our horses every time a visitor wants to approach? Just as with sex and alcohol, there is only one way to ensure your safety around these powerful and sometimes unpredictable animals - ABSTINENCE!
Thursday, May 6, 2010
The Oakland County Trail Rider's Companion
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Raising the Barn
- Ridiculous township regulations (100 feet from each property line? Really?!)
- Fill dirt that is mysteriously delivered to the wrong location (must have found a higher bidder)
- The tree removal specialist that forgets to bring fuel for his tree removal equipment (among many other necessary tools)
- Stall materials that are shipped just short of a full set
- And the mysteriously increasing barn costs (along with some funny math on the part of a few salespeople)
Sunday, May 2, 2010
World's Largest & Smallest Horses
Labels: Funny Horse Stuff