Quote 4the day: A horse a horse a kingdom for a horse or should it be a horse a horse i promise to spend the rest of my life with my horse!!
Fact 4the day: COPD - Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in horses (also known as Heeves) is a lung disease that is like asthma in humans. It is more common in colder climates where horses are stalled most of the time in the winter months. It is usually found in horses 7 years and older. It is rare in warmer climates where horses are pastured most of the time.
Some of the symptoms of this dis...ease are coughing or heeving to expel air and dust particles from the lungs. Coughing, weight loss and lack of energy are usually good indicators.
To prevent Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in horses, turn horses out as much as possible. Keep the stall and barn area free of dust and mold and never use dusty or moldy hay. Use rubber mats or shredded paper in stalls instead of shavings or straw.
Thought 4the day: Sometimes without realising it we can set ourselves up for a fall. I think and feel that horses and ponies are like children. When doing something with them and you ask for something and they throw a paddy do you let them get away with it and do as they please or persist and keep asking til they do what it was orginally asked? It could be alot harder otherwise the next time. I am... a firm believer in not letting horses or ponies walk all over me. I was taught this by Jason Webb way back when we first took Henry to him and it opened my eyes. Wrapping him up in cotton wool had been my downfall. I now treat all the horses as horses and when taking down things like haynets i will throw it over a horses back as or over the door. If its on their back when i leave i drag it over their rump as later in life rugs etc will be on their back so why not start desensitising them now. Yesterday a friend was lunging a big horse we have and he decided he did not want to go on the left rein caused a stink and so he went right. She bless her did not realise he had won at that time. When i then asked the founder to correct it for me as i was dealing with another mare he had a huge temper tantrum about that rein but did in the end go around to the point that when the lunge line was removed when asked he would circle her a at walk and trot with no line involved and follow her where asked. The thought is follow things through or next time things will be ten times worse!!