Category Archives: Care

Why do horses loose weight during hot weather?

Several factors influence how much energy it takes to maintain normal body temperature.   Air temperature, humidity, wind velocity, solar radiation and precipitation are all factors that affect how much energy is expended to maintain normal temperature for animals that are exposed to these elements. We know that horses use more Calories to stay warm in the...

Hot Weather Riding

It's a hot, humid day with the sun blistering down and you are riding your horse along the trail, or in the arena.  Exercise is moderate, after all, it's hot outside.  So, who do you think is likely to overheat....you or your horse?   The answer may surprise you to know that your horse...

No Hoof, No Horse: How does the hoof grow?

In previous articles, we discussed the external and internal structures of the hoof.  By understanding the structures of the horse's hoof, we can understand how the hoof grows.  The rate and the quality of growth, much like our own fingernails, varies and while we don't depend on our "claws" for survival,...

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