How to Clip a Horse

Preparation: Brush, wash, and dry your horse to get any grime or dirt from under the hair. Dirt will dull your blades as well as leave track marks on his body. Use a body sheen product to slick the coat so that the blades will slide through easily and static is minimized. As discussed throughout… Read More How to Clip a Horse

Weaning a Foal

When to wean a foal? We believe that the dam has a huge influence on her baby’s actions and reactions, so we leave our foals with their dams until 6-7 months old. This decision is predicated on the fact that the mare is healthy, has superb temperament, is easily handled, and is relaxed in all… Read More Weaning a Foal

Horse Health: Bowed Tendon

My personal horse, Scrimshaw, recently sustained a leg injury. She is out of shape and overweight. (Take a lesson here). An unexpected romp in the pasture when two ponies breached her fence and created pandemonium caused her to take a misstep. Here is some information about equine bowed tendons gleaned from her veterinarian, many on-line… Read More Horse Health: Bowed Tendon

Temperament: Nature vs. Nurture

Many people believe that it is the dam that dictates a foal’s temperament. However, a horse’s temperament has to be divided into what is affected by nature (heredity and genes) and what is affected by nurture (the environment surrounding its life). At birth, a foal’s temperament is derived from the influence of its parents’ genes… Read More Temperament: Nature vs. Nurture

The Case for Round Bales: A Kristull Chronicle

Let’s start at the end of our quest instead of the beginning: A round bale with a hay net requires less time to feed daily, uses less hay per horse, keeps horses happier because it provides more natural forage, and will reduce your own stress level as horses calm down and stop worrying themselves and… Read More The Case for Round Bales: A Kristull Chronicle

Horse Shoe

A horse shoe can serve many purposes. It can bring luck to the household over whose door it is nailed. It can be used as decoration or as a wall hook. It can be nailed to the bottom of a horse’s foot to protect the hoof or add traction to the movement. (It can be… Read More Horse Shoe

Horse Health: Breeding on Foaling Heat

In the past, most of our mares were pasture-bred to one of our in-house stallions. It was natural and easy. We had several premium stallions to choose from, we knew the mares were clean and there were no outside breedings to bring VD’s into the herd, and the breedings took place with little interference from… Read More Horse Health: Breeding on Foaling Heat

The Horse Tooth Fairy – A Kristull Chronicle

It has been raining for a week solid, and the mud is ankle deep all over the ranch. But we have an appointment with the Horse Tooth Fairy, Loren Hardie, to float the teeth on several horses today. “Floating” involves a series of rasps (called floats) of different sizes, angles and depths that are inserted… Read More The Horse Tooth Fairy – A Kristull Chronicle

Quick Anatomy of a Horse

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Horse Health: The Case Against Stalling

There are many reasons why a horse is stalled. Most of them are fallacious. (based on a mistaken belief. synonyms: erroneous, false, untrue, wrong, incorrect, flawed, inaccurate, mistaken, misinformed, misguided). Horses are herd animals. They experience psychological insecurity when removed or isolated from other herd members. This can lead to instability of temperament and the… Read More Horse Health: The Case Against Stalling