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CHERRY HILL'S HORSEKEEPING NEWSLETTER

December 2004

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This newsletter is a personal letter from me to you, a fellow horse owner and enthusiast.
My goal is to answer some of your questions and send you interesting stories and helpful tips for your horse care, training, and riding.


I always figure that the best holiday gift I can give you is to spend my time answering as many Ask-Cherry questions as possible. I'll choose some for this newsletter that I think will be of interest to more than just the writer. And I will personally answer as many others as I can between now and Christmas. Have a warm and happy holiday season!


How long can I wait before trimming a yearling's hooves?

Hello Cherry,

I have a one year old filly, who is really quite a joy to have around the yard. She has had very little work, but she is still very friendly. However, she has never had her feet worked on. My question is this, will it hurt her if I do not trim her hooves until I can get her trained to let me lift her feet? Or should I try and hurry this lesson along? I work with her for about 30 minutes a day, but as I say, she is a year old, and not had much work done. I have only had her for about 1 month, so I am not sure if I need to be worried or not.

Thanks,
Spring

Dear Spring,

It is past time for your filly to have her hooves trimmed. Most foals require some rasping of their hooves for balance while they are still nursing and then should have regular farrier care every 6-8 weeks from weaning on. Make the leg and hoof handling lessons your priority with this filly. Refer to the ground training and hoof care articles posted on the Horse Information Roundup as well as the articles and photos related to Sherlock posted there too and read How to Think Like a Horse.

I've also asked my husband, Richard Klimesh to answer your question from a farrier's viewpoint.

Cherry Hill

 

Dear Spring,

Without seeing your filly, it is impossible to say whether she will be harmed by not having her hooves trimmed. In order for a horse to have the best chance of developing sound legs, it is important that their hooves be kept balanced from the time they begin walking. Some young horses, especially those that get plenty of exercise on dry ground, might maintain balanced hooves on their own. But most horses need some trimming or rasping in order to keep their feet balanced.

It would be best if you hired a professional farrier to come out and look at your filly's feet as soon as possible. Even if your filly is not ready to have her hooves trimmed, the farrier can tell you if you need to be concerned about the condition of her hooves. He might also give you some pointers on getting the most out of your leg handling training sessions.

Richard KlimeshRichard Klimesh, AFJ CJF #605


How can I make my horse last forever??!!

Dear Cherry,

I've recently purchased a 12 year old gelding who I just love and want him to last forever. I'm so worried that something I do will cause him to die early. I've read that you have older horses and wonder if you can give me some tips.

Thanks so much, Brianna

Hi Brianna,

I have 3 seniors (and more on the way!):

Zinger, a 30 year old QH mare still in work

Sassy, a 29 year old QH mare retired from many years of riding and many foals.

Zipper, a 20 year old gelding still in work (in his prime?!)

I've raised all of these horses from birth or weaning and here is my list of horse care and horsekeeping tips for longevity. Read more about these topics in the articles on the Horse Information Roundup or in my books:

1. Annual dental exam
2. Feed low amount of grain
3. Feed high quality hay.
4. Feed at ground level on clean rubber mats; use psyllium monthly.
5. Regular exercise.
6. Regular farrier care.
7. Deworm 6 times a year.
8. Monitor pasture grazing carefully.

Best Regards, Cherry Hill


Where can I learn about raising a foal?

Hello Cherry,

I have just bought a 6 month old QH. This is my first baby horse. Do you have any books or articles about training a foal?

Thank you
Kayla

Hi Kayla,

Here is the best way to find what you want on our website:

On the home page, www.horsekeeping.com at the bottom of the left column, click on "Site Map".

On the left side a purple menu will appear. Choose the topic you are interested in. In this case, click on

"Foal Training" and you will see another box open to the right with book and video titles and a link to articles on the subject. Click on the item you want to check out further and you will be taken to the page that has the articles or the books or videos you want.

Cherry Hill


What are complete feed wafers?

Dear Cherry,

In the October Horsekeeping Newsletter you refer to complete feed wafers. What are they and where do I find them?

Kathleen

Hi Kathleen,

Complete feed wafers are processed and compressed hay, grain, and supplements. Pellets are the small versions; wafers are a larger version and can be round or flat - about 1/2-1 inch thick and about 1-2 inches long. They are the shape and size of a horse treat. I add a handful of these to the grain ration of eager eaters to slow them down because they have to chew rather than gulp. Most feed companies manufacture a product like this.

Cherry Hill

Read all of the articles on horse training and care at Cherry Hill's Horse Information Roundup.


Free Books !

From now until Christmas 2004, receive free books with orders over $75 (amounts refer to merchandise total, not including shipping).

Free books are automatically added to your package, no additional shipping will be charged.

Combine orders from all categories to qualify for free books - books, videos, tack, collectibles, and sculptures.

We will be adding new items to the collectible page every week from now until Christmas - old books make fantastic Christmas gifts.

riding, horse, injury,rehab,rehabilitation,surgery,recovery,balance,attitude,exercises, rider, balance,  Orders from $75 to $99 receive your choice of Tack Care and Cleaning or Buying and Selling a Horse. Indicate your choice in the comment section of your order. If you don't indicate, we will choose for you.

riding, horse, injury,rehab,rehabilitation,surgery,recovery,balance,attitude,exercises, rider, balance,  Orders between $100 and $149 receive BOTH Tack Care and Cleaning AND Buying and Selling a Horse.

riding, horse, injury,rehab,rehabilitation,surgery,recovery,balance,attitude,exercises, rider, balance,  Orders between $150 and $199 receive your choice of From the Center of the Ring OR Horse for Sale. Indicate your choice in the comment section of your order. If you don't indicate, we will choose for you.

riding, horse, injury,rehab,rehabilitation,surgery,recovery,balance,attitude,exercises, rider, balance,  Orders of $200 to $250 receive free BOTH From the Center of the Ring AND Horse for Sale.

riding, horse, injury,rehab,rehabilitation,surgery,recovery,balance,attitude,exercises, rider, balance,  All orders over $250 receive all 4 books free:

Tack Care and Cleaning
Buying and Selling a Horse
From the Center of the Ring
Horse for Sale.

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That's it for this month.
Warm holiday greetings to you and your families and horses!
Cherry Hill


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