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March 2001

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March 2001


SPRING IS IN THE AIR!!

Spring is a time of hope and promise.  We are headed into a new horse training and riding season.  It is a perfect time to evaluate your progress, adjust your objectives and set new goals.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Too Many Megs

Too Much Manure

Lighter Blankets

Stronger Muscles

Pasture Grooming and Rest

Spring Deworming Choices

Recent Articles

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Too Many Megs

    My server has just informed me that horsekeeping.com is bursting at the seams!  It has reached the point where I either have to stop posting new articles or send them more $$ to buy more space!

    Until I decide what to do, I'm going to refer to articles already posted on the Horse Information Roundup page.

Too Much Manure

    We just finished spreading 18 loads of manure.  If you weren't on board last year at this time, then you can read all about spreading manure.

    And if you are interested in other options for handling manure, read Manure Management.

Lighter Blankets

    The days are definitely getting warmer and the nights are not so cold.  It's that time of year when you probably should change your horse's clothing from an insulated blanket to a lighter blanket or turnout sheet.  I prefer waterproof breathable turnout sheets this time of year because they are more suitable for the changes in weather and stand up better to the abuse from muddy conditions.

    Read about blanket selection and care in the Horse Clothing section of the Horse Information Roundup.

Stronger Muscles

    With shedding season right around the corner, pretty soon I will be assuming the arms above the head grooming position for several hours every day.  In years past, my shoulders would get very sore in the spring from all of the grooming and bathing necessary to get seven horses shed out and looking gorgeous. 

    16 months ago, my husband and I started a three-times-a-week strength-training program at home.  It is so much a part of our routine now that I can't imagine NOT doing it.  The benefits are many but in terms of horse care tasks, it makes loading a year's worth of hay in the barn much easier, makes hefting grain bags a breeze, and the endless grooming strokes of March and April are no longer brutal!

    If you aren't doing strength training now, consider it.  Although it doesn't take a great deal of strength to ride, horsekeeping tasks do go more smoothly if you keep your muscles toned.

Pasture Grooming and Rest

    It is time to give our pastures a rest.  Last week, I moved my horses off the pastures, then groomed and seeded them (the pastures, not the horses!)  If a pasture was home to a horse that made "stud piles" of manure, then I used the bucket of the tractor and a harrow to spread those piles evenly around the pasture.  I seeded the bare areas using a pasture grass mix that is suited to our climate and altitude (high and dry!)  Then I harrowed the entire pasture with tines set shallow so as not to dig too deeply into the soil but just to cover the seeds with 1/4 to 1/2" of soil.  Now if we only get some precipitation!  The pastures will be vacant until June or until the pasture regrowth warrants use.

Spring Deworming Choices

    Depending on where you live, your March 1 deworming could be an ivermectin product (Zimectrin, Equimectrin) or a high-volume non-ivermectin product containing strongid, pyrantel pamoate or a benzimidazole.  What you use will hinge on when the bot larvae leave the horse's stomach in your locale.  Read horse_dewormers and talk with your vet to make the right decision for your horses.

Recent Articles

"Leather Care"
February 2001, Horse & Rider

"Shape Up Before You Mount Up", Part One and Two
December 2000, January 2001 Western Horseman

"Winter Shoeing", p.60
December 2000, Horse & Rider

"Give Him a Peel" (Ergot Removal), p. 35
Winning Ways, "Ride Forward with Finesse" Horsemanship Pattern, p. 46
"Trailer Shopping Made Easy", p. 68
November 2000, Horse & Rider

That's it for this month.  Enjoy getting hairy this month!

"Four things greater than all others are women and horses and power and war."
                    -Rudyard Kipling

Keep your mind in the middle and a leg on each side.

                                                          

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