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November 2003

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101 Horsekeeping Tips Issue

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.


Over the years, I've accumulated a large number of ideas, tips, and advice related to horse handling and training and horse facilities and care. I've shared many of these tips with you via this website and my books, but now I am proud to announce the arrival of 101 Horsekeeping Tips Videos. This video series contains some of my favorite tips, ideas and handy hints to make you a better horsekeeper and trainer. Horsekeeping Videos are produced right here at Long Tail Ranch by me and my husband Richard Klimesh. Take a tour of my barn, meet my horses, and enjoy the Colorado foothills as you learn valuable tips that will help you:

take better care of your horses,
     save you money,
           make your horse handling safer and more effective,
                help you get the most out of your precious horse time,
                     and make horsekeeping a pleasure for both you and your horses.

By purchasing videos and books directly from our horsekeeping.com website, you support the time and effort Richard and I both invest to produce and maintain Cherry Hill's Horse Information Roundup and to send out the free Cherry Hill's Horsekeeping Newsletter. Richard has generously offered the 101 Horsekeeping Tips videos at an introductory Christmas Special price and newsletter recipients have access to this special one month earlier than other website visitors. (NOTE: This special expired on December 25th, 2003)

To give you a taste of what 101 Horsekeeping Tips video series contains, in this newsletter I'm excerpting portions of 6 tips, one tip from each of the six sections in the video series.

The HANDLING section covers everything from lifting your horse's leg, to using an in-hand whip, to when feeding treats is good and when it is bad. Here is a sample from the HANDLING section:

Blind Spots

When a horse is facing straight ahead and his head is at a normal level, he has four blind spots:

- the area directly behind his tail
- the area of his back directly behind his head
- the area directly in front of his forehead
- the area directly under his head on the ground and near his front legs.

The GROOMING section covers everything from removing chestnuts, to caring for clipper blades, to putting your horse's tail up for the winter. Here is a sample from the GROOMING section:

Brushing a Horse's Tail

Here at Long Tail Ranch, I only brush out a tail when it is clean and dry.

If you brush a dirty or wet tail, a lot will be lost to snags and tangles.

I always condition manes and tails after a bath and sometimes mist the tail with a detangler before brushing - both further protect the tail from breakage.

I buy sturdy, hair brushes with wide set bristles – whatever is on sale at the drug store or discount department store and looks durable enough for the barn.

I never use a comb which tends to grab hair and pull it out.

I start at the bottom, brush out a few inches of the tail and work my way up to the top of the tail.

The FEEDING section covers everything from choosing hay, to making a hay carrier, to knowing what kind of salt and minerals to feed your horse. Here is a sample from the FEEDING section:

Winter Feeding

It's just human nature that makes us think when the weather is cold, we need to give our horses more grain to keep them warm.

But if you heap up the grain bucket every time the temperature drops, your horse could suffer colic, become overweight, be too full of energy, but still not really be warmer.

Grain is digested relatively quickly and the heat from its digestion is soon gone.

On the other hand, hay generates heat over a longer period of time and is safer to increase suddenly.

For every 10 degrees below freezing, increase your horse's roughage by 10%.

If your 1100# horse normally receives 16 pounds of hay per day (in two 8# feedings) when the temperature dips to 22 degrees Fahrenheit, increase his hay ration by 10% or 1.6 extra pounds.

At 22 degrees, he will receive 17.6 pounds of hay per day.

When the temperature is at zero, he should be receiving 30% more hay per day that would be (16 x 30%) + 16 pounds = 20.8 pounds of hay per day at zero degrees.

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