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Cherry Hill's Horsekeeping Almanac
The Essential Month-by-Month Guide for Every Horse Owner

"A goldmine of horsekeeping knowledge."

576 pages

Paperback $24.95

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Keeping horses healthy and happy is all about establishing good routines and following the natural cycles of the animals and the land. Nobody knows this better than Cherry Hill, professional horsekeeper, lifelong horse lover, and author of more than 30 books on horses. If it involves horses, Hill knows what to do and when to do it. Her routines — daily, monthly, and seasonal — are the framework for Cherry Hill's Horsekeeping Almanac, a goldmine of horsekeeping knowledge for all horse enthusiasts.

Month by month, Hill touches on every issue likely to affect horses, horse farms, and the people who care for them both. Each month opens with a brief description of what's happening on the farm, followed by personal notes on specific, month-appropriate topics. May, for example, includes advice on grazing, snakes, composting, bathing and clipping, and fire strips. November features colic, fire ants, winter water, dry shampoo, and outdoor horse clothing.

Every month includes recurring reminders, to-do lists, reference charts, climate notes, equine wit and wisdom, a word of the month, and an "Ask Cherry" section featuring seasonally relevant excerpts from her newsletter — all the fascinating tidbits, lore, and handed-down insights that make almanacs so fascinating. Tying everything together is Cherry Hill's trusted voice and deep-seated knowledge of horses.

This is a book readers will keep on hand to welcome each new season on the farm. Horsekeepers will browse it frequently, use it as a reference in times of doubt, keep reminders in it, and come back to it year after year — a reminder of their own horsekeeping seasons. It will become, in Cherry Hill's words, a Horsekeeping Master Plan.

Cherry Hill's Horsekeeping Almanac

Table of Contents

Preface

We Horsekeepers
Long Tail Ranch
Using This Book

LATE WINTER

JANUARY
Vital signs
Visual exam
Lifting a hoof
Manners for farrier visits
Cold weather feeding
Windbreaks
Foaling kit
Tractor maintenance
Beet pulp mash
Deworming
Mountain lions
Farm taxes
Tack care
Tying
Annual barn cleaning
Winter grooming
Earthquake map
Winter storms map
Tapeworms map

FEBRUARY
First aid kit
Choosing a farrier
Natural feeding
Coyotes and wild dogs
Pasture check
Electric fencing
Spreading compost
Feeding broodmares
Manure handling
Turnout halter
Health food
Predators
Insurance
Bridle check
Bridling
Wood chewing
Shedding
Flooring
Wind chill map

 

 

SPRING

MARCH
Floods
Immunizations
Mud
Thrush
Diet
Raccoons, squirrels & skunks
Dormant pasture
Manure management
Water contamination
Stallion selection
Mowers
Sugardine
Trailer boots
Natural horsekeeping
Bluebirds & meadowlarks
Bears out of hibernation
Budgeting
Breeding contract
Halter fit
Lead ropes
Safe haltering
Panels
Shedding blade vs. curry
Horse statistics map
Stable fly emergence map

APRIL
Tornadoes
Lightning
Skin check
Hoof cracks
Increasing grain
Ticks
Miller moths
Pasture tune-up
Handling manure
Predicting foaling
Vehicle inspection
Pill paste
Rain sheets
Conformation
Eagles & buzzards
Buying a horse
Helmets
Ground training
Spring cleanup
Tornado map
Eagle map

MAY
Hail
Coggins
To shoe or not to shoe
Grazing
Summer Caretaker
Snakes
Spring pasture
Composting
Bathing
Clipping
Saddle pad care
Blanket storage
Hay Inventory
Trailer loading
Foaling
Fire strips
Flavored water
Caretaker map
Snake map

SUMMER

JUNE
Hurricanes
West Nile Virus
Laminitis
Sand colic
Grazing
Gophers
Mosquitoes
Poisonous plants & weeds
Fencing
Pasture kit
Hands-on check
Knots
Fly sheets
Vehicle Insurance
Conditioning
Estrous cycle
Arenas
Vehicle Inspections
Vinegar rinse
Hurricane map
West Nile Virus map

JULY
Monsoon
Lyme Disease
Foal hoof care
Buying hay
Birds
Flies
Rotational grazing
Fugitive dust
Horse and human clothing
Liability
Safety
Foal feeding
Hay storage
Hay handling
Lyme Disease map
Monsoon map

AUGUST
Drought and fire
Dental work
Shoeing
Salt and minerals
Blister beetles
Wild horses
Riparian areas
Cleaning stalls
Sheath cleaning
Organization
Fly gear
Horse ownership
Road proofing
Foal immunization and deworming
Fire prevention
Manure spreaders
Homemade fly spray
Blister beetle map
Drought map
Fire map
Wild horse map

FALL

SEPTEMBER
Bot eggs
Pads & Packing
Cold weather feeding
Rodents
Bears
Hunting safety for horses
Carcass disposal
Ergots & Chestnuts
Quarter sheets
Coolers
Selling a horse
Weaning
Feeders
Shampoo dilution
Horse blankets
Winter ready

OCTOBER
Pigeon fever
Winter shoes
Senior diet
Fleas
Deer
Bedding
Tails up for winter
Indoor horse clothing
Horse ID
Arena riding
Gelding
Facilities maintenance checklist
Pasture harrows
Home-made No Chew
To blanket or not to blanket

NOVEMBER
Colic
Barefoot horse
Rib check
Fire ants
Magpies
Winter water
Stall fresheners
Dry shampoo
Winter riding clothing
Horse insurance
Outdoor horse clothing
Pre-Ride winter warm up
Broodmares Rhino #1
Stall kicking
Making a bran mash
Horsekeeping in the suburbs
Wind tunnel in the West

EARLY WINTER

DECEMBER
Vet facilities
Hoof health
Feeding for healthy hooves
Killer bees
Sanitation for hoof health
Winter clip
Leather cleaning tools
Protecting velcro
Boarding
Approaching & catching a horse
Spaying
Farrier work area
Snow removal
Horse history timeline
Hot mash
Cold weather feeding rules

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