We make an iodine solution, and I use it on the foals right after birth. I use Strong Tincture of Iodine 7%. We put it on their hooves and navel cord to prevent infections.
Rub it in like a brace on the skin. Massage, massage and massage—the time spent rubbing is just as important as the product. My grandma set an egg timer for each leg and you had better stay on that leg until the bell rang!
I have used it daily on many horses. No, it is actually very soothing and has a little bit of an oily feel to it, but it does not leave a residue and absorbs into the skin. Witch Hazel has also been used in treating acne, psoriasis and eczema. In addition, Witch Hazel is sometimes […]
Yes, it is used to dilute many leg braces, liniments and leg paints. It is much milder than alcohol.
Witch Hazel is often used to dilute other products and can be used as a mild leg brace. If I have a horse that has sensitive skin I mix 1/3 alcohol, 1/3 witch hazel and 1/3 Choate’s. I also make a leg brace with combining the same but instead of Choate’s I use Vita Oil.
Yes, some horses take cold weather better than others and they do acclimate. I think some breeds take the cold better than others. Babies, older, or sickly horses are obviously at greater risk in cold weather. Two of my horses have been in Indiana over 2 years, but both were born and raised in Florida. […]
I am not a blanket person, but I know once you start to use them, you had better keep using them or the chances of your horse getting sick is greatly increased. I understand certain diciplines want their coat to look good all year. I also know that racing people blanket or clip because they […]
I know they need to be built right and facing the right direction for wind and the elements. Run in sheds need to be spacious with many exits. You want to make sure horses can’t get cornered in them and that there isn’t metal exposed they can cut theirself on… If you do not have […]
Sick horses usually don’t eat, look at the manure for changes and listen to their neck and chest and make sure you do not hear gurgling or rasping sounds and check temps and look for mucus out the nostrils. I have had people tell me their horse got pneumonia, and they didn’t even know it-how?
In the day if it is not snowing or freezing rain, I open both doors and let it ventilate. At night I leave the doors cracked, and fortunately I can do this without a draft on the horses in their stalls. Spring and Fall cleaning is important too. We try to go into the winter […]