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Everyday Horse Owner Tips! And, Glory’s foaling video.

Happy Sunday!!!

Well, we all know that Glory had her foal on April 29 during the wee hours when many of you were sleeping and some of you were watching the Royal Wedding.

Did you know it was also Barbero’s birthday?


Here are the first pics of the colt.  And here is a link to the MareStare video of his birth.

Click to watch his birth (graphic)

Glory's colt with the vet after his exam. Baby is perfect!

He has pink eyeliner.



I stumbled upon this page that went on for days with tips from horse owners for horse owners.  I’m not sure how they gathered the information, but it looks as if anyone with a great tip could write in…

Many of these tidbits were useful and interesting… and the perfect kind of light reading that one likes to do on a Sunday.

So, I’ve listed many that I found useful.  I encourage you to go to the site and look for yourself because there were many subgroups that I didn’t even explore like:  disaster plans, sheath cleaning, safety tips, deworming tips, horse treat recipes…  the list goes on and on.  Here is the link.

They did have a disclaimer at the top of the page and I have included it.

Here We Go!


Disclaimer: These tips have either been submitted  or compiled from various sources.  We do not guarantee the accuracy or the effectiveness.  End user needs to use his/her own judgment and discretion before practicing or administering any tips contained herein.  If in doubt, ask an equine professional such as your veterinarian.


Wood Chewing:  I was told by some one else to use Irish spring deodorant soap and rub it on all the surfaces that she could chew.

Fence Rubbing: Take some old brushes, drill four
holes in a rectangle shape, take baling twine and
tie the brushes to the posts.

Bell Boots: For rubber pull-on style bell boots that work so well and are so difficult to pull on and off…..Just flip the boot inside out on the horses leg, spray WD-40 liberally on the underside, flip back to normal position, and pull it right off!

Dressing for Show Hooves:  WD-40 also works well as a hoof dressing for the clay-type show rings.  Spray on, wipe, ride, and for the next round, you just wipe off and lightly reapply.  Doesn’t pick up the clay/dirt/etc that the hoof dressings do.

White Socks:  If your horse has white sock, try rubbing talcum powder onto it. has always got my horses sock looking very white

Ice in Water Tanks:  Use a small fish tank bubbler with a long wand style bubbler end instead of an electric heater.  The trough may form a ring of ice but where the bubbles come up it will be nice and open for the horse to drink from.

Hock medicine cover: have bedsores or a cut that needs medicine on his hocks? My gelding would always manage to get the medicine off when he laid down, and this is the only way it will stay on. Just cut off the top part of a ribbed sock, and cut a hole in the back and fit it over the hock. It takes a little bit of work to get it over the hoof, but you don’t have to take it off until you need to, just pull it down to put more medicine on.

Clean copper bits with ketchup. Leave the ketchup on for a least five minutes to let the acid work it’s magic. Boil stainless steel bits to remove caked on grime.

Non Slip Saddle Pad:  For a cheap and easy no-slip pad for your saddle, use the netting type stuff that some people use in the cabinets. Carole

Homemade easy boots are easy to make. Carry duct tape and an old inner tube tire cut in a big circle. Make it large enough to go up the side of your horse’s hoof. If a horse loses a shoe, you can make an “easyboot” by cutting slits in the sides of the “boot” to make it fit better. Wrap duct tape around the top to hold it in place. Make sure you do not tape the hair at the coronet band, as that could hurt when removed

Broken gear on trail:  I Just read a great idea for on the trail. If you need to repair a broken head stall or a rivet comes loose, use a couple of strands of your horse’s tail to tie it together. It’s very strong and will get you back to camp.

Hoof Conditioner – Use petroleum jelly and a paintbrush for cracked or dry hoofs.

If your horse rolls in the mud while wearing his fly mask and gets it muddy, just use your stiffest grooming brush to brush it off when dry.

Going trail riding? To get your horse used to the new water, buy oil of peppermint in the grocery store and put a few drops in his water at home a few days before you leave. Then when you arrive, put some in the new water and he won’t know the difference!

Fly control in stall:  You can use magnets to help keep flies out of stalls. You need to get four cow magnets. You can purchase them from a veterinarian or livestock store. Bury them about four inches to six inches away from the four corners of your stall and deep enough so that they will not get disturbed by cleaning or the horse walking over them. But don’t bury them six inches or more deep. You need to lay the magnets in an “X” formation so that the same polarity of each magnet is facing towards the center. There is something about the magnetic field that keeps the fly numbers down.

Orange Cones:  Look in discount stores like K Mart and Walmart for training cones. You can get eight orange plastic cones for less than $10. They will be in the sports section (Soccer). They are made to collapse on impact and are of a soft plastic so children won’t be hurt using them. They are about a foot high and much easier on the pocketbook than cones found in horse catalogs.

When hauling water in a bucket to your horse especially if you have to put it in the back of a pickup without a lid, put an ordinary plastic garbage bag in the pail first. Fill the pail with water, twist the top of the bag closed, and tie a knot. There will be no spills, no splashing, and you can reuse the garbage bag for something else.

Homemade Saddle Racks and Cubbies:  I use a five gallon bucket for saddle racks. Take the handle off and nail them to the wall with a few nails on the inside of the bucket so the opening faces out. They keep the saddle in the correct position and the “cubby” inside makes a wonderful place to stash your grooming gear!

Cinch Sores:  My tip is regarding what to do if you get a cinch sore on the trail. I always use or carry a piece of upholstery foam. It prevents cinch sores if your horse is prone to them and stops them from getting worse if your horse happens to get one. I carry it because inevitably someone on the ride is going to have this problem, and it really helps out.

Polish gray silver:  If you have a show saddle where the polish free silver is gray, use a heavy eraser like you used in school and erase the tarnish. I tried it, and it made my silver look brand new.

Use Noxema to keep gnats, mayflies, and mosquitoes out of your horse’s ears. Presuming that the ears aren’t clipped, just put a small dollop on your hand and rub it on the top of the ears.

To scrub out a water bucket on the spot: I take a handful of hay; and just scrub the bucket with that. It makes an easy clean up, and the hay rinses right out with all the gunk.

I feed my horse dried seaweed: mixed into his grain every day. It has made a big difference in his hooves and coat. I buy the seaweed in the oriental section of any grocery store, and it is very cheap! Just tear off a chunk about two inches in diameter. Then shred it into tiny pieces and put into the grain mixture.

Cherry Jello:  The usual applesauce and molasses wasn’t working when my horse had to have Pancur powder for 5 days. A vet tech guaranteed that cherry Jello sprinkled over the feed would work. I mixed a little Jello powder with the feed then sprinkled more over the top. He cleaned up everything. Use about half of a 3 ounce box for each feeding. Jello also works in water that might taste different at a show.

Fire Starter
Take some old egg cartons. Fill them half way with wood chips and half with lint from your drier. Pour melted wax over the top and let it dry. These work well and burn for a long time. You can use one at a time or several for a really stubborn and wet fire.

Lost without a compass:  Have you ever gotten lost in the woods without a compass? Assuming it is daylight and not too cloudy, a watch (the traditional kind with hands) can be used to determine direction. With the hour hand pointed toward the sun, halfway between twelve and the hour hand is south. During daylight savings time, you must subtract one hour before aiming.

Easy Sweat Scraper: Doubled up pieces of baler twine are better than sweat-scrapers because you can use them in lots of awkward places, like down the legs.

From Me to You:

Larvae in Trough:  If you don’t want bug larvae in your trough, add a teaspoon of Mineral oil or Corn oil, or Olive oil.  The bugs cannot get a foothold and the eggs don’t stick to anything.





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