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TRACKED GRAZING AND HOOF BATH TIME....
HOOF CARE & TRIMMING -NAVIGATING HOOF CARE EDUCATION AND HELPING HORSES TO TRIM THEIR OWN HOOVES.
GARLIC, HORSES AND EQUINE ANEMIA:
RELATIONSHIPS ARE EVERYTHING TO HORSES:
KIKUYU GRASS AND WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR

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TRACKED GRAZING AND HOOF BATH TIME....

showing some of our herd on their trackWe Track Graze all our horses, in order to balance their green grass intake. So we feed a little bit of grass but mostly hay as to reduce the high levels of sugars and starches found in most of our NZ grasses. Therefore we have an ad lib approach to hay, which is available 24/7 through our Natural Horse Slow Feed Haynets.

This Paddock Paradise/Species Appropriate approach has proved to be a marvellous tool for our herd of beloved waifs and strays, as most of them in our care came in as  rescue/rehab horses, who often have special needs, and Tracking has helped us to manage a wide variety of various horses, who otherwise would have had to be locked up.

HOOF CARE & TRIMMING -NAVIGATING HOOF CARE EDUCATION AND HELPING HORSES TO TRIM THEIR OWN HOOVES.

After many years of rehabbing rescue horses to go barefoot with pretty much every hoof issue known, and the support and talent of our fantastic barefoot trimmer, finally earlier last year I started trimming some of my own horse’s hooves. One thing that struck me from the first trim is why do we work so hard to do what nature will do for us for very little effort and for free?

Showing a feral horses hoof never touched by a human hand yet naturally trimmed to perfectionWhat I mean by this is that we know horses living in wild environments who self-trim their own hooves , without ever being handled in their lifetime let alone being trimmed every month, or 6 weeks etc……so surely we have to ask why are we doing all this back breaking work trimming hooves when if we set things up correctly in the horses environment and lifestyle that the horse would trim his own hooves, and also do a very good job of it that suited his unique set of circumstances/physique /terrain and the going too.

ALL ABOUT HOOF ABSCESSES......

Firstly what is a hoof abscess.....
An abscess can be an extremely painful internal hoof infection for our horses, that can range from causing minor lameness to preventing a horse from any weight bearing on the affected leg at all.
Abscesses happen inside the inner workings of the hoof capsule, and often no sign of the abscess itself can be found externally, though a digital pulse can accompany the lameness at the rear of the hoof, and sometimes swelling will be present in the leg too. Abscesses are very common reasons for lameness in domestic horses, and most horses suffer from at least one abscess in their lives, if not more.

EQUINE BEHAVIOUR STUDIES-AN ARTICLE ON WHAT IS GRASS AFFECTED?

It's the bad grass season time again, and I devote a huge proportion of my time to helping horses that are adversely affected by eating high sugar toxic grasses, and our horse welfare organisation gives free advice as well as hands on help to the people that are struggling to care for these horses thankfully to very successful results…..but we still see a lot of confusion over horses and grass in our challenging NZ conditions, so I wanted to talk about what being “grass affected” actually means for your horse and how to cope with it, as well as why we suffer so badly with it here in New Zealand?

THE AMAZING HEALING PROPERTIES OF VITAMIN C AND HORSES:

Case after case, we have seen the miracle of Vitamin C go to work to help to heal horses from a wide variety of conditions and ailments, over and over again, during the last ten years of running our horse rescue centre.


From wounds to disease and illnesses-to hoof abscesses and thrush, muscle and joint inflammation, to mud fever, to skin allergies and a whole array of dermatitic conditions, to eye problems, and stomach ulcers, to laminitis, to damaged tendons and ligaments, to conditions involving stress and colds, and every other ailment in horses in between.

ENVIRONMENTAL ENRICHMENT FOR HORSES:

Showing my daughter with our family dogI've always loved animals.....and some of my older relatives still like to tell all the embarrassing stories about my love of them throughout my childhood, like when I used to sleep with the family dog in his kennel, or when I let all the dogs go free at a visit to the RSPCA shelter, or when I was a toddler that I actually learned to walk with help from our beloved family german shepherd.....which is probably true as I still remember her as she was such a beautiful soul, and we were the very best of friends.

LESSONS FROM THE HERD-WATCH OUT FOR INFERIOR TOXIN BINDER SCAMS:

My inspiration to write horse related articles on our blog often comes from what is happening around me at the time with horses ........so thanks to several questions that I have received today from the public, this made me want to share this with you all now as to save many horse lovers some tears, worries, vet and medical bills and so on..... including saving you all some money too.

For anyone on here who knows me, you will already be aware that I am not a money orientated person, and my intentions,as always, are to simply help the horse as a species, and as an individual in any way I can, so money doesn't drive me.

99% OF ALL HORSES ARE SUFFERING FROM SOME FORM OF GRASS TOXINS

IS YOUR HORSE AFFECTED BY GRASS?
What do you mean is my horse grass affected I hear you say-He's a horse-surely aren't they meant to eat grass?

Well I'm sorry to be the bearer of this bad news  . . . . . . . . . . but not in New Zealand they aren't I'm afraid! 

Our problem is that 99% of all NZ paddocks are made up of PERENNIAL RYEGRASSES as the major base grass, which has been consists of a mould inhibitor to reduce the effects of  invertebrate damage on the precious cow pastures that these fields were originally made for.

HOW TO MAKE A QUICK AND EASY FIELD SHELTER

Here's two of our draft horses hanging out by our shaded area.

We were lucky to have our tack room in the right place to be able to add our shade sail to it but you can also make these with a back and sides on for between $300 to $500 depending on how many sides and posts you need. They are so easy to do too-and work well to provide much needed shade for all animals in our intense New Zealand summers, as well as can work well as a wind break too.

To make-Just dig 4 holes into the ground about 900mm deep, then put your post in the centre of each hole, leveling it with a spirit leveler to make sure it's straight, and adding a small wooden frame around it to keep it in place whilst you add about 3 bags of concrete to each post and fill with water -leaving it till it sets-making sure to keep everyone and all animals away from it in that time.