Odds and Ends
These lovable long ears evolved in desert areas where they adapted to living off poor quality food. This survival trait worked well in a location with sparse food; however, donkeys living a life of leisure as a pet, can put them at risk of obesity related diseases.
Maple trees are very common in the eastern states. However beautiful they are in the fall, they pose a serious health risk to your horse when the leaves start to wilt and die. Red maples are the usual culprit, but there are is still a lot unknown about maple poisoning, so it’s best to consider all maples as a possible hazard.
As much as we love our horses, the simple truth is that they are large prey animals that can inadvertently injure us. Behavior that we are cautious of can be broken down into two categories: natural behavior and unnatural behavior (pretty simple huh!). Natural behavior would be flight response, aggression or anxiety. Unnatural behavior are stereotypes such as cribbing, wood chewing, or stall weaving.
When you get new hay or introduce a new feed, it’s a good idea to weigh it and ensure your horse is receiving the proper amount.