Friday

Take the lead, please, not the halter!




Whoa, loose horse! Human down!

Yep, that just happened. I was visiting a friend in another barn and saw it. One of her fellow boarders tried to lead her sweet, quiet horse down the aisle, simply by looping her hand through his halter.

And the horse bolted. Hoofbeats clattered down the barn aisle, while the dumbfounded girl  picked herself up off the ground and rubbed her wrenched shoulder.

Thank God no horses were cross-tied in the barn aisle. And a barn staffer was able to grab the horse before he headed out into the great beyond.

This didn’t have to happen.

Please, grab a lead line before you lead that haltered horse. Choose one with a chain, if you need it.

While we’re at it, here’s another bit of horse sense, pertaining to halters. Just sayin’.

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Thursday

Dosing horse meds? Save Rx bottles!



Horse owners run through bundles of baggies, preparing and labeling equine medications and feed supplements. Why not save money (and the environment) by recycling containers we’re already using?

Suppose the large animal veterinarian prescribes once- or twice-daily doses of powdered or tableted methylsulfonyl-methane (MSM) or phenylbutazone (BUTE) for a horse, but the equine owner cannot be at the stables to administer all of the medication doses.

Empty prescription bottles make excellent receptacles for storing these doses in advance, so barn staffers can add the medicines to a horse’s grain at feeding times.

The pill bottles should be thoroughly washed and dried, and the original prescription labels need to be removed or covered. Ducttape works well for concealing the labels, if they are difficult to detach. And the bottles must be clearly marked with the horse’s name and dosage frequency (such as AM or PM).

The large-mouthed prescription bottles are easiest to use.

Traditional pill containers, often an opaque brown or blue, are simple to repurpose. Target’s new ClearRx bottles have tiny openings, so they are harder to manage. A funnel may be used, but many powders will tend to stick inside, making full dosing difficult.

What about larger medication and supplement doses?

Leftover lidded plastic containers, such as those in which lunch meats and deli salads are sold, make super serving-sized supplement storage options.

Essentially, any non-breakable plastic container with a tight-fitting top may be considered for this purpose, so long as it never contained anything potentially harmful to a horse and it has been completely cleaned before reuse.

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45 smart ways to reuse prescription bottles

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Monday

Ride on! USMC experts and Special Forces saddle up




Gotta salute the United States Marine Corps and Army Special Forces in this new training initiative.

Special Forces personnel are saddling up for horsemanship training at the USMC Mountain Warfare Training Center in the Sierra Mountains outside of Bridgeport, California, as USA Today reports.

Marine instructors are training Army Special Forces members to ride. Participants are learning trail riding, mounted shooting, and other equestrian skills.

Many of the horses apparently are mustangs, brought in and trained by inmates and others.

They’re even taking along pack mules.

Take a look at this video footage:

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Giddy up, guys. Let’s hear it for the US Marines and Army Special Forces … and their horses!

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