Nutrition

Equine Dentistry – Do horse teeth actually float?

LOL.  I couldn’t help myself.  The answer is who knows?  :)  When we, in the horse world, talk about “teeth floating,” we don’t mean on top of water…

Horse teeth are VERY different from human teeth.  First and foremost, they grow – continually.   … Continue Reading

Bugs!!!!!

Do you remember when I wrote this blog about how much I hate flies last year?

Flies are the worst!!!  …but take how much I hate them, and multiply that by 1,000,000 – that’s how much the horses hate them.

Thank goodness for…

I tried this natural supplement last year with Serenade and a few other horses and was BLOWN AWAY at how great it worked.  … Continue Reading

Welcome “Deja” to the Green Barn!

This beautiful 20ish y.o. TB lady named Deja arrived at the Green Barn back in June, and I have to say that sadly, she wasn’t in the greatest condition…

…but I always LOVE to give great news on the cusp of not-so-great news!  … Continue Reading

What’s a ration balancer?

There’s a (fairly) new and exciting product on the market for horse owners – ration balancers.

A ration balancer is pretty much what it sounds like, a balancer to a horse’s ration (diet).  In an earlier blog about nutrition, I outlined that horses’ bodies are made to live on grass/hay and water alone – not the commercial grains that we all know they LOVE (just listen to all the squealing and nickering during feeding time!)  However, some horses, mainly young, old, those in heavy work and hard keepers – need more nutrition and nutrients than a horse that does great on grass/hay alone.  … Continue Reading

What’s your nutrition plan?

At the Green Barn, I really work hard to provide the most natural environment possible for the horses in every way I can.  This means LOTS of turnout where the horses are free to roam and graze on free-choice grass/hay.  Most horses thrive in this type of environment, because it was what their bodies were made to do naturally.  … Continue Reading

Aaaaaaachoooo!!!!! (Horse allergies?)

Yes everyone, horses can have allergies too. Especially in MIDDLE TENNESSEE – the allergy capital of the world!

I think we’ve all probably experienced the occasional horse that breaks out in hives or has runny eyes or a (clear) runny nose once in a awhile (ahem… AIDAN!).… Continue Reading

Pasture Management 101

One of the most important things a barn owner needs to be well educated on is pasture management.  It’s simple, really:

Nice pastures = healthy horses and lower costs.

Thin, overgrazed pastures = very expensive hay/grain bills, MUCH more work, and a less “natural” environment for your horses.… Continue Reading

2nd Annual Green Barn Christmas Celebration!

This past weekend, we hosted our 2nd Annual Green Barn Christmas Celebration!  A wonderful time was had by all!!!

Although the delicious food and desserts were all a HUGE hit, the star of the show was, by far, my homemade “Chicken Nookle Soup.”

This recipe has been in my family for years and years…  and since I was asked a million times, I promised some of my boarders I would totally share the secret.  … Continue Reading

I’m thankful…

…for Timmy.  Here’s his story.

This is Timmy.  It’s so hard to tell what a horse’s circumstances have been throughout their life, it’s not like they can tell you in words!!  …but a picture is worth a thousand words and these pictures speak VOLUMES.  … Continue Reading

Carrot update!

I haven’t mentioned anything about it in awhile, but remember this?

The long-awaited carrot patch!  Back in April, we planted a bunch of carrots at the barn, using Mel B’s square-foot gardening method and our own homemade compost.  Fast forward 3 months and we have some happy horses!… Continue Reading

Attention horse people…

Awww… beautiful… right??

WRONG!!!!!

Horse people… can you tell me what’s wrong with this picturesque scene? (hint, it’s not the brown dead spot where the hay was!)

BUTTERCUPS (aka ranunculus)!!! Every horse owner’s nightmare!!!

These beautiful flowers which cover the fields in a blanket of cheery yellow, contain an enzyme called protoanemonin which is POISONOUS to horses (they cause mouth sores and in extreme cases, colic) and are a HUGE nuisance to the one managing the pasture (ahem, ME!)

Don’t panic though, horses won’t eat the buttercups unless they don’t have plentiful forage available to them (i.e.… Continue Reading

Here come the carrots!

Sorry that i’ve been MIA for a week!  :)  The thing about having a barn is that when I go missing for awhile, don’t panic!  It’s not actually bad news, it’s just that i’m sooooooo busy I don’t have time to write!  … Continue Reading

Hungry Horses!

What’s better than an afternoon snack arriving on a truck?  Nothing according to hungry ponies at the Green Barn.  You would think they are starving the way they swarm the hay… and I assure you, they’re not!  Special thanks to Triple L Ranch for their super yummy and excellent quality hay!… Continue Reading

Feeding 101 – Not a one-size-fits-all affair!

When you’re responsible for horses, one of the main issues you will come across is the struggle in determining the proper nutrition for every horse in your care.  Just like people, all horses have different nutritional needs required to maintain their healthiest weight and fitness level.

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Home remedies for horse people

Anyone who’s ever perused the “horse treatment” aisle knows that although there is a fortune to be made in this industry, almost every ailment listed on those bottles can be soothed with a handful of common household items.

At the Green Barn, we always try to go the most natural route possible, and so therefore I am ALL OVER home remedies, especially when it comes to treating horses for all the crazy things they need treatment for…

In another fantastic article from equisearch.com, home remedies for treating wounds, cleaning your tack, protecting your horse’s coat, and caring for his hooves and teeth are listed… a must-read!

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