Next weekend I’m taking both horses to an endurance ride and will be leaving one horse at the trailer while I ride the other horse. Knowing the horse left behind will be stressed and possibly pawing or pacing, I went through the trailer with a fine tooth comb, looking for any missed detail that could cause an injury.
I made several additions and upgrades to my little 2 horse bumper pull trailer to make better use of limited space and for ease of use. Here are a few ideas:
(Warning: LOTS of pictures!)
I’ve mentioned before that I check legs and pick hooves daily, and do quick mini lameness evals before trailering out for conditioning rides. I would much prefer to catch a subtle problem early than to let it go and have it turn into something more serious.
This post from Pro Equine Grooms gives a good overview of daily leg checks. I’ll admit — mine are not quite this thorough unless I have a specific concern. I usually just run my hands down each leg as I’m picking each hoof twice daily while the horse is eating in their stall. If I find something questionable, I’ll bring the horse out into the cross ties with better lighting and get out my infrared thermometer to look for hot spots. After a harder than usual workout or endurance ride, I’ll go over them with a fine tooth comb, but for daily checks I just do a quick scan. I figure I’m more likely to actually do it every day if it is quick and easy. Continue reading
We needed a milking stand for our Alpine dairy goat, who is due to kid in a couple weeks. I did some internet research and started off intending to follow the plans from Fias Co Farm (which are really good, btw). However, I wasn’t really in a constructing mood… and I’m not really a great constructor anyway… so I ended up just throwing some scraps of wood together without really following plans after all. Continue reading