The Dynamics of Sand as an Equine Arena Footing Material

Sand, a ubiquitous ingredient in many equestrian arena surfaces, is chosen for its varied particle sizes, ranging from fine at 0.05 mm diameter to coarse at 2.00 mm diameter. While sand alone is a popular

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Understanding Heel Bulb Lacerations

Heel bulb lacerations in horses are common injuries that affect the soft tissue structures around the back of the hoof. These injuries can result from various causes, including environmental hazards, poorly maintained facilities, lack of

Things Appraisers Wish Sellers Knew

Home appraisals are a piece of the selling process where you may have to let go of the reins. Lenders often require the use of their own, FHA-approved home appraiser. That means you get zero say in

Evaluating Equine Semen Quality

The evaluation of equine semen quality is a pivotal aspect of equine reproductive management that significantly influences breeding success. Whether for natural breeding or assisted reproductive techniques like artificial insemination, a meticulous assessment of semen


One of the most frequent phone calls we receive at Kiser Arenas are owners calling us to get the secret recipe for the perfect footing for their arena. They usually expect a quick answer such

Understanding Horse Height

My experience in the horse world says that at least half the riders out there do not understand horse height in relation to a human’s height and weight. And most of those people believe that

Navigating Foal Diarrhea

Foals, especially in their early days of life, are susceptible to various health challenges, and one common concern for horse owners is foal diarrhea. This condition, characterized by loose and watery feces, can be distressing,

Mastering Indoor Riding Arena Dust Control

Indoor riding arenas provide a controlled environment for equestrian activities, shielding riders and horses from the elements. However, one common challenge faced by arena owners and managers is the management of dust. Dust not only

What To Do If A Pet Is Having A Seizure

One of the scariest things a pet owner can witness is their beloved companion having a seizure, especially if it is the first time. Knowing what to do in this situation can not only help

Hydrops in Mares: A Rare Pregnancy Complication

Pregnancy in mares is a marvel of nature. Still, complications can arise, including the rare condition known as hydrops. Hydrops, also called hydrops allantois, occurs in mares during the later stages of gestation and is

Flash Sale • Halter Horse Dispersal

“The Internet catalog for the Tim Meyer Estate Quarter Horse Dispersal is online now,”announces Mike Jennings of Professional Horse Services, LLC. “This auction offers broodmares, show and breeding prospects, as well as frozen embryos from

Texas A&M Researchers Studying Reproductive Abnormalities That Cause Sterility In Horses

Researchers at the Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (VMBS) have received a $640,000 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to study abnormalities in sex development that affect the

New Bidding Dates for January Internet Auction

“The bidding dates for the January Internet Auction are moved to January 25th through 27th, due to tremendous response from sellers,”announces Mike Jennings of Professional Horse Services, LLC. “100 quality horses have been entered in

Equine Reproduction From Conception to Birth

Equine reproduction costs money: Feed, electricity, labor, water bills, barns, employees, stud fees, transportation and veterinary bills. To maximize your reproductive dollar you have to decide what the goal of your reproductive program is. Is

Breeding Soundness Examinations

When introducing a new mare to the broodmare group or bringing in a new stallion for breeding purposes, it’s crucial to consider factors beyond just bloodlines, conformation, and pedigree. For non-pregnant mares, investing in a

Why You Should Practice the Cowboy Curtain Obstacle With Your Horse

When thinking of obstacles to introduce to your horse so that he’s prepared to negotiate them when you’re on the trail, you’ve probably covered the obvious ones: water, bridges, hills and gullies. Most of us

Ask the Vet: Foal Care

Question: How old should a colt be before he receives his first set of shoes so as not to damage the hooves? Answer: A horse should only wear shoes if needed. Many horses never need

Navigating Chilly Challenges Efficiently

Winter brings a unique set of challenges to horse owners and barn managers. From frosty mornings to early sunsets, managing time effectively becomes even more crucial during the colder months. Here are some essential tips

Understanding Dominant Herd Behavior in Horses

Horses, as social animals, exhibit a complex system of communication and hierarchy within their herds. Dominant herd behavior plays a crucial role in shaping the social structure of these magnificent creatures. Understanding the dynamics of

Spotting Depression In Pets

For pets accustomed to a certain routine or way of life, having to adjust to great or sudden changes can be extremely difficult. For some pets, these changes can even result in a depressive state.

Tips for Listing Photos That Won’t Give Buyers ‘The Ick’

When listing your house for sale, you want it to look perfect. First impressions are everything, and it all starts not with curb appeal—but with the listing photos. These snaps should be accurate and enticing, spotlighting your home’s


Placentitis is an inflammation of the placenta usually caused by an infectious agent. It has emerged as a leading cause of reproductive loss in the equine breeding industry, with considerable economic impact when a pregnancy

Honoring Art of the Cowgirl Founder, Tammy Pate

We mourn and celebrate the life of Tammy Pate, the visionary and founder of Art of the Cowgirl. Tammy passed away on December 21, 2023, after a courageous battle with cancer. Tammy’s indomitable spirit, unwavering

Art of the Cowgirl offers fun, interactive events for the entire family to experience the Western lifestyle.

The Wrangler All Women’s Ranch Rodeo presented by COWGIRL Magazine and Kimes Ranch World’s Greatest Horsewoman presented by Western Horseman competitions are must-see spectacles at Art of the Cowgirl. However, throughout the five-day event, several

Join Us in Protecting Our Way of Life – Every $10 Counts

Friend & Supporter, As we approach year-end, Protect The Harvest remains committed to our mission: Inform. Protect. Respond. We confront the challenges against agriculture, animal welfare, and our freedoms from extremist groups and NGOs. We

Horse Trails of America Association: Win A Tucker Trail Saddle, Entries Close December 21, 2023

Calling all Horse Trails of America fans and all trail riders: Time is running out to enter to win $2500 towards a new Tucker Trail Saddle. Enter at or visit and click to

To Blanket or Not to Blanket: Navigating the Winter Equine Wardrobe

As the temperatures drop and winter blankets the world in frosty hues, horse owners find themselves pondering a crucial question: to blanket or not to blanket? Understanding the intricate dance between your horse and the

The Hidden Perils of Frozen Water

In the frigid depths of winter, horse owners are all too familiar with the challenges that freezing temperatures bring. One particularly troublesome issue is the freezing of water sources, be it in buckets, tanks, or

Understanding and Managing Obesity in Horses

Obesity is not a concern exclusive to humans; it is a growing issue among horses as well. Just like in people, excess weight can lead to a host of health problems in equines. Understanding the