Two Lane Livin'
Your Horse Country Column 2010 archives
Column Archives - Includes "An animal’s calendar is weather
and temperature defined, Unconditional Love and how to get it from your
horse, The importance of good dental hygiene for your horse, Root crops as
fodder for horses, cows, sheep, chickens, and other critters, including
YOU!", and more...
by Dawna B. Smith, Journalist and Reporter, writer of the monthly
"Your Horse Country" column for Two
Lane Livin' Magazine
view complete column, click on the month issue link provided.
2010 - West Virginia
is Your Horse Country! Several years ago when gas was almost $4 per gallon,
three Kentucky Conner High School students, decided it was cheaper to ride
their horses to school than to drive their gas guzzling pick-up trucks.
They made national news. Would
the world have listened better if the media had announced that “Horses
aren’t just hay burners but are valued community members and expeditious
compost makers”? Read
2010 - Your horse and you, running barefoot together, just like God
Before my pony, I’d run barefoot on our sandy gravel road, enjoying how
the fine scratchy sand felt between my toes, helping cushion the ball of
my foot. My small feet left many imprints in the damp tire tracks of our
driveway, just like T-Rex must have done many millennia ago. We never shod
our horses. After winter Dad would trim up their feet, and we’d ride
gravel and paved roads. Conditioned, our horses didn’t go lame or have
hoof problems. Read
July 2010 - These
hot July days have me humming “Summer in the Country”.
Hot town, summer
in the country; Flies on the horse’s back getting dirty and gritty;
sprayed down, isn't it a pity
; doesn't seem to be a fly left in the city! We have 350 of only 3,000
blood sucking horse fly species found worldwide, plus barn flies, bot
flies, deer flies, and the famous fruit fly. Where’s Carmen Miranda when
you need her? Read
2010 - The Unwanted Horse.
Thin remnants trapped within a fence placed by human hands. Starving heads
rise hopefully as people drive by grassless lands. They’re eyes beg for
food, water, and a little “human” compassion.These unwanted horses
needlessly suffering across our nation. What is an “unwanted horse”?
Perhaps it’s a faded child’s dream, a middle aged compensator, or a
spontaneous purchase with little understanding of the true cost involved. Read
- Pumpkin and your horse,
Mother Nature’s way of keeping parasites at bay! September
is when Mother Nature tosses her colors like fruit loops across the hills.
Soon, brilliant sumac reds, golden poplar, and orange maple leaves the
color of pumpkins will capture our senses as we leave the humid summer
behind, relishing the crisp autumn air. Yes, soon there will be PUMPKINS
It wasn’t until last year when there was a severe phytophthora blight on
pumpkin fields that we felt the blight’s effect and could not find
canned pumpkin. Thank goodness we could still find pumpkin seed, one of
the most nutritious anthelmintic
seed you can find. Anthelmintic
or vermifuge is an agent that destroys or causes the expulsion of
parasitic intestinal worms. Read
2010 - World Equestrian Games & International Equestrian
Festival – SIXTEEN days of pure horse candy! The BIG question is
….will YOU be attending the World Equestrian Games (WEG) or the
International Equestrian Festival (IEF), which are both being held in
Lexington, Kentucky, from September 25th through October 10th, 2010?
Whether you’re exhibiting, competing, or a horse enthusiast, we’d like
your opinion of either of these historic events. You can provide us your
comments by visiting www.YourHorseCountry.com and submitting your
information and op-ed articles. Items that we feel would have a public
interest, time permitting, we will contact you to schedule an interview. Read
500,000 spectators at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games!
the closing day of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, total
attendance topped half a million, averaging 35,000 people per day spread
out over the Kentucky Horse Park’s 1,224 acres,
which includes competition facilities, 260-site resort campground, and
offices of more than 30 national and regional equine organizations and
- People and horses should graze small amounts frequently to help reduce
to perpetually grazing and consuming small meals, many horses suffer when
subjected to reduced forage intake or when fed too much at one time. Their
digestive system is monogastric not ruminant, like a cows.
A horse's "upper gut", stomach and small intestine, is where
most of the few nutrients are digested and absorbed. The unique
characteristics of its "hindgut" or large intestine allows for
the utilization of cellulose and other fermentable feed similar to the way
cows digest using their forestomachs. Read