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Two Lane Livin' Your Horse Country Column 2011 Archives

2010 Column Archives - Includes "Running barefoot together, Horse Fly problems, The Unwanted Horse, Natural Parasite Reducer, World Equestrian Games, How a Horse's Stomach Works", and more...

Written by Dawna B. Smith, Journalist and Reporter, writer of the monthly "Your Horse Country" column for Two Lane Livin' Magazine


To view complete column, click on the month issue link provided.

January 2011 - A New Yearís Resolve. An animalís calendar is weather and temperature defined. An animalís calendar is weather and temperature defined, their bodies adjusting as needed to the changing seasons. Itís amazing how quickly horses can shed their fuzzy winter coats in preparation for warmer weather. This fall I noticed how quickly they put on their winter coats. Weíve been taught to dress in layers, take off when needed, and add when temperatures drop below our comfort zones. Itís only during winter that I can run my fingers through their plush coats, the hair thick and velvety, wondering how many more opportunities will I have to feel that special texture. Read more. 

February 2011 - Unconditional Love and how to get it from your horse. Horses have many uses, from draft animals to gentle and willing therapeutic assistants that help bring smiles to the sick or physically challenged, but they also excel at unconditional love for their herd leader. Horses are herd animals and hate being alone. When the cats follow us, theyíll prick their ears forward and eagerly snuffle these smaller herd members. The cats will twine themselves around the sturdy legs making sure that each has been marked appropriately. Yes, the horses belong to them as well. Read more.

March 2011 - The importance of good dental hygiene for your horse. Spring reminds me to check my calendar for my annual dental visit, and to call the equine dentist to have the horsesí teeth floated. Unlike human teeth, a horseís teeth will continue to grow. Pastured horses and not stable kept often donít require frequent teeth floating, as the natural act of grazing helps wear the teeth. Itís the front teeth that are used to clip the grass close to the ground, while the cheek teeth on the top and bottom act like mill stones to help break down the course forage for easier digestion. Everyone worries about colic. Good dental hygiene allowing for proper chewing of food can help prevent costly and sometimes deadly colic problems. Read more.

April 2011 - Root crops as fodder for horses, cows, sheep, chickens, and other critters, including YOU! Flat land, a valued commodity in West Virginia, is prized for home sites and gardens, but most often is reserved for narrow hay fields that hug creeks and our serpentine roads. Mountain top hay meadows arenít usually conducive to producing large round bales, as they tend to want to roll down the hill. They also tend to be drier and not produce as much forage, as our water soaked valleys do. So, hay is often square baled on hill sides where flatlanders would not even dream of driving a tractor or four-wheeler. Twenty-two percent of West Virginia residents are disabled, and itís possible that our rough farming terrain and joy of outdoor sports are contributing factors. Read more.





















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