Author Archives: Linda Winfield Cowles

“Our horses don’t have an eating disorder, we humans have a feeding disorder..”

 

Is the stress in YOUR life resulting in your over feeding your horse? Does your desire to see your horse running loose in a green field mean more than having that horse be healthy? To learn about what your horses nutritional requirements, go to www.DrKellon.com and sign up for the NRC course.

Tuesday
03
December 2013

Is Your Horse Tender-footed In The Fall & Spring?

Several of my clients horses become tender in the fall & spring, while several others become sore and exhibit signs of laminitis when their diet hasn’t changed. If this is the case with your horse, this may be due to the seasonal rise in ACTH hormones, and this tenderness may be an early symptom of Equine Cushing’s. and if you suspect this, contact your vet for a checkup.

Many people think that a heavy hair coat is the first sign of Cushing’s, but other symptoms like tenderness often precede it. Early detection is a factor in successfully controlling the development and symptoms. If your horse is 13 or older (even younger horses can have Cushing’s), I recommend becoming familiar with the symptoms and a talk with your vet if you have suspicions. For great information, go to http://www.ecirhorse.com/

Tuesday
03
December 2013
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Join the Whole Horse Health Yahoo Group!

http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/wholehorsehealth/

We discuss anything related to generic horse health and being successful with our horses, including diet, hoof care, body work, training, horse rehabilitation, saddle fit, booting and ways to address the many challenges  we face as horse owners, horse care providers. The emphasis her is on holistic horse care when that makes the most sense, and knowing about alternatives when it doesn’t.


Tuesday
03
December 2013

HealthyHoof.com Hoof Care Business Expansion

Gilroy / San Martin – Starting December 4th, 2013- 6 week cycle
Los Gatos / Santa Cruz / Watsonville – Starting November 21, 6 week cycle
Contra Costa County / Briones – Starting Wednesday,November 6th – 6 week cycle
Portola Valley / Woodside – Starting Friday,November 8th – 6 week cycle
Winters / Sacramento – Starting December 16 on a 5 week cycle
Marin / San Geronimo Road Area – December 5th on a 6 week cycle

Here are links to my Contact Form, my Hoof care & Saddle Fitting Services. New Client Letter. and Getting On The Same Page, explaining what will help us get your horse optimally sound and keep her or him that way.

Thanks! Linda

SADDLE FIT CHECKS, FLOCKING AND SADDLE ASSESSMENT

When I am on-site for hoof care, I offer FREE saddle fit checks for one saddle/horse per person ($25 each for multiple saddles/horses) ; has to be scheduled! No call fee for saddle flocking at a scheduled trim location if I have time for it and if it is scheduled a week in advance!

See this page for saddle fit services and fees http://sonomasaddles.com/services.html

Tuesday
03
December 2013

Seasonal Feet – Northern California

Gabby, November 19, 2013

In this part of California,just north of San Francisco, we often go 5 or 6 months with little to no rain, so our hooves accumulate a dense,hard sole and frog throughout the summer,and shed it as soon as the heavy rains start in October and November.

The feet below belong to my 22 year old Arab, Gavilan,and at this time of the year, He’s a week into the trim,and we just finished 15 miles of rocky trail, I ride most trails barefoot at this time of the year for casual rides, but put boots on if I’m moving out at a trot or canter because Gab moves better over rocks with the boots.

It’s just started raining, so this weekend will add pictures of the changes in his feet. The page for Gabbys seasonal changes will be here: Gabby_seasoal_2013

Tuesday
03
December 2013