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Equine Foals
Tuesday 26th of February 2008 02:47 PM

Hope everyone is having a successful foaling year?

Preparing for the arrival of a foal that you have been anxiously awaiting for 11 months is an anxious and stressful time. Here are some tips to prepare yourself for the coming day.   

Provide a clean, dry foaling stall bedded with straw (not shavings).

Don't sleep until that foal eats!

A foal should stand within one hour of birth and nurse within two hours of birth for vital immunties to transfer from the mare to the newborn foal,a dose of colustrum out of a bottle can do wonders on a weak foal that can't get up. If this does not happen with your foal it's time to intervene.

When the foal is delivered, its airways should be cleared and its naval daubed with 7% iodine.  Empty film canisters are excellent for delivering the iodine to the navel stump. The cord should be dipped in the container for 30 seconds or more. 

If your foal has not passed the meconium (first sticky dark stool) within six hours of birth an enema should be given immediately. Fleet enemas that are not medicated work beautifully for this and come with self lubricated tips.
Keep a close eye on the foals stool the first couple days any signs of blood is an EMERGENCY!!
Chlostridial kills many foals each year and they die quick! You must act immediately with antibiotics to save the foal.

If you have a stud colt, make sure his penis drops when he urinates.

Mares come into foal heat between five to nine days post foaling. At this time foals will nearly always develop a nasty case of scours.

Foals given 5cc of Probios the day of birth, another 5cc on day three of life and a third dose of 5cc on day five rarely ever have foal heat scours.

Have your veterinarian perform a blood test for the IgG antibody between 8-10 hours after birth. Between 10-20% of foals have low IgG concentration and are at a higher risk for disease.

I hope you find these tips helpful and your newborn foals arrive healthy and safely!

P.S.Email your foal photo's to
put in your subject (Newborn Foal),include your name and location of foal. We will post them in our Blog to share with others.

To Vicki Livasy of Double L Acres in Illinois on the birth of this amazing colt.

  Double L Acres

DL Sparked By Precision (3 wks old)

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PhotobucketTo Fran Asche of Idaho on the birth of this beautiful filly.

Emma's Filly

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Belle (3 wks old)

PhotobucketTo Judith Burns of Southern Jewel Farm in Bostic North Carolina on the birth of this amazing RPSI colt.




Recipes for Horse Treats
Equine Treats
Friday 15th of February 2008 02:47 PM

Share your favorite horsey treats with us

Making your own horse treats can be economical and fun, plus your horse will love them. Horse treats are a great way to "fake" your horse into taking their medicine.


Horsey Treats Please

Weekend Favorite CookiesPhotobucket

1 cup uncooked oatmeal

1 cup flour

1 cup shredded carrots

1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon sugar

2 tablespoons corn oil

¼ cup water (one quarter cup)

¼ cup molasses (one quarter cup)

Mix ingredients in a bowl in the order listed. Make small balls and place on cookie sheet sprayed. Bake 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Horses love 'em!

Oatmeal Molasses CookiesPhotobucket

2 cups brown-sugar oatmeal (dry).

Half-Cup grated carrots

3 tablespoons molasses half cup brown sugar

Combine all these ingredients. Add enough water to make into soft dough. Stir well.

Put into oven on 365 degrees until golden brown and crisp.

Delightful CookiesPhotobucket

1c  carrots, grated

1  apple grated

2  tablespoons corn oil

¼ c molasses 

1 tsp salt

1 c  rolled oats

1 c flour

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease cookie sheet. 

In a large bowl, mix carrots, apple, corn oil and molasses together.

Fold in salt, oats and flour until well mixed.

Spread dough in one big piece on the cookie sheet.

Score dough with a knife to make it easier to break apart after baking (or use cookie cutters to make shapes!)

Let cool, break apart and serve!

Delicious Apple Treat

Photobucketclick to add titleGreen Apples


  • 2 large apples Red or Green which ever your equine prefers.
  • Carrots (finely graded)
  • Cooking Oats
  • Crushed Bran flakes
  • Molasses
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar


Now core the apples and mix all the ingredients (except the molasses).Press all the ingredients into the apple centers. Drip the molasses over the apples.Serve this delicious treat immediately.

click to add title Apple Treat 

J Bar W Ranch-Battle of the Beast!
IBR Rodeo
Monday 11th of February 2008 02:51 PM

I would like to Thank Lisa Williams of J Bar W Ranch for letting Your Equine Source become a part of the 2008 Winter Series Rodeo.This was an exciting moment for Your Equine Source,I was so proud to see my banner hanging at the rodeo all the hard work I have put into the website is starting to blossom.

I would like to share some photo's from the rodeo with our fans,friends and members. There were exciting events at the rodeo bullriding,mutton busting and wild cow milking. The highlight of the night was a bull named SuperMan the best word to describe this bull,he jumped and twisted in the air with such power needless to say the bullrider who rode him lost the battle. 

I also came across a new magazine for the IBR Rodeo called Open Chute this is a great magazine for the die hard rodeo fan.The magazine introduces new and old bullriders  plus current bulls in the IBR rodeo. I also had the pleasure of meeting the designer and editor for Open Chute her name is Mindy Lawson and she does an incredible job covering the IBR rodeo.

Open Chute Magazine



Your Equine Source banner on the announcers booth at the Battle of the Beast Rodeo














 Chip Ridgley announcer for the J Bar W Rodeo


Sonny Williams President of IBR and Doc the dog! 



Don't miss the Winter Series Rodeo Fun Begins at 5:00pm & Battle Begins at 7:00pm


Equine Blanketing
Thursday 7th of February 2008 10:02 AM

Horse BlanketWhat do you think about blanketing horses during the winter months?

Should horses be blanketed or does blanketing cause irregularity in how they grow a winter coat.Is blanketing necessary for certain horses or can a blanket smash down the coat and prevent warm air pockets from keeping a horse warm.Do horses like to be blanketed?



Response 1
Saturday 9th of February 2008 08:14:52 AM
Submitted by: Renee Wilson
I have to admit I have owned horses for 30 years and have never owned a blanket.I just have never had use for one,as my horses have never been stalled.I wouldn't say horses are happier either way,pros for blanketing are horses stay absolutely gorgeous year around,minimal grooming is required and no matter the temp there's a corresponding blanket for anytime of the year to make sure not one hair raises on your horse's coat.Cons for blanketing are it's a heck of a lot of trouble to go threw,it can wear patches of hair-mane off on the horse's withers or other places if it doesn't fit well,the blankets need to be cleaned regularly which is a lot of work and when I see horses out grazing in a pasture I want to see the beautiful horse,not a form shrouded in a bulky blanket.Those are just my ideas on the subject,I think everyone has their own preferences with horses my style is very simple and my horses are already getting their winter fuzzies.I'd love to preserve their gorgeous smooth summer coats year around,but the work involved really over-balances the need to keep them blanketed for me. Good question!Renee Wilson
Response 2
Thursday 14th of February 2008 01:59:47 PM
Submitted by: Teresa The Barnlady
I have to agree with Renee, all the trouble it is to blanket and unblanket is sometimes overwhelming. Horses' coats were designed to handle weather changes, what gets me is in So. Calif. where I live temps usually don't get below the 30's and you see horses in mid day at 50+ temps with the blankets still on. Maybe I'm wrong, but this has to be due to lazy owners who think at 6am when they go off to work and it's still 30 degrees that it's going to stay that way all day. These are not fancy show horses either that I see. I just don't get it sometimes. Teresa the Barnlady
Response 3
Monday 14th of April 2008 10:40:47 PM
Submitted by: john silveira
Hello , I recently did a filming with Leslie Desmond and she and i talked about her horses and how she never blankets. She told me a story of her horse and how it had a coating of ice over it's body. Underneath the ice the horses body was warm , when time came the horse simply was able to crack the ice off it's body and life is good. These things amaze me. I also have some amazing realizations with shoeing horses. you can find me here as "TheFootDoctor" and also at my personal blog free consultation at:
Response 4
Monday 7th of September 2009 07:32:22 AM
Submitted by: Marcia J. Hilton
Greeting from Maine!! I have struggled with this question. I beleived that they are better off with out blankets. It is more natural, etc. However, horses in the wild would have migrated from cold places like Maine for the winter. When thinking about blankets you should take into consideration your horse's breeding. My welsh and connemara ponies can tolerate much more cold than our Thorobreds. I take into consideration their age and how much use will they see over the winter. And Yes! the horses/ponies without blankets will have snow and ice on their backs and they are quite warm. I have owned horses for over 40 years in the Northeast and I can remember those horrible liners and the aweful bald spots they would leave behind. Blankets have come along way. They are lined with fabrics that do not cling to hairs and rub those spots red. They fit better and are easier to use. It still took me many years to start to use them. It was my daughter who convinced me. For the older horses I beleive it makes them happier. They are warmer. Beyond the cost, I also see a huge savings in how much hay I need to feed in the winter to help keep them warm. The savings in hay outweights the cost of the blankets. Just remember, it needs to be a good fitting blanket. Each blanket manufacturer has a different pattern. So look for a good. Just like that great pair of great fitting pants, your horse will let you know if you have it right. Look for quality. It will pay in the long run. A hint- Once you have that perfecting blanket, buy a cheaper turnout sheet to put over it. If you horse plays with other horses in the pasture, let them damage the sheet. It easier and cheaper to repair sheet. Marcia Hilton Horses on a dime

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