We’ve been having an interesting stretch of weather. Last week more than a foot of snow fell. There were a couple of days when the horses were kept indoors. Then it rained. This is snow fog in heavy rain. The slush is as slippery as ice. You can’t plow a clear […]

Vile Weather


Horses are animals who evolved in open grasslands. They’re designed to be awake and graze most of the day and night. Because of this they have excellent vision in scotopic (low-light) conditions. It’s hard for us to imagine because we have opposite needs – to see with acuity and color […]

In Light and Dark: Your Horse’s Vision


It started snowing on Sunday night and didn’t stop until late Tuesday afternoon. On Monday I drove to the barn. I’ve got a pickup truck with 4-wheel drive, but still had to be extra-cautious. Snow was coming down and the roads were slippery. But, when I know that the horses […]

Snow Days Activities



It started snowing yesterday. As predicted, 8-inches fell. The horses were kept in. I have a 4-wheel drive truck with superior ABS and other safety features. I drove to the barn. Rode Tonka for an hour in the indoor. We had a big loose trot and canter. Did some fun […]

Snow(shoe) Day


Sunflower and Nymph are two little burros. Sunflower is the mama, Nymph the baby. A few years ago, when Nymph was still nursing, they were in a horrific hoarding situation, but were saved by kind people, and made their way to a forever home at a rescue. They’ve had loving […]

Donkey Leg Handling


Longtime readers of The Cooperative Horse and before that, of the HenBlog, well know why I’m not too communicative the week before Thanksgiving. I have the Pie Party to prepare for. Every year, for the last 16 years, instead of cooking a classic Thanksgiving meal of turkey, stuffing, etc. etc, […]

Pie Party 2019



A horse’s teeth continue to erupt from the gum line and elongate during most of their lives. This is a smart adaptation for an animal that consumes coarse forage. If their teeth remained static like ours, they’d soon be worn down to useless nubs. The surface of your horse’s teeth […]

The Horse Dentist Visits


We’ve had a stretch of truly miserable weather. It rained on and on. Sometimes there was a fine mist enveloping the world. Sometimes a cold driving downpour soaked everything it pelted. In the morning there was a dusting of snow, until that turned into more rain. It seemed like it […]

Rain, Shelter, Horses


Most horse people are aware that horses have blind spots. It’s something that I learned about as a kid. Which is why this advice is common knowledge: Never come up directly behind a horse, it’ll startle them.  Don’t pat the horse on the forehead because they can’t see the hand […]

Your Horse’s Blind Spot