HANDS ON Tip

CHILD’S PLAY

EQUUS - - Eq Handson -

I use a plas­tic sled to pull hay to my field-kept horses on snowy days. It can hold half a bale while still glid­ing eas­ily over the snow.— Stephanie Morton, Neenah, Wis­con­sin

Send your sug­ges­tions for in­ex­pen­sive horse-care sub­sti­tutes as well as hints for sav­ing ef­fort and time to Hands On, EQUUS, 656 Quince Or­chard Road, #600, Gaithers­burg, MD 20878; fax: 301-990-9015; email: EQLet­[email protected]­me­dia.com. Senders of pub­lished items will re­ceive se­lected EQUUS mer­chan­dise. to pull your own boots off, you want to keep your horse clear of it, es­pe­cially if he has trou­ble hold­ing shoes or has had a ten­don in­jury in the past.

If your prop­erty has mud of this depth, find higher, drier ground for turnout and look into whether your drainage sit­u­a­tion can be im­proved. Ar­eas around gates and water troughs, as well as other per­pet­u­ally mucky ground, can be “hard­ened” with land­scap­ing fab­ric or gravel. This can be pricey, but is a worth­while in­vest­ment if it pro­tects shoes and hooves.

If you come across deep mud on a trail, pick your way around it, de­fer­ring to your horse’s judg­ment when pos­si­ble ---most are fairly adept at find­ing the best route around dicey foot­ing.

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