Stable Smarts: Sensible Advice, Quick Fixes, and Time-tested Wisdom from an Idaho Horsewoman

Stable Smarts: Sensible Advice, Quick Fixes, and Time-tested Wisdom from an Idaho Horsewoman


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Whether you’ve been working with horses for just a few months or have been at it for decades, there’s always something new to learn. In Stable Smarts, Heather Smith Thomas offers practical advice, quick fixes, and unconventional wisdom gleaned from a lifetime spent with horses. Covering everything from tack and knot-tying to feeding, foaling, and medical care, these tips will save you time, money, and energy while keeping your horses healthy, happy, and working efficiently.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580176101
Publisher: Storey Books
Publication date: 10/01/2005
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,189,578
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 11.02(h) x 0.77(d)

About the Author

Heather Smith Thomas has written extensively on animal health care, authoring thousands of articles and 24 books on the subject. Her books include Storey’s Guide to Raising Beef Cattle, Essential Guide to Calving, Getting Started with Beef & Dairy CattleThe Cattle Health Handbook, The Horse Conformation Handbook, Storey’s Guide to Raising Horses, Storey’s Guide to Training Horses, and Stable Smarts. She raises cattle and horses on her family ranch in Salmon, Idaho.

Table of Contents

1 Feed & Water: Hay - Grain - Feeding Management -Treats & Supplements - Water

2 The Barn: Barn Construction - Ventilation - Keeping Stalls Clean & Safe -Feeders & Waterers - Tack Rooms - Pest Control - Barn Fires - Composting

3 Fencing: Fence Construction- Gates & Latches - Maintenance & Repairs

4 Tack: Leather - Saddles & Bridles - Halters - Blankets, Saddle Pads & Bandages - Repairs & General Maintenance

5 Grooming: Grooming Basics - Manes & Tails - Feet - Bathing

6 Health & Medication: Checking Vital Signs - Administering Medication - Household Remedies - First Aid - Boots & Bandages

7 Foaling Season: The Birth - Nursing - Early Handling - Growing Up Healthy - Weaning

8 Trailering Horses: Loading & Unloading - The Trip - Truck & Trailer Mechanics - Driving a Trailer

9 Knots & Ties: Handy Knots, Ties & Hitches - Tying & Staking - Rope Bridles

10 Handling & Riding: Catching & Leading - Aids for Restraint & Control - Bridling a Horse - Mounting - Warming Up - Going through the Paces - Careful Cooling Out - Winter Riding

11 Miscellaneous Matters: Flies & Other Pesky Insects - Hooves & Shoes - Stopping Bad Habits - Around & About

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