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July 2012

Double cost saver: Avoid bedding feed area

Hobbes is notorious for pulling his hay out of the manger, so we avoid bedding his feed area - Poudre River Stables - Fort Collins - Colorado - 80521

You can save on bedding costs by keeping the area around your horse's feeder clean. This prevents hay from mixing with shavings, and makes it easier for your horse to "graze" dropped hay. Picky eaters will often turn up their noses at hay mixed with shavings, so by not wasting bedding around the feeder, you may save money on wasted hay, too!

Read also:
Hay burners: What it costs to feed a horse

Which Poudre are we protecting?

Local reporter Kevin Duggan wrote recently that Save the Poudre, dedicated to preserving recreation and the river's health, are keeping a "watchful eye" on development, especially the Pateros Creek homes slated to go up next to us. I got to wondering on Facebook which Poudre River we are supposed to be protecting: 

More than a hundred years ago north of the little burg of Fort Collins, the Poudre was a mere creek this time of year. Wagons and cars forded that creek, as there were no bridges. There was no “Old Town”. No paved roads. No bike trails. No giant trees. No riparian forest. Which Poudre are we protecting? 1880's? 1920’s? 1950’s? 2012?"


I reference my Facebook comment here in case you are interested in following the Pateros Creek development on our east border, or the planned widening of North Shields Street on our west border.

Read also:

A peek at the development next door 

Design begins on $5-million Shields St. corridor project

Bonnie's favorite horseshoer - and herb!

Bonnie munches pain-controlling willow fed by Gregg, as farrier Tom Presgrove forms her new set of shoes.

Tom Presgrove has shod Bonnie for more than 20 years and helped nurse her through bouts of laminitis. Thank you, Tom! Bonnie wears aluminum shoes set slightly back on her front feet. The aluminum is more forgiving than regular horse shoes. Bonnie remains barefoot on the hind feet. In this shot, Gregg feeds Bonnie willow, which eases stiffness from her previous bouts with laminitis (see Founder Chronicles), and discourages any pain-cycle the nail-hammering may cause. Little Bit, the 20-year-old Shetland Pony in an earlier post, who is another laminitic type, also benefits from the occasional dose of willow.

Willow can be given to horses long term without side effects. Learn more about this wonderful benefit of the willow tree as well as other herbs for horses in A Modern Horse Herbal by Hilary Page Self. We do have a limited supply of dried willow for sale by appointment at our place. Bonnie also eats dandelion, fresh or dried, as part of her anti-laminitis regimen.

(Read about Bonnie, a real-life horse character in the novel Winning Bet, available in paperback and on the Amazon Kindle.)