Advice for horses and horse owners from reader submissions. Cheeky, from the horse’s mouth, Dear Appy. Karen McPeak

Concerned About Birds

June 10th, 2019|Categories: Dear Appy, Fun, Management, Series|Tags: , , |

Dear Appy,  My barn has a lot of windows, they provide great lighting and a way for the breeze to pass through. Unless the weather is really bad, the windows remain open. But I’m wondering if I need to close them. Last spring several birds used the windows to fly in and out of the barn, [...]

Talk to the Tail

April 15th, 2019|Categories: Dear Appy, Fun, Management, Series|Tags: |

Dear Appy My name is Officer Bea. I live in the barn with 5 other cats and I am in charge. What I say goes. I’m tolerant until someone gets out of line, then  I am quick to assert myself. I whip my tail back and forth until the perpetrator backs down. Its all about the [...]

One Dog’s Treasure Is, Well, It’s Actually Pretty Gross

February 21st, 2019|Categories: Dear Appy, Fun, Management, Series|Tags: |

Dear Appy, Why does my dog eat horse poop? Signed, Concerned Dog Mom Dear Concerned Dog Mom, Ew. Why do dogs do anything? Some of them eat their OWN poop (known as coprophagia for the uninitiated.) The human at my farm has a dog that eats walls. Figure that one out. But seriously, most humans with [...]

Trying to Catch a Few Z’s

January 10th, 2019|Categories: Dear Appy, Fun, Management, Series|Tags: |

Dear Appy, Is there something wrong with laying down to take a nap? Several times a day, I stretch out in the grass for a good rest. However, if my person sees me laying flat out in the pasture, she comes running screaming my name. Her hysterics scare me so I jump to my feet. She [...]

To Blanket or Not To Blanket – That Is My Question

October 27th, 2018|Categories: Dear Appy, Fun, Management, Series|Tags: |

Dear Appy, What are your thoughts on blanketing horses during cold weather? Does my horse need it? Signed, Don’t Know What To Do Dear Don’t Know What To Do, Aaand, that's how we know winter is coming. Humans have this ritual where they face off in teams to debate blankets vs no blankets. Let me [...]

What Did I Do Wrong?

June 25th, 2018|Categories: Dear Appy, Fun, Management, Series|Tags: |

Dear Appy, I don’t understand what I did wrong. For many years I lived in a small barn in the backyard of a family with three little girls. They would come to the barn and brush me and braid flowers in my mane and kiss my nose. Sometimes they would climb on my back for a [...]

Determined Riders Mounting Dilemma

May 30th, 2018|Categories: Dear Appy, Fun, Management, Series|Tags: , |

Dear Appy I have a rather embarrassing question to ask. I love riding and have a terrific horse. She is under 15 hands, just the right height for me. But I can’t get on her. I mean, I CAN get on but it’s a struggle and I don’t do it “the right way”. The way I [...]

Exasperated Horse Owner

April 10th, 2018|Categories: Dear Appy, Fun, Management, Series|Tags: |

Dear Appy, Why does my horse poop in his water bucket EVERY NIGHT? Signed, Rubber Gloved Dear Rubber Gloved, Ugh. Why do geldings do anything? Move the bucket.  If it continues, put in a toilet and teach him to flush. Fondly, Appy

That New Horse

March 28th, 2018|Categories: Dear Appy, Fun, Management, Series|Tags: |

Dear Appy, A new horse just moved into my barn. She’s ok, kind of keeps to herself. The problem is that the people put her in a stall directly across the aisle from me and she gets better grain than I do. I’m “on a diet” and already have a hard time choking down my tasteless [...]

Enough is Enough

February 21st, 2018|Categories: Dear Appy, Features, Fun, Management, Series|Tags: , , |

Dear Appy. My horse has a glorious tail. He seems very proud of it but I worry. It seems the hair is getting too long. In particular it drags on the ground and sometimes when he steps backward he steps on it and scares himself. Should I cut a couple inches off the length, make it [...]