When are they ready to ride?
The general rule when you buy a very young horse is don't work your horse too hard
too soon. Why? A young horse's growth plates convert to bone from the bottom up as
they age. If you intend on having your horse healthy and sound well into his senior
years, you need to keep this in mind and don't damage the sensitive growth plates or
your horse may end up unsound.
Nutrition and digestion. Why is nutrition important for my horse?
Feed manufacturers are more restricted when making cattle feed than
when they make horse feed. Watch out for junk in your
horse's feed. One of my pet peeves is the dicalcium phosphate
which is mainly sourced from bone meal. Since horses are not
carnivores, my philosophy is that this is not natural for them to
consume and is a waist of time and your money.
Also keep in mind that a horse's natural diet does not contain high
levels of sugar like in molasses coated feeds. In our
experience you are better off adding a corn oil supplement
(not canola), than adding more sugar if you want your horse to gain
Rocky Ridge Ranch has had super results lately with Buckeye Nutrition. Most of Buckeye's feed ingredients are human
grade and/or organic. Keeping it simple has helped Buckeye to continue to ship their products right through the BSE
crisis. We are trying the Foal Aid on our foals this year and have been using the Grow n Win, grass and alfalfa
products with great results. The Ranch also uses the salt and mineral blocks along with loose salt and mineral for some
horses. The cost per month is approx $40/per adult horse. The results on our foals is phenomenal.
What is a great equine nutritional dietary supplement?
Laminasaver & Equine Saver: We have been using these 2 products on one of our mares that got acute
laminitis along with possible insulin resistance. We only had to use the Laminasaver for 5 days and then was able to take
the mare off of bute which was prescribed by our vet. Shes doing great now with the combo of the Buckeye feeds,
Safe and Easy combined with the Equine Saver and Lamina saver Formulas from Figuerola.
Why do I need to deworm?
This is critically important for your horse. For young horses this is especially important as it will ensure their overall
health, avoid worm colic, and aid in nutrient absorption for their growing bodies. Sometimes you can see that they in
the spring, then we'd suggest you administer another dewormer with a different medicinal ingredient. Deworming
shipped directly to your mail box. Canadian import laws currently allow you to import enough dewormer (for the horses
you own) for a 6 months supply. Many dewormers state on them that you should repeat in 3 months, so you can order
quite a lot. But don't get greedy and sell them out of your garage as you will force the authorities to close that option
for all of us! These are some of the sites we use;
What are my horse's vital signs?
Temperature- A horse's normal body temperature is 99 - 101 F.
Pulse- The normal pulse rate, most often taken by listening to the
heart on the left side of the chest just behind the left elbow, is 36
to 42 beats per minute.
Young stock and ponies tend to be a bit faster.
Respiration-The normal rate for horses is between 8-12 breaths per
Capillary refill time (time it takes for color to return to gum tissue
adjacent to teeth after pressing and releasing with your thumb): 2
At Rocky Ridge Ranch we get a lot of questions regarding the care of horses, especially from first
time owners/buyers. On this page we will try to answer some of those questions and provide
specific horse care tips, suggestions and links to help you enjoy your horse more. If you have a topic
you would like to see listed, please feel free to let us know.