Cherry Hill's Horsekeeping Almanac
Keeping horses healthy and happy is all about establishing good routines and following the natural cycles of the animals and the land. Cherry Hill, professional horsekeeper, lifelong horse lover, and author of more than 30 books on horses knows what to do and when to do it. Her routines — daily, monthly, and seasonal — are the framework for this goldmine of horsekeeping knowledge for all horse enthusiasts. Month by month, Hill touches on every issue likely to affect horses, horse farms, and the people who care for them both. Each month opens with a brief description of what's happening on the farm, followed by personal notes on specific, month-appropriate topics. May, for example, includes advice on grazing, snakes, composting, bathing and clipping, and fire strips. November features colic, fire ants, winter water, dry shampoo, and outdoor horse clothing. Every month includes recurring reminders, to-do lists, reference charts, climate notes, equine wit and wisdom, a word of the month, and an "Ask Cherry" section featuring seasonally relevant excerpts from her newsletter — all the fascinating tidbits, lore, and handed-down insights that make almanacs so fascinating. Tying everything together is Cherry Hill's trusted voice and deep-seated knowledge of horses. This is a book readers will keep on hand to welcome each new season on the farm. Horsekeepers will browse it frequently, use it as a reference in times of doubt, keep reminders in it, and come back to it year after year — a reminder of their own horsekeeping seasons. It will become, in Cherry Hill's words, a Horsekeeping Master Plan. From the Back Cover The Best Horse Reference Ever! Packed cover to cover with wisdom and advice, this comprehensive book from America's horsekeeping authority guides you through each month and season of the year with topics including: WINTER Weather logs - Vital signs - Good manners for the farrier - Cold weather feeding - Shelter design - Leather care - Tax review - Stall kicking - Hoof inspection - Spaying - Clipping SPRING Immunizations - Halter fitting - Foal expenses - Skin ailments - Mowers - Lightning precautions - Vehicle maintenance - Horse buyer's tips - Hay inventory - Pasture priorities SUMMER Extreme head - Laminitis - West Nile virus - Gnats and midges - Rotational grazing - Saddling review - Arena design - Vices and bad habits - Road-riding safely - Hay storage - Lost shoes FALL Hoof pads - Winter weight gain - Dry shampoo - Senior diets - Bedding - Branding - Pasture harrows - Winter blankets - Colic prevention - Stall fresheners - Horse insurance - Weaning Special monthly features include Vet Clinic, The Feed Bag, Beauty Shop, Reproduction Roundup, Ranch Recipes, and much, much more. Paperback. Color illustrations. 576 pages.