Guidelines for Horse Care in the Winter

With extreme tempatures and weather during the winter months, it can be challenging to keep your horse happy and healthy. Below are a few guidelines that will help! To get started, what is a "healthy horse"? Summer  You should be able to easily palpate the ribs, but not be able to see them easily. The horse should have a smooth glossy hair coat Winter  It should be more difficult to feel the ribs going into winter as they need a better layer of fat to stay warm. The horse should have a … [Read more...]

Preparing for a Safe and Fun Pack Trip into the High Country

Traveling into the high country is a unique and exciting experience. Planning and preparedness are key to making your adventure the best it can be. Contact the Forest Service to verify the current regulations, including fire bans, before you leave. It is very important to begin conditioning your animal months prior to the trip. Horses are affected by high altitude just as humans are. A horse that is fit will have a much easier time adjusting, but don’t expect it to be able to perform as well as … [Read more...]

Horse Evacuation Plan Press Release

Archuleta County is located in one of the most beautiful natural areas in western Colorado. Having thousands of acres of public lands in our backyard coupled with an ecosystem that thrives on natural fire, the fire danger here in Archuleta County is high. Being prepared to move your horses in the event of a major fire or other disaster will only be successful if you are fully prepared beforehand. Those who wait until the danger is upon them will have little chance of evacuating successfully. … [Read more...]