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Humans and horses have a long and storied history. From once being simply a means of travel to becoming modern-day companions, horses have truly been all things to all people. To learn more about horses, their history, and how to care for them, check out these resources and call Bar-Bar-A at (888) 833-9821.
·Voice of America has an interesting article about the history of horses in North America. Although there were horses indigenous to what is now the Unites States, those animals went extinct approximately 10,000 years ago. The horses on the continent today are descended from those brought over by European colonists.
· The Australian discusses the resurgence of Przewalski's horses, which are more closely related to prehistoric horses than to modern animals. Przewalski's horses went extinct in the wild in approximately 1969; but thanks to captive breeding, there are now 250 Przewalski's horses in Mongolia.
· Planet Earth online explores the origins of domesticated horses.
· The University of Maine offers tips about how to keep your horses safe during the winter.
· In the modern world, horses aren’t just for riding: They can also be service animals. Read this article about one woman and her seeing-eye horse.
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It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when humans first began domesticating horses, but one thing is for certain: Humans and horses have shared a history together for thousands of years. At first, humans hunted wild horses as they would any other game animal, but eventually humans came to see that harnessing a horse’s strength and speed would be immensely useful. A partnership was born, one that many historians agree has been a large part of the growth and success of human civilization.
Wild horses were originally hunted for meat; eventually, however, humans in the region now known as Kazakhstan began keeping and breeding horses, using them for transportation, meat, and milk. Many horse-breeding cultures eventually began relying on other domesticated animals for meat because horses were so valuable for other purposes, but mare’s milk is still drunk in many cultures to this day.
Before the invention of the train, horses were the fastest, most reliable form of transportation available to humans. Agricultural societies used horses to pull farm equipment, facilitating large-scale crop production, and also used them to travel between settlements, making it possible for large cities to develop. Many nomadic tribes essentially spent their entire lives on horseback, and the applications for warfare were enormous. Although many armies relied on foot soldiers, mounted soldiers were often the deciding factor in battles, as the tribes and nations conquered by Genghis Kahn during the thirteenth century AD could attest.
The use of horses for transportation in the age of the automobile lasted longer than many might think. Armies were still using horses in combat as late as WWI, and there are some cultures that are primarily horse-reliant even today. In most developed countries, however, horses are largely used for riding, either as a pastime or for practical purposes like herding livestock.
Horses gained prominence in human communities because of their strength, speed, and hardiness, but they still require special care, especially when it comes to keeping them properly hydrated. Ordinary livestock troughs can freeze over during the winter and become infested with mosquitoes during the summer; to avoid these problems, you’ll need an automatic horse waterer. Bar-Bar-A produces the best livestock waterers on the market. To learn more about us, call (888) 833-9821 today.
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Keeping your horses healthy and comfortable during the winter months requires extra planning and attention. During wintertime, horses’ requirements will differ depending on whether they spend their time indoors or outdoors:
Horses that spend the winter outdoors will require close attention from their owners. Proper care for outdoor horses includes:
- Increasing the animals’ caloric intake. Being outdoors in the cold means the horses must produce more body heat to stay warm, which in turn means they’ll burn more calories.
- Employing the buddy system. It’s important to pair off a younger horse with an older one. The older horse can teach its younger counterpart about wintering outdoors. Being looked after by an older member of the herd also gives the younger animal a feeling of security.
- Removing your horses’ shoes. Shoes that are left on during the winter can freeze, potentially causing extreme discomfort and serious damage to the hooves.
- Monitoring your horses’ water intake. Remember to provide your horses with an automatic horse waterer from Bar-Bar-A. Unlike traditional livestock troughs, an automatic waterer will not freeze over and will give your horses fresh, clean water that’s not artificially heated.
There are also some special considerations when dealing with horses kept indoors during the winter. You must:
- Clean stalls daily. Animals that are kept indoors have an increased risk of respiratory infection. One way to mitigate that risk is to clean the stalls on a daily basis. This will help prevent ammonia buildup from the animals’ waste, which is a contributing factor to infections.
- Wash your hands between horses. A number of illnesses, including conjunctivitis, are unwittingly passed from horse to horse by groomers who have not properly cleaned their hands between animals. A little antibacterial cleaner can go a long way toward keeping horses healthy.
- Monitor water intake. Whether indoors or out, horses have a tendency to not drink enough water during the winter. An automatic horse waterer can make all the difference.
If you want to make sure your horses remain healthy, comfortable, and hydrated during the winter months, contact Bar-Bar-A about replacing your old horse water troughs with automatic livestock waterers. For more information about Bar-Bar-A and our amazing horse waterers, call (888) 833-9821 today.
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Having a constant water source that is fresh and free from contaminants is an essential part of proper care for horses and other livestock.
In this video, horse owners, members of the Water Quality Program, and other experts talk about the measures they’ve taken to ensure the health of both their livestock and their groundwater. In order to maintain the integrity of the groundwater, it’s incredibly important to remove and compost animal waste. Steps should also be taken to prevent rainwater from mixing with large amounts of manure. If the manure is not composted, a great deal of useful fertilizer will be wasted. In addition, the rainwater will flush the manure into bodies of water and the groundwater, thereby contaminating both.
If you’re interested in giving your livestock the freshest water and keeping your groundwater clean, contact Bar-Bar-A Horse & Cattle Drinker. Bar-Bar-A provides solutions to conventional water troughs in addition to automatic horse and livestock waterers. For more information, call us at (888) 833-9821 today.
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If you’re considering purchasing a new horse trough, think about buying an automatic horse waterer. Bar-Bar-A produces systems that eliminate standing water and freezing issues without maintenance or complicated installation processes. Visit the following websites or call (888) 833-9821 for more information.
- Mosquitos are a pest to all living things, but they can be a serious health hazard to your horses and livestock if they contaminate the water left in horse and livestock troughs. Understand the health risks mosquitoes can cause for your animals with this page from Mother Nature Network.
- This paper published by Michigan State University examines the possible effects of electrical shock in livestock. It’s important to know what they are so that you can be aware if it happens to your cattle.
- Dehydration is a serious issue, so it’s important that you know and understand what the signs and symptoms of dehydration are in your horses. It’s generally caused by strenuous exercise or long bouts of diarrhea, but read much more at this resource so you can be able to identify dehydration in horses at PetMD.com.
- Just because horses are big and strong, doesn’t mean they can go without their immunizations. The American Association of Equine Practitioners explains the importance of horse immunizations.
- Cold weather affects everyone differently so understanding how it can affect your horse is very important. Discover how to care for and feed horses in cold weather by reading this detailed article written by a veterinarian.