Doing the Best We Can

Casie

Hi! My name is Casie Bazay. I'm a mom, a freelance writer, and a certified equine acupressure practitioner.

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7 Responses

  1. Clissa says:

    Yes it sure is true that we can only do what we can do in this moment. However it is our responsibility to be aware of their needs and be ready.
    I couldn’t think of not running my 3 aged horses together. They have lived together all their lives.
    I hate seeing one horse in each one acre paddock. Even when I had stallions they had their mares live with them.
    My property is 16ac with 14ac fenced into 3 horse paddocks.
    They only spend maximum of 2wks in each paddock before moving to the next. My aged gelding tells me in no uncertain terms when it is time to move on to the next paddock. He stands at the gate and whinnys loudly so I will come open the gate for them.
    I hope it helps with worm control. Certainly helps prevent overgrazing of their favourite parts of each paddock. I try to get in to mow the courser grass well before they arrive so it has had time to reshoot fresh growth. Also helps prevent soil compaction to some extent.
    They like the change of scenery.
    They prefer certain paddocks during particular weather events and he will stand at the gate and whinny loudly until I let them go to their preferred paddock prior to a storm for example. It’s one way I know if a storm will be bad. 😉

  2. Lynell Abbott says:

    Thanks for this Casie. I have spent many years trying to learn as much as I could to keep my horses healthy. Lately, however, I have quit chasing after that “what you need to do” article and instead have opted to just keep doing what I have learned to do for them over the past 20 years. They may not be tip-top sound but do appear very happy with their lot in life! I do enjoy your articles though. It could be because I already practice much of what you recommend!

  3. Lauren says:

    Thank you so much for this, it was very needed. I have spent the last week stressing over what the best is in our current situation. Our 2 rescues are obviously much healthier and happier than they were when they first came to us, our baby turns 1 this week and is doing great, but my niece’s horse who lives with us has had me all stressed. He had some lameness a week ago and due to his history I pulled him completely off grass until the vet can come out but he is very unhappy being separated and on dry lot. It is just hard sometimes to balance what is best for their physical health with their emotional health, it obviously does him no good to fret around the dry lot not eating hay at all and kicking the gate. We have settled on an hour out in the morning and motivating the rest of the herd to stay close to the paddocks until the vet advises us further next week.
    As much as I love to learn new methods, treatments and holistic remedies I do tend to stress and overthink it too so this was a good reminder that we are doing our best (especially as I nurse an achy back after trimming all their feet yesterday)

  4. Shona says:

    I do what I can with what I have.we have 3 horses so I’m always trying to care for them the best we can.

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