Recently 11 horses were reported to be in such deplorable conditions here in SLO County that someone had to step in. What do we as horse people need to know about SLO County Animal Services and the care they give our equine friends when someone needs to step in? Sharon Jantzen interviews Dr. Anderson at SLO County Animal Services to help us know when to report a situation and what will happen to the horses.
I came across a Facebook thread which discussed the options available for large animal disposal in SLO County. The consensus was unanimous: We have limited large animal disposal options. I wondered if this was actually the case, or if our community simply doesn’t know about all of the options available to them. I turned to my industry expert contact, Christine Johnson, General Manager of Eden Memorial Pet Care, for some answers. Sharon Jantzen shares Christine’s answers to large animal disposal options in SLO County.
For many of us, selling our horse simply isn’t an option, even if we’re eating Top Ramen to save enough money to pay for our feed bills or running ourselves ragged trying to get to the barn for 30 minutes before the sun goes down just to keep our horses in shape. Many don’t realize that there are alternatives to selling that are “win-win situations” for all involved. Sarah Williams sits down with her friend and helps her choose a horse lease alternative to selling her horse.
For those of us who have mares as our equine partners, we realize that managing a mare requires a different protocol than does managing a gelding or a stallion. When our mares are “in season”, we may notice symptoms ranging from lack of concentration all the way to severe physical discomfort. Sarah Williams provides insight and tips on managing our mare’s seasons.
With the recent rash of warm and cool weather, intermixed with a little rain and then burning sunshine, the Central Coast has seen a spike in flies and insects of all sorts. Sarah Williams shares first-hand information on how to thwart the bothersome flies.