Charlene Strickland

Award-winning writer Charlene Strickland lives in Bosque Farms, N.M. She has published 8 books and over 600 magazine articles, and is a member of the International Alliance of Equestrian Journalists.

Articles by: Charlene Strickland

On Equal Footing

Trainers and riders have become sophisticated about ground, and about how good footing protects horses’ feet and legs. Many owners spend large sums to install the best footing at home. Indoors or outdoors, they control the type of ground their horses

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Nail-Quicked

Shoeing is necessary to protect the hooves of many hard-working horses, and nails are of course an important part of the process. Ideally, horseshoe nails enter the outer hoof wall, which lies adjacent to the quick, or the sensitive laminae”P>Shoeing is necessary to protec

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Embryo Transfer for Horses

One plus one plus one equals one. The stallion, dam, and surrogate dam probably never met, but all three contributed to produce a foal. Today’s assisted breeding technologies can overcome the constraints of distance, competitive involvement,

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Leather Care For A Stable Connection

Leather accumulates dirt, sweat, and just plain grunge whenever it contacts the horse’s coat and skin. To maintain the leather’s reliability, you continue the care that began at the tannery. You’ll apply leather care preparations to remove harmful

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Nothing But Net: Equine Health Information Online

With the explosion of web sites (more than 10 million, and increasing), veterinary information has proliferated. Hundreds of businesses, organizations, institutions, and individuals upload information related to equine health

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Return to Nature With Pasture Breeding

In a world of artificial insemination and embryo transfer, simplicity can prevail. Registered stallions and mares can breed with minimal human intervention, through natural cover in the pasture. Pasture breeding continues as an

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Preserve Productive Pasture

Your horse’s favorite activity could be time spent with Dr. Green–the horseman’s name for turnout on pasture. Left on his own in a field, your horse nibbles for long periods of time. Grass forage is an important part of most horses’ diets;”P>Your horse’s favorite activity could be time spent with Dr. Green–the horseman’s name for turnout on pasture. Left on his own in a field, your horse nibbles for long periods of tim”>Your horse’s favorite activity could be time spent with Dr. Green–the horseman’s name for turnout on pasture. Left on his “Your horse’s favorite activity could be time spent with Dr. Green-“our horse’s

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Administering Foal Enemas

With a newborn foal, you observe a checklist of progressive behaviors: Regular breaths, ears up, standing, and nursing. Once the foal has survived these adjustments to life after birth, you’re tempted to sigh with relief (and go back to bed!).

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Slings for Horses–Getting A Lift

Rescuers can employ equine-specific manufactured slings, or fabricate a temporary sling from rope or a fire hose. A sling gives rescuers mechanical advantage–it can help them move a horse up an inclined plane (dragging up a ramp) or get a horse out

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The Educated Equestrian

How can you become a better, more informed rider, owner, breeder, manager, groom, conformation judge, health spotter, tack fitter, and just all-around horse person? By allowing yourself the time to learn. Many horse owners take

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AI Training For Stallions

Given the choice, a stallion wouldn’t choose to mate with man-made devices. His instincts drive him to breed a mare; yet he can learn to transfer his sexual focus to a phantom mare and an artificial vagina (AV). In order to train a stallion fo”P>Given the choice, a stallion wouldn’t choose to mate with man-made devices

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Trailers Built For The Long Haul

Just like a horse, a sound trailer requires sturdy construction and fluid movement. This enables your trailer to sustain years of use from horses and withstand hazards on the highway. A better-built trailer can endure impact, vibration, and weather

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Locating the Ideal Barn

Ranch, farm, field, or barn? When your horse needs a home away from your home, you want to board him in a safe, pleasant place. You might be dissatisfied with your current arrangement, have moved into a new area, or just can’t

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Researchers Evaluate Field Glucose Test in Ponies

Pony Power!

The genuine pony displays the traits of centuries of pony progenitors, distinguishing himself from small horse breeds. In general, the pony is the same animal as the horse, yet he has many traits that make him unique.

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AHSA Meeting Report

At the 84th annual meeting of the American Horse Shows Association (AHSA), the welfare of the horse was a recurring theme. Members debated issues affecting competition horses, and expanded the involvement of horse breeders in the association.

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