Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Maintain Your Horse's Hocks

Maintain Your Horse’s Hocks

In other newsletters I’ve written about the benefits of establishing regular maintenance for your horse trailer and tow vehicle.

But how about regular maintenance for your horse?

Just like your trailer or truck, he has parts that, over time, can wear down due to overuse. One area that often becomes problematic is the hocks.

Whether you use your horse for reining, dressage, or something in between, there may come a time when his hocks get achy. And sore hocks can definitely interfere with your horse’s ability to perform at his best.

So if this happens, what are your options?

A popular yet expensive choice is hock injections. Your vet will give the injection, which sends hyaluronic acid into the joint. The hyaluronic acid lubricates the joint and helps the depleted synovial fluid do its job.

As I mentioned, hock injections are pricey, often running into the hundreds of dollars. Most likely, your horse will need to be sedated for this procedure. If your horse is sensitive (like one of mine was), he could react to the sedation by colicking. However, many horses respond very positively and improve dramatically (mine did.)

How long your horse benefits may vary. Some horses do well with once a year injections, others may need to have the injections repeated more frequently.

Another option is feeding your horse an oral supplement that contains hyaluronic acid. There are many on the market to choose from. Initially, supplementing orally with hyaluronic acid was deemed questionable as to how useful it was. But over time, this practice appears to have produced results and has grown more popular. And if you’re trying to keep expenses down, this is a practical alternative.

Most likely, your horse was a big investment for you. So it’s worth your while to invest in a therapy that will work well for him and keep him going for years to come.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Affordable Living Quarter Horse Trailer

Buffalo Series Living Quarters Horse Trailers

If you’ve always dreamed of owning a living quarters horse trailer yet never felt you could afford one, I’d like to introduce you to our Buffalo Series Living Quarters horse trailers.

I’ve mentioned before that we manufacture all of our Double D horse trailers here at our facility, so that means there’s no middle man involved, which saves you money. We build the trailers and then sell them directly to you. That goes for our Buffalo line of trailers too. This gives them a reasonable price tag. (If you’re wondering what “reasonable price tag” means, click here.)

At Double D, we get it that some horse people may be first-time, living quarters horse trailer buyers who don’t want to spend a fortune, but still want a well-equipped trailer. That’s who we had in mind when we designed the Buffalo series. But even if you’re not a first-timer, you’ll still appreciate what this line of trailers has to offer.

Here’s a quick rundown of a few of the features:

• Double D’s state-of-the-art Z-Frame® Technology, SafeBump Roof®, and SafeKick® Wall System

• Folding wall rear tack design

• Walk-thru door from dressing room to horse area

• Wood grain style cabinets and woodworking

• 6’ short wall x 10’ long wall living quarter area

The list of features goes on and on. If you’re interested and want to see what else comes with the Buffalo Series, click here. We think you’ll like it.

Or contact us. We’re always happy to answer any of your questions. Just call 800-435-6274 or email us at sales@doubledtrailers.com.

Sometimes dreams can come true!

Double D Trailers, Inc.