Ask Debbie

We're glad you're visiting our website and exploring our 'Ask Debbie' section. If you have a product or horse question and would like to talk, click on the 'submit a question' link below and I will personally email you with ideas and answers for your particular project or questions you have!

  • Judy E.

    Dear Debbie,

    I have a gaited mare that is very tender footed. What would you recommend? I have had people to tell me there are ways to toughen up her feet. I thank you in advance for all your help in this matter.

    Read Debbie's Answer
  • Carol Prudom

    Dear Debbie,

    I am interested in Flex-Fence for my goats, sheep and horses. Will goats or my other animals chew it?

    Read Debbie's Answer
  • Pat T.

    Dear Debbie,

    I am looking for your recommendations to protect my new 4-board wood fence. Obviously, electric wire is a great option, but what is the recommendation on how many strands and what type of wire/tape? How far off the fence should it be; several inches or placed close to the boards? Since I do have a great visual barrier for my horses, I would like the electric protection to be as invisible as possible. Please let me know what your recommendations are. Pat

    Read Debbie's Answer
  • Liz F.

    Dear Debbie,

    I am in the planning stages of building a small boarding stable. I would like to have a small indoor riding area and would like your opinion on which way to go. The barn will be either 50'x100' or 60'x100'. I would like the stalls to go down one side of the barn and leave the rest open for riding. This will leave an area of approximately 36'x88' give or take a few feet. Would that be enough room for riding indoors, or should we build the barn with the stalls opposite each other at one end and leave the rest open (sort of a large round pen) at the other end? The only riding that would take place would be just general exercise if the weather outside were too bad. I would appreciate your advice.

    Read Debbie's Answer
  • Lisa Z.

    Dear Debbie,

    I have a mare that is in foal, and I was wondering, what are the best types of alterations I can do to make my fence more foal-proof? My fence is a steel, two-bar fence about 1.5m tall with plain wire in between the two bars. I was wondering about putting a small size chicken mesh around the fence that is small enough not to have tiny feet caught in it to stop the foal from crawling underneath and getting tangled in wire.

    Read Debbie's Answer
  • Debra P.

    Dear Debbie,

    I am having trouble with two baby quarter horses pulling up their stall mats and digging up the underground stone. Do you have any suggestion? Are wall-to-wall stall mats available, and would they help my situation? Please let me know what you think and thanks for the help.

    Read Debbie's Answer
  • Cathy R.

    Dear Debbie,

    My 14-year-old gelding has been diagnosed with COPD, better known as heaves. Being outdoors full-time isn't an option, although he is outdoors as long as the weather and grass growth permits. Because of Sonny's sensitivity to dust, I am concerned about continuing the use of peanut hulls as bedding. Can you suggest alternative bedding that may be more appropriate for a horse with heaves? I feed him grass forage dingee and low-fat grain. He takes one Albuterol tab daily.

    Read Debbie's Answer
  • Diana S.

    Dear Debbie,

    I have a 10-month-old painted colt whose mane does not fall all on one side. Half falls naturally to one side of his neck and the other half falls to the other. Is there anything I can do to keep his mane on one side? Diana

    Read Debbie's Answer
  • Moreen Z.

    Dear Debbie,

    I am wondering if it is safe to work horses indoors, where they get sweaty, and then take them back out to the trailer, unheated stalls and outside pens?

    Read Debbie's Answer
  • Suzanne A.

    Dear Debbie,

    I reviewed your live chat about fencing on EquiSearch and decided to see if you can help me. My sister and I received word this week that our barn has been sold to a developer and we must move our two horses. Our gentleman is a 20-year-old, 17-hand Thoroughbred; and our young lady is a mischievous 8-year-old, 16.2-hand Holsteiner warm blood. We have decided to fence our property and build a barn. We have about 2.5 acres to fence for the horses. I am apprehensive because we live one block off a very busy 6-lane highway. I am scared to death that the horses will get out, and I don't want to think about the consequences if they do. I thought about a chain link fence with hot wire to keep them off it, but some people have told me that I shouldn't put horses in chain link fence. I thought about no-climb wire with a top board and a strand of hot wire. I also thought about double fencing, which can get expensive, but I will do that if it is the best solution. Can you give us some recommendations that would give me the most peace of mind? Thanking you in advance for any advice you can give us further.

    Read Debbie's Answer

Ask Debbie a question

If you have a product or horse question and would like to talk, send me a question below and I will personally email you with ideas and answers for your particular project or questions you have!

Please prove that you are a human by completing the step below:

Align the slider to the arrow