What Are Enteroliths?

They are mineral accumulations around a foreign object that form round, triangular, or flat stones inside the bowel of a horse, usually over the course of several years.

They originate in the large colon and can lead to colic.

Refer to this Q&A by the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

The stones in the following photos were passed by a mare earlier this week, two on June 20 and two on June 21.

Symptoms began on June 19, including loss of appetite, restlessness, laying down.

The incident was preceded by diarrhea and appears to be resolving but is not over.

Enteroliths are associated with diets that are high in magnesium and protein, present in alfalfa, a staple for wild horses in off-range corrals.

The mare is a registered Paint and is 12 years old.

Enteroliths 06-22-22

Hay Available But Unaffordable

The price of alfalfa-grass mix was $30 today, twenty bales minimum.  The single-bale price was $31.  No shortages or waiting lines observed.

The price last July was $19 per bale, twenty bales minimum, putting the increase at 58% in eleven months.

The average horse would need five bales per month, which works out to $150 per AUM.

The price of forage to the public-lands ranchers over the same period was unchanged, $1.35 per AUM.

The grazing program insulates them from the realities of the market, at least on the cost side, another reason to take more wild horses off the range.

RELATED: Price of Hay Jumps Eight Percent in Eight Weeks.

Idaho Wild Horses Leaving Maine for Oregon

They were rescued and rehabilitated by the Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals but couldn’t be gentled, according to a report posted today by Bangor Daily News, so they’re headed to Skydog in two weeks.

The story said they were captured about two years ago, which may link them to the Saylor Creek or Challis roundups.

They were offered for sale by the BLM, suggesting they were “three strikers,” with a risk of entering the slaughter pipeline, but the buyer tried to give them a second chance.

RELATED: Giving Foals a Chance at Life.

Price of Hay Jumps Eight Percent in Eight Weeks

A bale of alfalfa-grass mix was $28 today, 20 bales minimum, compared to $26 on March 5.

That works out to $140 per AUM for the average horse.

The single-bale price was $29.

The price last July was $19 per bale, 20 bales minimum, so the increase over ten months is 47%.

The public-lands ranchers currently pay $1.35 per AUM, the same as they did last year.

With the rising cost of feed and illnesses at the off-range corrals, wild horse adoptions may be heading for a downturn.

RELATED: Price of Hay Jumps Again.

Meeker Mustang Makeover Rejects Sand Wash Horses

A story dated April 27 by Steamboat Pilot & Today said horses removed from the HMA and held at Cañon City will not be delivered to trainers due to the unidentified illness that’s killed 85 over the last five days.

Horses from other areas will arrive at the Rio Blanco County Fairgrounds today.

Western Horse Watchers suspects that all of the animals at the facility are now unadoptable and may be viewed as a health risk no matter where they’re sent.

The annual training event is organized and operated by ranching interests.

RELATED: Sand Wash Exiles Heading to Meeker Mustang Makeover.

Rebooting the Flock

After spending four weeks in a galvanized tub with a heat lamp, these guys graduated to the halfway house last night, a small cage next to the main coop where they’ll spend another four weeks before being turned out with the veterans.

Temperatures dropped into the mid 40s but they survived.

Chicks have to be kept warm until they grow feathers, a process that takes around three weeks.

The cage has wire mesh on the sides but is lined with flakes of hay.

The flock has declined in recent years, mostly because of predation, and egg production is now just four or five per week.

A few years ago, chicks could be purchased for $3 apiece.  These were $6 each at the beginning of March.

The price of hay has gone up because of wild horses, according to the Nevada Rangeland Resources Commission.  Can we blame this on the horses too?  Or should we be looking at the one-horse pony and his illicit administration?

Chicks Moved to Halfway House 04-01-22

Feed Cost Update

The price of alfalfa-grass hay yesterday was unchanged from January, $25 per bale with a 20 bale minimum.  But it’s still up 32% in the past six months.

The single-bale price was $26.

The price of a 50-pound sack of Purina Equine Senior has jumped from $26.49 in July to $30.99 yesterday, a 17% increase.

A 50-pound sack of Purina rice bran pellets has gone from $19.62 to $22.93, also a 17% increase.

The price of hay, which represents the majority of a horse’s diet, adopted or otherwise, works out to about $125 per AUM.  With the new AIP guidelines, you’ll be paying the freight for at least a year before you receive the $1,000 incentive.

RELATED: Price of Hay Still Going Up.

Price of Hay Still Going Up

On July 3, the price was $19 per bale for 20 bales or more.  Today, the price was $25 per bale, a 32% increase in six months.

The average horse would consume around five bales per month, putting the cost of feeding him at $125 per AUM.

Adopters will spend $1,500 on feed before they receive the second half of the $1,000 incentive, leaving them with a $500 deficit.

The price to graze livestock on public lands is $1.35 per AUM.  The fee for the 2022 season should be announced in a few weeks.

RELATED: Price of Hay Up Again.

Corral Expansion Inching Along

The loop-leg pipe panels ordered in early October have been stood up but nothing has been secured.  Bow gates were already on hand.

This space will connect the corral, out of frame on the right in the aerial view, to the barn, out of frame on the left.

Partitions in the barn, where stalls used to be, have been removed, providing another shelter and feeding area for the horses.  Overview of project in this video.

Corral Expansion Inching Along 12-19-21

Fixing Wet Spots

A few weeks ago this corner of the corral was a pond.  The addition of some fill material made things better but it was still wet, suggesting there was another source of water.

You might point to the horses in the shelter, and you’d be right, but the hose used to fill their water buckets, seen in the photo, was leaking.  That was fixed on December 9.

How do you know if you addressed the cause of a problem?  It goes away.

Getting rid of the horses is not an option.  Throwing out some kitty litter to absorb the moisture doesn’t fix the leak and only prolongs the problem.

Fixing Wet Spots 12-11-21

Price of Hay Up Again

On July 3, the price was $19 per bale for 20 bales or more.  Today, the price was $24 per bale, a 26% increase in just four months.

The average horse would consume around five bales per month, putting the cost of feeding him at $120 per AUM.

Price to graze livestock on your public lands?  Steady at $1.35 per AUM.

Adopters will burn through the $1,000 incentive in about eight months.

RELATED: Price of Hay Still Climbing.