Doringcourt Horse Boarding Stables

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A horse is a grazing animal that requires roughage 18 out of 24 hours a day.  A simple flake here and there is not adequate to maintain a horse’s digestive tract.  Grain simply adds nutrients and vitamins to their diet, but it is essential to their overall health that they are allowed to graze freely […]


Every time you handle a horse you train him, whether you mean to or not.

Ancient Heritage

Spotted and mottled horses were prized among ancient civilizations. Cro-Magnon man (living 10-40,000 years ago) was familiar with spotted horses and left cave drawings of them.

Did You Know?

A horse is considered a senior when he reaches the age of 15. What this means is that he’s started on the road to old age. This does not mean that you should immediately change his work routine – he’ll let you know when he’s starting to feel the effects of the number of years […]


The world’s oldest rodeo dates back to July, 1888, in Prescott, Arizona, where it was billed as a “cowboy tournament.” The committee organizing the rodeo included Bucky O’Neill, later of Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders, and Morris Goldwater, the town major and uncle of 1964 Republican presidental candidate, Barry Goldwater – who often participated in the […]

The Horse Shoe

Horses were first shod with metal shoes about 1500 hundred years ago before we understood the physiology of the hoof. The shoes were intended to elevate the hoof out of the manure and urine-saturated ground where the horse was tied. The premise was that the elevation would stop the hoof from rotting. The domestic horse’s […]

Ranching Heritage Update

Week of November 5, 2012 Brought to you by Ranching Heritage Update The AQHA Ranching Heritage Council discusses changes to the Ranching Heritage programs. To learn more about the AQHA Ranching Heritage programs, visit Journal photo. The AQHA Ranching Heritage Council recently met in Denver to discuss the future of the Ranching Heritage programs. […]

Right & Wrong

The horse doesn’t understand the difference between right and wrong. He only understands in terms of what is.  If I kick and he does a behavior after that, whatever that behavior is, he thinks that’s what he’s supposed to do.  He doesn’t think in terms of this is right behavior and this is wrong behavior. […]


Case of the Month Orthopedics at its finest – luxated hock. Leg prior to repair This case highlights the efforts of a dedicated team and the possibilities of varied treatment options. Case summary: An 11-year old stallion, presented with multiple injuries incurred during pasture breeding. The stallion suffered a luxated joint in the hock. Radiographs […]

West Nile

  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ West Nile Virus The West Nile Virus (WNV) is a mosquito-borne flavivirus that was first diagnosed in North America in the New York City area in 1999. WNV primarily causes disease in birds, humans and horses and is transmitted by many different species of mosquitoes. Since 1999, over 16,000 U.S. horses have been […]