Heather Smith Thomas

Heather Smith Thomas ranches with her husband near Salmon, Idaho, raising cattle and a few horses. She has a B.A. in English and history from University of Puget Sound (1966). She has raised and trained horses for 50 years, and has been writing freelance articles and books nearly that long, publishing 20 books and more than 9,000 articles for horse and livestock publications. Some of her books include Understanding Equine Hoof Care, The Horse Conformation Handbook, Care and Management of Horses, Storey's Guide to Raising Horses and Storey's Guide to Training Horses. Besides having her own blog, www.heathersmiththomas.blogspot.com, she writes a biweekly blog at http://insidestorey.blogspot.com that comes out on Tuesdays.

Articles by Heather Thomas

A Window Into Your Horse's Sole

Does your horse have thin soles? Here's how to manage his feet to help keep him sound. Read More

Does Your Horse Have Healthy Hooves? Keep Them That Way

Consider the big picture--from farrier care and diet to environment and genetics--when maintaining your horse's feet. Read More

Coffin Bone Fractures

Learn why this inner hoof structure fails and what veterinarians do to diagnose and treat it. Read More

Formidable Frostbite

Healthy horses handle frigid temperatures well, but their extremities still are vulnerable to frostbite. Read More

Equine Hoof Care: The Flourishing Frog

The horse's frog is a highly adaptable structure that's crucial to hoof health. Here's what you need to know. Read More

Foggy Vision: Conditions That can Cloud the Equine Cornea

A number of things--some benign, some ­serious--can cause a cloudy eye. Here's what you need to know. Read More

Understanding Equine Insurance Policies

Experts share frequently asked questions about the types and stipulations of equine insurance. Read More

Equine Dental Care: Painful Points and Uneven Arcades

Here are some common dental issues to watch for and how they can be corrected. Read More

My Saddle Doesn't Fit My Horse...Now What?

How to find a fitter, buy or modify a saddle, and recognize the right fit for your horse. Read More

Feeding to Prevent Colic

Horses are more prone to digestive upset than other domestic animals because of how their GI tract functions. Read More

5 Tips for Feeding Easy Keepers

Follow these steps to help your overweight horse subsist on fewer calories. Read More

All About Alfalfa

Find out more about this leafy green legume and whether or not it's a good choice for your horse. Read More

Subtle Signs of Improper Saddle Fit

A saddle fitter shares some early warning signs that your tack and your horse's back aren't meshing. Read More

Pasture Management for Parasite Control

With parasites' growing anthelmintic resistance, remember to include pasture management in control efforts. Read More

The Trouble With Mud

When the going gets muddy, the muddy get hoof problems. Here's what to watch for in your horses. Read More

Tips for Producing High-Quality Alfalfa Hay for Horses

When harvested correctly, alfalfa is a high-quality source of protein and calcium for horses. Read More

4 Misconceptions About Alfalfa

Does alfalfa cause kidney or respiratory problems or make horses hyper? Specialists shed light on these myths and more. Read More

Mares Behaving Badly: Is it Estrus or Something Else?

Find out if your mare's frustrating antics are due to estrus, and learn about ways to keep them in check. Read More

Cost-Effective Feeding for Horses

Find out how to design an affordable feeding program without compromising your horse's health. Read More

EHV-1: What Are We Learning?

Herpesvirus continues to challenge the horse industry, but our experiences are teaching us how to prevent its spread. Read More

Water Access in Winter

Horses need access to fresh and unfrozen water during the winter months. Here's what to remember. Read More

Managing Small Horse Pastures

Proper management of pastures on small acreage can mean better grazing for your horses and reduced hay costs. Read More

Seeing Double: Handling Equine Twins

Veterinarians have developed methods for detecting and reducing twins in horses. Read More

Storing Toxic Substances in Stables

Find out how to use, store, and discard flammable, toxic, or hazardous products found on horse farms. Read More

Ocular Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Squamous cell carcinoma is one of the most common cancerous tumors of the equine eye. Read More