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

Flies and Bugs: Protect Your Horse

Mites, lice, flies, and mosquitoes can cause irritation to horses and carry dangerous diseases. 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

Formidable Frostbite

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

Senior Horse Dental Health

When your older horse's pearly whites are past their prime, keep an eye out for signs of specific problems. 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

Controlling Burrowing Rodents in Pastures

Find out how to prevent groundhogs, voles, and other pests from leaving horse-limb-sized holes in your pastures. Read More

Coffin Bone Fractures

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

Navigating Natural Disasters with Horses

Prepare a disaster plan for keeping your horse safe during wildfires, hurricanes, and other emergencies. Read More

A Fresh Look at Heaves

Researchers' definition of this respiratory issue continues to evolve. Here's what we currently know. Read More

Sensible Sheath Cleaning

Male horses require routine sheath cleaning to prevent pain, discomfort, or even infection. 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

5 Tips for Feeding Easy Keepers

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

Castration: The When and How

Science trumps tradition when it comes to gelding male 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

Male Horse Hygiene

A male horse's sheath needs to be cleaned, but this chore is often neglected. Here's where to start. Read More

Seeing Double

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

Saddle Sore Spots

Saddle and girth sores are common in horses that are ridden with poorly fitting tack. Read More

Pasture Management for Parasite Control

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

Feeding the Finicky Horse

Health conditions, management changes, and palate preferences can affect a horse's appetite. Read More

Dealing with Burns on Horses

A burn requires careful treatment to prevent complications, regardless of severity. Read More

Ocular Squamous Cell Carcinoma

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

Udder Issues for the Mare

Take any swelling, asymmetry, or other abnormality of your mare's udder seriously. Read More

Caring for the Blind Horse

Most horses adapt well to vision loss but still require special management in a safe environment. Read More

Riding and Exercising Broodmares

Is exercise, and sometimes even intense competition, safe for a pregnant mare and her unborn foal? Read More

Stock Trailers: Another Option for Horses

Many horsemen are discovering the versatility and economics of using stock trailers for their horses. Read More