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

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

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

Caring for Long Ears

Donkeys and mules have a reputation for being hardier than horses, but they require the same basic care. Read More

Deworming Young Horses

Work with your veterinarian to properly time treatment and avoid perpetuating drug-resistant parasites. Read More

Neonatal Isoerythrolysis in Foals

Prevention is key to avoiding neonatal isoerythrolysis, or destruction of a newborn foal's red blood cells. Read More

Genetics: What Does it All Mean?

Advances in the field of genetics are especially beneficial to those trying to understand equine disease. Read More

Artificial Insemination: What's New?

Precise timing and specialized tools are the mainstays of successful equine insemination. Read More

The State of the Equine Genome Sequence

The first equine genome was sequence was completed in 2007, but what is the state of that sequence in 2011? Read More

Diagnosing Gait Irregularities in Horses

To get to the bottom of subtle performance-limiting gait abnormalties, vets must consider every puzzle piece. Read More

Applying Pasture Analysis

Collecting an accurate pasture sample is only half the battle; interpreting the results and putting them to go Read More

The Aging Horse

We'll explore how the horse's body systems age and what to look out for in your equine senior citizen. 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

Bad Horse Bugs

Horse owners and vets must use antimicrobials responsibly to help reduce bacterial drug resstance. Read More

Eco-Friendly Pest Control

Today, many horse owners are trying to find less potentially harmful ways to control vermin than pesticides. Read More

Mouth Injuries in Horses

Mouth injuries can happen in any horse, whether during elite competition or in our own stables and pastures. Read More

Postpartum Problems in Mares

Post-foaling problems caused by dystocia and other factors can be serious and immediate treatment is critical. Read More

The Hardy Horse

Our horses have several unique ways to stay comfortable in severe weather. Read More

Blood Test to Detect and Monitor Pregnancy in Mares

Veterinarians and breeders can now detect pregnancy in mares using an ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) test that detects estrogen molecules in a mare's blood sample and is cheaper and easier to perform than an ultrasound. Read More

Safe Teasing

Consider the surroundings, the method, the horse, and the handler when teasing a mare for breeding. Read More