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

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

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

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

Castration: The When and How

Science trumps tradition when it comes to gelding male horses. 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

Saddle Sore Spots

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

Bad Horse Bugs

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