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Treating laminitis – Did you know?

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When treating laminitis, cooling the hoof wall to between 40 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit for 48 to 72 hours can help prevent inflammation from damaging the soft laminae. Be prepared to make a commitment, though, as evidence suggests intermittent cooling might be worse than not cooling at all. When cooling the hooves, wet methods work best (ice and water). To keep the hoof cold, cool the hoof and the limb above it to ensure incoming blood is... Read More »

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Components of a Healthy Hoof

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Click here to download a print version of this infographic.     Copyright (C) 2015 Kentucky Performance Products, LLC.   All rights reserved. Article sponsored by Ker-A-Form; a blend of vitamins, minerals, and fats that nourishes skin, hair coat, and hooves. When health issues arise, always seek the advice of a licensed veterinarian who can help you choose the correct course of action for your horse. Supplements are... Read More »

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Ingredients for strong hooves and a healthy coat

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Click here to read our Nutritional Minute.   Article written by KPP staff. Copyright (C) 2015 Kentucky Performance Products, LLC.   All rights reserved. Article sponsored by Ker-A-Form; a blend of vitamins, minerals, and fats that nourishes skin, hair coat, and hooves. When health issues arise, always seek the advice of a licensed veterinarian who can help you choose the correct course of action for your horse. Supplements are... Read More »

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Winter Challenges

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Winter can be a challenging time of year for horses with a past history of laminitis. Horses who have suffered from laminitis in the past may have damaged vascular supplies in their feet. During cold periods, the horse's body decreases blood flow to the extremities to conserve heat. In a normal horse this does not cause harm, but in a horse with a damaged vascular supply, it could limit blood flow enough to cause pain. Protect at-risk horses from... Read More »

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No Hoof, No Horse

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A healthy horse has healthy hooves, click here to read more. Article re-posted with kind permission by Equine Guelph: http://equineguelph.ca/index.php   About Kentucky Performance Products, LLC: Since 1998, Kentucky Performance Products has simplified a horse owner’s search for research-proven nutritional horse supplements that meet the challenges facing modern horses. KPP horse supplements target specific nutritional needs and are... Read More »

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Spring and Fall pastures can be unsafe for at-risk horses

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It is that time of the year again, when grass pastures can be unsafe for at-risk horses! Grazing management is the key to avoiding problems. Temperature and sunlight affect the amount of fructans (a type of sugar) stored in fresh grass. In plants, a process known as photosynthesis produces fructan. Photosynthesis occurs only during daylight hours. The sunnier the day, the more fructan is produced in a plant. At night, fructan is available to the... Read More »

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Feeding strategies to prevent laminitis in easy keepers

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What is laminitis? Laminitis occurs when the tissues that connect the coffin bone to the hoof wall, called the laminae, become inflamed and the blood supply is compromised. The sensitive and insensitive laminae separate, damaging the structural integrity of the hoof. There are multiple causative factors that result in laminitis. They range from mechanical stress to digestive dysfunction. Laminitis varies in severity depending on the amount of damage... Read More »

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Moisture and your horse’s hoof

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Wet feet are a common problem Poor hoof quality can be the result of multiple factors, including poor nutrition, lack of proper trimming and shoeing, excess moisture, and genetics. One of the more common causes of hoof problems is too much moisture in the hoof. Horses that live in wet, humid environments, those that are bathed repeatedly, and horses that are kept on damp bedding or stand in the mud for long periods of time are at the greatest risk. Too... Read More »

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A Lesson in Lecithin

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Have you ever come across “lecithin” while scrutinizing the ingredient list of a favorite supplement? Have you wondered why lecithin was included in the mix? Because it benefits the horse on both the inside and outside, lecithin is anything but an “empty” ingredient. Lecithin is a combination of phospholipids that occur naturally in some plants. Made of many components including fatty acids, phospholipids are involved in a host of physiological... Read More »

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Nutritional Considerations for Horses in Drought Conditions

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Careful management of your horse year-round will help ensure that he remains healthy during drought conditions. In the short-term future, the first and perhaps most elementary and immediate point to consider is nutrition. As the drought in Kentucky and surrounding states rages on, pastures may be brown and their bounty less than nutritious. If you rely heavily on pastures to provide calories for your horse, he may not be receiving sufficient energy... Read More »

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Getting the Most for Your Money with Ker-A-Form™

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Providing proper nutrition for your horse is one of the most basic ways to ensure his well-being. High-quality forage and well-formulated, properly fortified concentrates should provide the basis for his diet. Occasionally, however, these components are not enough to guarantee optimal health. In cases in which beneficial nutrients cannot be delivered through a diet of forage and concentrate, scientifically proven supplements should be considered. Care... Read More »

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Biotin Basics

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Biotin has become commonplace in feed rooms across the world because of its reputation as an effective hoof supplement. And while this is true, some horsemen believe it to be a man-made and mystical creation. Nothing could be further from the truth. Like the more familiar niacin, riboflavin, and thiamin, biotin is first and foremost a B-vitamin. Biotin is similar to other B-vitamins in that it is essential in the conversion of feedstuffs to energy so... Read More »

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