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Preparing your feed room and hayloft for the winter

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Here are five tips to make sure your feed room and hayloft are ready for winter. 1. Clean out your feed room. A clean feed room will help to reduce feed losses due to insect and rodent damage. It will also give you more room to store and properly manage your feed, hay, and supplements. Toss any feed or supplements that are out of date, moldy or that rodents or insects have damaged. Clean up any spilled feed that may attract hungry... Read More »

Category : Digestive Health | Essential Vitamins | Fat & Fiber | Health & Management | Tips and Topics | Valuable Nutrients

High-energy advantages

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Simply put, horses need energy. Energy is traditionally supplied by cereal grains such as oats, corn, and barley. These feedstuffs deliver energy as carbohydrates or starch. But what if you want to supply more energy to your horse without increasing his feed intake? Feeding a fat supplement is an excellent way to achieve this. Fat is added to the diet because it is an excellent energy source. It contains almost 2.25 times as much energy as an... Read More »

Category : Fat & Fiber | Tips and Topics

Does Your Horse Need Extra Vitamins? Maybe…

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Vitamins are organic compounds, which, when provided in the proper amounts, play a major role in the well-being of your horse. They are vital to the promotion and regulation of virtually all of the body's normal functions. Vitamins are available to your horse through a variety of sources, ranging from forages, such as grass and hay, to concentrates and supplements. Some vitamins, such as vitamin K and the B vitamins, are actually manufactured by the... Read More »

Category : Essential Vitamins | Nutritional Minutes | Tips and Topics

The Scoop on Electrolytes and Hydration

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What are electrolytes? Imagine you are riding your horse on a hot summer day. If you do more than walk, you both begin to sweat. After a good workout your horse’s coat is soaked and in some places even frothy. As you remove your helmet, the sweat runs down your face and you taste the saltiness on your lips. That salty flavor is from the electrolytes that, along with water, make up sweat. Electrolytes serve multiple functions in your horse’s body. The... Read More »

Category : Electrolytes | Nutritional Minutes | Tips and Topics

Energy Crisis

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As pastures fade from green to brown, horse owners all over will soon be feeding hay to meet their horses’ energy requirements. A diet composed primarily of forage and the recommended amount of a well-fortified concentrate is all most horses need to maintain their weight. But many horses—like old horses or hard keepers—need more than the basics to stay plump and healthy through winter. To prevent an energy crisis in these calorie-needy horses,... Read More »

Category : Fat & Fiber | Tips and Topics

Researchers Confirm Vitamin E Lower in Horses Without Access to Pasture

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Horses are managed in varying conditions throughout the world. A vast number of them do not have access to growing pasture year-round due to geographic region, season, training schedules, or specific management routines. Because of their limited intake of fresh forages, these horses do not consume sufficient vitamin E for optimal health. Insufficient vitamin E in the diet can lead to muscle problems and impaired immune function. Canadian researchers... Read More »

Category : Essential Vitamins | Tips and Topics

What is the ideal body condition score for your horse?

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As the winter season approaches, it is time to evaluate your horse’s body condition score.  It is important to make sure your horse begins winter in the best condition possible.  If your horse has special needs it may be necessary to alter your feeding program during the winter months. In general, a score of 5 is considered good, but there are some cases where a leaner or fatter condition may be desirable. Studies have shown that broodmares with a... Read More »

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Selenium: An Essential Mineral

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Selenium is an essential trace mineral. It is necessary to maintain good health but is needed only in small amounts. Selenium naturally occurs in the soil and is absorbed by both the forages and grains we feed to our horses. Since the selenium content of soils varies around the world, feeds grown in different areas will contain different selenium levels. In the U.S., for example, the northwest, southeast and Great Lakes areas are known to be... Read More »

Category : Macro & Micro Minerals | Nutritional Minutes | Tips and Topics

Electrolyte Use in Fall and Winter

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"I have only a few weeks’ worth of electrolyte supplement left in my bucket. With fall and winter approaching, do I need to order more and continue feeding year-round? I ride my gelding in the off-season, but ask nothing strenuous of him, usually just quiet hacking a couple times a week." Your question is a timely one. Most horsemen and horsewomen classify electrolytes as “seasonal supplements.” That way of thinking is certainly justified. After... Read More »

Category : Electrolytes | Tips and Topics

Vitamin E Necessary for Optimal Health

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The most important function of vitamin E in the horse’s body revolves around its antioxidant properties. Antioxidants offset the damage caused by free radicals, which are unstable compounds that are generated when oxygen is burned by the body. When these free radicals circulate throughout the body unchecked, they cause cellular damage that is thought to play a role in various health problems. A diet abundant in vitamin E and other antioxidants ensures... Read More »

Category : Essential Vitamins | Tips and Topics

Gastric Ulcers in Recreational Horses

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Do you believe gastric ulcers affect only high-performance athletes such as racehorses or Olympic contenders? Do you believe it takes weeks and perhaps months for gastric ulcers to develop? Do you believe gastric ulcers don’t derail performance? Once thought to be a menace only to elite equine athletes, gastric ulcers can develop within five days of exposure to a recreational show or event, according to a recent study. Signs of gastric ulcers... Read More »

Category : Digestive Health | Tips and Topics

Electrolytes for Top Performance

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If you’ve spent any time around a stable during the summer months, then you are probably acquainted with the smell of equine sweat. The sharp odor may be indicative of hard work, but sweat loss also points to a significant management concern: electrolyte supplementation. Electrolytes perform critical functions in the horse’s body. Most notably, they help regulate nerve and muscle function by carrying electrical impulses between cells. In addition,... Read More »

Category : Electrolytes | Nutritional Minutes | Tips and Topics

How to evaluate your horse’s weight

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Spring has sprung and it is time to evaluate how your horse made it through the winter and revise your feeding program for the coming spring and summer months. Your horse may be an easy keeper that now needs to be monitored on the new spring grass, a hard keeper that did not come through the winter as well as you expected, or a horse going back into training with increased nutrition requirements. Before you make changes you will need to evaluate your... Read More »

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Weight-gain tips for horses that won’t cause digestive upset

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Click here to download a print version of this infographic.   Text alternative for weight-gain tips for horses that won’t cause digestive upset Horses that have demanding training or competition schedules, broodmares raising foals, and growing horses can expend a huge number of calories doing their jobs. These horses need energy and lots of it, but they need the kind of energy that won’t cause digestive upset or improper growth... Read More »

Category : Digestive Health | Fat & Fiber | Infographics | Tips and Topics

Nutrition’s Role in Horse Healing and Recovery

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As equine athletes, our horses constantly run the risk of injury. When injury occurs, the horse is faced with a new set of challenges to overcome. Changes in exercise, diet and turnout place extra physical and mental stresses on the horse above and beyond those caused by the initial injury. The addition of targeted nutrients goes a long way toward helping the horse meet these challenges and recover faster. Targeted supplements support essential systems... Read More »

Category : Health & Management | Tips and Topics

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