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Progress in Pain Recognition

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Article re-posted with kind permission by Equine Guelph: www.equineguelph.ca   Story by: Jackie Bellamy-Zions Hiding pain is one of the top survival skills of the horse. An important part of horse ownership is learning to recognize the signs a horse may be in discomfort rather than dismissing certain subtle cues as just bad behaviour. Dr. Brianne Henderson recently gave a well-received lecture to a room full of horse owners in Hillsburgh,... Read More »

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When conditioning, it isn’t just about cardio and muscle; consider bone density too.

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Bone remodeling occurs constantly throughout a horse’s lifetime and is essential to the maintenance of proper growth, soundness and longevity. Remodeling is most active in young, growing horses, but horses of all ages experience it to some degree. There are two reasons for remodeling: firstly, it allows bones to adjust to the physical stress new activities put on the skeleton. Secondly, it replaces bone that has been damaged by injuries, and it repairs... Read More »

Category : Macro & Micro Minerals | Tips and Topics

Tips for feeding special needs horses in the winter

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Click here to download a print version of this infographic.     Text alternative for: Tips for feeding special needs horses in the winter Preventing winter weight gain in easy keepers. • Monitor your horse’s weight carefully during winter breaks and, if necessary, back off on concentrates. Equine Weight Formulas (Measurements in inches) • Adult Horse: (heart girth x heart girth x body length) ÷ 330 = body... Read More »

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Reduce Risk of Horse Health Problems by Careful Winter Feeding

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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 Micro-Phase, which provides essential vitamins and trace minerals missing from forages and unfortified diets in an easy-to-digest form. When health issues arise, always seek the advice of a licensed veterinarian who can help you choose the correct course of... Read More »

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Nutrition for Lay-Up/Convalescing Horses

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Whether a racehorse needs some downtime from the rigors of track life or a show jumper is on stall rest with a bowed tendon, the right nutrition can make a difference in recovery time and extent of recovery. Some horses will require less energy intake, while others with more significant injuries to overcome may require additional calories, because the immune system can be a major drain on energy reserves. Balanced nutrition is key to maintaining a healthy... Read More »

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Don’t Let Poor Digestive Tract Health Sideline Your Horse

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Click here to view or download infographic.   Article written by KPP staff. Copyright (C) 2015 Kentucky Performance Products, LLC.   All rights reserved. Article sponsored by Neigh-Lox Advanced; healthy digestive tract formula. Blend of ingredients that work synergistically to support both a healthy foregut and hindgut so horses utilize feed more efficiently, feel better, and eat better. When health issues arise, always seek the... Read More »

Category : Digestive Health | Infographics | Tips and Topics

Havoc in the Hindgut?

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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 Neigh-Lox Advanced; healthy digestive tract formula. Blend of ingredients that work synergistically to support both a healthy foregut and hindgut so horses utilize feed more efficiently, feel better, and eat better. When health issues arise, always seek the... Read More »

Category : Digestive Health | Nutritional Minutes | Tips and Topics

Fats Are an Effective Energy Source for Horses

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Click here to view or download infographic.   Article written by KPP staff. Copyright (C) 2014 Kentucky Performance Products, LLC.   All rights reserved. Article sponsored by Equi-Jewel, a high-fat, heat-stabilized rice bran; excellent source of safe calories that support proper muscle function, and by EndurExtra, a concentrated source of calories from fat with additional antioxidants and digestive aids. When health issues arise,... Read More »

Category : Fat & Fiber | Infographics | Tips and Topics

Beet pulp: a super hero of fibers

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Beet pulp is a byproduct of the sugar beet industry. It consists of the pulp that remains after all the sugar has been removed from the sugar beet plant. Because it is low in lignin, a structural fiber that is hard for horses to digest; it is easily fermented (broken down) by the microflora in a horse’s hindgut. Beet pulp contributes readily available energy to both the microflora and the horse. This beneficial effect supports a healthy digestive tract... Read More »

Category : Fat & Fiber | Tips and Topics

Insulin-Resistant Horses

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Researchers have confirmed that as horses age, they naturally become less sensitive to insulin and more susceptible to health problems caused by too much sugar in the diet. One way to reduce the sugar content in a horse’s diet is to replace sugar-laden grains with a high-fat supplement. Fat is an extraordinary energy source. It is readily utilized by the horse and contains more than two times the calories of sugary grains. Equi-Jewel was... Read More »

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Developing the Sport Horse: Part 2 the importance of hydration

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Article re-posted with kind permission by Equine Guelph: http://equineguelph.ca/index.php Story by: Dr. Brianne Henderson As we move through the height of our summer competition season, it is not uncommon to have multiple days of severe heat and humidity - the days when you sweat standing still. Heat and humidity can be harder on your horse than it is on you. Most of us have worked to motivate a sluggish horse through the final jump off or day 3... Read More »

Category : Electrolytes | Health & Management | Tips and Topics

Keeping Horses Cool in Summer

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Hey everyone. Hope you’re staying cool in this hot weather, which for me means I'm either riding at 5:30 a.m. or after 6 p.m. When the weather is hot like this, there are special precautions we can take as owners to make sure our horses don’t overheat. One is just like I mentioned: ride in the cooler times of the day. Some try to argue that you need to ride them in the heat of the day to get them acclimated in case you have a horse show and don’t... Read More »

Category : Electrolytes | Health & Management | Team Have At It Blog | Tips and Topics

Is Your Horse at Risk for Dehydration?

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When it’s hot out, exercise and other stressors can lead to dangerous dehydration. Horses generate a tremendous amount of heat in their bodies when they exercise or when they are stressed. Riding can lead to dehydration when a horse is unable to rehydrate adequately during and after exercise. The same holds true when a horse is shipped or put in a stressful situation that causes reduced water intake and sweating.   Article written by... Read More »

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Developing the Sport Horse: Part 1 – The importance of cross training for mind and body

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Article re-posted with kind permission by Equine Guelph: http://equineguelph.ca/index.php Story by: Dr. Brianne Henderson "Whether it be a football player studying ballet or a dressage horse learning to work cows - cross-training is a central pillar to athletic success and longevity." ~ Dr. Brianne Henderson BVMS MRCVS, Ferguson Equine Veterinary Services & Toronto Equine Hospital Extrapolating from human athlete research - can cross... Read More »

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Horses with a busy lifestyle are at high risk for digestive upset.

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Horses with a busy lifestyle are at high risk for digestive upset. Limited grazing, larger grain meals, and frequent traveling can irritate tissues and disrupt the sensitive microbial populations that are so important to your horse's digestive health. An unhealthy digestive tract can lead to subtle changes such as sour attitude, poor coat quality, and weight loss. Neigh-Lox Advanced provides a scientifically advanced blend of ingredients that... Read More »

Category : Digestive Health | Tips and Topics | Videos

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