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Winter Weight Gain

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Some horses gain weight when given a winter break from trail riding, training, and/or showing. The extra weight can make getting them back in shape much harder come spring. Monitor your horse’s weight carefully during breaks and if necessary back off on high-energy feeds. Remember that when you feed less than the recommended amounts of a commercial feed, you need to supplement with a complete vitamin and mineral pellet to ensure your horse's nutrient... Read More »

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

Ensure Your Horse is Fit

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Click here, to learn why it is important to make sure your horse is fit. 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... Read More »

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Don’t let the changing seasons catch your horse off guard.

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As the seasons change, so do the quality and content of your horse’s feeding program. Winterizing your horse with Kentucky Performance Products supplements can help him cope with the stress of the changing seasons. Extreme weather patterns increase the risk of ulcers and digestive upset. Abrupt management changes caused by extreme weather patterns stress the digestive tract and the microorganisms that live in it. Increasing levels of starchy... Read More »

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

The benefits of Hyaluronic acid

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Hyaluronic acid (aka sodium hyaluronate or hyaluronan) is found naturally in your horse’s synovial fluid, which is the fluid contained in movable joints. Hyaluronic acid is responsible for making synovial fluid viscous and lubricating the joint surfaces. Under normal conditions, the synovial membranes produce enough hyaluronic acid to protect the joint, but when repeated wear and tear from exercise takes place the depletion of hyaluronic acid can lead... Read More »

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The value of the trot when training.

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No matter what discipline you engage in, don't underestimate the value of the trot when training. The trot's rhythmic one-two, one-two pace helps discourage rushing and is perfect for introducing lateral movements that improve flexibility and balance. It is fast enough to engage the horse's mind, but slow enough to allow the rider to do some forward planning. The trot produces a degree of straightness, even in green or unfit horses. Because of... Read More »

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Dangerous Dehydration

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When it is 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. As the core body temperature rises, the sweat response is triggered. Sweat is nature’s way of cooling the horse’s body. Sweat is made up of fluid and electrolytes, so when horses sweat they lose both water and minerals. Riding can lead to dehydration when a... Read More »

Category : Electrolytes | Health & Management | Tips and Topics

Electrolytes—who needs them? Your horse, that’s who.

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Electrolytes perform critical functions within your horse’s body. They help regulate nerve and muscle functions by carrying electrical impulses between cells. In addition, they assist the body in maintaining a healthy fluid balance by controlling your horse’s desire to drink. When your horse loses significant amounts of electrolytes and fluids, problems such as dehydration, muscle cramping, fatigue, tying-up, and colic may occur. Even in mild... Read More »

Category : Electrolytes | Tips and Topics

What is HA and why should I look for it in a joint supplement?

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Hyaluronic acid (HA) is an integral component of synovial fluid and articular cartilage. It is responsible for lubrication of the joint surfaces. While glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate work mainly as the building block for cartilage, HA is more beneficial to the joint fluid, which nourishes the joint and provides shock absorbing properties. Hyaluronic acid has been found to be helpful in controlling joint pain, heat, and swelling. The recommended... Read More »

Category : Tips and Topics | Valuable Nutrients

Increasing your horse’s appetite

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It can be hard to get a picky eater to consume enough calories to maintain optimal condition. Digestive aids, such as probiotics and yeast cultures, keep the digestive system in balance, which helps to stimulate a horse’s appetite. A balanced digestive tract utilizes feedstuffs more efficiently, so the horse benefits more from the feed he or she is eating.   Article written by KPP staff. Copyright (C) 2013 Kentucky Performance Products,... Read More »

Category : Digestive Health | Tips and Topics

Iodine is essential to a healthy hair coat

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Iodine controls the production of thyroid hormones, which are necessary for optimal health. Iodine deficiency can cause a dry, lusterless coat and patchy or diffuse hair loss. The NRC (National Research Council) estimates that the iodine requirement of horses is 0.1-0.6 mg/kg of the total diet. Grass and hay contain very small amounts of iodine. Some plain grains contain more iodine, but most horses get iodine from trace mineralized salt or a coat and... Read More »

Category : Health & Management | Tips and Topics | Valuable Nutrients

Vitamin deficiencies – who is at risk?

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Certain types of horses are at higher risk of developing vitamin deficiencies than others. It may be because they are unable to eat adequate amounts of fortified concentrates or consume enough green grass. Sometimes age plays a role too. At-risk horses will benefit from a balanced, low-calorie vitamin and mineral supplement. Who is at risk? Easy keepers eating a handful or two of grain a day and/or those on restricted pasture Horses and ponies in... Read More »

Category : Macro & Micro Minerals | Tips and Topics | Valuable Nutrients

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 »

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Filling the nutritional gaps in your horse’s diet

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Vitamins and minerals are vital to the horse’s physical well-being. Without sufficient vitamin and mineral intake, it is impossible for horses to remain healthy. Even those horses asked to perform no exercise need proper vitamin and mineral fortification when concentrates and pasture are fed at less than optimal levels. Easy keepers, senior horses, and horses on restricted feeding programs are most often at risk for deficiencies. It is up to horse... Read More »

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Managing RER (a form of tying-up) with dietary changes

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"Tying-up” is one of the more common muscle disorders found in horses. In fact, we now know that there are several forms of tying-up and that RER or recurrent exertional rhabdomyolysis is just one of them (another one is PSSM, but more on that in another article). Horses suffering from RER are unable to properly regulate the calcium ions that control normal muscle contraction and relaxation. When a horse has an episode of RER, the gluteal muscles... Read More »

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Provide a proper cool-down period for your horse

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No matter what the season, when horses work hard they produce heat and sweat. Properly cooling down your horse will ensure he stays sound and healthy. A daily workout for your horse probably consists of four separate periods: warm-up, active conditioning or schooling, warm-down, and cool-down. During warm weather training, the warm-down and cool-down periods are especially important because horses may be hot from conditioning exercises. The warm-down... Read More »

Category : Electrolytes | Health & Management | Tips and Topics

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