Tips and Topics

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

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 »

Category : Essential Vitamins | Tips and Topics

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 »

Category : Health & Management | Tips and Topics

The Feeling You Get When You Hug Your Horse

It’s why we do what we do It is why you go to the barn every day, regardless of the weather or your busy schedule, so you can see your horse. It is why you run out on a cold winter night and toss everyone extra hay. It is why the farrier and veterinarian are on the top of your speed dial list. It is why your relatives don’t understand why you choose to use your vacation to go to a horse show instead of the beach. Here at Kentucky Performance... Read More »

Category : Tips and Topics | Videos

The Low Down on Dry Lots

The Low Down on Dry Lots

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For additional information, contact Jenn@ModernEquestrianMedia.com By Jennifer Roberts  As we head into fall, the lush pasture may be waning. It’s time to make winter plans, what will you to for your horse’s turnout over the winter months? For many people, a dry lot is the perfect turnout situation for their horses. A dry lot is small paddock, which is sacrificed to allow for other pastures to rest, especially during... Read More »

Category : Health & Management | Tips and Topics

Before you Blanket Visit Equine Guelph’s ThermoRegulator Healthcare Tool

Before you Blanket Visit Equine Guelph’s ThermoRegulator Healthcare Tool

Article re-posted with kind permission by Equine Guelph: http://equineguelph.ca/index.php Story: Jackie Bellamy-Zions Guelph, ON – Fall is a popular time for horse owners to go blanket shopping but before you dash out to purchase the latest in equine haute couture or the warmest rug with the most fill, consider what your horse really needs. Equine Guelph has partnered with internationally renowned blanket manufacturer, Bucas of Ireland to bring you... Read More »

Category : Health & Management | Tips and Topics

Traveling Is Hard on Your Horse

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Traveling is harder on your horse than you think. Tired, stressed horses are more likely to hurt themselves in the trailer, and they are more susceptible to illness during and after the trip. Traveling in a trailer causes: A decrease in immune function Muscle fatigue Respiratory stress Digestive imbalances and dehydration The longer a horse is in the trailer the more stress their systems are put under. 8 things you can do to reduce travel... Read More »

Category : Digestive Health | Essential Vitamins | Health & Management | Tips and Topics

Myo-Guard™: What’s inside the bucket?

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Click here to download a print version of this infographic.       Text-only version of “Myo-Guard:  What’s Inside the Bucket” Natural Vitamin E Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that supports healthy cell membranes by reducing free radical-induced damage. Vitamin E is essential for the proper function of the reproductive, muscular, nervous, circulatory, and immune systems. Unlike synthetic vitamin E,... Read More »

Category : Infographics | Tips and Topics | Valuable Nutrients

The feeling you get on an early morning hack

It’s why we do what we do. It’s why you get up a couple hours before work on a hot summer day to school your horse. It is why you hang out at the barn, waiting for the storm to pass so you don’t miss an opportunity to ride. It’s why you barrow the quietest horse in the barn to take your significant other on a trail ride. It is why you love riding across the field bareback on a cool summer morning. It is why you do everything you can do to keep... Read More »

Category : The Feeling You Get When... | Tips and Topics

Horse Body Condition Score Video

Click here to download a free copy of the horse body condition score sheet.   Horse body condition scoring is an easy method you can utilize throughout the year to see if your horse’s condition changes over time. Once you determine your horse’s body condition you can revise your feeding program as needed. Keep in mind, your horse’s body condition level can depend on a number of factors such as age, temperament, metabolism, level of... Read More »

Category : Health & Management | Tips and Topics | Videos

Chewing is an important part of your horse’s life

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In his natural state, your horse would spend 16 to 17 hours each day roaming around and grazing on a variety of plants. Biting, chewing and swallowing as he goes, there is a near constant flow of food into his digestive tract. When food is offered as meals, time spent chewing is often reduced, thus disrupting the natural rhythm of your horse’s digestive tract. Digestion starts the moment a horse takes a bite of food. In the mouth, a full set of... Read More »

Category : Digestive Health | Other Topics of Interest | Tips and Topics

Ker-A-Form™: What’s inside the bucket?

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Click here to download a print version of this infographic.       Text alternative for - Ker-A-Form:  What’s inside the bucket Full-fat soybean meal and lecithin Full-fat soybeans are abundant in amino acids, the building blocks of protein. Full-fat soybeans contain the highest quality protein and the greatest amount of lysine of any protein from a plant source. Both soybeans and lecithin contain fatty acids,... Read More »

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How to stop sweet itch (summer itch) from driving you and your horse crazy!

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Summer seasonal recurrent dermatitis (SSRD), commonly called sweet itch or summer itch, is caused by an allergic reaction to the saliva of a biting gnat known as the Culicoides midge. Many people refer to them as “no-see-ums.” These bothersome fellows are active from April through October. They live and breed in ponds, marshes, and areas where water is standing and stagnant. Gnats can travel up to half a mile to find a good meal. They tend to be most... Read More »

Category : Health & Management | Other Topics of Interest | Tips and Topics

Omega Fatty Acid Balance Is Essential to Good Health

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Omega fatty acids are known as essential fatty acids because they cannot be synthesized in the body and must be provided in the diet. Omega fatty acids are split into two categories: omega-6 and omega-3. It is the amount of both of these acids relative to each other that is important for overall health. When properly balanced, the two types of fatty acids work in concert to keep your horse healthy. Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are metabolized by... Read More »

Category : Nutritional Minutes | Tips and Topics | Valuable Nutrients

Havoc in the Hindgut

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Your horse is a home The digestive tract of your horse is home to millions of microorganisms that aid in the digestion of feedstuffs. The sheer size of the microbial population shows their importance to your horse’s health. Leading equine nutritionist David Frape once wrote “…the bacteria cells in the digestive tract of the horse number more than ten times all the tissues cells in the body.” Think about it: There are more microbes in the gut... Read More »

Category : Digestive Health | Nutritional Minutes | Tips and Topics

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