Health & Management

Managing the easy keeper

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Click here to download a print version of this infographic. 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... Read More »

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Quick and dirty facts on skin problems in horses

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Click here to download a print version of this infographic.       Text alternative for quick and dirty facts on skin problems in horses Rain Rot The facts: Rain rot is caused by the bacterium Dermatophilus congolensis. Occurs during wet seasons. Starts with some type of skin opening, such as an insect bite, that allows the bacteria to enter and spread using moisture. Contagious. What you will... Read More »

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Equine Herpesvirus-1- Be on the alert

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Click here, to learn more about Equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1). 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 formulated... Read More »

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Four important ingredients keep joints healthy

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Click here to download a print version of this infographic.   Text alternative for four important ingredients keep joints healthy In healthy joints, the ends of the bones are coated with a thin layer of friction-reducing tissue known as articular cartilage. The articular cartilage contains synovial ­fluid, a thick liquid that serves two primary functions: A source of nutrients for the articular cartilage A lubricant and shock... Read More »

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‘Going Under Cover’ – Blanketing Decisions

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Article re-posted with kind permission by Equine Guelph: http://equineguelph.ca/index.php New ThermoRegulator Healthcare Tool launched by Equine Guelph Nature has provided horses with a coat for all seasons, as every horse owner can attest during the hairy days of shedding season.  Long hairs rise up creating an insulating layer in the cold months. Sleek shorter hairs part in the hot season to help the horse stay cool, but there is much more to... Read More »

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Time for your horse to put on its winter coat

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Does your horse resemble a fluffy stuffed animal this time of year? That fluffy winter coat serves a very important purpose: keeping your horse warm. Thermoregulation is the process of controlling body temperature, and hair plays an important role. Each hair follicle has a small muscle controlled by the nervous system. Through a process called piloerection the nervous system pulls or puffs the hair up to increase airspace within the coat, thereby creating... Read More »

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Winter hoof care reminders

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Hints of winter are starting to appear and it won’t be long before the first hard freeze occurs. During the show season you are careful to maintain a solid hoof care regimen, but did you know it is just as important to maintain hooves during the winter months?     We’ve put together 8 winter hoof care reminders to help. Continue to pick hooves out daily to check for any problems. Schedule regular farrier visits. During... Read More »

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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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Can treats make your horse fat?

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How many calories are treats adding to your horse's diet? Probably not many, if you feed them in moderation.           Calorie counts: An average peppermint candy contains 100 calories (5 grams of sugar). A medium apple contains 65 calories (13 grams of sugar). A medium carrot has 53 calories (6 grams of sugar). A medium banana has 105 calories (14 grams of sugar). How many calories does a horse need in a... Read More »

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How to Protect Your Horse from West Nile Virus Infection

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Article re-posted from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences By Kristen Browning-Blas Late summer is peak transmission season for West Nile Virus, and confirmed cases are rising among horses in many regions. Veterinarians and public health experts urge owners to protect their horses by reducing mosquito populations and possible breeding areas. Equine veterinarians at Colorado State University’s James... Read More »

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Horses are happier and healthier when living in groups

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To most horse people, there is no better sight than a row of freshly bedded stalls, complete with a pile of hay and a bucket brimming with clean water. To humans this looks safe and comfortable, but your horse might have a different opinion. When left to exist in a natural state, horses typically live in herds consisting of a stallion, some yearlings, and a group of mares and foals. Young stallions will gather in bachelor herds where they will live... Read More »

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Is your horse depressed?

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Knowing and noticing the signs of depression in your horse may alert you to illness, injury or stress that can negatively affect your horse's health and performance. Signs of depression in horses: - Stands facing the stall wall for periods of time while exhibiting a withdrawn posture (neck stretched out level with back, lack of eye and ear movement, eyes open, fixed gaze) - Lack of response to tactile stimulation - Lack of interest in treats put... Read More »

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How to check if your horse is dehydrated

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Sweating is the process horses use to cool themselves when their body temperature rises. When a horse sweats they lose both minerals and water. Dehydration occurs when a horse doesn’t have enough water in their body to carry out normal functions. This happens when fluid losses exceed fluid intake. Dehydration will cause a horse’s body to begin to shut down and also decrease the thirst response so a horse stops drinking. If you suspect your horse may... Read More »

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Joint problems in the off-the-track Thoroughbred

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Thoroughbreds experience a lot of stress on their joints starting at an early age. Daily wear and tear, injuries, conformation, and aging all contribute to damage that causes joint inflammation and pain. There is probably not a Thoroughbred coming off the track that couldn’t benefit from a joint supplement. In healthy joints, the ends of the bones are coated with a thin layer of friction-reducing tissue known as articular cartilage. The articular... Read More »

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Hoof and coat problems facing the off-the-track Thoroughbred

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On the track, constant exercise, frequent shoeing, and the demands of racing can put a lot of stress on Thoroughbreds’ hooves. Bad feet can lead to other issues, such as sore backs and hocks. Hooves are made of tough tissue called keratin. Keratin bonds are formed with the B vitamin biotin. When biotin is lacking in the diet, Thoroughbreds’ hooves can become brittle and dry, which leads to cracked hooves that fall apart. Adding a biotin supplement may... Read More »

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