Health & Management

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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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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