Health & Management

Tips on how to prevent sunburn on your horse

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Horses with white or light-colored skin are more susceptible to sunburn. It is important to limit your horse’s exposure to the sun especially during the summer months when the sun’s rays are the strongest. Following a few simple tips can greatly reduce your horse’s exposure and prevent painful burns. Protect sensitive areas by apply sunscreen. - Choose a sunscreen with a high SPF and one that is water-resistant. - Test the sunscreen in a small... Read More »

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Horse gut sounds and what they mean

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One way to determine if your horse is normal and healthy is to evaluate the rumblings of his gut. The technical term for a gut sound is a borborygmus (pronounced bôr′bə-rĭg′məs). The plural is borborygmi. During a physical exam a veterinarian will listen to your horse’s gut sounds with a stethoscope in the flank area to determine if normal borborygmi are present. When listening for gut sounds, both sides of the horse are evaluated and the... Read More »

Category : Health & Management | Tips and Topics

When just a handful isn’t enough

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Many owners are unaware that a handful of concentrate a day does not come close to providing all the nutrients their horse needs. Feed manufacturers formulate concentrates to be fed at certain levels (typically at least 4 to 5 lbs per day). When recommended feeding directions are followed, minimum nutrient requirements are met, but when the amount fed is less than the minimum level, the diet can be lacking in essential vitamins and minerals. Processed... Read More »

Category : Health & Management | Macro & Micro Minerals | Tips and Topics

Got Allergies?

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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 Contribute; supports optimal omega-3 fatty acid balance. When health issues arise, always seek the advice of a licensed veterinarian who can help you choose the correct course of action for your horse. Supplements are intended... Read More »

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Grazing management for horses with metabolic syndrome

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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 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... Read More »

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Spring pasture dangers

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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 Elevate Maintenance Powder; an affordable, easy way to provide essential natural vitamin E, when longer-term vitamin E supplementation is needed. 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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Drugs and Your Horse The Dangers of Medicating

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Article re-posted with kind permission by Equine Guelph: http://equineguelph.ca/index.php Story by: Barbara Sheridan In the management of horse health, injuries and disease, conscientious horse owners would never put their horse at risk; however, improper use of some commonly administered equine drugs can impact the health and safety of our horses more than we think. Seldom does a month go by when media attention doesn't focus on a positive drug... Read More »

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Toxicoinfectious Botulism – Shaker Foal Syndrome

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Botulism is a neurotoxin produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacterium. Horses are particularly sensitive to botulism. The bacterium itself is widely found in soils and the intestinal tract of animals. When exposed to the right environmental conditions, the bacterium sporulates and releases the botulin toxin. Once the toxin is released in the intestinal tract it quickly moves into the bloodstream and targets nerve cells, causing a neuromuscular blockade... Read More »

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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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Botulism – A Deadly Killer

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Botulism is a neurotoxin produced by the clostridium botulinum bacterium. The bacterium itself is widely found in soils and in the intestinal tract of animals. On its own it is not dangerous, but when exposed to the right environmental conditions it sporulates and releases the botulin toxin. Horses are particularly sensitive to botulism. In order for sporulation to occur, the bacterium needs to be exposed to a wet, humid environment devoid of oxygen... 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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At what temperature does your horse start to get cold?

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Horses will start feeling cold below certain critical temperatures. For a clipped horse, or one with a summer coat, the average critical temperature is 40°F. For horses with a thick winter coat, the critical temperature can be as low as 18°F. Once a horse’s coat becomes wet, the critical temperature will increase by anywhere from 10°F to 15°F. For example, a dry horse will stay warm until the temperature goes below 18°F, while a wet horse will... Read More »

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Natural Vitamin E During the Winter Months

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Click here to view or download infographic.     Text alternative for - Natural Vitamin E During the Winter Months Green grass is the greatest source of vitamin E. Supplementation with vitamin E is most crucial during the winter when horses are fed diets almost exclusively composed of preserved forages. Lack of vitamin E can result in: Sore, stiff muscles Poor immune system Neurological disorders Multiple research... Read More »

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

Hay for Easy Keepers

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Q: I was told to feed my easy keeper mature, lower quality grass hay. Why, and how do I tell if the hay I purchase is too low quality? A: As hay matures the level of indigestible components increase so the hay contains more fiber and less energy, which is why mature hay is recommended for easy keepers. Mature, moderate quality hay provides the fiber your easy keeper needs to remain healthy without a bunch of extra calories. You can assess the maturity... Read More »

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

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 »

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