Health & Management

The Horse Health Check – A Systematic Method of Examination

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  Every horse person should learn how to check a horse’s physical condition for any tell tale signs of illness, injury, or fatigue. The health check is a critical factor with all competitions, and it is very useful in day to day management as well. Click here to read more.   Article re-posted with kind permission by Equine Guelph: http://equineguelph.ca/index.php About Kentucky Performance Products, LLC: Since 1998,... Read More »

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Colic – to walk or not to walk?

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Myth: Always walk a colicky horse. Busted: Walking won't cure colic and it isn't always in your horse’s best interest (or yours) to walk him for hours and hours. Contrary to popular belief, there isn't evidence that rolling causes the gut to twist; however, a thrashing horse can injure themselves in other ways. First and foremost, if you suspect your horse has colic call the vet immediately. Follow these guidelines while waiting for... Read More »

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

Managing horses with HYPP (hyperkalemic periodic paralysis)

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HYPP is an inherited muscle disease that disrupts normal muscle function. The genetic mutation interferes with the sodium channels that regulate muscle contractions. High blood potassium levels cause the sodium channel to stay open, allowing sodium to flood into the muscle cell. This causes uncontrollable muscle twitching. If the potassium levels get too high the muscles can become paralyzed. Some horses show little or no outward signs of HYPP, while... Read More »

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

Nutritional tidbit: carbohydrates aren’t all bad

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The most important thing to keep in mind regarding "carbs" is that there are different types of carbohydrates and the type you are feeding matters. Slowly fermentable carbohydrates (the fiber found in fresh pasture and dried forages like hay) are very beneficial to your horse. In fact, they should be the foundation of his or her diet. Simple or rapidly fermentable carbohydrates (starches and sugars) can only be digested in limited amounts by the... Read More »

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Winter Challenges

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Winter can be a challenging time of year for horses with a past history of laminitis. Horses who have suffered from laminitis in the past may have damaged vascular supplies in their feet. During cold periods, the horse's body decreases blood flow to the extremities to conserve heat. In a normal horse this does not cause harm, but in a horse with a damaged vascular supply, it could limit blood flow enough to cause pain. Protect at-risk horses from... Read More »

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Managing Metabolically Challenged Horses in Winter

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Winter can be a risky time for metabolically challenged horses. Research has shown that cold weather causes greater variability in a horse’s insulin levels. Additionally, horses tend to exercise less when it is cold, which can cause insulin levels to increase. If you have a metabolically challenged horse it is important to continue feeding a low starch and sugar diet throughout the winter months. If your horse is on medication or supplements to help... Read More »

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Water in the Winter

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Horses need to drink a minimum of 10 to 12 gallons of water a day to stay healthy, no matter what time of year it is. Their requirements increase if they are ridden. Dehydration can be as much of a problem in the winter as it is in the summer. Winter diets tend to contain less moisture, as fresh grass is replaced by dry hay and colder drinking water temperatures decrease overall water consumption. Horses that work in the winter continue to sweat,... Read More »

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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 »

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No Hoof, No Horse

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A healthy horse has healthy hooves, click here to read more. 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... Read More »

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What do you know about heaves?

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Heaves is often triggered when a horse inhales airborne particulates such as dust, mold, mites, and other substances into their lungs. If a horse is allergic to a specific particle it triggers an inflammatory response, which leads to swelling and mucus production in the lungs. Inflammation and mucus restrict air flow, and over time can damage airway tissues. Some horses have a genetic predisposition to allergies. Some allergies are present at birth and... Read More »

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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 »

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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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Potomac Horse Fever, is your horse at risk?

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Potomac horse fever (PHF) causes fever, colic, colitis and diarrhea, and can lead to life-threatening dehydration. Forty percent of horses stricken with PHF also develop laminitis. Horses living near creeks and rivers are more likely to develop the disease, which is caused when horses ingest infected aquatic insects such as damselflies, caddisflies or mayflies while grazing or drinking. PHF outbreaks are most often seen in July, August and September... Read More »

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