Health & Management

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 »

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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 »

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Developing the Sport Horse: Part 2 the importance of hydration

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Article re-posted with kind permission by Equine Guelph: 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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Keeping Horses Cool in Summer


Hey everyone. Hope you’re staying cool in this hot weather, which for me means I'm either riding at 5:30 a.m. or after 6 p.m. When the weather is hot like this, there are special precautions we can take as owners to make sure our horses don’t overheat. One is just like I mentioned: ride in the cooler times of the day. Some try to argue that you need to ride them in the heat of the day to get them acclimated in case you have a horse show and don’t... Read More »

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Megan’s Go-To Products

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Hey everyone. So as a lot of know, young horses can be hard to put and keep weight on, especially our beloved off-the-track Thoroughbreds. They all seem to go through a strange awkward gangly stage, usually at ages 2 and 3. No horse knows this better than my new boy, baby Manley. We got him in late November of last year as a two-year-old; he was broke at the track but never raced. Needless to say, this past winter was hard on a growing 2-year-old.... Read More »

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Research confirms it: Tall horses are more likely to roar.


Roaring (recurrent laryngeal neuropathy or RLN) occurs when part of the larynx is paralyzed, blocking the airway. As the horse inhales, there is a distinct sound. Roaring has a negative effect on performance as it reduces airflow during peak exertion. Resent research now confirms what field observations suspected: Taller horses are more likely to become roarers. The study was conducted at Michigan State University and Cornell University with 505 TB... Read More »

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The Horse Health Check – A Systematic Method of Examination


  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: 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 »

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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 »

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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


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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