Health & Management

Hot and dry temps got your pasture down?

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Hot and dry temps got your pasture down? The record heat and lack of rain has turned many pastures brown and weedy as grasses go dormant and weeds continue to grow. This can spell trouble for your horses and your pasture. Understanding how extreme temperatures affect your pasture and using a few common sense management tools can help keep your horse safe and your pasture alive. How grasses and weeds react to stress: As a defense mechanism to stress,... Read More »

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

Feeding to Ensure Digestive Tract Health

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We have all heard that certain horses exposed to stressful contiditons are at a higher risk of developing ulcers and hindgut imbalances, but did you know that how and what you feed your horse can also increase the likelihood of damaging his or her sensitive digestive tract? One of the most important facets of equine management is learning what strategies should be used to ensure digestive tract health in the horses you care for. Extensive research has... Read More »

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

Bothersome Burrs!

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What is it about horses and burrs? If there is a burdock bush in the pasture, your horses will find it and soon become well covered with those Velcro-like seed pods. When feed time rolls around, your horses will meet you at the gate sporting a tangled mess between their ears, down their neck, and between their hind legs. Where is that beautiful mane and tail you spent hours detangling the other day? How will you ever get all those burrs out? Let the... Read More »

Category : Health & Management | Tips and Topics

When things heat up!

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What is heat stroke and how do you recognize it? Heat stroke occurs when you horse’s natural cooling mechanisms fail to keep his body temperature at a normal level. If left untreated, heat stroke could kill your horse. The best way to avoid heat stroke is to closely monitor your horse when riding in warm weather. Know your horse’s normal vital signs, know the symptoms of heat stroke, and take immediate action to cool your horse off when he gets too... Read More »

Category : Electrolytes | Health & Management | Tips and Topics

Keeping Your Horse Safe in Hot Weather

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To ride or not to ride, that is the question. Temperature alone is not a good guide when it comes to deciding if you should ride on a hot summer day. It is the combination of heat and humidity that should be your major concern. Your horse’s natural radiator is a combination of skin surface and sweat. As your horse’s body warms up, his sweat glands release sweat: a combination of water and minerals. As the water evaporates off the skin it cools the... Read More »

Category : Electrolytes | Health & Management | Tips and Topics

Feeding Directions: Mere Suggestions or Strict Guidelines?

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Feeding directions are an important place to start. As human beings, we have the ability to manage our own daily food intake, but our horses don’t have that choice. They depend on us to provide the feed they need to survive. In the old days, the components of a horse’s diet were limited to plain grains and basic forages (hay and grass). Modern technology has changed that and now feed manufacturers have a wide range of ingredients at their disposal.... Read More »

Category : Health & Management | Nutritional Minutes | Tips and Topics

Put the Bloom Back in Your Horse’s Coat

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Does your horse struggle with dull, flaky hair coat? Are his mane and tail dry and brittle? The quality of your horse’s hair is based in part on his genetic makeup, but nutrition can also play a role. Nutrients affect hair quality Protein: Skin and hair need protein. Proteins are made up of different amino acids and each amino acid has a purpose. Protein deficiency is rarely seen, but your horse may be lacking certain amino acids that affect hair... Read More »

Category : Health & Management | Nutritional Minutes | Tips and Topics

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