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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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‘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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Tips for feeding round bales to horses

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There is often a stigma attached to feeding round bales to horses, but managed well they can be a safe and economical option. When baled and stored properly, round bales are no more prone to growing bacteria or mold than square bales. If you decide to feed round bales to your horses, be sure to purchase them from a reputable dealer who has cut and stored the hay properly. Click here to download a print version of this infographic. Text... 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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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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Get Your Barn Ready for Winter with Equine Guelph’s New Barn Fire Prevention Tool

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Article re-posted with kind permission by Equine Guelph: http://equineguelph.ca/index.php Guelph, ON, Sept. 27, 2016 - Equine Guelph has launched the new Barn Fire Prevention online tool as a resource for horse owners.  Responding to the high incidence of barn fires in Ontario last winter, Equine Guelph has developed a tool that is easy to use and provides horse owners with interactive assessments for their individual facilities. "If you have a... Read More »

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How to keep your horse’s water tank clean

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During the hot summer months it is important for your horse to have unlimited access to fresh, clean water. A horse needs to drink between 10 to 20 gallons of water a day to stay healthy. To ensure your horse is drinking enough water, it is important to make sure there is a clean water source. Dirty warm water is as appealing to your horse as it would be to you. Below are some easy steps you can take to make sure your horse finds their water sources... 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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Do you own a chestnut (aka redhead)?

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How many times have you heard the statement, "Chestnuts are crazy!" Researchers in Australia have taken the first steps to bust this myth. During the study, behavioral questionnaires were distributed to 477 horse owners. The questions addressed age, breed, sex, discipline and coat color. Those owning chestnut horses reported no significant increase in "crazy" behavior (rearing, kicking, biting, spooking, etc.). In fact, more owners of chestnuts... Read More »

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What you should know about storing horse supplements during the hot summer months.

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It is time to restock your horse’s supplements. You need to order a couple online and pick up one locally during your lunch break. UPS is going to leave the online order on your sunny porch and you will have to keep the other one in your car all afternoon. It is the middle of summer and it is hot! You find yourself wondering, will my supplements be OK roasting in these hot temperatures until I can get them to the barn? What is the best way to store my... 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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Is your horse depressed?

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Knowing and noticing the signs of depression in your horse may alert you to illness, injury or stress that can negatively affect your horse's health and performance. Signs of depression in horses: - Stands facing the stall wall for periods of time while exhibiting a withdrawn posture (neck stretched out level with back, lack of eye and ear movement, eyes open, fixed gaze) - Lack of response to tactile stimulation - Lack of interest in treats put... Read More »

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Meeting the energy requirements of an off-the-track Thoroughbred

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If your Thoroughbred is coming straight from the track and has been in training, their metabolic rate will still be high due to intense training and elevated caloric intake. Once leaving the track, many Thoroughbreds benefit from a period of rest and relaxation, along with time to adjust to their new schedules. Their caloric requirements may decrease depending on the type of work involved in their new career, but this will not happen immediately. A... Read More »

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Transitioning the off-the-track Thoroughbred to a new career

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Transitioning an off-the-track Thoroughbred (OTTB) to a new career can result in a host of nutritional challenges. Trying to determine which supplements will best suit your OTTB may be confusing. We’ve developed a helpful infographic and 6-part blog series that outlines the many challenges. First, you will need to determine what your new OTTB’s job will be and what kind of condition he or she is currently in. An easy way to determine body condition... Read More »

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Mosquito prevention tips for your horse farm

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Click here to download a print version of this infographic. Mosquitoes are not just annoying; they pose a health risk for your horses. Mosquitoes spread several neurologic diseases: West Nile virus, eastern equine encephalomyelitis, and western equine encephalomyelitis. It is important to vaccinate your horse to protect against these diseases as well as take steps to manage the mosquito population on your farm. While some mosquitoes do fly in from... Read More »

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