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Chewing is an important part of your horse’s life

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In his natural state, your horse would spend 16 to 17 hours each day roaming around and grazing on a variety of plants. Biting, chewing and swallowing as he goes, there is a near constant flow of food into his digestive tract. When food is offered as meals, time spent chewing is often reduced, thus disrupting the natural rhythm of your horse’s digestive tract. Digestion starts the moment a horse takes a bite of food. In the mouth, a full set of... Read More »

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How to stop sweet itch (summer itch) from driving you and your horse crazy!

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Summer seasonal recurrent dermatitis (SSRD), commonly called sweet itch or summer itch, is caused by an allergic reaction to the saliva of a biting gnat known as the Culicoides midge. Many people refer to them as “no-see-ums.” These bothersome fellows are active from April through October. They live and breed in ponds, marshes, and areas where water is standing and stagnant. Gnats can travel up to half a mile to find a good meal. They tend to be most... Read More »

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Barn Fire Saftey – Top 10 Checklist

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Article re-posted with kind permission by Equine Guelph: http://equineguelph.ca/index.php Fire is an ever-present concern for stable owners. Contact your local fire department to do a walk through of your property and provide recommendations for a pre-plan. A qualified electrician should also evaluate your facility. There are many steps that can be taken to establish good fire prevention practices. Click here for a the top 10... Read More »

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Buttercup toxicity in horses

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Those pretty yellow flowers can cause problems in your pasture. Buttercup is a bright yellow flower found in pastures throughout North America. They thrive in areas that have been overgrazed. Horses usually avoid eating them because they are very bitter. Buttercups release a toxic oil called protoanemonin. Toxicity levels vary with plant type and maturity. They are most toxic during the early stages of growth and remain dangerous through the... Read More »

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Strategies for feeding horses turned out in a herd

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Studies reveal that horses are happiest when living outside with other horses. Researchers also noted benefits to the overall health of these individuals. However, there can be feeding challenges when multiple horses are turned out together. Kentucky Performance Products, LLC has put together some feeding strategies that will help make group feeding more successful. In the end, the dynamics and personalities within the herd may make it necessary to... Read More »

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Quick and dirty facts on skin problems in horses

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Click here to download a print version of this infographic.       Text alternative for quick and dirty facts on skin problems in horses Rain Rot The facts: Rain rot is caused by the bacterium Dermatophilus congolensis. Occurs during wet seasons. Starts with some type of skin opening, such as an insect bite, that allows the bacteria to enter and spread using moisture. Contagious. What you will... Read More »

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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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