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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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Winter cool down and what to do with a wet horse in the cold

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Click here, to learn more about winter cool down and what to do with a wet horse in the cold. 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... Read More »

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Wacky Winter Weather – Horse Blanketing Tips

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This crazy weather makes blanketing a real challenge. Blankets on, blankets off. Light, medium, heavy. Hood, no hood. Oh my! Here is a great rule of thumb to follow when choosing the right blanket weight. Remember to take wind chill into consideration if your horse lives outside. When temps fall within the range of 50 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit, use a lightweight blanket. When temps fall within the range of 40 to 50 degrees, use a medium-weight... Read More »

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Barn night checks

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Night checks are a very important part of horse care. Topping off water buckets, providing additional concentrate to hard keepers, feeding the last hay meal of the day, picking stalls and changing blankets are common late-night chores. While you are taking care of the barn, check in with each horse. Taking note of your horse’s overall attitude and condition during the night check gives you an opportunity to catch little problems before they become... Read More »

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Preparing for Winter Starts Now

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Click here to download a print version of this infographic.   Text alternative for Preparing for Winter Starts Now Five tips to make sure your feed room and hayloft are ready for winter 1. Clean out your feed room. A clean feed room will help to reduce feed losses due to insect and rodent damage. It will also give you more room to store and properly manage your feed, hay, and supplements. 2. Stockpile concentrates (sweet... Read More »

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Dressed to Kill – rider safety is always in fashion

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Article re-posted with kind permission by Equine Guelph: www.equineguelph.ca Story by: Jackie Bellamy-Zions If you enjoyed Equine Guelph's Plan A Head article last August, you already understand the importance of wearing a helmet. You are not willing to risk vegetable brain to avoid helmet head and you know the importance of choosing a helmet safety approved for horse riding not cycling; but what about the rest of your ensemble? Regardless of your... Read More »

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Progress in Pain Recognition

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Article re-posted with kind permission by Equine Guelph: www.equineguelph.ca   Story by: Jackie Bellamy-Zions Hiding pain is one of the top survival skills of the horse. An important part of horse ownership is learning to recognize the signs a horse may be in discomfort rather than dismissing certain subtle cues as just bad behaviour. Dr. Brianne Henderson recently gave a well-received lecture to a room full of horse owners in Hillsburgh,... Read More »

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Common hay: a quick comparison

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Six indicators to look at when deciding which hay is best for a mature horse: 1) Digestible Energy (DE) is an estimate of energy that is digested and absorbed by the horse. The DE is helpful when determining how much energy a hay contributes to the overall diet. Energy requirements can be expressed as megacalories (Mcal) per lb or kilocalories (Kcal) per lb. One Mcal is equal to 1,000 Kcal, so make sure you are comparing apples to apples when... Read More »

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Skin Diseases and Allergies in Horses

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Click here, to learn more about common skin diseases and allergies in horses. 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... Read More »

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Travel Tips for Horses – Part 1: Plan Ahead

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Click here to download a print version of this infographic. Travel Tips for Horses – Part 2: Nutritional Support While Traveling Travel Tips for Horses – Part 3: How and When to Use Supplements     Text alternative for Travel Tips for Horses- Part 1: Plan Ahead  Infographic Begin changes early It is important to change your horse’s diet and feeding schedule as little as possible. If you know you won’t be able... Read More »

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Tips on how to prevent sunburn on your horse

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Horses with white or light-colored skin are more susceptible to sunburn. It is important to limit your horse’s exposure to the sun especially during the summer months when the sun’s rays are the strongest. Following a few simple tips can greatly reduce your horse’s exposure and prevent painful burns. Protect sensitive areas by apply sunscreen. - Choose a sunscreen with a high SPF and one that is water-resistant. - Test the sunscreen in a small... Read More »

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Does your horse need glasses?

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A study in the UK tested the eyesight of 333 horses. It noted that only 68% of horses have perfect vision in both eyes. Horses with impaired vision were either farsighted (hyperopic) or nearsighted (myopic). A breed difference was also noted. Warmbloods and Shires were more likely to be farsighted and Thoroughbred crosses nearsighted. (Source: Vet Ophthalmol. 2014 Jul;17 A retinoscopic survey of 333 horses and ponies in the UK. Bracun A, Ellis AD, Hall... Read More »

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Drugs and Your Horse The Dangers of Medicating

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Article re-posted with kind permission by Equine Guelph: http://equineguelph.ca/index.php Story by: Barbara Sheridan In the management of horse health, injuries and disease, conscientious horse owners would never put their horse at risk; however, improper use of some commonly administered equine drugs can impact the health and safety of our horses more than we think. Seldom does a month go by when media attention doesn't focus on a positive drug... Read More »

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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 get the most bang for your buck out of your supplements

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1. Administer the supplement according to the directions. Let’s face it: supplements can be expensive, especially the good ones that really work. It is easy to fall into the trap of feeding less than the recommended amount or letting your supply run out from time to time, but in the long run those tactics just waste money. Research-proven supplements are carefully formulated to be fed at specific rates. Feeding more than is recommended is not... Read More »

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