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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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Eastern Tent Caterpillar Egg Hatch Begins in Central Kentucky

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 26, 2015) – Eastern tent caterpillar egg hatch was reported March 23 in Scott County. PHOTO: Lee Townsend, UK extension entomologist An up-close view of an eastern tent caterpillar egg mass.  According to Lee Townsend, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment extension entomologist, the tiny larvae will continue to emerge over the next two weeks from eggs laid last summer on flowering wild... Read More »

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Toxicoinfectious Botulism – Shaker Foal Syndrome

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Botulism is a neurotoxin produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacterium. Horses are particularly sensitive to botulism. The bacterium itself is widely found in soils and the intestinal tract of animals. When exposed to the right environmental conditions, the bacterium sporulates and releases the botulin toxin. Once the toxin is released in the intestinal tract it quickly moves into the bloodstream and targets nerve cells, causing a neuromuscular blockade... 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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Round-bale feeders reduce waste and increase intake

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A study done at the University of Minnesota revealed the following interesting facts: Feeding round bales without a feeder (placing them directly the field) results in 60% of the hay being wasted. Placing round bales in a feeder reduces losses to between 5% and 30% depending on the design of the feeder. Horses fed from feeders tend to consume more hay. Feeder-fed horses ate 2% to 2.4 % of their body weight in hay, while non-feeder-fed horses only... 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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Tips for feeding special needs horses in the winter

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Preventing winter weight gain in easy keepers. Some horses gain weight when given a winter break from trail riding, training, and/or showing. Monitor your horse’s weight carefully during breaks and, if necessary, back off on concentrates. When you feed less than the recommended amounts of a commercial concentrate, you need to supplement with a complete vitamin and mineral pellet (Micro-Phase ™) to ensure your horse’s nutrient requirements... Read More »

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Preparing for winter starts now

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10 feeding tips to help your horse get through the cold winter months 1.  Don’t rely on pasture as your horse’s sole source of nutrition in the winter, as it lacks adequate vitamins, minerals and, in some cases, energy. 2.  As pastures fade, switch from green grass to dried hay slowly. It takes the horse’s digestive tract about two weeks to acclimate to new forage. 3.  The best way to warm your horse up in cold weather is to feed additional... Read More »

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Where will your horse spend retirement?

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As horses live longer and longer, the issue of retirement comes up more frequently. When thinking about where your horse will retire, there is a lot to consider. First what are your stabling options? Can I retire my horse on my property? Can I afford to retire my horse at my current boarding stable? Do I need a smaller, less expensive facility as my horse’s retirement home? Is there a retirement facility I want to consider? How far from my... Read More »

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How much weight is too much weight for a horse to carry?

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It is recommended that the rider plus their tack and other equipment weigh no more than 20% of the horse's weight. So, for a typical 1,100-lb horse, the rider, tack and any extras should weigh no more than 220 lbs. Research shows that horses start to show signs of stress when loads reach the 25% point. Elevated heart rates, respiration and temperature were noted. Horses that carry heavy loads face an increased risk of developing lameness. When... Read More »

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Planning for the Final Goodbye

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Article re-posted with kind permission by Equine Guelph: http://equineguelph.ca/index.php Story by: Barbara Sheridan In an ideal world, horse owners prefer the thought of their aged senior dying a peaceful, natural death. Unfortunately, many owners are faced with the difficult decision of having to put down their beloved equine due to humane or medical reasons. While planning ahead for the inevitable may be somewhat painful, understanding the process... Read More »

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Developing the Sport Horse: Part 1 – The importance of cross training for mind and body

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Article re-posted with kind permission by Equine Guelph: http://equineguelph.ca/index.php Story by: Dr. Brianne Henderson "Whether it be a football player studying ballet or a dressage horse learning to work cows - cross-training is a central pillar to athletic success and longevity." ~ Dr. Brianne Henderson BVMS MRCVS, Ferguson Equine Veterinary Services & Toronto Equine Hospital Extrapolating from human athlete research - can cross... Read More »

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The importance of a horse’s spleen

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A horse's spleen weighs about 15 to 20 lbs. One of its roles is to store red blood cells when a horse is at rest. Red blood cells deliver oxygen to other organs and tissues. When a horse's flight-or-flight response is triggered, or when he is asked to perform strenuous exercise, the spleen contracts and releases the extra red blood cells into circulation. The red blood cell volume can be increased by as much as 50% from splenic contractions. The increased... Read More »

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