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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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How to keep those muzzles on

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Got a horse in your barn that can get out of anything you put on his head? You are not alone. Here are a few suggestions on how to make sure that muzzle stays in place (and we bet you have more tips). Get a muzzle that fits snugly, and use fleece to cover any area that might rub and irritate your horse. Put it on as tight as you can. Add a breakable brow band and throat latch to the muzzle to help reduce "rub offs." Thread your muzzle’s strap... Read More »

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Composting can reduce the number of stable flies

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Composting your manure can reduce the number of stable flies on your farm. In a study done in Florida, soiled bedding was placed in a compost pile and turned every few days. The heat of fermentation in the pile greatly lowered the survival rate of the fly larvae and reduced the number of adult flies. (And it is great for your garden too!) Five-Step Guide to Composting Horse... Read More »

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Lyme Disease in Horses

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Lyme disease is a tick-borne disease that affects humans and animals, including horses. It is caused by a bacterial spirochete, Borrelia burgdorferi. The disease is most prevalent in the northeast, upper Midwest, and California. The deer tick and the western black-legged tick are the thought to be the only ticks that carry the disease in the U.S. Ticks are most often found living in the following conditions: In the tall grass In and around leaves... Read More »

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When Disaster Strikes, Plan to be Prepared

Ensure that your horses are thoroughly trained to load onto a trailer so that they can be evacuated easily in case of an emergency.

Article re-posted with kind permission by Equine Guelph: http://equineguelph.ca/index.php Ice storms, blizzards, floods, or tornadoes - it seems that over the past few years, we've seen them all. Disasters often strike without warning as demonstrated recently by the notable December ice storm that wreaked havoc on hundreds of thousands residents in Ontario, the Maritimes, and the northeastern U.S. with downed tree limbs and power lines. Many were... Read More »

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Are dust mites living in your horse’s blankets?

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A study conducted in Sydney, Australia, revealed that house dust mites can take up residence in your horse’s blankets. House dust mites are microscopic critters that feed on dead skin cells. While it isn’t clear if dust mites cause allergic reactions in horses, some horses who suffer from allergies will test positive to dust mites. In the Australian study, all the stored blankets that were tested contained dust mites. To reduce the level of dust... Read More »

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Keeping ‘em clean in the cold weather

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Do mud and manure stains drive you crazy in the winter when it is too cold to bathe your horse? Try a few of these techniques to "spot" clean your horse: Purchase a commercial dry shampoo. Spray on, according to directions, and rub with a clean towel. For the best results, rub against the grain of the hair. Apply white vinegar with a clean towel and rub the stain out. This works great on yellow stains in manes and tails! Steam clean. Heat up some... Read More »

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The Real Cost of Horse Ownership

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Article re-posted with kind permission by Equine Guelph: http://equineguelph.ca/index.php It is often said that if you ask a question to ten horse owners, you will get ten different answers. However, one thing we can all agree upon is that horses are expensive! Affording the initial purchase cost is the least of expenses. Calculating the maintenance over the horses' lifetime is a more realistic look at a long-term budgeting plan. How much does horse... Read More »

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Research Update

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A joint research project conducted by the University of Kentucky and Michigan State University discovered that while the co-administration of NASIDs and vaccines might reduce the incidence of an adverse reaction, it also reduces the horse's response to the vaccine. In the study, NSAIDs reduced both the antibody and cellular immune response to a commercially available influenza vaccine. This lack of response by the horse could result in the need for more... Read More »

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Reaction Times

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Of all the domestic animals we interact with, horses have the fastest reaction time. Horses evolved with this trait as an effective way of avoiding trouble. As caretakers and riders it is important we understand just how quickly our horse can react and plan accordingly. If a horse decides to bite, kick or strike, you are an easy target. Stay out of harm’s way by knowing where your horse’s “safety zones” are and don’t become complacent. Even the... Read More »

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Cold weather storage tips for your supplements

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Extremely cold weather can rob your supplements of nutrients or alter their form enough to decrease effectiveness once thawed. Supplements that are in the form of a pellet or powder usually do fine in freezing temperatures, as long as they are kept dry in tightly sealed containers. Liquids and pastes need to be protected from freezing. Be sure to check your supplement's label or the manufacturer's website for specific storage... Read More »

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Water in the Winter

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Horses need to drink a minimum of 10 to 12 gallons of water a day to stay healthy, no matter what time of year it is. Their requirements increase if they are ridden. Dehydration can be as much of a problem in the winter as it is in the summer. Winter diets tend to contain less moisture, as fresh grass is replaced by dry hay and colder drinking water temperatures decrease overall water consumption. Horses that work in the winter continue to sweat,... Read More »

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What do you know about heaves?

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Heaves is often triggered when a horse inhales airborne particulates such as dust, mold, mites, and other substances into their lungs. If a horse is allergic to a specific particle it triggers an inflammatory response, which leads to swelling and mucus production in the lungs. Inflammation and mucus restrict air flow, and over time can damage airway tissues. Some horses have a genetic predisposition to allergies. Some allergies are present at birth and... Read More »

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Ensure Your Horse is Fit

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Click here, to learn why it is important to make sure your horse is fit. 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... Read More »

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The value of the trot when training.

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No matter what discipline you engage in, don't underestimate the value of the trot when training. The trot's rhythmic one-two, one-two pace helps discourage rushing and is perfect for introducing lateral movements that improve flexibility and balance. It is fast enough to engage the horse's mind, but slow enough to allow the rider to do some forward planning. The trot produces a degree of straightness, even in green or unfit horses. Because of... Read More »

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