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What is the ideal body condition score for your horse?

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As the winter season approaches, it is time to evaluate your horse’s body condition score.  It is important to make sure your horse begins winter in the best condition possible.  If your horse has special needs it may be necessary to alter your feeding program during the winter months. In general, a score of 5 is considered good, but there are some cases where a leaner or fatter condition may be desirable. Studies have shown that broodmares with a... Read More »

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Selenium: An Essential Mineral

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Selenium is an essential trace mineral. It is necessary to maintain good health but is needed only in small amounts. Selenium naturally occurs in the soil and is absorbed by both the forages and grains we feed to our horses. Since the selenium content of soils varies around the world, feeds grown in different areas will contain different selenium levels. In the U.S., for example, the northwest, southeast and Great Lakes areas are known to be... Read More »

Category : Macro & Micro Minerals | Nutritional Minutes | Tips and Topics

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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Elevate Event Team Rider Q&A with Emma Hilt

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Emma Hilt is from Lexington, Kentucky. She is the youngest and newest rider to join the Elevate Event Team. Emma and her sweet Thoroughbred gelding, Johnny, are perfectly suited to each other, as both are bold and brave. Originally purchased as her mom’s dressage prospect, it soon became clear that with Emma in the irons, Johnny was on his way to becoming an event horse instead. Kentucky Performance Products: What age did you start riding and how... 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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Elevate Event Team makes a good showing at the Park Equine Kentucky Classique and Area VIII Championships

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The Elevate Event Team arrived en mass to compete at Park Equine Kentucky Classique and Area VIII Championships. Megan was riding 4 horses, and coaching 3 riders. Times were plotted out, a coaching schedule distributed, grooms were told who needed to be where and when. The trailer area was set up in an organized manner, with all the tack each horse required set out and ready to go. We needed all hands on deck and with riding times close, it was imperative... Read More »

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Horse Pasture Management Tips

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Healthy pastures require year-round maintenance. Fall is an important time to evaluate your horse pastures. Depending on your situation, you may need to rest overgrazed pastures, control weeds, spread manure, test soil, reseed, or fertilize. Healthy spring pastures depend on the upkeep they receive during the fall.  Click here to download a print version of this infographic. Text alternative for horse pasture management tips Horses that have... Read More »

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Working the Kinks Out

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The show season was in full swing. The Elevate Event Team decided that since the Kentucky Horse Park is only 30 minutes away, hauling in to the show worked better than stabling. The horses could go home to be turned out at night or rest in their own stalls. We had a nice place under the trees to park our convoy of trailers, put up the pop up tent and gather our support crew. While the walk to dressage was a long one, it was a tradeoff everyone seemed... Read More »

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Electrolyte Use in Fall and Winter

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"I have only a few weeks’ worth of electrolyte supplement left in my bucket. With fall and winter approaching, do I need to order more and continue feeding year-round? I ride my gelding in the off-season, but ask nothing strenuous of him, usually just quiet hacking a couple times a week." Your question is a timely one. Most horsemen and horsewomen classify electrolytes as “seasonal supplements.” That way of thinking is certainly justified. After... Read More »

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Blue Hill Boot Camp

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It has been a busy summer for the Elevate Event Team. Megan has taken on several new students and horses, as well as keeping up a vigorous conditioning, training and competition schedule for her own guys. Like all horse folks, mornings start early with barn chores. Then the days are filled with riding and teaching and working at the hospital, and most nights end with a fitness workout or run under the moonlight before falling into bed at 11 p.m. Only the... Read More »

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Vitamin E Necessary for Optimal Health

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The most important function of vitamin E in the horse’s body revolves around its antioxidant properties. Antioxidants offset the damage caused by free radicals, which are unstable compounds that are generated when oxygen is burned by the body. When these free radicals circulate throughout the body unchecked, they cause cellular damage that is thought to play a role in various health problems. A diet abundant in vitamin E and other antioxidants ensures... Read More »

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Love Story – The Rescue

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The horse that matters to you matters to the people at Kentucky Performance Products, because we feel the same way about our own horses. This collection of love stories is not based on any one person’s experiences; they are our stories and your stories. They are the stories we share because we are fortunate enough to have our lives and hearts filled with horses.   There was nothing left but skin stretched taut over his bones. He was covered... Read More »

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Changes in Gut Microflora Could Provide Early Warning of EMS

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Article re-posted with kind permission by Equine Guelph: http://equineguelph.ca/index.php Story: Jackie Bellamy-Zions Early diagnosis of Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS) is an important area of study especially considering one of the first signs can be laminitis, a serious and sometimes life-ending condition.  Catching EMS in its initial stages can facilitate early intervention with an appropriate exercise and diet plan to reduce the chances of... 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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