Tips and Topics

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 »

Category : Essential Vitamins | Tips and Topics

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 »

Category : Love Stories | Tips and Topics

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 »

Category : Digestive Health | Tips and Topics

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 »

Category : Other Topics of Interest | Tips and Topics

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 »

Category : Health & Management | Other Topics of Interest | Tips and Topics

Love Story – The Redhead

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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.   When she first met the opinionated redhead, even a simple canter transition... Read More »

Category : Love Stories | Tips and Topics

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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Elevate Event Team Rider Q&A with Brigitte Aickelin

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Brigitte Aickelin, a native of Georgia, spent three and half years as a working student at Jessica and Missy Ransehousen’s Blue Hill Farm, where she first met Megan Lynn. Brigitte recently relocated to Versailles, Kentucky, to ride for Twin Fox Farm. In a short period of time the Elevate Event Team has come to depend on Brigitte for all kinds of support. We have dubbed her the Elevate Event Team logistics manager. She helps Megan and Karen get what is... Read More »

Category : Elevate Event Team | In the Spotlight | Success Stories | Tips and Topics

What you should know about storing horse supplements during the hot summer months.

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It is time to restock your horse’s supplements. You need to order a couple online and pick up one locally during your lunch break. UPS is going to leave the online order on your sunny porch and you will have to keep the other one in your car all afternoon. It is the middle of summer and it is hot! You find yourself wondering, will my supplements be OK roasting in these hot temperatures until I can get them to the barn? What is the best way to store my... Read More »

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Elevate Event Team Rider Q&A with Mimi Richards

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Mimi Richards is a junior rider based in Lexington, Kentucky. Her current ride is a very athletic and brave OTTB named Whitfield. When it comes to courage and guts, Mimi has both, she and Whitfield make an excellent team. Kentucky Performance Products: What age did you start riding and how long you have been riding? Mimi Richards: I began riding when I was 7 or 8 years old and I have been riding for about 10 years. KPP: When did you decide you... Read More »

Category : Elevate Event Team | In the Spotlight | Success Stories | Tips and Topics

Horses are happier and healthier when living in groups

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To most horse people, there is no better sight than a row of freshly bedded stalls, complete with a pile of hay and a bucket brimming with clean water. To humans this looks safe and comfortable, but your horse might have a different opinion. When left to exist in a natural state, horses typically live in herds consisting of a stallion, some yearlings, and a group of mares and foals. Young stallions will gather in bachelor herds where they will live... Read More »

Category : Digestive Health | Health & Management | Other Topics of Interest | Tips and Topics

Elevate Event Team Rider Q&A with Tiffany Smith

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Tiffany Smith is an Event rider based in Shelbyville, Kentucky. Her best friend and eventing partner is Indy, an attractive 7yo Thoroughbred gelding. His registered name is Indigenous Gent.   Indy is a total gentleman in all ways. He is brave and willing and always puts forth his best effort. Kentucky Performance Products: What age did you start riding, how long you have been riding? Tiffany Smith: I was always one of those kids whose Christmas... Read More »

Category : Elevate Event Team | In the Spotlight | Success Stories | Tips and Topics

Is your horse depressed?

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Knowing and noticing the signs of depression in your horse may alert you to illness, injury or stress that can negatively affect your horse's health and performance. Signs of depression in horses: - Stands facing the stall wall for periods of time while exhibiting a withdrawn posture (neck stretched out level with back, lack of eye and ear movement, eyes open, fixed gaze) - Lack of response to tactile stimulation - Lack of interest in treats put... Read More »

Category : Health & Management | Other Topics of Interest | Tips and Topics

Let the Summer Season Begin!

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The spring of 2016 was a wet one in Kentucky. The Natural E (aka Leo) took full advantage of the mud by wallowing in it daily. Each afternoon he would kindly transfer the thick coating of mud onto me as I worked to uncover the shiny coat I knew was under there somewhere. You know your horse is a true mudder when after you are done grooming there is a pile of dirt on the floor over an inch deep. Unfortunately, missing shoes were the theme of the month.... Read More »

Category : Elevate Event Team | Tips and Topics

Elevate Event Team Rider Q&A with Stacy Curwood

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In a little over a year, under the watchful eye of trainer Megan Lynn, the Elevate Event Team has evolved into a dynamic family of committed riders, talented horses and a devoted ground crew. The unconditional support this team provides fuels the determination to train hard, dampens the disappointment of drawbacks, and keeps each rider striving to be the best horsewoman she can be. This single team with one dream has turned into a family of teams... Read More »

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