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Carolina International – time to put your big boy pants on

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Elevate Event Team’s The Natural E (aka Leo) is now officially a Training level horse. In March, Megan competed him in two more horse trials in Florida: Three Lakes, where he finished first, and Rocking Horse Winter II, where he placed second. His fitness and confidence levels were growing. His lengthening was coming along and he was learning how to wait and jump softly over his courses. The biggest challenge Megan faced with Leo was keeping his mind... Read More »

Category : Elevate Event Team | Tips and Topics

How to check if your horse is dehydrated

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Sweating is the process horses use to cool themselves when their body temperature rises. When a horse sweats they lose both minerals and water. Dehydration occurs when a horse doesn’t have enough water in their body to carry out normal functions. This happens when fluid losses exceed fluid intake. Dehydration will cause a horse’s body to begin to shut down and also decrease the thirst response so a horse stops drinking. If you suspect your horse may... Read More »

Category : Electrolytes | Health & Management | Tips and Topics

Joint problems in the off-the-track Thoroughbred

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Thoroughbreds experience a lot of stress on their joints starting at an early age. Daily wear and tear, injuries, conformation, and aging all contribute to damage that causes joint inflammation and pain. There is probably not a Thoroughbred coming off the track that couldn’t benefit from a joint supplement. In healthy joints, the ends of the bones are coated with a thin layer of friction-reducing tissue known as articular cartilage. The articular... Read More »

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Hoof and coat problems facing the off-the-track Thoroughbred

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On the track, constant exercise, frequent shoeing, and the demands of racing can put a lot of stress on Thoroughbreds’ hooves. Bad feet can lead to other issues, such as sore backs and hocks. Hooves are made of tough tissue called keratin. Keratin bonds are formed with the B vitamin biotin. When biotin is lacking in the diet, Thoroughbreds’ hooves can become brittle and dry, which leads to cracked hooves that fall apart. Adding a biotin supplement may... Read More »

Category : Essential Vitamins | Health & Management | Tips and Topics | Valuable Nutrients

Muscle problems in the off-the-track Thoroughbred

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Thoroughbreds in training produce large amounts of free radicals that can damage cell membranes in the muscle. To defend against free radicals, horses use antioxidants like natural vitamin E and selenium to hunt the free radicals and render them harmless. Thoroughbreds on the track are without the benefit of grazing on fresh green grass for long periods of time. Fresh grass is the best source of natural vitamin E. In dried forages, like hay, vitamin E... Read More »

Category : Essential Vitamins | Health & Management | Tips and Topics

Meeting the energy requirements of an off-the-track Thoroughbred

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If your Thoroughbred is coming straight from the track and has been in training, their metabolic rate will still be high due to intense training and elevated caloric intake. Once leaving the track, many Thoroughbreds benefit from a period of rest and relaxation, along with time to adjust to their new schedules. Their caloric requirements may decrease depending on the type of work involved in their new career, but this will not happen immediately. A... Read More »

Category : Fat & Fiber | Other Topics of Interest | Tips and Topics

Ulcers and digestive tract imbalances in the off-the-track Thoroughbred

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Due to their past lifestyle, the majority of off-the-track Thoroughbreds will have ulcers and some type of digestive imbalance. On the racetrack, Thoroughbreds experience an intense training schedule. Their diets often consist of large amounts of grains that are high in starch and sugar, which can cause the digestive tract to become unhealthy. An unhealthy digestive tract can lead to subtle changes such as sour attitude and poor coat quality or more... Read More »

Category : Digestive Health | Health & Management | Tips and Topics

Transitioning the off-the-track Thoroughbred to a new career

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Transitioning an off-the-track Thoroughbred (OTTB) to a new career can result in a host of nutritional challenges. Trying to determine which supplements will best suit your OTTB may be confusing. We’ve developed a helpful infographic and 6-part blog series that outlines the many challenges. First, you will need to determine what your new OTTB’s job will be and what kind of condition he or she is currently in. An easy way to determine body condition... Read More »

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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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Gastric Ulcers in Recreational Horses

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Do you believe gastric ulcers affect only high-performance athletes such as racehorses or Olympic contenders? Do you believe it takes weeks and perhaps months for gastric ulcers to develop? Do you believe gastric ulcers don’t derail performance? Once thought to be a menace only to elite equine athletes, gastric ulcers can develop within five days of exposure to a recreational show or event, according to a recent study. Signs of gastric ulcers... Read More »

Category : Digestive Health | Tips and Topics

Avoiding A Lameness Exam

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Article re-posted with kind permission by Equine Guelph: http://equineguelph.ca/index.php Story: Jackie Bellamy-Zions The sun is shining, birds are singing, flowers are blooming and the temptation is to launch full-on into your horse-training endeavours. You may have kept fit throughout the winter on the ski slopes or at the gym but what about your horse? Unless you had access to an indoor arena or migrated south for a few months with your four... Read More »

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Electrolytes for Top Performance

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If you’ve spent any time around a stable during the summer months, then you are probably acquainted with the smell of equine sweat. The sharp odor may be indicative of hard work, but sweat loss also points to a significant management concern: electrolyte supplementation. Electrolytes perform critical functions in the horse’s body. Most notably, they help regulate nerve and muscle function by carrying electrical impulses between cells. In addition,... Read More »

Category : Electrolytes | Nutritional Minutes | Tips and Topics

The Nutritional Demands of Lactation

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Lactation places extraordinary physiological demands on mares. Well-fed lactating mares produce the equivalent of 3-4% of their body weight in milk daily during the first two months of lactation. For a 1,100-pound Thoroughbred mare, that amounts to about 33-44 pounds. Considering a gallon of milk weighs almost eight pounds, average foals consume approximately four to five gallons of milk each day. In order to sustain this incredible output, the energy... Read More »

Category : Fat & Fiber | Tips and Topics

Love in a Bucket

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Love takes many forms Approaching the barn you slide the heavy, hanging door back and the deep rumble sets off a chorus of whinnies, nickers, and lip-smacking. You think to yourself, what a nice greeting! The horses are so happy to see you because they love you, right? After all, you’re the one who feeds them. And no horse is happier to see you than the stout, vocal pony at the end of the shed row. Eventually they are all rewarded for their heartfelt... Read More »

Category : Health & Management | Nutritional Minutes | Tips and Topics

How to evaluate your horse’s weight

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Spring has sprung and it is time to evaluate how your horse made it through the winter and revise your feeding program for the coming spring and summer months. Your horse may be an easy keeper that now needs to be monitored on the new spring grass, a hard keeper that did not come through the winter as well as you expected, or a horse going back into training with increased nutrition requirements. Before you make changes you will need to evaluate your... Read More »

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