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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 »

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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 »

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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 Signs of depression in horses: - Stands facing the stall wall for periods of time while exhibiting a withdrawn posture (neck stretched out level with back, lack of eye and ear movement, eyes open, fixed gaze) - Lack of response to tactile stimulation - Lack of interest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 »

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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 »

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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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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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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