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Horse Body Condition Score Video

Click here to download a free copy of the horse body condition score sheet.   Horse body condition scoring is an easy method you can utilize throughout the year to see if your horse’s condition changes over time. Once you determine your horse’s body condition you can revise your feeding program as needed. Keep in mind, your horse’s body condition level can depend on a number of factors such as age, temperament, metabolism, level of... Read More »

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Chewing is an important part of your horse’s life

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In his natural state, your horse would spend 16 to 17 hours each day roaming around and grazing on a variety of plants. Biting, chewing and swallowing as he goes, there is a near constant flow of food into his digestive tract. When food is offered as meals, time spent chewing is often reduced, thus disrupting the natural rhythm of your horse’s digestive tract. Digestion starts the moment a horse takes a bite of food. In the mouth, a full set of... Read More »

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Ker-A-Form™: What’s inside the bucket?

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Click here to download a print version of this infographic.       Text alternative for - Ker-A-Form:  What’s inside the bucket Full-fat soybean meal and lecithin Full-fat soybeans are abundant in amino acids, the building blocks of protein. Full-fat soybeans contain the highest quality protein and the greatest amount of lysine of any protein from a plant source. Both soybeans and lecithin contain fatty acids,... Read More »

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How to stop sweet itch (summer itch) from driving you and your horse crazy!

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Summer seasonal recurrent dermatitis (SSRD), commonly called sweet itch or summer itch, is caused by an allergic reaction to the saliva of a biting gnat known as the Culicoides midge. Many people refer to them as “no-see-ums.” These bothersome fellows are active from April through October. They live and breed in ponds, marshes, and areas where water is standing and stagnant. Gnats can travel up to half a mile to find a good meal. They tend to be most... Read More »

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Omega Fatty Acid Balance Is Essential to Good Health

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Omega fatty acids are known as essential fatty acids because they cannot be synthesized in the body and must be provided in the diet. Omega fatty acids are split into two categories: omega-6 and omega-3. It is the amount of both of these acids relative to each other that is important for overall health. When properly balanced, the two types of fatty acids work in concert to keep your horse healthy. Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are metabolized by... Read More »

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Havoc in the Hindgut

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Your horse is a home The digestive tract of your horse is home to millions of microorganisms that aid in the digestion of feedstuffs. The sheer size of the microbial population shows their importance to your horse’s health. Leading equine nutritionist David Frape once wrote “…the bacteria cells in the digestive tract of the horse number more than ten times all the tissues cells in the body.” Think about it: There are more microbes in the gut... Read More »

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Does Your Horse Need Extra Vitamins? Maybe…

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Vitamins are organic compounds, which, when provided in the proper amounts, play a major role in the well-being of your horse. They are vital to the promotion and regulation of virtually all of the body's normal functions. Vitamins are available to your horse through a variety of sources, ranging from forages, such as grass and hay, to concentrates and supplements. Some vitamins, such as vitamin K and the B vitamins, are actually manufactured by the... Read More »

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Barn Fire Saftey – Top 10 Checklist

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Article re-posted with kind permission by Equine Guelph: http://equineguelph.ca/index.php Fire is an ever-present concern for stable owners. Contact your local fire department to do a walk through of your property and provide recommendations for a pre-plan. A qualified electrician should also evaluate your facility. There are many steps that can be taken to establish good fire prevention practices. Click here for a the top 10... Read More »

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Buttercup toxicity in horses

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Those pretty yellow flowers can cause problems in your pasture. Buttercup is a bright yellow flower found in pastures throughout North America. They thrive in areas that have been overgrazed. Horses usually avoid eating them because they are very bitter. Buttercups release a toxic oil called protoanemonin. Toxicity levels vary with plant type and maturity. They are most toxic during the early stages of growth and remain dangerous through the... Read More »

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Strategies for feeding horses turned out in a herd

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Studies reveal that horses are happiest when living outside with other horses. Researchers also noted benefits to the overall health of these individuals. However, there can be feeding challenges when multiple horses are turned out together. Kentucky Performance Products, LLC has put together some feeding strategies that will help make group feeding more successful. In the end, the dynamics and personalities within the herd may make it necessary to... Read More »

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The feeling you get when you kiss your horse

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It’s why we do what we do It is why you make a special trip to the grocery store for a bag of carrots and a package of peppermints. It is why you check to make sure the water bucket is clean and the stall is freshly bedded. It is why you spend extra time picking every tangle out of his mane and tail. It is why you don’t mind that your car is covered in horse hair and smells like a barn. Here at Kentucky Performance Products, it is why we choose only... Read More »

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Managing the easy keeper

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Click here to download a print version of this infographic. Article written by KPP staff. Copyright (C) 2015 Kentucky Performance Products, LLC.   All rights reserved. Article sponsored by Micro-Phase, which provides essential vitamins and trace minerals missing from forages and unfortified diets in an easy-to-digest form. When health issues arise, always seek the advice of a licensed veterinarian who can help you choose the correct... Read More »

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The Scoop on Electrolytes and Hydration

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What are electrolytes? Imagine you are riding your horse on a hot summer day. If you do more than walk, you both begin to sweat. After a good workout your horse’s coat is soaked and in some places even frothy. As you remove your helmet, the sweat runs down your face and you taste the saltiness on your lips. That salty flavor is from the electrolytes that, along with water, make up sweat. Electrolytes serve multiple functions in your horse’s body. The... Read More »

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Quick and dirty facts on skin problems in horses

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Click here to download a print version of this infographic.       Text alternative for quick and dirty facts on skin problems in horses Rain Rot The facts: Rain rot is caused by the bacterium Dermatophilus congolensis. Occurs during wet seasons. Starts with some type of skin opening, such as an insect bite, that allows the bacteria to enter and spread using moisture. Contagious. What you will... Read More »

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Grazing Management for Sugar Sensitive Horses

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Lush, cool season spring grass is packed full of vitamins, minerals and energy, but it is also high in sugar! Sugar sensitive horses grazing on lush pasture can develop colic and laminitis. Sensitive horses are often restricted from grazing and maintained on dried forages. The potency of vitamin E declines very quickly once forages are harvested and dried. Therefore, horses that are restricted from grazing are at risk for developing vitamin E deficiencies... Read More »

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