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Do you know how to evaluate hay quality to determine if the hay you are purchasing is really right for your horse? As we move into fall and winter, horse owners need to make sure they have enough hay...
Thumbs Up: Evaluating Your Horse’s Supplement Program During Changing Seasons The weather is cooling down, and the leaves are turning colors, which means there’s something else that may be changing: your horse’s needs. If your horse’s workload, diet or living...
It was back in 2010 at a conference in Denver, Colo., that I came across a booth where chia seeds were being sold as a dietary supplement for horses. I had never heard of chia seeds! Did you know...
With Halloween happening this week, you've undoubtedly got some extra candy in your pantry, sitting in the break room at your office or maybe even in your tack room. Maybe you've thought about sharing the caloric wealth with your...
During the holiday season, humans enjoy plenty of special treats, so why shouldn't favorite equine enjoy healthy horse treats? There are a number of healthy treats that your horse can enjoy. These treats can provide pleasure and add beneficial nutrients...
  Thumbs up: Knowing your horse’s body condition score for a healthy weight It’s hard to resist the urge to squeal over how adorable a chubby pony is. But unfortunately, overweight horses and ponies aren’t cute—they’re unhealthy. Being too thin also...
Thumbs up: Supporting a brilliant shine from the inside Nothing is more fun than having a spa day and giving your horse a bath, but too much bathing with shampoo can strip the natural oils away from your horse’s coat and...
Straight grains such as corn, oats and barley or sweet feed can contribute to the development of colic. Many bagged concentrates have high-fiber ingredients to be more gentle on digestive tracts. Too Much Starch If too much starch is fed in...
Dietary management has an important impact on equine squamous gastric disease (ESGD), although it has little effect on equine glandular gastric disease (EGGD). (For more information on the distinction between these two forms of equine gastric disease, read Overcoming...
In certain parts of the U.S., particularly the western states, drought often causes a hay shortage, or at the very least has a huge impact on horse owners’ wallets as demand for short supply escalates hay prices. Are there...
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