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7/6/2014 - The summer is upon us and here in South that means hot temperatures and high humidity! In combination, that can really take a toll on both horse and rider. We have 3 products intended to aide in the protection of your horse during these sizzling, sultry summer days.
4/28/2014 - A short and (relatively) easy way to calculate rations.
How often do I hear the question from horse owners, “How much should I be giving him?” To which it is tempting to answer, ”Enough and no more!” But how much is enough? If you really want to know it is best to balance the ration.
1/23/2013 - Why would you want to use a joint supplement? They can be expensive, so are they really worth it?
1/17/2013 - In many cases supplements can help to alter, or help prevent certain behaviors in horses, depending on the cause. In the following explanation we will assume that the horse has been properly trained and is being ridden or handled by someone of suitable skill and that the horse is getting sufficient turnout and free time where he can just be a horse. We will also assume that the horse is not suffering from any kind of illness or toxicity that affects the brain.
1/11/2013 - When spring arrives and the grass begins growing, many people worry about their Metabolic/IR or Cushing’s horse being out on pasture. The big question is will he get laminitis and subsequently founder? Why do some horses react this way to eating lush green grass that they evolved eating? Why does something so natural cause so many problems?
1/11/2013 - What is the best way manage the high performance horse to maximize ability and minimize stress through proper nutrition? High performance standards will take a toll on your horse. Your competition horse is a huge investment that you want to keep going for as long as possible, at the highest level possible. There are many components to keeping a high performance horse healthy and happy. These nutrition management methods will help your horse survive the pressures of competition.
1/1/2013 - Cushing ’s disease is caused by a loss of the dopaminergic neurons of the hypothalamus. These neurons, which descend into the pars intermediar of the pituitary, have a role in limiting its growth.
12/14/2012 - Why would you use a supplement? Isn't hay and grain enough? There are several reasons why one might want to use a supplement:
Hay varies in quality and loses nutritional value over time. Without analysis, you cannot be sure what is in your hay. It would be safest to assume that your hay does not have optimal levels of vitamins and minerals, so you would need to provide the minimum nutritional requirements in a supplement.
Too much grain can mean too high an intake of carbohydrates, which may result in the horse getting fat and insulin resistant. If the horse is an easy keeper, it might be best to feed only hay and provide vitamins and minerals with a concentrated supplement fed in small quantities so as not to supply too many calories.
There are many kinds of supplements that contain many nutrients for many purposes.
1/17/2011 - Development Orthopedic Disease (DOD) is a term that encompasses a group of conditions that affect young horses. These include Physitis, Osteochondrosis, Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD), Wobbler Syndrome, and acquired flexor deformities. These conditions are lumped together though they do not actually have a common etiology.
11/1/2010 - There is considerable interest in the use of Magnesium as a protectant and treatment for laminitis and subsequent founder, as well as for calming. This is a summary of some of the uses and effects of Magnesium as an equine supplement based on our experience as producers of a Magnesium product. The product we manufacture and distribute is Quiessence®.
1/1/2009 - As winter comes to an end, the days get longer and nights get shorter. Sooner or later temperatures begin to rise and it will be spring again. While we enjoy the spring weather, we also need to take a few steps to ensure that there is a smooth transition from winter to spring in terms of our horses and their well being.
4/1/2008 - “No foot, No horse” is a very well known phrase, which still holds true today. Even the best moving horse cannot show off his movement or be trained to a higher level, if his hooves are not healthy, cannot hold shoes, bruise easily or are generally weak. While hoof horn quality is strongly affected by genetics (parents with strong feet generally have offspring with strong feet), it is possible to improve the quality of horn growth with proper nutrition.