Archives: March 2017

  1. The Hay Analysis Primer

    The Hay Analysis Primer
    What is it, why do it, who does it, how often?  This important tool can help horse owners better balance their horse's diets and formulate a least-cost ration. Are you just guessing at your horse’s nutritional needs? You could be wasting money on supplements your horse doesn’t need - or even making your horse’s mineral imbalances worse.  This is because...
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  2. The Vital Importance of Hay Testing

    The Vital Importance of Hay Testing
    The Vital Importance of Hay Testing If you think a hay analysis is just something else unnecessary to waste your money on, please reconsider.  This important tool can help horse owners balance their horse's diets better and formulate a least-cost ration. The dairy and beef industry has been utilizing hay analyses since the 1800s.  Why? Because it saves them money...
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  3. Let Them Eat Hay

    Let Them Eat Hay
    Let Them Eat Hay  Most people when asked what they feed their horses will give you the brand name of a bagged feed and the percent protein it contains. They may or may not know what type of hay they feed. Some even believe hay is nothing more than a fibrous filler. Certainly very few people consider that hay is...
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  4. When Basic Joint Supplements Aren't Enough

    When Basic Joint Supplements Aren't Enough
    When Basic Joint Supplements Aren’t Enough The majority of horses will need joint support at some point in their lives, and heavily worked horses are virtually guaranteed to need support even earlier. However, with all the joint supplement options available it's difficult to make a choice.  As a general guide, upper level athletes and horses working on hard ground or...
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  5. When Winter Laminitis Strikes Out of Nowhere

    When Winter Laminitis Strikes Out of Nowhere
      When Winter Laminitis Strikes Out of Nowhere For the IR horse, winter laminitis can strike seemingly out of nowhere, with no change in diet or management and some puzzling inconsistencies.  The horse may not necessarily have a prior history of laminitis.  The pain is often severe, but the feet aren’t hot as they are in classical acute laminitis cases...
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  6. Feeding for Fertility - Stallions and Broodmares

    Feeding for Fertility - Stallions and Broodmares
    Feeding for Fertility - Stallions and Broodmares It's just common sense that specific nutrients have a vital influence on fertility.  The list of nutritional factors with specific impacts on breeding is long, but the solution doesn't have to be overwhelming. Broodmares and Stallions have nutritional requirements that differ from other classes of horses.  Research results offer valuable management information relative...
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  7. Healthy Treats

    Healthy Treats
    Whether you need food rewards as part of your training regimen or are an owner who just can't resist treating your horse, there are some things you should consider in choosing your treats. Many horses gladly chow down on donuts, cookies or white bread sandwiches.  The market is also flooded with a variety of starch/grain and sugar loaded treats that...
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  8. Hair Mineral Analysis

    Hair Mineral Analysis
    Messages From the Mane A Unique Perspective on Biochemical Individuality The Objectives of Hair Mineral Analysis Hair Mineral Analysis (HMA) is a laboratory test that measures the mineral content of the hair.  A small sample of hair (one tablespoon) taken from the mane closest to the horse’s skin can accurately give an overview of the mineral levels in the body’s...
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  9. Prep for Show Season: The High Strung Horse

    Prep for Show Season: The High Strung Horse
    Nutritional solutions can help with high strung horses that can be exasperating, but also have an abundance of talent and desire to perform. Some horses are their own worst enemy. You know the type.  They are often very talented and enthusiastic, but their eagerness can be over the top, leading to wasted energy. Also problematic are horses that seem to...
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  10. Prep for Show Season: Lean Muscle Mass

    Prep for Show Season: Lean Muscle Mass
    Muscle requires a host of key nutrients to build and maintain bulk; calories and protein top the list.  Although there is no supplement program that will turn your pasture ornament into a lean, mean, well-muscled horse, there is help for horses that don't muscle up as they should, or for those that are losing muscle mass. How do you know...
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