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Performance and Muscle

  1. Spring Grass: Panacea or Liability?

    Spring Grass: Panacea or Liability?
    Spring Grass: Panacea or Liability? Spring grass is mother nature's panacea for winter's nutritional hardships and the huge demands of pregnancy and lactation.  However, rangelands utilized by feral horses usually bear little resemblance to the fields of domesticated horses and even in the spring their diets also include high fiber items like shrubs. Unlimited access to powerhouse grasses can...
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  2. 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...
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  3. 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...
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  4. 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...
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  5. 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...
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  6. Prep for Show Season: Skin and Coat

    Prep for Show Season: Skin and Coat
    Improvements in coat, skin and hoof quality are visible quickly when essential fatty acids are supplemented. Skin is the largest organ system in the horse's body. Skin also gives rise to the coat and hoof tissues of wall, sole and frog, which are all specialized forms of skin.  The common denominator here is the protein keratin. Protein in the...
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  7. Prep for Show Season: Building Healthy Muscle

    Prep for Show Season: Building Healthy Muscle
    Muscular issues can easily side track a horse in training but they don't have to.                                       Muscle is by far the largest organ system by weight in the horse's body.  It is highly adaptable and responds to training quicker than other skeletal...
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  8. Prep for Show Season: The Gut

    Prep for Show Season: The Gut
    Problems with the digestive tract can sideline your horse just as quickly and severely as any lameness issue. As we gear up for the active riding and competition season, attention is understandably focused on conditioning: feet, joints, coat and all the things that go into preparing your horse for a successful athletic season. Part of that preparation should also...
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  9. Prep for Show Season: Joints

    Prep for Show Season: Joints
    Joint Prep and Conditioning for Show Season It’s never too early or too late to make a difference with joint nutraceuticals. The first joint nutraceuticals came to the market about 30 years ago and are here to stay with good reason – they work. In fact, a case could be made for supplementation for a horse of any...
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  10. Herbals for Joint Support

    Herbals for Joint Support
    The joint nutraceuticals Glucosamine, Chondroitin and Hyaluronic Acid are agents that work very well for joint support, but there are times more intensive support is needed.  Many herbs and botanical extracts have shown great promise in supporting joint health.  Studies show that a potent blend of these herbal extracts can provide tissue support benefits and relief from minor pain while...
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