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Carb Concerns: Soak Hay, Then Steam

Soak Then Steam A post-soak steam is the healthiest routine for horses on low non-structural carbohydrate diets.  by Kim F Miller Steaming hay was developed primarily to improve equine respiratory health by removing dust and other inhalable irritants, but the process is gaining popularity for its essential role in treating …

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Charlotte Dujardin & Haygain – Dressage superstar and horse health company team up over shared priorities.

Photo by Rose Lewis/Daydream Equine Art

Much has changed for Charlotte Dujardin since her dominance with Valegro on the international dressage stage made her that rare equestrian: a household name well beyond it. The Olympic, World Equestrian Games, World Cup and European Champion was awarded the Officer of the Order of the British Empire, OBE, in …

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Pesky hock sores nearly healed thanks to innovative flooring.

Night Moves Innovative flooring resolves previously unsolvable hock sores that threatened dressage star’s ascent. by Kim F Miller  Dixie WRF is preparing for her Grand Prix debut in November.  The rising dressage star’s rider, Melissa Taylor, thinks that may explain the hock sores that plague the 12-year-old KWPN mare. “I …

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Flooring First – Barn design begins at ground level

Photo by Sara Malanaphy

Stall flooring isn’t the sexiest subject among the many considerations in building or updating a barn. But leave it to the last at your peril, counsels renowned barn architect John Blackburn. As the title of one of his most popular books, Healthy Stables by Design, suggests, Blackburn and his team …

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Understanding Hay Quality – Even “Good” Hay Can Have Bad Things in It

Photo by Kim Roe

As the source of 50 to 90 percent of a normal, healthy horse’s nutritional needs, hay warrants careful consideration. Yet, there is a lot of confusion over what, exactly, defines “good” hay. Nutrient content and cleanliness are distinct traits often presumptively and wrongly lumped together. “People need to be more …

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Helping Horses In Harm’s Way

Sharon Classen using a multi-radiance laser shower on an Omaha Mounted Police horse.

The Omaha Police Mounted Patrol Unit was founded in 1990. In 2005, ConAgra Foods built a state-of-art equine facility for the horses. With many fans in the community, the unit’s 12 to 14 horses regularly receive donations of tack, trailers, and even new stablemates. But what they’ve sorely needed lately …

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Hit the Road with Respiratory Health on Board

Photo: copyright Shelley Paulson

The horse world is cautiously getting back on the road as competitions re-emerge on June calendars. Productive horse people likely spent some of the pandemic doing horse trailer maintenance: checking breaks, tires, interiors, hitches and electrical connections. Those critical aspects of safe equine transport tend to get a lot of …

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