Joint Maintenance for Performance Horses – Specific Nutrition Helps Horses of Every Kind

From young horses to seniors, child’s mount through the upper level stars of any sport, the joints of a horse take considerable stress. The core supplements for joints in any species are glucosamine, chondroitin and hyaluronic acid. They are components of the joint cartilage and/or synovial fluid that bathe the …

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Is Your Horse Stressed Out? – Study Reveals Eye Blink Rate and Eyelid Twitches Can Indicate Stress in Horses

Photo by Kim Roe

Researchers[i] from the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, were looking for a non-invasive means to measure stress in horses. Horses can experience stress from a variety of sources including forage restriction, loss of a buddy, isolation, travel, unfamiliar environments, as well as excessive training. While there are physiological and endocrine changes …

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Feeding the Performance Horse – There’s More than One Way to Provide Working Horses with Energy

What makes a horse a performance horse? The performance activities of horses vary in both duration and intensity. Therefore, what we feed them also needs to vary. In this article, we’ll discuss feeding performance horses by addressing water and energy needs. Each and every performance horse requires water, energy (calories), …

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No Lawn Clippings! – There are Many Risks Involved with Feeding Grass Clippings

Keep equines from accessing clippings in this type of situation. Photo by Dr. Cassie Torhorst.

Now that lawn mowing season is in full swing, I get a shocking number of questions about whether it’s safe to feed horses your lawn clippings. The answer is absolutely not! Many of us got this pounded into our heads at a young age in 4H or Pony Club, but …

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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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Demystifying Hemp and CBD in the Equine – Nutritional and Medicinal Properties Abound in this Versatile Plant

Hemp is all the buzz these days, and for good reason. It’s a plant with literally thousands of uses. Hemp is used for clothing, fuel, paper and everything in between. It’s a weed and capable of growing in many different conditions with little fertilizer. Hemp is nutritious and can have medicinal …

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The Complex Hock – Fusion: A Permanent Fix

The horse’s hock is comprised of four joints and undergoes both flexion and rotation. Photo by Kim Roe.

The hock joint of the horse, also known as the tarsus, is very important to both hindlimb flexion and rotation. I am frequently asked about hock pain in horses. Pain in the hock can stem from numerous locations around the joint, but also inside the joint. The hock is comprised …

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