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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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Long Toes, Negative Angles, and Sole Depth – Maintaining Proper Hoof Angles for Horse Soundness

Farrier Seth Noble evaluates a client’s horse. Photo compliments of Seth Noble

Most athletic horses are asked to put significant force on their hind end. Activities such as sliding stops, piaffe, and jumping require strength and stability of the hind quarters. One big key to success in managing any athletic horse is understanding and maintaining proper hoof angles. This is just as …

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Horse Brain, Human Brain The Neuroscience of Horsemanship

Horsemanship of every kind depends on mutual interaction between equine and human brains. When we understand the function of both, we can learn to communicate with horses on their terms instead of ours. And, by meeting horses halfway, we not only save valuable training time and improve performance, we achieve …

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PSSM – Two Types of this Muscle Disorder Result in Tying-up

Tying-up is a disorder that occurs when normal muscle physiology is altered. Horses that tie up have painful, uncontrollable muscle contractions that lead to damaged muscle. Muscles fail to function properly, and symptoms can vary depending on the severity of the episode—from mild signs of stiffness and reluctance to move …

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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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