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Hay Varieties, Cutting To The Chase

Hay varieties and availability vary depending on region, and hays are representative of the climate in which they were grown. Grass hay types are divided into two categories based on where they are grown, cool or warm season. Cool season grasses include orchard, tall fescue, timothy, brome, and bluegrass. They
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Natural Flavors Used In Equine Challenge Supplements

Due to customer request, and in an effort to keep Equine Challenge Supplements as natural as possible, I am very pleased to announce that all natural flavoring is now being offered in all of the Equine Challenge Supplements that contain both natural and artificial flavoring (many of the Equine Challenge Supplements
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Fall Transition & Chronic Colic Tips

Many horses will colic or find themselves in a Pre-colic situation in the Fall Transition, especially horses prone to “chronic colic.” Prevention…Colic can be caused by many different factors.  During Fall and Winter, weather plays a major role. As the temperature swings can result in frozen or ice-covered water. This can result in horses drinking
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Sugar Levels In Fall & Spring Pasture Grasses

It has been said “Your cheapest feed is right under your horse’s hooves.” Grass is approximately 85% water, which helps your horse stay hydrated. Grass is high in protein and has large amounts of Vitamin E and Magnesium. Studies show that horses eat faster in the Spring. They will eat
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Cushings-Like and Other Endocrine Pathologies Revisited

I hear from customers frequently struggling in transition from shoes to barefoot, for years without success. Why? Might there be an underlying endocrine based metabolic issue? The horse is one large hormone producing machine. Are we open to a different question? Or are we only interested in redefining the problem? For instance: Can
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Trimming Into The Wind

It would appear that much of the Barefoot movement was, and continues to be, motivated and stimulated by horse owners who were and are frustrated with the state of hoof care and hoof wellness, where their individual horses were concerned. Many arrive to the Barefoot experience expecting that getting the training of a proper barefoot trim via
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Stewardship Is A Serious Undertaking

Sadly, it would appear that many horse owners/riders act and demonstrate that horsemanship is one’s ability to ride.  When they describe their goals or aspirations in their involvement with horses, it will invariably be wrapped around what they look like on a saddle, or how many buckles, saddles, trailers or
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Cereal Grains For Horses

Grains are the seeds of cereal plants that belong to the grass family. They are fed primarily as sources of energy. Those commonly fed to horses are oats, barley, corn, milo, wheat, rice, and rye. These grains can vary widely in energy, protein, fiber, and weight. Differences in nutritional value
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What is Equine Insulin Resistance (IR)

It was thought 30 years ago that horses were immune to the affects of IR or Diabetes. Horses are alleged to have been on planet Earth for 4 million years. So why in such a relatively short period of time are horses so dramatically compromised by diabetes? Many would say
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All God’s Creatures Need Minerals

Who or what animals need minerals, vitamins and trace elements?  The simple and complete answer is all of God’s creatures need minerals, vitamins and trace minerals in order to sustain life and to prosper as a well being as opposed to a healthy being.  Many would think that well and
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When In Doubt….Lope’em?

It can be difficult to distinguish when your horse has too much energy (too hot) and when your horse is metabolically deficient which can demonstrate itself by a lack of Controlled Energy Release (CER).  Most horse owners, trainers do not have a background in science and these types of articles
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No Horse…..No Hoof

With as much information on the nutritional building blocks of good hoof production and the great number of horses suffering from poor hoof growth, something is wrong. Instead of writing about how to help your domestic horse grow good hooves, perhaps it would be better to talk about why hooves
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