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Wound Care

No Need to Panic!

You know how it goes; put a horse and a pointy stick in a 1,000 acre field, and he will not only find it, he’ll impale himself. So, since it’s a matter of when not if your horse gets a nasty looking cut, you usually don’t need to panic, especially if you can identify the type of wound it is, and if you’re familiar with the steps you can take to keep the situation under control.

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Understanding Laminitis

Laminitis potentially crippling or even life threatening

Laminitis, or founder as it’s also called, occurs when there is a restriction of blood-flow to the sensitive and insensitive laminae - structures that secure the coffin bone to the hoof wall. Depending on whether it’s presented as an acute or chronic case, both conditions are extremely painful, potentially crippling or even life threatening.

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Healthy Pasture

Get your pasture healthy and keep it there!

There are few things more captivating than the sight of horses in a pasture grazing peacefully; yet appearances are second to the practicality and economy that high quality forage offers toward their wellbeing – and yours. For one thing, horses are more likely to meet their daily exercise needs when turned out 24/7, and feed costs virtually can be suspended in warm weather climates, or until late fall in cold weather regions if you supplement with vitamins and minerals. Plus, you won’t have to spend time and money on keeping up your stalls.

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Body Scoring: Is Your Horse Too Thin or Too Fat?

Has Your Horse been the Target of Constructive Criticism?

Has it ever happened that your horse has been the target of constructive criticism? You know, the kind of commentary that invariably draws attention to your horse’s defects while at the same time casting the “well wisher” as the voice of experience?

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The Carbohydrate Debate

What is the Buzz about Carbohydrates?

With the buzz going around about carbohydrates being the number one contributor to everything from colic and laminitis to hyperactivity and nervousness, with developmental orthopedic diseases (DOD) and Cushing’s Disease thrown into the mix, are carbohydrates – soluble or insoluble - a help or a hindrance to the equine diet?

While the research points to the benefits of feeding fat and fiber (insoluble carbohydrates) over sugars and starches (soluble carbohydrates), you first would do well to understand the process by which a horse digests food, as the process is the key to the answer.

Posted in Equine Management