Newly Formed Ocala-Based Equine Assistance Program Helps Owners In Need

Formed just 18 months ago, the Ocala Horse Alliance is already doing what it sent out to do: assist area horse owners in need. The organization established an emergency fund to assist Marion County horse owners who require financial assistance to keep their horses fed during the COVID-19 pandemic. The brainchild of area resident Ellie […]

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Hoof Rings: Signs A Horse Is Stressed

Horses can show stress in a multitude of ways. They can go off their feed, develop a stereotypie like weaving or cribbing, develop ulcers and more. According to the American Farriers Journal, some horses show signs of stress by developing hoof rings. Hoof rings are a deviation around the hoof wall that appears at the […]

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Lack Of Forage May Lead To Wood Chewing

It’s not uncommon to see horses chewing on wood, whether its fenceposts or boards in their fields or the side of their stall walls. Wood chewing can be a result of multiple things, including lack of forage. If a horse that is used to being turned out on pasture suddenly has his routine changed and […]

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Is Exercising After Eating A Good Idea For Horses?

Horses have evolved to eat almost constantly, so offering a horse a bit of hay prior to working him will protect his stomach against acid sloshing about as he exercises. A horse’s stomach can hold food for between 2 and 6 hours; the stomach has two regions: the squamous region and the glandular region. The […]

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Feed Me: How Often Should Horses Be Fed?

Though some horses live outside constantly, many horses, especially those that are boarded, are kept in stalls for at least part of the day. Barn managers may differ in the number of times per day they feed grain and hay meals to the horses in their care, but twice-a-day feedings are considered standard. In their […]

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Just Say No To Grain To Go

Feeding a horse his grain meal while he’s in a moving trailer on the way to a show or event may save time, but it’s definitely not good for his gut. A horse is better off to skip a meal entirely than eat in a moving trailer. Trailering is stressful to horses, even those that […]

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Grain And Colic: Is There A Connection?

Straight grains, like corn, barley, sweet feed or oats, can contribute to the onset of colic in horses. Bagged feeds, which have higher-fiber ingredients, are processed so they are gentler on equine digestive tracts. The equine small intestine cannot absorb loads of starch at one time; what can’t be absorbed goes into the large intestine, […]

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Packing On The Pounds: The Skinny On Skinny Horses

Getting skinny horses to gain weight can be tough, but the only way to pack on the pounds is to maximize energy consumption. This is traditionally done through adding additional quality forage, adding grain or adding in a high-calorie supplement. Many horses can gain weight by being turned out on high-quality pasture for grazing for […]

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Easy To Swallow: Miniature Camera Shows Inside Of Equine Intestines

A tiny camera can now give veterinarians a peek into the inner workings of equine intestines, showing them any ulcers or injuries they may contain. Dr. Renaud Leguillette, professor of equine internal medicine in the University of Calgary’s Department of Veterinary Clinical and Diagnostic Science, was interested to find out if  the camera, used in […]

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