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Alfalfa Or Grass: Which Hay Helps Horses Stay Warmer In Winter?

Horses can be comfortable at a range of temperatures, called their thermal neutral zone; this is where horses don’t need to alter their heat production to stay warm. However, as temperatures cool, horses require additional calories to stay warm. Once the temperature drops significantly, horses enter their lower critical temperature (LCT), where they need to […]

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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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Ongoing Drought Causes Australia To Prep For Another Year Of High Feed Prices

Australian livestock feed producers warn of rising costs for feed production as the drought gripping many parts of the country shows minimal signs of abating. Longtime producer Brett Caddy of Southern Cross Feeds says that the impact of the drought on feed production is “frightening” and it’s the worst he’s ever seen. Though Caddy is […]

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Animal Wellness, Florida Veterinarians Help Horses Impacted By Hurricane Dorian

The Animal Wellness Foundation (AWF), in its latest set of actions on disaster response efforts, is providing hay to surviving horses on the island of Grand Bahama. Large animals are often not a central focus of animal disaster response efforts after an emergency, but their needs are often as acute as those of stranded or […]

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Kentucky Farmers Feeling The Stress Of Drought Conditions

Though Kentucky was overwhelmed with rain, which lead to waterlogged pastures a few months ago, the weather has done a complete 180 and left most everything close to bone dry. The state is in desperate need of rainfall—rapidly. Kentucky farmers are feeling the strain of the rain-less weather; the state is officially in an agricultural […]

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Nighttime Nibbles: Why Horses Need Constant Access To Forage

Most equine owners and caretakers know a horse needs to have something in his stomach almost constantly to avoid issues like colic, ulcers and mental stress. But what about during the night, when he should be asleep? Research shows that horses need something to nibble even when it’s dark out–but the solution isn’t just to […]

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Avoid Hay Shortage Headaches With Alternative Options

The volatility of the weather in recent years have made hay shortages increasingly common in the United States, much to the frustration of horse and barn owners. With a decrease in supplies, an increase in price and potentially lower-quality hay available, horse owners are seeking alternatives. In a perfect world, horse owners would be able […]

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Preventing Pain: How To Reduce Colic Risks While Traveling

Shipping horses, whether a long distance or just down the road, can be stressful. Add into the equation competition, and stress levels ratchet up even higher. The best rule of thumb to remember when traveling with a horse is to keep things as consistent as possible and to minimize change. These two things can help […]

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US Equestrian Federation Issues Warnings On Two Prohibited Substances

A plethora of competition horses have tested positive for synephrine, a banned substance found in the leaves of citrus trees. Used in herbal and nutritional supplements, the US Equestrian Federation has issued a warning regarding the use of the stimulant, which can cause vasoconstriction, increasing heart rate and aiding in weight loss. Synephrine is listed […]

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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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