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Colonic Ulcerations: A Tricky Diagnosis

It’s believed that nearly 65 percent of sport horses have colonic ulceration from a combination of stress and nutrition. Horses are hind-gut fermenters, meaning they have thick bands that run along the walls of the colon; as they contract, the food is mixed with microbes, which are good bacteria, and fermented. Also during this time, […]

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Make The Switch: How To Safely Change A Horse’s Hay

Horses are notorious for their sensitive digestive systems, and horse owners and caretakers must be diligent when changing their feed, including grain, hay or pasture, to minimize the risk of gastrointestinal upset: Making changes gradually will reduce the chance of colic. Sometimes, however, the option to make a slow-and-steady switch isn’t a possibility. Weather-related conditions […]

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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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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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Help For Horses With Heaves

Heaves, technically known as recurrent airway obstruction (RAO), is chronic inflammatory lung disease in horses that are sensitive to organic particles in dust; this includes molds and pollen often found around the farm. Similar to asthma in humans, heaves can run the gamut from just a cough to being severe enough that a horse must […]

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Ration Balancers: Power Packed Pellets

Ration balancers, also called hay or forage balancers, don’t contain many calories, but provide a horse with minerals, vitamins and protein in a concentrated source. Popular with owners that have horses that are easy keepers, typically 1 to 2 pounds of a ration balancer will provide the same amount of nutrients as 5 to 6 […]

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Importance Of Vitamin E In The Equine Diet

While many equine owners and caretakers are diligent about ensuring that the animals in their care receive enough fiber, fat and protein, some key facets of an equine diet are more difficult to ensure their adequacy. These tougher-to-determine items include some key vitamins and minerals. One micronutrient in particular is imperative to equine health: Vitamin […]

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USDA Releases Hay Numbers Showing Overall Inventory Was Up In 2019

Each year, the USDA’s Crop Production and Crop Production Annual Summary offers a glimpse into the state of the forage industry and a gauge on how the hay market will handle production pressures in 2020. With all the weather issues in 2019, it would be expected that the amount of hay produced would be dramatically […]

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