Pasture Pitfalls: Too Much Sugar

Pasture grass is coming on in a hurry, with fields of former mud turning to vibrant green in many areas of the country. While spring grass is a wonderful change from hay for many horses, it can pose a risk for sugar-sensitive horses. Be aware that: Sugar levels increase during the growing season when days […]

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Group Therapy: Why Turnout Time Is Imperative For Equines

While turning a horse out with his friends in a pasture can make some owners anxious, it’s important for a horse’s physical and mental health. There are some management methods that can be used to ensure he is as safe as possible while turned out with a herd. Turnout is beneficial for horses because it […]

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Hit Snooze: Feeding ‘Late’ Is Just Fine

Horses fed at the same time each day become conditioned to expect meals at specific times; most horses have no issue letting it be known if their food is late. While it may seem like horses should to be fed at the same time every day (or that’s what they tell you anyway), there’s no […]

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Racehorse Welfare: Opinion vs. Science

The general public has taken a more critical view of horseracing in the past decade, especially where issues of equine welfare are concerned. Those concerns could, however, have more to do with lack of understanding of scientific facts and the reasoning behind some practices than anything else. Recently a group of researchers led by Dr. […]

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Shocking: Electric Fencing Doesn’t Cause Undue Stress On Equines

Some horse owners may be reluctant to use electric tape or coated wire as a barrier to keep horses contained, fearful that the threat of a shock might cause their horse stress. New research out of Switzerland shows that there really is no need to worry: Horses are not stressed about potentially receiving shocks from an […]

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Use Caution When Turning Horses Out On Lush Pastures

Horses fed primarily hay throughout winter months should be transitioned carefully onto lush, spring pastures. A gradual transition onto grass is required to allow the horse’s digestive system time to adapt to the new feedstuff. A gradual and limited transition is even more important to horses that are insulin resistant; immediate access to lush pastures […]

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Be Wary of Winter Footing In Fields

Turnout time is a must to keep horses mentally and physically fit, but it becomes even more important as cold weather can make them even more energetic than usual. However, additional energy and hazardous footing can wreak havoc on a horse’s limbs, especially if they are older or arthritic. It may be wise to adjust your turnout […]

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Weight Management Can Be Crucial For Arthritic Horse

As horses age, many will experience aches and pains associated with arthritis. Just like humans, those who were more athletically inclined in their youth, such as racehorses or upper level show horses will likely experience more arthritic changes in their joints as they age. One of the most effective ways to combat arthritis in older […]

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