10 Questions To Ask When Buying Hay For Horses

Summer signals a new season in hay making, buying, and selling. Horse owners who have an established relationship with a hay supplier (or suppliers) likely know details surrounding where, how, and when their hay is being produced. However, Mother Nature can throw a wrench into the best plans, and some horse owners may find themselves […]

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Nutritional Needs Of Pregnant Mares

During a mare’s pregnancy, her weight will increase significantly, generally by about 9 to 12 percent of her original weight. This amount of weight she gains is equal to the weight of the foal at birth, plus the weight of the placenta and uterine fluids. This means that a 1,100-pound mare will gain between 100 […]

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Let There Be Light: Length Of Day Used As Mare Management Tool

Mares have been put under artificial light in order to encourage the onset of seasonal reproductivity for years; extending the length of “daylight” to about 16 hours is a common management tool on may farms. Research has shown that blue light, which has a shorter wavelength, is very effective at suppressing melatonin secretion and initiating […]

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Keys For Feeding Free-Choice Hay To Horses

Free-feeding hay to a horse that has not had previous had access to as much hay as he can eat can be a bit daunting—it may seem like the horse will gorge himself forever and become obese. Most horses will self-regulate after a few weeks, but there are some who don’t even learn to moderate […]

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Five Management Strategies To Help A Horse Live Longer

The way a horse is managed throughout his life has a direct impact on how long he lives. With proper care that includes disease prevention, parasite control, routine dental care and others, a horse has a good chance of living well into his twenties or even longer, reports EQUUS. Poor mobility, founder, and the inability […]

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Chia Seeds And Equine Health

Chia seeds have risen in popularity as an additive to both horse and human diets. These very tiny seeds are high in fiber, protein, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, but they are best known for their omega 3 and 6 content. With a 30 percent fat content, they have a ratio of 3:1 omega 3 to […]

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Rider Weight And Equine Welfare: A Hot-Button Issue

Previous scientific studies have shown that horses have negative physiological responses and abnormal gait symmetry when they carry what are deemed “heavier” riders, which are those where the horse:rider weight ratio increases from 25 to 30 percent. New research spearheaded by Janne Winther Christensen, from Aarhus University in Denmark, was presented at the 2019 International […]

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Study: Can Bell Boots Improve Limb Strength?

Like humans, all horses are “sided,” meaning they have a dominant side and a weaker side. This asymmetry could be natural or related to an old injury. Like humans, horses must be encouraged to work on their weaker side. To strengthen the weaker limb and build muscle force, a horse owner can place a bell […]

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Study: Do Grazing Muzzles Cause Stress?

While horses and ponies wearing grazing muzzles may look a bit like Hannibal Lecter, the apparatus serves an essential purpose: Limiting an equine’s intake of grass so they don’t become obese and prone to the potential harmful ramifications being overweight brings. Grazing muzzles can reduce forage intake by between 30 and 83 percent, reports The […]

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