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Can I Feed Straw?

It’s a fairly common question.  Some people want to feed straw because they do not have access to good quality hay and want something to keep the horse busy between hay cube or pellet feedings.  Others want to substitute straw … Continue reading

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Water Poisoning

I had finished my next blog but decided to put it on the shelf at the last minute because of a story that has been getting a lot of play in the news the last week or so – how … Continue reading

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Nutrition is not ‘Alternative’ Fluff

First, my apologies to some effective therapies called “alternative” that do not fall under the umbrella of FDA approved drugs or recognized surgeries.  There are many such therapies, such as acupuncture, pulsed electromagnetics, laser and others that are indeed effective. … Continue reading

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Ancient Wisdom

We’ve all heard it.  People talking about putting out mineral/vitamin supplements of various sorts and allowing the horse to choose what they need.  They will often have stories about how the horses vary their consumption over time, again presumably depending … Continue reading

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Horses and the Heat – Facts and Fiction

Working horses in summer heat creates some significant welfare issues with consequences as severe as death.  Research has provided some very valuable information but despite this there are still many myths and misconceptions. It isn’t only upper level performance/racing horses … Continue reading

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Respect the Sweat

We all want to ride in the summer but the weather poses major challenges to our horses. The horses control their body temperature primarily by sweating. Horses doing endurance training, eventing, taking trail rides, giving lessons, even standing in the … Continue reading

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Shedding Made Easier

Spring breeds enthusiasm for riding in warmer weather, preparation for competitions, reigniting all the human equine interactions of any level that were squelched by nasty winter weather.  Spring also brings some not so pleasant challenges, including dealing with shedding. We’ve … Continue reading

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Stewardship

This week I received an e-mail from the director of a nonprofit equine educational site,  http://www.blixxhorses.org, https://www.facebook.com/pages/BlixxHorses/110755562336251,  that said her mission statement was inspired by something I wrote 12 years ago.  It was staggering that something I wrote that long … Continue reading

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There Are No Bad Steps

Information recently provided by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission as well as many previous studies, including from the University of California at Davis, has shown that the vast majority of catastrophic injuries in racing horses are the end result of … Continue reading

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Mid-Winter Check List

It won’t be too long before we can switch from cursing cold and snow to mud and shedding hair.  In the meantime there is still a stretch of winter to contend with and it’s a good idea to take stock … Continue reading

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