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Designer Salt

Salt, sodium chloride (NaCl), is arguably the most important mineral.  Animal life is believed to have emerged from the sea. Blood has many similarities to sea water, including a high concentration of sodium and chloride.                                                              Salts of many colors … Continue reading

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Three Supplements Every Horse Needs

A universal requirement for horses around the world is salt, primarily for sodium but chloride can also be deficient.  The diet of all horses is deficient.  Wait.  If that’s true, how All equine feedstuffs are deficient in sodium and the … Continue reading

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Adjusting Nutrition for Winter

For some of us, winter has already arrived.  For others, it’s just beginning in earnest.  For all, the horse is facing some challenges. Horses actually tolerate and enjoy the cold a lot more than most of us do.  Their neutral … Continue reading

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Basic Muscle Nutrition

Well developed muscles are much more than cosmetic. Efficient, strong muscular function allows smooth movement, athletic balance, speed and endurance.   L-lysine, a common amino acid deficiency limiting muscle development About 70% of a muscle’s volume is water but water … Continue reading

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Switching from Pasture to Hay

Hay is just dried grass but there are several things to consider when making the transition from pasture to hay.                                      Fading pastures necessitate a change to hay As grasses mature and develop their seed heads, fiber fractions progressively increase … Continue reading

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Muscle Support for the Active Horse

Horses are superb athletes but not immune to muscle problems.  Muscle issues affect the whole body and can escape detection as a performance problem.  Signs to look for include: no/low enthusiasm for work sweating in excess of exercise level or … Continue reading

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Supplementing Electrolytes

Do you know how to supplement electrolytes properly to meet your horse’s needs?  Probably not.  If you are relying on manufacturer’s recommendations to get it right, odds are even worse. Electrolytes are minerals which are free within the blood and … Continue reading

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Impaction Season

It can happen any time, but fall and winter are peak seasons for colic, especially impactions. from The Merck Manual There are many reasons for this, including change in diet when coming off pasture, lower water intake when switching off … 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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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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