Tag Archives: Water

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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Flagging Energy

A common concern this time of year is horses that lack energy for exercise.  There are no apparent health or lameness issues but the horse is either “flat” or starts out well but hits a wall that is at a … 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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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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Water in Winter

I mention the importance of adequate water intake in winter so often I’m sure some people are sick of hearing it, but it’s such an important and widespread issue that it merits being repeated. The horse’s body is estimated to … Continue reading

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When Pasture Dies Off

Since hay is just dried grass, it may seem like switching from pasture to hay isn’t an issue.  On some levels this is true but there are important differences between hay and live grasses that have an impact on how … Continue reading

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