Tag Archives: Water

Preventing Colic in Winter

You have probably seen this topic appear several times and in many places – with good reason. Colic is more common in winter (and fall), and the risk factors can be mitigated for the most part. vetmed.illinois.edu Impaction colic is … Continue reading

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Salt to the Rescue

I do some version of this post every year for good reason.  At the least it will safeguard your horse’s well being and performance in the heat.  At best it could save his life. Sweating is the horse’s major mechanism … Continue reading

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Fine Tuning Winter Feeding

Plenty is written every year about the basics of winter feeding, including: Lots of hay/fiber Increase calories to compensate for energy lost staying warm Feed salt Constant water at a comfortable temperature for drinking These things are critically important for … Continue reading

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Impaction Season

Colic remains the #1 health issue of horses across all ages, sexes, breeds and uses. There are many forms of colic and impaction is one of the most common. The stringy, sticky, white/tan coating on this manure is mucus, a … Continue reading

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The Most Underappreciated Performance Enhancer

It’s free too.  Next to air, this is the single most important factor in supporting good performance and maximizing response to training and conditioning.  Water. The horse’s body is about 70% water.  From brain functioning to the cushion of joint … 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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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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