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Slow Growing Hooves

The cells of the hooves are among the most metabolically active in the body because they are constantly being worn away and need to replace themselves. Because of this, any gaps in their nutrition shows up as slow growth or … Continue reading

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The Science Behind Tendon EQ

I have been asked to explain the scientific reasons behind the ingredients in the Tendon EQ supplement from Uckele https://uckele.com/tendon-eq.html . Tendons and ligaments are composed of interwoven strands of the structural protein collagen. It has been known since the … Continue reading

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Tendon Care

We focus a lot of attention on our horse’s moving parts, the bones and joints which bear weight and absorb impact, the muscles which generate movement. Equally important are tendons and ligaments. Tendons originate in muscles and terminate on bone. … Continue reading

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Nutritional Support for Shedding

Mother Nature provides our horses with a dense coat to protect them in Winter but getting rid of it in the Spring is a hassle.  Shedding is triggered by changes in day length. There are many factors that may either  … Continue reading

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Anemia in Horses

Let’s get one thing out of the way right up front.  Insufficient iron is not the cause of your horse’s anemia, and feeding more iron is not going to fix it. In fact, it might make things worse.  Even if … Continue reading

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Optimizing the Immune System

The horse’s immune system is always busy. Even when the horse is healthy it is performing its background functions of removing dead or damaged cells, guarding all the mucus membranes that are portals into the body from the outside world … Continue reading

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Winter Wound Care

It’s nice to get a break from insects pestering wounds but winter weather brings its own set of special considerations. The cold, dry air in winter leads to a major cause of delayed healing – dehydration of exposed tissue. A … Continue reading

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Tendon and Ligament Care

Tendons and ligaments are specialized forms of connective tissue. Tendons connect muscle to bone. Ligaments are anchored only to bone at each end.  Both are composed of interwoven strands of type I collagen protein in a structure much like a … Continue reading

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Diet or Trim – What’s More Important for Hoof Health?

If you ask me which is more difficult for an owner to get right, I’d say the trim. If you ask a talented hoof professional, they would usually say diet. It’s actually a trick question.  Both are critical and one … Continue reading

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Minerals and the Insulin Resistant Horse

Minerals have direct and indirect involvement in virtually every action in the body, and have important effects on Insulin Resistance (IR) or its consequences. IR is different in the horse than in the human, but the same basic principals apply.  … Continue reading

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