Digestive Support for Horses: Prebiotics and Probiotics

Performance horses are subjected to stresses on a daily basis. Horse owners, in turn, do everything possible to keep them healthy and comfortable so they perform to their highest potential. Spa therapy, magnetic blankets, ceramic wraps, joint supplements, hay steamers, gel-sole booties, massage therapy, acupuncture, vibration plates, and infrared light therapy are just some of the tools profession…

Drug-Free Joint Support

Performance horses constantly battle low-grade joint inflammation caused by repeated maneuvers such as turning and stopping. This inflammation can be especially prominent in horses that work in very hard or deep ground on a daily basis. Low levels of inflammation are part of the body’s normal healing process and typically the body can clear this inflammation on its own without intervention from dr…

Reading Feed Tags: Part 1

We’ve all been there; standing in the feed aisle trying to decide which product to choose, wanting to make an informed decision, the best decision. We think about the needs of our horse and we research the internet. We even compare feed tags, but when you don’t really know what to look for, they all look the same and it’s hard to tell if there really is any difference between one bag and another…

Reading Feed Tags: Part 2

In the last blog, we discussed the first steps to take when reading a feed tag which included evaluating protein, amino acids, fat, fiber, and the list of major feed ingredients. We also touched on the differences between least-cost formulations, open labels and locked formulas. This month we will turn our focus to vitamins and minerals.The first minerals to evaluate are calcium and phosphorus.…

Reading Feed Tags: Part 3

In the last blog, we discussed the minerals required by a horse in large volumes such as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and potassium. We also covered the importance of incorporating the trace minerals copper, zinc, and manganese into the diet and how organic forms of these minerals may improve absorption rates and utilization. Finally, we touched on vitamins A, D, and E. This month we will turn…

Equine Obesity

Both human and equine populations in the United States are trending toward a serious epidemic – obesity. With domestication of the horse and improvements in technology, we as horse owners and care-takers, have inadvertently subjected the equine population to “over-nutrition”. Many pastures that horses graze are well cared-for and the grasses are unlimited. Many other horses are fed the mo…