Focusing on Yours: Feed You Can Trust

It’s a jungle out there when it comes to feeds and supplements for horses. A simple Google search for ‘horse supplement’ turns up over 67 million results, and ‘horse feed’ shows 485 million! Every ad feels the same, and every company’s representative says their product is the best, so it can quickly feel like a losing battle. When evaluating your options, here are a few good questions to ask.…

Tips for Hard Keepers

Here are a few general recommendations for hard keepers. These may sound simple but can have a profound impact on how the horse utilizes nutrition.Have teeth evaluated by a reputable equine dental specialist at least every 12 months. Even little things like an under bite or overbite (which most horses have) can cause hooks and ramps to develop on the molars where we can’t see. These over gro…

Amino Acids for Muscle + Stamina

Horses are known for the explosive power that comes from strong, fully engaged muscles. Along with proper training, an amino acid supplement can help improve muscling, stamina, and explosive strength in horses. Amino acids are critical to a horse’s health because they are the building blocks of nearly every soft tissue component within the body including muscles, tendons, ligaments, and the ne…

Foal Care and Feeding

The objective of managing and caring for a newborn foal is to allow them to grow and develop into the best athlete they can be. It doesn’t matter if you’re hoping to have an international level competitor, a weekend hack horse or just a pasture ornament we all want our horses to be healthy and sound. So, what are the key parameters in growing horses that determine long term soundness and he…

Hay Quality Determined by Time of Harvest

Harvest time of hay is one of the most influential factors that determine the quality of hay. As grasses and legumes continue to grow and mature the amount of valuable nutrients such as protein and energy decrease. Each day harvest is delayed reduces the quality of the hay.As plants progress from the vegetative state (no seed heads or flowers) to the final seed formation state, the amount of s…

Estimating Body Weight of Your Horse

Knowing the body weight of a horse is an essential element for many management decisions. Most horse owners and veterinarians underestimate body weight of a horse when using only visual assessment. Livestock scales are the most accurate method for determining body weight of a horse, but they are not easily accessible by most horse owners. This poses two questions for horse owners: 1) is it r…