For Erin Taormino, Every Pellet Counts

All performance horse events require an incredible amount of strength and stamina, but few sports demand this to the level of reined cow horse. With a herd, fence and reining run, these horses need to be in the best possible shape and have the mental endurance to compete in three events. Reined cow horse trainer and 2015 Snaffle Bit Futurity Reserve Champion, Erin Taormino, knows first-hand w…

Top Ways to Keep Horses Warm in the Winter

Bitter cold temperatures are taking over much of the country right now, and many owners are wondering how to keep their horses warm. As numbers on the thermometer drop below your horse’s lower critical temperature, here are two things you can do to help them stay warm: 1.The first thing you should do is feed more hay. Digesting hay is kind of like turning on the furnace inside your hor…

Cold Weather Feeding Tips

No matter what part of the country you live in, the weather has certainly gotten colder. Sure, some people have it worse than others, but there are certain adjustments everyone can make to help horses thrive in the cold months. How Cold is Cold? Someone’s perception of a “freezing cold day” in Florida might be a bit different than another person’s perception of a “freezing cold day”…

James Payne Values Good Condition & Simplicity

Maintaining horses in the perfect body condition is a top priority for cutting horse trainer, James Payne, an NCHA Open Hall of Fame rider whose lifetime NCHA earnings exceed $3.6 million. We often hear the saying “a fat horse sells”, but people tend to overlook the fact that an overweight horse is more likely to suffer injuries. Payne strives for the horses in his program to look good, but also b…

Alley Issues Tied to Nutrition

No matter what kind of races you attend or what caliber horse you ride, fine tuning your horse’s nutrition program increases your chance of success. Have you ever felt a sugar high from eating a candy bar and drinking an energy drink? Have you ever gotten “butterflies” in your stomach before you entered the arena because you were excited, nervous or anxious? Have you ever dealt with ulcers, indige…

Dangerous Nutrition

Never feed moldy hay, always offer clean water, and never let a horse eat too much grain. We all know those things, right? However, there are several other potentially dangerous situations we might be putting our horses in without realizing it. Here are a few things to look out for. Prefer audio? Check out Episode 36 of the Feed Room Chemist podcast to hear Dr. Jyme Nichols discuss the danger…