​Leaky Gut Syndrome in Barrel Horses

Leaky gut syndrome is popping up on the radar of more and more barrel horse owners. It is a condition that affects more horses than we realize, and much effort is being put in from researchers to help provide answers. Here are the details you need to know.What is Leaky Gut?Leaky gut is a failure of the intestinal barrier. At a microscopic level, the intestinal lining is really just a series of cel…

Solving the Omega-3 Mystery

Horses commonly receive omega supplements to benefit health, performance, and outward appearance. However, few people understand the differences and what to look for when adding omegas to the diet. For instance, some omegas are anti-inflammatory while others are pro-inflammatory. Some omegas are easily used by the body while others must undergo a conversion process that may leave the horse with le…

​Robert Chown’s Secret Weapon

With over 20 world titles in Cow Horse and Reining, Robert Chown knows a thing or two about getting a horse to perform at his best. It takes a great horse, excellent training, and a talented rider to help a horse excel, but Chown would argue there is a fourth component to consider. “In competition horses, or even pleasure horses, when you are trailering them [and training on them], you’re putting…

Box Issues Tied to Nutrition

Box Issues Tied to NutritionDr. Jyme NicholsDirector of Nutrition, Bluebonnet FeedsNo matter what number roper you are, 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 roped because you were…

Achieving Optimal GI Health in Performance Horses

The nature of being a competitive performance horse often comes with stressors that we, as humans, may not realize--stalling, hauling, training, climate change, environment change, antibiotic use, and NSAIDs such as Bute and Banamine, are just a handful of things that put stress on a horse physically, mentally and emotionally. Some horses (naturally) handle these stressors better, while others str…

Bluebonnet Myth Busters: Q1 2020

Each month, we share #bluebonnetmythbusters over on our social media channels. These are common misconceptions de-bunked and set straight with research-based facts. Below is a collection of myth busters from the first quarter of 2020.Myth: Broodmares are fine on a pasture-only diet until the last trimester.Fact: Researchers from the University of Cambridge compiled a list of studies showing nutrit…