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…

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…

Organic Mineral Benefits

Organic MineralsThe use of organic minerals is becoming more and more popular in the horse feed industry, and there are many different types of minerals that fall under the “organic mineral” term. However, they are not all created equal. Bluebonnet Feeds is dedicated to using only the best organic mineral sources. In fact, there are over 225 peer-reviewed scientific research studies to back t…

Fetal Programming

The term ‘fetal programming’ may sound like it belongs in a science lab rather than a breeding operation, but this concept is something that breeders should take note of. Most people don’t realize it, but a developing fetus can actually adapt to external factors while in the mother’s womb, and those adaptations have a life-long effect on the baby. Development of a fetus is a complex process t…

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…