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Nothing to smile about: Dental issues common in horses, survey shows

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Scientists announce breakthrough in strangles vaccine research

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Newly developed vaccine conferred excellent levels of protection against strangles and is worthy of further development and clinical investigation.

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Prebiotics and Probiotics, Good Allies!

by NOVA Probiotics @ NOVA Probiotics

  Prebiotics are non-digestible soluble fibers that stimulate the growth and multiplication of the beneficial bacteria in the gut. They are mainly used to fuel the probiotics and ease bowel movements. However, prebiotics have many other good characteristics, which explains why NOVA has prebiotic included in each of its formula:   They work as anti-carcinogens: When...

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Comparing Mineral Types | Does My Horse Need Probiotics?

by Kathy Hartwig @ Equine Challenge Supplements

May 2017 Newsletter.  Comparing mineral types, does my horse need probiotics? I often receive emails or calls wanting or requesting a comparative analysis between Equine Challenge and the current product a potential customer is using. As an example, some will want to know how much copper is in Equine Challenge? It is easy to say …”there is 50 mg of ZinPro Amino Acid copper in a 4 oz serving of the Equine Challenge Grass”. ​ The difficulty begins when one realizes that 50 mg of ZinPro Amina Acid Complex is much different than 50 mg of Copper Oxide, different once again from 50 mg Copper Sulfate and different once again with 50 mg of a Copper chelation. The reason is the degree or level of Bioavailability of these 4 forms of Copper. ​ Copper oxide is by far the most common form of copper used in horse feed/supplements. It is also by far the least bioavailable to your horses and is the very cheapest which is why it is so commonly used. ​ Copper Sulfate is widely used in horse feed/supplements, it is a bit more expensive and it is more bioavailable than copper oxide and has a tendency to make the Ph of the horse a bit more acidic. ​ Copper chelation has a good bioavailability relative to both the copper oxide and copper sulfate and as one might imagine it is more expensive than the oxide and sulfate forms of copper. ​ ZinPro Amino Acid copper is very highly bioavailable and as one might expect it is not cheap or inexpensive. ​ If the point of buying mineral supplement is to maximize the amount of copper absorbed by your horse with out taxing the Organ Reserve of your horse unnecessarily, then using a ZinPro Amina Acid Complex Copper would be a wise choice. ​ If on the other hand you want to make a mineral fortified manure or urine by taxing the Organ Reserve of your horse processing a mineral form which is very difficult to absorb effectively, this would not be a wise choice for your horses. ​ Train your eye to see more than just zinc, copper, manganese, etc… You want your eye to know the difference between the forms of minerals you feed your horse or horses, it is a Difference with a HUGE Distinction! ​ Oxides – Most common, least bioavailable to your horse, least expensive. ​ Sulfates – Widely used in horse feed, more expensive and more bioavailable than oxides, can make the PH of the horse a bit more acidic. ​ Chelations – Good bioavailability, a bit more expensive than the oxides and sulfates. ​ Amino Acid Complexes – Highly bioavailable to the horse and is not cheap or inexpensive. ​ Hopefully, it is more clear why trying to compare amounts of ingredients such as minerals can be difficult insofar as you might be comparing apples to ping pong balls. ​ ​ ​ ​Another common question is regarding the use of probiotics.  The horse is a hind gut fermentor which means the vast majority of his food is broken down or digested in the hind gut by bacteria.  This means if the horse does not have sufficient bacteria in his hind gut (cecum), his digestion is going to be less than ideal.  If the gut environment is such that this bacteria or “bugs” are destroyed, such as when using antibiotics, steroids, wormers, vaccinations, etc…. or if the horse is stressed due to injury, depression disease, poor living conditions, not enough feed, poor quality feed…then the need for increased probiotics or bacteria would be necessary. ​ ​All of the Equine Challenge forage specific Vitamins and Minerals contain a 7 strain viable probiotic package.  If you are feeding any of these forage specific supplements your horse is receiving this 7 strain probiotic package with each ounce of product used so you might ask when do you need to ADD Equine Challenge Probiotic or Equine Challenge Probiotic Blast to your horses feeding program. ​ As previously discussed, when bugs are destroyed with the use of antibiotics, steroids, vaccinations, wormers, etc…that is when you would want to add Equine Challenge Probiotic or Equine Challenge Probiotic Blast in addition to your Equine Challenge Vitamin & Minerals forage specific supplements.  In addition, if your horse is injured, depressed, has a hay belly or if you are bringing on a rescue horse, this would also be a good time to increase the probiotics to your horse. ​ What physical signs and symptom would indicate a need for probiotics?  There are many indicators of a need for increased probiotic use.  It can be as simple as a hay or grass belly.  A more telling indicator would be diarrhea or scours.  Horses with a very poor overall appearance, eyes are not bright, lack of energy, loss of vim and vigor, allegic reactions ….. these are all indicators of a poor or lacking immune response.  If you think your horse could use more probiotics, you are probably correct.  Giving your hind gut fermentor more pro bacteria can never be a mistake. ​ Across the United States there are certain organisms such as Potomic Fever, Pigeon Fever, Strangles, etc….which become active during certain months of the year.  This would be a perfect example of when you might want to increase your horse’s immune system with increased probiotic use.  ​If you hear there are any of these type diseases happening  in your area, it might be a good idea to bump up the use of probiotics.  This is not a 100% guaranteed prevention of your horse not becoming sick but it is a reasonable pro active response to a known pathogen in your area.  The game of “woulda, coulda, shoulda” can be expensive and heart wrenching. ​ ​​ Thank you for choosing Equine Challenge Supplements! ​ ​ Kathy Hartwig ​ Mackie Hartwig, D.C. ​ “You’re never wrong when you do the right thing”

Typical Differences in Your Horse’s Hay

by Dr. Kelsey J. Nonella Ph.D., P.A.S. @ Horse Guard

When it comes to feeding your horse, you have a lot of different options in terms of types of hay. Different types of hay have different nutrients contents. There is Read More

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Barn Chores: Hay Delivery

by Jini @ Listen To Your Horse

I was going to send this privately to the two gals who help me out with my barn chores, but then I thought: We have a lot of newbies on this blog. People who have boarded their horse for aRead More

Animal Communication: HOW Do I Listen to My Horses?

by Jini @ Listen To Your Horse

We talk a lot about ‘listening to your horse’ but what does that actually look/feel like, in real life? How do you know you’re actually hearing your horse, and not just making stuff up? And what happens to our horsesRead More

Brian Bell

by sayo @ Excel Supplements

  Brian’s natural talent as a horseman became apparent at a young age and he excelled in NRHA youth competition. In 1989 he was the recipient of NRHA 1st Youth Incentive Award based on points won. In 1990 he rode Cee Tina Step to the first of his many world championships, winning the NRHA Youth… Read More

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Managing Hoof Abscesses

by Rebecca @ Summit Equine Nutrition :: Dr. Clair Thunes – Independent Equine Nutritionist located in Northern California

At the barn where my daughter rides we seem to be in the thick of abscess season. I have a few clients whose horses are suffering the same affliction too.  Abscesses are one of the most common causes of acute lameness in horses, especially during...

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by David Ramey @ David Ramey, DVM

Medicine is always on the search for, “New and Improved.”  I only bring this up because there’s a relatively new player in the, “Easy to give pain reliever” market for horses.  The generic name of the drug is firocoxcib, but it’s sold – in a paste or a pill – by the trade name of […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Equus Lost?

by Kesia @ Listen To Your Horse

In a reciprocal relationship, there is no need for leadership. – from Equus Lost I believe the biggest, brightest truths are already within us, born in the folds of our brains and the flesh of our hearts and left thereRead More

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Using The Best

by khinkson @ Techna Vet

Galozyme® Equine Sport I was fortunate enough to run across this product three years ago while showing in Canada. I've been using it on all my horses from foals to grand prix horses with great success. Galozyme® sets apart from other probiotics. It's satisfying to know I'm using the best product for my horses. Karen Cudmore Heartland Farms

Probiotics - to feed or not to feed? - Summit Equine Nutrition :: Dr. Clair Thunes - Independent Equine Nutritionist located in Northern California

Probiotics - to feed or not to feed? - Summit Equine Nutrition :: Dr. Clair Thunes - Independent Equine Nutritionist located in Northern California

Summit Equine Nutrition :: Dr. Clair Thunes - Independent Equine Nutritionist located in Northern California

Probiotics or direct-fed-microbials (DFM’s) are living microorganisms typically bacteria or yeasts that when administered in adequate amounts, provide some benefit to the recipient. Typically they are beneficial bacteria that already exist in the digestive tract. Their use may be beneficial for horses displaying signs of...

Fall Transition Colic, Winter Hard Keepers, Feed Tag Labels

by Kathy Hartwig @ Equine Challenge Supplements

August/September 2015 Newsletter.  Fall Transition Colic, Winter Hard Keepers, Reading Feed Tag Labels, Natural & Artificial Flavoring Fall is in the air!  That being said……many horses will colic or find themselves in a Pre-colic situation in the Fall Transition. Prevention…Colic can be caused by many different factors.  During Fall and Winter, weather plays a major role. As the temperature swings can result in frozen or ice-covered water. This can result in horses drinking less water. At this time of year some horses are also shifting from a high moisture diet (grass) to  a low moisture diet (dried hay). Make sure your horses have water available as sometimes the water may freeze during the night and not melt until late morning. Also alway keep a  white salt block close by the water buckets to encourage water consumption. Paying attention now will help you prevent impaction colic  from developing as a result of diet and weather changes and  the lack of water intake. Many horses in the colder regions have problems holding their weight during the colder months.  If you own a “hard keeper” keep the following in mind. Horses need whole nutrition! Feeding hollow calories or food which is digested very quickly such as processed food which is generally byproduct waste is NOT a good thing! Processed food is digested very quickly and the horse must deal metabolically with all the carbs or sugar very quickly, RIGHT now! Whole nutrition is digested much slower and will not be completely digested, the horse now has time to metabolically adjust to the nutritional onslaught especially where sugar or carbs are concerned. Fatty acids and soluble fiber will slow the release of glucose into the horse’s blood stream. Feed that has been stabilized in order to keep it from going rancid is a “DEAD” food. All the natural enzymes have been destroyed and will cause more organ stress than natural whole foods. Please visit Equinechallengeir to read on processed feeds and byproduct waste. If you have a horse in need of weight gain, please visit the Weepago Diet page for help in putting and keeping weight on your hard keepers. ​Each horse is an individual and should be treated as such, and I encourage all our Equine Challenge™ customers to contact me if one of their horses is not doing as well as another of their horses doing exactly the same thing. How to read and Discern a Feed Tag. Most of the time these feed tags are designed to be confusing and virtually impossible to decipher with great intention. Let’s make it a bit easier to figure out. The first ingredient is the most by volume and the last is the least by volume. So, if the first 5-7 ingredients are byproduct waste, ignore the clever text and pretty colors on the bag and just Walk Away. \ If the minerals are in the Oxide form, know oxides are the cheapest form of minerals the least bio-available to your horse. So, if your goal is not to produce a mineral fortified urine and manure, then just Walk Away! If the clever text on the bag tells you that this particular feed contains Probiotics for the thriving gut of your horse, and the tag indicates that most all the probiotic are Extracts, know that Extracts can not reproduce themselves, can not manufacture B-Vitamins, produce Antibodies or Co-factors and more, just Walk Away. If the Probiotics are reported as Viable but the feed is in pellet form, recognize the viable probiotic were killed while being extruded into a pellet due to heat, so if it is not your goal to feed dead probiotic to your horse, just Walk Away! If you see any Soy bean byproducts in our horse’s feed, do not just Walk Away…in this case, Run Away! If you see the use of processed oils, remember oils are needed especially if it is a loose feed to keep the dust factor down and mineral oil is used to minimize the possibility of impaction. Why does your DVM use mineral oil if your horse has a potential gut problem? If you can not think of a reason why horses can not find a fountain of processed oil (corn, flax, canola, mineral, soy, vegetable) in all of horsedom, then just ….Walk away. If you can buy a 50 pound bag of feed which reports to be a “Complete” feed and it costs $8.00, it is obviously too good to be true, just Walk Away, you should not be thinking “WOW, What a great deal!” Know that every one along the line has made a profit on this product except your horse. Someone must ship in all this byproduct waste, the bag must be manufactured, the printing be put on the bag, the cheap and virtually worthless, vitamins, minerals, and feed grade molasses have to be added, it may have been put through a pelletizing machine, the bags must be shipped to the warehouse, then to the feed store, and you get this great deal for only $8.00………………..”Please just Walk Away. If you can buy a 50 pound bag of feed for $25 – $35 dollars the same forementioned “Complete feed” will apply but there are greater over head considerations at hand. The bag is glossy, the text is much more clever, the advertising and marketing of this feed on RFD, the glossy horse magazines, the banners at the horse shows and the high money endorsing horse legends,  the shipping and storing of this product, the Company Reps who show up and put on a horse and pony show…….all of this costs a bit more and of course the profit margin needs to be a bit higher…..just Walk Away. Walk over and spend $10 – $13 for the 50 pound bag of Whole oats, your horse will thank you. This feed tag will be so very easy to read ……….”Recleaned Whole Oats”. Keep it Simple! We from time to time we are asked to define what is meant by the terms Natural and Artificial Flavoring. We are also from time to time asked why the need to use artifical flavoring in Equine Challenge. First I will address Natural flavoring because it is the easiest. Natural flavoring

Big Mama Harvey

by rivhorse @ Rivas Remedies

“Big Mama” is 24 years old and a retired reining horse. She was moving pretty slow and would do the shuffle turn. Her breathing was pretty raspy too. So a little while ago I asked Marijke about any recommendations she might have for my older mare to get her up and going again. Marijke recommended ...

100 Miles in Twenty Four Hours

by (Patti Woodbury-Kuvik) @ Desert Equine Balance

What does it take to go one hundred miles in twenty four hours or less, with temperatures above 100 - and then be judged "fit to continue"?

Dedication, training, conditioning, good hoof care and a great foundation diet!

The top endurance horses in the U.S. go on and on. We see them year after year - healthy, sound whether barefoot and booted or shod, with lots of reserve.  What they were fed three or six months ago can make the difference between winning the Tevis or Haggin cups or not making those tough last few miles.

Congratulations to Take A Break and rider Rusty Toth on their first place Tevis win.  Haggin cup winner Julioslastchance, ridden by Suzanne Hedgecock, was deemed the Top Ten horse "in the most superior physical condition" following the race.

Watch these two amazing horses in action and consider what the right diet, great hoof care and a consistent conditioning program could do for your horse.

2013 TEVIS & HAGGIN CUP WINNERS Gold Country Videos