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Black Friday Deals for You and Your Horse

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

It’s that time of year again: time for giving thanks, sharing time with loved ones, and yes, Black Friday. This year, we decided to compose a list of online Black Friday deals for horse lovers!  It’s time to stock up on those horse essentials and find...

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Cal Middleton

by sayo @ Excel Supplements

Cal Middleton is an NRHA carded judge and horse trainer located in Kansas City, KS. Cal was a 2012 NRBC Level 1 Open Finalist as well as the 2009 Reserve World Champion in spb Open Reining at the APHA World Show in Ft Worth, TX. Cal has been top 5 in the world in Jr… Read More

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Too Much Probiotic Food Stool Hard

by @ Probiotics Belaw

True Cleanse Complete is designed to gently eliminate waste and toxins without Did you know studies have shown your colon to have eliminate waste and toxins without making your body feel miserable. Too Much Probiotic Food Stool Hard raw Food Vegan Recipes. Airmail to Europe (EU). Growing a baby is the most wondrous thing your […]

Common Hoof Problems…Signs, Symptoms & Treatment

by Kathy Hartwig @ Equine Challenge Supplements

November 2014 Newsletter.  Common Hoof Problems…Signs, Symptoms and Treament. Fall is here and with it comes a few good things and sometimes a few things which are not so good. In this months Newsletter we are going to address some common hoof problems. With the wet months upon us, the likelihood of horse hoof problems is greater. Here are some common problems and what to look out for… Abscess Symptoms: Abscesses in the hoof are typically characterized by sudden-onset, severe lameness. In some cases, the horse may refuse to put any weight at all on the affected hoof. The horse will be sensitive in the area of the abscess and may have an increased digital pulse and swelling in the lower leg.  If left untreated the abscess may erupt on its own through the sole of the hoof or at the coronary band. Causes: A hoof abscess is a pocket of infection in the laminae. It can start with a puncture wound caused by the horse stepping on a sharp object, or many other causes. The hole allows bacteria to enter the hoof, where it thrives in the warm, dark environment. While the bacteria eat away at the hoof tissue, the horse’s immune system attacks. The resulting pocket of bacteria, white blood cells, and dead hoof tissue puts pressure on the sensitive structures of the horse’s hoof, causing the pain response. Treatment: If the abscess is easily located and drained, the key is to keep the area clean to avoid reinfection. The hoof should be soaked in a solution of Epsom salts in warm water to help draw out any remaining infection or to draw out an abscess that is not easily located. The hoof should be kept bandaged until it has healed. An anti-inflammatory may be needed, to manage the horse’s pain and Equine Challenge™ Laminae 911 is highly recommended. The recovery period can be week to ten days, but this can vary widely depending on the severity of the abscess and the owner’s ability to prevent reinfection. Bruises Symptoms: A horse with a bruised hoof can show varying degrees of lameness. Some will only be off only on uneven or rocky surfaces while others may be consistently lame. A sole bruise may show up as a visible mark, but a horse will usually show lameness or sensitivity before the bruise actually appears. Causes: Bruises on the hoof and frog are very common. The most common cause is when the horse steps on a rock or hard, uneven ground. Crusty, icy snow can also lead to bruises. Regular work on arena footing that is too hard can also cause bruising, as can taking a horse that is primarily ridden on soft footing and working him on hard ground. Improper farrier work can also lead to bruising. Some horses have thinner soles or flatter feet than others. This can predispose a horse to bruises. Left untreated, a simple bruise can become an abscess as more blood pools in the affected area. Treatment: If your horse is showing signs of bruising, soak the affected hoof in ice water. This will prevent the rapid blood flow to the area that causes bruising. In more severe cases, you may need to treat with an anti-inflammatory and again, Equine Challenge™Laminae 911 is recommended. For thin soled horses I recommend Equine Challenge™Hoof Propel. You can reduce the risk of bruises by being diligent about picking your horse’s feet daily and before and after every ride to remove any rocks that may be stuck in his hoof. Keeping his feet clean and dry will also help, as wet soles may be more prone to bruising. Another option is hoof boots that cover the entire hoof when competing on long rides or over especially rough terrain. These boots can prevent bruises and other hoof injury while giving the horse some extra traction. Laminitis Symptoms: The coffin bone of the interior of a horse’s hoof is attached to the inner hoof wall with Velcro-like structures called laminae. When the sensitive inner laminae become inflamed, the horse is suffering from laminitis. If the inflammation is left untreated, the sensitive laminae are weakened, leading to potential separation of the coffin bone and the hoof wall, which can lead to rotation of the coffin bone known as founder. Laminitis causes varying degrees of pain. It can affect one or two or even all four feet. A laminitic horse may shift his weight back and forth or stand with both front feet stretched out (often referred to as the sawhorse stance) in an attempt to take weight off of his hooves. The affected hooves will be notably warm or hot and the digital pulse will usually be elevated. If made to walk, the horse may move in a hesitant manner. Causes: There are numerous causes for laminitis. A common scenario is one where the horse is let out into a lush, spring pasture and gorges himself on rich grass. The high-carbohydrate, easily digestible spring grass is broken down rapidly by the bacteria in the horse’s gut. This fast digestion causes a byproduct which is absorbed into the horse’s bloodstream where it become a sort of toxin, causing inflammation in the laminae. This same scenario can play out in situations where the horse has broken into the feed bin and gorged himself on grain. Other causes include heavy concussion (such as a horse that gallops or is worked at a high-stepping gait on a hard surface), or a hard workout without appropriate cool down. Exposure to environmental toxins such as black walnut can lead to laminitis. Obese or cresty horses are more prone to laminitis than fit and thin horses, but any horse can be affected. Laminitis can also become a secondary issue if a horse is compensating for an injury on one leg by putting most of his weight on another. Treatment: If laminitis is caught early, standing the affected hooves in ice water can slow the progression of the disease. Equine Challenge™ Laminae 911 is HIGHLY recommended! As hard as

Making bread — and maybe history too

by undefined @ Manitoba Co-operatorManitoba Co-operator

You won’t be buying Kernza bread in a Manitoba bakery or grocery store any time soon, but a small group of proponents see it as a sign of things to come. Guests at a small reception at the Tall Grass Prairie Bakery in downtown Winnipeg Nov. 23 were treated to loaves of freshly baked sourdough […] Read more

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4 changes since my horses and I became hooked on Silver Lining Herbs

by jess @

I’m a newcomer to Silver Lining Herbs (SLH). Many of you have been using herbs for your horses and dogs … Continue reading

Probiotics…above all, do no harm?

by Scott Weese @ probiotics – Worms & Germs Blog

Probiotics are popular treatments for any number of ailments (in animals and people), but marketing, especially on the veterinary side, massively outstrips research. A few years ago, I worked on probiotic development in horses. We found what looked like a good candidate bug, but instead of just trying to sell it, we did a proper...… Continue Reading

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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Man. carbon tax not certain to work

by admin @ The Western ProducerThe Western Producer

Unfortunately for taxpayers, Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister’s carbon tax doesn’t come with a money-back guarantee if it doesn’t deliver promised results. We know Pallister’s carbon tax is costly. He’s proposing a tax of $25 per tonne of carbon next year, much higher than the initial federal requirement of $10 per tonne. That means Manitobans will […] 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

Internet advice: The good, the bad and the ugly

by Scott Weese @ probiotics – Worms & Germs Blog

The internet can be a strange place at times. You can find great, reputable and unbiased information right next to complete garbage. Often, the garbage is pretty apparent, but sometimes it’s dressed up well or mixed in with some good information. That’s a problem with veterinary advice and information sites. Among the creative myths identified...… Continue Reading

Secretariat’s track rider Charlie Davis loses cancer battle

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Davis exercised some of the era’s top racing stars of the 1960s.

Secretariat’s track rider Charlie Davis loses cancer battle -- - equine news, research, and information

Do Probiotics Help With Mood Plants

by @ Probiotics Belaw

Rich Shewmaker <> wrote or quoted: > I challenge anyone to probiotics for reptiles activity lactobacillus come up with a single report of a Answering The Question: How Does Sea Salt Cleanse The Colon? Hydrotherapy Colon Cleanse Is Far Superior A Method Than Enema. Do Probiotics Help With Mood Plants what makes matters even worse […]

Beet Pulp

by rivhorse @ Rivas Remedies

Beet pulp is the fibrous material left over after the sugar is extracted from sugar beets. It’s an excellent source of crude fibre (18%) and contains both insoluble and soluble fibre which is mostly pectin. Pectin is a highly digestible fibre which is why beet pulp is such a good energy source – horses obtain ...

Sask. family says goodbye to original farmstead well

by admin @ The Western ProducerThe Western Producer

For the last 50 years, members of the Horne family have been avoiding going near the 100-year-old blacksmith shop that housed the original well on their farm near Swift Current in southwestern Saskatchewan. The earth in one corner of the shop had collapsed over the years, exposing the wellhead and leaving the family wondering about […] Read more

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Healing Leaky Gut Syndrome With Probiotics

by NOVA Probiotics @ NOVA Probiotics

  The intestinal lining is responsible for this common gastrointestinal disorder. Leaky Gut happens when the intestinal lining is more porous than normal, when large spaces appear in the gut wall allowing substances to leak out of the gut and into the blood stream. In such cases, substances like bacteria, fungi, parasites and partially digested molecules might dissipate through...

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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.

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