Springtime Laminitis: Management Tips to Reduce the Risk

Our friends at Kentucky Equine Research explain how you can help lower the risk of springtime laminitis. springtime laminitis

In many parts of the country, dormant winter forages will soon transition to lush, green grass. As seasons change, forage growth accelerates and ingestion of fructan-rich grasses increases. While overindulgence of fructans can be problematic for certain horses, owners can take steps to ensure a seamless changeover in forage consumption. Continue reading

Know Your Bridle: Types of English Reins

types of english reinsMany English bridles come with reins. But are the reins you have best suited to your needs and riding discipline? English bridles typically use a buckled version of closed reins, which means the reins connect on either side of the bridle to the bit and then to one another over the horse’s withers to form one continuous loop. English reins come in a range of types and materials. Here is an overview of the different types of reins available: Continue reading

Guest Blog: Tips for Optimal Coat Health During Spring Shedding

Our friends at Kentucky Equine Research share their thoughts on caring for your horse’s coat this spring and what might help.

spring coat careSpring is upon us and brings with it the inevitable for horse owners: shedding those winter coats. The goal for most is to have a shiny, healthy coat appear after the flurry of fur has subsided, especially in show horses. Nutrition is a main contributing factor to a top-notch hair coat. Continue reading

In the Saddle with Jon Holling – From Training Young Horses to Rolex

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Photo Credit: Laura Szeremi

Since we last talked with Jon Holling, he has been busy preparing for the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event and continuing to bring along his young horses, one of which won the CIC** at Pine Top recently! We were excited to spend time talking with Jon again about his experiences bringing along young horses, favorite type of cross country challenge, plans for Rolex and Olympic ambitions. Continue reading

Guest Blog: The Ease of Bigeloil® Quilted Poultice Wraps

Curious about the Bigeloil® Quilted Poultice Wraps? Our guest blog from Bigeloil themselves will answer all your questions! bigeloil quilted poultice leg wrapsThere is a long time-honored history of poultice use in the equine world that is still relevant today because of its reliability in treating legs and hooves.  Horses are an amazing feat of nature with the support of such a large, powerful body resting on four narrow legs, and because of this we constantly work to keep them healthy and protected.  Poultice is one tool we have to keep our horses’ legs and hooves comfortable. Continue reading

Product Review: 5 Reasons We Love the Honeycomb Chill Chaser

honeycomb chill chaserHaving a good quality horse cooler is invaluable. The right cooler has a use in every season- from keeping a sweaty horse from catching a chill in winter to helping a freshly bathed horse dry off comfortably on a summer evening. One of our favorite multi-purpose horse sheets is the Upland Honeycomb Chill Chaser. Here are five reasons we love this product and make sure each of our own horses has one: Continue reading

In the Saddle with Shay Timms, Troxel CEO: A Look inside the New Troxel ES Helmet

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Did you know that Troxel Helmets was the first company to bring an ASTM approved equestrian helmet to the industry? That’s right! These guys have been innovators since 1898, and they know a thing or two about head protection. That’s why we’re so excited about their latest English helmet, the Troxel ES. It not only looks good but has a TON of features built in to help keep riders protected. Here, we talk with Troxel CEO, Shay Timms about how they made the ES, what makes it special and what’s next for Troxel. Continue reading

Benefits of Ceramic Therapy for Horses

ceramic therapy for horsesAlternative therapies can do a great deal in gently aiding your horse’s wellbeing. One such alternative therapy popular among horse owners is ceramic therapy. Ceramic therapy involves ceramic fibers being interwoven and fused into fabric, which is then used in horse equipment such as wraps, boots, blankets or saddle pads. When the products come into contact with a heat source, such as a horse’s leg or back, the ceramic infused fabrics reflect body heat back toward the horse through long-wave infrared radiation. This type of therapy treatment is beneficial for a variety of reasons: Continue reading