A house fly zips from a pile of manure straight to your horse’s eye—or the rim of your water bottle—with its feet coated in germs. A biting stable fly gives your ankle a searing sting, and you understand why your horse stomps his legs so often. Take control of the fly situation at your barn using these proven methods and a few essential items. Continue reading
Avoid a fly frenzy with rotation. Continue reading
Kentucky Equine Research discusses what factors into hoof growth and how you can aid your horse’s hooves in growing strong and healthy.
Hoof growth in horses is determined by several factors, including genetics, age, breed, exercise, metabolic rate, illness, temperature, environmental moisture, shoeing and trimming. Building strong hooves can take anywhere from six to twelve months. If a horse has dull and brittle hooves, a reliable way to improve the quality of its hooves would be through balanced nutrition. To achieve this, a total diet reconfiguration may be in order. Continue reading
Use these tips provided by Shapley’s to achieve the best results when using M-T-G for a variety of conditions.
M-T-G was originally developed by a barber to treat human skin and hair conditions. One of the “magic” ingredients is oil of cade, derived from a type of juniper tree. Oil of cade has been used for hundreds of years to treat skin issues.Today, M-T-G is used on animals, and horse owners in particular use it to treat dozens of conditions, including rain rot, scratches, sweet itch, dandruff and even thrush. You can also use it to loosen wind knots and remove smegma stains from the insides of your gelding’s legs. Tar, sap, and other sticky substances can be removed with a small amount of M-T-G. Reading the instructions can save you a bit of time and give you the best results. Continue reading
Kentucky Equine Research explains what puts stress on your horse’s joints and how to help keep them supported and healthy.
A lot of demand is placed on horses, including their joints, during any form of exercise. To ensure healthy joints, horse owners must provide adequate and supportive nutrition. Continue reading
Although it feels like just yesterday we were covered in freshly shed horse hair, it’s now time to start thinking about clipping again! Here are a few key tips that will help the clipping process go smoothly from start to finish. Continue reading
Vitamin E has an important role in many physiological functions in the horse, including reproduction, immune response and nerve and muscle function, yet it is one of only a few vitamins that horses cannot produce themselves; it must be provided in the diet. Without vitamin E, horses may experience a variety of issues, including pathological changes and poor immunity. Continue reading
With so many great products, Absorbine® is always happy to give us more information about any we are particularly excited for. Here they let us know how Magic Cushion® can help painful hooves and provide instructions on how they recommend using it.
Many types of equestrian activities and environmental conditions, whether training and competition, endurance and trail rides, dry and hard ground or even a transition from shod to barefoot, can put an added strain on your horse’s hooves. Continue reading
Icing and cold therapy can benefit a variety of areas on the horse. Pro-Equine Grooms and Ice Horse® outline how you can help your horse’s hooves with the Ice Horse Big Black Boot.
Many of us have grooming routines that include icing our horse’s legs after exercise. We can take this one step further to treat our horse’s hooves as well. Hoof icing can be a daily occurrence done for maintenance; there is no need to wait for an unfortunate incident or medical condition to consider icing your horse’s hooves. Work closely with your veterinarian to create an icing plan for your horse based on his medical history, his exercise, his conformation and his job. Your veterinarian is also the only one who can diagnose, treat and prescribe medications for your horse’s hoof issues, so involve the vet if you even suspect any hoof injuries or diseases. Time is of the essence! Continue reading