Why You Should Consider Vitamin E for Horses on Fall Pasture and Hay

fall pastureVitamin 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

Guest Blog: Relieve Sore Feet with Magic Cushion

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.hoof care

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

Guest Blog: Hoof Care with Ice Horse

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.

hoof careMany 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

Guest Blog: Fly Control for Every Horse from UltraShield

Our friends at Absorbine® explain the different types of UltraShield® fly spray and how each works best.fly controlSpring and summer offer the perfect breeding grounds for all those pesky flies, gnats, mosquitoes and ticks, and their many species that pose a threat to the comfort and well-being of our horses. With a plethora of different products to pick from, choosing how to combat these insects can prove to be a tough decision. Understanding these options the best you can is a good start to knowing the right protection for your horse. Continue reading

Guest Blog: Hoof Health from the Inside Out with Hooflex

Our friends at Absorbine® explain how their Hooflex® Concentrated Hoof Builder works and show what kind of improvement you can see.hooflex supplement

Your horse’s hooves endure a lot throughout their daily activities. Talk with any farrier about hoof health, and you’re likely to hear the same thing: it starts from the inside out. That’s why Absorbine set out to develop a new formula that meets horse owner demands for a hoof supplement that delivers the results they’re looking for at a great value. Hooflex Concentrated Hoof Builder contains targeted nutrients with no fillers, giving your horse what he needs to support healthy hoof growth. Continue reading

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

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

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

Get Ready for the Cold – Winter Barn Supplies

winter barn suppliesWhile you are enjoying the perfect fall riding weather, it’s hard to think about winter’s fast approach. With the cold weather of winter comes frozen water buckets and hoses, blanket changes, difficulty getting water to the paddocks, hard ground and of course the likelihood of lots of snow removal. But fear not! With our selection of tricks for outfitting your stable with the right winter barn supplies, winter will be a breeze. Continue reading