How Entire Diet Builds Better Hooves

hoof growthKentucky 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

All About M-T-G

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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

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