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
Our friends at Absorbine® explain the different types of UltraShield® fly spray and how each works best.Spring 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
Our friends at Absorbine® explain how their Hooflex® Concentrated Hoof Builder works and show what kind of improvement you can see.
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
Our friends at Kentucky Equine Research explain how you can help lower the risk of 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
Our friends at Kentucky Equine Research share their thoughts on caring for your horse’s coat this spring and what might help.
Spring 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
Alternative 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
While 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
Even on cool or cold days, your horse can become sweaty during a workout. Proper aftercare involves covering him to prevent him from catching a chill and ensuring that he dries completely before he’s returned to a stall or paddock. Many anti-sweat sheets and horse coolers are available to do the job effectively, but you might decide to treat your horse to a wool dress sheet. Here are a few of the benefits of wool dress sheets that make them a favorite horse clothing item of ours: Continue reading
A proper cool down is always important, but with summer rides taking place in hot and often humid weather, your horse is more likely to become overheated while working. Make sure to keep an eye on the heat index (combination of temperature and humidity) and tailor your rides accordingly so both you and horse exercise without overdoing it. After a ride, follow these general guidelines on how to cool down a horse to ensure your horse is comfortable when you put him back in his stall or pasture this summer. Continue reading
With plush, green pastures, bright sunny skies and warm temperatures, summer can easily be your horse’s favorite time of the year for turnout. While chilly temperatures are gone, and winter blankets have been sent off for washing or storage until next season, your horse may still benefit from being covered with a fly sheet. A fly sheet does more than just ward off flies, so before you decide your horse is fine sheet-free, consider these reasons he might need one: Continue reading