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Scoops Measure Volume, Not Weight: A Reminder from Dr. Getty

Scoops Measure Volume, Not Weight: A Reminder from Dr. Getty

The directions on most feed bags offer guidelines in terms of the number of pounds (or kg) you should feed. If you use a scoop to measure your horse's feed, how many pounds are you... more »

Oct 30, 2014 by in Feed/Supplements

Stress and the Equine Immune System

Stress and the Equine Immune System

During the winter, ice, snow, sleet, power outages and significant temperature fluctuations sometimes happen all in the same day. The winter months have provided a great deal of stress, not only in... more »

Oct 29, 2014 by in Equine Health

USRider: Reminder to Locate Special Keys for Spare Tires

USRider: Reminder to Locate Special Keys for Spare Tires

We've all been there. Stuck on the side of the road, in the middle of nowhere, with a flat tire. As equestrians, this situation is especially stressful when your sidekick is not a fan of... more »

Oct 28, 2014 by in Stable Management

Study Shows Older Gray Quarter Horses Less Likely to get Melanomas Than Other Breeds

Study Shows Older Gray Quarter Horses Less Likely to get Melanomas Than Other Breeds

Melanomas are common equine skin tumors, particularly in older gray horses. Some estimates put the incidence of melanomas as high as 80% in gray horses over the age of 15. They can occur below or... more »

Oct 27, 2014 by in Equine Health

Living on an Irregular Income

Living on an Irregular Income

People who own or manage horse farms and stables often have less income in one season verses the others. For some, the winter is much less busy than other seasons. Fewer people want to ride in cold weather... more »

Oct 25, 2014 by in Stable Management

Do Bigger Horses Have Greater Energy Requirements?

Do Bigger Horses Have Greater Energy Requirements?

It seems logical that when horses are bigger that their feed (energy intake) would be higher. While there are some exceptions to any rule, the researchers at Kentucky Equine Research gave us a look at a study using widely differing sizes of horses. more »

Oct 24, 2014 by in Feed/Supplements

Control Weeds in Drylots for Horses Needing Low Starch Diets

Control Weeds in Drylots for Horses Needing Low Starch Diets

Over-consumption of the nonstructural carbohydrates (NSC) found in grain or lush grass is a common cause of equine laminitis, an inflammatory condition that causes excruciating pain in hooves. Even... more »

Oct 23, 2014 by in Feed/Supplements

Going Solar; Getting Your Barns Off the Grid

Going Solar; Getting Your Barns Off the Grid

Being self-reliant when it comes to electricity is something many property owners think wistfully about, but rarely pursue because they think it's just too expensive and difficult. But... more »

Oct 22, 2014 by in Barns/Grounds

Rodents: The Uninvited Guests

Rodents: The Uninvited Guests

For the sake of your horses, tack and feed, make rodents unwelcome in your barn. more »

Oct 21, 2014 by in Barns/Grounds

New Technology for Diagnosing Joint Cartilage Health in Fetlocks

New Technology for Diagnosing Joint Cartilage Health in Fetlocks

One cannot help but get excited about the possibilities for electroarthrography (EAG) as a diagnostic tool after speaking with Ontario Veterinary College researcher, Dr. Mark Hurtig. He is... more »

Oct 20, 2014 by in Equine Health

Selecting an Equine Dentist

Selecting an Equine Dentist

A comprehensive preventive health care program for horses includes regular dentistry. With the number of available equine dentists, it may be a confusing task to determine who to hire for this work.... more »

Oct 19, 2014 by in Equine Health

What Is Your Brand?

What Is Your Brand?

When you think of brands, you think of the big guys, such as Coca-Cola, Nike, AT&T or NBC. When you think of a brand, something specific comes to mind. Perhaps you love Coke, or your first thought... more »

Oct 18, 2014 by in Stable Management

The Significance of Mycotoxins to Horses

The Significance of Mycotoxins to Horses

Mycotoxins are toxic metabolites produced by molds (fungi). Our understanding of the economic significance of feed-borne mycotoxins has often paralleled advances in analytical methodology used for... more »

Oct 17, 2014 by in Equine Health

Tips on Cleaning Up Your Tack

Tips on Cleaning Up Your Tack

Tack cleaning may not be fun, but it is essential to keeping your equipment safe and durable. Here are some tips. more »

Oct 16, 2014 by in Grooming/Tack

Use Personal Commercials To Help You Tell Your Story

Use Personal Commercials To Help You Tell Your Story

If you have a few empty stalls at your facility, or you are thinking about boarding a few horses on your farm to help pay the bills, you must be prepared to "sell" yourself to potential new clients. For that, you need your own "personal commercial." more »

Oct 15, 2014 by in Stable Management

 


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