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The Hot Horse; Proper Herbal and Food Therapies

Excess heat in the horse can be a major problem for many horse owners.  In part one of this article, I discussed the concept of the ‘hot’ horse, which can present many different ways clinically from sore feet to attitude issues.  While it is imperative to get your horse back into balance physically and reduce that internal heat accumulation, the solutions are not always as straight forward as you’d like them to be. Through looking at your horse in his or her entirety, the causes or contributors do become more evident and thus can guide you to choosing correct solutions.  The solution is always there, but it can take time, patience and understanding to reach the goal of recovery for your horse. (more…)

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Solution to the Problem; Whole Foods vs Processed in the Horse

Whole food nutrition.  What does that mean to most of you, as horse owners?  Do you see nutrition in your horse as something that comes in a bag of grain, a bale of hay, or do you feel there is more that can be done?  Maybe that something might be missing in the grand scheme of things?  Do you see your horse struggle with body condition or experience delayed recoveries from injuries?  It could all be related to the diet you are feeding, processed foods, and inadequacies, despite your being led to believe that is ‘complete’, balanced nutrition. (more…)

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Is My Horse’s Grain Creating Health Problems?

Grain.  They are a staple in the horse community.  Processed or commercially available grain products are the most popular and there seems to be a grain blend for almost any health or performance issue. Considering the popularity of these commercial grains and the concurrent rise in health problems in horses, you have to ask whether if you are truly doing good…or are you maybe doing harm? (more…)

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Carbohydrates; Intakes & Considerations in the Horse

When we think of carbohydrates, we think sugar and we also think energy, as the two are often interconnected.  We all need energy and our equine companions are no different. Thus carbohydrates are an essential part of the horse diet, but in excess and dependent on the form ingested, problems can develop and impact overall health.  In order to gain a better understanding of carbohydrates and feeding in the horse, we have to understand some basic principles. Utilized properly, carbohydrates can be a useful means of gaining and sustaining energy needs for every horse. (more…)

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Fats; Intake & Considerations in the Horse

When we think of fats in the horse’s diet, the first few things that come to mind are to improve the shine in a hair coat or to put weight on a horse in need. Although these are both true, there is much more to fats that what meets the eye and thus, a better understanding is needed.  Fats are valuable sources of energy and calories, but there are potentials downfalls as they impact health on many levels, and not every horse is in need. (more…)

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