Competition season is upon us which means transporting your horses long distances to shows. As tough as trailering can be on horses, there are a few things you can do to make their time in the little box more enjoyable. Preparation  Wrapping your horse for travel can...

Every 3 months, you find yourself  staring at a shelf full of dewormers with more questions than answers. More often than not, you grab for a familiar-sounding wormer such as an ivermectin like Zimectrin®, a fenbendazole like Panacure®, or a moxidectin like Quest®. Although each...

Now that we are moving into spring, competition season is upon us!Prepare your horse or keep up their fitness by incorporating some endurance and speed work into their training schedule. Once your horse has a good foundation in long slow work, training may proceed to phase 2:...

Minerals Chloride, copper, iodine, iron, sodium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorous and calcium all have an increased requirement for the last trimester. Most hays are high in iron and potassium and the majority of horses are having their requirements met in excess so adding these nutrients to the...

As long as your stallion is in good weight and is receiving a balanced diet, supplementing additional vitamins and minerals above requirement has not been conclusively proven to have any positive effect on fertility.  However, there is a nutrient that stands out as having a...

At the barn where my daughter rides we seem to be in the thick of abscess season. I have a few clients whose horses are suffering the same affliction too.  Abscesses are one of the most common causes of acute lameness in horses, especially during...

This time of year can make for some miserable riding. Whether it is freezing cold or pouring rain it can seem that there isn’t much opportunity to do much more than walking and trotting, often around an indoor arena. It can be hard to imagine...

Probiotics or direct-fed-microbials (DFM’s) are living microorganisms typically bacteria or yeasts that when administered in adequate amounts, provide some benefit to the recipient. Typically they are beneficial bacteria that already exist in the digestive tract. Their use may be beneficial for horses displaying signs of...

When adding fat to the diet for weight gain it is important[custom_frame_right][/custom_frame_right] to insure that the diet remains well balanced. Therefore the most nutritionally complete way to add a fat source to your horse’s diet is to use a higher fat fortified commercial feed fed...

Carbohydrates Carbohydrates come in many forms some of [custom_frame_right]Hay photo[/custom_frame_right]which are structural and found in plant cell walls and others which are non-structural and found inside the cells.  Structural carbohydrates help give the plant strength as it grows and are more complex in nature.  As a result they cannot be digested by enzymes in the horse’s small intestine, and instead require microbial fermentation in the hindgut.