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Optimization of Your Horse’s Water Intake

March 31, 2014 12:00:56 PM CDT

Article By Dr. Kris Hiney Last month we discussed your horse’s water requirements and what factors may influence those requirements. This month we will discuss the best management techniques available to fulfill those water needs. Remember that water needs will vary greatly according to diet, temperature and amount of exercise. But ensuring that the horse consumes adequate water may not be as easy as we think.

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Water Losses in Horses

March 4, 2014 1:35:15 PM CST

Water Losses in Horses by Dr. Kris Hiney This month we will discuss the most important nutrient in your horse’s diet, but maybe the most overlooked. Because providing our horse with water may seem obvious, many believe water requirements may not warrant discussion. But how much do you really know about how much your horse should be drinking per day?Read More
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Does the Season Affect Your Feeding Management?

January 31, 2014 9:02:25 PM CST

Does the season affect your feeding management? By Dr. Kris Hiney Winter is the season of short days, long cold nights and reduced riding time for us and our horses. Often what we feed our horses in the winter shifts as their energy requirements change, as well as the feedstuffs we might be using. That shift in seasons may mean we need to look at our feed sources and our supplement regimen more closely.Read More
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Equine Arthritis: Dealing with the Pain

January 30, 2014 9:54:16 AM CST

EQUINE ARTHRITIS: DEALING WITH THE PAIN By Walt Friedrich Ask anyone who suffers from arthritis what it’s like, and you’ll hear just one word repeated and repeated – pain. And you won’t have to look very far to find people to ask. In some cases, you don’t even need to ask – you can tell just by watching them move; they don’t like to because it hurts.Read More
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80% of People are Now Shopping Online. Will they Find Your Horse Business? Randi Thompson Social media and SEO (search engine optimization) are more important to local horse business owners than ever With the recent Google search changes, social media is now the best way to get your horse business on the first page of the local search engine results. Studies show that most people do not go past that first page, so it is important that your business is listed there.Read More
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Colic Prevention Part 2

January 6, 2014 11:54:17 AM CST

Colic Prevention II by Dr. Kris Hiney This month we will finish our discussion of common causes of colic in the equine, and what you might do to prevent them. Previously we discussed the importance of having a thorough emergency plan in place in order to make a potential colic less stressful for you. We followed that with a discussion of the most common management practices which will help minimize your horse’s risk of colic. These included quality and consistency of the diet, proper hydration and parasite control to name a few. This month we will focus on some of the less common reasons horses may colic. Although less common, they are no less important for the owner to be aware of these possibilities.Read More
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Strategies to Reduce your Horse's Chance of Colic

December 9, 2013 11:48:27 AM CST

Strategies to Reduce Your Horse’s Chance of Colic By Dr. Kris Hiney Last month I encouraged all horse owner’s to develop a preparedness plan in the event their horse colics. This month we will discuss strategies that will hopefully minimize the chance that you will need that plan. We will discuss feeding strategies as well as other important management techniques that will help keep your horse happy and healthy. Feeding your horse properly is one of the easiest ways to help prevent episodes of colic. Remember the digestive anatomy of the horse, with its small stomach and large hindgut for digesting forage does not often fit well with modern management practices. The horse is designed to forage continuously throughout the day, typically for almost 18 hours. This provides a continuous input of material to the hindgut without overwhelming the stomach.Read More
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Equine Vaccine Tips and Strategies

November 5, 2013 12:45:40 PM CST

Equine Vaccine Tips and Strategies Written By: Dr. Tom Schell If you own a horse, one of the most important things you can do to maintain health is vaccinations, but it can also be a costly endeavor. Everyone seems to have a strategy or recommendation, but the question is 'what is right for your horse?'. Well, that depends on many factors including location, exposure to other horses as well as general risk factors. Another thing to consider is that vaccines are not without harm and over administration of vaccines can prove to be harmful in some circumstances. Let's explore the options and recommendations.Read More
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Baby, It's Cold Outside

November 5, 2013 12:22:04 PM CST

Written By: Walt Friedrich It’s a beautiful time of year, Autumn, with trees decked out in full color, warm days, chilly nights, and our horses enjoying it as much as we do. We’re also keeping an eye on the calendar, because before long we’ve got winter on our hands, when all that brisk comfort has changed to cold and wind. We’re getting ready for it; laying in firewood, making sure windows and doors seal properly, shutting off outside water supply, shaking out winter clothing, “winterizing” the stable…and, of course, preparing our horses for the cold season.Read More
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Equine Colic: Are You Prepared?

November 5, 2013 11:56:05 AM CST

Equine Colic: Are You Prepared? Written By: Dr. Kris Hiney Most horse owners at one time or another have experienced that dreaded sight of finding their horse rolling or kicking at their belly in their pasture or stall. After all, almost 1 million horses colic in the United States each year, or about 11 in every 100 horses. It really is not a matter of if, but when a horse in your care will colic. But now is not the time to panic, but to act logically and calmly. The keys? Be prepared, and have a plan. This month we will discuss what symptoms you may see, what to do, and how to create a firm plan of action. Next month we will discuss several important strategies you may implement to decrease the likelihood of your ever needing this plan.Read More
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