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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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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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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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Pasture Grasses and Grazing

September 9, 2013 11:27:18 AM CDT

Research Updates - Pasture grasses and grazing Written By Dr. Kris Hiney This month we will review research concerning pastures and foraging behaviors in horses. Most horsemen would agree that horses grazing at pasture represent the most natural way to feed a horse. Certainly it represents the most economical and the least labor intensive method of feeding. However, many owners have questions related to what or how much a horse’s is consuming when its primary source of feed is pasture grass.Read More
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Horses and Invasive Plants THE WESTERN USA STUDY

July 18, 2013 10:36:49 AM CDT

Horses & Invasive Plants THE WESTERN USA STUDY By Dr. Stith T. Gower -Professor of Forest Ecosystem Ecology, Department of Forest & Wildlife Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison A study in the eastern USA showed that while horse hay and manure may contain a small number of seeds of invasive plants, the seeds do not successfully germinate on trails. In this study—funded by the American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC), Envirohorse, the Tanklage Foundation and the Dean Witter Foundation—a similar study was conducted in nine locations in the western USA. The western study is needed to better understand if horses introduce weeds in ecosystems that dramatically differ from ecosystems in the eastern USA.Read More
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Vitamin K

April 1, 2013 11:21:11 AM CDT

Vitamin K - By Dr. Kris Hiney This month we will wrap up our discussion of the fat soluble vitamins with a vitamin that is not discussed all that often in regards to horses, vitamin K. Vitamin K is actually a family of fat soluble vitamins from both plant and animal origins. Vitamin K in the diet occurs in the form of phylloquinone, which is found in plants. Phylloquinone can be converted to menaquinone via intestinal bacteria, or by other tissues within the animal. Menaquinone is the active form of the vitamin for animals. Most people recognize vitamin K’s role in blood clotting, but it is also a part of bone metabolism, vascular health, and even brain metabolism.Read More
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Vitamin A

December 31, 2012 10:04:15 AM CST

Vitamins in Horses - Vitamin A by Dr. Kris Hiney This month we will begin a series examining the function of vitamins in the health and well-being of horses. We will also discuss natural sources of vitamins which occur in the horse’s normal feed, as well as different forms which are offered in supplements. Finally, we will look at the latest research on vitamins in equine nutrition. Unfortunately, there is a paucity of information regarding vitamin requirements in the equine. While recommended intakes have been established for vitamins A, D, E, thiamin and riboflavin, all others essentially fall into the category of educated guesses. Often equine nutritionists must rely on published information in other species, and extrapolate that to the equine. These suppositions may or may not be valid, but often allow the only approach available.Read More
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Equine Parasite Management

September 7, 2012 11:45:47 AM CDT

by Dr. Kris Hiney – Last month we introduced you to the major internal parasites which can plague your horse. This month we will discuss management strategies that you can use to decrease the parasite load on your horse, in part through an understanding of their life cycle. We can actually use the horse’s environment to help decrease our reliance on de-wormers and do our part to aid in the battle of anthelmintic resistance.Read More
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Horse Food Pantries – Needed Now

August 12, 2012 11:31:21 AM CDT

A news release from Chris Brune, American Horse Publications

 August 12, 2012 - Horse Journal Veterinary Editor Dr. Deb Eldredge is asking everyone to think about the horses in droughtstricken areas and their fate. As you may have seen on the news, cattle are being sent to slaughterhouses in
record numbers because farmers can't afford to feed them. Concern is high that the same end may face many
horses in these areas. Is there anything you can do to help? Yes.

The drought has now officially taken over more than half the United States. Where I am in the Northeast, most
farmers got a nice first cutting of hay in late May or early June. If, big if, we get at least a moderate amount of
rain in the next 6 to 8 weeks, most farmers should be able to swing a second cutting.

Parts of the Midwest, Southwest and West have seen so little rain that the horses out there have had little
grazing and hay production is way down. Grain costs will rise dramatically this fall. Throw in the massive fires
out West and it is clear that there will be a hay and grain shortage.

Farmers and ranchers are already planning major sell offs of cattle as they face shortages of food for the winter
months ahead. A group of horse owners in New Mexico support the opening of a slaughterhouse. Not because
they want to eat horsemeat, but because rescue groups are already overwhelmed. There will be more voices for
humane horse slaughter plants as horses face starvation across much of the US.

Humane slaughter certainly isn’t the fate you want for your beloved horse, but neither is starvation and
abandonment. The reality is that many horses will face starvation this winter unless we all act now.

My proposal: Equine Food Pantries on a nationwide scale. Many of our communities have human food pantries.
Most of them carry some pet foods or communities have also started up separate pet food pantries. But right
now, animal control agencies, shelters and families with crises relating to feeding their horses have nowhere to

Step One: Get horse 4-H groups, Pony Clubs and FFA groups from non-drought areas or mildly affected
drought areas to partner up with similar groups in drought areas. Youth groups need to do community service
and this is the perfect way for horse loving kids to help.

Step Two: The same could be done with horse breed associations – for example, a Northeast Arab club could
partner with an Arab club in Colorado.

Step Three: Contact animal control agencies and rescue groups in the drought areas that will need help.

Step Four: Get the word out to collect donations of hay, grain and money. Most horse owners could donate at
least a bale or two. It would all add up! Horse lovers who don’t have horses could buy a bag of grain or send in
cash to help pay for the rental of a truck to deliver the feed.

Step Five: Do fundraising to help buy more feed and pay for transport costs. A 4-H group could sponsor a mini
horse show. Instead of ribbons, get a local orchard to donate a bushel or two of apples for prizes. All entry fees
go to the food pantry. Be creative –schedule a “horse wash” or a tack cleaning.

Step Six: Talk to horse businesses for donations – look at vaccine companies, worm medication companies,
local equine veterinarians, local feed mills, local tack shops.

Step Seven: Organize transport. Talk to local rent a truck companies and horse haulers. Maybe they could take a
load of hay out while planning to bring other cargo back. Look for retirees who might be willing to drive the
truck for you.

It will be impossible for us to feed all the horses from drought and fire areas but if we work together we can
save at least some of those horses.

I will offer $20 donations to the first five groups to team up here via Horse Journal to help feed the horses. Just
send in your connection and where to send my check! We’ve set up a dedicated email address for this event:

If you prefer a phone, please call us at Horse Journal at 315-468-0627. Leave a message, if necessary (like you,
we pretty much live in the barn). We’ll call you back.

Now, let’s save some horses!

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