Quiet Your Horse’s Allergies – Move Beyond Drugs with Herbs and Key Nutrients

Allergies are a common complaint, especially during the warmer months. The typical treatment involves antihistamines or steroids. And these drugs often give good results. In fact, I would likely do the same for my horses if they were suffering. Allergies are miserable! Coughing, runny eyes and nose, incessant itching—the torment …

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What Can You Do About Topline Loss? – Proper Nutrition Can Bring Improvement

A horse with a weak topline may need additional protein.

A smooth, strong topline is a definitive sign of health. Your horse’s back musculature not only looks good but is important for his ability to support his spine and joints. If the topline is diminished, it’s important to assess the cause. Some possible reasons include: Multiple pregnancies Poor saddle fit …

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Is Your Horse Stressed Out? – Study Reveals Eye Blink Rate and Eyelid Twitches Can Indicate Stress in Horses

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Researchers[i] from the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, were looking for a non-invasive means to measure stress in horses. Horses can experience stress from a variety of sources including forage restriction, loss of a buddy, isolation, travel, unfamiliar environments, as well as excessive training. While there are physiological and endocrine changes …

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Online Exclusive: CBD

What Can You Expect? By Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D.   CBD. Whether you’re already using it, you’re thinking about it, or never heard of it, it’s worth getting more familiar with because it is truly remarkable. No, it’s not the latest snake oil touting cures from hair loss to ingrown …

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The Importance of Feeding Several Protein Sources

Quality is What Counts By Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D.   The quantity of protein in the diet is important but even more so is its quality. To achieve quality, we need to include additional protein sources to a forage-based diet. It all has to do with the way the body digests and utilizes protein.    Hay provides …

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Horses and Music

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Study Shows Music Helps Horses Perform Better By Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D.   Researchers from Poland[i] set out to determine the effect of music played in the barn on the emotional state of race horses. Many horse owners have found that music has an apparent calming effect on fear, aggression, and overall stress. Race horses, in particular, have demands …

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