Hay isn’t Breakfast

I always feed hay before grain. I like the horses to have some forage in their stomachs and hope that it will keep them from gulping their grain. Especially Curly, who is prone to choke. Freedom will have none of it. He always comes up to the gate, but stands with his back to me, […]

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All You Wanted to Know about Choosing the Right Feed for Your Horse

Keeping your horse healthy starts with basic nutrition. Choosing the right feed for your horse is not an easy task because it needs to be based on your horse’s age, workload, and the quality of your hay. You have to make sure that you include plenty of bulk and roughage in the feed, while keeping […]

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Why does beet pulp get such a bad rap?

Every couple of years, I see another article that expounds on the toxicity of beet pulp. If you believe these claims, I can’t blame you for steering clear of beet pulp, because the articles make it sound like you might as well just feed your horses a diet of pesticides and poisonous chemicals. However, if […]

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Supplements Made Simple | The Chronicle of the Horse

This is such a wonderful “take” on supplements. I had to laugh out loud. My particular favorites are below, but Freedom could definitely use “Calm the Hell Down”. Be Careful What You Ask For Ideal for the overly-compliant horse who is more interested in pleasing you than saving either of your skins. BCWYAF invokes a […]

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Guide to proper horse nutrition

Wondering where to start when it comes to nutrition? Stateline Tack has an introductory guide on their website with some good basic advice . . . and many links to other resources: Guide to Proper Horse Nutrition. From my perspective, the most important elements of any feeding program are: Make forage the core of your […]

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Magnesium as a calming agent

Magnesium is one of the most common ingredients in calming supplements for horses. It’s used for two reasons. First, magnesium supports muscle relaxation. Second, magnesium is involved in nervous system function and can help reduce hypersensitivity. The question is, does magnesium work? Horses that are deficient in magnesium may have muscles spasms, tight muscles or […]

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